domain names

A fantastic opportunity for the Opportunities Party on Trademe


Gareth Morgan’s party TOP (The Opportunities Party) missed out on the opportunity to secure all its possible Domain names but luckily someone secured them for them. On the advertisement it says,

Imagine the fun with these domains!” and somehow I don’t think the seller is directing that comment towards Gareth Morgan. Certainly, this trademe ad is a fantastic opportunity for Gareth Morgan to buy all the domains he needs for his new party this election. It is also an opportunity for someone to have a lot of fun. Imagine the opportunity for political mischief.

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How much will it go for this time? is for sale again. Last time it was sold it went for USD$14 million. How much will it get this time?

If you’ve got $1m for a starting bid, and many millions more available, you could next week be the proud owner of the internet‘s most fought-over domain name:

The site’s ownership goes up for auction next week by DOM Partners LLC, a New Jersey lender that backed a 2006 purchase of the domain name for up to $14m but which is now foreclosing on the loan.

The auction is scheduled for 18 March at the New York law firm Windels Marx Lane & Mittendorf LLP, according to legal notices. And there is good reason for the site to attract bidders: at one point, it was making at least $15,000 a day, according to a 2008 book, The Chronicles by Charles Carreon.

In the late 1990s, internet domains used to change hands for stunning amounts: though sets the price record, others including ($10m), ($9.5m), ($7.5m) and ($7.5m) proved how much value some investors saw in the visitor-attracting power of a simple, easily remembered name.

Pretty impressive numbers, anyone up for a consortium to bid for it?