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In Jane Austen's book Pride and Prejudice, there's a line that says something like "We move in very different circles" to refer to people of one social class not mixing with people of another class. I experienced something similar when I went to my senior high school. In my class, there was a group of students who came from rich families. They spoke native English and were good in various fields, and their plans were to go to Harvard or MIT. Then there was another group of students including me who were poor but diligent. We were in the same class but most of the time we moved in different circles. Do social classes still exist today? I think so. Here's the post.

September 14, 2016 (Wed)

What domain names are Chinese retailers using?

I'm always interested in Chinese company ranking lists because they tell me the kind of domain names end users prefer. So, I was delighted to find the 2016 Top 100 Public Retailing Companies list in an eName news story today. eName did a wonderful job by adding the domain names used by these companies. Because of time constraint, I selected only the top 50 for my study.

First, here are the domain names used by the top 50 retailers in China.

1 JD.com2 Suning.com3 Taobao.com4 SunartRetail.com5
6 Jztey.com8 Eascs.com9 VIP.com10
11 e-cbest.com13 DashanGufen.com14 LHegou.com15
16 HeilanHome.com19
26 Whzb.com27 GEretail.com28 eeBBK.com29 Beijing-Hualian.com30
31 NJXB.com32 ChowSangSang.com33 CCOYmc.com34 Anta.com35
36 Hengdeli-Repair.com37 MaoYe.cn38 RenRenLe.cn40
41 LachaPella.cn45
46 SemirBiz.com48

Here are my observations.

The mainstream extensions in China remain to be .com and .cn. All 50 retailers use either .com or .cn domain names. In this study, .com leads slightly by having 54% of the retailers using it and the best five prefer .com. As shown by Number 1 Jing Dong's, if you want to be the best in China, you have to have a good .com name.

Regarding the Chinese extension, only three retailers are using .cn but the majority are still using, even though is now a minor player in terms of registration number. As I see it, the world is moving to just one dot in a domain name, so I speculate most domain names will migrate to .cn. We need to revisit this topic in the future to see if Chinese retailers will transition to just one dot.

A lot of the retailers are still using subpar domain names such as No 7 Jiu Zhou Tong (九州通) with its English name being Jointown. Its official website is which does not exactly match the company's Chinese or English name. In my opinion, a better name may be,,, or Companies need to understand the benefits of a short domain name matching their company name.

I also analyzed the company names to see how many pins they could be if Pinyin domain names were used (some already are Pinyin names though). Here is the result: 28 retailers could use 2-pin; 14 retailers could use 3-pin; and 8 retailers could use 4-pin. This suggests the 2-pin and 2L domain names have the largest potential in China. The chance of a Chinese company acquiring 5-pin or 5L domain name is very slim.

The entire Top 100 list together with domain names is available in Chinese at