Domains that have been registered and never dropped are called “Aged Domains”.
These domains typically sell for more than a new one does because it has been around for a while, it‟s usually out of the Google Sandbox and for those who are looking for aged domains, it can help them develop an existence online, a history, or credibility in their niche markets simply because if the domain has been around for years, it appears that they have as well. Aged domains can also be found on forums like www.DNForum.com and simply by typing in the keywords “Aged Domains” into the search bar you can easily locate domain auctions that include these older domain names.
I have purchased dozens of domain names for $40 or less that were anywhere from 5 to 10 years old. Just based on the age alone I was able to flip these domain names for over 5x what I paid. For instance, one domain name I purchased was never used, meaning it had never featured a website on it, it just sat parked in the users account for over six years. I purchased the domain for only $30.00 and because of its age, I was able to flip it for $379.00. That‟s quite a boost in profit from a domain I paid so little for.