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Santa Delivers 15 Five-Figure Domain Sales Christmas Week

by Ron Jackson
  

Business in the domain world usually slows to a crawl Christmas week, but this year was an exception. Sure, it was slower than usual with many buyers on holiday break, but Santa still arrived with a load of 15 five-figure domains on his sleigh. That was enough to require doubling the size of our normal Top Ten chart for the second week in a row. The fact that it happened during the biggest holiday week of the year has pretty well convinced us that our leader board should permanently expand to 20 positions in 2006. 


It looks like the crews at Sedo.com and SnapNames.com were especially good little boys and girls this year, as each company found nine Big Board entries under their tree. Sedo's haul included the #1 domain, a very nice 3-letter .com, ASB.com at $50,000. Sedo also placed two German .de's and a double hyphenated .com in the first ten. #4 Hausarzt.de ("family doctor" in German) went for €23,200 ($27,446) and #8 AutoAuto.de delivered €11,600 ($13,723). The real shocker was #6 True-To-You.com at £10,000 ($17,272), an exceptionally high price for a domain with two hyphens (or even one for that matter). The WhoIs information is privacy protected, but the domain appears to have been purchased by a motivated buyer, the owners of a popular Morrissey ezine and fan site at True-To-You.net. The .com now redirects to that .net. 

SnapNames racked up six of the first ten entries and all but one of their nine listings on the expanded leader board were .coms. #2 TravelPlans.com led the SnapNames assault at $35,472 with #3 AutoShippers.com next in line at $28,251. #5 CocktailDress.com zipped up another $17,750 and #10 CanadianGirls.com attracted $12,750

Afternic.com and Enom's Club Drop were the only other venues to earn a spot on our new chart. Afternic did it with #7 QTrip.com at $15,000 while Club Drop scored with #8 MattressPad.com at $14,100. Overall, .com took 13 entries, followed by .de with four, .net with two and .co.uk with one. Here is a look at the complete leader board for the week ending Christmas Day, December 25:

Domain Name Journal's Top 20 
Reported Domain Sales - Mon. Dec. 19, 2005 - Sun. Dec. 25, 2005
Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. Dec. 27

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. ASB.com $50,000 Sedo
2. TravelPlans.com  $35,472 SnapNames
3. AutoShippers.com $28,251 SnapNames
4. Hausarzt.de
("family doctor" in German)
€23,200 = $27,446 Sedo
5. CocktailDress.com $17,750 SnapNames
6.  True-To-You.com  £10,000 = $17,272 Sedo
7. QTrip.com $15,000 Afternic
8. MattressPad.com $14,100 Enom's Club Drop
9. AutoAuto.de €11,600 = $13,723 Sedo
10. CanadianGirls.com $12,750 SnapNames
11. Ferrovia.com $12,116 SnapNames
12. MotorcycleRentals.com $10,750 SnapNames
13. SiberPortal.com €9,000 = $10,649 Sedo
14. NewCars.net $10,288 SnapNames
15. SpringRolls.com $10,250 SnapNames
16. Contamination.com $9,600 SnapNames
17.  FunnyMovies.net $9,500 Sedo
18. WebBlinds.co.uk £5,000 = $8,636 Sedo
19. Konsolen.de €7,250 = $8,759 Sedo
20. UNS.de €6,380 = $7,549 Sedo

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.

Sedo and SnapNames each had five entries in the second ten. The SnapNames roster included the top .net, NewCars.net at $10,288. Sedo swept the last four positions on the list and all of those were non .coms including #17 FunnyMovies.net ($9,500) and three country code domains which are always a source of strength at Sedo. Their other sales included still another ccTLD, Franchising.de at €3,625 ($4,289) and a mid five-figure .us sale that tops our new extension chart (more on that later). Sedo's .com sales included Snob.com at $5,880, Afrosoft.com at $4,100, Antiq.com at $4,000 and SBF.com at $3,800. They also banked €4,000 ($4,733) for a hyphenated .net, e-Gold.net.

Back at SnapNames, Tempura.com stirred up $7,100, eConsumer.com contributed $6,500 and InternationalFreight.com weighed in at $6,400. Another long one, NightVisionCamera.com, caught $6,200 and a sweet 3-letter .net, LTD.net, went for $6,100. Descriptions.com also commanded $6,100, BowlingBag.com booked $6,000 and VehicleGraphics.com drew $5,100

SnapNames also had the week's best .org sale, M1.org at $4,877. Their other winners included WebDesignClasses.com ($4,770), CarWheel.com ($4,500) and ThreeSisters.com ($4,311). AnimalArtGallery.com and SandwichShops.com gobbled up $4,300 each and AllSeasonTires.com rolled up another $4,200. SnapNames had another three dozen sales ranging between $2,000-$3,800. Here's a look at that those:

Additional SnapNames Sales Between $2,000-$4,000
Straightjackets.com $3,799 WallFan.com $2,860
ZeroCouponBond.com $3,600 HalfMoon.org $2,800
CreativeIntelligence.com $3,600 BarbadosRentals.com $2,778
CanadianGuide.com $3,600 LilyOfTheValley.com $2,727
Avalanch.com $3,600 Multipack.com $2,690
ShreddingServices.com $3,500 HydraulicMotors.com $2,625
Farse.com $3,488 CheapGroceries.com $2,624
NewYorkGetaway.com $3,476 Omonoia.com $2,600
SexEdition.com $3,300 SneakerSpot.com $2,500
DiscountFlightTickets.com $3,300 GayBrazil.com $2,494
MalibuProperties.com $3,200 PaintballCity.com $2,300
Fernandina.com $3,100 TheTravelers.com $2,161
Periwinkles.com $3,002 MapImages.com $2,161
eWriters.com $3,000 HoustonComputers.com $2,151
RomanticGetaways.net $2,955 Ojay.com $2,100
RippleEffect.com $2,938 45459.com $2,051
TileContractor.com $2,912 PrivateFinance.com $2,050
PenisEnlargementPump.com $2,900 ScotFind.com $2,001

Afternic added to their bottom line with PerClick.com and CommercialConstruction.com at $5,000 each. BabyFootprints.com brought $3,500, BeautyConsultant.com billed $3,000 and CareerSpace.com kicked in $2,488. Also at Afternic, VisitingMD.com dispensed $2,350 and MojoNet.com went for $2,222 while MCFX.com and FinancialTips.com fetched $2,000 each. In a couple of other sales at Enom's Club Drop, PayingFast.com deposited $3,300 and Passaport.com posted $2,100

*****

It currently takes $66,000 to crack our Year To Date Top 60 Chart so no new members qualified for the elite club this week. Here is a look at the complete 2005 YTD leader board through Dec. 25: 

Domain Name Journal's Year-To-Date Top Sales 
Highest Reported 2005 Domain Sales through Sun. Dec. 25  
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 Date*
1.  Fish.com $1,020,000 Afternic 11/15/05
2. Bills.com $964,500 Pvt Sale 12/13/05
3.
tie
Website.com $750,000 Sedo 7/26/05
3.
tie
Property.com $750,000 Pvt Sale 8/9/05
5. Refinance.com $706,850 Moniker / DomainSystems 11/8/05
6. Local.com $700,000 Pvt Sale 3/8/05
7. VIP.com $600,000 (+ 400K in stock now & 400K in additional stock in 1 year) Pvt Sale 9/27/05
8. Chat.de  €360,000 = $470,848 Sedo 1/18/05
9. MyBlog.com $400,000 Pvt Sale 12/6/05
10. WhatIsMyIP.com $386,100 Ebay 7/26/05**
11. Recycling.com $300,000 Sedo 12/20/05
12. ShoppingCart.com $285,000 Moniker / DomainSystems 8/9/05
13. A1.com $260,250 SnapNames 12/13/05
14.
tie
Sofa.com $200,000 Pvt Sale 12/6/05
14.
tie
Bird.com $200,000 Afternic 11/15/05
16. Consulting.com $181,000 Moniker / T.R.A.F.F.I.C. East 11/8/05
17. Uruguay.com $175,000 Sedo 7/12/05
18. Bogota.com $159,500 SnapNames 11/22/05
19.
tie
King.com $155,000 Sedo 10/11/05
19.
tie
Porker.com $155,000 Sedo 5/31/05
21.
tie
News.net $150,000 Sedo 9/13/05
21.
tie
Vuelos.com
("flights" in Spanish")
$150,000 Pvt Sale 8/16/05
21.
tie
Paraguay.com $150,000 Pvt Sale 6/21/05
21.
tie
CheapGas.com $150,000 Pvt Sale 6/21/05
21.
tie
GED.com $150,000 Sedo 1/18/05
21.
tie
GospelMusic.com $150,000 GreatDomains 3/22/05
21.
tie
Mathematics.com $150,000 Sedo 11/15/05
28. MyPremierCard.com $135,250 SnapNames 11/15/05
29. Photographer.com $133,000 Pvt Sale 8/23/05
30. Bachelor.com
*(sale included Bachelor.net and Bachelor.org)
$125,000* Moniker / T.R.A.F.F.I.C. East 11/1/05
31. Dominio.com
("domain" in Spanish)
$120,000 Pvt Sale 9/6/05
32. Voyuer.com $112,100 SnapNames 2/1/05
33. PartnerCash.com $110,000 Sedo 7/19/05
34. Innovations.com $108,000 Pool 5/24/05
35. Erickson.com $101,200 Moniker / DomainSystems 11/8/05
36.
tie
ProShop.com $100,000 Sedo 12/20/05
36.
tie
Blogster.com $100,000 Pvt Sale 12/20/05
36.
tie
Lofts.com $100,000 Pvt Sale 9/20/05
36.
tie
EQ.com $100,000 Afternic 9/6/05
36.
tie
Mueller.com $100,000 Sedo 9/6/05
36.
tie
Lunch.com $100,000 Pvt Sale 7/26/05
42. OLT.com $93,000 Sedo 5/3/05
43. Viajando.com
("traveling" in Spanish)
$90,000 Pvt Sale 12/6/05
44. LionsGate.com $88,000 Moniker / DomainSystems 12/20/05
45. 123World.com $85,000 Sedo 11/1/05
46.
tie
Publicidad.com $80,000 Sedo 11/8/05
46.
tie
Medicine.org $80,000 Moniker / DomainSystems 11/8/05
46.
tie
NetPoker.com $80,000 Pvt Sale 6/7/05
49. NetCash.com $75,800 Moniker / DomainSystems 11/8/05
50.
tie
Hanover.com $75,000 Sedo 9/6/05
50.
tie
GLU.com $75,000 Sedo 5/31/05
50.
tie
PetSupplies.com $75,000 Afternic 4/5/05
53. Car.de €58,000 = $72,296 Sedo 9/6/05
54. Tablet.com $71,000 SnapNames 12/12/05
55. Empleo.com
("jobs" in Spanish)
$70,000 Pvt Sale 6/21/05
56.
tie
Downlaod.com $68,000 Pvt Sale 3/1/05
56.
tie
Donwload.com $68,000 Pvt Sale 3/1/05
56.
tie
Dawnload.com $68,000 Pvt Sale 3/1/05
59. Lottery.org $66,667 Sedo 3/22/05
60. VideosGratis.com $66,204 NameDrive 10/18/05

*Date column (month/day/year) shows date the sale was published in DNJournal
**In our 3/8/05 report, we noted an Ebay auction of WhatIsMyIP.com had ended at $386,100, however we could not verify that the sale was legitimate until our 7/26/05 report.

Expanded Charts
2004 - Every sale of $10,000 or more
2005 (First 3 Quarters) - Every sale of $10,000 or more

New TLD Section

The $5,500 sale of a three-word .US domain leads the new extension sales parade this week. BuyAndSell.us attracted that sizeable sum at Sedo.com. .Info took the next three positions, all four-figure sales, with #2 Manhattan.info leading the way at $4,500. That sale at DNForum.com was actually completed four weeks ago but the seller wasn't able to get the information to us until this past week (still within the 30-day window we allow to include sales on our weekly report rather than send them directly to the Year to Date list). 

Also scoring for .info were #3 Uniforms.info at $3,250 and BottomLine.info at $1,499. Uniforms.info helped Sedo button up four of the six sales reported to us this week. BottomLine.info changed hands as TheNameStore.com. .Biz also earned a spot with #5 Alpha.biz booking €670 ($793) at Sedo. We trimmed two positions from the new chart since the six sales below were the only ones reported during this holiday week. 

 

Domain Name Journal's New TLD Top 6 

  Reported .info, .biz & .us Domain Sales Dec. 19, 2005 - Dec. 25, 2005
Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. Dec. 27

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. BuyAndSell.us $5,500 Sedo
2. Manhattan.info  $4,500 DNForum
3. Uniforms.info $3,250 Sedo
4. BottomLine.info $1,499 TheNameStore
5. Alpha.biz €670 = $793 Sedo
6. DefenseAttorney.us $400 Sedo

Someone picked up a good deal on DefenseAttorney.us, paying just $400 at Sedo to complete our new list. 

*****

Our Year-To-Date New TLD Top 50 chart got two new members this week with BuyAndSell.us and Manhattan.info both finding places in the elite list. That bumped two others off and raised the entry fee to just over $3,600. Here are 2005's highest reported New TLD sales through Dec. 25:

Domain Name Journal's Year-To-Date Top 50 New TLD Sales
Highest Reported 2005 .info, .biz & .us Domain Sales through Dec. 25 
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 Date**
1.
tie
Jews.us $25,000 Sedo 12/13/05
1.
tie
VOIP.us $25,000 AllNetServices 5/24/05
3. Funds.info €18,750 = $22,247 Sedo 12/20/05
4. Best.info £12,000 = $20,880 Sedo 7/19/05
5. Foods.us $20,000 Sedo 10/4/05
6. Industry.us $17,000 Pvt Sale 3/15/05
76.
tie
Meningitis.us $15,000 Pvt Sale 11/22/05
7.
tie
Meningitis.biz $15,000 Pvt Sale 11/22/05
9. Car.biz €11,900 = $14,027 Sedo 11/29/05
10. Musical.info €10,440 = $13,936 Sedo 3/8/05
11. SantaClaus.info €10,500 = $12,307 Sedo 11/15/05
12. CellPhones.us    $12,250 Moniker/
DomainsSystems
1/4/05
13. Cards.biz $11,750 Sedo 11/22/05
14. GourmetFoods.us $10,750 Sedo 10/11/05
15. Find.biz €9,000 = $10,630 Sedo 11/22/05
16. Sόdtirol.info
("South Tyrol" in German)
€8,750 = $10,308 Sedo 12/6/05
17.
tie
OrganicFoods.us $10,000 Sedo 10/11/05
17.
tie
WholeFoods.us $10,000 Sedo 10/18/05
19. Auto.biz €6,000 = $7,966 Sedo 1/4/05
20. Maschinenbau.info
("building engines" in German)
€5,950 = $7,772 Sedo 4/19/05
21. Connect.us $7,500 Sedo 4/5/05
22. BES.biz €5,500 = $7,139 Sedo 4/26/05
23. Wetten.info
("bet" in German)
€5,750 = $6,895 Pvt Sale 10/11/05
24.
tie
Pets.biz $6,500 Sedo 12/6/05
24.
tie
Offshore.biz €5,500 = $6,500 Sedo 11/22/05
26. TravelNet.info €5,000 = $6,231 Sedo 9/6/05
27. Leather.info €5,000 = $5,861 Sedo 11/15/05
28. Dad.info $5,556 Sedo 11/1/05
29.
tie
BuyAndSell.us $5,500 Sedo 12/27/05
29.
tie
Chinese.info $5,500 Pvt Sale 11/22/05
31. Safe.biz €4,000 = $5,189 Sedo 1/25/04
32.
tie
Manhattan.biz $5,000 Afternic 8/9/05
32.
tie
AMA.us $5,000 Afternic 4/26/05
32.
tie
Broker.info $5,000 Sedo 5/31/05
35. WhitePages.biz $4,995 Afternic 7/5/05
36. Golfreisen.info
("golf travel" in German)
€4,000 = $4,906 Sedo 9/13/05
37. Marketing.biz €3,900 = $4,748 Sedo 6/21/05
38. Adventure.info £2,500 = $4,708 Sedo 5/10/05
39. Pauschalreisen.info
("package tours" in German)
€3,500 = $4,507 Sedo 5/10/05
40.
tie
GourmetFood.us $4,500 Pvt Sale 10/25/05
40.
tie
OrganicFood.us $4,500 Pvt Sale 10/25/05
40.
tie
MyHouse.biz $4,500 Pvt Sale 6/28/05
43. Manhattan.info $4,500 DNForum 12/27/05
44. FAFSA.us $4,200 Afternic 12/20/05
45. Physician.info $4,150 Pvt Sale 1/18/05
46. Honolulu.us $4,000 Pvt Sale 7/19/05
47. Degrees.info $3,800 Pvt Sale 8/16/05
48. ChurchOfChrist.info $3,750 Pvt Sale 10/4/05
49. Piercing.us €3,000 = $3,680 Sedo 9/13/05
50. Pauschalreise.info
("package tour" in German)
€2,800 = $3,606 Sedo 5/10/05
*Last 3 domains all sold for €2,500 but due to different exchange rates at the time of sale the $ value varied slightly.

**Date column shows the date (month/day/year) the sale was published in DNJournal.  

Expanded Charts
2004 - Every sale of $1,000 or more
2005 (First 3 Quarters) - Every sale of $1,000 or more

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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