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Just when you thought there were no more good domains available, Yahoo! has decided to auction off a list of URLs that it says it no longer needs – and a lot of them are prime internet real estate.
"This year, we found a huge list of domain names that the company has owned for quite some time," Yahoo! attorney Kevin Kramer wrote in a blog post. "As we discussed what to do with them, it became obvious that it was time to set them free … back into the wild of the Internet."
Well, not quite free. On Wednesday, the online giant published a list of 29 domain names that it plans to sell off via domain auctioneer Sedo, and Kramer said the auction will ultimately include more than a hundred domains.
Many of the URLs listed are classified as "top domains" by Sedo's criteria, which means they are short, easy to remember, generic names that are product-related and therefore have "high commercial value."
How much value? Topping the price list so far is av.com, for which Yahoo! expects to pull in between $1m and $1.5m. Next is webserver.com, priced at between $250,000 and $499,999.
Most of the domains on the list are expected to sell for between $10,000 and $24,999, including such domains as airtrafficcontrol.com, cursed.com, jockeys.com, finalcountdown.com, and religious.net.
If even that's too pricey for you, however, a few of the domains are only listed at between $1,000 and $4,999 – including cyberjokes.com, webcal.com, and batoota.com – but that's as low as Yahoo! is prepared to go.
"Surely, creative people, businesses and entrepreneurs could come up with something great to do with them," Kramer wrote. "They could even spark some brand new ideas or companies."
Yahoo!'s auction kicks off on Thursday, November 14, and is scheduled to continue through the following Thursday, November 21. ®