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  • 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.

  • Big names buy domains: Under Armour, Mary Kay, SAP and more

    1. BY - Jul 30, 2014
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    Large companies snap up domain names at Sedo.

    This week’s Sedo end user sales list is packed with big name end user buyers. Fortune 500 companies bought domains for under $2,000. The list follows.

    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.

    Enterprise.bm $1,200 – Enterprise Rent-a-Car. .BM is the country code for Bermuda.

    Pendler.de 999 EUR – Software giant SAP. I believe they have a product by this name, but I can’t translate well from German. Pendler means “commuter” in German.

    DirectSales.club $1,500 – Cosmetics direct-selling company Mary Kay.

    NTGroup.com 4,500 EUR – National Treasury Leisure B.V. in Amsterdam.

    Liberty.ch 21,000 EUR – The whois shows Swissclear AG. Google it and you’ll land on liberty-vorsorge.ch, a financial services company.

    Appropos.com 3,900 EUR – Software company Appropos, LLC shortened its domain name from ApproposDigital.com.

    BringTheNoise.com $3,000 – Concert ticket company Live Nation.

    Navigator1.com 1,450 EUR – $15 billion company (market cap) FiServ.

    SanDiegoRV.com $1,800 – San Diego RV Center, which uses the domain name SDRVcenter.com.

    ChemHeritage.com $795 – Chemical Heritage Foundation, owner of the matching .org domain name.

    DrsRobotics.com $1,000 – KMT Robotic Solutions in Auburn Hills, Michigan.

    HotelPricecompare.com $750 – the owner of hotel booking site BedBooker.com.

    Tyre.info $1,000 – the owner of tire review site TyreReviews.co.uk.

    Ramses.org $2,299 – Ramses, which I believe is a restaurant in Madrid. It web address is RamsesLife.com.

    ArizonaChoice.com $1,595 – Insurance company Word and Brown. They own a number of insurance brands ending in -choice.

    Golfballs.co $1,000 – Par Golf Supply, Inc. in Illinois.

    GeoSafe.com $3,500 – GeoSafe LLC, provider of GPS solutions to emergency response services, shortened its web address from GeoSafeCorp.com.

    WhiskyShow.com 3,000 EUR – Specialty Drinks Ltd, a liqour company.

    IWWIW.com 1,999 EUR – Apparel company Under Armour. What do you think it stands for?