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Debt Ceiling Gamble: Buy


Debt Ceiling

If you were playing the “debt ceiling drinking game” where you have a drink every time US President Barack Obama and Speaker John Boehner Ā mentioned the debt ceiling buzzword, you’d probably be pretty buzzed right about now.

With all the talk of the United States debt ceiling issues, I’m surprised that nobody has taken a $2,000+ gamble on The domain name is currently owned by Dark Blue Sea’s Protopixel Pty Ltd.

I’ve never done well with parking, so I’d probably make very little on a domain name that is likely getting some decent traffic right now. However, someone with a high parking revenue share or someone who can build and monetize a website in a short period of time may be able to do well at this price level.

The domain name can be bought for $2,249 by visiting I have neither the PPC experience nor the desire to develop it, so I’m not taking the gamble.

Disclosure: I also was not asked to post this and am not looking for compensation.

About The Author: Elliot Silver is an Internet entrepreneur and publisher of Elliot is also the founder and President of Top Notch Domains, LLC, a company that has sold seven figures worth of domain names in the last five years. Please read the Terms of Use page for additional information about the publisher, website comment policy, disclosures, and conflicts of interest.

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Comments (18)


    Name wont mean anything in 7 days.

    July 25th, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    Elliot Silver

    7 days is a long time when it’s the main buzzword šŸ™‚ With a Google new website bounce, perhaps someone could make some money… or would be good for one of those Tea Parties to buy.

    But again, I’m not jumping on it.

    July 25th, 2011 at 9:32 pm


    The name might not mean anything in 7 days, but it will come back in 6 months or 1 year. The debt ceiling is not going away anytime soon. Our leaders just like to spend money.

    July 25th, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    Nic might be a better investment.

    July 25th, 2011 at 10:50 pm


    Even if they raise the debt ceiling by 2.3 trillion the money will only last till late 2012…eeek šŸ™‚ check it out

    July 25th, 2011 at 11:12 pm


    I have never quite understood why anyone would pony up cash for a “flash in the pan” name. Of course, the concept of a “debt ceiling” will always be around but after this thing is settled, we will all move on to the next thing and the traffic will probably die off.

    July 25th, 2011 at 11:21 pm

      Elliot Silver

      @ small

      If the name gets tens of thousands of visits and has a decent RPM, it could get to b/e quickly and start earning a nice roi. I am not confident I could pull that off, which is why I didn’t pull the trigger.

      July 25th, 2011 at 11:25 pm


    I feel bad about it but I took the new reg $8 gamble on some variations of US(A)Default(s).com and AmericaDefault(s).com

    Of all of them, was the only one already registered and was registered on May 17 2011 by someone else.

    It would be interesting to look at the registration and drop history on domain like this.

    July 26th, 2011 at 12:02 am


    This domain has the potential to do well short term, however I still think that it has a decent shot at long term revenue as well. Why? Because it’s a “historical event” and people can and do refer back to resources when researching past events. There’s no reason why this domain should be any different. Also as Elliot pointed out, “debt ceiling” has pretty much been imprinted on all of out brains by now, so it’s already become a household name. And no, I’m not the owner.

    July 26th, 2011 at 12:11 am

    Brad Mugford

    In the past no one really cared about the term “debt ceiling”.

    In fact the debt ceiling has been raised 74 times since 1962, and 10 times since 2001.

    The difference here is now all of a sudden it is in the news because politics are being played with.


    July 26th, 2011 at 2:42 am


    No argue its a good name, BUT, the question is if its worth $2,249, especcialy if your plan is to make it within a week.

    July 26th, 2011 at 2:55 am



    July 26th, 2011 at 7:24 am


    “” … now selling for only $550 at GoDaddy.

    It was purchased June 28th … Looks like somebody is just trying to flip a name and make a buck.

    July 26th, 2011 at 9:51 am

    Calgary Real Estate

    I am sure a politician would come up with a different name like USA Breaking point and then the domain name might not be popular.

    July 26th, 2011 at 11:06 am

    Steve M

    Too bad they’re not arguing over a surplus ceiling.

    But this debt problem is 1/2 our doing; for how many of us are willing to vote for those who want to reduce or eliminate the benefits that we receive from the gov; including our tax deductions?

    Precious few.

    At this rate of debt growth, within 10 years we (the US) will be “the next Greece.”

    July 26th, 2011 at 3:34 pm


    @Steve M

    The title of the post refers to domain names and trend marketing, monetization and not politicization.

    Leave the rhetoric on the mousepad and go register thenextgreecedotcom or gtfo

    July 26th, 2011 at 5:36 pm



    On topic for you then: Five or eight years ago when I bought a domain for US$5K, I would have to spend AUD$10K. Now, when I buy a domain for US$5K, I spend AUD$4600 or so. Less than half.

    More US debt. Weaker US$. Yippee!

    July 26th, 2011 at 7:20 pm

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