Sale of Slimming.com Fattens Up Bottom Line at DotcomAgency.com and
Prices Revealed for Two Huge .EU Deals
by Ron Jackson
If Ian Andrew decides to pop the cork
on a bottle of champagne this week, he'll be able to afford the
best. His DotcomAgency.com
booked the highest sale in company history, closing a deal for Slimming.com
at $185,000 to lead our new weekly Top 20 sales chart.
prices from two even bigger deals that were completed earlier
this summer were also just revealed today. In a article at CNN.com
by Business 2.0 Magazine's Paul Sloan, Sedo.com
confirmed that Hotels.eu and Shopping.eu were
purchased by the same buyers in a pair of six-figure deals.
In following up
on that report we learned that the new owners are partners Louis
Klarevas and Michael Bahlitzanakis who each hold dual
citizenships in the U.S. and Europe and operate
businesses on both continents. They paid €257,000 ($329,509
at today's exchange rate) for Hotels.eu and €153,500
($196,803) for Shopping.eu. Those are the two
highest prices ever reported for domains in the new .eu (European
Union) extension. The WhoIs record shows Shopping.eu is
currently on Hold status. Bahlitzanakis told us that was the
result of a frivolous ADR (Alternate Dispute Resolution) case
that the partners had won and the domain is in the process of being
returned to active status.
To be eligible for our weekly chart, sales
have to have been reported for the first time within the past 7 days
and the transfers completed within the past 30 days. Release
of the prices paid for Hotels.eu and Shopping.eu fall outside the
30-day window, but we have added them in the proper positions on our
Year-To-Date Sales Chart.
Hotels.eu now ranks as the #10 reported sale of 2006 while
Shopping.eu is at #23 (one notch ahead of our new weekly
chart leader, Slimming.com).
Incidently, in addition to insuring that
the weekly data reflects fresh sales, the 30-day rule is meant to
prevent a company from stockpiling a long list of major sales, then
releasing them all at once the week of a major industry event (such
as a T.R.A.F.F.I.C. or Domain Roundtable conference)
in order to make a a big splash in this report at an artificially
orchestrated time. That was not the case here, of course, but the
rule has to be applied uniformly.
This week's #2 domain just missed giving
the Big Board another six-figure deal. CityIndex.com went for
€75,000 ($96,186) at Sedo. SnapNames.com
followed with #3 CoolRides.com at $24,750. SnapNames
was the leading venue in total number of sales this week, racking up
13 of the 20 spots on the leader board. They would have had even
more, but three of their five-figure sales were adult domains with
off-color names that we cannot print here.
got on board in a tie for 4th with Drill.com at $15,000
scored with #7 XJT.com at $12,360. An IDN
domain also cracked the Top Ten this week with 翻訳.com (puny
code = xn--pw0a62s.com) going for £4,686 ($8,897) in a
private sale to claim the #10 slot. That means
"translation" in Japanese.
.Com dominated the action this week
with 17 chart entries. The other 3 positions went to .nets in
the second ten. Here's a look at the
complete Top 20 list for the week ending Sunday, August 27:
DNJournal Top 20
Domain Sales - Mon. Aug. 21, 2006 - Sun. Aug.27, 2006
Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based
on Rates in Effect Tue. Aug. 29
("translation" in Japanese)
Playa.net ("beach" in Spanish)
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.
Sedo supplemented their big week (three Top 20 entries
and those two monster .eu sales) with some nice four-figure deals. ChoiceMarket.com
and ANUA.com added $5,000 each while WorldCupSouthAfrica.com
and Websourcing.com went for €3,000 ($3,847) each.
Another trio, TopSubmit.com, IYK.com and DTS-HD.com
delivered $3,000 apiece.
Songs2Play.com drummed up $5,000 at Enom's
Meanwhile, back at SnapNames, OldiesButGoodies.com brought
back $4,655 worth of memories. ScrapbookIdeas.com
pasted another $4,000 in the ledger, while OceanaCruises.com
contributed $3,755 and ArtistSchool.com drew $3,633.
SnapNames also booked $3,500 for CinderellaWeddings.com,
$3,499 for Concha.com ("conch" in Spanish), $3,333 for Firewoman.com
and $3,300 for NewAsia.com. SnapNames had 14 more sales
ranging from $2,000 to $3,200. You can check those out in the table below:
Additional SnapNames Sales
Back at Afternic, SBHotel.com registered $3,000,
WebPad.com posted $2,625 and JobDoctors.com
earned $3,500. Afternic had three more at $2,000 each;
InfusiumTea.com, C-Concepts.com and AmeriSavings.com.
(.biz, .info, .net & .org)
After getting run over by the .orgs the
past three weeks, the .nets reasserted themselves in a
big way this week, sweeping the top five spots on our
new Global Contenders chart and taking 12 of 20
positions overall. You've already seen the top three domains, Playa.net,
Bipolar.net and Puma.net on our all-extension
leader board above. FreeLog.net joined the fray at #4
after going for $4,000 at Sedo and LanguageCourses.net
landed at #5 with a $3,850 sale at Namebrokers.com.
.Org finally got on the board at #6,
thanks to the $3,011 sale of DoubleTakeMagazine.org
at SnapNames, a venue that accounted for 13 of the 20 chart
entries. .Org placed seven domains on the new list with .info
getting the only other opening. That was #19 MedicalAlert.info,
sold for $1,800 in a private sale. .Biz took a
breather this week.
Contenders chart for the week ending August 27:
Global Contenders Top 20
Highest Reported Non .Com Global
(.Net, .Org, .Biz & .Info) Mon. Aug.
21, 2006 - Sun. Aug. 27, 2006 Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based
on Rates in Effect Tue. Aug. 29
There were ten more four-figure sales off the
chart and SnapNames accounted for all but one of those. The
lone exception was InjuryAttorney.info, sold for $1,150
in a private sale. Most of the SnapNames sales were .orgs,
including PKU-AlliedDisorders.org ($1,451), BGP.org
($1,306) and IsIt2004.org ($1,151).
SnapNames also attracted $1,050 each for NMCDHH.org,
Inforfusion.org and Diamondial.org, plus $1,000
for 2030.org. On the .net side of the ledger, SnapNames
sold TheBestPhoneSex.net for $1,237 and
NAMT.net for $1,050.
This was an unusually slow week for the
country codes with the top sale, for Niederlaendisch.de
("Netherlands" in German), falling under $4,000,
€3,000 ($3,847) to be exact. Sedo accounted for that
sale and all but two others on our new ccTLD Chart. Germany's
.de had three more chart entries, giving Deutschland more
than any other country.
The runner-up slot went to .TV, with
Capitalist.tv tuning in $2,500. America's
country code, .US, was next with still another strong
3-letter sale, CLS.us at $2,000. That one
changed hands in a private transaction. Liechtenstein
made a rare chart appearance with #4 Discount.li
selling for €1,500 ($1,924).
Other ccTLDs represented this week included the
European Union's .eu (2 domains), Puerto Rico's .pr
and Switzerland's .ch. Here's a look at the complete
Country Code leader board for the week ending August 27:
Code Top Sellers
ccTLD Sales: Mon. Aug. 21, 2006 - Sun. Aug. 27, 2006 Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based
on Rates in Effect Tue. Aug. 29
Poker.pr, sold for $1,500 through the NamePros.com
forum to tie Spain-Travel-Guide.de for the 7th spot. The latter
domain demonstrates the strength of the .de extension (the world's
second most popular TLD, behind only .com). Seeing a double-hyphenated
domain, referencing a country that doesn't match the extension, sell
for this kind of price is surely puzzling to Americans! In a smaller
ccTLD sale, PersonalInjury.ws went for $600 in a private
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.