I was the underbidder in the VidaliaOnions.com auction in November of 2014. My maximum bid was $2,121, and the winning bid was $2,200. Fortunately, Peter Askew won the auction, and he has since become the “Vidalia Man.” He described how he got there in a great article that he published that made its way to the top of Hacker News yesterday:
My main point in writing this, is to encourage other folks to buy & build on great domain names:https://t.co/AUgfi9zOZp
— Peter Askew (@searchbound) April 22, 2019
Like Peter, I also have an affinity for Vidalia Onions. It started many years ago on a trip to Georgia. I was young, but I remember seeing Vidalia onions sold everywhere – from markets to gas stations. I don’t remember how we got them in New England, but we managed to get some Vidalia onions every year. My Mom makes a great salad with Vidalia onions, sweet cherry tomatoes, black olives, and a vinegar-based dressing that ties it all together. It’s a great salad that reminds me of the Summer. Anyway, I digress…
Peter’s story about turning VidaliaOnions.com into a direct to consumer retailer is inspiring. In fact, it reminded me of a similar story from another Georgian, Warren Royal, who turned Bobbleheads.com into a direct to consumer retailer with a big following. I have always thought about doing something like what Peter and Warren have done, but I have never actually gone from thinking about it to doing it.
I think just about all of us have a domain name that we acquired because we know it can be built into something special. Perhaps it involves a passion – or maybe we just had a vision about the potential of the domain name. Most of us don’t take action and build a brand like Peter has done with VidaliaOnions.com. Maybe more of us should?
One thing is for sure, Peter’s story is inspiring. It’s also a great story to share when someone asks about the business of domain investing and its potential.
Love Vidalia onions, myself. Great story.
I love avocados and who doesn’t?? Had them when I was in Hawaii.
Plan on selling them
Isn’t this the same guy who just bought onions.com?
He bought Onions.com for $15,000 a few months ago.
This isn’t domain investing, it’s building a business. 🙂
… and he is investing in domains as part of his business strategy. Most companies don’t.
I’m so proud of what Peter has done – and we support him every April by getting a large case of product for everyone in the office to share with their families. Great guy, great story, great business!
The cannabis domain holders must believe quite soon it’ll be shipping like onions.
I can’t wait to happen…since I own solid marijuana domains aka marijuanaguy dot com