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He sold the site for $85,000 (or just over $104,000 AUD) after listing it on Flippa, although the person who purchased it has not disclosed his or her name. Not bad for something the 22-year-old Australian developer created in a matter of hours.
“Ship Your Enemies Glitter” was meant to be both self-explanatory and someone’s worst nightmare. Turns out a lot of people liked it, and in his Flippa ad, Carpenter broke down just how much traffic and how many orders he got in the first four days.
“After being launched on January 12th of this month it has seen over 2,500,000 visitors, received over 415,000 mentions on Facebook & Twitter & has been featured all over the world both online, in print, on the radio, on TV & even on late night talk shows,” he wrote. “After being online for only a few hours, the website had received over 2,000 orders generating just over $20,000AUD.”
Carpenter figured that he makes around $5.99 to $7.99 AUD ($4.87-$6.49 USD) on each order. Along with the website, the domain, and its files, the new owner or owners will also receive the emails Carpenter’s received from reporters and other businesses looking to help for a fee. The new business owners will have to decide how the glitter gets shipped.
He’s been building websites for five years, but the attitude that shined through on the site is still present in his response to critics. We can only wait and see what else of his blows up online.
“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity.” Fuck off. Not if I have a say in it. Only up from here.
— Mathew Carpenter (@matcarpenter) January 21, 2015
Michelle Jaworski is a staff writer and the resident Game of Thrones expert at the Daily Dot. She covers entertainment, geek culture, and pop culture and has brought her knowledge to conventions like Con of Thrones. She is based in New Jersey.