The domain name CallMeMaybe.com is being sold for $1,000
“Hey, I just met you!” Who has not spent a day having that chorus in their heads? The song of Carly Rae Jepsen – “Call Me Maybe”, is everywhere: radio, internet and television. Charts in France recalls that this title has been downloaded more than 5 million times in the United States alone and remained No. 1 in France for six weeks.
Preston Hershorn, a 24-year-old American, decides to parody this song with some friends and post the video on a web page. He buys the domain name Callmemaybe.com for less than 500 dollars.
He is saying that it may be an opportunity to sell the domain name.
For a week, Callmemaybe.com is for sale on Ebay with auctions that start at $ 1,000. Preston Hershorn hopes the auction will be won by a dating site.
Elliot Silver, a long-time domain name investor and SEO of TopNotchDomains.com has estimated that $ 1,000 is a very good bid to start, reports Buzzfeed, and that eBay is a perfect place to find a wide audience of potential buyers. But Preston Hershorn has every interest in quickly closing his sale. Elliot Silver explains in an email:
“The sooner he will be able to sell this domain name the better, because the popularity of the song and parodies will probably fade, which makes the domain name lose value”
Preston Hershorn just hopes to pay a few drinks to his parody friends, and hopefully be able to make a trip to Canada, in honor of Canadian singer Carly Rae Jepsen.
Buying a domain name on the Internet is becoming more and more common. PCimpact reveals that 233 million domain names were registered worldwide as of March 31, 2012. This is the result of an increase of 23 million NDD in one year. For the first time ever, .com has surpassed the 100 million mark, representing 43% of NDDs.
Teaparty.com, the $ 1 million site
The rock band Tea party currently owns the domain Teaparty.com. According to Business Week, supporters of the conservative and eclectic political movement of the Tea Party in the United States, their trademark sounds good and they are planning on buying their domain name (the domain name that they currently have is teaparty.org), for the sum of one million dollars, according to experts.
“The political movement has significantly undermined our image so we’re thinking of a possible sale,” says bassist Stuart Chatwood in an interview with BusinessWeek.
However, they confirm that they have received several offers from political groups or investors, they hesitate to decide who could become the next owner of their domain name because they don’t want to participate in the political values advocated by the Tea Party.
Selling their domain name for nearly a million dollars would bring the Tea Party into the history of domain names that have sold at a high price, such as sex.com, vodka.com or poker.com for respectively 13, $ 3 and $ 1 million. “Domain names are the real estate of the Internet,” says entrepreneur Marc Ostrofsky at Business Week.
However, the author of Get Rich Click! warns the Canadian group that if they wait too long, the interest in their name could drop. He cites the example of the owner of the domain name birdflu.com (“bird flu”) who did not sell at the right time and whose value went down when public opinion diverted their attention from this public health issue.