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June 30, 2016 (Thu)

Chinese .IDN too expensive to compete


Registration numbers of Chinese .IDN are really dismal. Take .公司 (company) and .网络 (network), the only two Chinese .IDN handled by all of the top 10 registrars in China. A month ago, the former had 50,193 registrations and the latter 31,882. Now? They have only grown by 221 and 110 registrations respectively.

One of the causes of this problem may be price. Chinese .IDN domain names often sell at very high prices when compared with .com, .cn, and other extensions. For example, you can register .com on eName for 100 CNY, .cn for 80 CNY, and .wang for only 9 CNY. But, look at the prices of Chinese .IDN domain names.

Registrar.公司.网络
Aliyun220 CNY220 CNY
eName320320
West320320
35.com320320
DNS.com.cn620->320620->320
Zgsj.com320320
22.cn320320
CNDNS.com320320
72e.net320320
Bizcn.com320320

When the two mainstream extensions (.com and .cn) are much cheaper and affordable, and with great number of ccTLD and new gTLD domain names at very low prices, can Chinese .IDNs really compete? Or, does it matter to their registries?

It does. Domain investors promote domain names but high prices drive them away. If Chinese .IDN registries also act like many other new registries by holding back good domain names and leaving no money on the table, then there is no incentive for domain investors to buy expensive Chinese .IDN domain names, hold them for long term while trying to sell to end users or other investors.

Domain investors are like your distributors. A domain name sold for a profit creates buzz, and buzz creates momentum, and momentum brings success to a domain extension. High prices attract no domain investor.