Domain names once again fetch top dollar

By on December 26, 2003, 2:19 AM
One more sign the technology sector is rebounding: An Internet domain name is again commanding seven figures.
Last week, a Florida man sold men.com for $1.3 million, a healthy profit over the $15,000 he paid for it in 1997.

The buyers, largely entertainment industry folks who have opted to remain anonymous behind the acquiring company, men.com LLC, want to create a portal for men.

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Masque said:
What's going to be interesting is to see exactly 'what' these people use the domain names for and whether or not they turn out to be a good investment per dollar spent. $1.3 mil paid certainly portends something big in the works.
poertner_1274 said:
I'm surprised they actually paid for it. I know it is a good name, but most of the time they just create some spinoff of it to save themselves all that money. But as Masque says there must be something big in the making because you don't just go buy a 1.3 mil domain to leave it sitting around and be not profitable.
ak_in_charge said:
I wish I was cashing in on that kind of bling bling.;)
tripleione said:
It's going to be hard for them with great sites like askmen.com and menhealth.com already up and running great.
khosw said:
that's a great investment. short and concise domain names are very hard to come by...
ak_in_charge said:
Makes you wonder how easy it would be to come up with something short and snappy and see if you can cash in.
tripleione said:
For big name companies with a huge income, it's possible. For a stand-alone amatuer with a dream, doubtful.
StormBringer said:
This, along with the Micron article and a few other recent tidbits do tend to give the impression that the tech industry might just be making a rebound. It'll be interesting to watch in the first few months of next year and see if it holds up or if this is just a ripple.
Masque said:
[quote][i]Originally posted by tripleione [/i]For big name companies with a huge income, it's possible. For a stand-alone amatuer with a dream, doubtful. [/quote] Don't short-change yourself. If you can come up with just the right name and register it, you could cash in just as easily. The trick is to sit down with an open mind and try to figure out just what kind of .com domains (yes, short and concise does it) you'd like to see and just what they could represent.
poertner_1274 said:
Agreed storm, I have been seeing a few increasing trends here and there in the market recently, and I hope they continue that way. I took a class on investment and some of the tech stocks are gonig up, and looking at the trends in the stocks shows it should keep it up.
agrav8r said:
[quote][i]Originally posted by Masque [/i]Don't short-change yourself. If you can come up with just the right name and register it, you could cash in just as easily. The trick is to sit down with an open mind and try to figure out just what kind of .com domains (yes, short and concise does it) you'd like to see and just what they could represent. [/quote] I would imagine all the .com short names are gone. When the first batch of people went through, every name in the dictionary had been taken, or so i had read. Perhaps, .org or .biz or something along those lines perhaps.
khosw said:
[quote][i]Originally posted by Masque [/i]What's going to be interesting is to see exactly 'what' these people use the domain names for and whether or not they turn out to be a good investment per dollar spent. $1.3 mil paid certainly portends something big in the works. [/quote]good point. for now it looks like another porn site...
Masque said:
[quote][i]Originally posted by khosw [/i]good point. for now it looks like another porn site... [/quote] Well, that'll sure as hell get their money back. :haha:
chuonthis said:
I agree that they're going to have a tough time getting noticed since there are other well-established sites for men already. Especially with the tacky webpage that's at men.com now...
Vehementi said:
We're not talking about the website that sold, we're talking about how domain names are once again being sold for alot money.I also read a little tidbit (included in the 101 Ways to Save The Internet) in Wired about creating a .sex suffix for pr0n sites that can easily be blocked with a filter, it seems like a good plan, because pr0n will still be here regardless of what you do.And I agree with SB, I hope and would like to see the tech industry rebound.
poertner_1274 said:
I would think that most p0rn sites wouldn't want the .sex extension, because of that simple reason that it can be blocked easily. They are trying to get their name out there to anyone and everyone they can, and if it is that much easier to block then they aren't going to be happy.
agrav8r said:
[quote][i]Originally posted by poertner_1274 [/i]I would think that most p0rn sites wouldn't want the .sex extension, because of that simple reason that it can be blocked easily. They are trying to get their name out there to anyone and everyone they can, and if it is that much easier to block then they aren't going to be happy. [/quote] You are correct, but other people dislike it as well. Especially those that already have ford.com and don't want to run the risk of getting scooped on Ford .Biz and having to fork over a million or two. Just a thought.
chuonthis said:
In the case where a company has ford.com (for example) and the .biz extension becomes available, I don't think Ford Motors should be trying to obtain ford.biz or ford.sex just so that they can have ford.*. The new extensions should be used for distinguishing different Ford companies, such as Ford Motors, the Ford Foundation, or even Ford's Porn Gallery. If people followed this, then Ford Motors wouldn't have to worry about having to pay big bucks to whoever nabbed ford.bat or whatever other ford domain that becomes available in the future.**This post brought to you by ford.com.
khosw said:
wouldn't it be better to make the .sex site a portal to the .com site. that way it can be blocked and if someone types in ford.sex it can be refused or accepted by the owner of the .com site.
Masque said:
[quote][i]Originally posted by khosw [/i]wouldn't it be better to make the .sex site a portal to the .com site. that way it can be blocked and if someone types in ford.sex it can be refused or accepted by the owner of the .com site. [/quote] Yeah, but then it would be misleading the poor bloke whe really wanted a thrill! :haha:
poertner_1274 said:
Haha. Personally I don't think that there will be a .sex extension, simply because I think that gets too out there for little kids. I mean granted they probably won't ever be looking for them, but what if they happened to get re-directed to one?If they were made it would be easy to block, but it could also be a bad idea.
Masque said:
Oh, it'll happen. Just wait and see. And it'll come from the likes of places where it IS legal.....parts of Nevada and so on. It's just too obvious for somebody NOT to take advantaget of it.
---agissi--- said:
That web page is super tacky as it is.. however with companies dishing out that kind of cash for a domain they want so bad, I might just go buy one to invest :D Maybe with the .sex extention Netscape and IE could block them all by deafult. Then it would be safe ;) And a lot neater, on the web, you would know weather or not your going to a p0rn site. If you want to see p0rn, just change the setting in IE and its not blocked :) Then again, it probably wont happen =
Vehementi said:
[quote][i]Originally posted by ---agissi--- [/i]Maybe with the .sex extention Netscape and IE could block them all by deafult. Then it would be safe ;) And a lot neater, on the web, you would know weather or not your going to a p0rn site. If you want to see p0rn, just change the setting in IE and its not blocked :) Then again, it probably wont happen = [/quote] That will spell the doom of 12 year olds all across the world! Flawless password-protected family controls for pr0n sites! (.sex domains) 8)
khosw said:
yes but that does not prevent them from downloading elsewhere, such as p2p and irc... where they CAN actually download files, rather than seeing hundreds of pop-ups and led astray with redirects.the .sex would not be a site. It provides the user with a key that the .com site validates to view the .com site. but if ford had a ford.com and someone bought ford.sex, they wouldn't be allowed to redirect to the site. ..just a thought of a way to make it work, and acceptable.
khosw said:
err... that doesn't sound so good, what about sex education, would that be education.sex or sex.edu. I guess it would work if the people volutarily chose the .sex domain name.
Masque said:
[quote][i]Originally posted by khosw [/i]err... that doesn't sound so good, what about sex education, would that be education.sex or sex.edu. I guess it would work if the people volutarily chose the .sex domain name. [/quote] I guess they'd get an education either way, eh? :haha:
agrav8r said:
[quote][i]Originally posted by chuonthis [/i]In the case where a company has ford.com (for example) and the .biz extension becomes available, I don't think Ford Motors should be trying to obtain ford.biz or ford.sex just so that they can have ford.*. The new extensions should be used for distinguishing different Ford companies, such as Ford Motors, the Ford Foundation, or even Ford's Porn Gallery. If people followed this, then Ford Motors wouldn't have to worry about having to pay big bucks to whoever nabbed ford.bat or whatever other ford domain that becomes available in the future.**This post brought to you by ford.com. [/quote] Close but no cigar. When you do "ccidentally"forget the .com it will do a search for all the ford sites, and as tech savvy as most businesses are today, they will probably want every one but .sex ( and maybe ever that to have it reroute you to the correct site. This way they get every hit possible and their competition doesn't.Your girlfriend didn't really want a cupie doll anyway.
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