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Joyful Noise: GospelMusic.com Sells For $150,000 And .Org Hits a New High!    

by Ron Jackson
  

It was another Wow! week for the domain business. GospelMusic.com brought down the house at GreatDomains, going for a heavenly $150,000. This monster deal ranks among the four best sales of 2005. It took a transaction of that size to steal the thunder from Lottery.org. That domain sold at Sedo.com for a whopping $66,667, which is by far the largest .org sale reported since this column began in the fall of 2003. 


In fact, Lottery.org went for four times more than the previous .org leader, Libtiff.org, which changed hands for $16,915 in July 2004. That sale was one of four Sedo placed on our new Top Ten chart, marking the third straight week they have put a quartet of best sellers on the Big Board and the fifth straight week they recorded more Top Ten entries than any other venue.

9 of the 10 domains on this week's chart cracked the five-figure mark, including #3 Tutorial.com which went for $30,100 at Ebay. Afternic.com claimed the #4 slot with BirdFlu.com going for $19,875 to edge out Sedo's #5 entry, Elea.com at $19,798. SnapNames.com hits the Daily Double this week with #6 GreatHires.com at $16,650 and #9 CreditDebt.com at $11,250.

A newcomer to our Top Ten chart, DNBroker.us made their debut with the $12,000 sale of USACreditCard.com. The domain scores an even 100 with the extension in Overture. That sale occupies the #8 position on our new list. Let's take a look at the complete Top Ten, then we'll run down all of the notable sales reported this week (including a .info sweep of our New TLD chart):

Domain Name Journal's Top Ten 
Reported Domain Sales - Mon. Mar. 14, 2005 - Sun. Mar. 20, 2005
Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. March 22

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. GospelMusic.com  $150,000 GreatDomains
2. Lottery.org 66,667 Sedo
3. Tutorial.com $30,100 Ebay
4. BirdFlu.com  $19,875 Afternic
5.  Elea.com   €15,000 = $19,798  Sedo
6. GreatHires.com $16,650 SnapNames
7. WebTip.com  €9,100 = $12,011 Sedo
8. USACreditCard.com $12,000 DNBroker.us
9. CreditDebt.com $11,250 SnapNames
10. Schumacher.de €7,210 = $9,515 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 rounded out their quartet of big winners with #7 WebTip.com at €9,100  ($12,011) and #10 Schumacher.de at €7,210 ($9,515). Tim Schumacher, the CEO of Sedo's parent company, Sedo GmbH, was the buyer of Schumacher.de.  .de is the country code for Germany where Schumacher is an extremely popular surname. Sedo is well-known for their sizeable and consistent country code sales and this week was no exception. We recently published an article written by two Sedo executives about potential opportunities in France's .fr extension. As if to underscore the point, Sedo sold Dating.fr for €7,000 ($9,238) this week. They also moved two German IDN's, Grundstόck.de and Grundstόcke.de (singular and plural versions of "estate" in German) for €4,000 ($5,279) each.

Sedo's .com sale list was also impressive with FineCrystal.com commanding €6,500 ($8,578) and MonsterZone.com adding €6,000 ($7,918). FXCounters.com accounted for another €5,500 ($7,258) and ScubaTravel.com surfaced with $7,000. Other winners included TrendsReport.com ($6,500), CarTrim.com ($5,279) and 0c.com (number zero and letter c) at $5,000

Afternic had a very strong sales week as well. 121s.com racked up $7,250 and Phentermin.com added another $7,000. In a very nice .net sale, HousingInsurance.net attracted $5,500. Aileron.net also made the Afternic leaders list at $2,450. In other .com sales ThinClientServer.com posted a phat $5,250, UsedRobots.com cranked out $5,000 and GrassHeap.com piled up $3,888. StudentLounge.com gathered $3,088, Mediacentric.com claimed $2,888 and NYShop.com sold for $2,100.

SnapNames complemented their two Top Ten entries with RadioShow.com at $5,655, HerFirstOrgy,com at $5,600 and DoctorMD.com at $5,100. GradeSchool.com turned in a $5,020 report card, Purifier.com cleared $5,000 and SpaceMap.com located another $1,600.

Pool.com had plenty of bathers this week. BeSexy.com looked good at $3,201, DietGuide.com fattened up the bottom line with $3,100 abd BondageGallery.com tied up $2,555. 4Players.com reeled in $2,390, Studio1.com snapped up $2,238 and PlanTrips.com brought home $2,222. TheTsunami.com swept up $2,100, the same amount was paid for HealthDrugs.com and Porngraph.com added $2,010. Other notable sales included Chinaoa.com ($1,950), AshevilleHotels.com ($1,600) and SexMature.com ($1,500). On the .net side, Pool sold HandTools.net for $2,100, FreeGameDownloads.net for $1,150 and TravelDeals.net for $1,024. Pool also continues to do a brisk trade in .ca (Canadian country code) domains. ElvisPresley.ca ($750), Campus.ca ($575) and TBS.ca ($290) were among the .ca's that went to new homes this week.

GospelMusic.com was the 800-pound gorilla at GreatDomains this week, but they also sold Grants.net for $9,000. Chicago's Ira Zoot sold MedallionBank.com for $5,000 and NYPoker.com for $3,750 in a pair of private transactions. In other deals,  Infinity Networks sold IPBN.com for $4,000, GoRegister.com changed hands for $2,900 and Brinkle.com moved EuroPaintball.com for $1,500. Enom's Club Drop  scored with a five-word domain! HowToMakeAWebsite.com went for $2,900, the same amount Enom got for BizLoan.com. They also picked up $1,200 for AfricanAmerican.net.

Off the beaten track, India's .co.in continues to make some noise. Jeff Williams sold DVD.co.in for $1,750 and in a pair of smaller transactions another seller picked up $250 each for Exercise.co.in and Investor.co.in. .Name sales are extremely rare birds but one was sighted this week - PromDresses.name at $200

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Our Year-To-Date chart gets 6 new members this week, led by GospelMusic.com which ties GED.com for the 3rd largest sale so far this year.  Here are the biggest winners to this point in 2005:


Domain Name Journal's Year-To-Date Top Sellers
 
Highest Reported 2005 Domain Sales through Sun. Mar. 20  
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.
tie
GED.com $150,000 Sedo 1/18/05
3.
tie
GospelMusic.com $150,000 GreatDomains 3/22/05
5. Voyuer.com $112,100 SnapNames 2/1/05
6.
tie
Downlaod.com $68,000 Pvt Sale 3/1/05
6.
tie
Donwload.com $68,000 Pvt Sale 3/1/05
6.
tie
Dawnload.com $68,000 Pvt Sale 3/1/05
9. Lottery.org $66,667 Sedo 3/22/05
10.  Trees.com  $58,000 GreatDomains 1/4/05
11. Free-Games.to $55,000 Sedo 3/1/05
12. CervicalCancer.com $50,750 Moniker/
DomainSystems
2/1/05
13.
tie
MusicShop.com $50,000 GreatDomains 2/22/05
13.
tie
Neighbors.com $50,000 Sedo 2/15/05
13.
tie
Therapy.com $50,000 Sedo 2/15/05
16. League.com $48,000 GreatDomains 3/8/05
17. ScienceFairProjects.com €33,500 = $44,614 Sedo 3/15/05
18. Marble.com $43,000 Afternic 3/8/05
19. BBGuns.com $40,000 GreatDomains 3/15/05
20. Moma.com $40,000 Sedo 2/22/05
21.  LogoOnline.com €30,000 = $39,817 Sedo 1/4/05
22. Pasion.com
("passion" in Spanish)
€30,000 = $39,552 Sedo 3/1/05
23.  Almousa.net €30,000 = $39,324 Sedo 1/11/05
24. Stempel.de
("rubber stamp" in German)
€28,000 = $37,103 Sedo 2/22/05
25. Patenschaft.de
("godparenthood" in German)
€26,680 = $35,624 Sedo 3/8/05
26. With.co.uk £17,625 = $33,707 Sedo 3/15/05
27. Gather.com $32,500 GreatDomains 3/1/05
28. CollegeGrants.com $32,439 Pvt Sale 3/15/05
29. Tutorial.com $30,100 Ebay 3/22/05
30.
tie
ChaseBank.com $30,000 Sedo 3/8/05
30.
tie
DataNova.com $30,000 Sedo 3/1/05
30.
tie
Grants.com $30,000 Pvt Sale 2/1/05
30.
tie
RodeoDrive.com $30,000 BuyDomains 2/1/05
34. OnlinePokerRoom.com $27,510 Namewinner 2/1/05
35. VOIP.de €20,000 = $26,038 Sedo 2/15/05
36. AdultMart.com $26,000 Moniker/
DomainSystems
2/22/05
37. Beam.com $25,100 SnapNames 1/25/05
38.
tie
Weights.com $25,000 GreatDomains 2/15/05
38.
tie
Herbal.com $25,000 GreatDomains 1/18/05
40. Inkasso.se
("collection agency" in Swedish) 
€18,400 = $24,382 Sedo 2/22/05
41. NetPassport.com $22,250 SnapNames 3/8/05
42. Gloto.com $22,000 Afternic 3/1/05
43. FireAndIce.com $21,500 SnapNames 2/8/05
44. Blog.ca $20,201 Ebay 2/15/05
45. Apertio.com $20,000 Sedo 3/15/05
46.
tie
GrandBahamas.com $20,000 Afternic 3/1/05
46.
tie
GetExpert.com $20,000 GotComs.com 2/15/05
48. BirdFlu.com $19,875 Afternic 3/22/05
49. Elea.com €15,000 = $19,798 Sedo 3/22/05
50.
tie
Meridia.com $18,750 SnapNames 3/8/05
50.
tie
Gamestore.com $18,750 SnapNames 3/8/05
52. Amistades.com
("friendships" in Spanish)
$18,263 Sedo 2/1/05
53. Spearfishing.com $18,250 Ebay 1/18/05
54.  Message.com  $18,000 Sedo 1/4/05
55. Industry.us $17,000 Pvt Sale 3/15/05
56. GreatHires.com $16,650 SnapNames 3/22/05
57. UMass.com $16,100 SnapNames 2/22/05
58. Counterfeit.com $16,000 Sedo 3/8/05
59. Jimmy.com $15,501 SnapNames 3/15/05
60. Akia.com $15,500 Pool 3/1/05
61. Ibex.com $15,350 SnapNames 3/1/05
62.
tie
Car.de €11,600 = $15,102 Sedo 2/15/05
62.
tie
ClubSchiffe.de
("club ship" in German)
€11,600 = $15,102 Sedo 2/15/05
64.
tie
TeenProm.com $15,100 SnapNames 3/1/05
64.
tie 
Costo.com $15,100 SnapNames 1/4/05
66. Avandemet.de €11,600= $15,045 Sedo 1/25/05
67.
tie
Dog.net $15,000 Afternic 3/15/05
67.
tie
CKX.com $15,000 Sedo 2/22/05
67.
tie
Feline.com $15,000 GreatDomains 2/15/05
67.
tie 
Dater.com $15,000 Afternic 1/11/05
67.
tie
PayOne.com $15,000 Sedo 1/18/05

*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

.Info ran the board on our new extension chart this week, taking all 8 positions. Four of those hit the four figure mark, including #1 Snowboard.info which went for $2,640 at Sedo. Sedo also had the runner-up, a very nice 3-letter combination, DGA.info, that went for $2,046. A 3-letter domain also tied for the #3 slot. LSD.info, sold by PPCIncome.com, and Webcasts.info, which I sold in a private transaction, each went for $1,000

Sellers did receive funds for .biz and .us domains that would have made the chart but we can't include them until the transfers to the buyers are complete. That should be done by next week. One of those is a $3,000 .us sale that will rank among the top five in that extension this year.  With those domains out of the picture this week, some low level .infos that wouldn't normally make the list filled out the lower half of the chart and gave .info a clean sweep.

Here's a look at the complete New TLD list for the week ending March 20:

Domain Name Journal's New TLD Great 8 
  Reported .info, .biz & .us Domain Sales  Mar. 14, 2005 - Mar. 20, 2005
Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. March 22

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. Snowboard.info      €2,000 = $2,640 Sedo
2. DGA.info   €1,550 = $2,046 Sedo
3.
tie
LSD.info  $1,000 PPCIncome
3.
tie
Webcasts.info        $1,000 Pvt Sale
5. BlueCrab.info $250 PPCIncome
6. Based.info $221 SnapNames
7. FreeCellPhones.info $165 SnapNames
8. Consolidated.info $126 SnapNames

As you can see, PPCIncome got a second sale with #5 BlueCrab.info. Three sales at SnapNames rounded out the list. One of those, FreeCellPhones.info, looks like a good buy at $165. That highly searched term returns a huge 322,360 without the extension in Overture.

Our Year-To-Date New TLD chart gets two new entries this week, both .infos. We are currently listing sales of $1,200 and higher. .Info leads .biz 21-16 in the number of sales at that level so far in 2005. Here is how the new extensions stack up through March 20:

Domain Name Journal's Year-To-Date New TLD Top Sellers 
Highest Reported 2005 .info, .biz & .us Domain Sales through March 20 
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. Industry.us $17,000 Pvt Sale 3/15/05
2. Musical.info €10,440 = $13,936 Sedo 3/8/05
3. CellPhones.us    $12,250 Moniker/
DomainsSystems
1/4/05
4. Auto.biz €6,000 = $7,966 Sedo 1/4/05
5. Safe.biz €4,000 = $5,189 Sedo 1/25/04
6. Physician.info $4,150 Pvt Sale 1/18/05
7. Attest.info €2,700 = $3,559 Sedo 3/1/05
8. Forum.us $3,500 GreatDomains 3/8/05
9. Nostrum.info €2,500 = $3,261 Sedo 2/1/05
10. Musicals.us €2,550 = $3,255 Sedo 2/8/05
11. Altabadia.info
(Italian resort area)
€2,300 = $3,069 Sedo 3/8/05
12. Lyrics.info $3,000 Sedo 2/22/05
13. Ultraschall.info
("ultrasound" in German)
€2,250 = $2,996 Sedo 3/15/05
14. Eintrittskarten.biz
("entry tickets" in German)
€2,200 = $2,865 Sedo 2/15/05
15. Calories.info $2,750 Sedo 3/8/05
16.
tie
LondonEscorts.biz €2,000 = $2,655 Sedo 1/4/05
16.
tie
MusicalTheater.info  €2,000 = $2,655 Sedo 1/4/05
18. Snowboard.info €2,000 = $2,640 Sedo 3/22/05
19.
tie
Oregon.info $2,500 Ebay 1/25/05
19.
tie
Farming.info $2,500 Sedo 2/1/05
21. HolzPellets.info
("wood pellets" in German)
€1,800 = $2,402 Sedo 3/8/04
22. Dot.us  $2,200 Pvt Sale 1/4/05
23. Anwalt.biz
("lawyer" in German)
€1,650 = $2,163 Sedo 1/11/05
24. SportTicket.info €1,600 = $2,123 Sedo 2/22/05
25. Ride.info €1,600 = $2,084 Sedo 2/15/05
26. DGA.info €1,550 = $2,046 Sedo 3/22/05
27. Nutrition.biz $2,000 Pool 1/18/05
28. GMG.biz €1,500 = $1,998 Sedo 3/15/05
29. Dogs.biz €1,600 = $1,953 Sedo 2/15/05
30. Buero.info
("office" in German)
€1,500 = $1,914 Sedo 2/8/05
31. Volcano.us  $1,652 Dot.us 3/1/05
32. Rabatte.info
("rebates" in German)
€1,250 = $1,628 Sedo 2/15/05
33. Konzerte.biz
("concerts" in German)
€1,200 = $1,582 Sedo 3/1/05
34. Fondspreise.info
("mutual funds prices" in German)
€1,150 =$1,527 Sedo 1/4/05
35.
tie
Nebraska.info $1,525 Ebay 1/18/05
35.
tie
Nebraska.biz $1,525 Ebay 1/18/05
37. FashionNet.us $1,500 Sedo 2/22/05
38. MPM.biz $1,350 Sedo 1/25/05
39. Optimal.biz €1,000 = $1,334 Sedo 3/8/05
40. Conveyancing.biz €1,000 = $1,318 Sedo 3/1/05
41.  Stδdtereisen.biz
("city tours" in German) 
€1,000 = $1,311 Sedo 1/11/05
42. Hotels-England.info €1,000 = $1,297 Sedo 1/25/05
43. Lending.biz $1,250 Afternic 1/25/05
44. 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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