Got $20,000? You could own |

Got $20,000? You could own

A Champaign, Ill., domain-name dealer has put up for auction on eBay with a minimum price of $20,000.

Last week, College Transportation Inc. linked the Internet address to a pornographic website. That link has been dismantled now that the domain name is listed for sale.

“That is a definite relief,” said Debi Billings, webmaster for the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association. “We don’t know if it was a warning or what.”

The chamber has tried to purchase the domain name since 1995, but the owner of College Transportation Inc. has refused to sell.

Last week, the Illinois company’s website,, announced it would put up for auction on June 20. In the meantime, it created an automatic link so any web surfer who typed in would land at a porn site.

Chamber officials were horrified about the link, accusing College Transportation of holding the domain name hostage.

Now that the link is gone and the name is up for auction, the seller notes on the eBay auction site: “This domain is ON FIRE!”

“He has stooped to a new low,” Billings said of the seller.

The domain name will be offered through June 27. As of 5 p.m. on Thursday, there were no bids.

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