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$706,850 Sale of Refinance.com at Moniker Caps MONSTER Domain Sales Week

by Ron Jackson
  

Halloween was last week but the real monsters appeared this week devouring high dollar domain names at an astonishing rate! We saw one of the three biggest reported sales of the year in Refinance.com at $706,850, two more six-figure sales, 17 of at least five figures, the largest .org sale ever reported to us and still another great Spanish .com keyword gobbled up by Paraguay's Chris Chena. Whew!


While the overall market was smoking, so were a couple of popular sales venues. Moniker.com/DomainSystems.com in particular enjoyed a week for the ages, having a hand in five of the first six sales on our new Top Ten chart including all three of the six-figure deals! 

Sedo.com followed up by taking just about everything else that wasn't nailed down, claiming four slots on the Big Board plus a quartet of five-figure sales that finished just off the chart. Sedo CEO Matthew Bentley also told us his company had two other sales totaling over $200,000 that could not be released due to non-disclosure agreements.

Among all sales reported so far in 2005, this week's #1 Refinance.com ranks behind only Property.com and Website.com (sold for $750,000 each)...and hold onto your hats, we expect the year's first 7-figure sale to be released soon, perhaps as early as next week. In addition to handling the escrow arrangements for Refinance.com, Moniker.com staged the T.R.A.F.F.I.C. East auction where #2 Consulting.com sold for $181,000. The buyers, iREIT.com, took control of the domain this week, adding to their star-studded roster of elite names.

Moniker/Domain Systems also produced #3 Erickson.com at $101,200 and Medicine.org which tied for 4th at $80,000. Medicine.org becomes the highest publicly reported .org sale since we started tracking the market in October 2003, eclipsing previous leader Lottery.org ($66,667). Medicine.org goes to Eric Shannon's LatPro.com with Markus Schnermann of KeywordDomains.com on the selling end of the transaction. As just one more example of how fast the market is progressing, Schnermann had acquired Medicine.org just one year ago in a Pool.com auction for $10,503.

Publicidad.com ("advertising" in Spanish) shares the #4 slot with Medicine.org after going for $80,000 at Sedo. The buyer was Paraguay's Chris Chena (subject of our July Cover Story) who added Publicidad.com to his portfolio of premier Spanish .coms . Chena told us he will use the domain (which gets hundreds of unique visitors daily) as the advertising channel for his rapidly expanding Spanish network. 

Moniker's fifth entry on the leaderboard, #6 NetCash.com checked in at a very healthy $75,800. Sedo would have swept the rest of the chart if it weren't for KuwaitNET's sale of 74.com, the #9 domain at $17,500. We have a LOT more ground to cover, but first let's take a look at the complete leader board for the week ending November 6:

Domain Name Journal's Top 10 
Reported Domain Sales - Mon. Oct. 31, 2005 - Sun. Nov. 6, 2005
Euro to Dollar Conversion ( to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. Nov. 8

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. Refinance.com $706,850 Moniker / DomainSystems
2. Consulting.com $181,000 Moniker / T.R.A.F.F.I.C. East
3. Erickson.com $101,200 Moniker / DomainSystems
4.
tie
Medicine.org $80,000 Moniker / DomainSystems
4.
tie
Publicidad.com
("advertising" in Spanish)
$80,000 Pvt Sale
6.  NetCash.com  $75,800 Moniker / DomainSystems
7. Counter.de 40,000 = $47,123 Sedo
8. RealTone.com 15,000 = $17,671 Sedo
9. 74.com $17,500 KuwaitNET
10. RapidAdvance.com $16,000 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.

As you can see above, Sedo racked up four Top Ten trophies and took three of the final four positions.  #7 Counter.de (German country code) went for 40,000 ($47,123). #8 RealTone.com rang up 15,000 ($17,671) and #10 RapidAdvance closed out the chart at $16,000. That's a nice week's work right there but it was just the start of the story for Sedo. They had four more five-figure sales that were just off the chart, led by AZ.tv at $15,000. Xpass.com pitched in another $12,500, HTML.de delivered 10,208 ($12,026) and Inventus.com contributed $10,000.

SnapNames.com, Afternic.com and Accelerate.co.uk also notched five-figure sales this week. JobStore.co.uk went for $11,000 at Accelerate, SupportServices.com sold for $10,500 at SnapNames and LatinCupid.com touched Afternic's heart with $10,000

SnapNames posted a huge list of winners this week with RetirementIncome.com ($8,588), FlightPlanner.com ($7,290) and AutoRepo.com ($6,388) among those racking up strong numbers. DoublePlay.com turned $6,000, BeadedJewelry.com brought $5,600 and UTurn.com got a $5,300 ticket. OnlineQuiz.com scored $5,100, WebGraphic.com drew $5,088 and IPIN.com secured $5,001

HauteDog.com ($4,400) and HotLesbianSex.com ($4,200) also steamed up the windows at SnapNames. Here is a look at some of the other nuggets taken from the Snap goldmine this week:

Additional SnapNames Sales from $2,000-$4,001
HerbStore.com $4,001 GulfCoastCareers.com $2,500
InnocentAngels.com $3,500 InterviewSkills.com $2,466
Alex.net $3,500 CallCenterNews.com $2,350
StoreDisplay.com $3,211 PrivateAffairs.com $2,250
InstantVideo.com $3,200 ESTME.org $2,210
WoodenFurniture.com $3,055 Telecommuters.com $2,200
Nanobiology.com $2,990 StudentCollegeLoan.com $2,200
JobSafari.com $2,900 Fujimoto.com $2,158
Marketings.com $2,833 CustomizedRingtones.com $2,150
AutoRepossession.com $2,726 GZC.com $2,099
PetHeaven.com $2,700 GourmetWineBaskets.com $2,050
DebtPlanners.com $2,600 GourmetWineBasket.com $2,050
DiabetesFood.com $2,555 Billchanger.com $2,050
ChristianMemorials.com $2,538 ChinaCreditCard.com $2,018

Back at Sedo, country code domains kept the cash register ringing. Live.sg (Singapore's extension) deposited $8,000, FinanceJobs.co.uk fetched $5,000 and Web.gg gathered 2,500 ($2,945). .gg is the extension for Guernsey and this is the first one from that ccTLD to appear in our weekly report. Vogelgrippe.ws (German for "bird flu") went for 1,000 ($1,178) and 3000.in added $550.

In the mainstream extensions, Sedo raked in $7,000 each from PokerForums.net and 6F.com and another $5,000 from Nanomask.com. Datacatch.com caught $4,450, VintageAuto.com drove off with $4,000 and GaySaunas.com soaked up $3,679. In a rare .name sale, Live.name landed 2,000 ($2,356).

At Afternic, Tweaks.com fine-tuned $7,400, Law4Biz.com bagged $4,900 and InkReplacement.com provided a $4,500 refill. StandStrong.com commanded $3,500, TheBackyardStore.com and NetSlots.com each hit $2,500 jackpots and TheApartmentSpecialists.com moved at $2,000.

The rest of those domains we have been tracking from the T.R.A.F.F.I.C. East auction came out of escrow this week. TopStocks.com tendered $8,000, CarsTrader.com and FRW.com went for $6,000 each, FantasyPlayers.com rolled up $5,500 and VideoGuides.com tuned in $4,000.

At Enom's Club Drop, HeartThrob.com attracted $6,100 while GameRivals.com and USAJudo.com threw in $1,600 each. At Pool.com, BabyBoyClothes.com buttoned up $1,850 while MitreSaws.com and Pastafagioli.com ladled out $1,750 each. VIB.net booked $1,660 and MiamiModel.com struck a $1,500 pose.

Elsewhere, NameMogul.com acquired LiveOnCam.com from BuyDomains.com on behalf of a client who paid $7,000 to land the name. Also at BuyDomains, Anunt Patel of UglyPeople.com bought RichMen.com for $4,000. In other transactions, DotcomDepot.com sold WellnessCoalition.com for $2,944 and Rob Freeman parted with PBMA.com for $2,000.

****

Our Year To Date Top 60 club gets six new members, making this truly a banner week. Two of those domains crashed the top ten, with Refinance.com almost unseating the current leaders from the top of the chart. The entry level for this list rose to $55,000. Here is a look at the 2005 YTD leader board through Nov. 6: 

Domain Name Journal's Year-To-Date Top Sales 
Highest Reported 2005 Domain Sales through Sun. Nov. 6  
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. Refinance.com $706,850 Moniker / DomainSystems 11/8/05
4. Local.com $700,000 Pvt Sale 3/8/05
5. VIP.com $600,000 (+ 400K in stock now & 400K in additional stock in 1 year) Pvt Sale 9/27/05
6. Chat.de  360,000 = $470,848 Sedo 1/18/05
7. WhatIsMyIP.com $386,100 Ebay 7/26/05**
8. ShoppingCart.com $285,000 Moniker / DomainSystems 8/9/05
9. Consulting.com $181,000 Moniker / T.R.A.F.F.I.C. East 11/8/05
10. Uruguay.com $175,000 Sedo 7/12/05
11.
tie
King.com $155,000 Sedo 10/11/05
11.
tie
Porker.com $155,000 Sedo 5/31/05
13.
tie
News.net $150,000 Sedo 9/13/05
13.
tie
Vuelos.com
("flights" in Spanish")
$150,000 Pvt Sale 8/16/05
13.
tie
Paraguay.com $150,000 Pvt Sale 6/21/05
13.
tie
CheapGas.com $150,000 Pvt Sale 6/21/05
13.
tie
GED.com $150,000 Sedo 1/18/05
13.
tie
GospelMusic.com $150,000 GreatDomains 3/22/05
19. Photographer.com $133,000 Pvt Sale 8/23/05
20. Bachelor.com
*(sale included Bachelor.net and Bachelor.org)
$125,000* Moniker / T.R.A.F.F.I.C. East 11/1/05
21. Dominio.com
("domain" in Spanish)
$120,000 Pvt Sale 9/6/05
22. Voyuer.com $112,100 SnapNames 2/1/05
23. PartnerCash.com $110,000 Sedo 7/19/05
24. Innovations.com $108,000 Pool 5/24/05
25. Erickson.com $101,200 Moniker / DomainSystems 11/8/05
26.
tie
Lofts.com $100,000 Pvt Sale 9/20/05
26.
tie
EQ.com $100,000 Afternic 9/6/05
26.
tie
Mueller.com $100,000 Sedo 9/6/05
26.
tie
Lunch.com $100,000 Pvt Sale 7/26/05
30. OLT.com $93,000 Sedo 5/3/05
31. 123World.com $85,000 Sedo 11/1/05
32.
tie
Publicidad.com $80,000 Pvt Sale 11/8/05
32.
tie
Medicine.org $80,000 Moniker / DomainSystems 11/8/05
32.
tie
NetPoker.com $80,000 Pvt Sale 6/7/05
35. NetCash.com $75,800 Moniker / DomainSystems 11/8/05
36.
tie
Hanover.com $75,000 Sedo 9/6/05
36.
tie
GLU.com $75,000 Sedo 5/31/05
36.
tie
PetSupplies.com $75,000 Afternic 4/5/05
39. Car.de 58,000 = $72,296 Sedo 9/6/05
40. Empleo.com
("jobs" in Spanish)
$70,000 Pvt Sale 6/21/05
41.
tie
Downlaod.com $68,000 Pvt Sale 3/1/05
41.
tie
Donwload.com $68,000 Pvt Sale 3/1/05
41.
tie
Dawnload.com $68,000 Pvt Sale 3/1/05
44. Lottery.org $66,667 Sedo 3/22/05
45. VideosGratis.com $66,204 NameDrive 10/18/05
46. Annonces.com
("Classifieds in French)
55,000 = $65,554 Sedo 10/4/05
47. Travel.tv $65,000 GreatDomains 9/6/05
48. Fights.com $62,000 Pvt Sale 7/12/05
49. Medikamente.de
("drugs" in German)
50,000 = $61,747 Sedo 8/16/05
50. FreeCellPhone.com 50,000 = $61,419 Sedo 6/7/05
51. PhoneFree.com $61,361 SnapNames 9/13/05
52. GolfResorts.com $60,800 Moniker /
DomainSystems
6/14/05
53. YO.com $60,000 Pvt Sale 10/4/05
54.
tie
eBaby.com $60,000 Sedo 9/27/05
54.
tie
Line.com $60,000 KuwaitNET 9/6/05
56.  Trees.com  $58,000 GreatDomains 1/4/05
57. CashFlow.com $56,500 Sedo 4/19/05
58.
tie
SoapOperas.com $55,000 Moniker / T.R.A.F.F.I.C. East 11/1/05
58.
tie
Quilting.com $55,000 Pvt Sale 5/31/05
58.
tie
HotDate.com $55,000 Sedo 4/19/05
58.
tie
Free-Games.to $55,000 Sedo 3/1/05

*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

.Biz has been watching from the sidelines while .Info and .US slugged it out in recent weeks, but this time around biz backers have one of their boys back at the top of the chart. Dave.biz does the honors after going for 1,750 ($2,062) at Sedo. .US climbed back into the ring to sweep the next three positions, with all of those cracking the four figure mark.

The American extension's winners were #2 BabyShower.us, sold for $1,700 at Sedo, #3 PumpkinSeed.us, which spit out 875 ($1,031), also at Sedo, and #4 Seasoning.us, sold by PPCIncome.com for $1,000 to the Ohio company that has been cornering food related domains in .US for weeks now.

.Info missed the top half of the chart this week, but ruled the second half of the list by sweeping the final four positions. That run included #5 SteelBuilder.info, sold at Sedo (a venue that accounted for 5 of the 8 charted sales) for $799 and #6 FreeGolf.info, sold by TheNameStore.com for $699. Here is a look at the complete New TLD leader board for the week ending Nov. 6:

 

Domain Name Journal's New TLD Great 8
 
  Reported .info, .biz & .us Domain Sales  Oct. 31, 2005 - Nov. 6, 2005
Euro to Dollar Conversion ( to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. Nov. 8

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. Dave.biz 1,750 = $2,062 Sedo
2. BabyShower.us $1,700 Sedo
3. PumpkinSeed.us  875 = $1,031 Sedo
4. Seasoning.us $1,000 PPCIncome
5. SteelBuilder.info $799 Sedo
6. FreeGolf.info $699 TheNameStore
7. Jackson.info  $472 TDNAM
8. Albums.info 200 = $236 Sedo

Two more .infos anchored the chart, #7 Jackson.info which I picked up in a TDNAM auction for $472 and Albums.info which went for just 200 ($236) at Sedo. Seeing albums.info go so low really makes me feel old! Having once owned a record store and been a serious record collector I used to have thousands of vinyl albums in my home library. Then CDs came along and made the old albums obsolete. A word that once defined a billion dollar category in the music industry has been reduced to peanuts and undoubtedly brought the little it did only because of the continuing interest in photo albums (though technology will do away with those as well one day)!

None of this week's domains were able to crack our New TLD Year-To-Date Top 50 chart where the entry level is currently just under $3,000. Here are 2005's highest reported new extension sales through Nov. 6:

Domain Name Journal's Year-To-Date Top 50 New TLD Sales
Highest Reported 2005 .info, .biz & .us Domain Sales through Nov. 6 
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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