Welcome to the one-stop destination for domain deals. The DomainPawnshop.com Platform (DPP) provides both, traditional lease-sale capabilities, as well as a new short-term funding capability not previously available to domain name owners.
Before today, liquidity in the domain name industry meant one thing: selling a premium domain name at a discount. That’s because domain name owners basically had two choices: (1) hold a domain name until it eventually sold to an end user, or; (2) sell the domain name at a deep enough discount to get cash quickly.
Today, DomainPawnshop.com introduces a third option: the Purchase-Repurchase Agreement (PRA). Now there is a platform that understands that you would like to sell your premium domain name to get the cash you need – but that you also want to retain the right to repurchase the domain name at a fixed price in the near future.
Mission & Purpose
The primary mission of DomainPawnshop.com is to promote domain names as assets and provide a forum for people to explore financial opportunities associated with domain names.
Secondly, DomainPawnshop.com seeks to educate the public about domain names and share the background, the evolution of philosophy, and the various opinions that have supported the monetization of domain names.
Thirdly, DomainPawnshop.com seeks to facilitate the initiation and negotiation of private one-to-one transactions that involve domain names, such as buying, selling, or leasing domain names, as well as the use of domain names as the basis for requesting and supplying short-term funding.
Though released for commercial use on January 1, 1995, the Internet was just starting to make real traction when DomainPawnshop.com was created in 1999. Back then, there was no marketplace for used domain names. Indeed, there were only the beginnings of a robust market for domain names.
Even so, the idea that a domain name registration could have a cash value far exceeding the cost of registration was born. And recognizing the challenges of accessing that residual value without losing the domain name, DomainPawnshop.com was conceived. Its recent development is a result of marketing forces driven by a void in premium domain name liquidity.
In the future, we will continue to innovate and develop new ways for domain name owners to leverage their premium domain names.