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  • What domain names Shell and other end users bought last week

    1. BY - Aug 13, 2014
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    Shell buys a .IN, liquor company buys a .club.

    Shell Oil is among the big companies that bought domain names last week at Sedo.

    You can view previous lists like this here. If you’d like to learn how to sell your domain names like these on Sedo, download this report.

    Chat.fr and Chat.de 99,999 EUR and 65,000 EUR – I’m not sure if I should clasify these as under user purchases because the buyer is domain investor Xedoc. However, I imagine the domains were purchased with a website plan in mind.

    Faculty.co.uk 999 GBP – A company in London called Faculty Design.

    VSV.ch 980 EUR – (Verband des Schweizerischen Versandhandels), a Swiss mail order/e-commerce company. This domain sure beat vsv-versandhandel.ch!

    Secura.at 799 EUR – Secura GmbH, a liability insurance company.

    Havana.club $8,000 – Liquor company Pernod Ricard, which sells the Havana Club brand of rum.

    CornishGems.co.uk $1,750 – UK vacation home company Cornish Gems Ltd. It forwards this domain name to CornishGems.com.

    CharityBank.com – $1,249 UK Charity Bank, which operates at CharityBank.org.

    TTCO.net $1,900 – Mexican telecom company Transtelco.

    CoBrowser.com $6,600 – Live chat and support company CoBrowser.net BV, which obviously owns the matching .net domain name.

    Shell.in $1,500 – Oil company Shell.

    TeamTrust.com $8,000 – the domain name is registered to Team Trust, LLC, but the email address is for StatDoc, an emergency medicine consulting firm. They appear to be owned by the same person.

    PeakDesign.com $8,895 – Peak Design, a San Francisco camera accessories company. It upgraded its domain name from PeakDesignLTD.com.

    WindscreenWipers.com 800 GBP – Wiper Blades Ltd, which operates the only store WiperBlades.co.uk.

    PKMM.com $2,000 – Government services supplier PKMM Incorporated. This domain name is a nice improvement over PKMMinc.com.

  • Amazon launches Square competitor, snaps up 100 domain names

    1. BY - Aug 13, 2014
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    Company registered 100 related domain names ahead of latest product launch.

    Amazon Local RegisterToday Amazon.com launched Amazon Local Register, a mobile credit card merchant solution similar to Square.

    Yesterday the company registered close to 100 new domain names for the new service, by my count.

    Of the companies I track, Amazon does the most defensive domain name registrations when it releases new products. The company has over 35,000 registered domain names.

    These domains will give you an idea of how broad Amazon’s defensive domain registrations are for Amazon Local Register:

    • amazon-payment-device.com
    • amazonlocalregisterpaymentsapps.com
    • amazonpayments-local-registers.com
    • localpaymentsbyamazon.com
    • localregister-amazonpay.com
    • securecardreaderbyamazon.com

    Despite Amazon’s broad defensive domain name registration practices, it always ends up having to go after individuals that find something it hasn’t registered. With hundreds of top level domain names, it’s impossible to protect everything in every top level domain name. It makes me question if this activity is the wrong approach.

    Amazon is also registering some of its brands across every new TLD that comes out, such as fire.plumbing. I can’t imagine how that domain name helps the company.

    The company also acquired LocalRegister.com. The last public whois record for the domain name prior to Amazon shows domainer Chad Folkening, so he might have sold the domain name to the company.

    Despite owning LocalRegister.com, the domain name doesn’t forward to the official site for the product.

  • End user domain name purchases including State Street and Live Person

    1. BY - Aug 08, 2014
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    State Street and LivePerson among domain name buyers.

    Sedo sold 632 domain names last week for a total of $1.7 million. Their highest reported sale was just $25,100, which means there were one or more big ticket sales that were confidential.

    Here are some of the domain names that were purchased by end users.

    You can view previous lists like this here. If you’d like to learn how to sell your domain names like these on Sedo, download this report.

    EasyBook.com 13,500 EUR – EasiBook, a bus ticketing company in Singapore & Malaysia, wisely bought the “correct” spelling.

    NewYorkCity.ch 1,250 EUR – New York Media Group B.V. in Netherlands. This company has purchased other ccTLDs on Sedo. I suspect it’s also the buyer of NewYorkCity.nl for 1,500 EUR.

    SSgx.com $2,000 – Financial services firm State Street.

    GMC.co.uk 7,725 GBP – General Medical Counsel in the UK.

    LivePerson.com.au $10,000 – online support company LivePerson, Inc.

    HelenMarlen.com $1,000 – Helen Marlen group, which uses Helen-Marlen.com. As best I can tell, this is a Russian fashion accessories company.

    ChopMyRate.com $800 – Howden & Associates Insurance Agency in Orlando.

    Smart-Magazine.com 4,025 EUR – Automotive company Daimler, which produces the Smart Car.

    MXoil.com 1,500 GBP – The domain was registered by Cornhill Capital, Ltd, which I believe owns or has an equity stake in MXOil.

    BioPharmaServices.com $2,500 – Pharmaceutical studies company Bio Pharma Services Inc, which uses the matching .CA domain name.

    MomCommerce.com $2,499 – Trinity Road, seller of religion-themed products.

    NaturePics.com $849 – New Zealand nature photographyer Rob L. Suisted. He owns NaturesPic.com.

  • Wow: BTC.com domain name sells for $1.0 million to Bitcoin company

    1. BY - Aug 04, 2014
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    Three letter domain name sells for seven figures.

    Domain name brokerage firm Domain Guardians has brokered the sale of the BTC.com domain name to a bitcoin company.

    GAWMiners, seller of bitcoin mining machines, is the buyer.

    This is an example of how a three letter domain name can gain significant value based on new popular terms.

    I’m a bit shocked by the price. It makes me wonder how much Bitcoins.com would have sold for in the recent Heritage Auctions domain name auction. The domain name was pulled at the last minute for legal reasons related to the Mt Gox bankruptcy.

    The most recent public whois for BTC.com shows the owner as Brain Trust Company in Osaka, Japan.

  • Sedo sells $17M of domains in Q2, including a new TLD for $100k

    1. BY - Jul 31, 2014
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    Sedo reports on its domain aftermarket sales so far this year.

    Sedo released its market report for the first half of 2014 today.

    The company sold about $17 million worth of domain names in the second quarter, down slightly from $19 million in Q1. In the second quarter is sold 7,453 domains, down from 8,763 in the first quarter.

    One interesting item of note: Sedo sold a second level domain in a new TLD for $100,000.

    The name is confidential, but that bests the luxury.estate sale of $50,000.

    Buy Now sales are quickly becoming the bulk of sales. They accounted for 49% over the first half of the year. Negotiated sales accounted for 31% of the total.

    The median price of sales on Sedo’s platform was $616.

    You can view the market study infographic here.