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Big Sales Keep The Market Hopping As Domain Business Heads Down the Home Stretch for 2005

by Ron Jackson
  

Two months to go in 2005 and the domain business continues to look good as we head down the home stretch. Several of the names sold during a live auction at the recently concluded T.R.A.F.F.I.C. East conference in Florida completed escrow this week, including a big $125,000 package that included Bachelor.com, Bachelor.net and Bachelor.org. The buyer, Internet REIT, still has Consulting.com in escrow, a domain they also purchased at the T.R.A.F.F.I.C. auction for $180,000. Moniker.com conducted the auction and is handling escrow for the domains that were sold.


Bachelor.com and its .net and .org siblings created a bit of a quandary for us in terms of charting the sale. We normally only list domains individually. If a sale involves more than one domain and there is no line item breakdown of the prices paid for each (as was the case with the Bachelor set) we usually divide the purchase price by the number of domains and assign an equal value to each domain, assuming they appear to be of roughly equal value. In this case with the .com clearly far more valuable than the .net and .org it would make no sense to do that, so we are making an exception and listing the package, a road we will rarely go down. 

One of the problems is whether it is fair for a package to chart higher than an individual domain that might have topped the highest valued domain in the package. For example this week, Sedo.com had a very strong $85,000 sale of 123World.com which ranks #2 behind the Bachelor.com set.  We think it is fair to assume that Bachelor.com represented at least $100,000 of the value in its package, so there is probably no injustice in this instance, but you can see why we do not want to muddy the waters by including package deals on our charts unless the circumstances are extraordinary (as they are here where it involves a six-figure sale).

Matters are much more clear cut with the rest of our new Top Ten. The Moniker.com/T.R.A.F.F.I.C. East partnership produced four entries on the Big Board (with more to come next week as additional transactions close). Another of their winners was #3 SoapOperas.com, a very nice buy at $55,000. Sedo continued to trade punches in the heavyweight division with #4 PriceDrive.com going for $30,000. Afternic.com completed the top half of the chart with #5 Stardust.com sprinkling $25,555 on their ledger.

SnapNames.com joined Sedo and Moniker among the venues with multiple sales on the leader board. SnapNames did it with back to back entries featuring #7 MyPremiereCreditCard.com at $20,000 and #8 LasVegasCoupons.com at $13,600. Let's take a look at the complete chart for the week ending October 30, then we'll run down dozens of additional key sales for you and tell you about a .info resurgence in our New TLD section.

Domain Name Journal's Top 10 
Reported Domain Sales - Mon. Oct. 24, 2005 - Sun. Oct. 30, 2005
Euro to Dollar Conversion ( to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. Nov. 1

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. Bachelor.com
(*sale included Bachelor.net and Bachelor.org)
$125,000* Moniker / T.R.A.F.F.I.C. East
2. 123World.com $85,000 Sedo
3. SoapOperas.com $55,000 Moniker / T.R.A.F.F.I.C. East
4. PriceDrive.com $30,000 Sedo
5.  Stardust.com  $25,555 Afternic
6. DigitalImaging.com $25,000 Varchar.com
7. MyPremiereCreditCard.com $20,000 SnapNames
8. LasVegasCoupons.com $13,600 SnapNames
9. LMT.com $11,000 Moniker / T.R.A.F.F.I.C. East
10. CharterTrips.com $10,500 Moniker / T.R.A.F.F.I.C. East

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.

This week's list was rounded out with the $25,000 sale of #6 DigitalImaging.com at VarChar.com and two more sales from the Moniker/T.R.A.F.F.I.C. auction that anchored the board; #9 LMT.com at $11,000 and #10 CharterTrips.com at $10,500. By the way, Moniker CEO Monte Cahn tells me they are wrapping up a huge deal for Medicine.org at $80,000! We'll have the details on that for you as soon as it is finalized.

SnapNames has another five-figure sale just off the chart, Tippit.com at an even $10,000. As usual, the SnapNames roster was studded with .com, .net and .org stars. GrowthChart.com topped out at $8,688, NinePlanets.com settled into an $8,600 orbit and Trabajo.net ("work" in Spanish) clocked out with $8,220. CNS.org brought $5,988 and Rob Sequin paid $5,560 for VisitHavana.com, a domain he will use to promote his HavanaJournal.com

Also at SnapNames, CommodityMarkets.com commanded $5,500, Texla.com landed $5,100 and PetDrug.com drew $4,870. CellBattery.com drained $4,450, CanadaWeb.com connected for $4,400 and DeepThroat.net uncovered another $4,211. Another 20 domains fell in the $2,000-$4,000 range. You can check those out in this chart:

Additional SnapNames Sales from $2,000-$4,000
MyGallery.com $3,950 HiredGuns.com $2,550
OpenYourEyes.com $3,600 Hairpin.com $2,538
Fertilidad.com $3,433 Wanu.com $2,257
LACars.com $3,300 Pamelas.com $2,255
CasinoCasino.com $2,850 FreeComputerSoftware.com $2,238
CentralCalifornia.com $2,838 HudsonFurniture.com $2,150
MyBackground.com $2,750 OpenMarkets.com $2,106
Custodia.com $2,650 ProPoker.net $2,051
Maxus.com $2,600 PartySmart.com $2,050
TShirtPrinter.com $2,555 INCI.com $2,012

Afternic enjoyed a very busy week as well. DirectEdge.com carved out $8,000, 4DK.com delivered $5,500 and StrangeNews.com reported $3,499. AlNahar.com added $2,900, SwiftRecovery.com found a $2,500 cure and Suez.org gathered $2,400. MDFinancial.com and Sites2Go.com went with $2,288 each and Hydroponic.net grew to $2,095. Afternic also had a quartet at $2,000 each; LosAngelesWedding.com, Italcar.com, Go411.com and Congratulate.com. In more esoteric extensions, Executive.pro secured $588 and Florist.cc sent a $400 bouquet.

Sedo sold the highest .com.cn we've seen to date with Yisou.com.cn climbing to $7,105. Their other country code winners included WVM.de at 5,000 ($6,010) and CarJet.de at 4,000 ($4,808). Curriculum-Vitae.com booked 5,490 ($6,599) and GamesPlanet.com scored $4,999. On the less traveled roads, National-Lottery.uk.com (a CentralNic sub-domain) cashed a $300 ticket and Madrid.ws wound up at $290.

At DotcomAgency.com EstrogenCream.com rubbed out $5,000, EquipHotel.com welcomed $4,800 and PlanTrack.com plucked $4,000. BestGraduates.com earned $3,595 and CollectorsClassifieds.com called in $2,500

Those four Moniker/T.R.A.F.F.I.C. auction domains in our Top Ten weren't the only ones that closed this week. CreditHistoryCheck.com found $6,500 and OfficeWork.com tallied $4,500. At Enom's Club Drop, Domaina.com sold for $3,400, DaddysGirls.com attracted $2,400, Feeling.net fetched $1,700 and CorrectGrammar.com coaxed $1,600. At Pool.com, JuiceClub.com squeezed out $2,250, Literotcia.com (typo) tacked on $2,050 and Occupation.net worked up $1,850.

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Our Year To Date Top 60 club gets three new members this week. Bachelor.com (and his .net and .org roommates) gets a new pad in the upper third of the chart, with 123World.com and SoapOperas.com also taking up residence. Here is a look at the 2005 YTD leader board through Oct. 30: 

Domain Name Journal's Year-To-Date Top Sales 
Highest Reported 2005 Domain Sales through Sun. Oct. 30  
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.
tie
King.com $155,000 Sedo 10/11/05
9.
tie
Porker.com $155,000 Sedo 5/31/05
11.
tie
News.net $150,000 Sedo 9/13/05
11.
tie
Vuelos.com
("flights" in Spanish")
$150,000 Pvt Sale 8/16/05
11.
tie
Paraguay.com $150,000 Pvt Sale 6/21/05
11.
tie
CheapGas.com $150,000 Pvt Sale 6/21/05
11.
tie
GED.com $150,000 Sedo 1/18/05
11.
tie
GospelMusic.com $150,000 GreatDomains 3/22/05
17. Photographer.com $133,000 Pvt Sale 8/23/05
18. Bachelor.com
*(sale included Bachelor.net and Bachelor.org)
$125,000* Moniker / T.R.A.F.F.I.C. East 11/1/05
19. Dominio.com
("domain" in Spanish)
$120,000 Pvt Sale 9/6/05
20. Voyuer.com $112,100 SnapNames 2/1/05
21. PartnerCash.com $110,000 Sedo 7/19/05
22. Innovations.com $108,000 Pool 5/24/05
23.
tie
Lofts.com $100,000 Pvt Sale 9/20/05
23.
tie
EQ.com $100,000 Afternic 9/6/05
23.
tie
Mueller.com $100,000 Sedo 9/6/05
23.
tie
Lunch.com $100,000 Pvt Sale 7/26/05
27. OLT.com $93,000 Sedo 5/3/05
28. 123World.com $85,000 Sedo 11/1/05
29. NetPoker.com $80,000 Pvt Sale 6/7/05
30.
tie
Hanover.com $75,000 Sedo 9/6/05
30.
tie
GLU.com $75,000 Sedo 5/31/05
30.
tie
PetSupplies.com $75,000 Afternic 4/5/05
33. Car.de 58,000 = $72,296 Sedo 9/6/05
34. Empleo.com
("jobs" in Spanish)
$70,000 Pvt Sale 6/21/05
35.
tie
Downlaod.com $68,000 Pvt Sale 3/1/05
35.
tie
Donwload.com $68,000 Pvt Sale 3/1/05
35.
tie
Dawnload.com $68,000 Pvt Sale 3/1/05
38. Lottery.org $66,667 Sedo 3/22/05
39. VideosGratis.com $66,204 NameDrive 10/18/05
40. Annonces.com
("Classifieds in French)
55,000 = $65,554 Sedo 10/4/05
41. Travel.tv $65,000 GreatDomains 9/6/05
42. Fights.com $62,000 Pvt Sale 7/12/05
43. Medikamente.de
("drugs" in German)
50,000 = $61,747 Sedo 8/16/05
44. FreeCellPhone.com 50,000 = $61,419 Sedo 6/7/05
45. PhoneFree.com $61,361 SnapNames 9/13/05
46. GolfResorts.com $60,800 Moniker /
DomainSystems
6/14/05
47. YO.com $60,000 Pvt Sale 10/4/05
48.
tie
eBaby.com $60,000 Sedo 9/27/05
48.
tie
Line.com $60,000 KuwaitNET 9/6/05
50.  Trees.com  $58,000 GreatDomains 1/4/05
51. CashFlow.com $56,500 Sedo 4/19/05
52.
tie
SoapOperas.com $55,000 Moniker / T.R.A.F.F.I.C. East 11/1/05
52.
tie
Quilting.com $55,000 Pvt Sale 5/31/05
52.
tie
HotDate.com $55,000 Sedo 4/19/05
52.
tie
Free-Games.to $55,000 Sedo 3/1/05
56. VegasRealEstate.com $53,611 SnapNames 8/16/05
57. SuccessForce.com $51,100 Moniker/
DomainSystems
9/6/05
58. CervicalCancer.com $50,750 Moniker/
DomainSystems
2/1/05
59. ByOwnerMLS.com $50,620 Moniker/
DomainSystems
10/18/05
60.
tie
BattleRap.com $50,000 Moniker/
DomainSystems
9/6/05
60.
tie
DrumSets.com $50,000 Sedo 6/21/05
60.
tie
Designs.com $50,000 Pvt Sale 4/26/05
60.
tie
MusicShop.com $50,000 GreatDomains 2/22/05
60.
tie
Neighbors.com $50,000 Sedo 2/15/05
60.
tie
Therapy.com $50,000 Sedo 2/15/05

*Date column (month/day/year) shows date 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 $10,000 or more
2005 (First 3 Quarters) - Every sale of $10,000 or more

New TLD Section

After turning the heat up on the .US name space for the past few weeks, the Ohio food company that has been pouring money into the American ccTLD went underground, opening the door for .info to regain control of our new extension chart. The food company is still out there making new purchases but has decided to keep their deals as quiet as possible in an effort to relieve some of the upward pressure on prices. Their own buying binge is making it more expensive for them to acquire the missing pieces for their food industry model.

.Info took advantage of the opening to sweep six of the eight positions on our New TLD chart, including the top spot with Dad.info, a domain that went for $5,556 at Sedo. Afternic, a venue that placed three domains on our new list, nailed down the runner-up slot with Suez.info at $3,500 (note that was a considerably higher price than the $2,400 Suez.org went for this week).

.Biz and .US also had four-figure sales. #3 FreshFlowers.biz went for $1,300 at Afternic and Removals.us sold for 895 ($1,076) at Sedo. .Info ran the board on the second half of the chart with #5 NutritionGuide.info leading that run after going for $995 at TheNameStore.com. Afternic's third chart entry, #7 NewsGroup.info, was also in that pack after selling for $750. Here is a look at the complete New TLD leader board for the week ending Oct. 30:

 

Domain Name Journal's New TLD Great 8
 
  Reported .info, .biz & .us Domain Sales  Oct. 24, 2005 - Oct. 30, 2005
Euro to Dollar Conversion ( to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. Nov. 1

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. Dad.info $5,556 Sedo
2. Suez.info $3,500 Afternic
3. FreshFlowers.biz  $1,300 Afternic
4. Removals.us 895 = $1,076 Sedo
5. NutritionGuide.info $995 TheNameStore
6. ADC.info $820 TDNAM
7. NewsGroup.info  $750 Afternic
8. UCF.info $695 Pvt Sale

This week's chart was rounded out with a pair of 3-letter .infos. ADC.info brought $820 in an auction at GoDaddy's Domain Name Aftermarket and I sold UCF.info for $695 in a private transaction. In another sale just off the chart, OnlineFlowers.biz brought $500 at Afternic. 

Our New TLD Year-To-Date Top 50 chart gets two new members this week and the entry level rises to just under $3,000. Dad.info takes the sweet 16 position and Suez.info settles into a tie for #37. Here are 2005's highest reported new extension sales through Oct. 30:

Domain Name Journal's Year-To-Date Top 50 New TLD Sales
Highest Reported 2005 .info, .biz & .us Domain Sales through Oct. 30 
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. Foods.us $20,000 Sedo 10/4/05
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. GourmetFoods.us $10,750 Sedo 10/11/05
8.
tie
OrganicFoods.us $10,000 Sedo 10/11/05
8.
tie
WholeFoods.us $10,000 Sedo 10/18/05
10. Auto.biz 6,000 = $7,966 Sedo 1/4/05
11. Maschinenbau.info
("building engines" in German)
5,950 = $7,772 Sedo 4/19/05
12. Connect.us $7,500 Sedo 4/5/05
13. BES.biz 5,500 = $7,139 Sedo 4/26/05
14. Wetten.info
("bet" in German)
5,750 = $6,895 Pvt Sale 10/11/05
15. TravelNet.info 5,000 = $6,231 Sedo 9/6/05
16. Dad.info $5,556 Sedo 11/1/05
17. Safe.biz 4,000 = $5,189 Sedo 1/25/04
18.
tie
Manhattan.biz $5,000 Afternic 8/9/05
18.
tie
AMA.us $5,000 Afternic 4/26/05
18.
tie
Broker.info $5,000 Sedo 5/31/05
21. WhitePages.biz $4,995 Afternic 7/5/05
22. Golfreisen.info
("golf travel" in German)
4,000 = $4,906 Sedo 9/13/05
23. Marketing.biz 3,900 = $4,748 Sedo 6/21/05
24. Adventure.info 2,500 = $4,708 Sedo 5/10/05
25. Pauschalreisen.info
("package tours" in German)
3,500 = $4,507 Sedo 5/10/05
26.
tie
GourmetFood.us $4,500 Pvt Sale 10/25/05
26.
tie
OrganicFood.us $4,500 Pvt Sale 10/25/05
26.
tie
MyHouse.biz $4,500 Pvt Sale 6/28/05
29. Physician.info $4,150 Pvt Sale 1/18/05
30. Honolulu.us $4,000 Pvt Sale 7/19/05
31. Degrees.info $3,800 Pvt Sale 8/16/05
32. ChurchOfChrist.info $3,750 Pvt Sale 10/4/05
33. Piercing.us 3,000 = $3,680 Sedo 9/13/05
34. Pauschalreise.info
("package tour" in German)
2,800 = $3,606 Sedo 5/10/05
35. GEP.info 3,000 = $3,576 Sedo 7/5/05
36. Attest.info 2,700 = $3,559 Sedo 3/1/05
37.
tie
Suez.info $3,500 Afternic 11/1/05
37.
tie
Forum.us $3,500 GreatDomains 3/8/05
37.
tie
New-York.info  $3,500 Sedo 5/10/05
40. Science.info $3,272 Ebay 5/3/05
41. Geschichte.info
("stories" in German)
2,500 = $3,266 Sedo 4/19/05
42. Nostrum.info 2,500 = $3,261 Sedo 2/1/05
43. Musicals.us 2,550 = $3,255 Sedo 2/8/05
44. Tunis.info $3,250 Sedo 6/21/05
45. Cryptography.info $3,100 SnapNames 9/27/05
46. Altabadia.info
(Italian resort area)
2,300 = $3,069 Sedo 3/8/05
47. NaturalFoods.us 2,500 = $3,002 Pvt Sale 10/18/05
48. Lyrics.info $3,000 Sedo 2/22/05
49. Ultraschall.info
("ultrasound" in German)
2,250 = $2,996 Sedo 3/15/05
50. Dividends.us 2,277 = $2,943 Sedo 3/29/05

*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 3 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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