Changes Hands in One of the Year's Top Ten Sales
by Ron Jackson
Tessoro Media Limited reluctantly
let go of one of their most prized possessions this week. It took $450,000
to persuade the company to part with a real gem, Templates.com,
in a private transaction. Their return on investment certainly must
have eased the pain of letting go though. They had acquired the
domain for $43,000 just three years ago. Try getting that kind
of return with your passbook savings account! The sale ranks among
the 10 biggest transactions reported so far in 2006.
In another six-figure deal, Moniker.com/DomainSystems.com
handled the sale of a very nice two-letter .com - EX.com
accounted for the next two sales on our new Top 20 chart,
booking $72,250 for #3 CityCenter.com and another $41,861
for CanadaRentals.com. SnapNames placed more domains on the
Big Board than any other venue, edging Sedo.com
7-6. Sedo accounted for the top non .com domain on the leader
board with #6 Racing.info taking the checkered flag at $18,000.
Sedo also had the only other non .com to make the elite
all-extension list, SIL.net, a name that tied for 20th at €5,000
Moniker and Afternic.com
each had two chart entries, with Enom's Club
Drop and Namebrokers.com
getting one each. Afternic also had an $85,000 sale
of a China related .com they could not release due to a
non-disclosure agreement. There were two private sales reported,
the one for Templates.com and another in which #5 Gary.com
found a new home after changing hands for $35,000. Here's a look at the
complete Top 20 for the week ending Sunday, September 10:
DN Journal Top 20
Domain Sales - Mon. Sept. 4, 2006 - Sun. Sept. 10, 2006
Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based
on Rates in Effect Tue. Sept. 12
Melodias.com ("melodies" in Spanish - also used for
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.
SnapNames supported their seven chart entries with a
truckload of solid four figure sales that included Qualis.com
and Programing.com (typo) at $6,100 each. ChefCareers.com
whipped up a tasty $6,000 while CoolDates.com
connected for $5,955 and Revitalization.com returned $5,050.
Magique.com pulled $5,011 out of the hat, LightPen.com
illuminated $5,005 and DrugsAndAlcohol.com downed $4,900.
SnakeBites.com sunk its teeth into $4,733,
HolidayBeach.com brought $4,705 and Derm-Infonet.com
drew $4,655. Also at SnapNames, Mangazine.com and GoBuddy.com
contributed $4,500 each while SinusCongestion.com got
some relief from a $4,405 check. CheapDomesticFlights.com
took off with $4,200, MegaRed.com made $4,140, Wiskey.com
poured $4,099 and BirthdaySurprise.com blew out $4,040.
SnapNames had 31 more sales
ranging from $2,000-$3,600. You can check those out in the table below:
Additional SnapNames Sales
Back at Afternic, TFU.com tallied $6,000,
Bodique.com banked $5,000 and GoodCard.com rang
up $4,500. SeeMyrtleBeach.com saw $3,000, TheTackShack.com
took in $2,488 and SaveOnGolf.com chipped in $2,400.
PartySuperCenter.com sold for $2,222 while three
others; Simplimatic.com, MediaFire.com and KayKay.com
kicked in $2,000 each.
Sedo supplemented their six Top 20 domains with Technetix.com
at $6,000, Schulbuch.com ("school book" in
German) at $5,328 and BlueWire.com at $5,000. LuckyChipCasino.com
raked in a $4,000 pot and LendingSuite.com deposited $3,000.
Moniker/DomainSystems sold MinnesotaLoans.com
for $5,675 while Enom's Club Drop banked $5,600 for Barracks.com
and $4,100 for MixTapeTorrents.com. At Pool.com,
Immobilen.com (typo of German word for "real
estate") managed $3,100, CitiFinacialAuto.com
(typo) tallied $2,740 and RightToLife.com took in $2,600.
In an IDN sale at IDNForums.com,
Hotels") booked $1,800.
(.biz, .info, .net & .org)
It was another solid week for .info.
After having it's best outing of the year last week (with 7
charted domains), the extension came back with this week's top
sale, Racing.info at $18,000 as well as the #3
GC chart entry, Online-Gambling.info at $6,000.
Overall, .info put four names on the board this week.
Racing.info also ranks among the 20 biggest sales reported so
far this year in the Global Contenders category.
In the usual skirmishing between .net
and .org for most overall chart entries, .net emerged
with a slim 8-7 win this week, but the extension was dominant
where it counted, on the top half of the chart, taking four of
the first six positions, including #2 SIL.net at €5,000
($6,343). .Net also scored with #4 Camouflage.net
($4,200), #5 UsedCarDealers.net ($3,700) and #6 Caroline.net
($3,600), with all three of those sales coming at
.Pro also broke into the top ten with
Paris.pro posting $2,888 at Sedo. Here's the
Contenders chart for the week ending September 10:
Global Contenders Top 20
Highest Reported Non .Com Global
(.Net, .Org, .Biz & .Info) Mon. Sept.
4, 2006 - Sun. Sept. 10, 2006 Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based
on Rates in Effect Tue. Sept. 12
There were 20 more four-figure sales just off the
chart with SnapNames accounting for a dozen of those. Nine of
their winners were .orgs, including Bioxml.org ($1,700),
AmberAlertNow.org ($1,650) and FHAHero.org ($1,549).
Psychotic.org snagged $1,495, CaliforniaRealEstate.org
generated $1,250 and YourNextCar.org added $1,200.
Bonkfest.org fetched $1,051, Filipinos.org
found $1,024 and CNSI-US.org sold for $1,021.
On the .net side of the ledger, SnapNames sold DTX.net
($1,550), 1ClickReservations.net ($1,024) and X-ecutioners.net
A .biz led Sedo's supplementary sales
list, with MortgageLender.biz landing $1,500.
They also scored with JokeWallpaper.org and JokeWallpaper.net
($1,450 each) and added $1,269 for Committee.info.
DubaiMetro.info drew another €800 ($1,014). PersonalCoach.org
posted $1,256 and NEEE.org notched $1,150.
At Afternic, Bodique.net brought $1,000
and BestRestaurants.info cooked up $995. In a
couple of other high three figure sales at SnapNames, Captain.info
commanded $950 and Amigo.info befriended $825.
The European Union's .eu and Germany's
.de dominated the ccTLD action this week with each
extension putting four domains on our Country Code
leader board. .eu grabbed the top spot with Work-Shop.eu going
for €2,500 ($3,172) at Sedo. Broadcom.eu was
#3, selling for €2,100 ($2,664) at Sedo, a
venue that swept all but one of the charted sales.
#2 MortgageLender.tv slipped in between
the first two .eu domains after tuning in $2,800 at
Sedo. .de joined the fray at #4 with ShopHopp.de
selling for €2,000 ($2,537). The fifth spot went to
Florida.st (SaoTome and Principe ccTLD)which
changed hands for $2,500 in a private sale. The only
other sale not involving a .eu or a .de was #6 TemplateMonster.es
(Spain's country code) at €1,700 ($2,157).
Here's a look at the complete
Country Code chart for the week ending September 10:
Code Top Sellers
ccTLD Sales: Mon. Sept. 4, 2006 - Sun. Sept. 10, 2006 Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based
on Rates in Effect Tue. Sept. 12
€2,500 = $3,172
ü-Wagen.de (IDN) ("broadcasting news truck" in German)
Schufaauskunft.de ("Clause information" in German)
Regionalzeitung.de ("regional newspaper" in German)
In a smaller sale, off the chart, Pool sold PayBills.ca
(Canadian country code) for $775.
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.