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NetPoker.com Rakes in An $80,000 Pot to Lead This Week's Top Ten

by Ron Jackson
  

Our latest sales reporting week opened with a major U.S. holiday Monday May 30. The long Memorial Day weekend is regarded as the unofficial start of summer in the States and is often followed by a business slowdown. Indeed, as our sales reports began flowing in at the end of the week, several venues said it was a bit slower than usual, but when we tallied up the numbers it was obviously "slow" only in comparison to some of the red hot weeks we have seen in 2005. 


In fact, this week's numbers will look pretty darn good to us by any yardstick. NetPoker.com certainly dealt a winning hand, raking in $80,000 for seller BP Holdings Group, Inc. BP Managing Partner Michael Bahlitzanakis helped complete the transaction with a private company based in Los Angeles. That domain heads our new Top Ten chart, finishing ahead of a pair of powerhouses sold at Sedo.com in two transactions totaling close to $100,000. #2 FreeCellPhone.com dialed up 50,000 ($61,419) and #3 TextMessage.com arrived with a $35,000 attachment. Sedo wound up taking 5 of 10 spots on the Big Board and 3 of the top 5 thanks to #5 TrueHD.com displaying a brilliant $25,000

The other slot on the top half of our chart went to #4 Searching.ca, picked up by John Gotts (owner of Searching.com) in a private deal for $31,500. This is one of the top .ca (Canadian country code) sales we have seen and is just the latest in a long string of high profile buys by Mr. Gotts. We didn't mention it last week, but he was the buyer  of Top Ten entry Spyware.de at $13,539. The week before that he paid $25,000 for VOIP.us (the highest .us sale reported to date). Gotts told us he has several more major purchases in escrow. He plans to use Searching.ca as a French language sister site to the English Searching.com so that Canadians will be served in both of the languages commonly used in their country.

8 of the 10 domains on our new leader board cracked five figures this week, including #6 Downing.com which went for $18,000 at Moniker.com/DomainSystems.com. We have a truckload of additional top dollar sales to tell you about, but first let's take a look at the complete Top Ten for the week ending June 5:

Domain Name Journal's Top Ten 
Reported Domain Sales - Mon. May 30, 2005 - Sun. June 5, 2005
Euro to Dollar Conversion ( to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. June 7

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. NetPoker.com $80,000 Pvt Sale
2. FreeCellphone.com 50,000 = $61,419 Sedo
3. TextMessage.com $35,000 Sedo
4. Searching.ca $31,500 Pvt Sale
5. TrueHD.com  $25,000 Sedo
6. Downing.com  $18,000 Moniker /
DomainSystems
7. QualityNet.org $15,000  Sedo
8. LoanRefinancing.com $14,750 SnapNames
9. PenpalsAndDating.com 5,000 = $9,175 Sedo
10. Bedhead.com $9,000 SnapNames

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.com took turns in the final four positions on this week's list. Sedo completed their quintet of big winners with #7 QualityNet.org at $15,000 and #9 PenpalsAndDating.com at 5,000 ($9,175). The latter name has some nice existing traffic (186 with the extension in Overture). SnapNames cashed another daily double ticket with #8 LoanRefinancing.com at $14,750 and #10 Bedhead.com at $9,000. Bedhead.com is another nice traffic domain scoring 599 with the extension in Overture.

SnapNames had an impressive sales list that included PurePerformance.com at $8,800, WarAndPeace.com at $7,466 and EasyLet.com at $5,443. They also sold a trio of 3-letter .coms including CJD.com ($5,200), SLV.com ($5,100) and PPZ.com ($3,128). Lads.com kicked in $5,320, FreeSkins.com added a spiffy $5,100 and LowDownPayment.com secured $5,000

The hits just kept on coming at SnapNames with Bridezilla.com scaring up $4,900, e-Jobs.com paying $4,559 and CharterPlane.com landing with $4,306. The meter on ChicagoTaxi.com finally stopped at $3,600, IndianHistory.com contributed $3,188 and a pair at $2,900 included eAccounting.com and MountainRentals.com. LookYoung.com looked good at $2,766, NewBrighton.com brought in $2,045 and With.net snagged $1,550

The Sedo sales sheet looked awfully good too. In addition to taking half of this week's Top Ten they added $6,300 for FoodVision.com, $6,250 for Cash360.com and $5,700 for OMU.com. The seller of Cash360.com, Clark Siegelin, said this is the highest "360" themed domain sale he has heard of and it is also a very nice price for an alphanumeric domain combining a keyword with numbers. Also at Sedo, Crosstrainer.com worked up a 4,500 ($5,528) sweat and Pferderennen.de ("horse racing" in German) crossed the line with $4,000. Sedo even scored with some exotic extensions. Flirt.us.com attracted 1,400 ($1,720) and Flirt.de.com added 820 ($1,007). Both of these are CentralNic subdomains. Shihna.name posted another $800 and Properties.la landed 300 ($369).

3-letter .coms have been commanding high prices this year but there are still some bargains to be found. Rico Dekker let a nice trio go for $22,000 ($7,333 each) in a private transaction. Those included IAF.com, SMF.com and KHK.com. The best 3-letter bargain was found at Afternic.com where GNE.com went for $5,000. I'm sure a lot of people wish they had seen that one. Also at Afternic, InfusionBrand.com sold for $3,750, GraphicImage.com added $3,488 and BullOptions.com commanded $2,000.

At Pool.com, ChicagoHomeEquity.com banked $5,300, CasinoSportsBooks.com won $5,155 and TeenybobberClub.com fetched $5,100. 1BookStreet.com went for $4,100, MobileForum.com called in $3,990 and SaladBar.com filled up with $3,666. TrafficNetwork.com clicked for $3,400, CheapGolfVacation.com tapped in $3,150 and FirstStar.com lit up $3,100. Also adding to the good news from Poolside were AddressValidation.com ($2,877), BestNotebooks.com ($2,100), CaliforniaPlumber.com ($1,565) and DetroitPhotos.com ($1,400).

At Enom's Club Drop, Thunayan K. AL-Ghanim (Elequa) picked up Woop.com for $3,807 and a pair of porn celebrity misspellings, SavanaSamson.com and SavannahSamson.com went for $1,800 and $1,400 respectively.

There were several private transactions worth noting including NameDelivery.com's sale of PointJudith.com (a Rhode Island vacation area) for $5,000 and NameYourself.com's $3,000 sale of StonyRidge.com. DNMan.com sold In-Car.com for $1,675.

Back at Moniker.com/DomainSystems.com, Cheap-Loan.com drew $5,400, ProcessMaster.com corralled $5,300 and FunnyGift.com brought a $4,800 smile. Just as we were wrapping up this week's column we had to run back to this paragraph to add late word from Moniker CEO Monte Cahn that they had just closed a $60,800 sale for GolfResorts.com! Our reporting period runs Monday through Sunday each week, so this one will be eligible for next week's chart (covering sales completed June 6-12). We know the buyer (who is building himself quite a nice golf empire), so we'll get some comments from him to add to this story when the domain takes its place on our Top Ten next Tuesday night.

In the Pipeline: A couple of other nice deals are nearing completion. An auction for America.org ended at Afternic for $20,000. The domain hasn't been transferred yet, but the buyer is well-known so we wouldn't expect any problems to develop there. Also, a Pool.com auction for WhatsGoingOn.com has ended at $11,000 and that sale should also be finalized by next week.

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Our Year-To-Date chart gets 5 new members this week led by NetPoker.com which cracked the YTD Top Ten at $80,000. We bumped our entry level up to $23,000 this week to make way for the richer newcomers. Here are the biggest winners reported so far this year:

Domain Name Journal's Year-To-Date Top Sellers 
Highest Reported 2005 Domain Sales through Sun. June 5  
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. Porker.com $155,000 Sedo 5/31/05
4.
tie
GED.com $150,000 Sedo 1/18/05
4.
tie
GospelMusic.com $150,000 GreatDomains 3/22/05
6. Voyuer.com $112,100 SnapNames 2/1/05
7. Innovations.com $108,000 Pool 5/24/05
8. OLT.com $93,000 Sedo 5/3/05
9. NetPoker.com $80,000 Pvt Sale 6/7/05
10.
tie
GLU.com $75,000 Sedo 5/31/05
10.
tie
PetSupplies.com $75,000 Afternic 4/5/05
12.
tie
Downlaod.com $68,000 Pvt Sale 3/1/05
12.
tie
Donwload.com $68,000 Pvt Sale 3/1/05
12.
tie
Dawnload.com $68,000 Pvt Sale 3/1/05
15. Lottery.org $66,667 Sedo 3/22/05
16. FreeCellPhone.com 50,000 = $61,419 Sedo 6/7/05
17.  Trees.com  $58,000 GreatDomains 1/4/05
18. CashFlow.com $56,500 Sedo 4/19/05
19.
tie
Quilting.com $55,000 Pvt Sale 5/31/05
19.
tie
HotDate.com $55,000 Sedo 4/19/05
19.
tie
Free-Games.to $55,000 Sedo 3/1/05
22. CervicalCancer.com $50,750 Moniker/
DomainSystems
2/1/05
23.
tie
Designs.com $50,000 Pvt Sale 4/26/05
23.
tie
MusicShop.com $50,000 GreatDomains 2/22/05
23.
tie
Neighbors.com $50,000 Sedo 2/15/05
23.
tie
Therapy.com $50,000 Sedo 2/15/05
27. League.com $48,000 GreatDomains 3/8/05
28. MyShopping.com $47,000 Pool 5/3/05
29. TiltPoker.com $46,000 Pool 3/29/05
30. Cow.com $45,400 Ebay 4/12/05
31. ScienceFairProjects.com 33,500 = $44,614 Sedo 3/15/05
32.
tie
Marble.com $43,000 Afternic 3/8/05
32.
tie
EOL.com $43,000 Sedo 5/17/05
34. AutoLine.com $42,250 SnapNames 5/10/05
35.
tie
BBGuns.com $40,000 GreatDomains 3/15/05
35.
tie
Moma.com $40,000 Sedo 2/22/05
37.  LogoOnline.com 30,000 = $39,817 Sedo 1/4/05
38. Pasion.com
("passion" in Spanish)
30,000 = $39,552 Sedo 3/1/05
39.  Almousa.net 30,000 = $39,324 Sedo 1/11/05
40. Stempel.de
("rubber stamp" in German)
28,000 = $37,103 Sedo 2/22/05
41. Patenschaft.de
("godparenthood" in German)
26,680 = $35,624 Sedo 3/8/05
42. TextMessage.com $35,000 Sedo 6/7/05
43. With.co.uk 17,625 = $33,707 Sedo 3/15/05
44. Gather.com $32,500 GreatDomains 3/1/05
45. CollegeGrants.com $32,439 Pvt Sale 3/15/05
46. E-Mails.de 25,000 = $31,582 Sedo 5/17/05
47. Searching.ca $31,500 Pvt Sale 6/7/05
48. Tutorial.com $30,100 Ebay 3/22/05
49.
tie
Damn.com $30,000 GreatDomains 4/19/05
49.
tie
ChaseBank.com $30,000 Sedo 3/8/05
49.
tie
DataNova.com $30,000 Sedo 3/1/05
49.
tie
Grants.com $30,000 Pvt Sale 2/1/05
49.
tie
RodeoDrive.com $30,000 BuyDomains 2/1/05
54. OnlinePokerRoom.com $27,510 Namewinner 2/1/05
55. Rapid.com $27,000 Sedo 4/12/05
56. VOIP.de 20,000 = $26,038 Sedo 2/15/05
57.
tie
AdultMart.com $26,000 Moniker/
DomainSystems
2/22/05
57.
tie
58.com $26,000 Sedo 5/17/05
59. Vast.com $25,805 SnapNames 5/31/05
60. Pauschalreise.de
("package tour" in German)
19,500 = $25,117 Sedo 5/10/05
61. Beam.com $25,100 SnapNames 1/25/05
62.
tie
TrueHD.com $25,000 Sedo 6/7/05
62.
tie
VOIP.us $25,000 AllNetServices 5/24/05
62.
tie
FitnessEquipment.com $25,000 Sedo 5/3/05
62.
tie
Screen.com $25,000 GreatDomains 4/12/05
62.
tie
Weights.com $25,000 GreatDomains 2/15/05
62.
tie
Herbal.com $25,000 GreatDomains 1/18/05
68. Inkasso.se
("collection agency" in Swedish) 
18,400 = $24,382 Sedo 2/22/05
69. Hirst.org $24,000 Sedo 5/24/05
70. TravelPages.com $23,000 Pool 5/17/05

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

 

Expanded Charts
2004 - Every sale of $10,000 or more
2005 (1st Quarter) - Every sale of $10,000 or more


New TLD Section

It was a fairly quiet week for new TLD sales, but .biz did generate some noise by taking five of the six sales reported to us. A pair of those tied for #1 after attracting $1,044 each at Sedo. Those were Stupid.biz and Sportwetten.biz ("sports betting" in German). Sedo also accounted for the #3 sale of Phone-Book.biz at $921

Elsewhere, #4 Cyber.biz went for $620 at Pool and iVoice.us prevented a .biz sweep after being sold by MoveNames.com for $500 in a private transaction. For the first time I can remember since starting the New TLD chart, .info was a complete no show this week.

A few weeks back I said that rising .biz sales had been the biggest surprise of the year to me and that remains the case. I just had another 3-letter .biz sale go into escrow at Sedo for $1,350). Here's a look at the complete new extension leader board for the week ending June 5: 

Domain Name Journal's New TLD Great 8 
  Reported .info, .biz & .us Domain Sales  May 30, 2005 - June 5, 2005
Euro to Dollar Conversion ( to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. June 7

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. Stupid.biz 850 = $1,044 Sedo
2. Sportwetten.biz
("sports betting" in German)
850 = $1,044 Sedo
3. Phone-Book.biz 750 = $921 Sedo
4. Cyber.biz   $620 Pool
5. iVoice.us $500 MoveNames
6. GPF.biz  $450 Pvt Sale
7.  Vacant 0  0
8.  Vacant  0   0

A company in Spain picked up GPF.biz for a nice price, $450, to anchor this week's new extension list. Slots 7 and 8 were left vacant. 

There were no new members on our New TLD Year-To-Date list this week so .us continues to reign with 3 of the top 5 entries. .Biz and .info have one each at the top but .info has the most entries overall. Here are 2005's new TLD leaders through June 5:

Domain Name Journal's Year-To-Date New TLD Top Sellers 
Highest Reported 2005 .info, .biz & .us Domain Sales through June 5 
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. VOIP.us $25,000 AllNetServices 5/24/05
2. Industry.us $17,000 Pvt Sale 3/15/05
3. Musical.info 10,440 = $13,936 Sedo 3/8/05
4. CellPhones.us    $12,250 Moniker/
DomainsSystems
1/4/05
5. Auto.biz 6,000 = $7,966 Sedo 1/4/05
6. Maschinenbau.info
("building engines" in German)
5,950 = $7,772 Sedo 4/19/05
7. Connect.us $7,500 Sedo 4/5/05
8. BES.biz 5,500 = $7,139 Sedo 4/26/05
9. Safe.biz 4,000 = $5,189 Sedo 1/25/04
10.
tie
AMA.us $5,000 Afternic 4/26/05
10.
tie
Broker.info $5,000 Sedo 5/31/05
12. Adventure.info 2,500 = $4,708 Sedo 5/10/05
13. Pauschalreisen.info
("package tours" in German)
3,500 = $4,507 Sedo 5/10/05
14. Physician.info $4,150 Pvt Sale 1/18/05
15. Pauschalreise.info
("package tour" in German)
2,800 = $3,606 Sedo 5/10/05
16. Attest.info 2,700 = $3,559 Sedo 3/1/05
17. Forum.us $3,500 GreatDomains 3/8/05
18. New-York.info  $3,500 Sedo 5/10/05
19. Attest.info 2,700 = $3,478 Sedo 5/3/05
20. Science.info $3,272 Ebay 5/3/05
21. Geschichte.info
("stories" in German)
2,500 = $3,266 Sedo 4/19/05
22. Nostrum.info 2,500 = $3,261 Sedo 2/1/05
23. Musicals.us 2,550 = $3,255 Sedo 2/8/05
24. Altabadia.info
(Italian resort area)
2,300 = $3,069 Sedo 3/8/05
25. Lyrics.info $3,000 Sedo 2/22/05
26. Ultraschall.info
("ultrasound" in German)
2,250 = $2,996 Sedo 3/15/05
27. Dividends.us 2,277 = $2,943 Sedo 3/29/05
28. Eintrittskarten.biz
("entry tickets" in German)
2,200 = $2,865 Sedo 2/15/05
29. Calories.info $2,750 Sedo 3/8/05
30.
tie
LondonEscorts.biz 2,000 = $2,655 Sedo 1/4/05
30.
tie
MusicalTheater.info  2,000 = $2,655 Sedo 1/4/05
32. Snowboard.info 2,000 = $2,640 Sedo 3/22/05
33. Diving.info $2,630 Dot.us 3/29/05
34. Sense.info 2,000 = $2,573 Sedo 4/5/05
35.
tie
Oregon.info $2,500 Ebay 1/25/05
35.
tie
Farming.info $2,500 Sedo 2/1/05
37. Antispam.biz 2,000 = $2,461 Sedo 5/31/05
38. HolzPellets.info
("wood pellets" in German)
1,800 = $2,402 Sedo 3/8/04
39. Bruderschaft.info
("brotherhood" in German)
1,750 = $2,271 Sedo 4/26/05
40. Socrates.info 1,750 = $2,262 Sedo 3/29/05
41. Dot.us  $2,200 Pvt Sale 1/4/05
42. Anwalt.biz
("lawyer" in German)
1,650 = $2,163 Sedo 1/11/05
43. SportTicket.info 1,600 = $2,123 Sedo 2/22/05
44. Ride.info 1,600 = $2,084 Sedo 2/15/05
45. DGA.info 1,550 = $2,046 Sedo 3/22/05
46. Nutrition.biz $2,000 Pool 1/18/05
47. GMG.biz 1,500 = $1,998 Sedo 3/15/05
48. Dogs.biz 1,600 = $1,953 Sedo 2/15/05
49. Buero.info
("office" in German)
1,500 = $1,914 Sedo 2/8/05
50. Oktoberfest.info 1,500 = $1,895 Sedo 5/17/05
51. BRE.info 1,500 = $1,846 Sedo 5/31/05

*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 (1st Quarter) - 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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