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A1 Week for Domain Sales As Bills.com Banks Nearly A Million Dollars

by Ron Jackson
  

For the second week in a row, a pair of blockbuster six-figure sales led an impressive parade of big dollar domain deals. Bills.com was the clear leader of the pack at $964,500, the second highest sale reported this year, trailing only Fish.com at $1,020,000. A couple of weeks ago, Payment Data Systems, Inc. (PDS) of San Antonio, Texas announced they had reached an agreement to sell the domain and this week the transfer was finalized with the new owner, Freedom Financial Network, LLC (FFN) of San Mateo, California, taking control of the name.


PDS will keep all of their existing customers (and revenue) and will move them to a new site at BillX.com. FFN gets the domain name and related trademarks only, but as part of the deal, PDS will build and run a new private label bill payment site for FFN at Bills.com. 

In addition to that monster deal, we saw a new expired domain auction price record set at SnapNames.com where A1.com went for a whopping $260,250! The winning bidder was Anything.com, a company that already owns an astounding assortment of prime generic domains (including MD.com, Medicine.com and Marketing.com to name just a few). The A1.com sale helped SnapNames sweep half of the positions on our new Top Ten chart, including #3 ActionSports.com at $50,750 and #4 HindiMovie.com at $35,250

Sedo.com also had a big week with three entries on the Big Board, led by #5 Jews.us at $25,000. That domain, sold by Arizona's Tariq Ghafoor, ties VOIP.us for the highest .us sale reported this year. The rapidly growing American ccTLD has now claimed 5 of the 6 biggest new extension sales in 2005 and 10 of the top 20 (with .biz and .info sharing the rest). Sedo also accounted for the only other non .com domain on this week's list, #9 Humour.net at €15,000 ($17,726).

13 sales hit at least five figures this week and nine new extension sales racked up four figures or more. There is obviously a lot of action to tell you about, but first let's take a look at the complete leader board for the week ending December 11:

Domain Name Journal's Top 20 
Reported Domain Sales - Mon. Dec. 5, 2005 - Sun. Dec. 11, 2005
Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. Dec. 13

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. Bills.com $964,500 Pvt Sale
2. A1.com  $260,250 SnapNames
3. ActionSports.com $50,750 SnapNames
4. HindiMovie.com $35,250 SnapNames
5. Jews.us  $25,000 Sedo
6.  Tribu.com  €18,000 = $21,271 Sedo
7. WineList.com $21,255 SnapNames
8. CabernetSauvignon.com $20,000 SnapNames
9. Humour.net €15,000 = $17,726 Sedo
10. FranchiseBusiness.com $15,500 Pool

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 rounded out their fabulous five with a pair of tasty wine domains; #7 WineList.com ($21,255) and #8 CabernetSauvignon.com ($20,000). #6 Tribu.com completed Sedo's power trio at €18,000 ($21,271) and Pool.com anchored our new chart with #10 FranchiseBusiness.com at $15,500.

There were three more five-figure sales just off the chart. Enom's Club Drop accounted for the largest of those, booking $13,900 for Edition.com. Afternic.com was next with NetViajes.com at $13,166 and SnapNames got a $12,750 charge from ACAdapters.com. Club Drop's other winners included CheapTravelTickets.com at $9,000, GovLiquidations.com at $5,500 and CregsList.com at $4,300

Meanwhile at Afternic, Minimal.com maxed out at $8,395, BillBennett.com bagged $5,556 and PZUSA.com commanded $4,450. AllInEntertainment.com added $4,200, GenericBrands.com brought $3,388 and DemandPooling.com drew $2,779. Afternic also had a trio at $2,000 each; Reviewz.com, Datin.com and BidZone.com

Back at Sedo, ArrowECS.com hit an $8,500 bullseye, AGame.com scored €6,250 ($7,386) and Bike-Discount.com braked at €3,950 ($4,668). Natsons.com netted £2,500 ($4,388) while Mercon.com and Geffroy.net contributed €3,500 ($4,132) each. 318.com and StartGames.com kicked in €3,300 ($3,900) apiece, CampusLiving.com provided $3,800 and OpenHouseDirectory.com unlocked $3,500

Also at Sedo, Cibi.com collected $3,230, Technic.net tallied $3,100, WesternAustralia.org landed $3,000 and DCQ.com caught €2,500 ($2,954). Their country code sales included CreditScore.co.uk at £4,500 ($7,899), Ladi.de at €4,000 ($4,727) and RBS.be (Belgium's country code) at  £2,500 ($4,388). AngelForum.de delivered another €2,900 ($3,427) and Jew.cc secured an even $1,000.

SnapNames supplemented their five Top Ten entries with a boat load of solid four figure sales. Memory4All.com fetched $7,600, JobsAmerica.com paid $7,100 and MusicalEquipment.com drummed up $7,087. FreedomWireless.com untied $6,462, Tonxx.com totaled $6,100 and HighTechCareers.com earned $6,000. ThemeMusic.com struck a $5,888 chord, XGX.com exited with $5,600 and UsedTruckPrices.com settled at $4,899

The SnapNames roster also included a quartet at $4,600 each that included VirtualArt.com, Negotiation.net, iCompany.com and BarbaraBush.com. PlayDoctor.com prescribed $4,311, ZPS.com zipped up $4,300 and OSCA.com added $4,200. PetCat.com lapped up $4,188 and SatelliteImage.com captured $4,186. SnapNames had 32 more sales ranging from $2,000 to over $3,600. Here's a look at that list:

Additional SnapNames Sales Between $2,000-$3,700
IcePack.com $3,655 Little.net $2,656
RFIDLabels.com $3,550 Myoclonus.com $2,655
Greets.com $3,500 EscortFirm.com $2,608
MedicalJewelry.com $3,406 PortlandGolf.com $2,600
ShopperChannel.com $3,100 FinalFantasy7.com $2,501
iNetworking.com $3,100 Mitvcpi.org $2,500
HolidayShoppingGuide.com $3,100 DNAComputing.com $2,494
HauntedBarn.com $3,100 Calles.com $2,466
BlankCDs.com $3,100 Tionary.com $2,300
EnglishLanguageSchools.com $3,088 GreekLiterature.com $2,288
Medical-School.com $3,000 BabyPandas.com $2,263
ARDS.com $2,926 DiverSupply.com $2,211
TBS.net $2,900 RacingForum.com $2,150
Slink.com $2,777 GameGeek.com $2,150
SQO.com $2,700 ShopSites.com $2,051
InternetPolice.com $2,700 Magnalite.com $2,020

In another bit of news from SnapNames they've announced that two prime domains that were inadvertently left off the drop list will be auctioned on their site starting Thursday (Dec. 15). Those are CanadianGirls.com and LTD.net. If you want to be in the auctions you need to log in to your account and place backorders for the domains prior to the auction.

*****

Our Year To Date Top 60 Chart gets two new members this week and both are heavyweights. People usually hate to see bills, but we are happy to welcome Bills.com to the #2 position on our elite list after that near million dollar sale. A1.com also assumes a high perch at #12 after attracting more than a quarter of a million dollars at SnapNames. Our entry level rose to more than $61,000 this week as less expensive domains scrolled off the bottom of the chart. Here is a look at the complete 2005 YTD leader board through Dec. 11: 

Domain Name Journal's Year-To-Date Top Sales 
Highest Reported 2005 Domain Sales through Sun. Dec. 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.  Fish.com $1,020,000 Afternic 11/15/05
2. Bills.com $964,500 Pvt Sale 12/13/05
3.
tie
Website.com $750,000 Sedo 7/26/05
3.
tie
Property.com $750,000 Pvt Sale 8/9/05
5. Refinance.com $706,850 Moniker / DomainSystems 11/8/05
6. Local.com $700,000 Pvt Sale 3/8/05
7. VIP.com $600,000 (+ 400K in stock now & 400K in additional stock in 1 year) Pvt Sale 9/27/05
8. Chat.de  €360,000 = $470,848 Sedo 1/18/05
9. MyBlog.com $400,000 Pvt Sale 12/6/05
10. WhatIsMyIP.com $386,100 Ebay 7/26/05**
11. ShoppingCart.com $285,000 Moniker / DomainSystems 8/9/05
12. A1.com $260,250 SnapNames 12/13/05
13.
tie
Sofa.com $200,000 Pvt Sale 12/6/05
13.
tie
Bird.com $200,000 Afternic 11/15/05
14. Consulting.com $181,000 Moniker / T.R.A.F.F.I.C. East 11/8/05
15. Uruguay.com $175,000 Sedo 7/12/05
16. Bogota.com $159,500 SnapNames 11/22/05
17.
tie
King.com $155,000 Sedo 10/11/05
17.
tie
Porker.com $155,000 Sedo 5/31/05
19.
tie
News.net $150,000 Sedo 9/13/05
19.
tie
Vuelos.com
("flights" in Spanish")
$150,000 Pvt Sale 8/16/05
19.
tie
Paraguay.com $150,000 Pvt Sale 6/21/05
19.
tie
CheapGas.com $150,000 Pvt Sale 6/21/05
19.
tie
GED.com $150,000 Sedo 1/18/05
19.
tie
GospelMusic.com $150,000 GreatDomains 3/22/05
19.
tie
Mathematics.com $150,000 Sedo 11/15/05
26. MyPremierCard.com $135,250 SnapNames 11/15/05
27. Photographer.com $133,000 Pvt Sale 8/23/05
28. Bachelor.com
*(sale included Bachelor.net and Bachelor.org)
$125,000* Moniker / T.R.A.F.F.I.C. East 11/1/05
29. Dominio.com
("domain" in Spanish)
$120,000 Pvt Sale 9/6/05
30. Voyuer.com $112,100 SnapNames 2/1/05
31. PartnerCash.com $110,000 Sedo 7/19/05
32. Innovations.com $108,000 Pool 5/24/05
33. Erickson.com $101,200 Moniker / DomainSystems 11/8/05
34.
tie
Lofts.com $100,000 Pvt Sale 9/20/05
34.
tie
EQ.com $100,000 Afternic 9/6/05
34.
tie
Mueller.com $100,000 Sedo 9/6/05
34.
tie
Lunch.com $100,000 Pvt Sale 7/26/05
38. OLT.com $93,000 Sedo 5/3/05
39. Viajando.com
("traveling" in Spanish)
$90,000 Pvt Sale 12/6/05
40. 123World.com $85,000 Sedo 11/1/05
41.
tie
Publicidad.com $80,000 Sedo 11/8/05
41.
tie
Medicine.org $80,000 Moniker / DomainSystems 11/8/05
41.
tie
NetPoker.com $80,000 Pvt Sale 6/7/05
44. NetCash.com $75,800 Moniker / DomainSystems 11/8/05
45.
tie
Hanover.com $75,000 Sedo 9/6/05
45.
tie
GLU.com $75,000 Sedo 5/31/05
45.
tie
PetSupplies.com $75,000 Afternic 4/5/05
49. Car.de €58,000 = $72,296 Sedo 9/6/05
50. Empleo.com
("jobs" in Spanish)
$70,000 Pvt Sale 6/21/05
51.
tie
Downlaod.com $68,000 Pvt Sale 3/1/05
51.
tie
Donwload.com $68,000 Pvt Sale 3/1/05
51.
tie
Dawnload.com $68,000 Pvt Sale 3/1/05
54. Lottery.org $66,667 Sedo 3/22/05
55. VideosGratis.com $66,204 NameDrive 10/18/05
56. Annonces.com
("Classifieds in French)
€55,000 = $65,554 Sedo 10/4/05
57. Travel.tv $65,000 GreatDomains 9/6/05
58. Fights.com $62,000 Pvt Sale 7/12/05
59. Medikamente.de
("drugs" in German)
€50,000 = $61,747 Sedo 8/16/05
60. FreeCellPhone.com €50,000 = $61,419 Sedo 6/7/05

*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

.US strengthened its hold on high dollar new extension sales this week with Tariq Ghafoor's $25,000 sale of Jews.us at Sedo. That tied VOIP.us for the highest sale reported in 2005 and gave the American country code 5 of the year's top 6 new TLD sales. All of the new extensions drew interest though, prompting us to expand our New TLD chart to ten positions for the second week in row so we can include all of the four and five figure sales. 

While .us has dominated the upper end of the market, .Info still has the largest number of sales. The four-letter extension continued that trend by taking 6 of the 10 positions on our new list, including a sweep of the next three slots after Jews.us. #2 Juego.info ("game" in Spanish) went for a healthy €5,000 ($5,909) at Sedo, #3 HTML.info sold for $4,300 at the NamePros.com forum (this sale was announced last month but was just completed this week) and #4 Roofing.info nailed down $2,500 at Sedo.

.Biz got into the act with #5 Annuities.biz selling for $2,000 at DNForum.com. Rob Freeman of LeadingNames.com made the sale. .US and .info shared the second half of the chart. Andrew Allemann of DomainNameWire.com bought both #6 FAX.info ($1,850) and #7 Wifi.us ($1,750) at Afternic.com. Here is a look at the complete New TLD leader board for the week ending Dec. 11:

 

Domain Name Journal's New TLD Top 10 

  Reported .info, .biz & .us Domain Sales Dec. 5, 2005 - Dec. 11, 2005
Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. Dec. 13

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. Jews. us  $25,000 Sedo
2. Juego.info
("Game" in Spanish)
€5,000 = $5,909 Sedo
3. HTML.info $4,300 NamePros
4. Roofing.info $2,500 Sedo
5. Annuities.biz $2,000 DNForum
6. FAX.info $1,850 Afternic
7. Wifi.us $1,750 Afternic
8. FON.us $1,500 PPCIncome
9. FSG.info $1,300 Sedo
10. Leihen.info
("borrow" in German)
€750 = $886 Sedo

A pair of 3-letter domains accounted for two more four-figure sales on this week's chart. Howard Hoffman of PPCIncome.com sold #8 FON.us for $1,500 and I sold FSG.info for $1,300 through Sedo. Leihen.info ("borrow" in German) anchored our new list after going for $886, also at Sedo. 

Dale Porter made still another 3-letter .info sale at TheNameStore.com, letting AIW.info go for $800. In other sales at Sedo, Warm.biz went for €675 ($798) and Blank.info booked €550 ($650) while Hidalgo.info and Maths.biz added €400 ($473) each. DUILawyers.us billed $460 at Afternic and Berry.info squeezed $443 at SnapNames.

*****

Our Year-To-Date New TLD Top 50 chart gets two new members this week, including a new Top Dog in Jews.us at $25,000. .US continues to control the upper reaches of the chart with 10 of the first 20 entries. .Info takes another chair with HTML.info settling in at #41. The entry level for this chart currently sits at $3,500. Here are 2005's highest reported new extension sales through Dec. 11:

Domain Name Journal's Year-To-Date Top 50 New TLD Sales
Highest Reported 2005 .info, .biz & .us Domain Sales through Dec. 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.
tie
Jews.us $25,000 Sedo 12/13/05
1.
tie
VOIP.us $25,000 AllNetServices 5/24/05
3. Best.info £12,000 = $20,880 Sedo 7/19/05
4. Foods.us $20,000 Sedo 10/4/05
5. Industry.us $17,000 Pvt Sale 3/15/05
6.
tie
Meningitis.us $15,000 Pvt Sale 11/22/05
6.
tie
Meningitis.biz $15,000 Pvt Sale 11/22/05
8. Car.biz €11,900 = $14,027 Sedo 11/29/05
9. Musical.info €10,440 = $13,936 Sedo 3/8/05
10. SantaClaus.info €10,500 = $12,307 Sedo 11/15/05
11. CellPhones.us    $12,250 Moniker/
DomainsSystems
1/4/05
12. Cards.biz $11,750 Sedo 11/22/05
13. GourmetFoods.us $10,750 Sedo 10/11/05
14. Find.biz €9,000 = $10,630 Sedo 11/22/05
15. Sόdtirol.info
("South Tyrol" in German)
€8,750 = $10,308 Sedo 12/6/05
16.
tie
OrganicFoods.us $10,000 Sedo 10/11/05
16.
tie
WholeFoods.us $10,000 Sedo 10/18/05
18. Auto.biz €6,000 = $7,966 Sedo 1/4/05
19. Maschinenbau.info
("building engines" in German)
€5,950 = $7,772 Sedo 4/19/05
20. Connect.us $7,500 Sedo 4/5/05
21. BES.biz €5,500 = $7,139 Sedo 4/26/05
22. Wetten.info
("bet" in German)
€5,750 = $6,895 Pvt Sale 10/11/05
23.
tie
Pets.biz $6,500 Sedo 12/6/05
23.
tie
Offshore.biz €5,500 = $6,500 Sedo 11/22/05
25. TravelNet.info €5,000 = $6,231 Sedo 9/6/05
26. Leather.info €5,000 = $5,861 Sedo 11/15/05
27. Dad.info $5,556 Sedo 11/1/05
28. Chinese.info $5,500 Pvt Sale 11/22/05
29. Safe.biz €4,000 = $5,189 Sedo 1/25/04
30.
tie
Manhattan.biz $5,000 Afternic 8/9/05
30.
tie
AMA.us $5,000 Afternic 4/26/05
30.
tie
Broker.info $5,000 Sedo 5/31/05
33. WhitePages.biz $4,995 Afternic 7/5/05
34. Golfreisen.info
("golf travel" in German)
€4,000 = $4,906 Sedo 9/13/05
35. Marketing.biz €3,900 = $4,748 Sedo 6/21/05
36. Adventure.info £2,500 = $4,708 Sedo 5/10/05
37. Pauschalreisen.info
("package tours" in German)
€3,500 = $4,507 Sedo 5/10/05
38.
tie
GourmetFood.us $4,500 Pvt Sale 10/25/05
38.
tie
OrganicFood.us $4,500 Pvt Sale 10/25/05
38.
tie
MyHouse.biz $4,500 Pvt Sale 6/28/05
41. HTML.info $4,300 NamePros 12/13/05
42. Physician.info $4,150 Pvt Sale 1/18/05
43. Honolulu.us $4,000 Pvt Sale 7/19/05
44. Degrees.info $3,800 Pvt Sale 8/16/05
45. ChurchOfChrist.info $3,750 Pvt Sale 10/4/05
46. Piercing.us €3,000 = $3,680 Sedo 9/13/05
47. Pauschalreise.info
("package tour" in German)
€2,800 = $3,606 Sedo 5/10/05
48. GEP.info €3,000 = $3,576 Sedo 7/5/05
49. Attest.info €2,700 = $3,559 Sedo 3/1/05
50.
tie
Suez.info $3,500 Afternic 11/1/05
50.
tie
Forum.us $3,500 GreatDomains 3/8/05
50.
tie
New-York.info  $3,500 Sedo 5/10/05
*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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