is Cheap? Bah, Humbug! Scrooge.com Sells For More Than $75,000
by Ron Jackson
Scrooge McDuck was known for
pinching his pennies, but the new owner of Scrooge.com broke
open the piggy bank to buy the domain for $75,200 this week
That sale tops our latest weekly Top 20 chart, more than
doubling the $35,000 brought in by #2 BadCreditMortgage.com
last week we mentioned what a strong year Great Britain's
country code (.co.uk) was having. This week the extension had
it's best outing yet, placing six domains on the Big Board,
including #3 Payday.co.uk, sold for $24,160 at NameDrive.com.
accounted for five of those six .co.uk sales and placed two others
on the top half of the chart, #7 OnTheBeach.co.uk ($16,874)
and #8 YourCall.co.uk ($12,144). The only other ccTLD
on the mainstream leader board was #18 TV.ae, sold for $8,000
at Sedo. .ae is the country code for the United Arab
Emirates and this is the first time a UAE domain has
appeared on our Top 20.
Another highlight this week was the $20,000
sale of #5 CreditCard.info at Sedo. That ranks among the four
biggest .info sales of 2006. The sale also helped Sedo rack up eight
chart entries, more than any other venue this week.
.Com controlled the rest of the
action, claiming 12 of the 20 names on our elite list, including #4 Thugz.com
which sold for $23,000 at SnapNames. Overall, the number of
high dollar sales reported this week was lighter than usual with
just a dozen cracking the five-figure mark. However, NameDrive said
they had two six-figure sales they were unable to release due to
We also got wind of a potential blockbuster
deal that is in the works. Dynamo.com
has agreed to sell Wiki.com to John Gotts of Searching.com
for $2,860,000. The contract (which we have seen) calls for
Gotts to make six monthly payments of $10,000 each, followed
by a huge balloon payment of $2.8 million before the domain
is transferred. Gotts made the first 10K payment this week and
Dynamo has pointed the nameservers to his host to allow Gotts to
start using the domain. Gotts could walk away from the deal before
making the balloon payment, but would forfeit all payments made if
he does so before the deal is completed.
Here's a look at the
complete Top 20 list for the week ending Sunday, July 30:
DNJournal Top 20
Domain Sales - Mon. July 24, 2006 - Sun. July 30, 2006
Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based
on Rates in Effect Tue. Aug. 1
Detektei.com ("detective agency" in German)
Turismocastillalamancha.com (Spanish for "Tourism Castilla La Mancha," a
state in Spain)
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.
In addition to five domains on the Top 20, SnapNames
piled up a nice stack of solid four figure sales including ComputerJobFair.com
($5,300), PlayGamesForFree.com ($5,200) and UsedWheelchair.com
($5,100). PlusMinus.com added $4,605, EXU.com
extracted $4,600 and MyDiscountBroker.com brought $4,400.
PetalumaOnline.com dialed up $4,399, Shoo.com
commanded $4,100 and TopPerformance.com posted $3,858.
MicroProse.com provided $3,501, NewZealands.com notched
$3,188 and GardenLabel.com peeled off $3,101. SnapNames had another
ranging from $2,000 to $3,000. You can check those out in the table below:
Additional SnapNames Sales
One of the more interesting sales in that table has
to be the triple-hyphenatedLadies-of-the-Heart.com at
$2,050. Very rare to see a domain with that many dashes in a
BuildingABetterWorld.com went for $5,000, Decay.com
drew $2,900 and Reviewed.com returned $2,890. DiagnosticsDirect.com
dispensed $2,500, ChristiansOnly.com tithed $2,288
and Cilion.com sacked $2,000.
sold NDZ.com for $5,000 through their domain
marketplace. Meanwhile back at the Sedo ranch, Erom.com
contributed $5,000, Proxy-Rank.com rated $4,450,
ID-Data.com kicked in $3,500 and RockAndRollCasino.com
cranked out $2,500. At Enom's Club
Drop, SuperSystem.com booted up $2,600 and
Gravure.com captured $2,500.
(.biz, .info, .net & .org)
.Info rose to the top of the Global
Contenders chart this week with that big $20,000
sale of CreditCard.info at Sedo. That was one of three
.infos on our new GC Top 20, with Roommate.info
also appearing on the top half of the chart after selling for $2,500
(also at Sedo). That tied MortgageLoan.biz for the 9th
position. Tariq Ghafoor sold both of those #9 domains.
VQ.net nailed down the #2 position
after pulling $6,750 at Afternic. It was an unusually
slow week for the .nets though as only five of them made it to
the leader board. .Org was the big winner in overall
numbers this time out, piling up a dozen chart entries
including #3 Osteoarthritis.org, a domain sold for $6,088
for SnapNames. #4 AARS.org added another $5,688
The enduring popularity of 3-letter domains
was demonstrated yet again with six of them landing on the new
list. Five of those were .orgs. Here's a complete look at the
Contenders chart for the week ending July 30:
Global Contenders Top 20
Highest Reported Non .Com Global
(.Net, .Org, .Biz & .Info) Mon. July
24, 2006 - Sun. July 30, 2006 Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based
on Rates in Effect Tue. Aug. 1
There were five more four-figure sales just off
the chart, with SnapNames accounting for three of those (all
.orgs). Samuel.org sewed up $1,200, PFTWeb.org
went for $1,052 and ChristCollege.org generated $1,050.
At Sedo, Christopher.biz and Musica.pro
provided $1,000 each.
Great Britain's .co.uk turned in a
dominating performance this week sweeping the first six
positions on our new Country Code leader board. Those six were
so strong they all made it onto the mainstream leader board
you already saw above, as did #7 TV.ae (United Arab
Emirates extension). It's the first time we've seen so
many ccTLD's on the all extension Top 20.
Thehighest ranked domain you haven't
seen yet is #8 VS.tv, sold for $6,300 at Sedo. Italy
(.it), Canada (.ca), the United States (.us)
and Germany (.de) also have places on the chart. The American
domain, #14 Watercooling.us, was sold by Tariq Ghafoor
at Sedo, giving him a nice sales week as he also had the .info
and .biz sales we noted on the Global Contenders list.
.Co.uk added three more entries on the second
half of the chart and wound up taking 9 of the 15 positions
overall in a very impressive outing. Here's a look at the complete
Country Code leader board for the week ending July 30:
Code Top 15
ccTLD Sales: Mon. July 24, 2006 - Sun. July 30, 2006 Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based
on Rates in Effect Tue. Aug. 1
In a couple of other sales at Pool.com, Cured.ca brought $892
and Arrange.ca attracted $825.
We were also just notified about the sale of IntelligentFinance.co.uk
for $7,000 at NameDrive several weeks ago. Since it occurred
more than 30 days ago it is not eligible for our weekly
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.