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Quarter-Million Dollar Sale of Malta.com and Largest .Info Sale Ever Reported Headline This Week's Domain Market Action

by Ron Jackson
  

Rob Morrison's $250,000 purchase of Malta.com was an easy winner in this week's domain sales race. The deal, closed at Sedo.com, ranks among the 12 largest sales reported so far this year. It is also the second largest geo domain sale of 2006, trailing only Macau.com which went for $550,000 in February. 

Morrison, a well-known member at the DomainState.com forum (where his handle is Rob), has had his eye on Malta.com for some time. The domain represents an island nation in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea that is very popular with tourists. Malta is also a member of the European Union and uses English as one of its two official languages (along with Maltese). 

Sedo also made news this week by handling the largest .info sale reported to date. The new king of the .info hill is Casino.info, a domain that attracted 28,000 ($35,127) to surpass the previous leader, Camping.info which sold for $28,100 (also at Sedo) in March. Casino.info also ranks as the third highest Global Contenders sale of the year, topped only by Sex.net and Buy.net (you can see all of the Year-To-Date standings on our YTD Charts page). 

Casino.info ranks #4 on this week's all-extension Top 20 leader board. Monker.com/DomainSystems.com claimed the second and third slots with FireplaceMantels.com at $76,000 and PasadenaRealEstate.com at $44,187. Sedo and Afternic.com tied for the #5 position with a pair of $30,000 sales. Sedo's entry was, appropriately enough, Tie.com, while Afternic scored with GDIT.com. As a rare 3-letter word that also represents a very popular product, we think the Tie.com buyer got an exceptionally good deal. 

Sedo had a very big week, claiming 8 of the 21 chart openings (there is one extra slot this week due to a tie for the final position). Moniker/DomainSystems and SnapNames.com each took four places. The leader at SnapNames was #7 Silence.com at $25,750

.Com dominated the TLD race, sweeping 19 of the 21 positions. The other two spots went to a .co.uk country code domain (#19 Mob.co.uk, sold for $9,187 at Sedo) and a .net, ClimCalc.net, which tied for 20th after selling for $9,101 at SnapNames. Here's a look at the complete Big Board for the week ending Sunday, June 11:

 

The DNJournal Top 20 
Reported Domain Sales - Mon. June 5, 2006 - Sun. June 11, 2006
Euro to Dollar Conversion ( to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. June 13

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. Malta.com $250,000 Sedo
2. FireplaceMantels.com $76,000 Moniker/
DomainSystems
3. PasadenaRealEstate.com $44,187 Moniker/
DomainSystems
4. Casino.info 28,000 = $35,127 Sedo
5.
tie
Tie.com $30,000 Sedo
5.
tie
GDIT.com $30,000 Afternic
7. Silence.com $25,750 SnapNames
8. SBP.com $24,350 Moniker/
DomainSystems
9. 06.com (zero six) $20,000 Sedo
10. Sable.com $16,667 Sedo
11. QuestionsAndAnswers.com $13,750 SnapNames
12. YourScreen.com $11,500 Sedo
13. CasinoTurbo.com $11,000 Sedo

14. AKuwait.com 3,000 KD = $10,377 KuwaitNET
15. SnapSheets.com $10,220 Moniker/
DomainSystems
16.
tie
Qool.com $10,000 DNForum
16.
tie
AcadiaNationalPark.com $10,000 Pvt Sale
18. BatteryCharger.com $9,400 Enom's Club Drop
19. Mob.co.uk 5010 = $9,187 Sedo
20.
tie
ClimCalc.net $9,101 SnapNames
20.
tie
AsiaHotel.com $9,101 SnapNames

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.

While Sedo, Afternic and Moniker monopolized most of the chart entries, they did leave seats at the table for a few others. KuwaitNET.net sold AKuwait.com for 3,000 Kuwaiti dinars ($10,377), Qool.com changed hands for $10,000 at DNForum.com and Steve Imhof sold AcadiaNationalPark.com for the same amount in a private transaction. Enom's Club Drop also earned a spot with BatteryCharger.com generating $9,400.

.Com Supporting Cast

SnapNames supplemented their four charted domains with a boatload of solid four-figure sales including TurkeyTours.com ($8,577) and TravelBoston.com ($8,077). HarperCollege.com admitted $7,299 and CityGear.com contributed $6,977 while AffiliateSearch.com and RatTraps.com snagged $6,600 each. CreditReportsFree.com fetched another $5,300 and Nwatna.com kicked in $5,250

Also at SnapNames, VHQ.com commanded $5,201, CoolCoupons.com clipped $5,200 and CanalPlus.com posted $5,100 iHomeLoans.com closed at $4,500, LaptopProjector.com provided $4,310 and NaatWest.com went for $4,200. Another 23 sales ranged from $2,000-$4,000. You can check those out in the table below:

Additional SnapNames Sales Between $2,000-$4,000
Therese.com $3,999   Toreadors.com $2,500
FinancialGlossary.com $3,295 TheRomp.com $2,494
AllGreen.com $3,100 QualityInnSuites.com $2,473
AA1.com $3,100 LaptopProjectors.com $2,150
CountryWid.com $2,911 Unveil.com $2,106
CancerSurvivors.com $2,900 IEEE1394.com $2,094
FrozenSeafood.com $2,855 LendingMoney.com $2,072
SaltWaterPool.com $2,747 PetsPartOfTheFamily.com $2,051
MapOfOrlando.com $2,713 InsuranceInvestigation.com $2,038
VOIPReviews.com $2,611 GarageConstruction.com $2,012
YogaSchool.com $2,604 Nursey.com $2,000
AsianForYou.com $2,555   

Back at Sedo, Theories.com tested out at $8,000, ColdMail.com returned a cool $7,500 and SearchDestination.com found $5,500. Internet-Mall.com and BlurtIt.com brought $5,000 each while OptimalImaging.com captured $4,900 and PartnerBank.com deposited $4,100.

The Afternic sales list included TradeWorld.com at $7,080, SocialMail.com at $7,000 and Crawdaddy.com at $5,556. Afternic added $2,500 for WebcamDates.com, $2,250 for XPlayer.com and $2,200 for DynaWind.com. Another trio that included VideoPay.com, eWiseNetwork.com and ClickWebsites.com sold for $2,000 each. 

Elsewhere, LittleAuthor.com booked $5,000 in a private sale and at Enom's Club Drop DesignerBathroom.com drew $2,200.

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

Casino.info hit the Global Contenders jackpot this week, easily topping our new chart after going for 28,000 ($35,127) at Sedo in the biggest .info sale reported to date. Though .info, as a newer extension, doesn't have as many weekly sales as the longer established .net and .org TLDs, the extension has more than held it's own at the top of the Year-To-Date chart. Three of the year's eight biggest Global Contender sales are .infos, including Casino.info, Camping.info (sold for $28,100 in March) and New-York.info (sold for $22,864, also in March).

.Info had two other strong chart entries this week as #4 Party.info sold for $7,500 at Sedo and Won.info (which tied for 18th) went for $1,550 at SnapNames. .Org and .net divvied up the rest of the chart with .org edging .net 9-8 in total number of entries on the leader board. The .nets were led by #2 ClimCalc.net at $9,101 while the point position for the .orgs was held by #3 SWC2005.org at $7,901. Both of those domains were sold at SnapNames.

Here's a complete look at the Global Contenders list for the week ending June 11:



Global Contenders Top 20
 Highest Reported Non .Com Global TLD  Sales 
(.Net, .Org, .Biz & .Info) Mon. June 5, 2006 - Sun. June 11, 2006
Euro to Dollar Conversion ( to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. June 13

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. Casino.info 28,000 = $35,127 Sedo
2.  ClimCalc.net $9,101 SnapNames
3. SWC2005.org $7,901 SnapNames
4.  Party.info $7,500 Sedo
5. GKN.net 3,500 = $6,419 Sedo
6. Partnership.org $5,000 Sedo
7. CH2BC.org $4,056 SnapNames
8. NewsLand.net 2,300 = $2,885 Sedo
9.  MyArt.net 2,000 = $2,509 Sedo
10. Provider.org $2,458 SnapNames

11. Melatonin.net $2,272 SnapNames
12.
tie
UnescoCaribbean.org $2,150 SnapNames
12.
tie
DAF.org $2,150 SnapNames
14. Mayibuye.org $2,116 SnapNames
15.  Youth-Convention.net $1,655 SnapNames
16. The-Group.org $1,560 SnapNames
17. Miriam.net $1,557 SnapNames
18.
tie
Won.info $1,550 SnapNames
18.
 tie
Bibel.net $1,550 SnapNames
20. ECK.org $1,350 SnapNames

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.

There were 8 more four-figure sales just off the chart with SnapNames claiming 5 of those. Sat4U.net notched $1,255 and Antennas.net received $1,107. Combat-Ouvrier.org commanded $1,250, SavedByGrace.org sold for $1,161 and FindJesusChrist.org found $1,097.

At Sedo, LocaWeb.org went for 1,000 ($1,254) and Archive.info attracted $1,200. HuntingMoon.com sold Romancer.net for $1,200 (and also sold the .com for the same price). Afternic had a couple of three-figure sales with OON.info at $900 and EasyCash.biz at $500

Country Codes

Great Britain's .co.uk took the top spot on our Country Code chart for the second week in a row with Mob.co.uk going for 5,010 ($9,187) at Sedo. Germany's .de and the European Union's new .eu had the most overall chart entries with 5 each. .De took the 2nd and 3rd positions with Preview.de at 5,800 ($7,276) and Food.de at 4,000 ($5,018). .EU claimed the 5th and 6th slots with Briefkasten.eu ("mailboxes" in German) at 3,150 ($3,952) and Seniorenheim.eu ("home for the aged" in German) at 2,990 ($3,751).

Canada's .ca has three names on the new list, led by #4 Teens.ca, acquired by Irex.ca for 4,874 Canadian dollars ($4,382) in a private transaction. Irex also bought Visas.ca and RVS.ca (which tied for 12th) for 3,000 CAD ($2,698) each.

The only other countries represented this week are France (.fr) and the United States (.us). #11 Residences.fr went for 2,200 ($2,760) at Sedo and #16 HotelReservations.us booked $2,004 at GoDaddy's TDNAM. As usual, Sedo was the dominant venue in the ccTLD category, claiming 12 of the 16 positions. Here's a look at the complete Country Code list for the week ending June 11:



Country Code Sweet 16
 Highest Reported ccTLD  Sales: Mon. June 5, 2006 - Sun. June 11, 2006
Euro to Dollar Conversion ( to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. June 13

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1.  Mob.co.uk 5,010 = $9,187 Sedo
2. Preview.de 5,800 = $7,276 Sedo
3. Food.de 4,000 = $5,018 Sedo
4. Teens.ca  4,874 CAD = $4,382 Pvt Sale
5. Briefkasten.eu
("mailboxes" in German)
3,150 = $3,952 Sedo
6.  Seniorenheim.eu
("home for the aged" in German)
2,990 = $3,751 Sedo
7. VoipTalk.de $3,500 Sedo
8. Maxtra.de 2,778 = $3,485 Sedo

9.
tie
PZ.eu 2,500 = $3,136 Sedo
9.
tie
Eben.de 2,500 = $3,136 Sedo
11. Residences.fr 2,200 = $2,760 Sedo
12.
tie
Visas.ca 3,000 CAD = $2,698 Pvt Sale
12.
tie
RVS.ca 3,000 CAD = $2,698 Pvt Sale
14. Bauernhof.eu
("farm" in German)
2,100 = $2,634 Sedo
15. Fensterbilder.eu
("plug connector" in German)
2,000 = $2,509 Sedo
16. HotelReservations.us $2,004 TDNAM

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.

There were also some interesting three-figure sales this week. NewYork.cc went for $999 on Ebay and Irex.ca bought four more Canadian domains in a package that averaged 1,012 CAD ($910) each. That group included Motors.ca, Litigation.ca, ImmigrationLaw.ca and Barrister.ca. That was a private sale as was a $565 deal for Physics.co.in. At TDNAM, Product.us produced $893 and NoteBuyer.us brought $717.

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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