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Chris Chena Pays $150,000 for Vuelos.com To Headline Another Big Week of Domain Sales   

by Ron Jackson
  

Two months ago Paraguay's Chris Chena (the subject of last month's DN Journal Cover Story) led our weekly Top Ten sales chart after paying $150,000 each for Paraguay.com and CheapGas.com. 150K must be Chris's lucky number as he is back atop our leader board this week after acquiring Vuelos.com ("flights" in Spanish) for $150,000 in a private transaction. If you have been following Chena's many blue chip buys over the past couple of years, you know that he has been assembling what may be the world's best collection of Spanish keyword domains in .com. In fact, he is about to close on still another one that will also crack the 6-figure mark.


Chena's latest purchase led another impressive parade of high level domain sales with 15 domains hitting at least five figures. Sedo.com, who led all venues with four entries on the Big Board, laid claim to the #2 slot with a superb .de (German country code) domain. The new owner dispensed 50,000 ($61,747) for Medikamente.de ("drugs" in German). SnapNames.com picked up a trio of Top Ten trophies with #3 VegasRealEstate.com landing at $53,611 to set the pace for them.

.Net had a good week, claiming two of the top six positions, including #4 Lottery.net which sold at Enom's Club Drop for $40,000 and #6 NoblePoker.net which Jacob Fuller sold in a private transaction for $21,000. SendSMS.com was sandwiched in between the two .nets after selling for $30,000 at Sedo. SMS ("short message service") is a common acronym for text messages.

We have many more mouth watering sales to tell you about, but before we hit the domain buffet, let's take a look at the complete Top Ten list for the week ending August 14:

Domain Name Journal's Top 10 
Reported Domain Sales - Mon. Aug. 8, 2005 - Sun. Aug.14, 2005
Euro to Dollar Conversion ( to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. Aug. 16

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. Vuelos.com
("flights" in Spanish)
$150,000 Pvt Sale
2. Medikamente.de
("drugs" in German)
50,000 = $61,747 Sedo
3. VegasRealEstate.com $53,611 SnapNames
4. Lottery.net $40,000 Enom's Club Drop
5. SendSMS.com $30,000 Sedo
6. NoblePoker.net $21,000 Pvt Sale
7. E-Mails.com 15,500 = $19,144 Sedo
8. WebMeds.com $16,700 SnapNames
9. CarForum.com $15,750 SnapNames
10.
tie
Polyglot.com $13,000 Afternic
10.
tie
WTK.com $13,000 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 added to their star-studded sales list with #7 E-Mails.com at 15,500 ($19,144). SnapNames followed with strong back to back entries, #8 WebMeds.com at $16,700 and #9 CarForum.com at $15,750. There were actually 11 domains on our Top Ten this week thanks to a tie for the final spot at $13,000. Afternic.com took a share of the anchor position with Polyglot.com while WTK.com filled the bill for Sedo. Four more five-figure domains just missed getting a seat at the main table. SnapNames bagged two of those; VacationAlaska.com at $12,750 and eFront.com at $11,252. Afternic accounted for another with HomeRenovation.com at $12,000 and Sedo completed the quartet with Geld-Verdienen.de ("earn money" in German) at 10,000 ($12,351).

Sedo also scored with SeniorDating.com at $9,500, TJK.com at 7,000 ($8,645) and Andreani.com at $5,000. AAQ.com added another 4,000 ($4,940), Vorsorge.com (a word with several meanings in German including "precaution"), commanded $3,888 and SeriousFun.com threw a 3,000 ($3,705) party. Sedo has become synonymous with strong country code sales. Highlights from that category included Hardware.se (Swedish ccTLD) at 6,500 ($8,027) and Poker.in (Indian country code) at $2,650.

SnapNames tends to bank on .com and the king of extensions gave them a very nice stack of deposit slips. MichWorks.com produced $9,000, OfficeVista.com provided an $8,901 view and Wafers.com went for $8,188. Other treats included EarlyLearning.com ($7,988), LGP.com ($7,788) and Savant.com ($5,924). Conyers.com called in $5,400, AutoTravel.com arrived with $5,288 and ShowerGifts.com sprinkled $5,244. AppointmentBook.com registered $5,156, DrugEffects.com drew $4,380 and CareerMoves.com earned $4,088.

Also at SnapNames, Ballz.com rolled up $4,000, CasinoNow.com cashed in $3,950 and CellularDeals.com dialed up $3,766. Other winners included TargetVacations.com ($3,600), Teologia.com ($3,433) and SoftAir.com ($3,432). CuteBoy.com attracted $3,422, CelebrityMagazine.com featured $3,310 and $3,088 washed up from LakeLouiseAlberta.com. DestinFla.com added $2,888, GolfProfessional.com tapped in $2,800 and Baufinanzierung.com ("building finance" in German) fronted $2,777.  

StickyRice.com helped round out the SnapNames roster with $2,655, followed by TrafficCones.com at $2,622 and Uden.com at $2,600. ButtGalleries.com and ShopFlowers.com contributed $2,050 each. A couple of .nets also got into the act; Penguin.net at $3,788 and SCA.net at $1,626

Back at Afternic, UBRE.com kicked in $7,450, InVideo.com showed $4,000 and SelectLocations.com brought $3,750. VirginComics.com booked $3,333, iWall.com posted $2,500 and DivorceGuide.com separated the buyer from $2,200.

The beauties lounging at Pool.com this week included a couple of distance swimmers, CommercialRealEstateListing.com at $4,000 and MortgageMoneyLenders.com at $3,766. Pool was also able to depend on WebAdvice.com for $3,231 while MailingListManager.com sent $2,049. Close behind were LinkCharms.com ($2,010), Japanese geographical domain Omotesando.com ($2,000) and a pair at $1,850 each; Nexter.com and ChicagoMassages.com. Another twin bill at $1,738 each featured PremierMoviePass.com and AutomotiveBuying.com. CollisionShop.com did $1,605 in damage and LasVegasSecurity.com locked up $1,550. Outside the .com arena, Manna.org managed $1,385 and away from the Pool, GlobalBillboards.com sold LeatherJackets.net for $1,800.

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For the second week in a row, our Year To Date Best Sellers list gets four new members and one of them, Vuelos.com, takes a spot among the ten biggest sales reported this year. It now takes at least $40,000 to rank among the 60 biggest sales of 2005. Here is a look at the complete leader board: 

Domain Name Journal's Year-To-Date Top Sales 
Highest Reported 2005 Domain Sales through Sun. Aug. 14  
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
Website.com $750,000 Sedo 7/26/05
1.
tie
Property.com $750,000 Pvt Sale 8/9/05
3. Local.com $700,000 Pvt Sale 3/8/05
4. Chat.de  360,000 = $470,848 Sedo 1/18/05
5. WhatIsMyIP.com $386,100 Ebay 7/26/05**
6. ShoppingCart.com $285,000 Moniker / DomainSystems 8/9/05
7. Uruguay.com $175,000 Sedo 7/12/05
8. Porker.com $155,000 Sedo 5/31/05
9.
tie
Vuelos.com
("flights" in Spanish")
$150,000 Pvt Sale 8/16/05
9.
tie
Paraguay.com $150,000 Pvt Sale 6/21/05
9.
tie
CheapGas.com $150,000 Pvt Sale 6/21/05
9.
tie
GED.com $150,000 Sedo 1/18/05
9.
tie
GospelMusic.com $150,000 GreatDomains 3/22/05
14. Voyuer.com $112,100 SnapNames 2/1/05
15. PartnerCash.com $110,000 Sedo 7/19/05
16. Innovations.com $108,000 Pool 5/24/05
17. Lunch.com $100,000 Pvt Sale 7/26/05
18. OLT.com $93,000 Sedo 5/3/05
19. NetPoker.com $80,000 Pvt Sale 6/7/05
20.
tie
GLU.com $75,000 Sedo 5/31/05
20.
tie
PetSupplies.com $75,000 Afternic 4/5/05
22. Empleo.com
("jobs" in Spanish)
$70,000 Pvt Sale 6/21/05
23.
tie
Downlaod.com $68,000 Pvt Sale 3/1/05
23.
tie
Donwload.com $68,000 Pvt Sale 3/1/05
23.
tie
Dawnload.com $68,000 Pvt Sale 3/1/05
26. Lottery.org $66,667 Sedo 3/22/05
27. Fights.com $62,000 Pvt Sale 7/12/05
28. Medikamente.de
("drugs" in German)
50,000 = $61,747 Sedo 8/16/05
29. FreeCellPhone.com 50,000 = $61,419 Sedo 6/7/05
30. GolfResorts.com $60,800 Moniker /
DomainSystems
6/14/05
31.  Trees.com  $58,000 GreatDomains 1/4/05
32. CashFlow.com $56,500 Sedo 4/19/05
33.
tie
Quilting.com $55,000 Pvt Sale 5/31/05
33.
tie
HotDate.com $55,000 Sedo 4/19/05
33.
tie
Free-Games.to $55,000 Sedo 3/1/05
36. VegasRealEstate.com $53,611 SnapNames 8/16/05
37. CervicalCancer.com $50,750 Moniker/
DomainSystems
2/1/05
38. DrumSets.com $50,000 Sedo 6/21/05
39.
tie
Designs.com $50,000 Pvt Sale 4/26/05
39.
tie
MusicShop.com $50,000 GreatDomains 2/22/05
39.
tie
Neighbors.com $50,000 Sedo 2/15/05
39.
tie
Therapy.com $50,000 Sedo 2/15/05
43. League.com $48,000 GreatDomains 3/8/05
44. MyShopping.com $47,000 Pool 5/3/05
45. TiltPoker.com $46,000 Pool 3/29/05
46. Counseling.com $45,550 Sedo 8/9/05
47. Cow.com $45,400 Ebay 4/12/05
48. Tractor.com $45,000 Pvt Sale 7/12/05
49. Universidad.com
("university" in Spanish)
$45,000 Pvt Sale 6/21/05
50. ScienceFairProjects.com 33,500 = $44,614 Sedo 3/15/05
51. Dreams.co.uk 25,000 = $43,504 Sedo 7/19/05
52.
tie
Marble.com $43,000 Afternic 3/8/05
52.
tie
EOL.com $43,000 Sedo 5/17/05
54. AutoLine.com $42,250 SnapNames 5/10/05
55.
tie
Lottery.net $40,000 Enom's Club Drop 8/16/05
55.
tie
Reveal.com $40,000 Sedo 8/9/05
55.
tie
Tunisia.com $40,000 Sedo 6/28/05
55.
tie
Ventas.com
("sales" in Spanish)
$40,000 Pvt Sale 6/21/05
55.
tie
Telefonos.com
("phones" in Spanish)
$40,000 Pvt Sale 6/21/05
55.
tie
BBGuns.com $40,000 GreatDomains 3/15/05
55.
tie
Moma.com $40,000 Sedo 2/22/05

*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

.Info dominated the new extension action this week, easily taking the top spot on our New TLD chart and claiming six of the eight sales reported overall. With .biz and .us providing much stiffer competition this year, we haven't seen many .info romps like this in 2005, though they were commonplace in 2004. 

Degrees.info was the 4-letter extension's leader of the pack, changing hands in a private transaction for $3,800. The seller was Aaron Kluge of BrokeringDomains.com. The new owner is John DeMayo of JohnDeMayo.com. John has been collecting education related domains for some time so Degrees.info will be a perfect fit for his portfolio. 

The runner-up spot goes to Prestigio.biz ("prestige" in Spanish) which sold for $1,000 at Sedo, a venue that accounted for five of this week's reported sales. .Info answered with #3 Mortgage-Loans.info at 800 ($988) and #4 Motorcykel.info ("motorcycle" in German) at $900.

.US turns up at #5 with HFI.us going for $551 in a private sale. I just received a four-figure escrow payment for another 3-letter .us. The transfer should be completed shortly, allowing the domain to go on next week's report. Here is a look at the complete new extension list for the week ending August 14:

Domain Name Journal's New TLD Great 8 
  Reported .info, .biz & .us Domain Sales  Aug. 8, 2005 - Aug. 14, 2005
Euro to Dollar Conversion ( to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. Aug. 16

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. Degrees.info $3,800 Pvt Sale
2. Prestigio.biz
("prestige" in Spanish)
$1,000 Sedo
3. Mortgage-Loans.info 800 = $988 Sedo
4. Motorcykel.info
("motorcycle"in German)
 $900 Sedo
5. HFI.us $551 Sedo
6. Traitimmuathu.info $536 SnapNames
7. ICE.info $499 NamePros
8.  AffiliateMarketing.info 400 = $494 Sedo

A trio of .infos anchored our new list, led by #6 Traitimmuathu.info, sold at SnapNames for $536. Someone got a very nice deal on #7 ICE.info at the NamePros.com domain forum where moderator -db- accepted $499 for the name. Shows you why it pays to read the forums! #8 AffiliateMarketing.info sold for 400 ($494) at Sedo to close the list.

Degrees.info joins our New TLD Year-To-Date Top 50 in the #21 position. It currently takes over $2,400 to make the list. Here are 2005's highest reported new extension sales through August 14:

Domain Name Journal's Year-To-Date New TLD Top 50 Sales
Highest Reported 2005 .info, .biz & .us Domain Sales through Aug. 14 
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
Manhattan.biz $5,000 Afternic 8/9/05
11.
tie
AMA.us $5,000 Afternic 4/26/05
11.
tie
Broker.info $5,000 Sedo 5/31/05
14. WhitePages.biz $4,995 Afternic 7/5/05
14. Marketing.biz 3,900 = $4,748 Sedo 6/21/05
16. Adventure.info 2,500 = $4,708 Sedo 5/10/05
17. Pauschalreisen.info
("package tours" in German)
3,500 = $4,507 Sedo 5/10/05
18. MyHouse.biz $4,500 Pvt Sale 6/28/05
18. Physician.info $4,150 Pvt Sale 1/18/05
20. Honolulu.us $4,000 Pvt Sale 7/19/05
21. Degrees.info $3,800 Pvt Sale 8/16/05
22. Pauschalreise.info
("package tour" in German)
2,800 = $3,606 Sedo 5/10/05
23. GEP.info 3,000 = $3,576 Sedo 7/5/05
24. Attest.info 2,700 = $3,559 Sedo 3/1/05
25.
tie
Forum.us $3,500 GreatDomains 3/8/05
25.
tie
New-York.info  $3,500 Sedo 5/10/05
27. Science.info $3,272 Ebay 5/3/05
28. Geschichte.info
("stories" in German)
2,500 = $3,266 Sedo 4/19/05
29. Nostrum.info 2,500 = $3,261 Sedo 2/1/05
30. Musicals.us 2,550 = $3,255 Sedo 2/8/05
31. Tunis.info $3,250 Sedo 6/21/05
32. Altabadia.info
(Italian resort area)
2,300 = $3,069 Sedo 3/8/05
33. Lyrics.info $3,000 Sedo 2/22/05
34. Ultraschall.info
("ultrasound" in German)
2,250 = $2,996 Sedo 3/15/05
35. Dividends.us 2,277 = $2,943 Sedo 3/29/05
36. Eintrittskarten.biz
("entry tickets" in German)
2,200 = $2,865 Sedo 2/15/05
37.
tie
Start.biz $2,750 Sedo 7/19/05
37.
tie
Scholarships.info $2,750 Sedo 7/5/05
37.
tie
Calories.info $2,750 Sedo 3/8/05
40. WireFly.biz $2,735 Afternic 7/12/05
41.
tie
LondonEscorts.biz 2,000 = $2,655 Sedo 1/4/05
41.
tie
MusicalTheater.info  2,000 = $2,655 Sedo 1/4/05
43. Snowboard.info 2,000 = $2,640 Sedo 3/22/05
44. Diving.info $2,630 Dot.us 3/29/05
45. Twisters.us $2,625 Pvt Sale 7/26/05
46. Sense.info 2,000 = $2,573 Sedo 4/5/05
47.
tie
TheCasino.info $2,500 Sedo 7/19/05
47.
tie
Oregon.info $2,500 Ebay 1/25/05
47.
tie
Farming.info $2,500 Sedo 2/1/05
50. Antispam.biz 2,000 = $2,461 Sedo 5/31/05

*Date column shows the date (month/day/year) 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 $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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