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Domain King's Six-Figure Sale of PartnerCash.com Caps Sensational Week at Sedo

by Ron Jackson
  

Domain sales continue to be hotter than the summer sun in South Florida. Rick Schwartz (AKA The Domain King) knows all about both. Schwartz, who makes his home in Boca Raton, just bagged one of the year's 10 biggest reported domain sales, reeling in $110,000 for PartnerCash.com in a deal brokered by Sedo.com. Schwartz told us he originally acquired this domain as a new registration for $35 in 1998. Talk about return on investment!


Schwartz seldom sells domains unless a buyer is prepared to go over the 100K mark. In letting this one go, he helped Sedo sweep the top five spots on our new Top Ten weekly sales chart (and 6 of the first 7 positions). While Sedo was the dominant venue, a half-dozen different extensions shared the riches. Dreams.co.uk nailed down the number 2 slot at 25,000 ($43,504). That was followed by an exceptionally high .in (India's country code) sale - Mails.in at $24,000. .Com returned to the plate in the clean-up position and whacked #4 Pathology.com out of the park with a $22,000 blast. The biggest reported .info sale of the year, Best.info at 12,000 ($20,880) completed the top half of the chart. The new extensions had an excellent week overall, with every domain on our New TLD chart going for at least 4 figures.

Afternic.com finally halted Sedo's hot streak with Predators.com chewing up $18,900 to take the 6th seat at the banquet table. Sedo came right back with #7 BlindDates.de at 15,000 ($18,350). A pair of .coms and a .net provided the ballast for the Big Board. One of those was #8 Illusions.com which went for $18,300 at Moniker.com/DomainSystems.com. As hot as this week was, it could have been even hotter. Moniker CEO Monte Cahn told us they completed a pair of six-figure deals that could not be released due to non-disclosure agreements.

Even so, there were so many solid 5-figure sales this week that six of them fell short of the chart. We'll run all of those down for you, as well as dozens of other notable sales, but first let's take a look at the complete leader board for the week ending July 17:

Domain Name Journal's Top 10 
Reported Domain Sales - Mon. July 11, 2005 - Sun. July 17, 2005
Euro to Dollar Conversion ( to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. July 19

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. PartnerCash.com $110,000 Sedo
2. Dreams.co.uk 25,000 = $43,504 Sedo
3. Mails.in $24,000 Sedo
4. Pathology.com $22,000 Sedo
5. Best.info  12,000 = $20,880 Sedo
6. Predators.com $18,900 Afternic
7. BlindDates.de 15,000 = $18,350 Sedo
8. Illusions.com $18,300 Moniker/
DomainSystems
9. PittsburghPA.com $16,750 SnapNames
10. Synergy.net $16,255 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.

SnapNames.com anchored our new chart with PittsburghPA.com at $16,750 and Synergy.net at $16,255. Only $6 separated Moniker/DomainSystems from a second spot in the Top Ten. They sold RealBuzz.com for $16,250. Pool.com also had one of the week's 5-figure sales, notching $12,056 for CaliforniaRealEstate.net. Sedo wasn't content with just the half-dozen high dollar sales they placed on the Big Board. They rang up another 9,000 ($10,828) for Feel.de and 8,500 ($10,227) for Fotolibro.com ("photo book" in Spanish). SnapNames had the final can in our uncharted 5-figure six-pack, collecting $10,750 for CanadaBedAndBreakfast.com.

Just as they did last week, SnapNames again posted an exceptionally deep list of solid .com sales. FijiVacation.com went for $9,200, MetalSheds.com commanded $7,988 and SecurityLocks.com closed at $6,588. TheBoardroom.com banked $4,755, PicturesOfAnimals.com snapped $4,500, InvisibleInk.com erased $4,222 and CelticWeddingRing.com sold for $4,099. VideoCodec.com delivered $3,988, PicturesOfDogs.com fetched $3,950 and PicturesOfPeople.com added $3,850. EliteTorrents.com elicited $3,751, Cabelo.com called in $3,301 and CelebrationCity.com threw a $3,300 party. 

Also at SnapNames, TropicalCruises.com docked with $3,095 onboard, TopComputers.com attracted $2,618 and ChicagoLuxuryApartments.com provided a new home for $2,450. OriginalArtwork.com was worth $2,405, DesktopPhoto.com clicked for $2,333 and ArtemisConsulting.com collected $2,315. PicturesOfBirds.com flew off with $2,300, Whimps.com whistled up $2,050 and TravelCases.com contained $2,048. Also among the winners were TVShowRatings.com ($2,038) and BridlePath.com ($2,005). In other extensions, Bravo.org drew a $1,250 round of applause and 9B.net knocked down $1,051.

Sedo's success did not end with all of those top dollar domains on the Big Board either. LinuxBasis.com brought 6,500 ($7,821) and a nice 2-letter .org,  MB.org grabbed 2,500 ($4,349). Repeat.de and Lieblingsorte.net deposited 3,500 ($4,211) apiece, Farming.nl (Netherlands country code) raised $3,000 and 2.am (country code for Armenia) broke curfew with $1,500. There were a couple of other sales involving similar small country codes. Wellness.ws (Samoa) went for 1,200 ($1,444) and Casinos.tv (Tuvalu) won 1,000 ($1,203). In addition, XXX.eu.com (a CentralNic subdomain) attracted $1,000.

Back at Pool side, ForumImages.com set the pace at $8,700, followed by WebcamConferencing.com ($6,541), Elfos.com ($6,000) and RetroTShirt.com ($4,588). RedLionHotels.com booked $4,544, BodyDetox.com cleaned out $4,161 and DrugCounselor.com dispensed $3,650. ColorPhotoPrinter.com produced $2,950, SouthernCaliforniaDentists.com pulled $2,750 and LasVegasCaterer.com laid out a $2,688 spread. Also from Sin City, LasVegasReceptions.com welcomed $2,650. Other notables from Pool.com included Abruzzo.net ($2,501), StoreSecurity.com ($2,338) and WritersBlog.com ($2,300). SouthPacificMap.com contributed $1,909, Tuberoussclerosis.com coughed up $1,900 and there was a trip of domains at $1,838 each; IncomeTaxEvasion.com, EconomicTheory.com and ColonCancerSigns.com

At Afternic, 26Films.com found $5,000, Reproduce.com returned $3,500 and RockBoat.com racked up $2,875. TheAList.com admitted $2,500 and SavannahMLS.com located $2,400 while CamBlog.com and AffiliateRegistry.com sold for $2,000 each.

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Our Year-To-Date Top Sellers Chart gets two new members this week, PartnerCash.com and Dreams.co.uk. The minimum entry level to make this list of the year's biggest reported sales is now $35,000. Here are the sales leaders so far in 2005: 

Domain Name Journal's Year-To-Date Top Sales 
Highest Reported 2005 Domain Sales through Sun. July 17  
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. Uruguay.com $175,000 Sedo 7/12/05
4. Porker.com $155,000 Sedo 5/31/05
5.
tie
Paraguay.com $150,000 Pvt Sale 6/21/05
5.
tie
CheapGas.com $150,000 Pvt Sale 6/21/05
5.
tie
GED.com $150,000 Sedo 1/18/05
5.
tie
GospelMusic.com $150,000 GreatDomains 3/22/05
9. Voyuer.com $112,100 SnapNames 2/1/05
10. PartnerCash.com $110,000 Sedo 7/19/05
11. Innovations.com $108,000 Pool 5/24/05
12. OLT.com $93,000 Sedo 5/3/05
13. NetPoker.com $80,000 Pvt Sale 6/7/05
14.
tie
GLU.com $75,000 Sedo 5/31/05
14.
tie
PetSupplies.com $75,000 Afternic 4/5/05
16. Empleo.com
("jobs" in Spanish)
$70,000 Pvt Sale 6/21/05
17.
tie
Downlaod.com $68,000 Pvt Sale 3/1/05
17.
tie
Donwload.com $68,000 Pvt Sale 3/1/05
17.
tie
Dawnload.com $68,000 Pvt Sale 3/1/05
20. Lottery.org $66,667 Sedo 3/22/05
21. Fights.com $62,000 Pvt Sale 7/12/05
22. FreeCellPhone.com 50,000 = $61,419 Sedo 6/7/05
23. GolfResorts.com $60,800 Moniker /
DomainSystems
6/14/05
24.  Trees.com  $58,000 GreatDomains 1/4/05
25. CashFlow.com $56,500 Sedo 4/19/05
26.
tie
Quilting.com $55,000 Pvt Sale 5/31/05
26.
tie
HotDate.com $55,000 Sedo 4/19/05
26.
tie
Free-Games.to $55,000 Sedo 3/1/05
29. CervicalCancer.com $50,750 Moniker/
DomainSystems
2/1/05
30. DrumSets.com $50,000 Sedo 6/21/05
31.
tie
Designs.com $50,000 Pvt Sale 4/26/05
31.
tie
MusicShop.com $50,000 GreatDomains 2/22/05
31.
tie
Neighbors.com $50,000 Sedo 2/15/05
31.
tie
Therapy.com $50,000 Sedo 2/15/05
35. League.com $48,000 GreatDomains 3/8/05
36. MyShopping.com $47,000 Pool 5/3/05
37. TiltPoker.com $46,000 Pool 3/29/05
38. Cow.com $45,400 Ebay 4/12/05
39. Tractor.com $45,000 Pvt Sale 7/12/05
40. Universidad.com
("university" in Spanish)
$45,000 Pvt Sale 6/21/05
41. ScienceFairProjects.com 33,500 = $44,614 Sedo 3/15/05
42. Dreams.co.uk 25,000 = $43,504 Sedo 7/19/05
43.
tie
Marble.com $43,000 Afternic 3/8/05
43.
tie
EOL.com $43,000 Sedo 5/17/05
45. AutoLine.com $42,250 SnapNames 5/10/05
46.
tie
Tunisia.com $40,000 Sedo 6/28/05
46.
tie
Ventas.com
("sales" in Spanish)
$40,000 Pvt Sale 6/21/05
46.
tie
Telefonos.com
("phones" in Spanish)
$40,000 Pvt Sale 6/21/05
46.
tie
BBGuns.com $40,000 GreatDomains 3/15/05
46.
tie
Moma.com $40,000 Sedo 2/22/05
51.  LogoOnline.com 30,000 = $39,817 Sedo 1/4/05
52. Pasion.com
("passion" in Spanish)
30,000 = $39,552 Sedo 3/1/05
53.  Almousa.net 30,000 = $39,324 Sedo 1/11/05
54. Stempel.de
("rubber stamp" in German)
28,000 = $37,103 Sedo 2/22/05
55. Patenschaft.de
("godparenthood" in German)
26,680 = $35,624 Sedo 3/8/05
56.
tie
Distributor.com $35,000 Afternic 7/5/05
56.
tie
Chords.com $35,000 DomainState 6/14/05
56.
tie
TextMessage.com $35,000 Sedo 6/7/05

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

Expanded Charts
2004 - Every sale of $10,000 or more
2005 (First 2 Quarters) - Every sale of $10,000 or more


New TLD Section

After six straight weeks in the #1 position on our New TLD chart, .biz was finally unseated by .info this week. No shame in that, as few new extension domains could have stood up to this blockbuster. Best.info went for 12,000 ($20,880) in the highest .info sale reported this year (and the second highest new extension sale, trailing only VOIP.us which sold for $25,000). Sedo handled this sale and accounted for five of our eight chart entries. 

The runner-up slot went to .us after a superb city domain, Honolulu.us, changed hands in a $4,000 private transaction between seller Robert Connor and buyer Howard Hoffman (of PPCIncome.com). Both of these guys are very sharp new extension investors (and are two of the nicest people in the business, universally respected for their honesty and willingness to help fellow domainers). 

.Biz may have been knocked off the throne this week but it still made a good showing with a pair of four-figure sales including #3 Start.biz at $2,750. None the less, this was .info's week. TheCasino.info piled it on with a $2,500 sale to complete the top half of the chart, followed closely by Dalmatians.info at $2,000. The latter domain was sold by Howard Hoffman, who as noted above, promptly plowed the proceeds back into his portfolio with the acquisition of Honolulu.us.

This may have been the strongest week of the year for new TLD sales as every domain on our chart hit at least four figures. Here's a look at the complete new extension leader board for the week ending July 17: 

Domain Name Journal's New TLD Great 8 
  Reported .info, .biz & .us Domain Sales  July 11, 2005 - July 17, 2005
Euro to Dollar Conversion ( to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. July 19

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. Best.info 12,000 = $20,880 Sedo
2. Honolulu.us $4,000 Pvt Sale
3. Start.biz $2,750 Sedo
4. TheCasino.info $2,500 Sedo
5. Dalmatians.info $2,000 Pvt Sale
6. Merrill.biz $1,500 Pvt Sale
7.
tie
 Viva.us $1,000 Sedo
7.
tie
 Oink.info $1,000 Sedo

#6 Merrill.biz ($1,500) and #7 Viva.us ($1,000) were both my sales. In my own business, I've seen more interest in new TLD domains this month than ever before. I also sold NetNews.info ($500) and MyUSA.info ($390) this week and have another four-figure .biz currently in escrow at Sedo. With some exciting new developments in the pay per click business that are making it possible to earn parking revenue from good new extension keyword domains, I can only see demand continuing to escalate in this category. 

Dale Porter of TheNameStore.com is another guy who has been very successful in the new TLD mines. He was the seller of Oink.info at Sedo (which tied Viva.us for the final chart position this week). Porter also sold Ocio.info for $500 and FirstImpressions.info for $200 at Sedo this week. Meanwhile, Menus.us went for $525 at Afternic.

Our New TLD Year-To-Date chart gets four new members this week with Best.info the clear leader of that quartet. Here are the Top 50 New TLD sales through July 17:

Domain Name Journal's Year-To-Date New TLD Top 50
Highest Reported 2005 .info, .biz & .us Domain Sales through July 17 
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. Best.info 12,000 = $20,880 Sedo 7/19/05
3. Industry.us $17,000 Pvt Sale 3/15/05
4. Musical.info 10,440 = $13,936 Sedo 3/8/05
5. CellPhones.us    $12,250 Moniker/
DomainsSystems
1/4/05
6. Auto.biz 6,000 = $7,966 Sedo 1/4/05
7. Maschinenbau.info
("building engines" in German)
5,950 = $7,772 Sedo 4/19/05
8. Connect.us $7,500 Sedo 4/5/05
9. BES.biz 5,500 = $7,139 Sedo 4/26/05
10. Safe.biz 4,000 = $5,189 Sedo 1/25/04
11.
tie
AMA.us $5,000 Afternic 4/26/05
11.
tie
Broker.info $5,000 Sedo 5/31/05
13. WhitePages.biz $4,995 Afternic 7/5/05
14. Marketing.biz 3,900 = $4,748 Sedo 6/21/05
15. Adventure.info 2,500 = $4,708 Sedo 5/10/05
16. Pauschalreisen.info
("package tours" in German)
3,500 = $4,507 Sedo 5/10/05
17. MyHouse.biz $4,500 Pvt Sale 6/28/05
18. Physician.info $4,150 Pvt Sale 1/18/05
19. Honolulu.us $4,000 Pvt Sale 7/19/05
20. Pauschalreise.info
("package tour" in German)
2,800 = $3,606 Sedo 5/10/05
21. GEP.info 3,000 = $3,576 Sedo 7/5/05
22. Attest.info 2,700 = $3,559 Sedo 3/1/05
23. Forum.us $3,500 GreatDomains 3/8/05
24. New-York.info  $3,500 Sedo 5/10/05
25. Attest.info 2,700 = $3,478 Sedo 5/3/05
26. Science.info $3,272 Ebay 5/3/05
27. Geschichte.info
("stories" in German)
2,500 = $3,266 Sedo 4/19/05
28. Nostrum.info 2,500 = $3,261 Sedo 2/1/05
29. Musicals.us 2,550 = $3,255 Sedo 2/8/05
30. Tunis.info $3,250 Sedo 6/21/05
31. Altabadia.info
(Italian resort area)
2,300 = $3,069 Sedo 3/8/05
32. Lyrics.info $3,000 Sedo 2/22/05
33. Ultraschall.info
("ultrasound" in German)
2,250 = $2,996 Sedo 3/15/05
34. Dividends.us 2,277 = $2,943 Sedo 3/29/05
35. Eintrittskarten.biz
("entry tickets" in German)
2,200 = $2,865 Sedo 2/15/05
36.
tie
Start.biz $2,750 Sedo 7/19/05
36.
tie
Scholarships.info $2,750 Sedo 7/5/05
36.
tie
Calories.info $2,750 Sedo 3/8/05
39. WireFly.biz $2,735 Afternic 7/12/05
40.
tie
LondonEscorts.biz 2,000 = $2,655 Sedo 1/4/05
40.
tie
MusicalTheater.info  2,000 = $2,655 Sedo 1/4/05
42. Snowboard.info 2,000 = $2,640 Sedo 3/22/05
43. Diving.info $2,630 Dot.us 3/29/05
44. Sense.info 2,000 = $2,573 Sedo 4/5/05
45.
tie
TheCasino.info $2,500 Sedo 7/19/05
45.
tie
Oregon.info $2,500 Ebay 1/25/05
45.
tie
Farming.info $2,500 Sedo 2/1/05
48. Antispam.biz 2,000 = $2,461 Sedo 5/31/05
49. HolzPellets.info
("wood pellets" in German)
1,800 = $2,402 Sedo 3/8/04
50. Bruderschaft.info
("brotherhood" in German)
1,750 = $2,271 Sedo 4/26/05

*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 (First 2 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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