DropCatch.com had its second largest publicly recorded sale yesterday. eBike.com sold for $71,938 in an expiry auction on the platform. There was a considerable amount of bidding at the end of the auction, which kept the auction running for an extended period of time. According to NameBio, this sale is the second largest sale at DropCatch.com, behind the $220,950 sale of Lian.com in January of 2016.
For the past ten plus years, eBike.com had been privately registered, so it is unclear who owned the domain name prior to its expiration. Interestingly, in September of 2006 (the last time I can see the Whois record was public), eBike.com had been registered to “The GoDaddy Group,” according to the DomainTools Whois History tool. It looks like this entity is somehow affiliated with GoDaddy. I am not sure if that means the domain name had been owned by the company at the time or if that was some sort of generic or proxy Whois record I don’t recall seeing. I checked Archive.org and didn’t see a development history for this domain name.
eBike.com is a very good domain name, and the price seems like it would be paid by an end user rather than a domain investor. I did not track the end of the auction, so I am not sure which bidder handle prevailed, which may offer more insight about that.
As of the time of publication, the Whois record for eBike.com has not yet changed so the winning bidder is unknown.
I’m very surprised to see this expire at all. It appears to me that it was owned by a domainer judging by the parking and it being at fabulous.com before dropping. I sometimes wonder if fabulous domains are not being auto-renewed properly as I have been seeing a number of quality domains being dropped there by domainers which is unusual.
Agree price does seem high for an investor. Seeing a lot of new bicycle sharing businesses take off. Maybe end user bought it.
Definitely looks like an end user purchase. Do follow-up on this domain 6-12 months down the line…
E, is good.