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Pair of Six-Figure Sales Keeps Fire Burning Under a Hot Domain Market 

by Ron Jackson
  

Another batch of those domains auctioned off at the T.R.A.F.F.I.C. West conference in Las Vegas earlier this month completed the transfer process this week. One of them, POS.com, soared to the summit on our new Top 20 Chart after being acquired by Canada's Shaun Pilfold for $252,500

Eight of the first ten domains on the Big Board were sold during that historic live auction event. However, the week's second six-figure sale was completed elsewhere, with Wisconsin's OnYourMark, LLC selling Scouts.com for $107,000 in a private transaction. The new owners will use the domain for a site devoted to Boy Scouts, Explorer Scouts and Cub Scouts worldwide.

With the exception of #2 Scouts.com and #9 Hottels.com, a hotels typo that sold for $27,000 at GoDaddy's TDNAM.com, every other domain on the top half of the chart is credited to the T.R.A.F.F.I.C. auction conducted by Moniker.com. The gems in that group included #3 WaterfrontProperty.com at $80,850, #4 Programmer.com at $65,700 and #5 Bubbles.com at $55,550.

Speaking of domain conference auctions, another name on the new leader board, #14 AutomotiveLoans.com, was sold by Sedo.com for $18,000 at last month's silent auction at the Domain Roundtable conference in Seattle. The transaction was just wrapped up this week.

.Com took 17 of the 20 chart entries, with ccTLDs claiming two and .net one. The country code winners were #13 Retirement.ca, purchased in a private transaction by Irex Corp for 23,000 Canadian dollars ($20,494) and #18 Apotheke24.de ("pharmacy 24" in German), which went for €10,000 ($12,868) at Sedo. Irex Corp also released information on three other large .ca buys they made earlier this year. Those are no longer eligible for our weekly charts but will go on our Year to Date ccTLD list. We'll give you the details on those in our Country Code section later in this column.

The lone .net on the new list was an impressive one with the 3-letter AFH.net attracting $12,500 at Afternic.com to claim the 19th spot. Here's a look at the complete leader board for the week ending Sunday, May 21:

 

The DNJournal Top 20 
Reported Domain Sales - Mon. May 15, 2006 - Sun. May 21, 2006
Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. May 23

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. POS.com $252,500 Moniker/Traffic
2. Scouts.com $107,000 Pvt Sale
3. WaterfrontProperty.com $80,850 Moniker/Traffic
4. Programmer.com $65,700 Moniker/Traffic
5. Bubbles.com $55,550 Moniker/Traffic
6. CarWax.com $40,400 Moniker/Traffic
7. DebtRecovery.com $33,380 Moniker/Traffic
8. GameDesigner.com $29,350 Moniker/Traffic
9. Hottels.com (typo) $27,000 TDNAM
10. Brackets.com $25,300 Moniker/Traffic

11. PlatinumCasino.com $23,750 SnapNames
12. GetJobs.com $23,306 SnapNames
13. Retirement.ca 23,000 CAD = $20,494 Pvt Sale
14. AutomotiveLoans.com $18,000 Sedo/Roundtable
15. TeakFurniture.com $16,667 Afternic
16. PillFinder.com $15,805 SnapNames
17. NameSpace.com $15,501 SnapNames
18. Apotheke24.de
("pharmacy 24" in German)
€10,000 = $12,868 Sedo
19. AFH.net $12,500 Afternic
20. LensRate.com $11,750 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.

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.

.Com Supporting Cast

Sedo anchored the new chart with LensRate.com at $11,750 and they had another 5-figure sale just off chart, Spotlights.com at $10,300. Sedo also scored with LoterieNationale.com at €7,500 ($9,650), ServicesWeb.com at $8,000 and Blove.com at $6,500. 2345678.com added up to $5,500 while JustGames.com and InternetMusic.com commanded $5,000 each. Arts-Martiaux.com kicked in another €3,500 ($4,503), PrintColor.com produced $4,500, TheBestWayTo.com contributed $4,200 and HairSprays.com pumped out €3,000 ($3,860).

In addition to their quartet on the Top 20 chart, SnapNames scored with LiveXXX.com at $9,600, MichiganVacation.com at $8,419 and Aran.com at $8,100. VegasShow.com wowed the crowd with $7,844, IndustrialRobots.com pounded out $7,844 and EasyType.com tallied $5,300. Banke.com deposited $5,100, 4ecorp.com fetched $4,922 and OnlineMedication.com prescribed $4,321

The SnapNames listed also included HiSpeedWorld.com at $3,900 and ColonialVillage.com at $3,600. The popular auction venue had 27 more sales ranging from $2,000 to nearly $3,400. You can check those out in the table below:

Additional SnapNames Sales Between $2,000-$3,400
SAIG.com $3,400   SeaBooks.com $2,350
PlayBetterGolf.com $3,400 VitaShop.com $2,255
HumorJokes.com $3,313 FunnyGifs.com $2,250
GeneResearch.com $3,200 FredHammond.com $2,250
MySpaceTools.com $3,101 MyVoicestream.com $2,222
InfantGifts.com $3,022 CheapLawyers.com $2,200
NoWonder.com $3,000 EmeryBoards.com $2,155
Xoor.com $2,900 IdealMortgage.com $2,150
TVSO.com $2,700 TechMetrix.com $2,100
Sarbanes.com $2,600 Tobacciana.com $2,055
CulinaryMagazine.com $2,600 TorontoTimes.com $2,050
BarelyLegalBoys.com $2,600 MalHumor.com ("bad mood" in Spanish) $2,050
WhiskeyRiver.com $2,399 DigitalEffects.com $2,011
CollectableToys.com $2,389  

In other sales from the Moniker/T.R.A.F.F.I.C. auction that were completed this week, DiscountShows.com closed at $9,204 while VegasTravelDeals.com and WineSupplies.com uncorked $6,175 each. FreeOnlineQuote.com found $5,575, FutureHealth.com sold for $5,175 and FaxService.com transmitted $4,375. OnlineGameRental.com returned $3,750, SaveAChild.com called in $3,350 and ChristmasRingtones.com chimed in with $2,750.

At Enom's Club Drop BarFurniture com brought $8,200, MBADegreeOnline.com earned $4,200 and HowTos.com took in $2,000. TennisPros.com served a $1,900 ace and CityPolice.com pulled over $1,600.  

Back at Afternic Resales.com went for $5,250, PokerBuddy.com took a $5,220 pot and MobileSocial.com socked away $5,000. The winners also included LoveTravel.com ($4,488), CableRunner.com ($3,100) and FlexTek.com ($3,000). There was a five-domain logjam another step back at $2,500 each that included RosePetal.com, GalleryDirect.com, EventBuilder.com, BlackCommunity.com and ArtExhibits.com. Rounding out the Afternic roster was SexClick.com at $2,200 and a trio at $2,000 each that included SecureParts.com, ReadyRooms.com and LeavingTheLeft.com

Elsewhere, Castello Cities Internet Network purchased Firenza.com (typo of Italian word "Firenze" for Florence) for $2,500 in a private transaction and at IDNForums.com, 長崎県.com ("Nagasaki prefecture" in Japanese) changed hands for $2,300. Meanwhile, at DNForum.com, PimpMyDomain.com sold PaintballMag.com and VintagePorno.com for $1,500 each.

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

It was a tight race among the Global Contenders this week with .net edging .org 10-9 in total chart entries. .Info and .biz had to settle for one each (there were 21 positions due to a tie for the final position). AFH.net breezed to the top of the chart after going for $12,500 at Afternic, almost four times the $3,600 commanded by runner-up Ahrinto.org at SnapNames. SnapNames wound up walking off with 14 of the 21 chart entries.

Messengers.net nailed down the #3 position at $3,123 followed by the lone .info, Super.info, which sold for €2,200 ($2,831) at Sedo. .Biz also flew solo with Energie.biz selling for $1,750 at SnapNames to tie for the 14th position. Here's a complete look at the Global Contenders list for the week ending May 21:



Global Contenders Top 20
 Highest Reported Non .Com Global TLD  Sales 
(.Net, .Org, .Biz & .Info) Mon. May 15, 2006 - Sun. May 21, 2006
Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. May 23

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. AFH.net $12,500 Afternic
2.  Ahrinto.org $3,600 SnapNames
3. Messengers.net $3,123 SnapNames
4.  Super.info €2,200 = $2,831 Sedo
5.
tie
BilligFlieger.org
("cheap flyer" in German)
€2,000 = $2,574 Sedo
5.
tie
AIIC.org €2,000 = $2,574 Sedo
7. PatioFurniture.net $2,411 SnapNames
8.
tie
Suomi.org $2,405 SnapNames
8.
tie 
ChineseFood.org $2,405 SnapNames
10. VirtualSoldier.net $2,300 SnapNames

11. Nationwide.org $2,226 SnapNames
12. AutomobileLoans.net $2,000 Enom's Club Drop
13. MarginWalker.org $1,800 SnapNames
14. 
tie
IOU.net $1,750 Sedo
14. 
tie
Energie.biz  $1,750 SnapNames
14.
tie
D2KLA.org $1,750 SnapNames
17. Propiedades.net $1,600 SnapNames
18. MyForum.org $1,500 Sedo
19. NLJ.net $1,450 SnapNames
20.
tie
Pigskin.net $1,414 SnapNames
20.
tie
Movement.net $1,414 SnapNames

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.

There were seven more four-figure sales just off the chart. Enom's Club Drop had the best of those with Referendum.net going for $1,300. Afternic had four more in that range with PeoplesRepublicOfChina.org and CateringServices.net attracting $1,200 each while SpywareBot.net and NatalieWood.net went for $1,000 each. SnapNames also sold a pair, Heirlooms.net at $1,156 and Chopin.net at $1,005.

In other notable sales, Context.info corralled €750 ($962) at Sedo, Premature.net sold for $870 at Enom's Club Drop and Whack.net whipped up $750 at Afternic. 

Country Codes

Canada reigns over the Country Codes this week thanks to Irex Corp's 23,000 Canadian dollar ($20,494) purchase of Retirement.ca in a private transaction. The company also sent us details on three other previously unannounced .ca acquisitions they made earlier this year, including Cruise.ca at 37,450 Canadian dollars ($33,363). They also bought Auto.ca for 11,6000 Canadian ($10,334) and TravelVacations.ca for 3,000 Canadian ($2,673).

The #2 slot went to Germany with Apotheke24.de ("pharmacy 24" in German) going for €10,000 ($12,868) at Sedo. There was great variety on our new ccTLD list with ten countries represented including Taiwan who had #3 3G.com.tw at €5,050 ($6,453). Another one of the new .eu's also popped up this week with #4 HDD.eu going for €5,000 ($6,391) at Sedo. 

There are two IDN's on the new chart (both .de's) and also three .cc domains (Cocos Keeling Islands ccTLD). The biggest surprise may be a hyphenated Russian domain, #6 Giga-Byte.ru, going for €2,000 ($2,574) at Sedo. Here's a look at the complete Country Code Chart for the week ending May 21:



Country Code Top 15
 Highest Reported ccTLD  Sales: Mon. May 15, 2006 - Sun. May 21, 2006
Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. May 23

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1.  Retirement.ca 23,000 CAD = $20,494 Pvt Sale
2. Apotheke24.de
("pharmacy 24" in German)
€10,000 = $12,868 Sedo
3. 3G.com.tw €5,050 = $6,453 Sedo
4. HDD.eu €5,000 = $6,391 Sedo
5. Arbeitsvertrδge.de (IDN)
("working contracts" in German)
€2,450 = $3,153 Sedo
6.  Giga-Byte.ru €2,000 = $2,574 Sedo
7. CC.cc $2,500 Pvt Sale
8. Kreissδgen.de (IDN)
("chainsaws" in German)
€1,750 = $2,251 Sedo

9. MobileMovies.co.uk £1,000 = $1,881 AcornDomains
10. TXT.us $1,750 Pvt Sale
11. Online-Pharmacy.in €1,300 = $1,672 Sedo
12. Bookmaker.es €1,000 = $1,286 Sedo
13. Urlaub.in €900 = $1,155 Ebay
14.
tie
Party.cc $1,000 Sedo
14.
tie
ByOwner.cc $1,000 Sedo

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.

India scored twice this week, and like Russia, owed one chart entry to a hyphenated domain, Online-Pharmacy.in at €1,300 ($1,672). Great Britain and America are also represented with #9 MobileMovies.co.uk going for £1,000 ($1,881) at AcornDomains.co.uk and TXT.us bringing $1,750 in a private transaction.

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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