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Arab.com Sells for $225,000 To Seal The Strongest Week of Domain Sales So Far in '04!

by Ron Jackson  

Last week we told you the late breaking sale of VisitFlorida.com would likely lead this week's DNJournal.com Top Ten chart. After all, only a handful of reported sales have topped that $168,000 transaction this year. So who could have guessed that deal would end up a distant second once all of the data from the past 7 days was in?!  


Bashar Al-Abdulhadi,
President and CEO of KuwaitNET Internet Services pushed VisitFlorida.com aside when he laid out $225,000 to purchase Arab.com from the owners of Arabia.com. At the same time Al-Abdulhadi spent an additional $18,000 to acquire Dubai.net from the same company.  Bashar sent us copies of the sales documents for Arab.com which now ranks as the 5th biggest sale reported year to date (with VisitFlorida.com one notch behind). VisitFlorida.com was purchased by the State of Florida's non-profit tourist marketing agency in a deal announced just as we were going to press last week.

From top to bottom, this was by far the strongest week of reported domain sales since we began compiling data in October 2003. For the first time, every domain on our weekly Top Ten chart hit five figures. In fact, three more domains in that lofty range didn't even make the list! It's the first time any five-figure domain has missed making the big board.

GreatDomains made an especially strong showing, taking 3 of the top 6 slots after selling #3 Typing.com for $50,000, #4 Gray.com for $30,000 and #6 MSG.com for $20,000! Sedo.com and Pool.com each landed two domains on the new Top Ten to round out the chart. This week numbers speak louder than words, so let's go right to the big board and take a look at the most impressive Top Ten we've seen to date:

Domain Name Journal's Top Ten 
Reported Domain Sales - Mon. Aug. 9, 2004 - Sun. Aug. 15, 2004
Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. Aug. 17

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. Arab.com $225,000 Pvt Sale
2.  VisitFlorida.com $186,000 Pvt Sale
3.  Typing.com  $50,000 GreatDomains
4.  Gray.com  $30,000 GreatDomains
5.  SSI.com $25,000 Sedo
6. MSG.com $20,000 GreatDomains
7. Dubai.net $18,000 Pvt Sale
8. Shareholders.com $15,500 Pool
9. HeadGear.com  $15,000 Pool
10. Lust.com  €9,950 = $12,269 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.

You can see that Sedo scored with #5 SSI.com at $25,000 and #10 Lust.com at $12,269, but they also had two more five-figure deals that would have charted in any other week but this one! Those were Websense.co.uk at $11,890 and JPT.com at an even $10,000. That's certainly not a bad thing as it indicates increasing depth in a domain market that is already booming. To further illustrate that, Sedo had a basket full of solid four-figure sales to report. Those included Fliegen.com ("fly" in German) at  €4,500 ($5,553), Meisterhand.com ("master touch" in German) at $5,500 and TW4.com at £2,100 ($3,841). That's a big number for a 3-character .com, but when the right buyer comes along you never know where negotiations will go.

As always, Germany's .de was prominent in the Sedo mix. PrivatKredite.de ("personal loans" in German) and Aktienkurs.de ("stock price" in German) each attracted €2,900 ($3,579). They added another $3,500 for 178.com, plus $2,300 for Mineralia.net and $2,250 for VideoLoad.com. Sedo also racked up a trio of four-figure new extension sales that we will talk more about in our New TLD section.

The story was much the same at Pool where the numbers were big from top to bottom. In addition to their two Top Ten entries: #8 Shareholders.com at $15,500 and #9 HeadGear.com at $15,000, Pool had a third five-figure sale, the high traffic misspell Eqifax.com at $10,099 (Eqifax.com scores 1310 in Overture with the extension). Their other winners included RealVideo.com at $7,600, CanadianAutoInsurance.com at $6,766 and BuildingConstruction.com at $4,100. Lenscrafter.com and OHZ.com attracted $3,100 each, while Champignon.com ("mushroom" in French) added a tasty $2,800. In other extensions, sales were completed for two domains previously reported in our Pipeline, Junior.net ($4,880) and WIL.net ($3,388), as well as Excel.org at $2,138. Pool also sold Pretender.com for $2,600 from the new Marketplace section of their site

Afternic.com had a pair of sales that would have reached the Top Ten most any other week, FedForms.com at $8,000 and 7N.com at $7,000.  Other notables from Afternic were GenDirectory.com at $3,360, Adware.net at $3,088 and ForeignDrugs.com at $2,500.

The winning streak also continued at Enom's Club Drop. Completed transactions there included DunnAndBradstreet.com at $6,800, PRD.com (as you've undoubtedly noticed by now, it was a BIG week for 3-letter .coms) at $5,100 and RoomsForent.com (yes, one "r" is missing) at $4,800. Club Drop also sold ComingOut.com for $2,500, EquityPlus.com for $2,300 and Communities.net for $1,600.

Still more significant sales were reported from private transactions involving domainers we are familiar with. Chad Wright hit the daily double, selling FreeSpyware.com and wwwSpyware.com for $9,000 each. Meanwhile Jeffrey Reynolds scooped up what appears to be a real bargain on Ebay, getting BushCheney.com for $5,000. As you no doubt know, KerryEdwards.com has been in the news the past few weeks with value estimates ranging as high as six figures. Reynolds thinks the fact that a lot of buyers are concerned about fraudulent domain auctions at Ebay held the bidding down. He decided it was worth the risk though and said the transfer went smoothly when the auction ended. DNForum.com members Elequa and Wot completed two notable deals at that venue, with Wot selling Toxin.com ($3,500) and Feat.com ($2,300) to Elequa.

In the Pipeline: Looking ahead to next week, several nice ones are moving through the pipeline again. At Pool, an auction for Refurbished.com ended at $32,000. Meanwhile, at Enom's Club Drop, LastMinuteTravelDeals.com closed at $13,000 and RoutenPlaner.com ended at $9,200. They also saw high bids of $6,800 for InteriorDesigns.com and $5,700 for CanadianCarInsurance.com. Club Drop has had a problem with bidders failing to make payment though. Three domains previously reported in the pipeline, Kinko.com, ProGolfShop.com and EVZ.com are all currently being re-auctioned since the original high bidders did not pay.

*****

Our Year-To-Date chart gets four new members this week with Arab.com and VisitFlorida.com both moving into the upper reaches of the chart, Typing.com slipping into a four-way tie for 23rd and Gray.com entering a group tied at 43. Here is the complete rundown of big winners so far in 2004:

Domain Name Journal's Year-To-Date Fine 51
Highest Reported 2004 Domain Sales through Sun. Aug. 15, 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. CreditCards.com $2.75 Million Private Sale
2. Mercury.com $700,000
(700K cash + $400,000 in goods & services)
Private Sale
3. ME.com $460,000 Moniker / DomainSystems
4. Smoking.com $325,000 GreatDomains
5. Arab.com $225,000 Pvt Sale
6.  VisitFlorida.com $186,000 Pvt Sale
7.  Commerce.com $180,000 Sedo
8. Beef.com $150,000 GreatDomains
9.  IQTest.de     €123,625 = $147,635 Sedo
10. TourismAustralia.com AUD $201,000 = US$146,200 Pvt Sale
11.  Sexkontakte.de
"Sex contacts" in German
 €110,000 = $141,175 Sedo
12.  MR.com $125,000 GreatDomains
13.  Truck.com  $101,000 Moniker / DomainSystems
14.  Kreuzfahrten.de
"Cruises" in German
€70,000 = $88,853 Sedo
15.  Kazalite.com $83,500 Pool
16. Sedo.com $80,000 Private Sale
17.  BackCountry.com $75,000 Private Sale
18.  Boxen.de
"Boxing" in German
€56,500 = $72,509 Sedo
19.  Stop.com  $62,500 Moniker/
DomainSystems
20. ClearDay.com $60,000 Moniker / DomainSystems
21.
tie 
FKK.de  €40,000 = $51,333 Sedo
21.
tie 
Busen.de
"Bosom" in German
 €40,000 = $51,333 Sedo
23.
tie 
Typing.com  $50,000 GreatDomains
23. 
tie
BoiseRealEstate.com $50,000 Moniker/
DomainSystems
23.
tie 
Harmony.com $50,000 GreatDomains
23.
tie
Mirror.com $50,000 Moniker / DomainSystems
27. CarFinancing.com $46,000 Pool
28. Hardcore.co.uk £25,000 = $45,951 Sedo
29. Meningitis.com $45,000 Private Sale
30.  Mister.com    $38,800 Pvt Sale
31. Faces.com $38,700 Moniker / DomainSystems
32. Metropol.com €30,500 = $38,230 Sedo

33. 

Nackt.de
"Nude or Naked" in German
€30,000 = $38,081 Sedo
34.  Fotos.com €30,000 = $35,793 Private Sale
35.  Cairo.com $35,001 Sedo
36. 
tie
Miss.com $35,000 Afternic
36.
tie
Spamzilla.com $35,000 MarketEvolver
38. CleanEnergy.com $31,950 Moniker / DomainSystems
39. Humor.de €25,520 = $30,449 Sedo
40.  EducationEssentials.com    $30,375 Moniker/
DomainSystems
41.  Single.co.uk  €24,600 = $30,341 Sedo
42.  DiscountDrugs.com $30,010 Namewinner
43.
tie
Gray.com $30,000 GreatDomains
43.
tie 
AntiDepressants.com $30,000 Private Sale
43.
tie
Actor.com $30,000 Sedo
46.  NewYork.info €22,000 = $28,086 Sedo
477.  Headstones.com    $28,000 Pool

48.

XPart.com $27,981 Moniker / DomainSystem

49.

Messaging.com   $27,600 Pool

50.

HotelReservation.com $27,500 Sedo
51.
tie
LH.com    $27,000 GreatDomains

51.
tie

NQ.com $27,000 Afternic
51. 
tie
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

For the second week in a row, Sedo took six of the seven positions on our new extension Super 7 chart. They did it with four .infos and a pair of .biz and half of those domains hit four figures. Crawler.info led the way after changing hands for $1,974, but Flirts.biz was right behind at $1,851. BVL.info took the #3 position after selling for $1,049 (the latest in a series of impressive 3-letter .info sales - SWT.info sold for $2,935 last week).

Those sales were all at Sedo as were three of the next four. Afternic prevented a sweep by nailing down the #6 slot with the $600 sale of LasVegasHomes.info. Here are all of the New TLD top sellers reported to us this week:

Domain Name Journal's New TLD Super 7 
  Reported .info, .biz & .us Domain Sales  Aug. 9, 2004 - Aug. 15, 2004
Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. Aug. 17

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. Crawler.info  €1,600 = $1,974 Sedo
2. Flirts.biz    €1,500 = $1,851 Sedo
3.  BVL.info  €850 = $1,049 Sedo
4. Photovoltaik.info
(German for "photovoltaics")
   €550 = $679 Sedo
5.  MyBestFunds.biz    €500 = $617 Sedo
6. LasVegasHomes.info $600 Afternic
7. Orientation.info €475 = $586 Sedo

You see Sedo's other top sellers in positions 4, 5 and 7. Afternic just missed placing a .US on the chart after selling Package.us for $495.  Though there wasn't a lot of .US sales action reported this week, America's country code got some more good news with word that Air France has opened a site aimed at the U.S. market at www.AirFrance.us. They're advertising round trip fares from the U.S. to Paris starting as low as $300. Some of the biggest .US enthusiasts have long predicted that some of the extension's biggest support would come from foreign companies targeting the huge U.S. market with localized web sites.

None of this week's top sellers was high enough to cross the entry threshold for our Year-To-Date New TLD chart (it currently takes $4,000 to get in). So the list of top new extension sales through August 15 remains unchanged from last week: 

Domain Name Journal's Year-To-Date New TLD "Great 28" 
Highest Reported 2004 .info, .biz & .us Domain Sales through Aug. 15 
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 Sale
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. Party.us $6,000 Pvt Sale
15. Beach.info     €5,000 = $5,972 Sedo
16.
tie
Finanzen.info
("Finances" in German)
€4,900 = $5,888 Sedo
16. 
tie
Steuer.info
("Tax" in German)
  €4,900 = $5,888 Sedo
18. InvestmentFonds.info
("investment funds" in German)
  €4,750 = $5,673 Sedo
19. Vacations.info $5,500 Pvt Sale
20.
tie
Woman.info $5,000 Sedo
20.
tie
Minnesota.info  $5,000 Pvt Sale
22. Erotica.info €4,000 = $4,913 Sedo
23. CityGuide.info €4,000 = $4,773 Sedo
24.
tie
Meningite.biz
("Meningitis in French & Italian)
$4,250 Sedo
24.
tie
Meningite.info
("Meningitis in French & Italian)
$4,250 Sedo
26.  Grafik.info   €3,500 = $4,249 Sedo
27.
tie
Houston.info $4,000 Pvt Sale
27.
tie
Washington.info $4,000 Pvt Sale
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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