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Domain Industry's Sizzling Summer Continues As Another Six-Figure Sale is Finalized

by Ron Jackson
  

For the 6th time in the last 7 weeks a six-figure transaction heads the DNJournal Top Ten domain sales chart. The news about this week's leader, Photographer.com, is a bit anticlimactic because the seller prematurely announced it as a done deal in a widely publicized press release three weeks ago. However, at that time we spoke with the buyer, Marc Ostrofsky, and he said the story released by the seller was not correct. Based on information from him we decided not to chart the domain until he confirmed that the terms of his purchase agreement had been met. This week Ostrofsky (the man who made the famous Business.com sale a few years back) confirmed that the transaction is now complete and the final price was the $133,000 previously reported.


It's possible we could see still another big six-figure sale completed next week (one that would rank among the four biggest sales reported this year). An auction for Invention.com ended at Ebay today (August 23) at $650,300. The price is certainly reasonable in today's market as the seller was earning over $60,000 a year in PPC revenue from the domain. However, the high bidder has a zero feedback rating and legitimate transactions of this size on Ebay are a rarity, to say the least. The seller is legitimate and the price met his reserve, but whether or not there is a real buyer there remains to be seen. 

A lot of very nice sales were completed this week as the market continues to steam through the summer months without skipping a beat. Sedo.com certainly has no complaints. They racked up five entries on the Big Board, including #2 Latest.com at 30,000 ($36,704) and #3 PokerHouse.com at $31,500. Sedo CEO Matthew Bentley told us poker and 3-letter domains were the hot commodities at his venue this week. #6 GPR.com led the latter category there after going for $15,010.

SnapNames.com also did some impressive muscle flexing. They were the only other venue with multiple entries on the chart, scoring with #5 KenoGames.com at $15,263 and #9 VacationAlaska.com at $12,750

StatePolice.com locked up the last spot in the first five. Seller David Myre sent the #4 domain to Florida's Reflex Publishing for $25,000 in a private transaction. It was a banner week for .com as the Godfather of Global TLD's took all but one spot on our new leader board. Only Sedo's $14,681 sale of a Swedish country code domain, #8 TexasHoldem.se, prevented a .com sweep. Let's take a look at the complete Top Ten for the week ending August 21, then we'll tell you about dozens of other sales that are sure to make your mouth water.

Domain Name Journal's Top 10 
Reported Domain Sales - Mon. Aug. 15, 2005 - Sun. Aug. 21, 2005
Euro to Dollar Conversion ( to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. Aug. 23

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. Photographer.com $133,000 Pvt Sale
2. Latest.com 30,000 = $36,704 Sedo
3. PokerHouse.com $31,500 Sedo
4. StatePolice.com $25,000 Pvt Sale
5. KenoGames.com $15,263 SnapNames
6. GPR.com $15,010 Sedo
7. Proteins.com $15,000 Afternic
8. TexasHoldem.se 12,000 = $14,681 Sedo
9. VacationAlaska.com $12,750 SnapNames
10.
tie
Caught.com $12,500 GreatDomains
10.
tie
PokerLoco.com $12,500 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.

Afternic.com and GreatDomains both took home Top Ten trophies this week. Afternic did it with #7 Proteins.com at an even $15,000 while GreatDomains scored with Caught.com at $12,500. That domain tied for 10th with Sedo's PokerLoco.com. GreatDomains also had a nice .tv sale, tuning in $5,000 for Beaches.tv.

SnapNames supplemented their pair of Big Board entries with a long list of winners headed by NetCommerce.com at $9,900. A couple of one-word .nets also did well, Vacancy.net at $9,500 and Scriptures.net at $3,138. Aside from those, .com did the heavy lifting with domains like EstateProbate.com ($8,097), Phonographs.com ($7,877) and Fotball.com ($7,200). Just a step back were PureInvestor.com at $6,900, Mayville.com at $6,100 and Lebensversicherungen.com ("life assurance" in German) at $6,000.  

The hits just kept on coming at SnapNames with NewJerseyLaw.com confiscating $5,544 while BillyTheKid.com rode off with $5,099 and LeaseProperty.com collected $4,898. MrRealEstate.com landed $4,850, Mouthfull.com spit out $4,700 and PromoVacance.com ("package vacations" in French) relaxed with $4,444. StaffingCompany.com paid $4,256, GoldCrest.com earned $3,888 and InsuranceAttorney.com billed $3,855. Etiketten.com ("etiquette" in German) politely posted $3,550, BCSI.com went for $3,501 and OldWorldMaps.com located $3,499

SnapNames also soaked up $3,488 in CosmicRays.com, booked $3,476 for HotelPhoenix.com and unpacked $3,000 from Karton.com. KidPhotography.com snapped $2,950, while ColoradoBedAndBreakfasts.com ($2,888) and LasVegasBettingLines.com ($2,877) beat the odds against 4-word domains. AnimeKai.com was next at $2,650, followed by two pairs; HotelReno.com and CourtyardHotel.com at $2,600 each, then NMHA.com and FreeIndia.com at $2,276 apiece. AmericanBilliards.com pocketed $2,274 while Torisukoshiro.com (Japanese animator) drew $2,150. CreditChargeCard.com and Actually.com attacted $2,050 each and Waffen.com went for $2,000. .Org even got into the act with Moses.org commanding $2,000.

Sedo seasoned their greenback salad with some nice country code sales including Flirt.se at 5,000 ($6,177), Havaianas.co.uk (a popular brand of sandals) at 2,500 ($4,504), BracesOnline.de at 3,500 ($4,282) and VTC.de at 3,400 ($4,160). 3-letter .coms were also popular as always with BNU.com going for 4,500 ($5,506), IBZ.com for $3,000 and MZH.com for $2,850. PuzzleWorld.com put together another $5,000.

Back at Afternic, SexyCams.com caught $5,500, DowntownTV.com showed $3,900 and SalesTaxes.com levied $3,388. EstimatedTaxes.com tacked on $3,200, Overcoats.com buttoned up $3,000 and EyeFidelity.com spotted $2,700. Refinish.net polished off another $2,288.

In private sales, Operating.com sewed up $5,000 and Joe Farber banked $2,500 for StateGov.com. John Demayo paid $2,100 each for EasyCarLoan.com and EasyCarLoans.com and RADiSTAR received $2,000 for JMM.net.

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Photographer.com was the only domain to top the current $40,000 entry level required for a spot on our Year To Date Best Sellers list. That domain settles in at #14. Here is a look at the complete 2005 leader board: 

Domain Name Journal's Year-To-Date Top Sales 
Highest Reported 2005 Domain Sales through Sun. Aug. 21  
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. Photographer.com $133,000 Pvt Sale 8/23/05
15. Voyuer.com $112,100 SnapNames 2/1/05
16. PartnerCash.com $110,000 Sedo 7/19/05
17. Innovations.com $108,000 Pool 5/24/05
18. Lunch.com $100,000 Pvt Sale 7/26/05
19. OLT.com $93,000 Sedo 5/3/05
20. NetPoker.com $80,000 Pvt Sale 6/7/05
21.
tie
GLU.com $75,000 Sedo 5/31/05
21.
tie
PetSupplies.com $75,000 Afternic 4/5/05
23. Empleo.com
("jobs" in Spanish)
$70,000 Pvt Sale 6/21/05
24.
tie
Downlaod.com $68,000 Pvt Sale 3/1/05
24.
tie
Donwload.com $68,000 Pvt Sale 3/1/05
24.
tie
Dawnload.com $68,000 Pvt Sale 3/1/05
27. Lottery.org $66,667 Sedo 3/22/05
28. Fights.com $62,000 Pvt Sale 7/12/05
29. Medikamente.de
("drugs" in German)
50,000 = $61,747 Sedo 8/16/05
30. FreeCellPhone.com 50,000 = $61,419 Sedo 6/7/05
31. GolfResorts.com $60,800 Moniker /
DomainSystems
6/14/05
32.  Trees.com  $58,000 GreatDomains 1/4/05
33. CashFlow.com $56,500 Sedo 4/19/05
34.
tie
Quilting.com $55,000 Pvt Sale 5/31/05
34.
tie
HotDate.com $55,000 Sedo 4/19/05
34.
tie
Free-Games.to $55,000 Sedo 3/1/05
37. VegasRealEstate.com $53,611 SnapNames 8/16/05
38. CervicalCancer.com $50,750 Moniker/
DomainSystems
2/1/05
39. DrumSets.com $50,000 Sedo 6/21/05
40.
tie
Designs.com $50,000 Pvt Sale 4/26/05
40.
tie
MusicShop.com $50,000 GreatDomains 2/22/05
40.
tie
Neighbors.com $50,000 Sedo 2/15/05
40.
tie
Therapy.com $50,000 Sedo 2/15/05
44. League.com $48,000 GreatDomains 3/8/05
45. MyShopping.com $47,000 Pool 5/3/05
46. TiltPoker.com $46,000 Pool 3/29/05
47. Counseling.com $45,550 Sedo 8/9/05
48. Cow.com $45,400 Ebay 4/12/05
49. Tractor.com $45,000 Pvt Sale 7/12/05
50. Universidad.com
("university" in Spanish)
$45,000 Pvt Sale 6/21/05
51. ScienceFairProjects.com 33,500 = $44,614 Sedo 3/15/05
52. Dreams.co.uk 25,000 = $43,504 Sedo 7/19/05
53.
tie
Marble.com $43,000 Afternic 3/8/05
53.
tie
EOL.com $43,000 Sedo 5/17/05
55. AutoLine.com $42,250 SnapNames 5/10/05
56.
tie
Lottery.net $40,000 Enom's Club Drop 8/16/05
56.
tie
Reveal.com $40,000 Sedo 8/9/05
56.
tie
Tunisia.com $40,000 Sedo 6/28/05
56.
tie
Ventas.com
("sales" in Spanish)
$40,000 Pvt Sale 6/21/05
56.
tie
Telefonos.com
("phones" in Spanish)
$40,000 Pvt Sale 6/21/05
56.
tie
BBGuns.com $40,000 GreatDomains 3/15/05
56.
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

For the second week in a row, .Info ruled the roost in the new extension hen house, easily taking four of the top five spots on our New TLD chart including #1 Prospectus.info at 1,500 ($1,835). That was one of five sales Sedo placed on the new list. #2 Beagle.info was another at $1,550

.US kept .info from sweeping the first five positions, with my $1,500 sale of #3 MCC.us doing the honors. FunKen Lin of Buy.name accounted for another four-figure sale with his $1,000 purchase of Mercury.info from Hennie Groot Lipman. .Info's hot streak continued with #5 Italienreisen.info ("Italian travel" in German) going for 650 ($795) at Sedo.

.Biz turned up in the next two spots, with Solo.biz landing at $500 and Matisse.biz drawing 400 ($489). Here is a look at the complete new extension list for the week ending August 21:

Domain Name Journal's New TLD Great 8 
  Reported .info, .biz & .us Domain Sales  Aug. 15, 2005 - Aug. 21, 2005
Euro to Dollar Conversion ( to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. Aug. 23

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. Prospectus.info 1,500 = $1,835 Sedo
2. Beagle.info $1,550 Sedo
3. MCC.us $1,500 Pvt Sale
4. Mercury.info  $1,000 Pvt Sale
5. Italienreisen.info
("Italian travel" in German)
650 = $795 Sedo
6. Solo.biz $500 Sedo
7. Matisse.biz 400 = $489 Sedo
8.  MRX.us $450 Pvt Sale

Another 3-letter domain, MRX.us, anchored this week's list after going for $450 in a private sale. None of this week's sales were high enough to earn a place on our New TLD Year-To-Date Top 50. It currently takes over $2,400 to make the list. Here are 2005's highest reported new extension sales through August 21:

Domain Name Journal's Year-To-Date New TLD Top 50 Sales
Highest Reported 2005 .info, .biz & .us Domain Sales through Aug. 21 
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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