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Classified Information: French .Com Sells For Over $65,000 To Top This Week's Domain Sales Chart

by Ron Jackson
  

A string of 6 straight weeks with at least one six-figure sale reported was broken this week, but the domain market doesn't need your sympathy. Action remained brisk over the past seven days and in addition to solid numbers we saw more evidence that high end buying is spilling over from the traditional .com barrel to adjacent extensions. A French term in .com heads our new Top Ten, but the Big Board also includes a .net and three country codes, including .US which is suddenly flexing a lot of muscle.  


This week's headliner is Annonces.com ("classifieds" in French), a domain that Virtual Network SA paid 55,000 ($65,554) to acquire at Sedo.com.  Virtual Network CEO Stephane Pictet told us the company has spent $1.2 million over the past five years to build a stable of French generic terms in .com. Pictet said, "today we own 400 generic domain names, among them Jeux.com ("game" in French), Assurances.com ("insurances"), Humour.com ("humor"), Musique.com ("music"), Tourisme.com ("tourism"), Mariage.com ("wedding") and Gastronimie.com ("gastronomy"). 

Virtual Network's latest shopping excursion at Sedo helped that venue rack up four Top Ten entries, including all three of the ccTLD's I mentioned above. Those included #5 Restaurants.de (German country code) at 20,000 ($23,837), #6 Foods.us at $20,000 (American country code) and #10 Car.at (Austrian country code) at 9,000 ($10,726). That Foods.us sale is the second highest new extension transaction reported this year and it comes right on the heels of last week's sale of Business.us which, though the exact price was not disclosed, we have reason to believe was well over $50,000. .US now has five of the year's nine highest New TLD sales, giving the American domain more sales at the top end of that segment than .info and .biz combined (.info has three and .biz one). We'll have more on the Foods.us sale in the new extension section later in this report.

Though the market is broadening, .com's dominance will not be ending any time soon. The reigning heavyweight champ swept the first four spots on the leader board with #2 YO.com hailing $60,000, #3 Rod.com reeling in $30,250 and #4 ContactCenter.com commanding $27,000. DigiPawn.com let YO.com go in a private sale. Rod.com changed hands in an auction at SnapNames.com and iWebmasters.com LLC bought ContactCenter.com through Moniker.com/DomainSystems.com

.Net got into the action at Afternic.com where SY.net found a new home after going for $15,000. Let's take a look at the complete leader board for the week ending Oct. 2, then we'll continue our rundown of another big week in the domain business:

Domain Name Journal's Top 10 
Reported Domain Sales - Mon. Sept. 26, 2005 - Sun. Oct. 2, 2005
Euro to Dollar Conversion ( to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. Oct. 4

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. Annonces.com
("Classifieds" in French)
55,000 = $65,554 Sedo
2. YO.com $60,000 DigiPawn
3. Rod.com $30,250 SnapNames
4. ContactCenter.com $27,000 Moniker /
DomainSystems
5.  Restaurants.de  20,000 = $23,837 Sedo
6. Foods.us $20,000 Sedo
7. Creature.com $16,000 Pvt Sale
8. SY.net $15,000 Afternic
9. BarcodeScanners.com $13,861 SnapNames
10. Car.at 9,000 = $10,726 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.

#7 Creature.com scared up $16,000 in a private sale and SnapNames added a second Top Ten trophy with #9 BarcodeScanners.com ringing up $13,861. Another five-figure domain fell just short of the Big Board. That was SEI.com which went for a very reasonable $10,000 at Sedo (in fact, in view of the current strength in the 3-letter .com market, this exceptionally strong letter combination looks like one of the best values in that category this year). 

Sedo's other winners included Ahmadinejad.com at 7,000 ($8,342), the hyphenated Curriculum-Vitae.com at 5,490 ($6,543) and WebmasterProgramm.de at 4,500 ($5,363). Sedo also had the week's best .org, MegaCable.org at $5,000. Their roster was rounded out with e-Booking.com at $4,767 and a pair at $4,000 each; LevelNet.com and eLocal.com.

SnapNames enjoyed a banner week as well with HouseSeekers.com bringing home $8,600, Workaholics.com burning $7,088 worth of midnight oil and NorthCarolinaRealty.com rolling up $6,600. ColonialHomes.com welcomed $5,766, HouseSeeker.com found $5,600 and ZipRealEstate.com zapped $5,501. TeenBible.com and Clickthrough.com attracted $5,400 each while CanisterVacuum.com swept up $5,200. Warburg.com wound up at $5,113, WebStyles.com went for $4,600 and CanadaGuide.com landed $4,555. Just a step behind were Stylesheet.com ($4,500), TravelerInformation.com ($4,301) and Vroom.net ($4,250)

SnapNames had so many sales between 2-4K the best way to view those would be in this table:

Additional SnapNames Sales from $2,000-$4,000

AudioBooks.net $3,900 SAC.net $2,649 -
Sigurd.com $3,600 TopSitez.org $2,500
SEOSpecialist.com $3,311 GliderPlanes.com $2,399
HipHopModels.com $3,277 NeanderthalMan.com $2,350
GourmetFoodBaskets.com $3,199 Coterie.com $2,066
Perils.com $3,100 FountainPumps.com $2,050
Linton.com $3,100 CookieDesign.com $2,050
PrivateEscorts.com $3,000 CelebritiesUncensored.com $2,050
Ecostar.com $3,000 700Galleries.com $2,050
FloridaGetaways.com $2,801 Firestarters.com $2,000
iGuard.com $2,739 Expess.com (typo) $2,000
CasinoDeluxe.com $2,668 CustomMachining.com $2,000

SnapNames also had a couple of other nice one-word .nets worth noting; Treasures.net at $1,861 and Employee.net at $1,810.

At Pool.com a buyer paid $7,522 to get into ParkingGarage.com. Musie.com made $4,100 and CyberCafe.net gathered $3,706. NYCOfficeSpace.com went for $2,175 while NewYorkLotteries.com and CaliforniaLotteries.com cashed out at $1,550 each. 

Back at Afternic, Takaoka.com tacked on $7,222, RentalSystems.com racked up $3,000 and CommerceGate.com closed at $2,450. SecurityCity.com locked up $2,288, ComputerLoad.com handled $2,250 and Brabo.com brought $2,250. ZRat.com chewed up $2,001 and two others; QualityPC.com and GuideToHealth.com banked $2,000 each. Afternic also found buyers for a pair of unlisted domains owned by SearchDomainsForSale.com. PoliceBlog.com booked $2,600 and SmartphoneCentral.com called in $1,500

At Enom's Club Drop, SalesRecruiting.com and Canciones.net ("songs" in Spanish) each sold for $2,600. SeniorPics.com snapped $2,300 and another pair; VOIPTelcom.com and Paranormal.net went for $1,600 each. In a 3-letter .com sale at Ebay, ULY.com traded for $1,699

****

Our Year To Date Top 60 chart gets two new members this week with Annonces.com and YO.com each coming on board. They pushed two others off the list and raised the entry level to $48,000. We have now completed three quarters in 2005. We will put together a complete list of all sales of $10,000 or more through Sept. 30 and post a link to that list at the end of this chart next week. Here is a look at your YTD leader board through Oct. 2: 

Domain Name Journal's Year-To-Date Top Sales 
Highest Reported 2005 Domain Sales through Sun. Oct. 2  
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. VIP.com $600,000 (+ 400K in stock now & 400K in additional stock in 1 year) Pvt Sale 9/27/05
5. Chat.de  360,000 = $470,848 Sedo 1/18/05
6. WhatIsMyIP.com $386,100 Ebay 7/26/05**
7. ShoppingCart.com $285,000 Moniker / DomainSystems 8/9/05
8. Uruguay.com $175,000 Sedo 7/12/05
9. Porker.com $155,000 Sedo 5/31/05
10.
tie
News.net $150,000 Sedo 9/13/05
10.
tie
Vuelos.com
("flights" in Spanish")
$150,000 Pvt Sale 8/16/05
10.
tie
Paraguay.com $150,000 Pvt Sale 6/21/05
10.
tie
CheapGas.com $150,000 Pvt Sale 6/21/05
10.
tie
GED.com $150,000 Sedo 1/18/05
10.
tie
GospelMusic.com $150,000 GreatDomains 3/22/05
16. Photographer.com $133,000 Pvt Sale 8/23/05
17. Dominio.com
("domain" in Spanish)
$120,000 Pvt Sale 9/6/05
18. Voyuer.com $112,100 SnapNames 2/1/05
19. PartnerCash.com $110,000 Sedo 7/19/05
20. Innovations.com $108,000 Pool 5/24/05
21.
tie
Lofts.com $100,000 Pvt Sale 9/20/05
21.
tie
EQ.com $100,000 Afternic 9/6/05
21.
tie
Mueller.com $100,000 Sedo 9/6/05
21.
tie
Lunch.com $100,000 Pvt Sale 7/26/05
25. OLT.com $93,000 Sedo 5/3/05
26. NetPoker.com $80,000 Pvt Sale 6/7/05
27.
tie
Hanover.com $75,000 Sedo 9/6/05
27.
tie
GLU.com $75,000 Sedo 5/31/05
27.
tie
PetSupplies.com $75,000 Afternic 4/5/05
30. Car.de 58,000 = $72,296 Sedo 9/6/05
31. Empleo.com
("jobs" in Spanish)
$70,000 Pvt Sale 6/21/05
32.
tie
Downlaod.com $68,000 Pvt Sale 3/1/05
32.
tie
Donwload.com $68,000 Pvt Sale 3/1/05
32.
tie
Dawnload.com $68,000 Pvt Sale 3/1/05
35. Lottery.org $66,667 Sedo 3/22/05
36. Annonces.com
("Classifieds in French)
55,000 = $65,554 Sedo 10/4/05
37. Travel.tv $65,000 GreatDomains 9/6/05
38. Fights.com $62,000 Pvt Sale 7/12/05
39. Medikamente.de
("drugs" in German)
50,000 = $61,747 Sedo 8/16/05
40. FreeCellPhone.com 50,000 = $61,419 Sedo 6/7/05
41. PhoneFree.com $61,361 SnapNames 9/13/05
42. GolfResorts.com $60,800 Moniker /
DomainSystems
6/14/05
43. YO.com $60,000 Pvt Sale 10/4/05
44.
tie
eBaby.com $60,000 Sedo 9/27/05
44.
tie
Line.com $60,000 KuwaitNET 9/6/05
46.  Trees.com  $58,000 GreatDomains 1/4/05
47. CashFlow.com $56,500 Sedo 4/19/05
48.
tie
Quilting.com $55,000 Pvt Sale 5/31/05
48.
tie
HotDate.com $55,000 Sedo 4/19/05
48.
tie
Free-Games.to $55,000 Sedo 3/1/05
51. VegasRealEstate.com $53,611 SnapNames 8/16/05
52. SuccessForce.com $51,100 Moniker/
DomainSystems
9/6/05
53. CervicalCancer.com $50,750 Moniker/
DomainSystems
2/1/05
54.
tie
BattleRap.com $50,000 Moniker/
DomainSystems
9/6/05
54.
tie
DrumSets.com $50,000 Sedo 6/21/05
54.
tie
Designs.com $50,000 Pvt Sale 4/26/05
54.
tie
MusicShop.com $50,000 GreatDomains 2/22/05
54.
tie
Neighbors.com $50,000 Sedo 2/15/05
54.
tie
Therapy.com $50,000 Sedo 2/15/05
60. League.com $48,000 GreatDomains 3/8/05

*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, a blockbuster .US sale headlines the New TLD news. As we told you earlier, Foods.us changed hands for $20,000 at Sedo, making it the 2nd biggest new extension sale reported this year. The biggest was also a .US, VOIP.us, which sold for $25,000 in May...and then there was the undisclosed sale of Business.us last week, believed to be over $50,000. Foods.us was bought by Natural Foods Inc., a company based in Toledo, Ohio. The seller was Chris Zouzas who holds one of the better .US portfolios in the world and has long predicted the kind of prices we are starting to see.

The American country code claimed half of the top six spots on our latest New TLD sales chart, with all of those hitting at least four figures. #3 EasyCar.us  (bought by a British company apparently looking  to expand its brand to the States) went for 2,050 ($2,443) at Sedo and I sold #6 Nuts.us for $1,650, also at Sedo. 

.Info rang up two four-figure sales this week. #2 ChurchOfChrist.info went for $3,750 in a private transaction and #5 Monkey.info cried uncle after hitting $1,653 at SnapNames where .info bidding has gotten very competitive the past couple of weeks. .Biz also got into the act with #4 Glamour.biz attracting 1,500 ($1,788) at Sedo. Here is a look at the complete New TLD leader board for the week ending Oct. 2:

 

Domain Name Journal's New TLD Great 8
 
  Reported .info, .biz & .us Domain Sales  Sept. 26, 2005 - Oct. 2, 2005
Euro to Dollar Conversion ( to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. Oct. 4

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. Foods.us $20,000 Sedo
2. ChurchOfChrist.info $3,750 Pvt Sale
3. EasyCar.us 2,050 = $2,443 Sedo
4. Glamour.biz 1,500 = $1,788 Sedo
5. Monkey.info $1,653 SnapNames
6. Nuts.us $1,650 Sedo
7. TTO.info $950 Pvt Sale
8. Wife.info $905 SnapNames

A pair of .infos anchored this week's chart. I sent TTO.info to a company in Denmark for $950 and a bidder at SnapNames spent $905 to take home a new Wife.info. In other new TLD sales, ECD.us went for $600 at Afternic and Two.info collected $525 at SnapNames. 

Our New TLD Year-To-Date chart gets two new members this week with Foods.us settling into penthouse suite #2 and ChurchOfChrist.info welcoming worshippers at #25. While .US has been coming on strong and has an headlock on the upper reaches of our YTD list, .info still holds the most chart positions by a comfortable margin. The 4-letter extension (which had gained a solid following in Europe) has 28 of the Top 50 entries while .US and .biz have had to settle for 11 each.  Here are 2005's highest reported new TLD sales through Oct. 2:

Domain Name Journal's Year-To-Date Top 50 New TLD Sales
Highest Reported 2005 .info, .biz & .us Domain Sales through Oct. 2 
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. Foods.us $20,000 Sedo 10/4/05
3. Best.info 12,000 = $20,880 Sedo 7/19/05
4. Industry.us $17,000 Pvt Sale 3/15/05
5. Musical.info 10,440 = $13,936 Sedo 3/8/05
6. CellPhones.us    $12,250 Moniker/
DomainsSystems
1/4/05
7. Auto.biz 6,000 = $7,966 Sedo 1/4/05
8. Maschinenbau.info
("building engines" in German)
5,950 = $7,772 Sedo 4/19/05
9. Connect.us $7,500 Sedo 4/5/05
10. BES.biz 5,500 = $7,139 Sedo 4/26/05
11. TravelNet.info 5,000 = $6,231 Sedo 9/6/05
12. Safe.biz 4,000 = $5,189 Sedo 1/25/04
13.
tie
Manhattan.biz $5,000 Afternic 8/9/05
13.
tie
AMA.us $5,000 Afternic 4/26/05
13.
tie
Broker.info $5,000 Sedo 5/31/05
16. WhitePages.biz $4,995 Afternic 7/5/05
17. Golfreisen.info
("golf travel" in German)
4,000 = $4,906 Sedo 9/13/05
18. Marketing.biz 3,900 = $4,748 Sedo 6/21/05
19. Adventure.info 2,500 = $4,708 Sedo 5/10/05
20. Pauschalreisen.info
("package tours" in German)
3,500 = $4,507 Sedo 5/10/05
21. MyHouse.biz $4,500 Pvt Sale 6/28/05
22. Physician.info $4,150 Pvt Sale 1/18/05
23. Honolulu.us $4,000 Pvt Sale 7/19/05
24. Degrees.info $3,800 Pvt Sale 8/16/05
25. ChurchOfChrist.info $3,750 Pvt Sale 10/4/05
26. Piercing.us 3,000 = $3,680 Sedo 9/13/05
27. Pauschalreise.info
("package tour" in German)
2,800 = $3,606 Sedo 5/10/05
28. GEP.info 3,000 = $3,576 Sedo 7/5/05
29. Attest.info 2,700 = $3,559 Sedo 3/1/05
30.
tie
Forum.us $3,500 GreatDomains 3/8/05
30.
tie
New-York.info  $3,500 Sedo 5/10/05
32. Science.info $3,272 Ebay 5/3/05
33. Geschichte.info
("stories" in German)
2,500 = $3,266 Sedo 4/19/05
34. Nostrum.info 2,500 = $3,261 Sedo 2/1/05
35. Musicals.us 2,550 = $3,255 Sedo 2/8/05
36. Tunis.info $3,250 Sedo 6/21/05
37. Cryptography.info $3,100 SnapNames 9/27/05
38. Altabadia.info
(Italian resort area)
2,300 = $3,069 Sedo 3/8/05
39. Lyrics.info $3,000 Sedo 2/22/05
40. Ultraschall.info
("ultrasound" in German)
2,250 = $2,996 Sedo 3/15/05
41. Dividends.us 2,277 = $2,943 Sedo 3/29/05
42. Eintrittskarten.biz
("entry tickets" in German)
2,200 = $2,865 Sedo 2/15/05
43.
tie
Start.biz $2,750 Sedo 7/19/05
43.
tie
Scholarships.info $2,750 Sedo 7/5/05
43.
tie
Calories.info $2,750 Sedo 3/8/05
46. WireFly.biz $2,735 Afternic 7/12/05
47.
tie
LondonEscorts.biz 2,000 = $2,655 Sedo 1/4/05
47.
tie
MusicalTheater.info  2,000 = $2,655 Sedo 1/4/05
49. Snowboard.info 2,000 = $2,640 Sedo 3/22/05
50. Diving.info $2,630 Dot.us 3/29/05

*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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