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Old 10-12-2007, 05:40 PM   #1
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Domain sniper targetting the Kindle?

Is here a professional scammer/spammer/domain sniper at work? Someone registered all these domains... with his registration data protected by a proxy (Domains by Proxy, Inc.).

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Old 10-12-2007, 06:17 PM   #2
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its a business, i cant remember what its called, but basically what people or companies do is snap up all sorts of domain names and park them. theyll put up ads that pay for click throughs and if theres enough interest or traffic on that domain they will sell them off at massive proffits, some for millions
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Old 10-12-2007, 06:19 PM   #3
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Amazon doesn't need any of these. All they need are the Amazon domains they already have. What a rather bad idea to snap up those domains.
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Old 10-12-2007, 06:45 PM   #4
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it might seem silly or a waste of time but people make a lot of money doing that
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Old 10-12-2007, 09:33 PM   #5
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Its called squatting or domain trafficing.

Even if they do not try to sell them to Amazon they make a lot of money by loading the sites with popups, popunders, spam, spyware, and even paid ads to catch the poor fool that types in the name looking for the real Amazon Kindle site.
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Old 10-13-2007, 01:33 AM   #6
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But given that Amazon would be the one selling it, I'd go have a look at amazon.com before I'd go to any other site.
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Old 10-13-2007, 03:26 AM   #7
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Jon, that's you, but the majority of people would fall for these URL's if they stumble over them (e.g. through Google search).
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Old 10-13-2007, 05:43 PM   #8
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some people, like my mom, just type crap into the address bar and hit enter. whatever pops up pops up
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Old 10-13-2007, 10:04 PM   #9
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Jon, that's you, but the majority of people would fall for these URL's if they stumble over them (e.g. through Google search).
I think you don't give enough people credit. But that aside, I think Amazon has enough money to be able to take out a Google advert to get to the top when Kindle is searched for.
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its a business, i cant remember what its called, but basically what people or companies do is snap up all sorts of domain names and park them. theyll put up ads that pay for click throughs and if theres enough interest or traffic on that domain they will sell them off at massive proffits, some for millions
Actually, domain squatting largely doesn't work anymore (at least, not in the U.S.). When such squatters have been taken to court, unless they already had a site up on that address that had or sold something that could legitimately claim that name, they have been forced by law to sell their domain to the other party for no more than the cost of registering it. Other countries (don't ask me which) have adopted similar regulations.
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but during that time they get millions of hits on a good domain which pays thousands in advertising. and thats IF they get taken to court. i know of several "marketing" companies that do nothing but this and have made millions
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Old 10-15-2007, 10:37 AM   #12
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And what if as, I've suggested before' Kindle was just a code name until the real one surfaces? I don't believe Amazon's law representatives would be stupid enough to leave loose ends to poachers like a domain name.
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And what if as, I've suggested before' Kindle was just a code name until the real one surfaces? I don't believe Amazon's law representatives would be stupid enough to leave loose ends to poachers like a domain name.
They've registered the trademarks. Its a simple matter to get most of those domains taken down or transferred to Amazon.
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And what if as, I've suggested before' Kindle was just a code name until the real one surfaces? I don't believe Amazon's law representatives would be stupid enough to leave loose ends to poachers like a domain name.
I think you are somewhat correct. I think Amazon is doing the poaching.
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And what if as, I've suggested before' Kindle was just a code name until the real one surfaces? I don't believe Amazon's law representatives would be stupid enough to leave loose ends to poachers like a domain name.
I completely agree...Kindle is not a name I would associate with books really...as in kindle a fire --> burning books. Beyond my obvious need for a tin foil hat, the name Kindle just does not feel, well, right. Maybe that is because of the supposed prototype pics we have seen posted?

I really suspect that the name will be more in line with reading and the general purpose of the device.
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