Sales Continue to Boom Despite Holiday Break in the United States
by Ron Jackson
The Memorial Day Weekend (which
has been stretched to four days, Friday-Monday, for many Americans)
is one of the biggest holidays in the States, but it doesn't look
like many domain buyers took a vacation break this past week. Every
domain on our new Top 20 chart (plus three more that didn't
chart) hit five figures and we are aware of a $355,000 sale
(handled by Afternic.com)
that can't be charted due to a non disclosure agreement.
just got word of another six-figure sale that occurred in March but
just came to light with the release of Communicate.com Inc's
first quarter SEC
filing. They disclosed the $123,000 sale of
Vancouver.com, a domain that the 10Q report says they had
originally purchased in 2001 for $65,900. Due to the time
frame involved, the sale isn't eligible for our weekly chart but it
has been placed on our Year-To-Date
list where it now ranks as the 16th biggest sale of 2006.
Note: A day after posting this report we learned from David
Jeffs at Communicate.com Inc. that there is more to the
Vancouver.com sale than meets the eye in the SEC filing. Mr. Jeffs
told us that the original deal for the domain was a lease to own
contract crafted in 2001. It called for 5 annual lease payments of
50,000 Canadian dollars, with a final purchase payment of 150,000
Canadian in 2006 (the $123,000 referenced in the 10Q report). In
prior years, those 50,000 CAD payments were shown on the books as
lease payments. All told, Communicate.com received 400,000 Canadian
for use of (and finally sale of) the domain over the past 5 years.
Mr. Jeffs added that they Communicate.com Inc. not have made the
same deal today.
This week's Big
Board is dominated by seven more completed sales involving domains
that were auctioned off by Moniker.com
at the T.R.A.F.F.I.C.
West conference in Las Vegas earlier this month.
That group includes the first four domains on our new list and seven
of the top 10. #1 Claim.com leads the way at $62,620,
followed by #2 Improve.com ($60,600) and a pair tied for 3rd
at $50,500 each; Tablets.com and FixedRate.com.
In addition to buying FixedRate.com, Howard Hoffman of
also bought #10 OffRoadTires.com at the auction for $29,300.
Afternic.com was the first venue to break the
Moniker/T.R.A.F.F.I.C. stranglehold on the top of the chart, taking
the #5 position with Vertigo.com. Afternic had a very strong
week and wound up claiming four rungs on the leader board. Sedo.com
also had another good outing with five entries on the chart
including #6 BookShop.com at $47,500. SnapNames.com
sewed up three slots. The only other venue on the elite list was DNForum.com
where 500.com changed hands for $40,000.
.Com took 17 of the 20 openings with
.net nailing down two and .eu accounting for the
other. This marks the first apperance on our all-extension
leader board by the European Union's new ccTLD. #16 EinFamilienHaus.eu
("one family house" in German) did the honors after
going for €11,050 ($14,219) at Sedo. It's something of a
surprise that the first .eu to hit the chart would be a three-word
term rather than a strong one-word domain. The term is the
equivalent of what Americans refer to as a "single family
home" or those in the UK know as a "detached
One of the two .nets on the leaderboard was
a doozy. #7 Buy.net, sold at the Moniker/T.R.A.F.F.I.C.
auction for $45,450, is the second highest .net sale reported
this year, trailing only Sex.net. Here's a look at the
complete leader board for the week ending Sunday,
DNJournal Top 20
Domain Sales - Mon. May 22, 2006 - Sun. May 28, 2006
Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based
on Rates in Effect Tue. May 30
EinFamilienHaus.eu ("one family house" in German)
Voiture.net ("car" in French)
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.
Three more five-figure sales finished just off the
chart with each of those hitting an even $10,000. Sedo
accounted for two of those with YourServer.com and GotVoicemail.com
while SnapNames booked the other one, Mare.com.
.Com Supporting Cast
There was a lot of talent in the .com supporting cast
this week. At Afternic, JourneyLite.com packed $9,500
while Go1.com and Powercast.com pulled $5,000
each. WMFO.com contributed $4,450, SelfServ.com sold
for $2,500 and Bodybuilding-Supplements.com kicked in
Afternic added $2,250 for LifestylePortraits.com and $2,000
Back at SnapNames, CityOfDurham.com drew $8,088,
MetalShop.com hammered out $8,000 and UPenn.com posted
$7,200. PinkPages.com flipped through $6,101, FertilityDoctor.com
delivered $6,100 and TMGroup.com tallied $6,050.
AnyBet.com won $5,550, TeenAddiction.com found
a $4,621 cure and VacationRentalsIntl.com went for $4,600.
Other winners at SnapNames included AntiqueWatches.com
($4,300), Zoomba.com ($4,200) and Kelleys.com
SnapNames had 37 more sales ranging from $2,000 to
just over $3,600. You can check those out in the table below:
Additional SnapNames Sales
The hit parade at Sedo continued with CityCarClub.com
at $7,000, Werbemittel.com at €5,000 ($6,436) and
FOAF.com at $6,300. LabCenter.com tested out at $5,500,
FissionEnergy.com generated $5,000 and Bet2.com
In other Moniker/T.R.A.F.F.I.C. auction sales that
were completed this week CopyServices.com sold for $6,175,
Glockenspiel.com spawned $3,050 and BarGuides.com booked
$2,095. In another sale at Enom's Club
Drop, OJR.com corralled $5,300.
(.biz, .info, .net & .org)
.Net barely nudged out .org in last
week's Global Contenders race (winning the battle for
total chart positions 10-9) but this week was a different
story, with .net scoring a landslide victory. The extension
took the first five positions on the chart and 8 of the top
10. Buy.net led the way after going for $45,450
in the second biggest .net sale reported this year. Another
nice five-figure domain, Voiture.net ("car"
in French) took the runner-up spot after going for €8,200
($10,555) at Sedo.
Afternic added fuel to the .net fire by
selling #3 PrivateJet.net for $6,000. After two more .net
sales at Sedo, .org finally drew blood with #6 Kontaktanzeigen.org
("personals ad" in German) selling for €2,300
($2,960) at Sedo. .Org had another top ten entry with #9 Jeffrey.org
at $2,200. Overall, .org took the 6 slots .net left
behind while .biz and .info both went home empty
handed. The latter two extensions did have four-figure sales
just off the chart though.
Here's a complete look at the Global
Contenders list for the week ending May 28:
Global Contenders Top 20
Highest Reported Non .Com Global
(.Net, .Org, .Biz & .Info) Mon. May
22, 2006 - Sun. May 28, 2006 Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based
on Rates in Effect Tue. May 30
There were 15 more four-figure sales just off
the chart and SnapNames accounted for all but four of those.
They scored with CherryHill.net ($1,405), HeartSurgery.net
($1,365) and Dragonball.net($1,349). In the
same extension, WebNursing.com went for $1,211
and Vittorio.net notched $1,161.
On the .org side of the ledger, SnapNames sold Senadoelapr.org
for $1,400 while DCTV.org and BCFN.org brought
$1,300 each. Tele.org phoned in $1,272, Nici.org
netted $1,250 and ALIC2004.org fetched $1,010.
.Biz had a pair or four-figure sales this week
with Geneva.biz going for $1,175 at Pool.com
and Winner.biz bringing $1,100 at Sedo. .Info's
best effort was the $1,200 attracted by the
double-hyphenated Video-On-Demand.info at Sedo. In
another four-figure deal, Afternic banked $1,105 for 1o.net.
The European Union's new .eu extension hit
the top of our ccTLD chart for the first time this week
and did it in a convincing manner with EinFamilienHaus.eu ("one
family house" in German) selling for a solid €11,050
($14,219) at Sedo. Another .eu also cracked the top half
of the Country Code leader board as #8 Autokran.eu
("car crane" in German) hoisted €2,500 ($3,217)
at Sedo. A car crane is a piece of heavy machinery used to
load and unload cargo vessels that ship automobiles.
America's country code, .us, had
the most chart entries with four. PPCIncome.com's Howard
Hoffman accounted for three of those, spending $3,150 each
on Vehicles.us, Desks.us and Desk.us at
the Moniker/T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Auction in Las Vegas. Germany's
.de and Great Britain's .co.uk made strong showings
on the upper reaches of the chart. The Brits scored with #2 Why.co.uk
at £3,500 ($6,592) and #6 Apartment.co.uk at
€3,600 ($4,632). .De countered by sweeping positions 3
through 5 with a pair of 3-letter domains, ERS.de ($6,436) and
FIO.de ($5,919) doing the most damage.
Other countries represented on this week's
chart included the Bahamas, India, Switzerland,Samoa
and China. #7 Poker.bs gave the Bahamas a
rare chart entry after going for $3,600 in a private
sale. The $3,200 sale of #9 Commodities.in
(Indian ccTLD) also came in a private transaction (though Sedo
handled the escrow end of that deal). Here's a look at the complete Country Code
list for the week ending May 28:
Code Sweet 16
ccTLD Sales: Mon. May 22, 2006 - Sun. May 28, 2006 Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based
on Rates in Effect Tue. May 30
Sedo accounted for the sales of the Swiss and
Samoan domains we mentioned earlier. They handled the €2,300
($2,959) sale of Hausfrauen.ch ("housewives"
in German), representing Switzerland's country code and the $1,600
deal for Blogs.ws (ccTLD for Samoa). Afternic gets
credit for the $1,450 sale of DragonAir.cn (China's
picked up a nice buy at the NamePros.com
domain forum, getting FreeHost.us, FreeHosting.us and
FreeWebHosting.us for a total of $1,100.
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.