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Sticker Shock! 3-Letter Norwegian Country Code Domain Commands Over $700,000 In Year's Highest Reported Sale

by Ron Jackson
  

Now that we are almost 5 months into 2006, I have to admit that just about the last thing I would have expected to see reigning as the year's biggest reported sale in any extension would be a country code domain from Norway! But that is exactly what we have today after NAV.no sold for the equivalent of $717,978 in a private transaction! That produced the biggest upset since the U.S. hockey team beat Russia in the 1980 Olympics.

Who would spend that kind of money on a 3-letter acronym in a relatively unknown extension? If you said only the government would throw money around like that, you get a gold star! The Norwegian government is starting a new bureau next fall called Ny Arbeids og Velferdsforvaltning (which translates roughly to New Work and Welfare Administration), hence the desire to acquire the NAV acronym that had been owned by a Norwegian architectural firm.

3.5 million Norwegian kroner was paid for the domain with another 25% VAT tax tacked on to make the total expenditure 4.375 million kroner. The sale was almost $100,000 higher than the year's previous YTD Chart leader, ON.com, which went for $635,000 in March. It is a fitting main entree for the incredible smorgasbord of sales we will be bringing you in this report. We have twice the usual number of sales to cover since we were on a rare hiatus last week. As you probably noticed, there was no column last week because we were busy covering the T.R.A.F.F.I.C. West conference in Las Vegas. Our complete wrap up of that event will be published on our home page Thursday night, May 11 and you can also see a sneak preview in our new May newsletter.

Some major sales news also came out of the that conference. In the biggest live domain auction ever held, $2.1 million worth of domains were sold in just three hours! The headliner was the $450,000 sale of Sex.net that will be the highest .net sale ever reported if the closing goes smoothly. In a couple of other monster sales, CD.com went for $275,000 and POS.com attracted $250,000. The auction just ended Thursday night (Eastern time, May 4) so payments and transfers still have to be completed. As that happens over the next week or two, the individual domains will become eligible for our charts. In the meantime, here is a list of every domain that sold at the historic T.R.A.F.F.I.C. West auction. 

We can add that some even larger sales were being hammered out privately at T.R.A.F.F.I.C. We know of a $1.6 million agreement for a two-letter .com and the parties involved indicated that they may release the name once the transaction is completed.

The #2 domain on our expanded Big Board, Jail.com, was sold for $111,100 in a silent auction conducted by Moniker.com at the Domain Roundtable conference in Seattle two weeks ago. GreatDomains followed with #3 CollectionAgency.com at $85,000 and SnapNames.com was next in line thanks to the $75,805 sale of Favorite.com. Sedo, who racked up three Top Ten entries, scored with #5 Cancha.com ("court" or "sports field" in Spanish) at €54,075 ($68,842). Canada's Shaun Pilford sold #6 USCredit.com for $45,000 through BigTicketDomains.com (Shaun is also the guy who plunked down $250,000 for POS.com at the T.R.A.F.F.I.C. auction).

All told 35 domains sold for at least five figures over the past 14 days. Seven of those were country code domains and .net snared a pair. Here's a look at the complete all extension leader board for the two weeks ending Sunday, May 7:

 

The DNJournal First 35 
Reported Domain Sales - Mon. Apr. 24, 2006 - Sun. May 7, 2006
Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. May 9

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. NAV.no 4.375 million Norwegian kroner  = $717,978 Pvt Sale
2. Jail.com $111,100 Moniker/DRT
3. CollectionAgency.com $85,000 GreatDomains
4. Favorite.com $75,805 SnapNames
5. Cancha.com
("court" or "sports field" in Spanish)
€54,075 = $68,842 Sedo
6. USCredit.com $45,000 BigTicketDomains
7. TheCube.co.uk £22,000 = $40,919 Sedo
8. Duplicate.com $34,500 SnapNames
9. Strikes.com $32,000 GreatDomains
10. MyFinance.com $29,500 Sedo
11. Delivery.ca 29,500 Can$ = $26,801 MyID.ca
12. Reset.com $25,250 SnapNames
13. OnlinePoker.de €19,000 = $24,189 Sedo
14. ApuestasDeportivas.com
("sports bets" in Spanish)
€17,500 = $22,279 Sedo
15. GameRenders.com (typo) $20,300 Moniker/
DomainSystems
16.
tie
Supervisors.com $20,250 SnapNames
16.
tie
Argon.com $20,250 SnapNames

18. Spie.com $19,400 Sedo
19. DirectMailMarketing.com $17,750 SnapNames
20. OnlineCasinos.net $17,000 Afternic
21. SMK.no 100,000 Norwegian kroner  = $16,411 Pvt Sale
22. NuclearEnergy.com $16,000 Afternic
23. Inked.com $15,250 Moniker/
DomainSystems
24. Bilardo.com
(Turkish for "billiards", also a Spanish surname)
$14,082 SnapNames
25. HomeList.com $13,500 BuyDomains
26. Codecs.com $13,472 SnapNames
27. GMK.com $13,350 SnapNames
28.
tie
LoanList.com $13,000 BuyDomains
28.
tie
Flake.com $13,000 GreatDomains
30. VideoBlogs.com $10,500 SearchDomains
ForSale
31. TrustUs.com €8,000 = $10,185 Sedo
32.
tie
Voipo.com $10,000 Sedo
32.
tie
Theater.co.uk $10,000 Pvt Sale
32.
tie
DownloadMusic.net $10,000 Afternic
32.
tie
BusinessChannel.tv $10,000 Afternic

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.

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.

You no doubt noticed that second Norwegian domain on our new list, #21 SMK.no at $16,411. Once again, the Norwegian government had a hand in that deal as the domain was purchased by the prime minister's office. Another noteworthy ccTLD sale was BusinessChannel.tv, a name that tuned in $10,000 at Afternic.com in the year's highest reported .tv sale.

.Com Supporting Cast

SnapNames placed 9 domains on our new leader board and had dozens of additional standout sales including Trixie.com at $9,655 and Maori.com at $9,300. They also topped off FuelTank.com with $7,800, attracted $7,200 for HillaryDuff.com and collected $7,000 for eIncentives.com. Other winners included Londonderry.com ($6,650), ACCBasketball.com ($6,600) and Hypertec.com ($6,500). WinterBoots.com went for $6,360, Hong-Kong.com kicked in $6,356 and ScrapbookStore.com pasted up $6,322.

Also at SnapNames, RVCompanion.com made $6,031, JobCareer.com clocked out with $5,966 and SearchForJobs.com found $5,923. AlpharettaRealEstate.com closed at $5,800, xFax.com fetched $5,600 and WebEncyclopedia.com looked up $5,500. Robotix.com stamped out $5,250, USprint.com sprung $5,101 and TrackSuits.com zipped up $5,100. CheapFuton.com chipped in $5,100, NUJ.com commanded $5,023 and Lockjaw.com landed $5,022.

SnapNames had 77 more sales ranging from $2,000 to nearly $5,000. You can check those out in the table below:

Additional SnapNames Sales Between $2,000-$5,000
VideoGameSystems.com $4,910   DietForASmallPlanet.com $2,611
Retiva.com $4,700 TheChurchillScholarships.com $2,600
SeattleCatering.com $4,600 Lexin.com $2,600
FriendsOfFriends.com $4,600 Internet-Casino.com $2,600
TESI.com $4,407 DWI-Texas.com $2,555
TexasRanch.com $4,401 MichiganGolfCourses.com $2,526
SalvageAutos.com $4,300 OilBlog.com $2,450
SnowDogs.com $4,211 Afrodita.com $2,450
RainSuit.com $4,211 Aptus.com $2,400
AircraftOnline.com $4,200 AncientRoute.com $2,375
TileRoofing.com $4,100 USLacrosse.com $2,350
SkidSteerLoaders.com $4,076 PrintingPaper.com $2,306
Journeymen.com $4,000 KungFuMovie.com $2,306
ArubaBeach.com $3,967 CharterTravel.com $2,300
VennDiagrams.com $3,900 BoxFlex.com $2,300
SemperFidelis.com $3,851 KitchenTheatre.com $2,261
NewYorkArchitect.com $3,750 PrizedJobs.com $2,252
SuedeJacket.com $3,733 LewisAndClarkEducationCenter.com $2,250
WhiteWaterRapids.com $3,656 AAAJobs.com $2,226
Zoso.com $3,500 HealthCommunications.com $2,188
PinoyLaw.com $3,436 AStepBeyondCrafts.com $2,162
BridalHairpins.com $3,433 ECBOnline.com $2,150
BigMovie.com $3,400 TruckRenting.com $2,101
DriveInMovieTheater.com $3,333 Solia.com $2,100
Verdinet.com $3,310 Huetamo.com $2,100
TheComputerShop.com $3,301 Boue.com $2,100
MagicMoment.com $3,300 WasteCorp.com $2,073
ChildSummerCamp.com $3,288 Waldemarsudde.com $2,060
Blackstripe.com $3,203 FitnessJournal.com $2,060
Sori.com $3,200 KenCranes.com $2,051
Jetco.com $3,200 Parodia.com $2,050
GiftPackages.com $3,200 GrandsPlace.com $2,050
WindowsAndDoors.com $3,105 ClearTouch.com $2,050
AuctionLive.com $2,870 SeriousD.com $2,049
DivingSuit.com $2,800 TalonNews.com $2,000
Neo-Modus.com $2,750 SecondCareer.com $2,000
WildernessSurvival.com $2,700 POPN.com $2,000
WebPageLayout.com $2,700 MensWrestling.com $2,000
AquaZone.com $2,700  

Back at Sedo, Emigo.com contributed £5,000 ($9,300), Iconoclast.com added $9,000 and 598.com dialed up €6,500 ($8,275). KeyTurn.com tallied €5,500 ($7,002), Emwave.com went for $6,600 and VortalSearch.com sold for $6,500. An IDN, Nataciσn.com ("swimming" in Spanish), netted €4,500 ($5,729) and DailyGame.com drew the same price.

Also at Sedo, Elkor.com booked $5,101, BlackCherry.com brought $5,000 and eDominion.com deposited $4,799. TV24.com clicked on $4,500, AceGolf.com tapped in $4,300, HedgeFundServices.com cornered $4,000 and InsuranceSavings.com returned $3,900.

At Afternic, Music-Lyrics.com landed $7,450, PCRemoteAccess.com connected with $6,000 and AffectionDatingServices.com attracted $4,350. ToolPlanet.com took in $3,900 and Evesta.com corralled $3,222 while NuclearPhysics.com and F2F.com contributed $3,000 each. Afternic's hit list also included Istoria.com ($2,800), Thoughtcast.com ($2,778) and StellaDigital.com ($2,650). Three other domains, REXD.com, NNBD.com and ASKW.com went for $2,000 each.

At IDNForums.com, another IDN,  髪.com (kanji for "hair" in both Japanese and Chinese), sold for $6,000. At Enom's Club Drop, SkiSuit.com looked stylish at $5,100, OSHI.com sold for $4,600 and Fasta.com fetched $3,300. Elsewhere, Drop Wizard sold NewOrleansCasino.com for $4,300 and Bank-Loans.com for $1,500 while SearchDomainsForSale.com bagged $2,000 for BorderTraffic.com.

Global Contenders (.biz, .info, .net & .org)

.Net swept the top three spots on our expanded Global Contenders chart this week and took four of the first five positions. A pair of domains that also reached our mainstream list led the GC race with OnlineCasinos.net hitting the top spot at $17,000 and DownloadMusic.net next at $10,000. Both of those domains were sold at Afternic. #3 VideoRentals.net checked out at $4,944 then .org landed its first punch with #4 PCBS.org going for $4,401

Always popular 3-letter domains took 8 slots on our new list. Six of those were .nets and the other two were .orgs. .Info and .biz were each limited to one position on this week's chart. #34 Ticket.biz brought $1,716 at SnapNames and LCD-TV.info tied for the 40th slot after selling for $1,500 at Sedo.  Here's a complete look at the Global Contenders list for the week ending May 7:



Global Contenders Top 40
 Highest Reported Non .Com Global TLD  Sales 
(.Net, .Org, .Biz & .Info) Mon. Apr. 24, 2006 - Sun. May 7, 2006
Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. May 9

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. OnlineCasinos.net $17,000 Afternic
2.  DownloadMusic.net $10,000 Afternic
3. VideoRentals.net $4,944 SnapNames
4.  PCBS.org $4,401 SnapNames
5. Hochzeit.net
("wedding" in German)
€3,456 = $4,400 Sedo
6. Cathy.org $4,100 SnapNames
7. DDOS.net €3,000 = $3,819 Sedo
8. SVC.net $2,950 SnapNames
9.  DemandMedia.net $2,750 Afternic
10.
tie
UHR.net
("watch" in German)
€2,000 = $2,551 Pvt Sale
10.
tie
TV-Guide.net €2,000 = $2,551 Sedo
12.
tie
Archibalds.net $2,500 Afternic
12. 
tie
Acceso.org $2,500 SnapNames
14.  Detailing.net  $2,477 SnapNames
15. TruckAuctions.net $2,450 SnapNames
16. KAW.net $2,395 SnapNames
17. SanDimas.net $2,300 Enom's Club Drop
18. OpenAMF.org $2,251 SnapNames
19. Loterie.org € 1,744 = $2,220 Sedo
20. VacationPackages.net $2,208 SnapNames

21. UNS.org $2,200 Sedo
21. LawFund.org $2,150 SnapNames
23.  FijiIslands.org $2,050 SnapNames
24.  JoshuaTree.net $2,049 SnapNames
25. SGT.net $1,994 SnapNames
26. Motivados.org $1,952 SnapNames
27. HistoricMass.org $1,894 SnapNames
28.
tie
UCCH.org $1,800 SnapNames
28.
tie
ProductReviews.org $1,800 Sedo
28.
tie
FHM.net $1,800 Afternic
31. WKD.net $1,772 SnapNames
32. TenCommandmentsDefense.org $1,761 SnapNames
33. RwandEmb.org $1,750 SnapNames
34. Ticket.biz $1,716 SnapNames
35. EHS-Training.org $1,650 SnapNames
36. HYA.org $1,611 SnapNames
37. Asphalt-Games.net $1,550 SnapNames
38. FastDigital.net €1,200 = $1,528 Sedo
39. UsedClothes.net $1,506 SnapNames
40.
tie
RedCard.net $1,500 Afternic
40.
tie
LCD-TV.info $1,500 Sedo
40.
tie
CountyCourt.net $1,500 Enom's Club Drop

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.

There were 29 more 4-figure sales just off the chart with SnapNames claiming two dozen of those. Their .org winners were led by HomeGrantsUSA.org at $1,453, Regie-Laval.org and FiTech.org at $1,450 each and Ispak.org at $1,410. Paralink.org brought $1,400 while RLCNet.org and Raise.org went for $1,350 each. ICID2005.org and I-A-A.org added $1,250 each while Lamuni.org landed $1,150. Two others, SpacecoreTech.org and CCRAS.org, sold for $1,000 each.

On the .net side of the ledger, SnapNames sold RainyDay.net for $1,255, LNK.net for $1,251 and a trio that included WeddingSong.net, MobileRingtones.net and CreditCardOnline.net for $1,250 each. Cereals.net swallowed $1,206, Newburgh.net notched $1,156 and WebStorage.net went for $1,150. Snap's other notable .nets included DHX.net ($1,054), Countywide.net ($1,050) and CyberHotels.net ($1,010). SnapNames also sold TecnologiayGobierno.info for $1,411.

At Sedo, Amaze.net sold for $1,350, Fliegen.net found €1,020 ($1,299) and Maya.net yielded $1,115. Sedo also picked up €1,100 ($1,400) for Performer.biz and posted a rare .pro sale with Iraq.pro going for $900. At Afternic, PushMedia.net pulled $1,188.

Country Codes

It was another monster week for the Country Code domains with NAV.no giving this category the biggest sale of the year in any extension. Six more ccTLDs racked up impressive five-figure sales and you've already seen all of those on our all-extension list at the top of this report.

The hits just kept on coming with a barrage of high four figure sales that included #8 Kult.de at €7,699 and #9 London.se at €7,520 ($9,574). Both of those were sold at Sedo, a venue that accounted for 19 of the 25 entries on this week's expanded Country Code chart. 

Germany's .de and Great Britain's .co.uk had the most chart entries but several other countries were represented with the list sporting rare appearances from Sao Tome and Principe (#16 Li.st at $5,000), Pakistan (#22 Poker.pk at $2,250) and Turks and Caicos Islands (#25 Poker.tc at $1,575).

Here's a look at the complete Country Code Chart for the week ending May 7:



Country Code Top 25
 Highest Reported ccTLD  Sales: Mon. Apr. 24, 2006 - Sun. May 7, 2006
Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. May 9

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1.  NAV.no 4.375 million Norwegian kroner  = $717,978 Sedo
2. TheCube.co.uk £22,000 = $40,919 Sedo
3. Delivery.ca $29,500 Can$ = $26,801 MyID.ca
4. OnlinePoker.de €19,000 = $24,189 Sedo
5. SMK.no 100,000 Norwegian kroner  = $16,411 Sedo
6. Theater.co.uk $10,000 Pvt Sale
7.  BusinessChannel.tv $10,000 Afternic
8. Kult.de €7,699 = $9,801 Sedo
9. London.se €7,520 = $9,574 Sedo
10. Zumex.co.uk £4,750 = $8,835 Sedo
11. Relay.co.uk £4,500 = $8,370 Sedo
12. NightClub.de €5,250 = $6,684 Sedo

13. Couture.co.uk £3,500 = $6,510 Sedo
14. e-Game.de €5,000 = $6,365 Sedo
15. Night-Club.de €4,250 = $5,411 Sedo
16. Li.st $5,000 Sedo
17. Flugzeug.de
("airplane" in German)
€3,500 = $4,464 Sedo
18. Tobaksbutiken.se €3,300 = $4,201 Sedo
19. Compare.cc $4,000 GreatDomains
20. Hairsprays.co.uk €3,000 = 3,819 Sedo
21. Easy.at €2,700 = $3,437 Sedo
22. Poker.pk $2,250 Afternic
23. Cheap-Laptops.co.uk £1,100 = $2,046 Sedo
24. Podcasts.tv $2,000 Sedo
25. Poker.tc $1,575 Afternic

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.

The $4,000 sale of #19 Compare.cc was one of the highest sales we have seen for that extension, the country code for the Cocos (Keeling) Islands. In other sales, Drop Wizard drew $1,100 for WhiteWeddings.ca and a pair of 1-letter Belize domains, J.bz and V.bz went for $750 each at DNForum.com.

Now that you're up to date on what happened over the past week, check out how the leaders stand year to date in all categories by visiting our Year To Date Charts page.

*****

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 who share their sales information with us to help everyone in the business get a handle on current domain values. Richard Meyer of DotCom Group, LLC also provides invaluable help in collecting 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 night publication to give you the freshest sales report in the industry. 

Editor's Note: If you wish to review previous Domain Sales columns, they are available in our Archive.


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