Country code domain name owners buy the matching .com on this week’s Sedo end user sales list.
A good number of end user domain purchases at Sedo and Afternic each week are made by companies that own the same second level domain under a different top level domain. That’s particularly the case with ccTLD owners. This week’s list has a few examples. On the flip side, it also includes examples of companies that own a .com buying a matching ccTLD.
MobileHelp.com, which sold for $25,000, is now registered to Integrity Tracking LLC. The site offers a medical alert service called Mobile Help.
Hard drive manufacturer Western Digital bought WesternDigital.ch for $999.
The Roof Box Company, which sells devices for the top of your car to carry sporting equipment, bought SnowSocks.co.uk for 2,500 GBP.
Online travel company Travix International bought CheapCars.ch for 2,024 EUR.
Blender company Vita-Mix paid 850 EUR for Vitamix.ch.
Australia’s largest grocery store chain, Woolworths, bought DrinksAcademy.com for $2,495. Oddly, it does not appear to have registered the .com.au version of this domain.
Cigarsdirect, Inc in Tampa bought DiscountHumidors.com for $1,500.
Investment company Palm Ventures bought Palm360.com for $2,500.
TheWifeRegistry.com, a gift registry and reminder service for couples, bought the shorter domain Wistry.com for $1,295.
Way Ray, a Russian product that uses augmented reality to project travel routes on the windshield, bought WayRay.com for $4,990. It uses WayRay.ru.
Energy drink company PowerLook, which operates at PowerLook.de, bought PowerLook.com for $6,000.
Chambers Of International Commerce bought CompanySecretary.com for $2,500.
Family Faith Church in Victoria, Texas bought MyFFC.com for $6,500.
YES Pharmaceutical Development Services GmbH, which uses the domain yes-services.eu, bought YesServices.com for $1,000.
Shoes for Crews, which sells slip resistant shoes, bought ShoeForCrews.com for $2,000. That’s a typo of its name that leaves the ‘s’ off of “Shoes”.
Simplestream, a provider of live video streaming technology, bought TV-Player.com for $800.
Short Cuts GmbH, a web design company that uses Short-Cuts.de as its domain name, bought Short-Cuts.com for $1,400.
Brownstone Appellate Law Firm paid $1,000 for FederalLawyer.com.
Skyland Travel Inc. in Vancouver bought WowCruises.com for $1,000.
Glass company Emhart Glass bought BucherEmhartGlass.com $9,000. Emhart is owned by a company called Bucher. I’m kind of surprised it didn’t file a UDRP on this one.
Graham Schreiber says
Owning the “.com” plus having a Website hosted in the United States, with say … Network Solutions, constitutes in part … “continuous & systematic contact” with the US & US Consumers, which opens up access to a USPTO Trademark.
There are a few other “T’s to cross & i’s to dot” such as, “Selling” not just “Advertising” but those are the major required factors.
Shortly – The NTIA are going to override the Jones Day navigated ICANN; and all those “New gTLD’s” will be retained within the United States “Jurisdiction & Venue”.
Sadly, eliminating WIPO from the lucrative Infringement Arbitration Business! As you can imagine, WIPO, will regret the day they decided to ~ profit ~ from the CentralNic false designation ccTLD racket.
In doing so, CentralNic, Network Solutions, with their combined effort, Central Registry Solutions, eNom / Demand Media = Donuts; and their ilk will have their wings-cliped.
The ingenious “sunrise period” will be null & void, ending businesses forced & implied obligation to hurry and buy, for Infringement protection, “These unrestricted domain names are now widely available on a first come first serve basis.”
Victory, to the USPTO Trademark owner, over ICANN.