The 7 Most Expensive Internet Domain Names On The Web

By on April 20, 2012 in ArticlesEntertainment

In the early days of the internet, there was a mad dash to reserve domain names that might become valuable in the future. Eventually, companies pooled together enough cash to buy out those who were holding onto popular names, and as a result, a number of URLs were sold for seriously steep prices. Now, these seven websites hold the title of most expensive internet domain names.

Insure.com: $16 million

When Insure.com was sold for $16 million in 2009, it fetched 10 times more than what it was sold for in 2001.

Internet.com: $18 million

In 2009, California-based online marketing company Quin Street purchased Internet.com from WebMediaBrands for $18 million in cold cash.

PrivateJet.com: $30.1 million

With an aim to attract ultra affluent clients, Atlanta-based Nations Luxury Transportation was willing to cough up $30.1 million for PrivateJet.com in 2012. The site currently sells flights starting at $1,980 an hour.

VacationRentals.com: $35 million

Texas-based firm HomeAway purchased this domain name in 2017 in order to keep it off the hands of its biggest competitor, Expedia.

Insurance.com: $35.6 million

In 2010, Quin Street—the company that acquired Internet.com and Insure.com—also nabbed Insurance.com.

CarInsurance.com: $49.7 million

And there's more: Quin Street bought CarInsurance.com in 2010, too!

LasVegas.com: $90 million

Vegas.com purchased LasVegas.com for $12 million upfront in 2005, and agreed to pay the rest in installments until 2040.

Articles Written by Caitlin St John
Caitlin St John is a writer and editor who covers everything from fitness and celebs to lifestyle and design. A New Yorker through and through, Caitlin resides in Queens by way of eastern Long Island. Follow her on Instagram.
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