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Local.com Goes For $700,000 To Top 2005 Year-To-Date Sales List

by Ron Jackson
  

...And the Hits Just Keep on Coming! In the largest sale reported so far in 2005, Interchange Corporation, a public company traded on the NASDAQ (INCX), paid $700,000 to acquire Local.com in a private transaction. Though there is already a live site at Local.com, Interchange said the money was for the domain name only as they intend to redevelop the site into a worldwide local-search brand. 


For the fourth week in a row every domain on our Top Ten hit at least five figures and several more in that range didn't even make the chart as the domain industry continues to flex the kind of muscle we haven't seen in years. GreatDomains claimed the #2 position with League.com at $48,000 and Afternic.com was right behind with #3 Marble.com at $43,000

Sedo.com and SnapNames.com owned the rest of the Big Board this week. Sedo placed four domains on the chart and SnapNames landed a trio of top ranked sales. Sedo scored with two .coms, a .info and a .de (German country code). They took #4 with Patenschaft.de ("godparenthood" in German) which went for €26,680 ($35,624) and #5 with ChaseBank.com at $30,000. SnapNames answered with a run of three straight domains, led by #6 NetPassport.com at $22,250 before Sedo came back to claim the final two openings on our new winner's list. 

Sedo anchored the chart with Musical.info at €10,440 ($13,936), the highest new extension sale so far in 2005. This was also the best New TLD sales week, top to bottom, that we have ever seen. For the first time, every domain on our New TLD list reached at least four figures and one that hit that level didn't even make the chart, also a first. We'll have more on that in our new extension section a bit later, but first let's look at the complete mainstream list featuring the highest sales reported in the week ending  Sunday, March 6:

Domain Name Journal's Top Ten 
Reported Domain Sales - Mon. Feb. 28, 2005 - Sun. Mar. 6, 2005
Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. March 8

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. Local.com  $700,000 Pvt Sale
2. League.com       $48,000 GreatDomains
3. Marble.com  $43,000 Afternic
4. Patenschaft.de
("godparenthood" in German)
 €26,680 = $35,624 Sedo
5.  ChaseBank.com   $30,000  Sedo
6. NetPassport.com  $22,250 SnapNames
7.
tie
Meridia.com  $18,750 SnapNames
7.
tie
GameStore.com $18,750 SnapNames
9. Counterfeit.com $16,000 Sedo
10. Musical.info €10,440 = $13,936 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.

As you can see above, SnapNames completed their trio of Top Ten entries with Meridia.com and GameStore.com each going for $18,750 to tie for the 7th position. Sedo's quartet of big winners included #9 Counterfeit.com, which looks like a good value to us at $16,000

Sedo also had all three of the five figure sales that finished just under the Top Ten. Those were Konzert.com ("concert" in German) at €9,999 ($13,347), Sumo.de at €9,860 ($13,162) and Patchwork.de at €9,280 ($12,387). Sedo has been doing well with Swedish domains in recent weeks and they scored again this week with Tickets.se going for €6,900 ($9,210). Restaurant-kritik.de ("restaurant critic" in German) served up another €5,250 ($7,006). Sedo's sales list also included Lennys.com at $6,000 and a trio at $5,000; VehicleRegistration.com, SINV.com and Org.net. You often here there are no bargains left in today's market, but the Sedo buyer who got Denial.com at $2,900 did well and the one who took Vacations.de for just €700 ($935) got an absolute steal.

The sales roster showed plenty of depth at SnapNames this week as well. $8,503 bloomed from Lillies.com, SubmittedPhotos.com snapped $6,602 and DailyMovies.com did $5,600 at the box office. Celica.com rolled in with $5,100 and the $4,601 from GreekMyth.com was fact not fiction. BookTech.com contributed another $4,200. Also notable were USTrademark.com ($2,150), USCopyright.com ($2,100) and UltimateElectronic.com ($2,050). Someone also got a decent buy on a three-letter .com, GNJ.com at $1,479

Plenty of people took a dip at Pool.com this week too. CruisePlanner.com was the first to port there with $5,100. That was followed by a large group bunched between $1,500-$1,700, including NepStar.com ($1,666), PokerSatellite.com ($1,605) and Piar.com (a misspell at $1,600). Two other high traffic misspellings, MovieSerfers.com (1,015 with the extension in Overture) and MovieSurffers.com (937 in OVT) went for $1,550 and $1,500 respectively. Another pair came in at $1,500; SailorMoonHentai.com and TurnkeyHosting.com

At Enom's Club Drop, AdultVideoGames.com attracted $4,100, Games2Play.net added $3,000 and Channel8News.com provided a $2,300 report. Shinwa.com and the misspelled BritenySpears.com (422 with extension in OVT) sold for $2,200 each and MusicWriter.com drummed up another $1,800.

Marble.com ($43,000) was the 800-pound gorilla at Afternic this week but not the only sale of interest. They added another $6,000 for TheSeed.com and $2,888 for FlashScreen.com. Afternic also reported a rare four-figure .cc sale, Profit.cc at $1,288. .cc is the Cocos (Keeling) Islands country code that is open to worldwide registration. Elsewhere, Brett Howard let In-LA.com go from his InDash.net portfolio for $3,500. A law firm made the purchase on behalf of a client who has not yet been identified.

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To keep our Year-To-Date chart at a manageable length we raised the entry level again this week, setting the bar at $14,000. We do this periodically throughout the year and with major sales occurring so much more often this year than last, we expect the entry point to change more frequently in 2005. We know many of you are interested in following all of the high sales throughout the year, so this year we are going to add a special page at the end of each quarter listing all year-to-date sales of $10,000 or more. The first quarter report will be out early next month and we will post a link to it in the introduction to this chart at that time. Here are the biggest winners so far in 2005:

Domain Name Journal's Year-To-Date Top Sellers 
Highest Reported 2005 Domain Sales through Sun. Mar. 6  
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. Local.com $700,000 Pvt Sale 3/8/05
2. Chat.de  €360,000 = $470,848 Sedo 1/18/05
3. GED.com $150,000 Sedo 1/18/05
4. Voyuer.com $112,100 SnapNames 2/1/05
5.
tie
Downlaod.com $68,000 Pvt Sale 3/1/05
5.
tie
Donwload.com $68,000 Pvt Sale 3/1/05
5.
tie
Dawnload.com $68,000 Pvt Sale 3/1/05
8.  Trees.com  $58,000 GreatDomains 1/4/05
9. Free-Games.to $55,000 Sedo 3/1/05
10. CervicalCancer.com $50,750 Moniker/
DomainSystems
2/1/05
11.
tie
MusicShop.com $50,000 GreatDomains 2/22/05
11.
tie
Neighbors.com $50,000 Sedo 2/15/05
11.
tie
Therapy.com $50,000 Sedo 2/15/05
14.
tie
League.com $48,000 GreatDomains 3/8/05
14.
tie
Marble.com $43,000 Afternic 3/8/05
16. Moma.com $40,000 Sedo 2/22/05
17.  LogoOnline.com €30,000 = $39,817 Sedo 1/4/05
18. Pasion.com
("passion" in Spanish)
€30,000 = $39,552 Sedo 3/1/05
19.  Almousa.net €30,000 = $39,324 Sedo 1/11/05
20. Stempel.de
("rubber stamp" in German)
€28,000 = $37,103 Sedo 2/22/05
21. Patenschaft.de
("godparenthood" in German)
€26,680 = $35,624 Sedo 3/8/05
22. Gather.com $32,500 GreatDomains 3/1/05
23. ChaseBank.com $30,000 Sedo 3/8/05
24.
tie
DataNova.com $30,000 Sedo 3/1/05
24.
tie
Grants.com $30,000 Pvt Sale 2/1/05
24.
tie
RodeoDrive.com $30,000 BuyDomains 2/1/05
27. OnlinePokerRoom.com $27,510 Namewinner 2/1/05
28. VOIP.de €20,000 = $26,038 Sedo 2/15/05
29. AdultMart.com $26,000 Moniker/
DomainSystems
2/22/05
30. Beam.com $25,100 SnapNames 1/25/05
31.
tie
Weights.com $25,000 GreatDomains 2/15/05
31.
tie
Herbal.com $25,000 GreatDomains 1/18/05
33. Inkasso.se
("collection agency" in Swedish) 
€18,400 = $24,382 Sedo 2/22/05
34. NetPassport.com $22,250 SnapNames 3/8/05
35. Gloto.com $22,000 Afternic 3/1/05
36. FireAndIce.com $21,500 SnapNames 2/8/05
37. Blog.ca $20,201 Ebay 2/15/05
38.
tie
GrandBahamas.com $20,000 Afternic 3/1/05
38.
tie
GetExpert.com $20,000 GotComs.com 2/15/05
40.
tie
Meridia.com $18,750 SnapNames 3/8/05
40.
tie
Gamestore.com $18,750 SnapNames 3/8/05
42. Amistades.com
("friendships" in Spanish)
$18,263 Sedo 2/1/05
43. Spearfishing.com $18,250 Ebay 1/18/05
44.  Message.com  $18,000 Sedo 1/4/05
45. UMass.com $16,100 SnapNames 2/22/05
46. Counterfeit.com $16,000 Sedo 3/8/05
47. Akia.com $15,500 Pool 3/1/05
48. Ibex.com $15,350 SnapNames 3/1/05
49.
tie
Car.de €11,600 = $15,102 Sedo 2/15/05
49.
tie
ClubSchiffe.de
("club ship" in German)
€11,600 = $15,102 Sedo 2/15/05
51.
tie
TeenProm.com $15,100 SnapNames 3/1/05
51.
tie 
Costo.com $15,100 SnapNames 1/4/05
53. Avandemet.de €11,600= $15,045 Sedo 1/25/05
54.
tie
CKX.com $15,000 Sedo 2/22/05
54.
tie
Feline.com $15,000 GreatDomains 2/15/05
54.
tie 
Dater.com $15,000 Afternic 1/11/05
54.
tie
PayOne.com $15,000 Sedo 1/18/05
58. Eintrittskarten.com
("tickets" in German)
€11,500= $14,918 Sedo 1/25/05
59. HockeyCanada.com $14,600 SnapNames 2/15/05

*Date column (month/day/year) shows date the sale was published in DNJournal.
Click this link for every reported sale of $10,000 or more in 2004.


New TLD Section

New extension fans can pop the cork on a bottle of champagne this week. For the first time every domain on our New TLD Great 8 chart hit at least four figures, and one at that level fell short of the list (also a first). Demand for good words/terms in .info, .biz and .us continues to grow as those extensions steadily gain recognition. There are actually two reasons to celebrate this week because the #1 domain, Musical.info, set a new high water mark for 2005, going for $13,936 at Sedo. As they often do, Sedo dominated the chart, taking 7 of 8 positions.

GreatDomains prevented a Sedo sweep by nailing down the #2 slot with the $3,500 sale of Forum.us (the second best .us sale reported this year). Chris Zouzas purchased the domain and is planning to use it to bring back a .US forum similar to one he once ran at a different address.

This was a big week for .info with the extension taking 5 of 8 positions on our new list, including #3 Altabadia.info at $3,069, #4 Calories.info at $2,750 and #5 HolzPellets.info ("wood pellets" in German, a product used for heating) at $2,402. .Biz earned it's first of two chart trophies with #6 Optimal.biz at $1,334. Here's a look at the complete New TLD winner's list for the week ending March 6:

Domain Name Journal's New TLD Great 8 
  Reported .info, .biz & .us Domain Sales  Feb. 28, 2005 - Mar. 6, 2005
Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. March 8

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. Musical.info      €10,440 = $13,936 Sedo
2. Forum.us   $3,500 GreatDomains
3. Altabadia.info
(Italian resort area)
 €2,300 = $3,069 Sedo
4. Calories.info       $2,750 Sedo
5. HolzPellets.info
("wood pellets" in German)
€1,800 = $2,402 Sedo
6. Optimal.biz     €1,000 = $1,334 Sedo
7. Fink.biz    €900 = $1,201 Sedo
8. Galicia.info €850 = $1,134 Sedo

Fink.biz and Galicia.info anchored this week's chart at $1,201 and $1,134 respectively. Meanwhile, BBT.info became the first four-figure new extension domain not to make the chart after selling for an even $1,000 at www.Dot.us. Sedo sold a couple of others that would have made the chart most weeks in the past; Knaus.info at $900 and JacksonHole.us for $850.

As we did on our mainstream chart, we are upping the entry level on our Year-To-Date New TLD list this week, bumping the bar from $1,000 to $1,200. Though .info turned in a dominant performance this week, .biz is still making it a horse race for the most high dollar sales in 2005. .Info currently holds an 18-15 edge over .biz in the number of sales above $1,200.  Here is how they stack up through March 6:

Domain Name Journal's Year-To-Date New TLD Top Sellers 
Highest Reported 2005 .info, .biz & .us Domain Sales through Feb. 27 
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. Musical.info €10,440 = $13,936 Sedo 3/8/05
2. CellPhones.us    $12,250 Moniker/
DomainsSystems
1/4/05
3. Auto.biz €6,000 = $7,966 Sedo 1/4/05
4. Safe.biz €4,000 = $5,189 Sedo 1/25/04
5. Physician.info $4,150 Pvt Sale 1/18/05
6. Attest.info €2,700 = $3,559 Sedo 3/1/05
7. Forum.us $3,500 GreatDomains 3/8/05
8. Nostrum.info €2,500 = $3,261 Sedo 2/1/05
9. Musicals.us €2,550 = $3,255 Sedo 2/8/05
10. Altabadia.info
(Italian resort area)
€2,300 = $3,069 Sedo 3/8/05
11. Lyrics.info $3,000 Sedo 2/22/05
12. Eintrittskarten.biz
("entry tickets" in German)
€2,200 = $2,865 Sedo 2/15/05
13. Calories.info $2,750 Sedo 3/8/05
14.
tie
LondonEscorts.biz €2,000 = $2,655 Sedo 1/4/05
14.
tie
MusicalTheater.info  €2,000 = $2,655 Sedo 1/4/05
16.
tie
Oregon.info $2,500 Ebay 1/25/05
16.
tie
Farming.info $2,500 Sedo 2/1/05
18. HolzPellets.info
("wood pellets" in German)
€1,800 = $2,402 Sedo 3/8/04
19. Dot.us  $2,200 Pvt Sale 1/4/05
20. Anwalt.biz
("lawyer" in German)
€1,650 = $2,163 Sedo 1/11/05
21. SportTicket.info €1,600 = $2,123 Sedo 2/22/05
22. Ride.info €1,600 = $2,084 Sedo 2/15/05
23. Nutrition.biz $2,000 Pool 1/18/05
24. Dogs.biz €1,600 = $1,953 Sedo 2/15/05
25. Buero.info
("office" in German)
€1,500 = $1,914 Sedo 2/8/05
26. Volcano.us  $1,652 Dot.us 3/1/05
27. Rabatte.info
("rebates" in German)
€1,250 = $1,628 Sedo 2/15/05
28. Konzerte.biz
("concerts" in German)
€1,200 = $1,582 Sedo 3/1/05
29. Fondspreise.info
("mutual funds prices" in German)
€1,150 =$1,527 Sedo 1/4/05
30.
tie
Nebraska.info $1,525 Ebay 1/18/05
30.
tie
Nebraska.biz $1,525 Ebay 1/18/05
32. FashionNet.us $1,500 Sedo 2/22/05
33. MPM.biz $1,350 Sedo 1/25/05
34. Optimal.biz €1,000 = $1,334 Sedo 3/8/05
35. Conveyancing.biz €1,000 = $1,318 Sedo 3/1/05
36.  Stδdtereisen.biz
("city tours" in German) 
€1,000 = $1,311 Sedo 1/11/05
37. Hotels-England.info €1,000 = $1,297 Sedo 1/25/05
38. Lending.biz $1,250 Afternic 1/25/05
39. Fink.biz €900 = $1,201 Sedo 3/8/05

*Date column shows the date (month/day/year) the sale was published in DNJournal.
Click this link for every reported New TLD sale of $1,000 or more in 2004

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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