Domain Names and Development, “Group Buying” Weekend Edition

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Domain and business investors alike, who have been following what's been going on with group buying so far in the last year, know this is an industry that has been trending up with many new players arriving on the scene.

In the Hot world of “Group Buying” there have been a number of developments since my last blog.  There are a lot of news stories both in the Group Buying industry and Group Buying domain names.

GroupOn buys GroupOn.se Name for $12K

On June 16, the domain name GroupOn.se sold through Sedo. The name was acquired by one of the more successful group buying websites, GroupOn.com – who announced in May that it had acquired Groupon, one of Europe’s leading companies built after Groupon’s model. Groupon is available in 80 local markets in 16 countries, including Sweden, and quickly demonstrated the strength of Groupon model in Europe.

GoodNews partners with Vancouver.com

Ever since Kevin Ham launched GoodNews.com, his own business venture into the group buying market, the site has been flip flopping back and forth between Beta and a Lead capture page. The Coming Soon landing page now has a new look and feel and brand, and if you pay a visit to Kevin Ham’s Vancouver.com you’ll be met with a sign up page for GoodNews.com. Building on the strength of Vancouver.com, the site runs a banner at the top saying, “Vancouver.com has partnered with GoodNews.com to bring you amazing deals and discounts”

HomeRun.com Delivers on $130K Domain Investment

The domain name HomeRun.com which sold for $130,000 in 2010 was somewhat of a gamble for HomeRun Delivers, another group buying website launched this year. But according to Compete traffic statistics, it was a good gamble. The site enjoyed over 100,000 visitors last month alone, after reporting less than 100 visitors in December 2009.

Aftermarket for Group Buying Domains

Group Buying is an interesting market when it comes to domain names, as many investors and developers don’t necessarily target keyword relevant names, so it makes more difficult for anyone to know what the potential buyers have in mind. Unlike a name like MassBuy.com, group buying sites don’t follow the same model. A catchy brand name is what seems to be what many are aiming for. That being said, on aftermarket sites like NameJet – domain names like Copadeal.com and TucsonCoupon.com have bids. The local group buying market is heating up too, with companies focusing on one city at time before expanding their business model.

Taggle.com launches group buying website

Taggle.com received $8.75 million from Battery Ventures and Greylock Partners. The website promises to provide both the consumers and merchants a win-win platform. Right now the site offers deals only in Bengaluru, India.

DailyBargains.com under construction

An Under Construction page has appeared on the home page of DailyBargains.com, the domain name which sold to a mystery buyer for $10,500 in May.

Hand register Group Buying Domain Names

Every time I write a story, especially for a popular trend or industry, I try and research any available domain names. We’ve picked up a few hand registered names here at Fusible like LocalGroupbuying.com and today we purchased GroupBuyingonline.com.

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