Paula Deen spends $27,900 on domain name for new venture (end user sales)

Celebrity chef among end users who bought domain names last week.

Paul Deen NetworkCelebrity chef Paula Deen, who experienced a spectacular fall from grace last year over her prior use of racial slurs, is making a comeback with Paul Deen Ventures. She’s launching a subscription service called Paula Deen Network (PDN). She just made a smart move by buying the domain name for $27,900, which is a heck of a deal.

That was just one of many end user domain name purchases at Sedo last week. Others are below.

(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.) $50,000 – Tax software company Intellirose, which has a product called irsLogics. They recently purchased for $1,999. 900 EUR – TelecityGroup International Limited, which operates data centers. $854 – Vanquis Bank Limited in the United Kingdom. 850 GBP – Shizzle Labs Ltd, a startup in London building a mobile app called Shizzle. 5,000 EUR – French company Teleshopping $1,500 – Champions Club Pvt Ltd in Goa, India. 6,000 EUR – GoDerma GmbH, a company that lets you get a remote diagnosis from a dermatologist. This seems to be some sort of brand for them. 3,750 EUR – ITL Leisure Tourism & Travel Co. in Saudi Arabia. $1,295 – Choctaw County Development Association in Oklahoma. Hugo is a city within the county. $1,500 – Vitamin and supplements company Inc $2,500 – Crossroads Television System in Burlington, Ontario $3,000 – ecom360 GmbH, which owns the matching .de domain name. $1,450 – ConsolAir Inc., which owns the matching .net domain name. 899 EUR – Business travel company 3mundi. $799 – MSI Benefits Group, Inc. in Kennesaw, Georgia. They own $7,999 – Mobile technology company OpenMarket. $6,988 – Wiluna Holdings, LLC, which sells clips. $1,500 – Dairy/livestock services company They use the matching .com. $5,500 – Avantis Systems, provider of classroom tablets under the LearnPad brand. 899 GBP – Beverage company LoveTaste, which uses the matching .co domain name. $1,500 – Media Titan, Inc in California. $3,288 – Mailroom automation and scanner company OPEX Corporation. They use the matching .com domain name.

Forward U.S. bought domain for $1,500

New immigration reform group bought .us domain for $1,500 at Sedo.

Forward U.S., the new immigration reform group led by companies including Facebook, Google, and PayPal, paid $1,500 for its domain name.

Forward U.S., the new immigration reform group led by companies including Facebook, Google, and PayPal, paid $1,500 for its domain name.

The new immigration reform group that Ron Jackson wrote about last week paid $1,500 for

That’s just one of the end user sales that Sedo made last week. It had a big week, closing nearly $2 million in sales. Here are some of its other end user sales.

SumUp, a Square competitor that allows you to accept credit cards with your mobile phone, bought for $750.

Data networking accessories (e.g. cables and connectors) company KSM Limited bought for 2,800 GBP, which it now forwards to

Game hosting company Cubed Host bought for $2,595 and forwards it to

Bridge Entertainment, Inc bought for $940. The company runs E-Poll Research, which offers E-Score Celebrity to provide ratings on celebrities.

Campus Special, which offers online food ordering at universities, bought for $2,500.

HR company Adecco paid $3,500 for the domain hack, which I imagine they’ll use as a URL shortener.

World Travel Holdings, which specializes in cruises, bought for $20,000. I saw an ad in The Economist yesterday for a Mississippi river cruise. Perhaps Carnival Cruises should offer river cruises. When their boats malfunction they’ll be really close to shore.

Hempconsult UG bought for $1,900. Business needs no explanation.

Boston property management company Butler Property Management paid $700 for

Document sharing company iDeals Solutions Group S.A. paid 1,400 EUR for It uses the domain

Over 50 end user domain sales including Paramount Pictures’ $65k purchase

End users close deals before the new year.

A lot of small businesses buy domain names toward the end of the year. One reason is they want to get the purchase on this year’s books. That’s what one buyer told me the last week of December — “I’ll do it for this price if you can complete the sale by the end of the year for tax reasons”.

That’s great for domainers but bad for my fingers. They’re about to fall off after doing this end user sales report for Afternic’s last two weeks of the year.

There are some good sales in this list. The first one is a biggie, but there are more five figure sales buried within. Have fun.

Paramount Pictures bought for $65,000. The current whois shows Mark Monitor’s “privacy service”, but historical whois records show Paramount bought it.

A Georgia remodeling company bought the domain matching its name,, for $1,000.

Menara Travel, a UK tour operator focused on Morocco, bought for $1,000.

On the other side of the pond, Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau bought for $3,300.

Aggreko, which rents cooling towers, paid $1,477 for

An SEO company bought for $2,600. I sure hope its for a client that owns the trademark on that.

A Tokyo company changed its name to Money Forward and bought for $1,795.

Shoplio, a company that was sued over its domain, bought for $1,600.

Used auto parts store Pull-A-Part bought for a whopping $10,400. It owns the matching .com.

The Illinois law firm Byrdie Brownridge-Tucker bought for $1,495. I’m not sure what the initials stand for $. I don’t think it’s Illinois abbreviation (IL) backwards since it doesn’t own

Convenience store chain High’s Dairy Stores paid $1,795 for

EnerSciences, a holding group for a number of “energy science” companies, bought for $3,200.

Self storage company CubeSmart paid $3,500 for

Pacific Pillows is at it again, buying for $1,000 and for $1,500. It previously bought at a BuyDomains auction on SnapNames [Update: the buyer says he actually bought the domain after the auction.]. (singular) sold for $40,000 in 2008.

French company DIOT, which owns, went global with for $3,250.

Video company Highline Studios, which owns, bought the singular for $1,000.

Financial services company Platinum Group owns, but I guess it decided it needed a .com. It bought for $1,313. It probably wants, but that domain resolves to a page offering it for sale (non-negotiable) for $27,500.

Cloud company Cooperative Computing upgraded from .net to .com with for $1,600. $1,000 to get the .com of your .net is a great deal.

Ditto with Major Security GmbH, which paid $1,000 to upgrade from to Not owning the .com of your domain can be a security issue, so this was a good buy.

DayUse Hotels, not to be confused with HourlyUse hotels (but could be used for the same thing), bought for $3,000.

A 1-800-Got-Junk franchisee in Pennsylvania bought for $5,000. Moves and junk removal go together.

Edrive Autos LLC, seller of pre-auction vehicles, bought for $2,500.

BanksGrocery Company in Kentucky paid $1,650 for

Business training/education company Business Educators, LLC bought for $1,800.

Batteries Plus bought for $1,300. It does not own the .com version.

A company that owns numerous Bitcoin sites shelled out for $17,500. I sure hope it has U.S. operations despite a New Zealand whois record.

Education technology provider Parent Connect, Inc. paid $2,388 for It owns, but not (which is owned by Frank Schilling).

Even after reviewing its web site for a couple minutes, I’m still at a loss for what The Seek Company does. But I do know it sought its corporate name as a domain name in addition to, and landed for $1,000.

Wet wipes manufacturer Nice-Pak Products, Inc. bought for $2,000. Mike Mann was the seller. helps people create a web site for their high school graduating class. It bought for $1,877.

Democracy Prep Public Schools, a charter school company, bought for $1,000.

Tennessee Valley Authority bought for $2,500.

Procurement company HCM Works paid $2,400 for

South East Bank in Knoxville, Tennessee bought for a solid $25,000.

The owner of bought for $1,150

Metropolitan West, an interior design and window film company in Los Angeles, bought for $1,500. It uses as its web site.

Fieldstone Financial in Mansfield, Massachusetts bought for $1,688.

Straden-Schaden, Inc., which appears to be a pharma company, bought for $1,617 and for $1,095.

Tucows sold to White Castle restaurants for $3,477. That sale makes me hungry. Or want to throw up.

Lifetime Fitness bought for a rich $14,200.

Lab equipment company NuAire bought for $2,488 to complement its .com. sold for $1,595. The whois is protected by Network Solutions Privacy, which lists The World Bank as the buyer. It’s too early to tell if the actual “The World Bank” bought the domain.

London clothing company Charli bought for $2,888 to complement its domain.

C & S Executive Transportation paid $1,000 for

The owner of bought for $1,255.

The Ally Foundation, a non-profit working to stop sexual violence, paid $1,032 for

ORGAPLAN Logisik GmbH upgraded from .net to for $1,300.

Real estate firm Epicity bought for $1,395.

Goya Foods bought for $1,795 and for $1,895.

Israeli telecom company Geek Media bought for $2,000

33 end user domain sales: TrendMicro, Tufts, Shutterstock, and more

Big companies, small companies, and universities make domain purchases.

A broad mix of end users made domain purchases this past week.


The proprietor behind the baseball equipment site expanded with for $1,250.

Home decor company Rowley Company paid $1.888 for

The company behind, a directory of local (presumably independent) restaurants bought for $1,000.

I frequently buy Driscoll’s berries at the grocery store. Driscolls Strawberry Associates, Inc. just picked up for $1,195.

Stock photo site Shutterstock bought for $8,588 and for $1,354.

Internet security company TrendMicro bought for $1,595.

Vehicle topper/rack seller RhinoRack bought for $2,495.

The Daytona Beach Area Convention & Visitors Bureau bought for $1,650. I’m surprised to see they already own

The Texas A&M Athletics Department paid $1,277 for

Final Coat Painting in Minnesota already owns It bought for $1,088.

Missouri based On-Line Taxes Inc. bought for $6,500.

I don’t quite understand this one, but at $60,000 it must be an end user:

Measurement and testing systems company Sierra Instruments bought for $1,795.

Jayco Capital Group bought for $1,511.

Robertson Brothers home builders bought for $1,877.

Firecode Safety Equipment Inc owns and added for $1,188.

Tufts University bought for $5,577 to complement its domain.

Moody Bible Institute bought for $1,250.

Biotechnology company DFI Corp, which produces sweeteners, bought for $2,000.

The owner of bought for $1,788 and for $4,488.


Elite Loans and Mortgages Ltd in the United Kingdom bought for 1,095 GBP.

Local Tool Hire Ltd in London owns and It just bought for $800 GBP.

Cruise Direct/Cruise Reward Miles LTD bought for 10,000 GBP.

Redeye Media Ltd bought for 950 GBP.

Travel perks company Want Me Get Me owns, but that’s kind of long. It just paid $2,000 for the shorter

Australian Wool Innovation Ltd, owner of the category defining domain name, bought for $3,500.

Independent medical examination provider ExamWorks picked up for $5,000.

The Rocket Science Group, LLC, the company behind the MailChimp enewsletter product, bought for $10,500.

Flower shop Flor e Flores owns It protected itself by purchasing (missing the ‘e’ in the middle) for 1,000 EUR.

Empirical Financial Services, LLC bought for $1,540. It currently uses

Far West Capital, which is right down the road from me in Austin, bought for $4,000. It already owns

21 end user domain sales (including some big buyers)

21 end user domain name sales from the past week.

This week’s end user domain sales report includes a shop that’s probably at your local mall, a big online university, and cosmetics giant Loreal.


Thomson Reuters bought for $4,200. I’m not sure what it stands for.

Used Gym Equipment, LLC paid $1,988 for to accompany its

Harris Research, Inc., owner of the ChemDry franchise, bought for $1,277.

Personal injury lawyer Bob Goldwater bought for $1,488.

Business communications company MessageMind bought for $1,277.

The Recycle Depot in California shortened its URL from to for $1,800. (The .com is owned by a well known domainer.)

MyCommunityLife, a social media service for groups, bought for $1,850.

CRS Travel Solutions bought for $1,088.

Yankee Candle, the store you can smell from all the way across the mall, bought for $3,396.

Niche Inc., maker of military cargo parachutes, bought for $1,275. Its existing web site is

First Dakota National Bank bought for $1,595. It has an agriculture equipment financing program called IronCountry.

American Petroleum Institute picked up for $2,195.

The group behind bought for $1,400.

Schneider Publishing, which produces events and publications including some sports ones, bought for $1,941.

Cosmetics giant Loreal bought for $1,050. It does not own

Codecademy, which recently defended its domain name in a UDRP, bought for $1,000. It’s a much better domain than

Finally…not necessarily and end user sale but an interesting one., an alternate name for the Innocence of Muslims video that is making news, sold for $1,000. It was sold by Mike Mann’s DomainMarket. For some reason the whois record at GoDaddy is null.


Western Governors University, an online university founded by the governors of 19 U.S. states, bought for $1,358. I assume it’s to promote information technology degrees, not Italy.

Online t-shirt design site bought for $1,450.

Denver County Court paid $1,150 for

WISE — World Institute of Scientology Enterprises — paid 800 EUR for