Domain investor Garry Chernoff of NetIncome Ventures, Inc. sold Maca.com for $150,000. Based on the current Whois address, the buyer appears to be someone from China. Garry closed the deal via the DomainNameSales.com platform without the assistance of a domain broker.
A website on the Maca.com domain name is not currently resolving for me, so I can’t predict how the domain name will be used or why the buyer chose to spend $150k to acquire it. According to WebMD.com, “Maca is a plant that grows in central Peru in the high plateaus of the Andes mountains. It has been cultivated as a vegetable crop in Peru for at least 3000 years. Maca is a relative of the radish and has an odor similar to butterscotch. Its root is used to make medicine.” There are many websites that sell maca pills, maca powder, and other forms of maca.
Maca.com was originally registered in 2000. The earliest historical Whois record is from 2003, and it shows Garry’s company as the registrant. I am unsure if Garry was the original registrant or if he acquired the domain name sometime between 2000 and 2003.
$150,000 for Maca.com seems like a solid sale, especially during the slower Summer months. We will probably see it at the top of this week’s DN Journal sales report. At the moment, it would tie for the 40th largest publicly reported domain name sale of the year.
Update: Here’s what Garry told me this morning about when he acquired the domain name and for how much: “I actually picked it up in 2000 in an NSI drop
for $70.” Outstanding.