So, you’re sittin on your couch watch the Super Bowl, and those dumb GoDaddy.com ads show up…and you’re like..should I buy a website? Should I see if my name is available? Should I start my own blog? And then, you’re like…nah, next year.
Well, thanks to our good friends at the HuffingtonPost, they have comprised a list of the most expensive domain names ever to buy…ones that you should have bought during the Super Bowl and held onto…and then you could have sold them for a lot of money, and got a much bigger television for next year’s game. But, instead, you decided to just let it ride, and not listen to Danica Patrick tell you to go to GoDaddy.com and buy a website.
Retailer Toys ‘R Us purchased Toys.com in 2009 for $5.1 million.
The site was sold in 2003 for a grand total of $5.5 million.
The Telegraph explains the buyer’s motivations (who purchased the site for $5.88 million in 2004): ‘Billed as ‘your first and best source for information about Israel’. It was bought in 1994 by Joel Noel Friedman, a 46-year-old Jewish American. Rather than seek profit, he originally bought the site in fear that it would be misused by somebody else.’
Beer.com was sold for $7 million in 2004.
Ice.com purchased ‘Diamond.com’ (tied with Business.com) for a reported $7.5 million in 2006.
The domain name is tied with ‘Diamond.com’ for multi-million dollar pricetag. Business.com was purchased for $7.5 million in 1999. The Telegraph writes, ‘Business search engine and web directory founded in 1999 by Jake Winebaum, a previous chairman of the Walt Disney Internet Group, and Sky Dayton, founder of Earthlink. In July 2007 business.com, the company, was sold to Yellow Pages publisher RH Donnelly for $345 million.’
Close behind ‘sex.com,’ ”Porn.com’ is one of the most valuable domain names on the web. The address last sold for around $9.5 million in 2007.
The URL was reportedly sold for $9.99 million in 2008.
Sex.com has recently hit the auction block with a starting price of $1 million. It was first purchased by Match.com founder Gary Kremen in 1994, and was last sold in 2006 for $14 million.<