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Beijing.net Leads The Weekly Sales List and Helps SnapNames Land Four Spots in the Top Ten 

by Ron Jackson  

What's this...a .net leading the weekly Top Ten?! Thanks to the $18,100 sale of Beijing.net at SnapNames.com that's what happened for the first time since we started tracking sales a little over a year ago. That sale helped SnapNames dominate our new best sellers list with 4 of the top ten positions. There seems to be little doubt that the Pacific Northwest company is once again a drop catching powerhouse, thanks to it's exclusive rights to names that expire at Network Solutions (holder of many of the best web properties after being the exclusive .com/.net registrar in the early years of the Internet).


Snapnames wound up taking positions 1, 3, 7 and 9 on the big board and their 3rd-ranked domain, Isim.com was one of only three five-figure sales reported after going for $10,500. Afternic.com had the other one, #2 CameraPhone.com at $13,000. Afternic's week was almost as strong as SnapNames as they racked up three Top Ten entries including HouseParty.com at $9,000 and TeamLinux.com at $8,500. Those ranked 4th and 5th respectively. 

Sedo.com had two of the top reported sales with the final slot going to Enom's Club Drop. Sedo's entries were both of special interest. One was a .co.uk, #6 Qualcomm.co.uk at $8,410. The British country code extension has been coming on like gangbusters this year and they are now regularly sighted among the sales leaders. Sedo also scored with one of the highest 3-character .com sales we've seen, E2S.com at $7,647. Of course, 3-letter .coms always command a premium but domains mixing letters and numbers rarely hit the high four figure mark.

While there were fewer high dollar sales reported than usual this week there was no shortage of very solid four figure sales (and odds are there were plenty of high value .com sales that were not reported due to non-disclosure agreements). The new extensions also turned in a good performance with 5 four-figure sales and a breakout week for .us which took half of the slots on our New TLD list. We'll have more on that later but right now let's take a look at this week's complete mainstream Top Ten chart: 

Domain Name Journal's Top Ten 
Reported Domain Sales - Mon. Oct. 25, 2004 - Sun. Oct. 31, 2004
Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. Nov. 2

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. Beijing.net  $18,100 SnapNames
2. CameraPhone.com $13,000 Afternic
3.  Isim.com $10,500 SnapNames
4.  HouseParty.com  $9,000 Afternic
5. TeamLinux.com  $8,500 Afternic
6. Qualcomm.co.uk €6,600 = $8,410 Sedo
7. Lacey.com  $8,088 SnapNames
8. E2S.com   €6,000 = $7,647 Sedo
9. Martial.com  $7,300 SnapNames
10. CheapMedications.com  $7,107 Enom Club Drop

Keep in mind that these are the highest value sales that have been reported to us 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.

SnapNames rounded out their winning quartet with Lacey.com at $8,088 and Martial.com at $7,300 while Enom's Club Drop anchored the Top Ten with CheapMedications.com at $7,107. The strength at SnapNames extended beyond the big board. CutePets.com lapped up $6,100, CollegeEssay.com added $5,400 and CCTV.net tuned in another $5,188. Viable.com went for $4,489 while iWomen.com attracted $2,300 and Minoan.com commanded $2,051. SnapNames also did well with a pair of .orgs, FPE.org at $2,270 and Surplus.org at $1,400. The FPE.org sale will be a painful one to note for one of our contributors who owned the name but accidentally let it drop. He had lost track of the registrar account it was held in and didn't discover he had overlooked the renewal until it was too late.

As always, Sedo's sales list was rich with country code domains. They notched £3,000 ($5,516) for Flash.co.uk, €3,900 ($4,957) for Reitz.de, £2,000 ($3,677) for LondonHotelGuide.com and €2,320 ($2,949) for Zeitungsanzeigen.de ("advertisement" in German). Sedo also scored with .coms, netting $4,000 for 1949.com, $3,000 for CyrusCapital.com, €2,320 ($2,949) for BetStation.com and $2,200 for DaBoomCrew.com. 

At Pool.com MapServer.com was the top sale, directing $3,700 into the auction house's coffers. They added $3,150 for Polsat.com, $3,001 for AllNaturals.com and $2,800 for HertzRental.com. JobEngine.com redlined at $2,399, HerpesDating.com produced a $2,350 kiss and Lynnwood.com brought another $2,100. Pool also banked $2,000 each for SexPro.com and LendMoney.com. Their top .nets were LuxuryHotels.net at $930 and Strokes.net at $710.

Enom's Club Drop supplemented their Top Ten domain with eLaw.net at $3,930 and BestPlace.com at $2,530. EarnedIncome.com brought them another $2,300 with ChinaBuy.com adding $2,009. Elsewhere, Moniker.com/DomainSystems.com reported iFlorida.com going for $3,600. Afternic added to their three Top Ten domains with AddX.com at $2,500. Afternic also sold Slice.tv for $330 (not a high price but notable for the extension).

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None of this week's reported sales were high enough to crack our Year To Date chart which currently has a $28,000 entry point. Here is the complete rundown of big winners so far in 2004:

Domain Name Journal's Year-To-Date Top Sales
Highest Reported 2004 Domain Sales through Sun. Oct. 31, 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. Viajes.com
("travel" in Spanish)
 $300,000 Sedo
6. Arab.com $225,000 Pvt Sale
7.  VisitFlorida.com $186,000 Pvt Sale
8.  Commerce.com $180,000 Sedo
9.
(tie)
Animation.com  $150,000 Pvt Sale
9.
(tie)
Beef.com $150,000 GreatDomains
11.  SSM.com $145,000 Pvt Sale
12.  IQTest.de     €123,625 = $147,635 Sedo
13. TourismAustralia.com AUD $201,000 = US$146,200 Pvt Sale
14.  Sexkontakte.de
"Sex contacts" in German
 €110,000 = $141,175 Sedo
15.  MR.com $125,000 GreatDomains
16.  Truck.com  $101,000 Moniker / DomainSystems
17.  eCruise.com  $100,000 Pvt Sale
18.  Kreuzfahrten.de
"Cruises" in German
€70,000 = $88,853 Sedo
19.  Kazalite.com $83,500 Pool
20. Sedo.com $80,000 Private Sale
21.  BackCountry.com $75,000 Private Sale
22.  Boxen.de
"Boxing" in German
€56,500 = $72,509 Sedo
23. IFly.com  $65,000 Sedo
24.  Stop.com  $62,500 Moniker/
DomainSystems
25. ClearDay.com $60,000 Moniker / DomainSystems
26. GolfCourses.com  $55,750 Moniker/
DomainSystems
27.
tie 
FKK.de  €40,000 = $51,333 Sedo
27.
tie 
Busen.de
"Bosom" in German
 €40,000 = $51,333 Sedo
29.
tie 
Typing.com  $50,000 GreatDomains
29. 
tie
BoiseRealEstate.com $50,000 Moniker/
DomainSystems
29.
tie 
Harmony.com $50,000 GreatDomains
29.
tie
Mirror.com $50,000 Moniker / DomainSystems
33. CarFinancing.com $46,000 Pool
34. Hardcore.co.uk £25,000 = $45,951 Sedo
35. Mingle.com  $45,000 GreatDomains
36. Meningitis.com $45,000 Private Sale
37.
tie
Robots.com  $40,000 GreatDomains
37.
tie
Claims.com  $40,000 GreatDomains
39.  Mister.com    $38,800 Pvt Sale
40. Faces.com $38,700 Moniker / DomainSystems
41. Metropol.com €30,500 = $38,230 Sedo

42. 

Nackt.de
"Nude or Naked" in German
€30,000 = $38,081 Sedo
43. FoodPoisoning.com $36,500 Pvt Sale
44.  Fotos.com €30,000 = $35,793 Private Sale
45. WesternAustralia.com AU$50,000 = $35,178 Pvt Sale
46.  Cairo.com $35,001 Sedo
47.
tie 
SinglesTravel.com $35,000 Pvt Sale
47. 
tie
Miss.com $35,000 Afternic
47.
tie
Spamzilla.com $35,000 MarketEvolver
50.  Low.com $32,640 Moniker/
DomainSystems
51.  Refurbished.com  $32,000 Pool
52. CleanEnergy.com $31,950 Moniker / DomainSystems
53. Humor.de €25,520 = $30,449 Sedo
54.  EducationEssentials.com    $30,375 Moniker/
DomainSystems
55.  Single.co.uk  €24,600 = $30,341 Sedo
56.  DiscountDrugs.com $30,010 Namewinner
57.
tie
Cocina.com
"kitchen/cooking in Spanish"
$30,000 Pvt Sale
57.
tie
Cursor.com  $30,000 Sedo
57.
tie 
WebsiteDevelopment.com  $30,000 DotcomAgency
57. 
tie
DCJobs.com  $30,000 Pvt Sale
57.
tie 
CN.tv $30,000 Sedo
57.
tie 
AntiDepressants.com $30,000 Private Sale
57.
tie
Gray.com $30,000 GreatDomains
57.
tie
Actor.com $30,000 Sedo
65.  NewYork.info €22,000 = $28,086 Sedo
66.  Headstones.com    $28,000 Pool
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
Spanish.com (Sept. 8, 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

New extension sales continued on their steady pace this week with 5 four-figure sales. Those were evenly distributed with .info and .us getting two each and .biz getting the other one. .Us wound up taking half of the slots on our New TLD Great 8 chart but .info gets the number 1 position, by a whisker, thanks to the $1,912 sale of Tennessee.info at Sedo.com. I think that is a terrific bargain for the buyer. State names are a perfect match for the extension and I can't see the value of that domain going anywhere but up.

Sedo wound up sweeping the top there positions as they also sold #2 AntiAging.us at $1,825 and #3 Oakland.info at $1,785 (another nice buy on a geographical domain). The other four-figure sales were Peace.us and Anson.biz with each commanding an even $1,000. Peace.us went in a private sale while Afternic accounted for Anson.biz. Afternic also sold Anson.us and wound up matching Sedo with three positions on our new list.

Afternic told us they had a breakout week with new extensions this week and currently have 13 .us domains in escrow, including Models.us at $2,000. That one is expected to be closed and on our chart next week along with a $1,400 .biz sale at Afternic. Here is a look at the complete New TLD chart for the week ending Oct. 31:

Domain Name Journal's New TLD Great 8 
  Reported .info, .biz & .us Domain Sales  Oct. 25, 2004 - Oct. 31, 2004
Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. Nov. 2

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. Tennessee.info   €1,500 = $1,912 Sedo
2. AntiAging.us      $1,825 Sedo
3.  Oakland.info   €1,400 = $1,785 Sedo
4.
tie
Peace.us      $1,000 Pvt Sale
4.
tie
Anson.biz         $1,000 Afternic
6. Anson.us  $600 Afternic
7.
tie
Seminars.us  $500 Afternic
7.
tie
Bagan.info  $500 Pool

You can see Afternic rounded out their hit trio with Seminars.us at $500 (another great buy to my eye) and Pool anchored the chart with Bagan.info at $500. Pool added $315 for Zivilrecht.info ("civil law" in German) and Afternic reported the $300 sale of Ballets.us. The seller of Peace.us told us he recently sold a block of 10 .us domains for $4,000 and said he has been making consistent new extension sales throughout the year.

Our Year-To-Date New TLD Top 33 remains unchanged this week as none of the reported sales topped the $4,000 entry level. Here are all of the top reported 2004 new extension sales through Oct. 31: 

Domain Name Journal's Year-To-Date New TLD Top 33 
Highest Reported 2004 .info, .biz & .us Domain Sales through Oct. 31 
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. SolarStrom.info
("solar energy" in German)
 €8,000 = $9,802 Sedo
7. Vitamins.info $9,500 Afternic
8. RioDeJaneiro.info $9,000 Pvt Sale
9. Stocks.us $8,062 Sedo
10. Erickson.info   $7,500 Moniker/
DomainSystems
11.  Party.info   €6,000 = $7,166 Sedo
12. Book.biz $7,000 Galcomm
13. BDSM.info €5,500 = $6,947 Sedo
14. Reifen.biz
"tires" in German
 €5,500 = $6,894 Sedo
15. Vancouver.info €5,000 = $6,378 Sedo
16. Party.us $6,000 Pvt Sale
17. Beach.info     €5,000 = $5,972 Sedo
18.
tie
Finanzen.info
("Finances" in German)
€4,900 = $5,888 Sedo
18. 
tie
Steuer.info
("Tax" in German)
  €4,900 = $5,888 Sedo
20. InvestmentFonds.info
("investment funds" in German)
  €4,750 = $5,673 Sedo
21. Vacations.info $5,500 Pvt Sale
22.
tie
Woman.info $5,000 Sedo
22.
tie
Michigan.info     $5,000 Pvt Sale
22.
tie
Minnesota.info  $5,000 Pvt Sale
25. Erotica.info €4,000 = $4,913 Sedo
26. KFZ.info  €4,000 = $4,873 Sedo
27. CityGuide.info €4,000 = $4,773 Sedo
28.
tie
Meningite.biz
("Meningitis in French & Italian)
$4,250 Sedo
28.
tie
Meningite.info
("Meningitis in French & Italian)
$4,250 Sedo
30.  Grafik.info   €3,500 = $4,249 Sedo
31.
tie
Houston.info $4,000 Pvt Sale
31.
tie
Washington.info $4,000 Pvt Sale
31.
(tie)
ETC.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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