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What to do with this brandable names idea

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  1. crabfoot United Kingdom

    crabfoot Active Member

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    I'm so out of this game that I've only sold one domain in the last 5 years, and that was because someone came calling -

    I have a list of about 20 brandable names - they are all fictional place names/surnames which have not been registered, neither com or uk, and mostly they pass the radio test.

    Where is the best place to sell this sort of domains? Is it worth the effort of registering a couple to try the water?
     
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    Are they that great that people would pay for them realistically ? If you have 20 that have both com and co.uk free to reg, I would have thought they've been skipped over for a reason. Given that every combo of letters would have been poured over at some point by someone the fact they've lasted un registered says something to me. Not trying to pee on your campfire..... just making a point.
     
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    I would not call any of them stunning - but they have their uses. They are "proper place names" for places that do not exist. Not skipped over -

    If I give you a hint - there are several places around England called Seaton, but only one called Seaham - and if there was no Seaham, it would be on my list.

    Any one of them will serve as the basis of a company name, or a brand name you could use for selling things on Amazon. All are short, easy to pronounce and spell, all tested by asking random strangers to write them down. And because they are non-existent names, if you use one it should be easy for the search engines to pick up on it.
     
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    Sounds like the coms especially then are worth getting. As @wonder_lander said, brand bucket markets exactly those sort of domains.
     
  7. crabfoot United Kingdom

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    I have signed up to brand bucket, and submitted two domains for evaluation - poolbrook.com and ravenham.com - not the nicest on my list, but the easiest to submit singly. I have others that need to be registered in twos and threes to avoid people getting into my mindset.

    I quite often find that someone has already registered the com when I think up a name - I'm not the only one doing this.

    Let's see what happens -

    Meanwhile, any other ideas are welcomed.
     
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  8. crabfoot United Kingdom

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    What has happened? Nothing to interest me, or inspire confidence. I've been sent a welcome email, a newsletter, and a list of names they published a fortnight back.

    They say they will evaluate new names in 72 hours - I submitted mine a week ago and nothing has happened, beyond acknowledgement of submission. They do not specify which hours they include - if that is 72 WORKING hours we could be looking at 10-12days.wait.
     
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    From my experience, BrandBucket is useless in every respect. IMHO of course...
     
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    I'm wondering if it is because I haven't changed the nameservers to point at them. I sent an email to ask, but I'm waiting for a reply.

    Sorting through the domains already on BrandBucket has led me to a new test - the telephone embarrassment test. Would you feel comfortable answering the telephone by saying the domain name?

    Meanwhile, I'm also thinking about putting a site up with, say, a dozen names, ready to go, advertised on it, then trying to flog the whole shebang on Sedo at £100 per name.

    Do you think that might be worth a try?
     
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    Just looking at their site again. Yes, you do have to change NS if they take your names on board. Look at the garbage here:

    https://www.brandbucket.com/names/creative-business-names

    They also charge like a wounded buffalo for everything. Those moody logos can easily be done online for free but they 'tack on' $150 for having them done in-house.

    As far as your names as described go, I'd probably chuck them on Flippa where you know beforehand that you won't be disappointed/surprised if they don't sell :(

    BTW, BrandBucket knocked me back in 2017 for vavoa.com - better than some of their garbage hand-regges, despite it being a dog o_O
     
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    They say you can submit your own logos and become your own approved logo designer. Just more hoops to jump through.

    Thanks for mentioning Flippa. I've changed from the email I used to sign up to them, and I don't get their spam to remind me any more.

    I have to say that vavoa sounds like a fungal infection … my names are a bit better than most on BrandBucket, but they are just that - names, without any particular focus.

    I got a reply -

    "Due to a large number of submissions, there is a slight delay in the review process. Rest assured that our evaluation team will verify all the names you submitted in the shortest time possible."

    Didn't tell me about redirecting, although I did ask.

    I think I might register daftwazzocks .com and point it at BrandBucket!
     
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    And there's more -
    "
    Thank you again for submitting your domains for inclusion in the BrandBucket marketplace.

    Unfortunately the following domains are not a good fit for our target audience:

    • poolbrook.com"
    Not a word about ravenham .com, although they say my domainS have been reviewed, and the rejected domain shows as such on my account.

    WTH -
    For sale - POOLBROOK .COM - a unique brandable name that passes the radio test and the telephone answering test, most of 2 years registration remaining. - £20 and a free push at GoDaddy.
     
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    Exactly the same responses that I received. Best of luck!
     
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    One week on - and ravenham .com has been accepted with a SRP of $1895 .

    I have submitted a couple more domains - firthwater .com and hartbeck . com. I think they want things that are "easy to logo". If my theory is correct, they will reject firthwater and accept hartbeck, although firthwater would be easy enough (Forth bridge logo!).

    I'm sticking with BrandBucket for now because they are not asking for any money up front, and my circumstances are boracic. New members are allowed 10 free evaluations, and the $10 submission fee is currently waived - perhaps because they are not selling much at the moment.

    Does anyone know where to look for BrandBucket sales figures? Has anyone here actually sold anything through them?
     
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