Need help with a domain name

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  1. Hondaboi macrumors newbie

    Hondaboi

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    Hello,

    I want to start a small website focused on buying used Macs, any ideas for a domain name? I don't know if I can use the word 'Mac' because it is a trademark of Apple, Inc.

    Thank you!
     
  2. Garsun macrumors regular

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    Most words are taken, so I try for some interesting and memorable combination that represents the business.
    Maybe something like repple.com
     
  3. maflynn Moderator

    maflynn

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    There are sites now that use mac in a variety of ways, so you'll be ok. Consider Macofalltrades.com and MacRumors.com ;)
     
  4. Hondaboi thread starter macrumors newbie

    Hondaboi

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    Thanks for letting me know. I know someone who was sued for using the word Apple in his business name. I could use your advice for the tagline:

    buy and sell with no regrets
    buy and sell without regret

    I like how MacRumors uses all lowercase letters in their tagline. Do you recommend WordPress for the website?
     
  5. mossy macrumors regular

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    Why would you even put the word 'regret' in peoples minds in the first place?
    The connotations of using a word like that are too negative.
     
  6. jtara macrumors 65816

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  7. Unami macrumors 6502a

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    i second that.

    if you can't use mac, mc will do as well - we got an official apple reseller, called "mcshark" in austria.
     
  8. jtara macrumors 65816

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    My last response was (somewhat, but only somewhat...) facetious.

    What will your site offer that ebay or craigslist doesn't?

    And just what do you mean by "focused on buying used Macs". It's not clear if it's matching buyers and sellers (like eBay/Craigslist) or offers advice like how to get the best deals, what to watch for, etc. Or are you interested in buying used Macs from others, like the sites that buy used phones? Or something else?

    Hard to help name something when you don't know just what it is.

    On trademark, you need to talk to an attorney. One that knows the consumer tech field, to boot. Some companies let it slide. Some let it slide with specific criteria. e.g. not sure if this is still true, but Microsoft many years ago drew a line in the sand, not allowing e.g. Windows Widget but allowing e.g. Widget for Window. The "for Windows" moniker was given some kind of blessing by Microsoft.

    Once they've allowed something like that for long enough, they give up their trademark rights by not enforcing it. For Microsoft now to go after "for Windows" products probably would not be successful.

    But IANAL - you need a real one!
     
  9. kiwipeso1 Suspended

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    You could use a dead company name from overseas, such as "the smart store", a place I used to work for.
    Alternatively, try a mix of (part of) an old TV or movie name and Mac or Apple.
    Say "MagnumMac" (a long gone NZ retailer now know as "Oobe", or "what the hell is an 'Oobe' ?" to it's customers.)

    Alternatively base it around a dessert and Mac or Apple. You get the idea
     
  10. Rogerdavid macrumors newbie

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  11. SparkFlash macrumors 6502

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    Definitely use mac in the name for what you're trying to do. There is a local mac service store here and their name is macbench. They fix macs exclusively. mac + something related to your goal. Good luck.
     
  12. Jimmyss macrumors member

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    I think you can use Mac. I have seen many website with this keyword. What about Machelp, if it is available.
     

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