Markets in everything

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.

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

Outstanding.

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

Exactly. Hence "once in a lifetime."

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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?

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Maybe some Danish cartoonist will buy the domain.........

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Prison Labor Markets in Everything: http://mashable.com/2011/05/26/china-virtual-currency-market/

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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.

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.

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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.

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

A bit less of a risk discount there I suppose.

christ.com

OH GOD MY EYES

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http://www.god.com/

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

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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.

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What makes us think this is legit?

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

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