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eBay: auction platform for domain names?

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If you are looking for a laptop on eBay, you can narrow your results by selecting Computers & Networking. Then appears a sub-category named Other Hardware & Services where you will find ... domain names for sale! Some eBayers dare to specify domain shipping costs.

Domain auctions on eBay concern by far .com domain names (93%). Domains for sale are frequently related to porn industry (bestdamnpornstars.com) and often exploit events (US primaries and caucuses 2008, ClintonObamaIn2008.com).

Moreover, a lot of domain names are infringing rights: celebrities are targeted (angelinajolie.name, britneyspearstears.com) and trademarks are cybersquatted (yahoo.is, WiiiTV.com, googlevideosonline.com), including ironically eBay brands (paypal4less.com, ebayandyahoo.info, ebaybuyitsellit.com).

Results for 'Domain names' category on ebay.com (10/01/08):
.com 3220
.net 65
.org 17
other 160
total 3462

Domain bids start from $0.01 (opete.com) up to million dollars and some domain names are sold by package. Below a few examples of bids:

voter2008.com, uspresidentialprimaries.com $1,125,000.00
GoogleNetBox.com $1,500,000.00
reallybig.com, reallybig.net $2,000,000.00
BusinessWorld.com $20,999,000.00
erotik.com / .de / .info $2,500,000.00
pizza.us $50,000.00

Thus the leading auction platform seems to attract not only good counterfeiters, but also cybersquatters...

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