Someone asked a bunch of us on Twitter what the difference between Priv8Jet.com and PrivateJet.com is…

My answer was simple – one is a super valuable asset, the other is not.

As you might have guessed, this tweet came from the owner of Priv8Jet.com who is asking $3M for the domain name. Yes, you read that right, he wants $3M, a tenth of the price that PrivateJet.com sold for…

Now before I go any further I want to take a step back. As many of you know I don’t typically write slam pieces on my blog, it’s really not what I’m about. I believe that most people are good and I like to give people the benefit of the doubt.

It’s likely that the owner of Priv8Jet.com is going to read this and think, “that Morgan guy is a jerk” and well, I guess I am being a bit of a jerk here but in my defense, you kinda asked for it. Also, don’t take any of this personally, I’m really just responding to what honestly is one of the most ridiculous claims I’ve ever heard about the value of a domain name…and you asked my opinion (and a bunch of other people’s) so you’re getting it!

Not surprisingly, other domainers chimed in, I was actually late to the party and both Konstantinos from OnlineDomain.com and Joshua Schoen had already shared their two cents, both of whom I agree with 100%.

I couldn’t help myself so I decided to hop over to DomainTools.com to see when the name was registered…a month ago. So yes, this guy went and hand-registered a domain name that all of us know is garbage (hence why nobody since the inception of the Internet ever registered it) and slapped a $3M price tag on it.

Wouldn’t it be great if we could all just register random domains that don’t make sense and then sell them for $3M? Like Joshua said, this one isn’t worth the renewal fee to keep it around, and if I owned it…because, uh, maybe let’s say I lost a bet or something, I would force drop it at the registrar level.

The reality is that there are literally millions of domain names you could throw a number in and “claim” they’re similar to a domain that sold for big bucks. The problem is, that one number stuffed in the domain strips it of all its value.

My guess is that this person isn’t going to learn his lesson though. He asked for advice but didn’t really want it. Instead he’ll waste his time tweeting on his brand new Twitter account and keep renewing this junk year after year. On the plus side at least he got a bit of press and made himself a glowing example of what not to do when it comes to investing in domain names.

What do you think, am I being too harsh? I want to hear from you – what do you think of Priv8Jet.com? Comment and let your voice be heard!

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  • Snoopy July 8, 2019, 9:08 pm

    Couple of points,

    -Only an idiot would believe privatejet.com sold for $30million.
    -Only an idiot would see a misspelt names with letter instead of numbers as in any way comparable.

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  • Bob July 8, 2019, 9:53 pm

    Butcher him.
    Feed him to wolves.
    Shame him.
    Humiliate him.
    He must learn the hard way.
    Take no prisoners.

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  • Matt Holmes July 8, 2019, 11:07 pm

    He’s too l8 to the game.

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    • BusFather July 8, 2019, 11:12 pm

      Better l8 than never

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  • Mika July 9, 2019, 1:47 am

    I am guessing the registrant is a young person who got a little over-excited when he mistakenly uncovered what is the domainers version of Fool’s Gold. How excited he must have been when he saw similar sales, success stories and extrapolated an asking price of $3 million, how smart he thought he was, and his friends & family probably supported him because that’s what friends and family do – they always wish you the best and sometimes overlook the obvious.

    However, everybody learns by making mistakes but the worst mistakes now get amplified across the internet without context to the full story. So, I’ll just keep on doing my own thing and hope this is no more than a lesson for him & for others. (If he takes heed).

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  • tommy butler July 9, 2019, 2:13 am

    Totally get it the domain is not worth the reg fee will include the word But.

    If he builds a basic website then does deal with jet hire firm and gets one booking a year then he has recoved his fee. if you look most jet hire domains they are parked pages. If the person also includes social structure to website he might just pull of a nice little earner using a crap domain.

    Dont slag of the person for trying to create a business give them some positive advice and be constructive. Yes your domain is not worth the reg fee and 99% domainers would not register it. If you build a basic site you might get some bookings if you tie up with jet charter firm.

    When starting in a industry we are all full optimisim so some guided advice is always welcome dont belittle anyone who might have a little bit hope trying to earn a living.

    WE all made mistakes in this game at start we all learned how to adapt lets hope this person takes onboard the comments by the ones doing it long time. Visit the forums and read blogs like this.

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  • Rick Schwartz July 9, 2019, 2:34 am

    I had to block this fool on Twitter etc.
    Can’t stop spamming a domain that is worthless!
    Get a life!

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  • John July 9, 2019, 6:06 am

    Makes me wonder if Gr8fulDead.com is regged.

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    • John July 9, 2019, 6:07 am

      And indeed it is:

      Creation: 2012-01-10
      Expires: 2020-01-10

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  • John July 9, 2019, 6:17 am

    > “I believe that most people are good”

    You’re wrong about that, Morgan. We are all “totally depraved,” with a lifelong tendency toward evil. That is why so much is wrong with the world including relating to domain names.

    “Total depravity,” however, does not mean we are always as evil as we can be all of the time. Rather, it means that ever area of life is “infected” and tainted by evil, even if not always extremely so.

    It is also the case that some are more so than others, but none is pure. It is also the case that when you see the appearance of “good,” it is often not really as good as you might think. There are human standards and human perspective, and God’s standards and the divine perspective.

    You have no doubt heard of something called “the problem of evil.” It has well been said there is also a “problem of good.” It goes something like “there are so many pretty good, kind, decent, moral people in the world – how can they too be ‘in trouble’ with God?” and so forth.

    The answer is that any trace of goodness we still have and exercise does not come from ourselves. It is instead the omnipresent God restraining our natural tendency toward evil, for some more than others. If left entirely to ourselves (no, we do not have a purely “free” will in that sense), even the best of us apart from God would be far more evil than you see with those who appear to be quite “good.”

    But I digress from domaining, don’t I?

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  • Frank Mueller July 9, 2019, 7:01 am

    if you find a company that sells privat jets
    named Priv8 then it maybe worth a handfull of dollars..

    otherwise
    sorry
    nice try

    but why being so harsh to that guy?
    there are domaines doing similar everyday

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  • Foolish Guy July 9, 2019, 7:38 am

    Thank You 🙏💕 All Of You, For These Gr8 Comments

    There is no value for creativity.
    Sometimes a simple painting worth millions, it depends who make it.
    If Jeff Bezos or Bill Gates owns Priv8Jet.com, then value of it will be high.

    This is called use of “theory of relativity” in social life.

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  • Dan July 9, 2019, 9:11 am

    Lol. I bet this guy is a pain in the rear on NamePros

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  • Gene July 9, 2019, 11:10 am

    I own PrivateJet.VIP – but Snoopy will point out that that’s worth even less than Priv8Jet.com …so, whatever. I’ll just keep it.

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    • John July 9, 2019, 4:52 pm

      Nice. I’ve been getting rid of all of my new gTLDs, but that one I would keep if I had it. And use.

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      • Snoopy July 10, 2019, 9:09 pm

        Use for what John?

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        • Gene July 16, 2019, 12:13 pm

          Well, considering that EMDs don’t matter, except for dot-com, I guess I’d might as well use it for a food truck site, or maybe plumbing supplies.

          Right, Snoopy? (I’m sure that’s what John was thinking – sigh).

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