Yesterday the owner of Apples.com an Onions.com took offense to my list saying that there could be legal problems regarding apples.com and that onions would not have the same problems. While I merely meant that the new owner would have to continually makes sure that no content infringed on Apple Computer’s trademark or there would be legal issues, he was deeply concerned with my post. So out of courtesy I have allowed his response. I might add that I asked him for traffic data, previous offers for the domains, and other info that I could put in a post that would encourage higher bids from buyers. The answers were hundreds of visitors per day, never any legal issues at all. All I can say is I was willing to try to help promote some awesome domains but I kept getting Owen Fragerish type responses (lots of detail and promotion). It is still a great name. The Apples.com auction ends soon so bid high and bid often.
In your publication you raised the question of the legal issues a registrant of apples.com will face relative to onions.com with both being up for sale this week. I have been unable to find a domain name more memorable than apples.com available on the internet today. The reserve price of apples.com is very low in light of the power of its world wide mind share and Onions.com is being auctioned no reserve so the users of NameJet.com will determine the price.
A check of WHOIS reveals that apples.com and onions.com were registered the same day in 1995, about 17 years ago. The timing of my registration of these two domain names relative to each other is proof of their good faith registration as both registrations fit a perfect match pattern. Each to an English language produce term with each term representing billions of dollars of world wide trade.
I believe that the use of third level domain names to execute a context search will increase dramatically in the next few years. So for example buy.apples.com, fuji.apples.com, michigan.apples.com, sweet.onions.com, mexican.onions.com once developed will all provide a value that will benefit the registrant and the internet user. I think that all domain investors should consider the suitability of a domain for the development of the sub domains in its valuation of any domain name for investment and development, but few do. The marketing of new TLDs will inevitably pitch this aspect of domain name selection and evaluation. The public will be educated on direct navigation in the process of explaining why they should use and or buy new TLDs.
Onions.com produces consistent traffic and Apples.com gets hundreds of type in visitors each day.
In the 17 years that I have administered onions.com and apples.com there has not been one complaint or adverse claim by any trademark holder or anyone only offers to buy Both names have never been involved in any partnerships or potentially rights clouding deals.I have never had any problems or controversy with apples.com or onions.com and I do not expect any new registrant to have any problems. Both domains are world class.