Domain Auctions

Did Collect.com Sell as Part of $350k Bankruptcy Deal?

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This morning, I saw Collect.com in my DomainTools Domain Monitor email, and it appears to have changed hands. The new registrant of the Collect.com domain name is a company called Cruz Bay Publishing, Inc. On the Collect.com home page, there are several publication logos featured.

I wanted to see if I could learn more about the sale / acquisition of Collect.com, and based on some cursory research, I believe the domain name sold as part of a bankruptcy sale. Here’s more information about the sale from an article published on MediPost in June of this year:

Gifts.com Sold in Bankruptcy Auction

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In June of this year, FTD Companies filed for bankruptcy. The company, which has long been associated with the floral business, was also involved in the general gift and personalization business.  The company has operated brands such as Shari’s Berries, Personal Creations, Gifts.com, and others.

240 .UK Domain Names Sold via Sedo Auction

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Sedo hosted a .UK domain name auction that concluded earlier today. 240 .UK domain names were sold via auction. The total sales value of the auctions was 76,149 GBP, which is approximately $95,254 USD.

There were quite a few excellent keyword .UK domain names in auction, and the order of the results was a bit surprising to me. Put another way, if I had to guess the order of the sales ranking them from largest to smallest before the conclusion of the auction, I would have been way off.

ASU Lets SunDevils.com Expire (Updated)

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It looks like Arizona State University Athletics Department let the SunDevils.com domain name expire. Arizona State University (ASU) athletics teams are known as the Sun Devils. As a result of the expiry, the domain name is now in auction at GoDaddy Auctions. The current high bid is $5,100, and it looks like there are six bidders participating in the auction. The auction ends in one week.

Sedo to Run .UK Domain Name Auction

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As you may be aware, .UK domain names are becoming available to purchase. These domain names were first offered by the registry, Nominet, to domain name registrants that held matching .co.uk or .org.uk domain names. The domain names that were not taken by those registrants are becoming available for third parties to register.

I previously wrote about SnapNames and its .UK auction, and I received an email from Sedo announcing it will be running a .UK domain name auction beginning tomorrow. Here’s what I was told about Sedo’s upcoming auction:

Snapnames to Run .UK Domain Name Auctions

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I received emails from NameJet and SnapNames informing me about upcoming .UK domain name auctions that will be held via SnapNames. In case you aren’t aware, .UK domain names are newly available, and registrants that owned .co.uk domain names were given the opportunity to purchase their matching .UK domain names.

The period to reserve matching .UK domain names ended on June 25, and domain names that were not claimed are going to become available for others to register. Details about this are available on Nominet’s website.

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