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.
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
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
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
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
(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,
DNJournal First 35
Domain Sales - Mon. Apr. 24, 2006 - Sun. May 7, 2006
Euro to Dollar Conversion ( to $) is Based
on Rates in Effect Tue. May 9
million Norwegian kroner = $717,978
Cancha.com ("court" or "sports field" in
Can$ = $26,801
("sports bets" in Spanish)
Norwegian kroner = $16,411
Bilardo.com (Turkish for "billiards", also a Spanish
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
(.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
(.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
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.
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
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
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:
Code Top 25
ccTLD Sales: Mon. Apr. 24, 2006 - Sun. May 7, 2006 Euro to Dollar Conversion ( to $) is Based
on Rates in Effect Tue. May 9
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
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 email@example.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
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.