Fight the Domain Sharks!
I'm a good capitalist, like most small business owners. I very much appreciate the system and think that it produces far more good than bad.
I understand that domain sharking (buying word combinations in bulk domain purchases and reselling them at 5000%+ profit) is somewhat analogous to property speculation, and that they have an intrinsic value, based on many factors.
But what a pain in the bum for small business owners! It's really an impediment to the system: I believe that domain names should be vehicles for startups and small businesses to propell their growth. Not many of us can start that trend by shelling out thousands of dollars for the name we just spend 5 days brainstorming!!
Of course, the practice will never stop. Creative people have worked around it in a number ways:
- Drop a letter: Flickr, Gawkr
- "Borrow" another name: Napster -> Friendster -> GodKnowsWhatSter (Still availablle--act quick!)
- Prepend "My" (I've heard this has worked for at least one company : )
Other than that, it just comes to downright creativity. Word mashups. Even word inventions.
However, there are still some terms available if you look through lists. On Brandfetch.com, I found some funky ones available (bogchi.com, gunpowderchicken.com, from the Slang and Tech Jargon word lists), some practical ones (overlaystrategy.com--A term in the "Finance" word list), a whole bunch that were still around.
So don't give up yet! And whatever you do: DON'T PAY. Fight the Domain Sharks!