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Simply De Best! German Country Code Domain Commands Over $36,000 at Sedo 

by Ron Jackson  

Sedo.com's hot streak continued this week. After placing six names on our Top Ten last week the popular auction venue came back with five more this time out. Three of those, including #1 Marktforschung.de ("market research" in German), were German country code domains. Sedo's home base is in Cologne, Germany while their U.S. operations are run from a new office in Boston.


Marktforschung.de went for €28,000 ($36,630) to give Sedo the top rung on the big board and they claimed the runner-up slot as well after collecting $30,000 for Stereos.com. The other .de's that Sedo placed on the new chart were #5 Fallschirmspringen.de ("skydiving" in German), sold for €8,700 ($11,383), and #6 Tensegrity.de at €8,000 ($10,465). Tensegrity is a word from cellular biology that medical dictionaries define as "the hypothesis that cells can behave like structures in which shape results from balancing tensile and hydrostatic forces". Be sure to tell all your friends!

Though this column is about individual domain sales we have to tell you about a massive $164 million dollar bulk domain purchase announced today. Seattle based Marchex, Inc. is buying a portfolio of somewhere between 50,000-100,000 domains (the exact figure was not released) from Name Development Inc., a corporate entity that appears to represent domains owned by Ultimate Search, a pioneer in the PPC (pay per click) industry. The Marchex announcement says the deal is expected to close in the first quarter of 2005.

Eight of the ten domains on this week's chart went for five figures, including 3rd ranked Free-Sex.com which changed hands for $15,000 in a private sale. Enom's Club Drop nailed down the #4 slot with MyCapitolOneCard.com at $13,315. The Overture number on that domain is very high - 6,127 with extension. That was one of two Club Drop entries on the Top Ten. Afternic.com scored twice as well and accounted for the remaining five-figure domains with GlobalVoice.com and Twox.com each going for $10,000.

The new extensions also had a good week with .biz, .info and .us all scoring four-figure sales. The leader in that group, NYC.biz, ranks among the four biggest .biz sales reported this year. We'll have more on that in our New TLD section a little later on. Right now let's take a look at this week's complete Top Ten:

Domain Name Journal's Top Ten 
Reported Domain Sales - Mon. Nov. 15, 2004 - Sun. Nov. 21, 2004
Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. Nov. 23

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. Marktforschung.de
("market research" in German)  
 €28,000 = $36,630 Sedo
2. Stereos.com $30,000 Sedo
3.  Free-Sex.com $15,000 Private Sale
4.  MyCapitolOneCard.com     $13,315 Enom Club Drop
5. Fallschirmspringen.de
("skydiving" in German)    
 €8,700 = $11,383 Sedo
6. Tensegrity.de   €8,000 = $10,465 Sedo
7.
(tie)
GlobalVoice.com  $10,000 Afternic
7.
(tie)
Twox.com   $10,000 Afternic
9.
NetIndex.com  €7,500 = $9,811 Sedo
10. Keypads.com   $9,607 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.

NetIndex.com ($9,811) and Keypads.com ($9,607) anchored the chart and contributed to very strong weeks at Sedo and Club Drop. Sedo's list also included Geffroy.com at $7,500 and a trio at $5,000 each; Client.com, Enagic.com and 5B.com. Other .com winners there were BHFBank.com €3,500 ($4,580), HRPC.com £2,400 ($4,483), Season.com $3,500 and MediaHelp.com at $3,488. As always Sedo scored extra points with country codes too. Mark.de went for €3,500 ($4,580) and Schneesicher.de (roughly translates to "definite snow" in English) attracted a cool €3,000 ($3,925). GoYellow.nl (Dutch country code) accounted for another €3,000 ($3,925) sale.

Enom Club Drop's supporting cast included OldNationalBank.com at $6,607, Body.net at $5,107 and AuctionPort.com at $3,207. RealButt.com sat well with them too after going for $3,030. Johansen.com ($3,007), PortablePC.com ($2,707) and CanadaStamps.com ($2,007) rounded out the Club Drop leader's list.

In addition to their two Top Ten entries, Afternic.com rang up many more solid sales including VideoBox.com and SexTherapy.com at $7,000 each. Sportsland.com brought in another $4,900, followed by MovingUp.com ($4,688), XMovie.com ($4,488) and NetFiler.com ($4,000)

At SnapNames.com ChristianMingle.com earned a heavenly $8,600. DogTicks.com scratched out another $5,600 and NetLife.com added $5,288. Snap also got $4,299 for Worklife.com, $4,100 for ThumbPost.com and $1,400 for OQT.com

Pool.com netted at least 10 four-figure .coms ranging from $1,500 to over $3,000, headed by CapitalOneCards.com and GothSex.com at $3,100 each. Eutopia.com brought in $2,300, followed by Conquerha.com at $1,550 and Motiva.com at $1,540. WebDialer.com and Thehn.com were worth $1,510 each and the trio of InteriorPaintColors.com, Khaleh.com and EliteHipHop.com added $1,500 apiece. Pool also had a nice .net sale, Kayak.net at $3,633

There were also some lower level .net sales including DiscoverCard.net ($1,058) and Shock.net ($1,000) at Pool and Voom.net ($1,000) at Sedo. The best .org sale we heard about this week was LN.org, sold by the Berube Company (BCompany.us) in a private transaction for $1,800. Others of interest were UPF.org ($870) and Burundi.org ($777), both at Pool.

*****

Our Year To Date chart expands to 70 entries this week to make room for Marktforschung.de and Stereos.com. Here is the complete rundown of big winners so far in 2004:

Domain Name Journal's Year-To-Date Top 70
Highest Reported 2004 Domain Sales through Sun. Nov. 21, 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. Rugby.com  $350,000 Pvt Sale
5. Smoking.com $325,000 GreatDomains
6. Viajes.com
("travel" in Spanish)
 $300,000 Sedo
7. Arab.com $225,000 Pvt Sale
8.  VisitFlorida.com $186,000 Pvt Sale
9.  Commerce.com $180,000 Sedo
10.
(tie)
Animation.com  $150,000 Pvt Sale
10.
(tie)
Beef.com $150,000 GreatDomains
12.  SSM.com $145,000 Pvt Sale
13.  IQTest.de     €123,625 = $147,635 Sedo
14. TourismAustralia.com AUD $201,000 = US$146,200 Pvt Sale
15.  Sexkontakte.de
"Sex contacts" in German
 €110,000 = $141,175 Sedo
16.  MR.com $125,000 GreatDomains
17.  Truck.com  $101,000 Moniker / DomainSystems
18.  eCruise.com  $100,000 Pvt Sale
19.  Kreuzfahrten.de
"Cruises" in German
€70,000 = $88,853 Sedo
20.  Kazalite.com $83,500 Pool
21. Sedo.com $80,000 Private Sale
22.  BackCountry.com $75,000 Private Sale
23.  Boxen.de
"Boxing" in German
€56,500 = $72,509 Sedo
24. IFly.com  $65,000 Sedo
25.  Stop.com  $62,500 Moniker/
DomainSystems
26. ClearDay.com $60,000 Moniker / DomainSystems
27. GolfCourses.com  $55,750 Moniker/
DomainSystems
28.
tie 
FKK.de  €40,000 = $51,333 Sedo
28.
tie 
Busen.de
"Bosom" in German
 €40,000 = $51,333 Sedo
30.
tie 
Typing.com  $50,000 GreatDomains
30. 
tie
BoiseRealEstate.com $50,000 Moniker/
DomainSystems
30.
tie 
Harmony.com $50,000 GreatDomains
30.
tie
Mirror.com $50,000 Moniker / DomainSystems
34. CarFinancing.com $46,000 Pool
35. Hardcore.co.uk £25,000 = $45,951 Sedo
36. Mingle.com  $45,000 GreatDomains
37. Meningitis.com $45,000 Private Sale
38. Banker.com $41,000 Sedo/Traffic 2004
39.
tie
Robots.com  $40,000 GreatDomains
39.
tie
Claims.com  $40,000 GreatDomains
41.  Mister.com    $38,800 Pvt Sale
42. Faces.com $38,700 Moniker / DomainSystems
43. Metropol.com €30,500 = $38,230 Sedo

44. 

Nackt.de
"Nude or Naked" in German
€30,000 = $38,081 Sedo
45. Marktforschung.de
("market research" in German)  
 €28,000 = $36,630 Sedo
46. FoodPoisoning.com $36,500 Pvt Sale
47.  Fotos.com €30,000 = $35,793 Private Sale
48. WesternAustralia.com AU$50,000 = $35,178 Pvt Sale
49.  Cairo.com $35,001 Sedo
50.
tie 
SinglesTravel.com $35,000 Pvt Sale
50. 
tie
Miss.com $35,000 Afternic
50.
tie
Spamzilla.com $35,000 MarketEvolver
53.  Low.com $32,640 Moniker/
DomainSystems
54.  Refurbished.com  $32,000 Pool
55. CleanEnergy.com $31,950 Moniker / DomainSystems
56. Humor.de €25,520 = $30,449 Sedo
57.  EducationEssentials.com    $30,375 Moniker/
DomainSystems
58.  Single.co.uk  €24,600 = $30,341 Sedo
59.  DiscountDrugs.com $30,010 Namewinner
60. Stereos.com $30,000 Sedo
61.
tie
Cocina.com
"kitchen/cooking in Spanish"
$30,000 Pvt Sale
61.
tie
Cursor.com  $30,000 Sedo
61.
tie 
WebsiteDevelopment.com  $30,000 DotcomAgency
61. 
tie
DCJobs.com  $30,000 Pvt Sale
61.
tie 
CN.tv $30,000 Sedo
61.
tie 
AntiDepressants.com $30,000 Private Sale
61.
tie
Gray.com $30,000 GreatDomains
61.
tie
Actor.com $30,000 Sedo
69. Infection.com  $29,600 SnapNames
70.  NewYork.info €22,000 = $28,086 Sedo
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
Bücher.de (Mar. 16, 2004)
{"books" in German)
High $XX,XXX Sedo


New TLD Section

The new extensions bounced back from a soft week last week with a quintet of four-figure sales headed by one of the four biggest .biz sales reported this year - NYC.biz which went for $6,000 in a private sale. Guide.info took the #2 slot after changing hands for $3,200 at DNForum.com. .US got into the act too, tying for third with the $1,500 sale of Teen.us at Afternic. BVV.info shared that chart position after selling for the same amount in a private transaction. 

Sedo contributed still another 4-figure sale to the list with BreastCancer.info selling there at an even $1,000. The balance of the chart was evenly divided between .us, .biz and .info.  Here is a look at the complete new extension list for the week ending Nov. 21:

Domain Name Journal's New TLD Great 8 
  Reported .info, .biz & .us Domain Sales  Nov. 15, 2004 - Nov. 21, 2004
Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. Nov. 23

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. NYC.biz    $6,000 Pvt Sale
2. Guide.info  $3,200 DNForum
3.
(tie) 
Teen.us    $1,500 Afternic
3.
(tie)
BVV.info      $1,500 Pvt Sale
5. BreastCancer.info          $1,000 Sedo
6. Stay.us    $667  Afternic
7.
(tie)
Allgeau.biz         €500 = $654 Sedo
7.
(tie)
Klebstoffe.info
("adhesives" in German) 
€500 = $654 Sedo

Stay.us gave Afternic a second chart entry at #6, while Sedo wound up with three on the list, including #7 Allgeau.biz (a well-known region in Germany) and #8 Klebstoffe.info ("adhesives" in German). Cult.us just missed making the cut after going for $600 in a private sale (the seller was Howard Hoffman of PPCIncome.com who also made the BVV.info sale charted above). Sedo's other sales included Ultra.biz and Table.info at €400 ($524 each) and Laurent.biz at €300 ($392). My personal sales list this week included Branches.info at $381 and Rambo.biz at $350. Looking ahead to next week a 3-letter .biz sale (CKU.biz) is nearing completion at $1,000. Only the transfer remains to be completed.

NYC.biz moves onto our Year-To-Date New TLD chart this week at #18. Here are  the top 35 new extension sales reported through Nov. 21: 

Domain Name Journal's Year-To-Date New TLD Top 35 
Highest Reported 2004 .info, .biz & .us Domain Sales through Nov. 21 
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.
tie
Gay.biz   $9,500 Sedo
7.
tie
Vitamins.info $9,500 Afternic
9. RioDeJaneiro.info $9,000 Pvt Sale
10. Stocks.us $8,062 Sedo
11. Erickson.info   $7,500 Moniker/
DomainSystems
12.  Party.info   €6,000 = $7,166 Sedo
13. Book.biz $7,000 Galcomm
14. BDSM.info €5,500 = $6,947 Sedo
15. Reifen.biz
"tires" in German
 €5,500 = $6,894 Sedo
16. Vancouver.info €5,000 = $6,378 Sedo
17. Party.us $6,000 Pvt Sale
18. NYC.biz    $6,000 Pvt Sale
19. Beach.info     €5,000 = $5,972 Sedo
20.
tie
Finanzen.info
("Finances" in German)
€4,900 = $5,888 Sedo
20. 
tie
Steuer.info
("Tax" in German)
  €4,900 = $5,888 Sedo
22. InvestmentFonds.info
("investment funds" in German)
  €4,750 = $5,673 Sedo
23. Vacations.info $5,500 Pvt Sale
24.
tie
Woman.info $5,000 Sedo
24.
tie
Michigan.info     $5,000 Pvt Sale
24.
tie
Minnesota.info  $5,000 Pvt Sale
27. Erotica.info €4,000 = $4,913 Sedo
28. KFZ.info  €4,000 = $4,873 Sedo
29. CityGuide.info €4,000 = $4,773 Sedo
30.
tie
Meningite.biz
("Meningitis in French & Italian)
$4,250 Sedo
30.
tie
Meningite.info
("Meningitis in French & Italian)
$4,250 Sedo
32.  Grafik.info   €3,500 = $4,249 Sedo
33.
(tie)
Houston.info $4,000 Pvt Sale
33.
(tie)
Washington.info $4,000 Pvt Sale
33.
(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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