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Meet.com: Will Google Buy the Domain Name?


It looks like the Meet.com domain name appears to have been listed for sale. If you visit the domain name, you can see an inquiry form that says “Meet.com is for sale!” and there is a price tag that indicates the purchase price is $2 million. The domain name was previously forwarding to to TsunamiXR.com, according to Archive.org.

I looked through my email, and I see that the domain name listed for sale in a couple of brokerage newsletters. I am uncertain if the domain name was sold when it had previously been listed, although I do not see any public sales history on NameBio.

JC Penney Bankruptcy: What is Gift.com Worth?

Several major retail stores have filed for bankruptcy during the coronavirus. JC Penney also filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last week. This does not necessarily mean that the company is going to shutting down, but the company will likely close shops and will need to restructure if it wants to operate again.

I was curious to see what domain names JC Penney owns, and I found one that is not only valuable, but it also appears to be unused. In addition to the brand-associated JCP.com domain name that forwards to its website, JC Penney also owns Liz.com, Decree.com, and Gift.com. None of those domain names resolve for me right now, although it looks like Decree.com and Gift.com had been forwarding to the JC Penney website at some point.

Is The Coronavirus Impacting Your Spending on Domain Names?

With the Coronavirus outbreak making people sick around the world, almost everyone seems to be impacted to some degree. Many people are concerned for their health and are changing plans due to the outbreak. This has caused world stock markets to tumble, production to decrease, and things are getting rocky.

I posted a poll on Twitter asking people if they are spending more, less, or the same amount of money to buy domain names in the wake of the Coronavirus outbreak:

Poll: How Was 2019 for Your Domain Business?

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At the beginning of this year, I discussed how I was bearish on the domain market. This year has turned out to be better than I expected for my business. I had several significant sales this year, but it feels like the lower to mid level sales were not as strong this year as in prior years. My perception is that inquiries were down year over year, but it wouldn’t be easy to really analyze this, and I don’t think an analysis of my inquiries would benefit anyone else.

Poll: Is Kimono.com Worth More or Less?

Kim Kardashian announced a new brand that was set to be called Kimono. Smartly, the brand had acquired the brand match Kimono.com domain name in advance of the announcement. As a result of the backlash about the Kimono brand name, Kardashian announced that she would rebrand the company.

Now that Kimono.com will not be used for Kardashian’s brand, I would like to ask readers if they think the Kimono.com domain name is worth more or less (or the same) as before Kardashian had announced her branding. Some might say more because Kimono is now a more recognizable name with the provenance belonging to a Kardashian. On the flip side, people now know what a lightning rod that could be as a brand.

Vote in the poll below. I also invite you to share your thoughts about why in the comment section.

Thanks to Ivan Rasskazov for the idea for this poll question.


Poll: Expiry vs. Private Auctions Bidding

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I’ve been involved in a Twitter discussion with several people regarding the bidding on expiry domain name auctions and private domain name auctions. The discussion is centered around whether people are willing to bid higher for expiry domain names vs privately owned domain names that are up for auction. For instance, would domain investors be willing to bid higher for DomainNameExample.com if it was an expired domain name vs. the same name that is in auction but is a private auction.

For the poll today, I would like to know if you were bidding on a domain name at NameJet or GoDaddy Auctions, would you be willing to spend more if it is an expired domain name? Vote in the poll below but please share your additional thoughts in the comment section.


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