Yes, I believe them. If we don't believe them what other level of verification would be possible?
*The vast majority have been submitted to NameBio and the transaction was verified.
*Also, most were covered in DNJournal.
*The names sold by Swetha, she routinely posted visual verification.
*The sales essentially all happened on the main marketplaces, Afternic, Dan, Sedo, a few on Alter, at least one on SH. Don't you think these places would have spoken up if they were not true?
*I did an analysis about 7 months ago, and Ray did one recently, that shows that 50% + of recent major .xyz sales are already developed, a higher percentage than similar analysis of recent major legacy extensions.
*Essentially none of the sales are registry in recent years, and in fact almost none are even registry premium renewals.
What exactly would be required to believe the sales, if all of this is not enough? It is a higher level than we routinely accept in lots of sales that no one questions.
The prices for .xyz are eye-popping, I agree, and top marks to Swetha for moving a portion of the market almost single-handedly at first and amassing a superb portfolio and holding out for good prices.
There are definitely businesses looking for .xyz in certain sectors (blockchain, collaboration, NFTs, crypto, defi, etc.). I don't have a great or large .xyz portfolio, but I monitor the ones I have listed at Alter and many of them routinely get more people searching than the legacy extensions I have listed. I sold one .xyz for 4-fig at end of 2021 (too cheaply, the BIN came through literally the day I was planning to increase my .xyz prices somewhat on Alter), and the company was operating on it within 2 weeks.
Will use of .xyz broaden? I suspect so, as .io has broadened outside of tech focus to a large degree.
So please, can we stop questioning .xyz as though we are still back in the year of the penny promotion when the registry destroyed its reputation. Things have changed, and for a variety of reasons, .xyz is emerging as an accepted alternative to some startups.
Sorry, off my soapbox now.
PS I agree that the Web3 integration is a major factor. So far, in recent years, I think the registry has been smart in keeping the renewal reasonable, about the same as .com, and it would appear to me not further designating names as premium just cause someone held them for awhile, as some other cc and new registries do.