Someone is actually trying to sell ebola.com for $150,000

Evan Bartlett@ev_bartlett
Tuesday 14 October 2014 11:50
Science and Tech

Strike while the iron is hot, goes the saying. Or, strike while the epidemic is thriving, in this case.

With news headlines dominated by the outbreak of Ebola, and over 4,000 people having died, a company in Nevada is hoping to sell the domain ebola.com for $150,000 (£94,000).

Ebola.com would be a great domain for a pharmaceutical company working on a vaccine or cure, a company selling pandemic or disaster-preparedness supplies, or a medical company wishing to provide information and advertise services.

With so many people concerned about the disease, any advertisement referring people to Ebola.com should get an excellent response.

  • Jon Schultz, president of Blue String Ventures

According to CNBC, Mr Schultz and his business partner Chris Hood bought the domain in 2008 for an undisclosed sum.

Blue String Ventures, a company which buys domains it thinks it "can develop or resell later at a profit", also owns birdflu.com and fukushima.com, according to Gizmodo.

$150,000 is not a tremendous amount for a premium domain. The fact that this is a top news story makes it very reasonable, in our opinion, as many domains sell for seven figures.

  • Jon Schultz

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