APT.com.au Sells On The Drops

Whilst I have stopped buying domains (again!) as at the end of July, I noticed a particularly good 3L domain sell yesterday.

APT.com.au sold on Domain Shield for what I believe was $6400 inclusive. I think that’s an excellent buy given the potential uses for the domain. Congrats to the buyer Erhan Karabardak of Cooper Mills (and Director and Deputy Chair of auDA). And well done again to Anthony at DS who seems to be picking up some really nice domains lately.

Just as a footnote, Cooper Mills also has the net.au.

The domain was back-ordered on Netfleet, so you can just imagine the mixed emotions from them and the person who had the back-order if NF had of snapped the domain! Buyer ecstatic if they had won – Netfleet pissed that they missed out on a big payday!

The bid on Drop was $7173 ++.


Ned O’Meara – 6th August 2017

5 thoughts on “APT.com.au Sells On The Drops

  • August 6, 2017 at 10:45 am

    Am curious, why could Mr Karabardak have wanted to spend so much on this domain? Is he domain investor, or maybe APT is a client? He seems to be associated with many famous brands as domains that he is not using… If you are the suspicious type, one might conclude this is domain warehousing. Given his position, I think this should be clarified?

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    • August 6, 2017 at 11:07 am

      If you have a look at the site, you will understand why. He is using it for his TM business.

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  • August 6, 2017 at 11:41 am

    Its good to see the Deputy Chair of auDA is actively investing in the .au name space, and via the expired domain auctions like everyone else. (Its kind of like an ASX director buying more company shares, adds a little market confidence)

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  • August 6, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    AustralianProfessionalTrademarks.com.au is still available for registration. Personally I think that is more useful, descriptive and brandable than APT.

    APT.com.au and .net.au could mean many things… thus is may have value to many more people or less value.

    Some people think having a TM helps to onsell a domain name and  also avoid domain eligibility complaints but this is debatable. It seems to work well for some to buy names get a TM and then onsell the name… If the sale price covers that extra TM cost it is interesting to see how some do it. I know of some very big sales where this was done.


    Great to see the buyer has confidence in the .au namespace (buyer Erhan Karabardak of Cooper Mills, Director and Deputy Chair of http://www.auDA.org.au )

    Does this mean they will get the only rights to the direct .au extension APT.AU ?

    When it comes to registering .au names and meeting .au policy the buyer knows pretty well every rule and it is a good example for others to follow to get high value resales of domain names registered.


    Erhan grab AustralianProfessionalTrademarks.com.au  today for hand registration cost.


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    • August 6, 2017 at 8:59 pm

      Does this mean they will get the only rights to the direct .au extension APT.AU ?

      I think thats one of the policy suggestions floating around, not formally recommended at this point. It does make for an important investment consideration, especially if you were undecided to pay higher now for an aftermarket domain prior to the implementation of a new exstention (if .au were to proceed to market) buying now kind of acts like a defensive position prior to any new change in the market. 


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