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They Call Him Mister .COM After $125,000 Purchase at GreatDomains!

by Ron Jackson  

With a portfolio that includes domains like AI.com, FM.com, Media.com, Research.com, Cool.com and Party.com (to name just a few) many already looked at Thunayan K. AL-Ghanim as Mister .com, but now it's official! The domainer better known as Elequa purchased MR.com at GreatDomains for $125,000 this week to easily claim the #1 position on DNJournal's new Top Ten sales chart. 


Nailing down one of the true marquee names in the business would be a good week's work for anyone else, but Elequa was just getting started. As long as he was in the store, he decided to also pick up LH.com at GreatDomains for another $27,000! That helped the Verisign-owned venue sweep the top three slots on the Big Board since they also sold Jacket.com for $20,000 to another buyer, presumably while Elequa (the industry's most eligible bachelor) was distracted by one of the pretty sales girls! Still not done, Elequa mosied down the street and added EMailServers.com at Pool.com for an even $10,000, accounting for still another entry on the new chart at #7. 

Though Mister .com is a title anyone could wear proudly, we wouldn't be surprised if Elequa also turns his head when people call out "Hey, Mister .TV!". He certainly has as much right to that title as anyone in the domain world after closing a transaction with the .TV registry that gave him 12 of the 26 one-letter .TV domains. His company, Future Media Architects now holds C.TV, H.TV, K.TV, L.TV, O.TV, Q.TV, S.TV, T.TV, V.TV, W.TV, Y.TV and Z.TV ! Terms of that bulk buy were not announced.

While AL-Ghanim's shopping spree stole this week's headlines, there were many other solid sales as the domain business boom continues unabated. All together we saw six five-figure buys in addition to his six-figure blockbuster (a purchase that also ranks among the top ten year to date). Pool.com accounted for another one of the elite domains after selling #4 WeddingInvitation.com for $13,610. That was followed by Glossary.com at #5 after an $11,000 sale at NameTower.com and DiscountGolfShoes.com which went for $10,250 at Moniker.com/DomainSystems.com, claiming the #6 slot. 

As it did last week, .com wound up taking 9 of the 10 positions on the Big Board, with Sedo.com again preventing a clean sweep with a country code domain, this time a German .de (last week they did it with a .co.uk). Here's a look at the full list of big winners for the week ending Sunday, July 11:

Domain Name Journal's Top Ten 
Reported Domain Sales - Mon. July 5, 2004 - Sun. July 11, 2004
Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. July 13

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1.  MR.com $125,000 GreatDomains
2.  LH.com    $27,000 GreatDomains
3.  Jacket.com  $20,000 GreatDomains
4.  WeddingInvitation.com $13,610 Pool
5. Glossary.com $11,000 NameTower.com
6.  DiscountGolfShoes.com  $10,250 Moniker/
DomainSystems
7. EMailServers.com  $10,000 Pool
8. MonetizeIt.com  €6,500 = $8,012 Sedo
9. Minimobil.de €4,640 = $5,720 Sedo
10. Bollen.com $5,000 Sedo

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.

Sedo got on another hot streak, taking three chart entries in a row to run out the rest of this week's table. After #8 MonetizeIt.com at $8,012, they slipped Minimobil.de in among the .com crowd at $5,720, then closed out the list with the surname Bollen.com at $5,000

As always there was plenty of interesting action under the Top Ten too. Sedo was in the middle of that as well with a trio of .orgs among their other notables. Those were LastMinute.org and WineLove.org at $4,191 each and FDI.org at $3,200. Sedo also showed that the keyword "casino" can draw a nice price in any extension as they sold casino.pn for $3,698. .Pn is the Pitcairn country code (can't get much more obscure than that - the South Pacific island nation has a population of less than 50)! Sedo also collected $3,698 for Optris.com, $3,390 for TheGambler.com and $2,500 for TeachersPlanet.com. They also had a nice .net sale with Aktien.net (German for "shares") going for $3,082. 

Pool supplemented their pair of Top Ten domains with the $4,100 sale of Winx.com, a high traffic domain that currently returns a very nice 1,027 with the extension in Overture. They also sold a pudgy looking three-word domain with a svelte definition, WeightLossSupplements.com, for a trim $2,272. Pool also had three nice .net sales; Control.net at $3,300, Effective.net at $2,100 and CareGuide.net at $1,451.

At Afternic.com, ToysInMotion.com drummed up $2,780 and DataDimensions.com sold for $2,088. The popular auction venue also had the first .md sale we've seen. That is the country code for Moldova and though it has been marketed to mean MD for the medical community, domain buyers apparently aren't buying that diagnosis. The Afternic sale was for a one-letter domain but F.MD still fetched only $550.

Orlando's Theo Develegas sold AKD.com for $2,800, a deal that came on the heels of another transaction in which he sold his active business site, Timechange.com. That site has a Google Page Rank of 7. Meanwhile, Develegas has set up shop under a new name at Radistar.com. Elswhere, a very nice 3-letter .org, HGH (Human Growth Hormone), sold for $1,995 at NameDelivery.com

In the Pipeline: The pipe is bulging with a lot of big deals this week. Moniker/DomainSystems CEO Monte Cahn tells us his company has arranged the $50,000 sale of BoiseRealEstate.com for a client. Transfer is pending completion of the payment schedule the parties agreed upon. Moniker has a similar deal in the works for Mehr.com at $18,500. Those sales will be eligible for our charts when transfer is completed. Pool also has a couple of beauties in progress. An auction for MyHouse.com ended at $20,155 Monday (July 12) and another for MyGolf.com closed at $20,500 Tuesday (July 13). If payment is made those will be seen on our Top Ten chart soon.

MR.com takes up residence in the top quarter of our Year-To-Date Top 40 chart this week. The $125,000 sale ranks as the 9th biggest publicly reported deal in 2004. LH.com also slips onto the chart in a three-way tie for the final position at $27,000. Here is the complete list of big winners so far this year:

Domain Name Journal's Year-To-Date Top 40
Highest Reported 2004 Domain Sales through Sun. July 11, 2004  
Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) 
Based on Rates in Effect When Sales Were Originally Reported by DNJ

 - Domains entering the chart this week are highlighted in green -

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. Mercury.com $700,000
(700K cash + $400,000 in goods & services)
Private Sale
2. ME.com $460,000 Moniker / DomainSystems
3. Smoking.com $325,000 GreatDomains
4.  Commerce.com $180,000 Sedo
5. Beef.com $150,000 GreatDomains
6.  IQTest.de     €123,625 = $147,635 Sedo
7. TourismAustralia.com AUD $201,000 = US$146,200 Pvt Sale
8.  Sexkontakte.de
"Sex contacts" in German
 €110,000 = $141,175 Sedo
9.  MR.com $125,000 GreatDomains
10.  Truck.com  $101,000 Moniker / DomainSystems
11.  Kreuzfahrten.de
"Cruises" in German
€70,000 = $88,853 Sedo
12.  Kazalite.com $83,500 Pool
13. Sedo.com $80,000 Private Sale
14.  BackCountry.com $75,000 Private Sale
15.  Boxen.de
"Boxing" in German
€56,500 = $72,509 Sedo
16.  Stop.com  $62,500 Moniker/
DomainSystems
17. ClearDay.com $60,000 Moniker / DomainSystems
18.
tie 
FKK.de  €40,000 = $51,333 Sedo
18.
tie 
Busen.de
"Bosom" in German
 €40,000 = $51,333 Sedo
20. Mirror.com $50,000 Moniker / DomainSystems
21. CarFinancing.com $46,000 Pool
22. Hardcore.co.uk £25,000 = $45,951 Sedo
23. Meningitis.com $45,000 Private Sale
24. Faces.com $38,700 Moniker / DomainSystems
25. Metropol.com €30,500 = $38,230 Sedo

26. 

Nackt.de
"Nude or Naked" in German
€30,000 = $38,081 Sedo
27.  Fotos.com €30,000 = $35,793 Private Sale
28.  Cairo.com $35,001 Sedo
29. 
(tie)
Miss.com $35,000 Afternic
29.
(tie)
Spamzilla.com $35,000 MarketEvolver
31. CleanEnergy.com $31,950 Moniker / DomainSystems
32. Humor.de €25,520 = $30,449 Sedo
33.  DiscountDrugs.com $30,010 Namewinner
34.
tie 
AntiDepressants.com $30,000 Private Sale
34.
tie
Actor.com $30,000 Sedo
36.  NewYork.info €22,000 = $28,086 Sedo

37.

XPart.com $27,981 Moniker / DomainSystem

38.

Messaging.com   $27,600 Pool

39.

HotelReservation.com $27,500 Sedo
40.  LH.com    $27,000 GreatDomains

40.

NQ.com $27,000 Afternic
40.  Computadoras.com
(Spanish for "computers")
$27,000 Pvt Sale
Unforgettable Footnotes:
Below are landmark sales where the price level (denoted by X characters) was released but not the exact price paid. This will allow us to note significant sales that are among the Year-To-Date leaders but cannot be ranked numerically due  to a confidentiality agreement that kept the exact price private. Date shown indicates when the sale was first reported in Domain Name Journal. High - Mid - Low indicates the range within the price category shown by multiple X's.
Juegos.com (June 29, 2004) High $XXX,XXX Pvt Sale
Woman.com (Feb. 10, 2004) Low $XXX,XXX Sedo
CellularPhones.com (May. 11, 2004) Low $XXX,XXX Pvt Sale
IS.com (May 4, 2004)  (No range) $XXX,XXX Pvt Sale
Bόcher.de (Mar. 16, 2004)
{"books" in German)
High $XX,XXX Sedo


New TLD Section

A familiar face, .info, dominates the New TLD chart again this week, but there is some new blood among the sales venues. Sedo typically owns this category, but Network Solutions showed up for the first time this week after handling the #1 sale of AirConditioner.info at $2,000. That happened after Forced Air Sheet Metal, Inc. took advantage of the new NS Certified Offer program to have the domain giant approach the original owner on their behalf. 

That brings up a painful recent recollection. I had a .com domain I decided to give up on, so I dumped it on one of the forums for $35. A year passed and shortly after the Network Solutions Certified Offer program was announced, I got a solicitation from them offering me $1,000 for the domain I had sold the previous year for peanuts! I was surprised the offer came to me instead of my buyer, but when I looked the domain up in the WhoIs I discovered the guy I sold it to had never changed the contact info. I also learned that he had also decided to give up on the domain and it was in Pending Delete and could not be retrieved! Naturally I tried for it on drop day but as usual saw it go to BuyDomains.  I'm not going to give the domain name because I want to spare my buyer the pain I felt after letting that one slip away! Just goes to show, you can never be sure what is going to sell.

We had two more four-figure deals on this week's Super 7. Paul Tattersfield of GPM in England picked up British.info for $1,700 at the DomainState.com forum to take the #2 position. Sedo had the next domain, AktivHotels.info (German for "active hotels") at $1,233. The buyer of the #1 domain, Forced Sheet Metal, Inc., was also the buyer of the #4 domain, Furnace.info. They paid PPCIncome.com owner Howard Hoffman $900 for that domain in a private sale. .US then stepped in to take the next two positions and prevent a .info sweep.  Here is a look at the complete top seller's list for the past week:

Domain Name Journal's New TLD Super 7 
  Reported .info, .biz & .us Domain Sales  July 5, 2004 - July 11, 2004
Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. July 13

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. AirConditioner.info  $2,000 Network Solutions
2.  British.info    $1,700 DomainState
3. AktivHotels.info
(German for "active hotels")
  €1,000 = $1,233 Sedo
4. Furnace.info $900 Pvt Sale
5.  Elvis.us  $499 DNForum
6.  Usenet.us   $495 Afternic
7. CADNews.info $300 Sedo

It was TCB time at DNForum.com where I sold a hunka hunka burnin' domain, Elvis.us, to frequent customer Stuart Smith at England's SDSTelecom. That put me on the lower reaches of the Super 7 for the second week in a row, finishing #5 and just nudging out Usenet.us (which sold for $4 less at Afternic). The Usenet.us buyer was NamePros.com moderator Apollo Agcaoili. Another .info, CADNews.info rounded out this week's list after selling at Sedo. Someone also picked up one of the week's better deals at Sedo, getting Manifest.info for $185.

None of this week's sale were high enough to break into our Year-To-Date New TLD Top 25 so that chart remains unchanged from last week. Here is a look at 2004's top new extension sellers through July 11: 

Domain Name Journal's Year-To-Date New TLD "Top 25" 
Highest Reported 2004 .info, .biz & .us Domain Sales through July 11 
Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) 
Based on Rates in Effect When Sales Were Originally Reported by DNJ

 - Domains entering the chart this week are highlighted in green -

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1.  NewYork.info   €22,000 = $28,086 Sedo
2. Casino.info €17,500 = $20,899 Sedo
3.  HMS.info €9,280 = $10,492 Sedo
4.
tie
Tampa.info $10,000 Pvt Transaction

4.
tie

Moscow.info $10,000 Sedo
6. Vitamins.info $9,500 Afternic
7. RioDeJaneiro.info $9,000 Pvt Transaction
8. Stocks.us $8,062 Sedo
9.  Party.info   €6,000 = $7,166 Sedo
10. Book.biz $7,000 Galcomm
11. BDSM.info €5,500 = $6,947 Sedo
12. Reifen.biz
"tires" in German
 €5,500 = $6,894 Sedo
13. Vancouver.info €5,000 = $6,378 Sedo
14. Beach.info     €5,000 = $5,972 Sedo
15.
tie
Finanzen.info
("Finances" in German)
€4,900 = $5,888 Sedo
15. 
tie
Steuer.info
("Tax" in German)
  €4,900 = $5,888 Sedo
17. InvestmentFonds.info
("investment funds" in German)
  €4,750 = $5,673 Sedo
18. Vacations.info $5,500 Pvt Transaction
19. CityGuide.info €4,000 = $4,773 Sedo
20. Woman.info $5,000 Sedo
21. Erotica.info €4,000 = $4,913 Sedo
22.
tie
Meningite.biz
("Meningitis in French & Italian)
$4,250 Sedo
22.
tie
Meningite.info
("Meningitis in French & Italian)
$4,250 Sedo
24.  Grafik.info   €3,500 = $4,249 Sedo
25.
tie
Houston.info $4,000 Pvt Transaction
25.
tie
Washington.info $4,000 Pvt Transaction
Unforgettable Footnotes:
Below are key sales where the price level (denoted by X characters) was released but not the exact price paid. This will allow us to note significant sales that are among the Year-To-Date leaders but cannot be ranked numerically due  to a confidentiality agreement that kept the exact price private. Date shown indicates when the sale was first reported in Domain Name Journal
Fashion.us (May 25, 2004)  $XX,XXX Private Sale

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.

We truly appreciate the industry leading companies represented on our charts who share their sales information with us to help everyone in the business get a handle on current domain values. Individuals like Richard Meyer of the American Marketing Corporation also provide invaluable help by sending us data for these sales reports each week.

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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