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20 more end user domain sales

October 17, 2012Afternic, Domain Sales, Domaining, Domainnamewire, sedoComments Off on 20 more end user domain sales

20 more end user domain sales to report.

It’s bonus week for Domain Name Wire readers…two end user sales reports in one week!

OK, maybe it’s not that exciting. But there are a couple big names on this week’s list, including Starwood (not it’s first trip to the aftermarket) and The Guardian.

Afternic

Atlantic Central Bankers Bank bought ACBB.com for $4,999. Its web site is Atlantic Central.

Starwood Hotels & Resort bought AlohaGuide.com for $2,688.

Idealshape, LLC owns IdealShape.com. They just bought IdealShake.com for $4,100.

The Guardian bought GuardianBookShop.com for $2,595.

Powerful Signal, LLC, maker of cell phone repeaters and boosters, bought PowerfulPower.com for $1,356.

All Makes Collision in San Marcos, TX bought AllMakesAuto.com for $1,294.

The Millionaire Mentor, Inc bought SecretofHappiness.com for $2,500.

Western Automotive Supplies Limited in Alberta, Canada bought PartEngine.com for $1,788.

The company behind ServicePower.com paid $6,500 for ServiceRatings.com.

Worthington Federal Bank bought FreedomFederal.com for $1,200.

Post snc, owner of PostDesign.co.uk (but based in Italy) bought PostDesign.com for $1,750.

Sedo

Polar Wireless paid $10,000 for Roamly.com for its international SIM service.

UK bed retailers Sterling Beds Ltd bought Sterling.co.uk for $12,000

World of Gambling Ltd. picked up Keno.co.uk for 9,000 GBP

Digital Recruitment Limited is back…it bought JobsIreland.co.uk for $2,500

Connecticut mattress seller Sleep Etc. bought OrganicSleep.com for $1,501.

Globalization alert! XGAP Pty Ltd owns xgap.com.au and bought xgap.com for $4,000.

Hillcrest Media paid 1,200 GBP for BookDistributor.com.

Patterson Nissan in Longview, Texas paid $2,800 for PattersonCars.com.

MidFirst Bank in Oklahoma City bought MoneyMoments.com for $1,108.


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Afternic scores huge domain sales partner with Endurance

October 8, 2012Afternic, Domain Sales, Domaining, Domainnamewire, sedoComments Off on Afternic scores huge domain sales partner with Endurance

Endurance joins Afternic domain sales network.

Afternic officially announced today that Endurance International Group has joined the company’s AfternicDLS program.

That means customers of Endurance’s various businesses will now see AfternicDLS domain inventory when they search for domains. They’ll also be able to list their domains in Afternic’s system.

Endurance is one of the biggest shared hosting and domain registration companies in the world, but it’s possible you haven’t heard of it before. That’s because it’s a rollup of many of the largest hosting companies. When you add up all of the registrations made at its hosting companies and registrars, it ranks as the third largest domain registrar.

Some of Endurance’s big brands include domain registrars Domain.com and Dotster and hosting companies HostGator, BlueHost, and Fatcow.

Domain listings are already live on Domain.com and will be rolled out to other Endurance brands in the coming weeks.

The exclusive deal was made public at a joint Afternic/Domain.com party at the TRAFFIC conference in Florida last night.


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A new Afternic on the way this week

October 1, 2012Afternic, Domain Sales, Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off on A new Afternic on the way this week

A completely refreshed Afternic.com will be released this week.

Afternic redesignOn Friday Afternic sent a notice to its registered users that the site is getting a major overhaul sometime this week.

When I was at Afternic’s office back in July they gave me a sneak peek of the new system. From what I saw, the new site will be a huge improvement.

Both major domain name marketplaces — Afternic and Sedo — were originally built for the old way of selling domain names. Back then almost all domains were sold through negotiation or auction. There were few fixed price sales, little distribution of domain sales listings, and no instant-transfer technologies.

As these have been layered in, the marketplaces have shoe-horned the new processes into old systems.

Afternic’s release this week will be more of a complete overhaul designed for the new realities of domain name selling. I look forward to seeing the finished product.


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NameMedia launches NameFind.com to help businesses find a name

September 26, 2012Afternic, Domain Services, Domaining, Domainnamewire, namefind.com, NameMediaComments Off on NameMedia launches NameFind.com to help businesses find a name

NameFind makes finding a company or product identity much easier.

NameMedia, the company behind Afternic and BuyDomains, today launched a new name finding service called NameFind.

There are a bunch of sites out there that help entrepreneurs find available domain names based on topics or keywords. NameFind goes several steps further and has a key component that makes if valuable to domain name investors.

In addition to finding unregistered and for sale domain names, the site pulls up matching social media handles from Facebook, Twitter, and over a dozen other social networks so you can quickly see if they are available. (Through a partnership with Knowem.com you can register all of them at once for a fee.) It also runs a check against the U.S. Trademark database to show you if there’s an exact match.

Users can narrow down their list of ideas and invite friends to vote on them. (This approach seems much smarter than some crowdsourcing services out there that let anyone see your idea.)

I’d argue all of this is pretty slick functionality, wrapped into a package that’s better than many competing services. It’s a great service for people going through a company or product naming process.

But that’s not what excites me the most. What excites me is that NameFind educates people that they can buy the ideal domain name, often times at a price that is well within budget. Too many people say “My ideal name is taken. I’ll look for another.” But that ideal domain name might be available for less than $2,000. If a domain name is listed on Afternic it will show up along with its price.


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What domains a Kickstarter success, Christie’s and University of Oklahoma bought this week

September 19, 2012Afternic, Domain Sales, Domaining, Domainnamewire, end user domain sales, kickstarter, sedoComments Off on What domains a Kickstarter success, Christie’s and University of Oklahoma bought this week

Company that raised $70k on Kickstart buys its company domain name.

This week’s end user domain name sales report includes some big names. Auction house Christie’s bought an Andy Warhol domain name, University of Oklahoma bought a four letter acronym, and a Kickstart success story bought its company domain name.

Afternic

Auction house Christie’s bought WarholArt.com for $6,457. It is selling some of Warhol’s works.

MasterGuides.com
was purchased by someone for $2,000. The buyer is launching a site with video instruction.

Omaha landscaping company CM’s Custom Lawn and Landscape bougt OmahaLandscape.com for $1,888.

Universal Beauty Products, Inc., which has a product line called Via Natural, bought ViaNatural.com for $2,800.

Dermalogica sells an acne product called “Clean Start”, but I suspect a lot of people think of “Clear Start”. So the company paid $5,000 for ClearStart.com.

Ohio bank Strasburg Savings Bank bought SSBonline.com for $1,388.

The owner of RubberDuck.com, which sells footwear, bought AfricanApparel.com for $1,900.

Keystone, seller of architectural stone, bought KeyStyle.com for $10,000.

University of Oklahoma bought OHAI.org for $1,277. It’s likely for the Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative.

Specialty Medical Solutions bought SMsolutions.net for $1,788.

Rave Mobile Safety, a software company providing solutions for campus and public safety, bought SafetyProfile.com for $3,750. I suspect some of the company’s technology was used to alert students and faculty about recent bomb threats on campuses such as University of Texas.

The owner of 1stDibs.com, which is currently in a lawsuit with the owner of FirstDibs.com, bought FirstDibs.net for $1,288.

Machine Perception Technologies, which appears to use the awful domain name mpt4u.com, upgraded to MachinePerception.com for $1,588.

The owner of midnightbasketball.org.au went global, buying MidnightBasketball.com for $1,088.

EMILY’s list, which helps elect pro-choice Democratic women to office, bought AmericanWomen.org for $2,588.

Gift Card Impressions, LLC previously bought bought MallGift.com for $2,588 on Afternic. It returned to by TheRestaurantCard.com for $1,795.

Sedo

Charles Waugh raised $70,074 on Kickstarter for his Slingshot smartphone stabilizer and tripod. He produced it under his company Woxom, and now he bought Woxom.com for $1,000.

UK jobs service Digital Recruitment Limited, which previously bought JobsinMiddlesbrough.co.uk for 1,000 GBP and JobsDirect.co.uk for 9,500 GBP, picked up JobsInLeicester.co.uk for 1,675 GBP.

Niche Media Holdings, LLC, owner of Vegas.com, bought NicheMedia.net for $1,495.

Roland Burger strategy consultants owns RolandBerger.com already but just added RolandBerger.ca for $4,500. It is based in Germany.

The company behind Chewy.com — which bought Chueys.com a couple weeks ago — just bought Chuey.com for $3,250.

Water filter site FiltersFast.com bought SpaFilter.com for $2,500.


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What domains a Kickstarter success, Christie’s and University of Oklahoma bought this week

September 19, 2012Afternic, Domain Sales, Domaining, Domainnamewire, end user domain sales, kickstarter, sedoComments Off on What domains a Kickstarter success, Christie’s and University of Oklahoma bought this week

Company that raised $70k on Kickstart buys its company domain name.

This week’s end user domain name sales report includes some big names. Auction house Christie’s bought an Andy Warhol domain name, University of Oklahoma bought a four letter acronym, and a Kickstart success story bought its company domain name.

Afternic

Auction house Christie’s bought WarholArt.com for $6,457. It is selling some of Warhol’s works.

MasterGuides.com
was purchased by someone for $2,000. The buyer is launching a site with video instruction.

Omaha landscaping company CM’s Custom Lawn and Landscape bougt OmahaLandscape.com for $1,888.

Universal Beauty Products, Inc., which has a product line called Via Natural, bought ViaNatural.com for $2,800.

Dermalogica sells an acne product called “Clean Start”, but I suspect a lot of people think of “Clear Start”. So the company paid $5,000 for ClearStart.com.

Ohio bank Strasburg Savings Bank bought SSBonline.com for $1,388.

The owner of RubberDuck.com, which sells footwear, bought AfricanApparel.com for $1,900.

Keystone, seller of architectural stone, bought KeyStyle.com for $10,000.

University of Oklahoma bought OHAI.org for $1,277. It’s likely for the Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative.

Specialty Medical Solutions bought SMsolutions.net for $1,788.

Rave Mobile Safety, a software company providing solutions for campus and public safety, bought SafetyProfile.com for $3,750. I suspect some of the company’s technology was used to alert students and faculty about recent bomb threats on campuses such as University of Texas.

The owner of 1stDibs.com, which is currently in a lawsuit with the owner of FirstDibs.com, bought FirstDibs.net for $1,288.

Machine Perception Technologies, which appears to use the awful domain name mpt4u.com, upgraded to MachinePerception.com for $1,588.

The owner of midnightbasketball.org.au went global, buying MidnightBasketball.com for $1,088.

EMILY’s list, which helps elect pro-choice Democratic women to office, bought AmericanWomen.org for $2,588.

Gift Card Impressions, LLC previously bought bought MallGift.com for $2,588 on Afternic. It returned to by TheRestaurantCard.com for $1,795.

Sedo

Charles Waugh raised $70,074 on Kickstarter for his Slingshot smartphone stabilizer and tripod. He produced it under his company Woxom, and now he bought Woxom.com for $1,000.

UK jobs service Digital Recruitment Limited, which previously bought JobsinMiddlesbrough.co.uk for 1,000 GBP and JobsDirect.co.uk for 9,500 GBP, picked up JobsInLeicester.co.uk for 1,675 GBP.

Niche Media Holdings, LLC, owner of Vegas.com, bought NicheMedia.net for $1,495.

Roland Burger strategy consultants owns RolandBerger.com already but just added RolandBerger.ca for $4,500. It is based in Germany.

The company behind Chewy.com — which bought Chueys.com a couple weeks ago — just bought Chuey.com for $3,250.

Water filter site FiltersFast.com bought SpaFilter.com for $2,500.


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Afternic auction on SnapNames ends tomorrow

September 19, 2012Afternic, Domain Sales, Domaining, Domainnamewire, SnapNamesComments Off on Afternic auction on SnapNames ends tomorrow

Auction features 176 domain names.

Afternic’s first auction on SnapNames earlier this year was a big success. It focused light on some good domain names such as Hipsters.com. That domain sold for $28,500 (which I suspect is a lot more than the original fixed asking price!).

The two companies have teamed up again for an 176 domain auction ending Thursday.

At the time of writing nine domains have bids and five have hit their reserves. The current top domain is PoolandPatio.com, which has met its reserve with a $5,000 bid.

There are a bunch of good mid-tier domain names in the auction. Some of my favorites are:

AirBalloon.com ($1,000-$2,500 reserve) – so many hot air balloon companies could take advantage of this domain

AmazingGetaways.com ($500-$1,000 resere) – excellent travel domain

BathRenovations.com ($1,000-$2,500) – big lead gen category

EuropeanAutoParts.com ($1,000-$2,500) – another big category that would work for an ecommerce site

UniversityApartments.com (2,500-5,000) – student housing continues to be a growth industry, and I also bet there are multiple apartment complexes by this exact name.


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AOL bought a new brand for $3,300 and AFL-CIO PAC buys a campaign domain name

September 5, 2012Afternic, Domain Sales, Domaining, Domainnamewire, sedoComments Off on AOL bought a new brand for $3,300 and AFL-CIO PAC buys a campaign domain name

End user sales report includes some big names.

This week’s end user domain name sales report includes a purchase by AOL that’s likely for a new site and the Workers Voices PAC picking up a domain name for the upcoming campaign.

Afternic

The Hangout, a restaurant in Gulf Shores, Alabama, bought TheGulf.com for $4,479.

The owner of EdHelper.com bought EduHelper.com for $$21,288 and ExHelper.com (a typo) for $1,245. The EdHelper.com sale must have been through Afternic’s partnership with GoDaddy. (And apparently EdHelper.com is doing quite well.)

Financial Planners Inc, owner of pinnaclewealthgroup.com, bought PinnacleWealthManagement.com for $1,800.

Florida’s Camp Frontier bought OvernightSummerCamps.com for $3,000.

Australian company CodeFire bought CodeHire.com for $3,500 for a site connecting employers to coders. The company also owns CodeHire.com.au.

AOL paid $3,300 for HomeInspiration.com. Is it for a new blog?

A Mark Monitor client bought RestorationProgram.com for $3,200.

A Coldwell Banker real estate agent bought her own name, HollyHinds.com, for $1,177.

Meanwhile, a Re/Max agent in Alabama bought HomeTeamRealty.com for $4,000.

Political domain buy alert! AFL-CIO Workers Voice political action committee (PAC) bought YourCampaign.com for $4,588. (This was a good deal.)

The owner of FindaBuilder.co.uk bought FindBuilder.com for $2,488.

Tamara Freeze, an employment lawyer representing employees in wrongful termination, sexual harassment, discrimination, and disability accommodation, bought WorkplaceInjustice.com for $1,288.

Payment processing company Financial Transaction Services paid $4,999 for CardConnect.com.

Sedo

Quantum Energy UK Ltd bought QuantumEnergy.co.uk for 800 GBP.

Elite Water Pty Ltd, an Australian company, bought EliteWater.com for 2,500 EUR.

The company that bought Chueys.com for $775 had better be really careful. You don’t mess with the seller of the best creamy jalapeno sauce in the world.


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19 smart end user domain buys from the past week

August 29, 2012Afternic, Domain Sales, Domaining, Domainnamewire, sedoComments Off on 19 smart end user domain buys from the past week

From governments to app developers, here are 19 end users that bought domain names over the past week.

I’ve nineteen end user sales on the list this week. Enjoy.

Afternic

Direct response marketing company Ontel Products Corporation bought SoundSleepers.com for $2,088. I don’t see the product on its products page, so maybe it’s a new one.

Another business I never thought of: Bar Codes Talk, which lets you create bar codes for your products and instantly print them. They just paid $2,388 for ProductFeed.com.

Deer Park, New York company Vehicle Tracking Solutions bought VehicleTracking.com for $14,000. It owns the abbreviated VTSN.com.

The Arizona Department of Transportation bought FocusonDriving.com for $1,250. It’s a good domain for a public awareness campaign.

Investment giant Janus bought ProceedwithCaution.com for $1,500.

Ashtel Dental, which sells from pretty cool dental stuff, bought SingingToothbrush.com for $1,500.

The owner of CarsforSale.com bought DealerBroker.com for $3,388.

The company behind Larson Financial Group, a financial advisory firm for for physicians, bought DisabilityDoctor.com for its Disability Doctor, LLC company. Price tag: $1,287.

Singapore strategic brand consultancy BrandHub bought YourPersonalBrand.com for $2,088.

Check this one out: Intelligent Environments owns the killer domain name IE.com. But it didn’t have its full name as a domain until now. It just bought IntelligentEnvironments.com for $1,227.

KMC Software, maker of Unrabble hiring software, bought JobDreaming.com for $2,777.

Sedo

Tracker Network, a UK seller of vehicle tracking systems, bought MyTracker.co.uk for 890 GBP. It already owns Tracker.co.uk.

London’s SoHo House Group Ltd, which appears to be some sort of private club, bought SoHome.co.uk for 5,000 GBP.

Education platform Blackboard bought MyMosaic.com for a solid $10,000. Any ideas what this is for?

Online security company Comodo bought WebInspector.com for just $1,150.

Mobile application company nVentive paid $995 for ModernMobile.com.

Appigo, Inc creator of the Todo task manager app and software, bought TodoPro.com for $3,500.

The Impossible Project, a very interesting photography outfit, bought Impossible.me for $4,000. Its web site is The-Impossible-Project.com. (It also owns the non-hyphenated version, but not ImpossibleProject.com.)

Flavor and fragrance ingredient manufacturer Vigon International bought Vigon.com for 1,888 EUR.


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.TV and .Me among two dozen end user domain sales this week

August 22, 2012Afternic, Domain Sales, Domaining, Domainnamewire, end user domain sales, sedoComments Off on .TV and .Me among two dozen end user domain sales this week

.tv, .me, and a slurl.

This week a .tv and a .me domain were amongst the best end user domain name sales.

But before we get into this week’s normal end user sales report, I want to call out a Slurl.

Divorce Detox bought the domain name divorcetherapist.com for $995 at Sedo.

Now, maybe it’s because of all the media attention to “legitimate rape” this week, but the first thing I read was “Divorce the Rapist dot com”.

Therapist is a common slurl word, but this one seems particularly troubling.

OK, here are the rest of the sales:

Afternic

PatientLink, which uses MyPatientLink.com and previously bought MyLink.org for $3,288, returned to the aftermarket to buy PatientLinks.com for $1,388. Unfortunately another company uses PatientLink.com.

Heritage College, a medical assistant school, bought ItIsAmazing.com for $1,200. I’m not sure what it plans to do with the domain name but I can see how an educational institution can use this domain.

Boardhost, provider of free online forums, paid $1,200 for QuizServer.com. Free online quizzes?

This is interesting. HP just bought TwoSmiles.com for $1,795. It’s not registered through its IP department, so maybe it’s just an employee working on something small.

Promotional products seller Image is Everything, Inc. picked up LuxuryGiftsOnline.com for $4,800.

Globalization alert: Germany’s Accidenta uses Accidenta.de but just paid $1,500 for Accidenta.com.

Loan documents company Document Systems, Inc., bought FreeSign.com for $5,000. One of its products is eSigning.

The owner of TheStoneCollection.com followed Facebook’s lead: “drop the the”. It bought StoneCollection.com for $5,000.

You should drop the “now”, too… Surplus Furniture & Mattress uses SurplusFurnitureNow.com but just bought the better domain SurplusFurniture.com for $5,000.

Healthcasts, a private digital television network for physicians and healthcare professionals, bought OurHealthMatters.com for $2,500.

Lavadene Hair Extensions paid $2,477 for HairExtensionsClipIn.com. How’s that for a mouthful?

University of Colorado‘s Health Care Policy and Research group bought ChangeLeaders.org for $1,500.

The owner of Designrecruiter.com paid $1,292.20 for DesignFreelancers.com. A great domain, especially at this price.

Appraisers Association of America, Inc. bought AppraisersAssociation.com for $1,188.

This is kind of interesting. Australian music festival Splendour in the Grass owns SplendourInTheGrass.com. But that British ‘u’ must have thrown some people off, so it bought SplendorInTheGrass.com for $1,750.

Live It Up Foundation bought LiveItUp.org for $1,888.

Sunglass seller RaveShades.com bought CustomEyez.com for $3,077.

Sedo

TechReport.com has a blog call “The Damage Report”. The author calls his workspace “Damage Labs”. The publisher just paid $3,200 for DamageLabs.com.

Sports betting data company Sports Insights, Inc. bought SportsbookInsider.com for $2,500.

Falcon Steel Company bought FalconPC.com for $977.

More on Australian domain names: Ruraldoc.com.au bought Ruraldoc.com for $2,800.

Video licensing and distribution company Grab Networks bought Grab.tv for $4,000. Its main web site is GrabNetworks.com. Great move, even if it turns out to just be a defensive buy.

Dating site Plenty of Fish bought POF.me for $8,000.


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