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Lofty Domain Sale Extends Six-Figure Streak to Five Straight Weeks

by Ron Jackson
  

It wasn't that long ago that publicly reported six-figure domain sales were few and far between. Lately they have been a weekly occurrence - the past five weeks to be exact. Shuki Haiminis of Boston's HaiminisHoldings.com bought Lofts.com for $100,000 in a private sale, marking the fifth straight week that at least one six-figure sale has graced our Top Ten sales chart. Lofts.com was surrounded by a solid supporting cast with 14 other domains cracking five figures.

Sedo.com accounted for a half-dozen of those marquee sales, including three that ranked among the top five on our leader board. Their flagbearer was a superb British country code domain, WebDesign.co.uk, that went for 37,756  ($45,767) to claim the #2 position. They also scored with an unusually high .org sale, #4 GraceWorks.org, at $25,000. The common wisdom has always been that religious domains have limited resale value as most potential buyers are non-profit organizations with tight budgets. Lutheran Social Services of Mid-America, based in Centerville, Ohio, may change a few of those assumptions after stepping up to buy this domain as the new home for their GraceWorks Ministries web site. Sedo's dominance of the first five continued with #5 LegacyAuto.com at $20,000 and they notched a fourth entry on the Big Board with another .co.uk heavyweight, #10 Subscriptions.co.uk at 7,000 ($12,592).

Moniker.com/DomainSystems.com and SnapNames.com each posted a pair of Top Ten winners. Moniker muscled in with #3 Versatile.com at $30,715 and backed it up with #7 ViewpointBank.com at $18,015. SnapNames snared back to back trophies with #8 Flowchart.com at $15,250 and #9 GourmetBasket.com at $15,000. SnapNames also had two of the four 5-figure sales that fell just short of the chart, with Sedo accounting for the other two. We'll run down those and a truck load of other transactions, including a half-dozen four-figure new extension sales, but first let's take a look at the complete leader board for the week ending Sunday, Sept. 18:

Domain Name Journal's Top 10 
Reported Domain Sales - Mon. Sept. 12, 2005 - Sun. Sept. 18, 2005
Euro to Dollar Conversion ( to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. Sept. 20

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. Lofts.com $100,000 Pvt Sale
2. WebDesign.co.uk 37,756 = $45,767 Sedo
3. Versatile.com $30,715 Moniker /
DomainSystems
4. GraceWorks.org $25,000 Sedo
5. LegacyAuto.com $20,000 Sedo
6.  ScienceMuseum.com $18,277 Pool
7. ViewpointBank.com $18,015 Moniker /
DomainSystems
8. Flowchart.com $15,250 SnapNames
9. GourmetBasket.com $15,000 SnapNames
10. Subscriptions.co.uk 7,000 = $12,592 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.

Pool.com accounted for the lone chart entry we didn't note earlier, soaring into the stratosphere with #6 ScienceMuseum.com at $18,277. SnapNames and Sedo shared a quartet of five-figure sales just off the Big Board. SnapNames bagged ShoppingDeals.com at $12,549 and Memoria.com at $10,001 while Sedo marched off with Mick.com at $12,500 and MaxPrice.com at $10,000.

Sedo had a cartful of country code winners as well. DirectEnergy.co.uk plugged in 6,750 ($8,181), iMesh.de deposited 5,700 ($6,910) and UHZ.de delivered 5,500 ($6,668). The latter two are German ccTLD's. PoolCover.co.uk rolled up 4,850 ($5,880), FinancialJobs.co.uk paid $4,500 and Evita.it (Italian country code) went for 3,000 ($3,637). Sedo sewed up sales in lesser known ccTLD's as well, including two from Hungary; Hajout.hu and Tengerihajout.hu (both related to cruises) at 2,500 ($3,031) each. Colima.com.mx (Mexican country code) added 550 ($667). Back on the .com front, Hypnose.com ("hypnosis" in German) commanded 5,800 ($7,030), wDating.com wound up at $6,500 and three others; Nanotox.com, HouseShare.com and DigitalImaging.com went for $5,000 each. 672.com at $3,800 and Chainz.com at $3,500 rounded out the Sedo roster, though you'll be hearing more from them in our New TLD section.

The SnapNames sales list seems to grow longer every week as they add exclusive new registrar partners to their team. The fruits of their labor was evident again this time out. SimplyGorgeous.com posted a pretty $6,100, WeddingRoses.com went for $5,999 and ZoomTelevision.com tuned in $5,600. Summer.net also sold for $5,600 while Access.org accounted for $5,000 and Manuals.org added $4,100 Xolox.com and EquityMortgageLoans.com brought in $5,300 each, ComparingColleges.com cost $4,888, Inmueble.com ("property" or "building" in Spanish) banked $4,750 and LeatherCleaner.com brushed up $4,644. FunJokes.com cracked $4,288, WebCard.com greeted $4,160 and DebtReliefProgram.com dug up $4,088.

Also at SnapNames, $3,700 bounced off BigBootys.com, SexyMama.com made $3,559 and ElectricAutomobiles conserved $3,533. AllCrafts.com and LegalMeds.com sold for $3,400 each while BibleFAQs.com found $3,388 and TravelersGuide.com located $3,333. TVGuideLive.com landed $3,095 and MensMagazines.com maxed at $3,049. SnapNames had another 20 domains in the 2-3K range. Here are the names that had a seat at that table:

Additional SnapNames.com Sales 
WoodenSpoons.com $2,988  Wimmx.com $2,270  
Lorton.com $2,901  Clickology.com  $2,230
HeartburnTreatments.com $2,750  HydroponicsSupply.com   $2,205
DBPR.com $2,700   Diya.com  $2,200
PersonalHealth.com  $2,699  WettingTheBed.com $2,174 
MapHack.com  $2,660  FreeHostEmpire.com  $2,050
Mirabella.com  $2,650  GuitarMagazine.com  $2,039
EbayUK.com  $2,510  FujiApples.com  $2,020
Aeronautic.com   $2,501  NetFurniture.com $2,000
Skuba.com  $2,450  Diligizer.com $2,000

Meanwhile back at Pool.com, typo Googlel.com gargled $9,200, CanadaMedicine.com dispensed $7,400 and PhotoExperts.com focused on $4,100. Another typo, Cruies.com sailed with $3,988, ToyFireTrucks.com doused $2,451 and PicturePublisher.com posted $2,400. AutomobileTrailers.com towed $2,238, InsuranceContract.com specified $2,053 and Nokia6600.com dialed up $2,049.

Afternic.com weighed in with a pair of nice 4-letter acronyms, RACA.com at $6,000 and MJCO.com at $5,450. People-Search.com found $5,600, SuperMister.com sold for $5,000 and the 2-character 0v.com brought $3,450. Other notables included Fukui.com ($3,000), CompleteAuto.com ($2,288) and SafeBond.com ($2,000). Afternic also handled a rare four-figure .cc (Cocos Keeling Islands country code) with Adult.cc going for $1,000.

At Enom's Club Drop, XtraCash.com yielded $3,300, WebGeek.com garnered $2,900 and iRegistry.com added $2,800. SportDrinks.com guzzled $2,400, TeenNews.com attracted $2,100 and CellPhoneDiscount.com called in $1,800. Club Drop also had some nice .net sales. Woodstock.net went for $2,500, PMM.net fetched $1,300 and Diner.net served up $1,200.

Moniker/DomainSystems supplemented their two Top Ten entries with ThereIsOnlyOne.com at $9,308. In private transactions, Jon Schwartz sold CakeTV.com for $5,000 and David Sawyer sent PokerBooks.net to Jonathan H at the NamePros.com forum for $2,500. We also got word of two very nice private .org sales but were asked not to disclose the names. We can tell you one was a 3-letter acronym that went for $22,000 and the other was a European country's name that went for $7,500.

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Our Year To Date Top 60 chart gets two new members this week. Lofts.com moved into a four-way tie for the 20th position at $100,000 and WebDesign.co.uk slipped into the last available slot. Here is a look at the complete 2005 leader board through September 18: 

Domain Name Journal's Year-To-Date Top Sales 
Highest Reported 2005 Domain Sales through Sun. Sept. 18  
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
News.net $150,000 Sedo 9/13/05
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
15. Photographer.com $133,000 Pvt Sale 8/23/05
16. Dominio.com
("domain" in Spanish)
$120,000 Pvt Sale 9/6/05
17. Voyuer.com $112,100 SnapNames 2/1/05
18. PartnerCash.com $110,000 Sedo 7/19/05
19. Innovations.com $108,000 Pool 5/24/05
20.
tie
Lofts.com $100,000 Pvt Sale 9/20/05
20.
tie
EQ.com $100,000 Afternic 9/6/05
20.
tie
Mueller.com $100,000 Sedo 9/6/05
20.
tie
Lunch.com $100,000 Pvt Sale 7/26/05
24. OLT.com $93,000 Sedo 5/3/05
25. NetPoker.com $80,000 Pvt Sale 6/7/05
26.
tie
Hanover.com $75,000 Sedo 9/6/05
26.
tie
GLU.com $75,000 Sedo 5/31/05
26.
tie
PetSupplies.com $75,000 Afternic 4/5/05
29. Car.de 58,000 = $72,296 Sedo 9/6/05
30. Empleo.com
("jobs" in Spanish)
$70,000 Pvt Sale 6/21/05
31.
tie
Downlaod.com $68,000 Pvt Sale 3/1/05
31.
tie
Donwload.com $68,000 Pvt Sale 3/1/05
31.
tie
Dawnload.com $68,000 Pvt Sale 3/1/05
34. Lottery.org $66,667 Sedo 3/22/05
35. Travel.tv $65,000 GreatDomains 9/6/05
36. Fights.com $62,000 Pvt Sale 7/12/05
37. Medikamente.de
("drugs" in German)
50,000 = $61,747 Sedo 8/16/05
38. FreeCellPhone.com 50,000 = $61,419 Sedo 6/7/05
39. PhoneFree.com $61,361 SnapNames 9/13/05
40. GolfResorts.com $60,800 Moniker /
DomainSystems
6/14/05
41. Line.com $60,000 KuwaitNET 9/6/05
42.  Trees.com  $58,000 GreatDomains 1/4/05
43. CashFlow.com $56,500 Sedo 4/19/05
44.
tie
Quilting.com $55,000 Pvt Sale 5/31/05
44.
tie
HotDate.com $55,000 Sedo 4/19/05
44.
tie
Free-Games.to $55,000 Sedo 3/1/05
47. VegasRealEstate.com $53,611 SnapNames 8/16/05
48. SuccessForce.com $51,100 Moniker/
DomainSystems
9/6/05
49. CervicalCancer.com $50,750 Moniker/
DomainSystems
2/1/05
50.
tie
BattleRap.com $50,000 Moniker/
DomainSystems
9/6/05
50.
tie
DrumSets.com $50,000 Sedo 6/21/05
50.
tie
Designs.com $50,000 Pvt Sale 4/26/05
50.
tie
MusicShop.com $50,000 GreatDomains 2/22/05
50.
tie
Neighbors.com $50,000 Sedo 2/15/05
50.
tie
Therapy.com $50,000 Sedo 2/15/05
56. League.com $48,000 GreatDomains 3/8/05
57. MyShopping.com $47,000 Pool 5/3/05
58. TiltPoker.com $46,000 Pool 3/29/05
59. BibleCollege.com $45,805 SnapNames 9/6/05
60. WebDesign.co.uk 37,756 = $45,767 Sedo 9/20/05

*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

.Biz twirled back into the spotlight this week, taking the top spot on our New TLD chart with the 1,650 ($1,998) sale of Dance.biz at Sedo. .Biz also took lucky #7 with Cookbooks.biz whipping up 670 ($812), also at Sedo, a venue that racked up five of the eight positions on our new list. 

There were a half-dozen four figure sales this week and .info accounted for four of those to sweep positions two through five. #2 Futebol.info kicked in $1,500 at Afternic while #3 Pattaya.info attracted 1,100 ($1,334) at Sedo. Pattaya is a popular beach resort in Thailand. #4 Manhattan.info continued the romp rolling up $1,300 at Sedo while Fun-Ken Lin of Buy.name bought #5 Artist.info in a private sale for $1,200.

.US entered the fray at #6, also with a four-figure sale. Sunshine.us did the honors, going for $1,000 at Afternic. Here is a look at the complete new extension leader board for the week ending Sept. 18:

 

Domain Name Journal's New TLD Great 8
 
  Reported .info, .biz & .us Domain Sales  Sept. 12, 2005 - Sept. 18, 2005
Euro to Dollar Conversion ( to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. Sept. 20

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. Dance.biz 1,650 = $1,998 Sedo
2. Futebol.info $1,500 Afternic
3. Pattaya.info 1,100 = $1,334 Sedo
4. Manhattan.info $1,300 Sedo
5. Artist.info $1,200 Pvt Sale
6. Sunshine.us $1,000 Afternic
7. Cookbooks.biz 670 = $812 Sedo
8. Albergo.info
("hotel" in Italian)
500 = $606 Sedo

Albergo.info ("hotel" in Italian) anchored this week's list after going for 500 ($606) at Sedo. Fun-Ken Lin also bought a couple in that range, acquiring Bookstore.info ($600) and Troy.info ($515) in private sales. I sold IQF.us for $500 at Sedo and someone cut the cheese at Afternic where Cheddar.us., CheddarCheese.us and Brie.us all went to the same buyer for $350 each.

The entry fee for our New TLD Year-To-Date Top 50 chart currently stands at $2,500 so no new members were inducted this week.  Here are 2005's highest reported new extension sales through Sept. 18:

Domain Name Journal's Year-To-Date New TLD Top 50 Sales
Highest Reported 2005 .info, .biz & .us Domain Sales through Sept. 11 
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. TravelNet.info 5,000 = $6,231 Sedo 9/6/05
11. Safe.biz 4,000 = $5,189 Sedo 1/25/04
12.
tie
Manhattan.biz $5,000 Afternic 8/9/05
12.
tie
AMA.us $5,000 Afternic 4/26/05
12.
tie
Broker.info $5,000 Sedo 5/31/05
15. WhitePages.biz $4,995 Afternic 7/5/05
16. Golfreisen.info
("golf travel" in German)
4,000 = $4,906 Sedo 9/13/05
17. Marketing.biz 3,900 = $4,748 Sedo 6/21/05
18. Adventure.info 2,500 = $4,708 Sedo 5/10/05
19. Pauschalreisen.info
("package tours" in German)
3,500 = $4,507 Sedo 5/10/05
20. MyHouse.biz $4,500 Pvt Sale 6/28/05
21. Physician.info $4,150 Pvt Sale 1/18/05
22. Honolulu.us $4,000 Pvt Sale 7/19/05
23. Degrees.info $3,800 Pvt Sale 8/16/05
24. Piercing.us 3,000 = $3,680 Sedo 9/13/05
25. Pauschalreise.info
("package tour" in German)
2,800 = $3,606 Sedo 5/10/05
26. GEP.info 3,000 = $3,576 Sedo 7/5/05
27. Attest.info 2,700 = $3,559 Sedo 3/1/05
28.
tie
Forum.us $3,500 GreatDomains 3/8/05
28.
tie
New-York.info  $3,500 Sedo 5/10/05
30. Science.info $3,272 Ebay 5/3/05
31. Geschichte.info
("stories" in German)
2,500 = $3,266 Sedo 4/19/05
32. Nostrum.info 2,500 = $3,261 Sedo 2/1/05
33. Musicals.us 2,550 = $3,255 Sedo 2/8/05
34. Tunis.info $3,250 Sedo 6/21/05
35. Altabadia.info
(Italian resort area)
2,300 = $3,069 Sedo 3/8/05
36. Lyrics.info $3,000 Sedo 2/22/05
37. Ultraschall.info
("ultrasound" in German)
2,250 = $2,996 Sedo 3/15/05
38. Dividends.us 2,277 = $2,943 Sedo 3/29/05
39. Eintrittskarten.biz
("entry tickets" in German)
2,200 = $2,865 Sedo 2/15/05
40.
tie
Start.biz $2,750 Sedo 7/19/05
40.
tie
Scholarships.info $2,750 Sedo 7/5/05
40.
tie
Calories.info $2,750 Sedo 3/8/05
43. WireFly.biz $2,735 Afternic 7/12/05
44.
tie
LondonEscorts.biz 2,000 = $2,655 Sedo 1/4/05
44.
tie
MusicalTheater.info  2,000 = $2,655 Sedo 1/4/05
46. Snowboard.info 2,000 = $2,640 Sedo 3/22/05
47. Diving.info $2,630 Dot.us 3/29/05
48. Twisters.us $2,625 Pvt Sale 7/26/05
49. Sense.info 2,000 = $2,573 Sedo 4/5/05
50.
tie
Lima.info $2,500 Sedo 9/13/05
50.
tie
TheCasino.info $2,500 Sedo 7/19/05
50.
tie
Oregon.info $2,500 Ebay 1/25/05
50.
tie
Farming.info $2,500 Sedo 2/1/05

*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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