Domain Sales

Taxes.com Acquired by Ryan, LLC

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Yesterday morning, Sedo reported the $250,000 sale of Taxes.com. At the time I published an article about the sale, the domain name was registered in the name of Sedo’s escrow account. Since then, the domain name appears to have been transferred to the buyer, and the new registrant is Ryan, LLC. According to its website, Ryan “is a leading global tax services firm, providing a wide range of tax advisory and consulting services.

Notably, in 2013, I questioned whether Ryan acquired Tax.com, in a deal brokered by Domain Holdings. Following the sale, there was a Ryan-branded landing page appearing on Tax.com. The Whois record for Tax.com is currently private and that domain name does not resolve for me. I am not sure if that is a temporary issue.

Taxes.com is not yet resolving to an operational website that I can see. Because Tax.com does not appear to be used either, I am unsure of Ryan’s game plan for either domain name. Whatever they have planned, it seems pretty smart to own both Tax.com and Taxes.com.

I reached out to Ryan’s CMO to see if he can comment about the acquisition of Taxes.com, and I will share an update if he offers any insight about the acquisition.

Taxes.com Sold for $250k by Sedo’s Derick Clegg

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It looks like Sedo is off to a running start in 2019. According to a retweet from Sedo, Taxes.com was sold for $250,000 in a deal that was brokered by Sedo’s Derick Clegg:

I reached out to a representative from Sedo to ask when the domain name was sold, and the company confirmed that this sale will be reported in 2019.

While a $250,000 sale may seem solid, a search of NameBio shows that Taxes.com sold for $750,000 in 2000. I also looked through my email records, and it looks like the domain name was listed for sale via broker or auction at least a couple of times throughout the years. I am unsure if the domain name was sold at any point between the 2000 sale and this most recent sale.

Neighbor.com Acquired by Neighbor

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In April of this year, I submitted an offer to buy Neighbor.com. At the time I made my offer, Neighbor.com was forwarding to the LunchBots.com. LunchBots are neat, stainless-steel food storage containers that are particularly helpful for sending lunch to school with children. The founder of LunchBots was the registrant of Neighbor.com, and she was using Neighbor.com to send traffic to LunchBots’ website.

When I made my purchase offer, I was told the price to buy Neighbor.com was $300,000 and the figure was non-negotiable. This was beyond what I would pay for the domain name, so I passed on the opportunity. I just learned that Neighbor.com sold recently. Unfortunately, the former owner declined to disclose the final sale price.

Neighbor.com was acquired by Neighbor, “a peer-to-peer storage company that connects hosts with unused space to renters in need of affordable storage.” Since the company was founded in 2017, Neighbor has raised $4.1 million in funding, according to CrunchBase.

How I Diffused a Tense Negotiation

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I needed to re-add a domain name to my marketplace account, and I spent a few minutes trying to find the previous asking price. While looking through my emails, I found an exchange I had a couple of years ago with a prospective buyer. He offered $1,000 to buy the domain name, and I had it priced at $15,000. For whatever reason, he was perturbed that I owned the domain name as an investment.

Instead of responding to him in kind with insults or defensive commentary, I chose to de-escalate. The purpose of my reply, as I recall, was to show that the domain name is valuable, is coveted by others, and he should understand that it might not be available to buy at all had someone else owned it. I was pretty certain this wasn’t going to end in a deal, but nobody wins in a pissing contest.

I don’t think I have had a negotiation like this since, but I would definitely consider reusing this reply if necessary:

Signet.com Acquired by Signature Bank for Digital Payment Platform

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In June of this year, the Signet.com domain name sold byGarry Chernoff for $300,000 via Afternic. This sale is presently one of the 25 largest publicly reported domain name sales of 2018. Until recently, the buyer of the domain name was private, but we now know the domain name was acquired by Signature Bank.

Signature Bank will be using Signet.com for a proprietary digital payments platform. Per the website, the platform will officially launch on January 1, 2019. The company distributed a press release earlier this month to introduce the Signet platform. Here’s an excerpt from the release with more details about Signet:

Zoom.com Acquired by Zoom Video Communications

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In October of this year, Andrew Allemann reported that Media Options acquired the Zoom.com domain name and had filed a trademark to launch a concierge domain name acquisition and consulting service. Andrew also reported that Media Options acquired the domain name from domain investor Andy Booth.

In lieu of launching the domain industry service, Media Options sold Zoom.com to Zoom Video Communications, a video conferencing company. Zoom.com now forwards to Zoom’s website, which can be found on the Zoom.us ccTLD domain name. I would not be surprised to see the company shift its website, social channels, and email to Zoom.com at some point in the near future.

Andrew Rosener, CEO of Media Options, declined to share the sale price for this domain name. He confirmed that the domain name was sold and told me via email, “I can’t say anything other than it was a great outcome for everyone and we will be rebranding our Zoom Domain service to another brand soon!

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