The Guy Who Bought Google.com From Under Google’s Nose

The Guy Who Bought Google.com From Under Google’s Nose

How many people wish they had purchased Google stock when they went public, can you imagine being the lucky guy who bought Google.com?

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(Money.CNN) Google.com, one of the most valuable domains on the Internet, was mistakenly sold for $12 last fall.

The buyer was a former Googler, Sanmay Ved, who discovered Google.com on the list of domains available for sale on September 29. He bought it, charging the $12 fee to his Discover card, never really expecting the transaction to go through. 

“I was hoping I would get an error at sometime saying transaction did not go through, but I was able to complete purchase, and my credit card was actually charged!” he wrote in a post on LinkedIn last fall.

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He told CNNMoney he made the purchase simply out of curiosity.

“I thought at some point in time it would block me out, but I wanted to see how far it would go,” he said.

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The transaction did go through – for about a minute. He said during that brief time he got a flood of information from Google users, though he was not able actually change the Google home page. Then he got an e-mail from Google canceling the transaction.

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