Markets in everything

by on August 17, 2011 at 12:15 pm in Economics, Religion, Weblogs | Permalink

Annie Lowrey reports:

Mosque.com, Muhammad.com, and Allah.com on sale on eBay for the bargain price of $21 million.

Shipping is free and expedited, and it is described as a “once in a lifetime” offer.

dearieme August 17, 2011 at 12:28 pm

If the website will not come to Muhammad, ………

msgkings August 17, 2011 at 1:32 pm

Outstanding.

Jamie_NYC August 17, 2011 at 12:39 pm

I think the seller is more likely to get killed rather than get rich.

Jim August 19, 2011 at 10:28 am

Exactly. Hence “once in a lifetime.”

tkehler August 17, 2011 at 1:16 pm

What about “Ummah.com”? “Mohammad.com”? “Mo.com”? Big-Mo.com”? “Mos.com”? “Daily Mos.com”?

I like “Big-Mo.com” — isn’t it the case that Islam’s got the big Mo, in terms in conversion rates?

Rahul August 17, 2011 at 1:53 pm

Maybe some Danish cartoonist will buy the domain………

Jake S August 17, 2011 at 1:56 pm
anonymous August 17, 2011 at 2:13 pm

Once upon a time, in the final years of the 20th century, you started noticing that companies were including domain names in their print advertising and billboards and panels. It was validation for people who believed that good generic domain names had value.

Lately, though, you can’t help but notice that companies are telling people to visit “facebook.com/name” instead of “name.com”. And in modern browsers like Chrome, typing “foo” into the text box will do a search lookup rather than take you to foo.com.

Domain names still have value to a well-matched end user, but buying them to flip them may be ill-advised.

Rahul August 17, 2011 at 2:18 pm

Another reason is that exact domain names no longer matter. People just google the related phrase. If marginalrevolution.com became mr.com I may not even notice so long as you transition in a way that google figures it out.

Joe Jones August 17, 2011 at 9:38 pm

In Japan it’s actually more common to see advertisements telling you what phrase to search for — presumably because a search term in Japanese script is easier to remember than a URL written in Latin script. You’ll find renderings of search boxes all over the place in subway ads, TV commercials, etc.

TallDave August 17, 2011 at 5:18 pm

OTOH what does Christ.com or Buddha.com go for?

A bit less of a risk discount there I suppose.

Neal August 17, 2011 at 10:45 pm

christ.com

OH GOD MY EYES

ron August 17, 2011 at 5:31 pm

http://www.god.com/

Judging from the quality layout and graphics (snark), these sites may not be worth $21 million.

joshua the postlibertarian August 17, 2011 at 7:27 pm

If domain names didn’t matter, people wouldn’t still be paying hundreds to thousands of dollars a year hoarding groups of names looking for buyers.

If domain names mattered, Flickr and Tumblr never would have happened.

Question August 17, 2011 at 9:34 pm

What makes us think this is legit?

Robert August 19, 2011 at 12:02 am

I just bought AnalRoberts.com for 99 cents. Not sure if I can monetize it.

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