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Bogota.com Bags The Week's Top Domain Sale  and New Extensions Enjoy Their Biggest Week Ever 

by Ron Jackson
  

One trend we have noted several times this year is how the rising tide of domain sales is lifting all boats. That was never more apparent than this week when non .com domains took the majority of the positions on our new Top Ten sales chart. A .org, a .biz and four country code domains (two .co.uk, a .us and the first .com.cn ever to hit the Big Board) wound up on the elite list. The new extensions (.us, .biz and .info) had their biggest week yet, led by the three highest .biz sales ever reported! All told there were 10 New TLD sales in the four to five figure range.


Of course when you talk about the really big bucks there is almost invariably a .com attached to the end and that was again the case this week with Bogota.com cruising to the top of the chart after going for $159,500 at SnapNames.com. With respect to sales venues, SnapNames and Sedo.com ruled this week's leader board with Sedo taking 5 positions and SnapNames 4. Due to a three-way tie for the final slot, there was an extra rung on the ladder this week. A pair of new extension medical domains filled the other openings after going to a major drug company in a private sale. 

SnapNames also had the #2 sale, raking in a tidy $50,000 from CasinoRoyale.com. Sedo followed with a sweep of the next four entries, led by #3 Game.com.cn (China) at $35,000. That is only the second significant .com.cn sale ever reported to us and it is five times higher than the previous one, Yisou.com.cn at $7,105 just 3 weeks ago.

Sedo also placing two .co.uk domains in the top six. #4 ChainReaction.co.uk exploded at 17,000 ($20,081) and #6 OnlinePharmacy.co.uk dispensed 10,000 ($17,218). Another .com, #5 InternetX.com, was sandwiched in between those two at $19,000

A couple of gigantic sales appear to be moving through the pipeline. In the most extensive mainstream press article ever written about the domain business, Business 2.0 magazine said CellPhones.com is under contract for $4.2 million. Current owner Michael Bahlitzanakis, who is featured in the article, confirmed that to us, but the deal is not yet complete. Also, Payment Data Systems said they have agreed to sell Bills.com and associated trademarks to Alivo Holdings for $964,500 however the actual transaction has not been completed there yet either.

Returning to this week's done deals, a nice two-letter domain, EC.org occupied the lucky #7 position after going for $15,260 at SnapNames. There were a total of 15 sales of at least five figures this time around the track. We'll run all of those down for you, along with dozens of other noteworthy deals, but first let's take a look at the complete leader board for the week ending November 20:

Domain Name Journal's Top 10 
Reported Domain Sales - Mon. Nov. 14, 2005 - Sun. Nov. 20, 2005
Euro to Dollar Conversion ( to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. Nov. 22

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. Bogota.com $159,500 SnapNames
2. CasinoRoyale.com $50,000 SnapNames
3. Game.com.cn $35,000 Sedo
4. ChainReaction.co.uk 17,000 = $20,081 Sedo
5. InternetX.com $19,000 Sedo
6.  OnlinePharmacy.co.uk  10,000 = $17,218 Sedo
7. EC.org $15,260 SnapNames
8. MovieWatchers.com $15,259 SnapNames
9.
tie
Meningitis.us $15,000 Pvt Sale
9.
tie
Meningitis.biz $15,000 Pvt Sale
9.
tie
LoveClub.com $15,000 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.

SnapNames completed their quartet of Top Ten entries with #8 MovieWatchers.com doing $15,259 at the box office. Sedo's LoveClub.com joined Meningitis.us and Menigitis.biz in the anchor position with those domains commanding $15,000 apiece. I'll have details on the meningitis sales in our New TLD section a bit later on, as well as information on two more five-figure .biz sales. Also joining the five-figure club this week were Lockets.com which went for $12,752 at SnapNames and XVN.com which changed hands for $10,000 at Sedo.

As always, Sedo's list was salted with nice country code domains. ABN.de went for $9,449 and UltimateBet.tv paid off with a 5,500 ($6,500) return. CarJet.de delivered 4,000 ($4,724) while MyVideoTalk.de and Anif.at (Austrian country code) added 3,000 ($3,544) each. In the global extensions .net did well for Sedo with P8.net notching $7,000, Cukurova.net bringing $4,000 and XVN.net going for $3,000

In the .com column at Sedo, ChambreStudio.com recorded 5,000 ($5,906), HotelMap.com located $5,500 and BioClock.com ticked off $5,000. TheNatureOfWater.com soaked up $3,000 and a CentralNic subdomain, FamilyWatchdog.us.com got an unusually large $3,000 bone to chew on.

Back at SnapNames, .com dominated the action with the winners including CitCard.com ($9,600), FEMAJobs.com ($9,350) and DenverLawyers.com ($7,600). Kickboxer.com punched out $6,799, GTFCU.com contributed $6,055 and TheProducers.com procured $5,724. NYCChildSupport.com and DenverAttorneys.com billed $4,600 each, Davy.com tucked $4,400 into his coonskin cap and Torahs.com totaled $4,366. Myomassology.com ($4,100) and NotebookPrices.com ($4,000) also cracked the 4K mark. A boatload of additional SnapNames sales ranging from $2,000-$3,700 are featured in the table below:

Additional SnapNames Sales from $2,000-$3,700
ShellCreditCards.com $3,700 ViginMobile.com   $2,550
Trius.com $3,650 FunPhoto.com   $2,402
EarCare.com $3,505 MummysGoldCasino.com   $2,400
BillMe.com   $3,388 Celebration.net   $2,301
Muskets.com   $3,226 SilverSurfer.com  $2,272
UsedCaravans.com   $3,200 ModelPhotography.com   $2,272
AuditionExperience.com   $3,200 VSZ.com   $2,180
GameInformation.com  $3,188 Cayo.com   $2,151
WeddingArches.com  $3,100 Senac.com   $2,150
ActivityBooks.com   $3,100 RightMind.com $2,150
WholesaleFur.com  $3,001 Runescsape.com   $2,060
PetAdvice.com   $2,955 NYTrialLawyer.com  $2,060
PencilArt.com   $2,844 Omasex.com   $2,055
IDN.net   $2,801 Auionline.com  $2,051
LandlordInsurance.com   $2,766 Mercurial.com   $2,050
MyPremiereCard.com  $2,610 CreightonUniversity.com  $2,050
ModTheSims.com   $2,600 Tiberius.com   $2,005
MinnisotaVikings.com   $2,600 ebaumworlds.com  $2,000

At Afternic.com, FastMarkets.com fetched $3,000 and a trio of domains including SolutionPartners.com, LocalExperts.com and LiveHockey.com landed $2,500 each. Another quartet weighed in at $2,000 each; PeeblesHydro.com, ParadiseRoad.com, ExtraBet.com and ConsultingMarket.com

At Pool.com, PrivateYachtCharters.com sailed with $3,633, LasVegasRentacar.com rolled $2,700 and a typo, ebaumswolrd.com tacked on $2,050. In a couple of private sales, LatPro.com picked up Latino.org for $6,000 and the Castello Cities Internet Network secured CayoLargo.com for $5,000.

****

Bogota.com joins our Year To Date Top 60 chart at #13 this week after going for just under 160K. Our entry level for this elite list rises to $60,000 this week. Here is a look at the complete 2005 YTD leader board through Nov. 20: 

Domain Name Journal's Year-To-Date Top Sales 
Highest Reported 2005 Domain Sales through Sun. Nov. 20  
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.  Fish.com $1,020,000 Afternic 11/15/05
2.
tie
Website.com $750,000 Sedo 7/26/05
2.
tie
Property.com $750,000 Pvt Sale 8/9/05
4. Refinance.com $706,850 Moniker / DomainSystems 11/8/05
5. Local.com $700,000 Pvt Sale 3/8/05
6. VIP.com $600,000 (+ 400K in stock now & 400K in additional stock in 1 year) Pvt Sale 9/27/05
7. Chat.de  360,000 = $470,848 Sedo 1/18/05
8. WhatIsMyIP.com $386,100 Ebay 7/26/05**
9. ShoppingCart.com $285,000 Moniker / DomainSystems 8/9/05
10. Bird.com $200,000 Afternic 11/15/05
11. Consulting.com $181,000 Moniker / T.R.A.F.F.I.C. East 11/8/05
12. Uruguay.com $175,000 Sedo 7/12/05
13. Bogota.com $159,500 SnapNames 11/22/05
14.
tie
King.com $155,000 Sedo 10/11/05
14.
tie
Porker.com $155,000 Sedo 5/31/05
16.
tie
News.net $150,000 Sedo 9/13/05
16.
tie
Vuelos.com
("flights" in Spanish")
$150,000 Pvt Sale 8/16/05
16.
tie
Paraguay.com $150,000 Pvt Sale 6/21/05
16.
tie
CheapGas.com $150,000 Pvt Sale 6/21/05
16.
tie
GED.com $150,000 Sedo 1/18/05
16.
tie
GospelMusic.com $150,000 GreatDomains 3/22/05
16.
tie
Mathematics.com $150,000 Sedo 11/15/05
23. MyPremierCard.com $135,250 SnapNames 11/15/05
24. Photographer.com $133,000 Pvt Sale 8/23/05
25. Bachelor.com
*(sale included Bachelor.net and Bachelor.org)
$125,000* Moniker / T.R.A.F.F.I.C. East 11/1/05
26. Dominio.com
("domain" in Spanish)
$120,000 Pvt Sale 9/6/05
27. Voyuer.com $112,100 SnapNames 2/1/05
28. PartnerCash.com $110,000 Sedo 7/19/05
29. Innovations.com $108,000 Pool 5/24/05
30. Erickson.com $101,200 Moniker / DomainSystems 11/8/05
31.
tie
Lofts.com $100,000 Pvt Sale 9/20/05
31.
tie
EQ.com $100,000 Afternic 9/6/05
31.
tie
Mueller.com $100,000 Sedo 9/6/05
31.
tie
Lunch.com $100,000 Pvt Sale 7/26/05
35. OLT.com $93,000 Sedo 5/3/05
36. 123World.com $85,000 Sedo 11/1/05
37.
tie
Publicidad.com $80,000 Sedo 11/8/05
37.
tie
Medicine.org $80,000 Moniker / DomainSystems 11/8/05
37.
tie
NetPoker.com $80,000 Pvt Sale 6/7/05
40. NetCash.com $75,800 Moniker / DomainSystems 11/8/05
41.
tie
Hanover.com $75,000 Sedo 9/6/05
41.
tie
GLU.com $75,000 Sedo 5/31/05
41.
tie
PetSupplies.com $75,000 Afternic 4/5/05
44. Car.de 58,000 = $72,296 Sedo 9/6/05
45. Empleo.com
("jobs" in Spanish)
$70,000 Pvt Sale 6/21/05
46.
tie
Downlaod.com $68,000 Pvt Sale 3/1/05
46.
tie
Donwload.com $68,000 Pvt Sale 3/1/05
46.
tie
Dawnload.com $68,000 Pvt Sale 3/1/05
49. Lottery.org $66,667 Sedo 3/22/05
50. VideosGratis.com $66,204 NameDrive 10/18/05
51. Annonces.com
("Classifieds in French)
55,000 = $65,554 Sedo 10/4/05
52. Travel.tv $65,000 GreatDomains 9/6/05
53. Fights.com $62,000 Pvt Sale 7/12/05
54. Medikamente.de
("drugs" in German)
50,000 = $61,747 Sedo 8/16/05
55. FreeCellPhone.com 50,000 = $61,419 Sedo 6/7/05
56. PhoneFree.com $61,361 SnapNames 9/13/05
57. GolfResorts.com $60,800 Moniker /
DomainSystems
6/14/05
58. YO.com $60,000 Pvt Sale 10/4/05
59.
tie
eBaby.com $60,000 Sedo 9/27/05
59.
tie
Line.com $60,000 KuwaitNET 9/6/05

*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

It was a dream week for the new extensions with the three highest .biz sales ever reported coming in the last seven days. Those were part of an avalanche of four and five figure sales that also featured .us and .info domains (all told ten domains landed in that range, forcing us to expand our New TLD chart for the first time). 

As you saw on our mainstream chart, Meningitis.us and Meningitis.biz led the New TLD parade at $15,000 each. Dirk Krischenowski sold both domains to the Sanofi-Aventis vaccine unit. The company will probably use the American ccTLD to promote Menactra, a new meningitis vaccine they launched this year in the U.S. The .biz version had sold at Sedo for $1,925 in February 2004 so that is a gain of more than 700% in the last 18 months.

.Biz also scored in a big way with #3 Cards.biz at $11,750 and #4 Find.biz at 9,000 ($10,630). In an interesting anomaly, Find.biz sold for almost twice as much as Find.net did this week. The owners of Phonebook.com bought both of these .biz domains via Sedo. Domain veteran Bob Deemer was the seller of Cards.biz. Bob told us that he wasn't much of a .biz fan at first but is starting to warm up to the extension. Five-figure sales do have a way of winning you over. 

Still another .biz took the #5 slot. That was Rune Langhalle's 5,500 ($6,500) sale of Offshore.biz, also at Sedo (a venue that claimed half of this week's charted sales). That is another domain that saw a terrific price rise over the last couple of years. Langhelle had acquired it for $600.

.Info took the next spot with #6 Chinese.info at $5,500. Buyer FunKen Lin of Taiwan used some of the funds from his $12,300 sale of SantaClaus.info last week to acquire the new domain. Here is a look at the complete New TLD leader board for the week ending Nov. 20:

 

Domain Name Journal's New TLD Top 10
 
  Reported .info, .biz & .us Domain Sales  Nov. 13, 2005 - Nov. 20, 2005
Euro to Dollar Conversion ( to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. Nov. 22

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1.
tie
Meningitis.us  $15,000 Pvt Sale
1.
tie
Meningitis.biz  $15,000 Pvt Sale
3. Cards.biz $11,750 Sedo
4. Find.biz 9,000 = $10,630 Sedo
5. Offshore.biz 5,500 = $6,500 Sedo
6. Chinese.info $5,500 Pvt Sale
7. Blogs.info $3,000 Afternic
8. Junk.us 1,350 = $1,595 Sedo
9. Poetry.us 1,199 = $1,416 Sedo
10. AvianFlu.biz $1,250 Sedo

#7 Blogs.info was sold at Afternic with Andrew Allemann making the acquisition there.  .US followed with a pair of sales made at Sedo. #8 Junk.us went for 1,350 ($1,595) and #9 Poetry.us brought 1,199 ($1,416). AvianFlu.biz anchored the chart after going for $1,250 at Sedo. Just off the chart, Easter.biz slipped $886 into the basket, also at Sedo.

Another noteworthy deal is in the pipeline. HTML.info was sold at the NamePros.com forum for $4,300. The name is still in escrow, but we know both parties in the transaction, so we aren't expecting anything to derail that deal. New extension sales have really blossomed here in the fourth quarter of 2005 and Sedo has had especially good success with .US. They just issued a press release detailing the growth of the American country code over the past year. 

The sales wave allowed six domains to crack our Year-To-Date New TLD Top 50 chart this week. Three of those soar into the Top Ten. All of those new members forced several domains off the lower reaches of the chart and increased the entry fee to $3,255. Here are 2005's highest reported new extension sales through Nov. 20:

Domain Name Journal's Year-To-Date Top 50 New TLD Sales
Highest Reported 2005 .info, .biz & .us Domain Sales through Nov. 20 
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.
tie
Meningitis.us $15,000 Pvt Sale 11/22/05
5.
tie
Meningitis.biz $15,000 Pvt Sale 11/22/05
7. Musical.info 10,440 = $13,936 Sedo 3/8/05
8. SantaClaus.info 10,500 = $12,307 Sedo 11/15/05
9. CellPhones.us    $12,250 Moniker/
DomainsSystems
1/4/05
10. Cards.biz $11,750 Sedo 11/22/05
11. GourmetFoods.us $10,750 Sedo 10/11/05
12. Find.biz 9,000 = $10,630 Sedo 11/22/05
13.
tie
OrganicFoods.us $10,000 Sedo 10/11/05
13.
tie
WholeFoods.us $10,000 Sedo 10/18/05
15. Auto.biz 6,000 = $7,966 Sedo 1/4/05
16. Maschinenbau.info
("building engines" in German)
5,950 = $7,772 Sedo 4/19/05
17. Connect.us $7,500 Sedo 4/5/05
18. BES.biz 5,500 = $7,139 Sedo 4/26/05
19. Wetten.info
("bet" in German)
5,750 = $6,895 Pvt Sale 10/11/05
20. Offshore.biz 5,500 = $6,500 Sedo 11/22/05
21. TravelNet.info 5,000 = $6,231 Sedo 9/6/05
22. Leather.info 5,000 = $5,861 Sedo 11/15/05
23. Dad.info $5,556 Sedo 11/1/05
24. Chinese.info $5,500 Pvt Sale 11/22/05
25. Safe.biz 4,000 = $5,189 Sedo 1/25/04
26.
tie
Manhattan.biz $5,000 Afternic 8/9/05
26.
tie
AMA.us $5,000 Afternic 4/26/05
26.
tie
Broker.info $5,000 Sedo 5/31/05
29. WhitePages.biz $4,995 Afternic 7/5/05
30. Golfreisen.info
("golf travel" in German)
4,000 = $4,906 Sedo 9/13/05
31. Marketing.biz 3,900 = $4,748 Sedo 6/21/05
32. Adventure.info 2,500 = $4,708 Sedo 5/10/05
33. Pauschalreisen.info
("package tours" in German)
3,500 = $4,507 Sedo 5/10/05
34.
tie
GourmetFood.us $4,500 Pvt Sale 10/25/05
34.
tie
OrganicFood.us $4,500 Pvt Sale 10/25/05
34.
tie
MyHouse.biz $4,500 Pvt Sale 6/28/05
37. Physician.info $4,150 Pvt Sale 1/18/05
38. Honolulu.us $4,000 Pvt Sale 7/19/05
39. Degrees.info $3,800 Pvt Sale 8/16/05
40. ChurchOfChrist.info $3,750 Pvt Sale 10/4/05
41. Piercing.us 3,000 = $3,680 Sedo 9/13/05
42. Pauschalreise.info
("package tour" in German)
2,800 = $3,606 Sedo 5/10/05
43. GEP.info 3,000 = $3,576 Sedo 7/5/05
44. Attest.info 2,700 = $3,559 Sedo 3/1/05
45.
tie
Suez.info $3,500 Afternic 11/1/05
45.
tie
Forum.us $3,500 GreatDomains 3/8/05
45.
tie
New-York.info  $3,500 Sedo 5/10/05
48. Science.info $3,272 Ebay 5/3/05
49.
tie
Geschichte.info*
("stories" in German)
2,500 = $3,266 Sedo 4/19/05
49.
tie
Nostrum.info* 2,500 = $3,261 Sedo 2/1/05
49.
tie
Musicals.us* 2,550 = $3,255 Sedo 2/8/05
*Last 3 domains all sold for 2,500 but due to different exchange rates at the time of sale the $ value varied slightly.

**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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