The top publicly reported domain name sale of the day this past Saturday was the auction for ChefD.com. The domain name sold for $11,850, as reported in a tweet from NameBio on Sunday morning:
— NameBio (@NameBio) April 7, 2019
Notably, there appears to have been a legal threat issued via comment within the GoDaddy Auctions bidding platform. Have a look at the screenshot that was originally shared on Domain Boardroom that I was given permission to share publicly:
I have no way to know if this legal notice was made by a lawyer representing a trademark interest. For all I know, it could have been made by an unaffiliated third party to dissuade others from bidding in the auction. It seems like anyone can leave a comment.
I believe the ability to comment within an auction has always been there. If you are bidding on an auction at GoDaddy Auctions, on the review popup, there is a hyperlinked field that says “Add comment here.” I presume that if you click it, you can add a comment that will show up with your bid as demonstrated in the screenshot above. I have noticed that link before, but never thought about commenting nor have I even noticed other comments before seeing this.
It will be interesting to see who ends up with the ChefD.com domain name, and if it not an entity related to the supposed trademark holder, it will also be interesting to see if any type of legal action is taken in the future. I would also be interested in knowing why this comment functionality exists. Perhaps someone from GoDaddy can explain its purpose.