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  • Marchex end user sales, part 2: Disney, EA, GE, and Google

    1. BY - Nov 05, 2012
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    More Marchex end user sales.

    Here’s the second round of end user sales courtesy of Marchex. See more Marchex end user sales here.

    I’ve tried my best to verify the actual buyer using DomainTools’ historical whois records. In some cases it’s tricky because domains may have been purchased through brokers or the whois records had privacy.

    Disney bought two domain names from Marchex in the 2006 to 2007 timeframe: GameKingdom.com for $40,000 and PiratesOnline.com for $37,500. Both forward to pages on Disney’s Go.com; the former doesn’t resolve and the latter is for a Pirates of the Caribbean game.

    Ducks Unlimited Canada spend $25,000 for WaterFowling.com in 2009.

    Electronic Arts (EA) bought Battlefield.com in 2007 for $80,000. It appears that Marksmen helped them with the acquisition.

    Endorse Corp bought Endorse.com for $100,000 in 2011

    Marchex sold DebtWise.com for 2009 and it’s currently owned by Equifax. It may have been purchased through an intermediary in 2009; Equifax shows up in the whois in 2010.

    Families.com bought FamilyTree.org for $50,000. The domain’s whois record had privacy from 2008 to 2011, so it’s difficult to pin down when the domain sold.

    First National Bank of Omaha picked up FirstBankCard.com this year for $25,000.

    FYI Direct paid $200,000 for FreeScore.com. The transaction appears to have been around 2008.

    GE has two domains purchased from Marchex. It bought TheFeast.com for $32,500 in 2010. I believe that was for an NBC Universal shopping guide later bought by DailyCandy; so . It is also the owner of UniversalSports.com, which was purchased for $250,000 in 2008. It’s unclear if it was the original buyer.

    German American Bancorp bought GermanAmerican.com for $25,000 in 2009.

    Glam Network bought Foodied.com for $90,000 in 2011.

    Google picked up two domains: Chromium.org for a whopping $100,000 and HotPot.com for $40,000. The whois for Chromium.org was unmasked and the DNS changed in 2008, but I can’t verify the domain sold then. HotPot.com may have been purchased through an intermediary in 2010.

    The company that owns GourmetGiftBaskets.com bought the typo GormetGiftBaskets.com for $10,000 in 2011.

6 Comments
  • Great part 2 article Andrew.

    One of the weirdest sales is the 10.000 sale for a typo of GourmetGiftBaskets.com, amazing deal.

    Besides that one, the sale of Chromium.org for 100.000 is really a premium sale!

  • You are missing domainindex.com which was bought by us and is being used for the appraisal and domain-tools service.

  • Nice reporting, this is a what a end user sales list should look like ;)

  • Let’s face it, these domains suck and the people who bought them are suckers.

    Let’s get real.

  • @ted knight

    ha ha ha ha! i agree with you 100% and i like the way you expressed yourself so candidly.

    but when people speak so truthfully and bluntly it cuts like a knife to some of the hard headed domainers out there. these were some extraordinary, long shot, jackpot type sales. many hold on to the same wild dreams, and thus price (extort) accordingly.

  • @Rob, you fighting your name karma?

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