Rakes in $300,000 Pot in Week's Biggest Domain Sale
by Ron Jackson
Blackjack.de sold for a whopping
$300,000 this week at NameDrive.com
(the biggest sale to date in that company's Park & Sell
program) to easily top our new Top 20 chart. That was one of
three impressive .de sales that hit the top half of the Big
Board with all three featuring strong gambling keywords.
hit a jackpot of their own with #3 OnlineKasino.de at €30,000
($37,737) whileNameDrive notched another winner with
Craps.de delivering $15,000 to tie for 10th.
country code) is the second most popular extension in
the world, trailing only .com. Blackjack.de
ranks as the second biggest ccTLD sale of 2006, behind only
NAV.no, the Norwegian domain that went for an
astonishing $717,978 last month. OnlineKasino.de ranks as the
7th biggest country code sale so far this year and now gives .de
four of the first ten entries on our Year-To-Date
America's rapidly growing ccTLD, .US,
also made the leader board with #15 Roommates.us selling for $10,000
at Sedo. A reliable source (who was not a party to the sale) also
told us a one-word .us domain just changed hands for $30,000 but
we haven't verified that yet. If we are able to do so, it will be
the largest .us sale reported to date.
.Com racked up 15 of the 20 chart entries,
with the only other non .com entry going to #14 Slovakia.net,
a domain that sold for $10,250 at SnapNames.com.
SnapNames also had the second biggest sale overall, banking $43,250
with Dreamy.com. Those domains occupied two of the nine slot
claimed by SnapNames, more than any other venue.
Sedo was next with five rungs on the golden
ladder, including #4 Justicia.com at €25,000 ($31,480).
Here's a look at the
complete all-extension leader board for the week ending Sunday, June
DNJournal Top 20
Domain Sales - Mon. June 12, 2006 - Sun. June 18, 2006
Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based
on Rates in Effect Tue. June 20
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.
Numeric domains, ranging from three to five
digits, have been steadily growing in favor over the past year. As
you can see above, a pair of 3-digit .coms, 995.com and 370.com,
sold for well into five figures this week. Numeric domains are
especially popular in the Far East, but their strength has certainly
not been limited to that region.
.Com Supporting Cast
The SnapNames juggernaut continued to roll beyond the
Big Board with the popular auction venue racking up dozens of
additional four figure sales, including JapaneseAntiques.com at
$7,111 and OfficeTemp.com at $6,055. Gardenville.com
cultivated $5,300 and GalleryPhotographs.com captured
$5,100 while SkinProblems.com and BigHeads.com
went for $4,600 each.
InvestmentLine.com returned $4,211, CDStorage.com
racked up $4,000, PaymentLink.com posted $3,800 and
DL3.com drew $3,700. SnapNames has another 32 sales ranged from $2,000-$3,600. You can check those out in the table below:
Additional SnapNames Sales
Back at Sedo, A-E.com commanded $6,400 while
MarinaOffice.com and Loveogram.com contributed $5,000
each. RomanianProperties.com added $3,750 and StrataWorks.com
went for $3,600.
Pool.com supplemented their three Top 20 domains
with Chinacom.com at $6,100 and Jetudie.com at $5,200.
BritneySpearsNude.com attracted $3,650, Cybertips.com
sold for $3,600 and VreizonWireless.com (typo) tallied
$3,433. Pool also made a splash with AAMVC.com ($3,100)
and DieselHybrid.com ($3,009).
MortgageContracts.com secured $5,000 and DiscoveryLaw.com
booked $4,100 while PubSets.com and Jabbar.com
kicked in $4,000 each. TrashAway.com canned $3,888,
EmailPower.com posted $3,388 and VineHillFarm.com
Also at Afternic, SensorySolutions.com sold
for $2,750 and PCFranchise.com pulled $2,688
while SlotsPlus.com and iCosmetics.com polished off $2,500
each. TravelMine.com and TimelessMemories.com tacked
on $2,000 each.
At Enom's Club
Drop, Arteriosclerosis.com dispensed $3,100
and Interracialed.com drew $2,900.
(.biz, .info, .net & .org)
.Org edged .Net 9-8 in the Global
Contenders race this week, but .net took the top two chart
entries, with the leading domain, Slovakia.net, a
runaway winner after selling for $10,250 at SnapNames.com.
The water level dropped quickly after that with the runner-up
domain, FreeVideos.net, far back at $3,433.
SnapNames also accounted for that sale and swept 14 of the 20
positions on the leader board.
.Org took the third and fourth positions
with SustainableUSA.org at $3,355 and Jucee.org
at $3,165. .Info scored with two domains
that tied for 7th at $3,000 each; NLP.info and Archive.info.
You may have done a double take when you saw Archive.info.
Yes, that domain was also on the chart just last week
when it sold for $1,200 at Sedo. The buyer, Matt
Wegrzyn, immediately put the domain back up for sale at
forum and re-sold it for $3,000! Not a bad return on
investment for one week and I'm not sure my calculator has
enough digits to calculate what the ROI works out to on
an annualized basis!
.Biz was also represented this week
with ASI.biz selling for $1,250 at Pool.com to
tie for 17th. Here's a complete look at the Global
Contenders list for the week ending June 18:
Global Contenders Top 20
Highest Reported Non .Com Global
(.Net, .Org, .Biz & .Info) Mon. June
12, 2006 - Sun. June 18, 2006 Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based
on Rates in Effect Tue. June 20
There were six more four-figure sales just off the
chart with Pool, SnapNames and Afternic each claiming two of those.
Pool sold Geneva.biz for $1,175 and TLR.org
for $1,060. SnapNames banked $1,150 for Caes-scae.org
and $1,095 for WoodstockHistSoc.org. Afternic
answered with RetailSolutions.net at $1,100 and WikiBase.org
It was a big week for the country codes,
especially for Germany's .de as the extension swept the
top three spots on our new ccTLD chart (and four of the
first five positions and seven overall). You've already seen
the first three on our all-extensions leader board, so no need
to go into detail on those, other than to have Blackjack.de
take one more bow for that blockbuster $300,000 sale at
.US had the next highest number of
chart entries with three, including #4 Roommates.us at $10,000,
another country code domain that was strong enough to crash
the all-extension leader board at the top of this report. The
American ccTLD also scored with #10 WII.us, sold by NameDelivery.com
for $2,500 in a private transaction and Ryder.us,
which went for $1,000 in another private deal.
The European Union's new .eu and
Canada's .ca claimed two positions each and .cc
(Cocos Keeling Islands) posted one of the largest sales
we have ever seen in that extension with US.cc going
for $6,000 at Sedo. The seller was Ron James,
who is the owner of the NamePros.com
domain forum. Here's a look at the complete Country Code
list for the week ending June 18:
Code Sweet 16
ccTLD Sales: Mon. June 12, 2006 - Sun. June 18, 2006 Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based
on Rates in Effect Tue. June 20
€5,600 = $7,049
€2,700 = $3,398
Umsatzsteuer.eu ("sales tax" in German)
€2,250 = $2,832
Schrotthandel.de ("scrap trade" in German)
€2,000 = $2,517
Staatssicherheit.de (proper name for the East German secret police known as
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
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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
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Editor's Note: If you wish to review previous Domain
Sales columns, they are available in our Archive.