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101 Domain Changes Hands


One of my favorite color .com domain names appears to have changed hands., which has been owned and used by a company called Indigo Instruments for many years, is now forwarding to  The current Whois record shows that the domain name is now registered to someone affiliated with another company called Indigo, described as “Canada’s largest book, gift and specialty toy retailer.”

I reached out to the current registrant as well as the former registrant to ask if they could share details about the registrant change, and neither party replied to me to confirm that was sold.

When you visit and land on, there is a message noting the domain name change. On the page with more information about the domain name change, it states, “We have changed our domain. “INDIGO.COM” has moved to “INDIGOINSTRUMENTS.COM” SAME NAME – DIFFERENT DOMAIN.” Smartly, it looks like Indigo Instruments has owned the longer domain name since 1999. This likely made the domain name shift a bit easier and less costly for them. Whether the company bought this domain name for defensive reasons or in anticipation of a future sale of, it was wise and showed great foresight.

The company that appears to be the new registrant operates its business on the Canadian ccTLD domain name, From my perspective, getting the exact match .com domain name was a very smart move for this industry leader. It will be interesting to see if they decide to forward the .com domain name to the .ca domain name, use it independently, or opt to change their domain name to the .com.

If I were to guess, I would say the domain name was sold and the seller has a period of time to notify customers of the change, migrate any data that may exist on the domain name, and make any necessary SEO changes to ensure a smooth transition. is clearly a high value domain name asset, and if I learn the sale price of the domain name (and can publish it), I will share an update. If I were forced to make a guess, I would say this was a mid to high 6 figure deal with the potential for it to be 7 figures. This is just a guess though.

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Comments (7)


    Buyer is a company called chapters

    February 12th, 2018 at 10:48 am


      They are the biggest chain of bookstores in canada.

      In reply to CaseyL | February 12th, 2018 at 10:59 am

      Elliot Silver

      This is what I see on the website:

      “At Indigo, we’re passionate about being the best. Meet the management team behind the continued success of Canada’s leading book retailer.”

      In reply to CaseyL | February 12th, 2018 at 11:01 am


      I’m surprised they didn’t already own it and even more surprised that was owned by another Canadian company.

      In reply to Elliot Silver | February 12th, 2018 at 11:09 am


    Chapters is actually struggling in Canada a few years ago they were closing down stores, they tried to be the amazon of Canada, but had to reshift.

    They are more like Barnes and nobles

    February 12th, 2018 at 11:53 am


    Question: was it really “Indigo Montoya” or “Innigo Montoya”?

    February 12th, 2018 at 5:32 pm


    That’s one heck of a domain.

    February 12th, 2018 at 5:34 pm

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