BPCares for Sale

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I’ve been getting a lot of emails from Joseph Rollins, a guy in North Carolina who owns “BP Cares” and related web domains shortly after the oil spill. And I do mean all of them:

www.bpcares.com
www.bpcares.net
www.bpcares.org
www.bpcares.info
www.bpcares.us
www.bpcares.biz
www.bpcare.net
www.bpcare.org
www.bpcare.info
www.bpcare.biz
www.bpcare.us

Rollins has put them up for sale, asking for $68,000 for all 11 domains. He says he’ll give half of the proceeds to Gulf coast charities. He also says that he wants to sell them to someone other than BP, as he thinks the oil giant has been trying to buy them up:

Since the situation in the Gulf, I have received hundreds of calls per week from individuals, groups and organizations indicating there interest in acquiring the domains. I have received inquiries from individuals claiming to be working on behalf of BP who were very interested in acquiring the domains. I have communicated with BP. BP may be using individuals, groups and organizations to acquire the domains from me.”

I’m not endorsing the dollar figure he wants for the sites, but considering all the fun BPglobalPR and BPCares have been having with this meme on Twitter (and all the work BP has done to drive viewers to their site rather than anything critical of the company), the sites could be an interesting investment. His phone is 803-665-6348 or you can email at jrollins005@carolina.rr.com.

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