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Kate Buckley Responds to Allegations Made on NamePros

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Last week, I saw a thread on NamePros with an allegation made about the sale of Chocolate.com. I reached out to Kate Buckley, the domain broker who brokered the sale of Chocolate.com to see if she had any comment about the allegation that was made. This evening, Kate reached out to me with an open letter to be shared with the domain investment community.

In addition to her own commentary about the sales and her business, Kate shared comments from several clients about their experience working with her. In addition, Jackson Elsegood, General Manager of Escrow.com, confirmed that two deals in question “were both 7 figure domain deals transacted through Escrow.com in 2019 and 2018 respectively.” With regards to a third transaction, an attorney named Dean Bell confirmed he acted as escrow agent for that deal.

Here’s the letter I received from Kate:

Family Dispute Leads to UDRP

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When I was looking over the recent UDRP decision on UDRPSearch.com, I was not surprised to see the claim denied on a 5 domain name UDRP filing, which included AlcoholicBeverageDevelopment.com and AlcoholicBeveragePacking.com. I didn’t even take a glance at the decision because I just assumed the UDRP was filed by a company that wrongly thought it could get control of some seemingly generic domain names.

It was not until I saw this tweet from IP and domain industry attorney John Berryhill that I learned there was more to this UDRP than meets the eye. In fact, it appears to involve a family dispute:

10 Recent Domain Name Buys for Less than $100 at GoDaddy Auctions

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It’s hard to find good values at expiry auctions these days. There is a lot of competition, and the sale prices have continued to climb over the last few years. Perhaps we have seen a plateau in expiry auction prices, but I don’t follow enough auctions to really say if that is the case with any degree of certainty.

Domain Name Changes Can be Costly

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I came across an article on Hacker News that discussed a major layoff at a logo and design company called Looka. According to the article, the company laid off 80% of its employees. The layoff followed a corporate rebranding, as the company changed its name from Logojoy to Looka. Interestingly, the Looka.com domain name was acquired via Sedo in September of 2018 for $65,150.

Apparently, the domain name change that went along with the rebrand was the culprit behind a major loss of traffic. Here’s an excerpt from the article found on BetaKit:

Video: Bhavin Turakhia on BBC’s CEO Secrets

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Bhavin Turakhia and Div Turakhia are almost certainly the most financially successful people who are involved in the domain name industry. Billionaires from several successful businesses, including Directi, Media.net, Radix, and other companies, Bhavin and Div cut attended domain conferences and industry events before they hit it big.

Wanda.com is Largest Sale of 2019 on NameJet

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Wanda.com closed in a public auction on NameJet yesterday. The domain name sold for $83,817 USD. There were 197 bids placed by 129 bidders in this auction. The domain name was sold by a private seller rather than in a more typical expiry auction.

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