How Much is Worth?

What is the value of the domain name? Three-letter .COM domain names can range in value from the low five-figure range ($10,000) up to the seven to eight-figure range.

Why is valuable?

Why are three-letter .COM domains such as valuable? Well, let’s take as an example here. is one of just 17,576 three-letter .COM domain names that are in existence. There are over 127 million .COM domain names registered, which means and the other three-letter .COM names represent just 0.014% of all .COM domains. Rarity makes a highly valuable name, especially to investors who pay top dollar to own the world’s rarest names.
There’s also the question of trust and stability. By owning a three-letter domain name like for your brand, you are displaying a sense of trust to your customers or clients. As a consumer, would you trust or more? The right domain name gives an instant sense of trust in a brand to anyone who visits the domain. A sense of stability and permanence also comes from owning a domain name like It shows a long term investment in a brand.
A three-letter domain name can also offer a company some security from data and traffic leakage that is commonplace amongst longer domain names.
These factors, and more, are why is a domain name that has retained its value for two decades. The factors listed above are fine in theory, but let’s take a look at some examples of three-letter .COM sales to back up the overall value of and three-letter .COM’s in general:

Case Studies

Real world usage of domain names is a key indicator of value, which is why we have put together a series of small case studies below. If several companies spend six, seven or even eight-figures on a three-letter .COM domain name, it demonstrates clearly that three-letter .COM’s play an intrinsic value in the online brand of savvy businesses. Read our case studies:
For years, was the home of Ice Jewelry. But, in 2018 the brand decided to sell and switch to Their domain name was sold inside three days for .5 million. The buyer? Intercontinental Exchange Inc, a company that operates financial markets such as the New York Stock Exchange. Intercontinental Exchange secured to largely protect their brand, redirecting visitors from to the company’s main website,
Homeowner insurance broker Kin managed to acquire the domain name from tech giants Microsoft in an undisclosed transaction. Microsoft Kin was a short-lived mobile phone project, through which Microsoft acquired After the project was closed, the domain remained inactive until Kin made Microsoft an offer to acquire the name. Kin managed to secure very early in their company’s lifetime, with the name in place as Kin secured million in funding.
“The” is one of the most common words in the English dictionary, so it’s no surprise to see the domain name being actively used. The owners of are harnessing the power of the domain name by calling their company “The Dotcom”. The Dotcom offers a website development platform as a rival to WordPress.
These are just three examples of three-letter .COM domains that have been acquired and put to use by brands willing to invest significant amounts of money into their online identity.
Another means of getting a face-value appraisal for is to take a look at verified domain sales data.

Recent Sales

Using previous sales data can help you to get an idea of the value of your own domain name. Here is a list of publicly disclosed three-letter .COM sales from 2015-2020: – $100,000 (2020) – $100,000 (2020) – $115,000 (2020) – $172,984 (2020) – $200,000 (2020) – $720,000 (2020) – $1.5 million (2019) – $300,000 (2019) – $270,000 (2019) – $1.15 million (2018) – $220,000 (2018) – $150,000 (2018) – $325,000 (2018) – $3.5 million (2018) – $300,000 (2018) – $195,000 (2018) – $150,000 (2018) – $500,000 (2018) – $180,000 (2018) – $155,000 (2018) – $220,000 (2018) – $200,000 (2017) – $2 million (2017) – $275,000 (2017) – $198,000 (2017) – $152,000 (2017) – $200,000 (2017) – $2.89 million (2017) – $976,730 (2017) – $345,000 (2016) – $150,000 (2016) – $200,000 (2016) – $235,000 (2016) – $151,500 (2015) – $184,000 (2015) – $150,000 (2015) – $200,000 (2015) – $190,000 (2015) – $150,000 (2015) – $459,000 (2015) – $200,000 (2015) – $200,000 (2015) – $290,000 (2015) – $160,000 (2015)

Further Reading

James Iles, the author of this article, has performed a couple of interviews with the buyers of two high-value three-letter .COM domain names for their respective companies. These represent real-world usage and give a clear idea as to why domains such as command such a high value. You can access the two interviews here (, and here (


Working out the intrinsic value of the domain name (without any attached content, IP or other considerations) is a difficult process. Automated appraisals cannot be relied upon, and ultimately it comes down to the circumstances surrounding the acquisition or sale of the three-letter domain (with associated factors including motivation to buy or sell, the need for the domain, funding available, and current circumstances).
However, it can be easily proven that domains such as are highly desirable, and previous sales data indicates that this type of name routinely sells for five ($xx,xxx) or six ($xxx,xxx) figures. In some cases, this will be higher.

Talk To a Broker

Do you own or a similar domain name? Do you have the budget to acquire a domain name such as you answer yes to either of these questions, get in touch with a domain name broker who may be able to help you. Note that this is a research article only, the author does not own or represent this domain name, and has no connection to it.

About James Iles

James Iles is a domain name industry writer and publisher of You can contact me here, or follow me on Twitter @jamesiles.