Yahoo! Inc. has sold the premium 2 letter domain name AV.com according to whois records. The domain name has transferred to domain name registrar eName.
Also according to whois records, the buyer is a Jack Shen from Shanghai China.
This isn’t the first time that Yahoo! has offered AV.com, as they listed the domain for sale on Sedo.com in 2013 but the domain name did not sell at that time when it had a reserve price range of $1,000,00-$1,499,999.
Yahoo! did sell Sandwich.com for $137K and several more domains in the five figure range at that time.
2 letter .com domain names as of late are selling with a minimum wholesale north of $500,000 and many have been selling in the 7 figure range when the sales price has been reported. We.com, which TheDomains broke the news on selling, is being reported that it sold for $8 Million. So the market has changed a lot since 2013 on the mainly “short” domain market due to high demand in the Chinese market and Yahoo was asking $1 Million or more then….
Yahoo! Inc. owns over 25,000 domain names.
Dating back to 2001, the oldest whois history record for AV.com and the domain was owned and used by AltaVista. By March 4, 2004 Yahoo! first appears in whois records. Overture purchased AltaVista and Yahoo purchased Overture, so that is how Yahoo! took ownership of the domain name.
Oh, the domain I used to redirect myself to Altavista 15-16-17 years ago.
Good ol’ times!
This is a great short domain name, it may perfect for Audio Visual site, also will suit for Adult Video site.
Jeet Dsilva says
… Anti Virus
“A” and “V” are both bad letters for Chinese market, but I am sure it sold for 7-figure.
Desus Nirist says
AV.com is one prime premium domain name.
It can be used for many purposes, plus the age of it is probably really strong. It’s interesting that Yahoo is selling it rather than monetizing it.
are they buying ngtlds ?
I agree Desus. AV could be an epic brand name for a range of uses. Yahoo could have created a disrupting Audio/Visual or AntiVirus venture, and attempted to build something new within these huge industries…
However, having a swarm of entrepreneurial, creative & engineering minds along with big dev & marketing budgets doesn’t mean it’ll be even slightly successful, especially if they don’t see a snug fit to a brand they’d like to develop.
They probably wish they owned VR.com instead, as AV has a very dated feel to it, and could need a bunch of marketing to revamp its meaning to “Anti-Virus” for instance.
If Yahoo had sold it in 2013, I’m sure that would have sold it at a lower price. Congrats Yahoo!