Large Companies That Own Generic Domain Names

Large companies realize that owning a generic domain name can provide enormous benefits, including: trust, authority, type-in traffic, branding, search engine ranking, cost savings on future marketing, and many more.

Below are some large companies that own generic domain names. If you see any missing, be sure to suggest them in the comments.

  • 1800Contacts – ContactLenses.com, Contacts.com, EyeCare.com, Glasses.com
  • 1800Flowers – Flowers.com
  • 1800Wheelchair – Wheelchair.com
  • 21st Century Insurance – 21st.com
  • A&E Television Networks – History.com
  • A&W Concentrate Company – RootBeer.com
  • Abbott Labs – InfantFormula.com, RA.com
  • ACH Food Companies – Tones.com
  • Adobe – Director.com, ESignature.com, Flash.com
  • Alcoa – Aluminum.com
  • Allianz – Fusion.com
  • Amazon – Clothing.com, Endless.com, Triangulate.com
  • American City Business Journals – Portfolio.com
  • American Express – Open.com, Serve.com
  • American Woodmark Corp. – Cabinetry.com
  • Anderson Rentals – Potty.com
  • Anheuser-Busch – DesignatedDriver.com
  • Ansaldo STS – Switch.com
  • Answers Corp. – Answers.com
  • AOL – Advertising.com, Flipper.com, Games.com, Love.com, Seed.com, When.com
  • Apple – Airport.com, Apple.com, Carbon.com, Newton.com, Next.com
  • AstraZeneca – AcidReflux.com, GERD.com, PurplePill.com
  • Atari – Shiny.com
  • A.T. Cross – Cross.com
  • AT&T – FastAccess.com, Mobile.com, WebHosting.com
  • Autobytel Inc – Car.com
  • Aubuchon Hardware – HardwareStore.com
  • Avis Budget – AutoRental.com, RentaCar.com
  • Banco Popular – Popular.com
  • Bank of America – Loans.com
  • Barnes and Noble – Book.com, Books.com
  • Bass Pro Shops – Archery.com, Ducks.com, Hunting.com, Tackle.com
  • Bayer – Aspirin.com, Impotence.com, MultipleSclerosis.com, NoFleas.com, WonderDrug.com
  • Berkshire Hathaway – Genre.com
  • Bissell – Steamer.com
  • Bodog Media – Slots.com
  • Boeing – NewAirplane.com
  • Bosch – Digestion.com
  • Box, Inc. – Box.com
  • Bridgestone – TireSafety.com
  • British Sky Broadcasting Group – Sky.com
  • Broadway – Theater.com
  • Brown Shoe Company – Shoes.com
  • Bumble Bee Foods – Tuna.com
  • Burlington Coat Factory – Coat.com
  • CA – Security.com
  • Caesars Entertainment – Casinos.com
  • Calvin Klein – Bras.com, Underware.com
  • Campbell Soup Company – Soups.com
  • Cargill – Bread.com
  • Carl’s Jr (CKE Restaurants) – Burgers.com
  • CBS – Auctions.com, Browser.com, Builder.com, Buying.com, Chat.com, com.com, Community.com, Computers.com, Download.com, Downloads.com, Freeware.com, Gaming.com, Kids.com, Labs.com, MarketPlace.com, MP3.com, News.com, Online.com, Radio.com, Search.com, Shareware.com, Shopper.com, Silicon.com, Store.com, TV.com, Updates.com, Upload.com, Welcome.com
  • CDW – Warehouse.com
  • Cendant – CarRentals.com, Lodging.com, TimeShares.com
  • Christian Science – Spirituality.com
  • Cisco – Compatible.com
  • Citibank – Finance.com, Mortgage.com, StudentLoan.com
  • Citrix – Cloud.com
  • CityBreak – Visit.com
  • CKE Restaurants – Burgers.com
  • Classified Ventures, LLC – Apartments.com, Auto.com, Cars.com
  • Clorox – Bleach.com, Grease.com
  • CNN/Time Inc. – Money.com, Mutual-Funds.com
  • Coca-Cola – Burn.com
  • Comodo – DNS.com
  • Comscore – Persuasion.com
  • Conair Corp. – HairTrimmer.com
  • Condé Nast – Allure.com, Brides.com, Concierge.com, Details.com, Flip.com, Glamour.com, Gourmet.com, GQ.com, NewYorker.com, Portfolio.com, Style.com, Wired.com
  • ConvaTec – Incontinence.com
  • Cooper Industries – Strut.com
  • Corel – Designer.com
  • Daimler AG – TruckStore.com
  • Dell – CloudComputing.com, FastLane.com, FogLight.com, Quest.com
  • Deluxe – Checks.com, FastLane.com, FogLight.com, Quest.com
  • Diageo – Malts.com, Rum.com, Scotch.com
  • Dick’s Sporting Goods – Runners.com, SportGear.com, SportsGear.com
  • Discount Tire Company – Tires.com
  • Discover Financial – GraduateLoan.com, PrestamosEstudiantiles.com (“student loans” in Spanish), StudentMoney.com
  • Discovery Comm. – Animal.com, Turbo.com
  • DISH Network – Dish.com
  • Disney – Dig.com, Family.com, Go.com, Kid.com, Video.com
  • Dreyer’s – FrozenYogurt.com, IceCream.com
  • Drugstore.com – Beauty.com
  • E! Online – Gossip.com
  • EarthLink – Pipeline.com
  • Ebay – Half.com, X.com
  • Eli Lilly – ADHD.com, BipolarDisorder.com, Fleas.com
  • Elkay – Sink.com
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car – RentalCar.com
  • ESPN – CollegeGameDay.com, Scrum.com
  • ESS Data Recovery – DataRecovery.com
  • Expedia – CarRentals.com
  • Fandango – Movie.com, Movies.com
  • Fayette Electric Cooperative – Kilowatt.com
  • Fidelity – 401k.com, 529Plan.com, 529Plans.com, Funds.com, Retire.com
  • Fixodent – Dentures.com
  • Food Network – Food.com
  • Franmara – CorkScrews.com
  • Frito Lay – Walkers.com
  • Fruit of the Loom, Inc. – Fruit.com
  • F-Secure – VirusProtection.com
  • FTD – Florist.com
  • G&J Holdings – Candy.com
  • Gambrinus Company – Shiner.com
  • General Electric – AutoLeasing.com, CarLeasing.com, Coincidence.com, Ecomagination.com, Oxygen.com, TransportationServices.com
  • General Re – ReInsurance.com
  • Genesis Healthcare – Rehab.com
  • Getty Images – Photos.com
  • Giftco, Inc. – Gifts.com
  • GlaxoSmithKline – Asthma.com, AsthmaControl.com, Bipolar.com, ColdSore.com, Depression.com, Diabetes.com, Heartburn.com, HeartHealth.com, Helix.com, Osteoporosis.com, Reflux.com, RestlessLegs.com, SkinInfection.com, Sleeplessness.com, ToothBrush.com
  • Google – Android.com, Deja.com, Dodgeball.com, Duck.com, Hello.com, Jot.com, Keyhole.com, Urchin.com
  • Guardian – WholeLifeInsurance.com
  • Guthy-Renker – Acne.com
  • H&R Block – TaxCut.com
  • Hallmark – Easter.com, Greetings.com
  • Hammacher Schlemmer – Stores.com
  • Hanes – PantyHose.com
  • Harley Davidson – Hog.com
  • Hasbro – Game.com
  • Health Magazine/Time Inc. – Health.com
  • Hewlett Packard Company – Mercury.com, Tandem.com
  • Hidden Valley – Eating.com ,Salad.com
  • History Channel – History.com
  • Honda – Motorcycles.com, Scooters.com
  • Hotels.com L.P – Hotels.com
  • HRS – Hotel-Reservation.com, Hotel-Reservierung.de, WellnessHotels.com
  • IAC Corporation – Ask.com, Dictionary.com, Green.com, Match.com, Reference.com, Thesaurus.com
  • Imaging Technology Inc. – Imaging.com
  • InFocus Projectors – Projectors.com
  • Intel – Chips.com, Netbook.com, PC.com
  • Intuit – Apps.com, Banking.com, Payroll.com
  • Iowa State University – Cyclones.com
  • JC Penny – Delicates.com, Gift.com
  • Johnson and Johnson – Antacids.com, Baby.com, Cancer.com, Cholesterol.com, GetWell.com, Hepatitis.com, Obesity.com, Pregnancy.com, ThePill.com, WomansHealth.com,
    YeastInfection.com
  • JP Morgan Chase – BestMarkets.com
  • Kao Brands – DrySkin.com
  • KAY Jewelers – Gold.com
  • Knorr – Soup.com
  • Kraft Foods – Bologna.com, Dessert.com, Dinners.com, EatHealthy.com, EatingHealthy.com, HotCereal.com, Jello.com, LowFat.com, Mayonnaise.com, Pickles.com, Puddings.com, Beverages.com, CreamCheese.com, Sauces.com
  • K-Swiss – TennisShoes.com
  • Lafarge – DryWall.com
  • Land O’ Lakes – Baking.com
  • Landor – Branding.com
  • LendingTree.com – RE.com, Tree.com
  • Lexis Nexis – Lawyers.com
  • Life Alert – Promptly.com
  • MacNeil Automotive – Mats.com
  • Mannigton Mills – Floors.com
  • Map and Globe LLC – WorldMaps.com
  • Market Leader, Inc. – RealEstate.com
  • Mars – PetCare.com
  • Mastercard – Priceless.com
  • McAfee – FirstAid.com
  • McGraw-Hill – Construction.com, Levels.com, Sweets.com
  • MedImmune – Flu.com
  • Medtronic – Back.com, Pacemakers.com
  • Merck – BoneLoss.com, CervicalCancer.com
  • Merck Serono – AllergyRelief.com, Alzheimers.com, Fertility.com
  • Merriam Webster – Collegiate.com, SpellCheck.com, Word.com
  • Merrill Corp. – Document.com
  • Microsoft – CashBack.com, Docs.com, GPS.com, Investor.com, Juice.com, Live.com, Office.com, Start.com, Surface.com
  • Miller Electric – Welder.com
  • Minnesota Public Radio – Audiences.com
  • Moody’s Corporation – Economy.com
  • Mondelez International – CookieJar.com
  • Monster – Admissions.com, Jobs.com, Military.com
  • National Geographic – Documentary.com
  • National Honey Board – Honey.com
  • National Pen Co. – Pens.com
  • NatPay – DirectDeposit.com
  • Navteq – Navigation.com, Traffic.com
  • NBA – Heat.com
  • Navy Recruiting Command – Navy.com
  • NBTY – Vitamins.com
  • Nestle – Meals.com
  • Newell Rubbermaid – AugerBit.com, Coolers.com, Drapery.com, JackSaw.com, SpadeBit.com, TackleBoxes.com, ToolBoxes.com, ToughTools.com, ViseGrip.com,
    YouthSeats.com
  • New York Community Bancorp Inc – Checking.com, HomeEquity.com
  • Nissan – Z.com
  • Northwestern Mutual – LifeInsurance.com
  • Novartis – AlzheimersDisease.com, GenitalHerpes.com, RespiratoryHealth.com, Shingles.com
  • Nunes Co. – Lettuce.com, Salads.com, Vegetables.com
  • NXP Semiconductors – SemiConductors.com
  • Office Depot – OfficeSupplies.com
  • Old Country Buffet – Buffet.com
  • Oracle – Agile.com, Distinction.com, Learn.com, Network.com, Retail.com, Sales.com, ServiceProvider.com, Think.com
  • Orange Brand Services Limited – Orange.com
  • Orbitz – Lodging.com, Trip.com
  • Otis Elevators – Elevator.com, Escalator.com, Lift.com
  • P&G – BabyDiapers.com, Cavities.com, Clean.com, Condition.com, Conditioner.com, Dandruff.com, DentalCare.com, Dentures.com, Dishes.com, Laundry.com, Nails.com,
    ShowerGel.com, Tissue.com, Toothpaste.com, Towels.com
  • Pacific Coast Feather Company – DownComforters.com, Featherbeds.com
  • Peets Coffee & Team – Coffee.com
  • Pentair Inc. – Pumps.com
  • PETA – Circuses.com
  • PetSmart – DogFood.com, Dogs.com, Pets.com, Pets.com
  • Pfizer – Arthritis.com
  • Pharmavite – Vitamin.com
  • Philips – SemiConductors.com, Speech.com
  • Porta John – Toilets.com
  • Pro Developments GmbH & Co – Platinum.com
  • Progressive Insurance – DriveInsurance.com
  • Purdue Pharma – Pharma.com
  • Procter and Gamble – DentalCare.com, Laundry.com, Nails.com, ShowerGel.com, Tissue.com, Toothpaste.com, Towels.com
  • Qualcomm Inc. – Plaza.com
  • Quidsi (acquired by Amazon) – Diapers.com, Look.com, Soap.com
  • QuinStreet Inc. – Insurance.com, Insure.com, Internet.com
  • Qwest – Q.com
  • Ragú – Eat.com
  • Ralph Lauren – Polo.com, Rugby.com
  • Resource Nation – Business.com
  • Reynolds Foil, Inc. – OvenBags.com
  • Roche – FluFacts.com, RheumatoidArthritis.com, Weightloss.com
  • Rocky Mountain Bicycles – Bikes.com
  • Rolls-Royce – Allison.com
  • Roto Rooter – Plumber.com
  • Russian Standard Co. – Vodka.com
  • Salesforce.com – Chatter.com, Data.com, Database.com, Desk.com, Do.com, Force.com, Site.com, Social.com, Work.com
  • Sandviks HOP – Hop.com
  • Sanofi-Aventis – Allergy.com, Hypertension.com, Influenza.com, Parkinsons.com, Stroke.com, Vaccines.com
  • SAP – Duet.com
  • Sara Lee – IcedCoffee.com
  • SC Johnson – Pledge.com, Ticks.com
  • Scripps Networks – Food.com
  • Select Comfort – Beds.com
  • Sempra Energy – LNG.com
  • SGS Canada Inc. – Assayers.com
  • Shell – Benzene.com, Detergents.com
  • Sherwin Williams – Painting.com, PaintingContractors.com
  • Siemens – Ultrasound.com
  • Silicon Labs – Integration.com
  • Sanofi Pasteur – Tuberculosis.com
  • Société Générale – Warrant.com, Warrants.com
  • Sony – Station.com
  • Southwestern-Great American, Inc – FundRaising.com
  • Speedway SuperAmericas – Gasoline.com
  • Sports Endeavors – Lacrosse.com, Soccer.com
  • STANDS4 LLC – Abbreviations.com, Acronyms.com
  • State Farm Insurance – NowWhat.com
  • Stillwater Designs – Kicker.com
  • Sunglass Hut – Shades.com
  • Sun Microsystems – Network.com, ServiceProvider.com
  • Sylvan Learning – Ivy.com, Educate.com
  • Symantec – Ghost.com, Van.com
  • Takeda – Gout.com
  • The American Institute of Balance – Dizzy.com
  • The HV Food Products Company – Salad.com
  • The Men’s Wearhouse – FormalWear.com, Tux.com
  • The Press Democrat – Winery.com
  • The Quaker Oats Company – Snacks.com
  • Thomson Reuters – Trademark.com
  • Time, Inc. – Health.com, Money.com, Mutual-Funds.com
  • TLC Vision – Lasik.com
  • T-Mobile – Aerial.com
  • Tower Records – Tower.com
  • Toyota – SalesEvent.com
  • Toys-R-Us – Toys.com
  • Travelex – Escapes.com
  • Travelocity – Reservations.com, Vacations.com
  • TravelZoo – Fly.com
  • Trend Micro – AntiVirus.com
  • Tribune Technology LLC – ForSaleByOwner.com
  • Trustwave – Breach.com
  • Uhaul – Trailer.com
  • Unilever – BakingSoda.com, Eat.com, LoveAffair.com, MouthWash.com ,PeanutButter.com, Sauce.com, Softener.com, Soup.com
  • United States Bowling Congress – Bowl.com
  • USG – Plaster.com
  • Vail Resorts – SkiRentals.com, Snow.com
  • Valpak – Savings.com
  • Vasco Data Security – Authentication.com
  • Vermeer – Trencher.com
  • Viacom International Inc. – Film.com
  • Visit Technology Group – Visit.com
  • Viva Group, Inc – Rent.com
  • Walgreens – Farmacia.com, Pharmacy.com
  • Warnaco – Bras.com, Underwear.com
  • Weather Channel – Weather.com
  • Web.com Group, Inc. – Leads.com, Register.com, Web.com
  • WebMediaBrands – Internet.com
  • Wedding Channel – Weddings.com
  • Wells Fargo – Strong.com
  • Whirlpool – ConsumerFinance.com, FoodProcessors.com, MicrowaveOven.com, TrashCompactor.com
  • Wilson Art – CounterTops.co
  • Winchester – Ammunition.com
  • Wildgame Innovations – Feeders.com
  • Wolters Kluwer – DrugFacts.com
  • Woodway – Treadmills.com
  • Wrigley – Spearmint.com
  • Wyndham Worldwide – Timeshares.com
  • Xerox – ColorPrinters.com, Documents.com
  • XO Group Inc. – Weddings.com
  • Yahoo – Broadcast.com
  • Zappos – Clothes.com
  • Zildjian – Cymbals.com

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3 Responses to “Large Companies That Own Generic Domain Names”

  1. Robin says:

    Google owns smartwatch.com as a result of their purchase of Wimm labs. Smartwatches.com is owned by Smart Jewellers

  2. ChuckWagen says:

    One of my old names made the list, how cool is that?

    BTW, underware.com I believe would constitute a brandable, no? I can’t get Whois info at the moment but it seems likely that Calvin Klein owns underWEAR.com (requires verification).

    cheers

  3. Jeff Edelman says:

    Per Elliot Silver’s post this morning on his blog, it appears that you can add Tax.com to your list. It has apparently been purchased by Ryan, Inc., which is a major company in the tax services industry.

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