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This Week's Highlights: A Trio of 5-Figure Sales and a .INFO Sweep on the New TLD Chart 

by Ron Jackson   
Archived 11-11-03  

This was a week of firsts on our Domain Sales Charts. Germany's .de extension has been strong every week and this time around the popular country code TLD makes its first appearance in the #1 position. The medical domain, Meningitis.de closed for $16,610 at Sedo.de to lead the new Top Ten.


Three other .de's also landed in the Top Ten along with 5 .coms and we have the first appearance by a new extension on the elite list, thanks to the $8,495 sale of Law.info at Sedo. That is one of the top .info sales since the extension was introduced in 2001 and was good for the #5 spot on the big board and the #1 position on the New TLD Chart. In fact, .infos swept all five positions on the new extension list, also a first.

In still another first, a French word appears in the Top Ten for the first time with Jardinage.com nailing down the #7 position at $5,727. The word means "gardening" in English. Here is the complete Top Ten list. Keep in mind that these are the highest value sales that have been reported in the past week. This column is meant to be an educational tool, not a complete list documenting ALL high value domain sales. Such a list is impossible to produce because many sales are kept private at the insistence of buyers, sellers or both. 

Domain Name Journal's Top Ten 
Reported Domain Sales - Mon. Oct. 27 through Sun. Nov. 2, 2003
Euro to Dollar Conversion ( to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Mon. Nov. 3

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1.  Meningitis.de 14,500 = $16,610 Sedo
2.  FarmGoods.com $11,400 DomainSystems
3.  E-Books.de 9,000 = $10,309 Sedo
4.  DebtDepot.com $8,650 DomainSystems
5.  Law.info  $8,495 Sedo
6. Blickpunkt.de
("focus point" in German)
 5,800 = $6,644 Sedo
7. Jardinage.com
("gardening" in French)
5,000 = $5,727 Sedo
8. Thrillers.com  $4,924 Pool
9. Arrive.de 4,060 = $4,650 Sedo
10. Rocking.com  $4,300 Pool

As you can see DomainSystems.com had a very strong week with #2 FarmGoods.com pulling $11,400 and DebtDepot.com taking 4th place at $8,650. DomainSystems also reported a group of three domains that went for a total of $18,300. Those were TecTV.com, 553.net and ZTradingPost.com. Those are being reported as a group because the company will not break out individual sales figures without the consent of both the buyer and the seller.

Sedo hit several out of the park this week. In addition to the chart topper and that important Law.info sale, the company brokered the #3 domain, E-Books.de - one of three five-figure sales on the chart at $10,309. Their other big hits included #6 Blickpunkt.de (roughly translated as "focus point") which is also the name of the acquiring company, #7 Jardinage.com which puts a French word on the list for the first time with the global TLD .com rather than France's .fr country code and #9 Arrive.de which was purchased by the famous German automobile maker BMW. Big .de sales should be no surprise, it is the second most popular extension in the world (behind only .com).

There was also an impressive package deal at Sedo that must be noted. The company that already owned ChironVaccines.com decided they wanted to corner the market on that name. So, they went on a buying spree and laid out 15,000 ($17,183) for the same name in six other extensions: .de, .net, .biz, .info, .org and .co.uk!

We included data from sales at  Pool.com for the first time this week (acquired through our own sources rather than company records, so there could have been larger unreported sales there). Two of those landed in the Top Ten, #8 Thrillers.com and #10 Rocking.com. Those went for over $4,000 each and were both purchased by the same buyer (Future Media Architects).

Afternic.com racked up a quartet of four-figure sales this week, including Citrines.com at $4,000. We had noted that sale in our first column Oct. 21, but it had not cleared escrow at that time (it now has).  Afternic also contributed to that .info sweep on the New TLD chart with amplifier.info hitting a sweet note at $2,100. Their other four-baggers were knit.com at $1,850 (which sounds like a great deal to us) and CruiseCaribbean.com at $1,395.

In addition to our Top Ten list we keep track of new extension sales (.info, .biz and .us) with a separate New TLD Top Five chart each week (both the Top Ten and New TLD Top Five are likely to be expanded to include more domains as more sellers provide data in the weeks and months ahead).

Last week .biz domains took the top 3 spots on the chart. This week, .info turned the tables by turning in the first sweep of all five chart positions. The previously mentioned Law.info is on top followed by a domain with the German term for "cheap flights" at a respectable $2,863. Here is the full list.

Domain Name Journal's New TLD Top Five 
 Reported .info, .biz & .us Domain Sales  Oct. 27 - Nov. 2, 2003
Euro to Dollar Conversion ( to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Mon. Nov. 3

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1.  Law.info  $8,495 Sedo
2.  Billigfluege.info
("cheap flights" in German) 
2,500 = $2,863 Sedo
3.  Amplifier.info  $2,100 Afternic
4.  KonzertKarten.info
("concert tickets" in German)
1,000 = $1,145 Sedo
5.  SolarEnergie.info
("solar energy" in German)
600 = $687 Sedo

As you can see, Germany is really warming up to the .info extension with three of the top five sales being German terms. Didn't hear much from .us this week, but we did see a couple of three-letter .us domains enter the escrow process at Afternic, itd.us at $350 and bec.us at $200. 

As always, we welcome all verifiable sales reports from companies, private sellers or individuals with knowledge of an important sale made through any channel. To contribute information and help make this column better,  just drop a note to editor@dnjournal.com.

Every Tuesday we publish the highest reported domain name sales for the previous week. On Monday our contributors send us their sales data for the previous 7 days. We then compile that information and write this report for Tuesday publication to give you the freshest sales report in the industry. 

We will close with this standard caution. These are not average selling prices - these are top selling domains. One of the biggest impediments to making sales is pricing domains at unrealistic levels. For most of us, pricing domains at the levels achieved on the Top Ten chart will leave us waiting a long time to make a sale! We hope you will use the information presented here as a measuring stick that will help you price your domains at levels that will put more money in your pocket more often!

Editor's Note: If you wish to review previous Domain Sales columns, they are available in our Archive.

 






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