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Jon Schultz

A self-proclaimed “domain entrepreneur” is planning on selling the www.ebola.com domain for $150,000.

The man, Jon Schultz, specializes in buying disease domains and selling them for large amounts of money.

In addition to the Ebola.com domain, Daily Mail reports that Schultz also owns: H1N1.com, birdflu.com, terror.com, PotassiumIodide.com, fukushima.com, and others.

He bought the Ebola domain 4 years ago for $13,500 and has been waiting for the right opportunity to sell it, and according to him, that time is now – in the midst of the current Ebola epidemic.

“Ebola.com would be a great domain for a pharmaceutical company working on a vaccine or cure, a company selling pandemic or disaster-preparedness supplies, or a medical company wishing to provide information and advertise services” Schultz said. 

Some have accused him of taking advantage of a tragedy, but he has denied the allegations, saying that doctors do the same.

“You could say the same thing about doctors.  They can become very well-off treating very sick patients. 

Besides we have sacrificed a couple of thousands in parking page income to put up links about Ebola on the site. And people can also donate to Doctors Without Borders at the site,” he said.

Photo Credit: Washington Post

19 Comments

  1. Enq

    October 14, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    this is weird!

  2. Hexy

    October 14, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    Cyber-squatter

  3. Thatgidigirl

    October 14, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    Falls into the river and starts taking a bath, speaking of opportunists.

    • Miss Anonymous

      October 14, 2014 at 6:36 pm

      I don’t think he’s an opportunist. He seems like he has a good business head on his shoulders. Would you say the same about all the Nigerians who have made tons of money importing hand sanitizer dispensers, sanitizers, thermometers, gloves etc since the outbreak of this disease? It’s about recognising a gap and filling it, as long as it’s not illegal or unethical……

  4. edie

    October 14, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    sharp guy,

  5. Amarachi

    October 14, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    I don’t understand…can somebody please explain this sentence “He bought the ebola domain 4 yrs ago… and has been waiting for the right opportunity to sell it”. Like he knew about ebola 4 years ago?? Please o, english is my third language make una enlighten me. Thank you

    • Miss Anonymous

      October 14, 2014 at 6:29 pm

      Ebola has been around for a while. I remember there was an outbreak in West Africa in 1994 which didn’t reach Nigeria, so it’s not a new disease.

    • Amarachi

      October 14, 2014 at 8:27 pm

      Thank you!

    • Mama

      October 14, 2014 at 6:59 pm

      Yes the virus did not just start now. It has been there like a sleeping dog. What we have now is an outbreak of Ebola, but the disease has been around for a long time. He may have researched deadly viruses and registered them and now his gamble may pay off.

    • Amarachi

      October 14, 2014 at 8:26 pm

      Thank you!

  6. baboushka

    October 14, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    @Amarachi Ebola has been around since the 70s Uganda had a serious epidemic about four or five years ago which was contained thankfully enough so he may have bought the domain name around the time of the Ugandan Ebola epidemic it was widely publicized but social media wasn’t as big then as it is now so you may have had to be a CNN, BBC and them watcher to have heard about it then if you didn’t live around East Africa at the time.

    wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Ebola_outbreaks

  7. baboushka

    October 14, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    @Amarachi wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Ebola_outbreaks

    • Amarachi

      October 14, 2014 at 8:25 pm

      Thank you!

  8. addy

    October 14, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    There is always an opportunity in every problem. I hope he donates some of his earnings towards ebola treatment
    coilsandglory.com

  9. KeepingItReal

    October 15, 2014 at 12:40 am

    When writing a research paper, “Wikipedia”
    Is not a reliable source.
    While thousands in Africa, are dying from the disease, another is milking it as a business venture.

  10. Cece

    October 15, 2014 at 1:58 am

    I wonder what other names he has stocked up, quietly waiting to make his profit.

  11. Tee

    October 15, 2014 at 6:42 am

    businesses dey for this life sha…

  12. dotty

    October 15, 2014 at 9:38 am

    planning ahead of time….hehehehehehe…….just the way someone has bought linda ikeji’s domain and want to sell to her and you wonder how? cyber.squatters…..lmfao

  13. Atlantastyle

    October 15, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    Hey keepingitreal…thats life and that’s the essence of business..businesses are setup for profit making and so they exist to provide any needed resources for profit.. if u want to b poor, then sell what’s not needed..cheerios

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