A domain marketplace is a platform for trading domains. If you own a domain which you wish to sell or if you would like to invest in new domains, there is absolutely no shortage of online domain markets offering a variety of features and promotions. Some of the most popular domain marketplaces include eBay, SEDO, TDNam, NameJet and SnapNames. Each of these websites targets a different kind of audience and is unique in their own way. Auctioning of domains is the latest feature introduced in most of these domain markets and needless to say, this effort has been very well appreciated by most domainers.
eBay might not be one of the best domain marketplaces available on the internet but it proves to be an excellent platform if you are trading low cost domains or short names like the ones that are 3 or 4 letters long, etc. Registration at eBay is free, though they do charge a nominal fee for listing a domain for sale on their website. There are further commissions that eBay will collect once a domain is sold successfully. These commissions vary depending on the price of sale. The ending time and day, as well as an accurate description and title is crucial to getting the maximum selling price.
SEDO on the other hand is a massive domain market where constant trading takes place all day. Their auctions can be constantly watched by anyone by subscribing to the RSS auction feeds, a feature unique to SEDO. Registration at SEDO is free and fairly simple. However, if you wish to list your domain on auction there needs to be a bid that is accepted. You also have the option of selling a domain directly to a buyer outside the auction process.
TDNam is operated by GoDaddy.com and is a market which constantly displays a variety of domains for sale. The marketplace features everything from high-priced domains based on traffic, keywords, etc to really good domains for bargain basement prices. TDNam also features a "Closeout" section that offers a vareity of domans for $5 + Reg Fee. Registration is free on TDNam, which enables any user to purchase domains on the website. However, to sell domains one will have to shell out an annual fee of $4.99
SnapNames became one of the leading domain marketplaces soon after its launch in 2000. The website reached stardom with the help of its agreements with domain registrars who provided them with unrestricted access to deleted and expired domain names.
Being a fairly new service, Namejet has made a commendable effort to establish itself in the market. It is one of the very few services to be equipped with a unique feature called backordering which enables the buyer to keep a watch on the domains they wish to purchase as soon as they are on sale. Domains can be bought for as low as $29 and up to $2500 for unverified users. Due to exclusive agreements with Network Solutions, NameJet might have the best quality of domains of any service.