A few months ago when I came up with a new name for my website, I went and researched all kinds of combinations of names and letters with an without dashes, funky names, plain names, you-name-it names. In the end, I decided to go with my initials (K and N), with a little twist to it: Kay Enne. www.kayennephotos.com and www.kayennephotography.com were all available so I bought them. www.kayenne.com was not. It was however available via an auction - or so I thought. I placed a bid for it and waited for the closing date. That date came and went, and nothing happened. No email from anyone that I won or lost the bid. I checked, and low and behold - the auction had been extended. No reasoning, but someone had added another three months.
Today, I checked again. www.kayenne.com is not available anymore through any auction. It's been used as some placeholder psydo search engine thingie - we all know those sites. My heart sank. I knew that there was no way I would be able to get a hold of it now.
The exact same thing happened with - only it's for sale now, with a modest buy-it-now price of $ 15,000. Yes. 3 zeros. I since settled for www.karinnelson.ca (since I'm in Canada, duh)...
Losing www.kayenne.com though made me sad. I had a hope of actually having the opportunity to buy it, but it was only an illusion. Once these people have the domain names in their grasp, a regular person can pretty much forget about getting them for an affordable price. It's a business like everything else. Some people got rich with domain names. Others get poor.
Today, I gave up on the M. I just cannot afford the M. I settled for www.kayenne.co, which has a nice ring to it, except for the fact that it looks like someone forgot to type ... you guessed it: the M.