Sell for $800,000 at Moniker - Ranks as One of the Three
Biggest Sales So Far in 2010
have learned that Moniker.com
has completed the sale of Guns.com for $800,000
to an unidentified buyer. That ranks as the
highest .com sale of the new year and is
the third highest
overall, trailing only Poker.org at
$1,000,000 and Credit.fr at
€587,500 ($851,875). Quite an odd twist to
have the biggest .com sale of the year ranking
only third among all extension sales. You
can review all of the Year
To Date Top Sales here.
might recall that Guns.com was in Moniker's
auction at the DOMAINfest
Global conference in January but did
not meet reserve. After that event Moniker
brokers continued to work hard to close a deal
for the category defining domain and have now
succeeded. The name was transferred on Friday
and the WhoIs record currently has privacy
of conferences, we have just published a new cover
story - The
Rise (and Fall?) of Domain Conferences - For Years They
Have Thrived But Can They Survive Oversaturation?
- that includes a detailed history of the domain
conference business and a look at its future prospects
in an increasingly crowded field. I think you will find
it interesting, especially some of the previously under
reported details of the events that, over a period of
several years, led up to the first major conference (T.R.A.F.F.I.C.
in Delray Beach, Florida) in October 2004.
other note today, the 37th international ICANN
meeting is underway in Nairobi, Kenya.
World reports that 800
people had registered by this morning, about 20%
less than the usual 1,000 attendees.
The fall off has been attributed to security
concerns after the Al Shabab terrorist
group based in Somalia issued threats
against the conference venue. The meeting will
run through Friday and new gTLDs
are expected to be a prime topic at the meeting.