Home Blog Page 2

Goodbye, “GoDaddy” for #BlackoutTuesday?

7

I visited the GoDaddy home page this morning and was taken aback a bit. The homepage looked quite a bit different to me. Instead of the black and teal or black and green color scheme, there was a stark black and white color scheme in its place. An even more prominent change is that the relatively new GoDaddy logo has been replaced by its icon in grey on black. I do not see a single “GoDaddy” reference at all on the home page without scrolling down. The only colors I see are in the photos.

Here’s a screenshot of the home page right now:

UDRP Resources from the ICA

On occasion, I receive emails from domain registrants who have either received a UDRP notice from WIPO or NAF or have been threatened with a UDRP filing. I know a fair amount of information about the UDRP, but I do not have the legal expertise necessary to offer actionable advice about responding to a UDRP or a legal threat.

When I am asked for advice, I typically suggest that the person reach out to a domain name attorney who can offer professional advice on the threat or legal filing. There are a handful of attorneys who I have sought out advice from over the years, including John Berryhill, Jason Schaeffer, Zak Muscovitch, Stevan Lieberman, and Brett Lewis (apologies to anyone I have forgotten), depending on the circumstances.

CheapStuff.com UDRP Follows $3,875 NameJet Sale

A UDRP was filed against the CheapStuff.com domain name at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The UDRP is WIPO Case D2020-1354, and it appears to have been filed within the past couple of days.

To me, CheapStuff.com seems like a pretty generic domain name that could be used to sell “cheap stuff.” Likely because of the potential usage for this descriptive domain name, CheapStuff.com sold for $3,875 at NameJet in March of this year, according to NameBio. Based on the “pendingrenewalordeletion@networksolutions.com” email address in the historical Whois record at DomainTools from February 26th, it appears to have been an expiry auction. In fact, CheapStuff.com was promoted by NameJet in its newsletter, even earning the honor of being one of two domain names listed in the email subject:

Rick Schwartz Shares More Domain Name Purchase Prices

Rick Schwartz owns one of the finest domain name portfolios that is in private hands. I don’t necessarily think it is just Rick’s purchases make him stand out today, but it is also his ability to retain his portfolio over the years that has put him in such a strong position today.

A little over a year ago, Rick shared the purchase prices he paid for a handful of domain names, like Vagina.com, Queen.com, Bitch.com, Ass.com, and a few others. Over the weekend, Rick posted two tweets to share more prices that he paid to acquire some exceptional domain names:

Winner Default: Re-Auction or Offer to Under Bidder?

Every auction venue deals with winning bidders that default and do not pay for auctions they win. I imagine every auction house has tools and processes in place to reduce the number of defaulting bidders, but I do not think it is possible to eliminate bidder defaults for a host of reasons.

Domain industry auction platforms that specialize in expiry domain name auctions have different policies regarding domain names that were not purchased by the high bidder. Here’s how I believe each operates when it comes to expired or deleted domain names:

Report: Sleep.com.au Sold for $100,000

According to a report on Domainer.com.au, the Sleep.com.au domain name was sold for $100,000 AUD on the Drop.com.au domain name auction platform. (Update: It would appear that the sale is in AUD rather than USD. Assuming it is AUD, that would be approximately $66,559 in USD.):

Recent Posts

You Can’t Look at Sales in a Vacuum

11
Although I do not report my own sales, I appreciate when other investors and companies share their sales. Some of the benefits I get...

Domain Investors Provide Liquidity

21
When I am trying to buy domain names from registrants who have held them for many years, I am frequently told that their domain...

Report: Meal.com Was Acquired for $1 Million

6
A reader sent me a link to an article from a Dutch entrepreneurial website, and the author reported that he spent $1 million to...

Use Sedo Search? Fill Out the Survey

0
This morning when I visited Sedo to search for new listings, I noticed a new banner under the header asking users to fill out...

“The Problem Is…”

22
I don't know about you, but in domain name sales negotiations, I regularly receive a reply from a prospective buyer that attempts to devalue...