Conjures Up $36,000 Sale at GreatDomains to Lead This Week's Top
by Ron Jackson
got busy this week, logging two of the top three reported sales,
as well as a package deal that would have given them three of the
first four on our new Top 20Chart if the included
domains had been priced individually. Officially, the #1 domain is Spells.com,
purchased through GreatDomains for $36,000 by the owners of Gadget.com.
GreatDomains also sold the matching set of Hound.com and Hound.net
for a total of $40,000, but could not specify the value
allotted to each domain in the package, making it impossible for us
to rank the domains on our charts. When a small package like this
includes domains of comparable value in the same extension we have allotted
equal value to each domain in the package for charting purposes. In
this case, the .com is worth considerably more than the .net, but
exactly how much more is debatable, so we can't accurately rank
That left the
door open for SnapNames.com
to slip into the runner-up slot with Seekers.com at $30,761.
SnapNames had a big week, accounting for 10 of the 20 entries on the
Big Board. After GreatDomains answered with #3 MoneyShot.com
at $21,000, SnapNames reeled off the next three in a row,
starting with #4 Telebank.com ($17,000) and ending with #6 IndianAirlines.net($14,550), one of two .nets they put on the
all-extension chart. SnapNames also put an IDN (International
Domain Name) on the top half of the list, placing
公司.com ("company" in Chinese) 10th at $10,750.
Sedo.comcollected four chart trophies and accounted for the only country
code domain in this week's Top 20. That was #9 Lotto.cn (China's
ccTLD) at 8,600 ($10,911).
BuyDomains.comwas the only other venue with multiple entries, scoring with #13
Geni.com($10,000) and #16 CustomWeddings.com
($8,000). We are very pleased that BuyDomains has agreed to
start contributing to our weekly report. They have long been one of
the most important sales venues in the industry and having them
represented here will provide a much more accurate picture of just
how broad and vibrant the current domain market is.
That will be especially evident when you
get past the Top 20 and see the dozens of solid four-figure sales
that BuyDomains transacts each week. Their target market is small
business and they strive to keep prices affordable for that key
sector. The vast majority of their sales, by design, fall between $1,000-$10,000.
They let a lot of attractive domains go at the lower end of that
range and seeing real examples of such reasonable pricing
illustrates why they have been such an enduring favorite with domain
We'll get to those sales shortly, but first
let's a look at the
complete all extension leader board for the week ending Sunday, September
DN Journal Top 20
Domain Sales - Mon. Sept. 18, 2006 - Sun. Sept. 24, 2006
Euro to Dollar Conversion ( to $) is Based
on Rates in Effect Tue. Sept. 26
(IDN) ("company" in Chinese)
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.
Before leaving the best sellers, we wanted to note
that a six-figure sale appears to be in the works at Ebay. An
auction for P2P.com ended Sunday (Sept. 24) at $111,211.
Both the buyer and seller have high feedback ratings but the domain
has not been transferred yet - no surprise considering that the
amount of money involved takes some time to move from one place to
.Com Supporting Cast
SnapNames wasn't content with sweeping half of the Top
20 chart. They soldiered on with a Humvee full of additional
four-figure sales. InternationalCollege.com collected $7,322
in tuition while three others; MERM.com, Fuko.com and CAED.com
contributed $7,200 each. Another trio of four-letter
acronyms, MEOM.com, MCIN.com and LUIE.com
kicked in $6,300 apiece.
Korfu.com commanded $6,160, Lypo.com
posted $5,400 and UtahMortgages.com earned $4,605.
Those were followed in a tight pack by Tiffeny.com ($4,567), FastMarket.com
($4,544), AAPO.com ($4,500) and UsedMinivans.com
($4,344). YogaInstructor.com stretched out with $4,333,
FitnessRX.com prescribed $4,152,
CreditReportingService.com added $4,100 and CFAU.com
SnapNames had two dozen more .com sales
ranging from $2,000-$3,701. You can check those out in the table below:
Additional SnapNames Sales
Sedo supplemented their four charted domains with 1ensest.com
at $7,000, Infetech.com at 4,800 ($6,091)
and Superproxy.com at $5,500. Those were followed by iDirectory.com($5,000), WTRU.com ($4,490) and WhoWrote.com
($4,400). Sedo's other winners included Dogwalking.com
($3,500) and a pair at $3,000 each; ScoreBasketball.com
After hitting the Top 20 with VideoMailer.com, Afternic.com
kept the party going with Gila.com at $6,000 and WhatAreYouInto.com
at $5,000. GlobalLogic.com landed another $4,750
while iShift.com and Guyo.com generated $4,444
each. Esence.com attracted $3,488, TheMediaGroup.com
banked $3,333 and Dogsitters.com threw a $2,600
bone. Two others; DietOutlet.com and JulieGatlin.com,
deposited $2,000 each.
Now let's back up the BuyDomains truck and
look at the incredible amount of cargo they moved this week. SimpleSource.com
sold for $6,500 and SatelliteImaging.com captured
$6,000 while the gavel on GovSales.com and Eculine.com
dropped at $5,500 each. PenRefills.com signed a $5,050
check, PowerRewards.com returned $5,040 and WorldCorp.com
was one of three domains that went for $5,000. FileSwap.com
and Amam.com also hit the 5K mark.
Avoir.com and YoursTruly.com yielded $4,000
each while Calink.com and MoneyMinds.com deposited $3,900
apiece. CasualClothes.com sported $3,700 while
Lenci.com and JungleCruise.com each disembarked with $3,688
on board. Two others, USDepartmentOfLabor.com and TwinSoft.com
tallied $3,500 apiece. BuyDomains had 50 more .com
sales ranging from $2,000-$3,488. You can check those out in
the table below:
(.biz, .info, .net & .org)
BuyDomains.com is also going to be a
fixture on our Global Contenders chart. They have spent
years accumulating high quality .net and .org
domains and more recently we've seen them picking up the newer
.biz and .info domains as well. They debuted
with 6 entries on the GC Top 20 this week but it's too
soon to say there is a new sheriff in town. SnapNames has
dominated this list ever since it was started last New
Year's Day and despite the stiff new challenge from BD,
SnapNames remained in charge this week, sweeping half of the
chart entries, just as they did on the all-extension leader
The 10-domain SnapNames onslaught included a
pair of five-figure .nets at the top of the chart, #1 IndianAirlines.net
at $14,550 and #2 Ghana.net at $10,559.
BuyDomains got in their first blow with #3 Jafi.org at $4,400
and also connected with #6 TakeTwo.net at $2,888.
In the competition among extensions, .net was
the clear winner this week, racking up 12 of the 20 chart
entries. .Org usually goes toe to toe with .net, but had to
settle for 5 spots this week. .Info hit the daily double with
#5 Leads.info at $3,000 and #19 BVV.info
at 1,400 ($1,776). Both of those domains were sold
at Sedo where a nice geo .info also went for $3,000 in
a deal that was subject to a non-disclosure agreement.
.Biz also got on the board this week with #8 WDC.biz
bringing 2,000 ($2,537) in a private sale. Here's the
Contenders chart for the week ending September 24:
Global Contenders Top 20
Highest Reported Non .Com Global
(.Net, .Org, .Biz & .Info) Mon. Sept.
18, 2006 - Sun. Sept. 24, 2006 Euro to Dollar Conversion ( to $) is Based
on Rates in Effect Tue. Sept. 26
There was another three dozen four-figure sales
off the chart with SnapNames accounting for 19 of those,
including 12 .orgs, 6 .nets and a .info. You can check those
out in the table below:
Global Contenders Sales
BuyDomains booked 11 more four-figure sales
including Amphibians.org ($1,750), VoteNow.org
($1,688), SmartLab.org ($1,188) and USARealty.org
($1,000). On the .net side of the ledger they added Ascribe.net
($1,500), CalTec.net ($1,488) and Storez.net
($1,388). Publicart.net notched another $1,300,
Intervision.net returned $1,150 and two others, HigherEducation.net
and CMLS.net sold for $1,000 each.
At Sedo Fotografias.net snapped
1,200 ($1,522), BigTown.net brought $1,400
and MyLips.net kissed up to $1,000.
At Afternic, MusicFestivals.net drummed
up $1,200, IWasHere.net left $1,111
behind and two others; TrademarkAttorney.org and AmericasFirst.net,
added $1,000 each.
China's .cn rules the Country Code Chart
this week, nailing down the #1 spot with the 8,600 ($10,911)sale of Lotto.cn at Sedo. That is the highest .cn
sale reported so far this year. In terms of overall numbers, Great
Britain's .co.uk came out of top, claiming 5 of the 12
chart entries, led by #2 Gents.co.uk at £3,000 ($5,682).
Another lotto domain, this time from India,
was in the #3 slot. Lotto.in cashed a $5,000
ticket at Sedo, a venue that accounted for all of the
first ten sales to continue their long standing dominance of
the ccTLD list.
Other countries represented this week were Sweden
with #4 Market.se (3,800
= $4,821), Spain with #7 Florencia.es (2,900
= $3,679), Canada with #11 WebStudent.ca ($2,000
at Afternic) and the United States with #12 Elvis.us
($1,000 at theNamePros.com
Here's a look at the complete
Country Code chart for the week ending September 24:
Code Top Sellers
ccTLD Sales: Mon. Sept. 18, 2006 - Sun. Sept. 24, 2006 Euro to Dollar Conversion ( to $) is Based
on Rates in Effect Tue. Sept. 26
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.