As I’ve done in the past, I want to share a domain name with you that’s for sale and I think the price is pretty reasonable. There’s no affiliate code with this, and I am not going to make a dime if you buy it (nor have I been paid or asked to post this).
With Hurricane Irene fast approaching New York City, I’ve been reading some of the news stories, and many with a local focus discuss hurricane preparedness. One of the essential things these articles mention is to have “go bags” ready in case an evacuation is necessary.
From what I understand, a go bag is basically a bag of supplies you can quickly grab as you are evacuating. According to the New York City Office of Emergency Management, “every household should pack a Go Bag – a collection of items you may need in the event of an evacuation. A Go Bag should be packed in a sturdy, easy-to-carry container such as a backpack or suitcase on wheels. A Go Bag should be easily accessible if you have to leave your home in a hurry. Make sure it is ready to go at all times of the year.”
I would imagine Go Bags are recommended in many other places where rapid evacuations are deemed necessary. There are a number of websites that offer tips on what to pack in Go Bags and many have sections where supplies can be purchased. In my opinion, someone could develop a website and sell these bags that are already prepared, and different bags can contain things that would be necessary for different emergency situations.
The domain name is owned by a private domain investor (who doesn’t know I am even posting this) and it’s available for sale on Afternic right now for $4,500, with offers over $500 considered.
I have enough projects of my own right now and no e-commerce experience, so this wouldn’t be a good fit for my company. Perhaps you can make good use of it.
What do you think about this name and its price?
Thanks for the lead Elliot! Sounds like a wonderful domain! Unfortunately, there is a trademark registration on GOBAG since 9/2010. I wouldn’t gamble on this one. http://www.trademarkia.com/gobag-85121695.html
The page you referenced says this “The current federal status of this trademark filing is SUSPENSION LETTER – MAILED.”
Also, according to the USPTO website, the application says: “Disclaimer NO CLAIM IS MADE TO THE EXCLUSIVE RIGHT TO USE “GO BAG” APART FROM THE MARK AS SHOWN”
It’s also “(3) DESIGN PLUS WORDS, LETTERS, AND/OR NUMBERS”
I am not an attorney and this isn’t legal advice, but I would think it’s safe. Anyone who buys to develop should of course consult with an attorney schooled in trademark law, like John Berryhill or Brett Lewis.
Makes sense. And always, it’s best to consult with an attorney in this regards.
Awesome name, decent price, awesome timing. With what I feel like is extreme weather and the world getting all out of whack, especially here in NY, this one is a solid ecommerce site waiting to be built out and profitable. If I had the capital and experience, I’d pick it up….
There is also the issue of the french site gobag.com (singular) that is operating.
Anyway the company with the pending trademark is a small company. I don’t see them putting much money into legal fees to get this name. Also they aren’t selling emergency handbags.
My feeling is that as long as someone gets a site up selling something there is nominal risk here.
Remember not only does it take a valid trademark they would have to decide to litigate as well. I don’t see that happening.
There is a paradox for domain names. If people saw them as valuable they would invest in money to buy them. But if they saw them as valuable they would also litigate to get them more often which they don’t.
The french site gobag.com is a small company as well.
Just for those extra suspicious people who always seem to think there’s ulterior motives for me writing things, I want to add one thing. I think $4,500 for the name is a very good end user price. I don’t think there’s margin to buy and flip to someone else, and I don’t think there are many companies that specialize in this type of thing. I don’t have the time to build the site, but I am sure there is someone out there who sees the domain name in the same way I see it and perhaps is looking for a new project.
Thanks for the tip!
Elliot–do you have a GO BAG ready?
That domain name should go to Epik, part of their portfolio.
Speaking of hurricane names. Checked out HurricaneIrene dot com. Registered in 2002. I checked it out an hour ago to see what was there, not much. An hour later I checked back, and the visitor counter jumped nearly 400 hits. Another 30 minutes later, another 100 hits.
looks like someone jumped on it 🙂
You should register HurricaneElliot
Thanks to you Elliot it has been sold, great blog mate 😉
the power of ElliotBlog!!
Elliot-you better hatch down tight or…get your private plane to Florida . Don’t want to see you get blown like a kite.
Thanks… I’m away in California right now.
“…Elliot-you better hatch down tight or…get your private plane to Florida . Don’t want to see you get blown like a kite…”
Come down to Australia… It’s save heaven here.
nice score jeff