Many examples of companies buying the matching .com when they use a .net, .org, or ccTLD.
Frank Schilling said something during his keynote at NamesCon that really rings true.
When companies get a domain name other than .com, they say to themselves “we really ought to get the .com domain too”.
In the year 2014, that’s certainly true. You can argue this will change in the future, but when people tell me today the domain extension doesn’t matter, it’s usually because they’re trying to sell something that’s not .com.
As I went through this week’s list I found example after example of companies that use a ccTLD, .org, .net, etc. who bought the matching .com. Ditto on the end user lists I posted earlier this week.
Here are some of the end user sales at Afternic last week. You may view previous end user sales lists here.
Catterton.com $25,000 – Private equity firm Catterton Management Company, L.L.C.
FutureNavigator.com $3,388 – Future Navigator, which uses FutureNavigator.dk. I just read their website and don’t really have a clue what they do.
CowlitzPUD.com $2,800 – Cowlitz County PUD in Washington state, which uses the matching .org.
Pieris.com $4,750 – Pieris AG, a pharma company. They use the hyphenated domain Pieris-AG.com
RowNewYork.com $1,888 – New York City rowing group ROW New York, which uses the matching .org.
EmpireAviation.com $3,900 – Empire Aviation Group in Dubai, which uses Empire.aero.
ChoiceKitchen.com $3,100 – Choice Foodservices, Inc. in San Ramon, California.
RealHealthProducts.com $1,500 – Real Health Products, a Glendale, California company that owns the undesirable RealHealth-Products.com domain name.
AdrenalineCycles.com $1,888 – Adrenaline Cycles in Corbin, Kentucky upgraded from the .net.
Charter.us $3,000 – Charter Environmental, Inc. in Boston.
EpicMotors.com $1,400 – Epic Motorsports in St. George, Utah.
ForthWorthCPA.com $2,640 – Hatter & Associates, LLP, an accounting firm in Ft. Worth.
FreeEmbroideryDesigns.com $11,000 – The registrant in Oklahoma is officially “Free Embroidery Designs”. I’m not sure if that’s a company name.