Fun and Games? Not Quite, But $350,000 Deal Headlines Strongest Week
of Domain Sales Since Late May
by Ron Jackson
People always expect sales activity to
pick up in the 4th quarter and, for the domain business at
least, the early returns certainly look good. We just finished the
first full week of the final quarter of 2006 with the strongest
slate of sales in more than four months. For the first time since
late May, every domain on our weekly Top 20 Chart hit
at least five figures.
FunGames.com led the charge,
changing hands for $350,000 in a private transaction that
ranks among the top dozen sales reported this
year. The high traffic domain (that scores 3,218 with
the extension in Overture)
was put up for sale by the Atari Corporation and Murat
Yikilmaz of Istanbul, Turkey managed to outbid several
competitors to land the coveted name.
claimed the runner-up spot with the $70,000 sale of Prize.com.
It was a prize-winning week all the way around for Sedo as that
popular venue enjoyed one of their best outings of the year,
sweeping 10 of the 20 entries on the Big Board. 15 of the charted
domains are .coms, while .net claimed two positions
and three others went to country code domains. Sedo accounted
for one of the .nets and all of the ccTLDs, including #5 FreeMail.co.uk
at €20,000 ($25,074). They also put two Chinese
domains on the top half of the leader board; #9 eFax.com.cn
at €15,000 ($18,806) and #10 (tie) Hentai.cn at
Dropsecured the #3 slot with Servidores.com ("servers"
in Spanish) at a healthy $54,100. Moniker.com/DomainSystems.com
followed with the first of four domains they placed on the Top 20, BestOfTheWeb.com
at $45,000. SnapNames.com
were the only other venues with multiple chart entries, bagging two
each and each company put a name on the top half of the list.
SnapNames scored with #7 OutlookExpress.com at $20,000,
while BuyDomains counterpunched with #10 Deutsch.net at $18,000.
Here's a look at the
complete Big Board for the week ending Sunday, October 8:
DN Journal Top 20
Domain Sales - Mon. Oct. 2, 2006 - Sun. Oct. 8, 2006
Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based
on Rates in Effect Tue. Oct. 10
Servidores.com ("servers" 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 closed out their tour de force performance by
sweeping the final four slots at $10,000 each. One domain we
particularly like in that group for its development potential is ExtraIncome.com,
a name purchased by Howard Hoffman of PPCIncome.com.
.Com Supporting Cast
A lot of domains in this week's supporting cast would
have been on the all-extension leader board any other week in recent
months. For example, at SnapNames alone, IncomeTaxHelp.com
tallied $9,500, AutoPartWarehouse.com went for $9,300
and GPSMapping.com located $8,516. Prudence.com provided
another $8,399, TeenHair.com combed out $8,208
and EDRS.com drew $8,200.
Also at SnapNames, MeetMarket.com ogled $6,889,
HK007.com got the drop on $6,600 and FilingTaxes.com
fetched $6,422. ForeverAfter.com lived happily on $6,261,
VideosAdultos.com steamed up $5,833 and Searchability.com
found $5,560. Jasman.com kicked in $5,100, WeddingBooks.com
banked a blissful $5,050 and SanFranciscoRealty.com
returned $5,037. SnapNames had 27 more sales ranging from $2,000
to $4,900 that you can check out in the table below:
Additional SnapNames Sales
At Afternic.comWebAfrica.com contributed $8,889, HitGames.com
rang up $4,500 and Scioto.com sold for $3,333. FitnessCupid.com
toned up with $2,850, FirstDocs.com delivered $2,500
and BusinessStore.com brought $2,200. Afternic added $2,100
for SocialSecurityWebsite.com and $2,000 for Drat.com.
BuyDomains had another bountiful week working the
small to medium size business market that has proven to be the sweet
spot for them. eFestivals.com enjoyed $8,000, MaxGames.com
entertained $6,000 and DrugStoreDirect.com wrote a $5,950
prescription. InternationalRelations.com and EquineHealth.com
deposited $5,000 each while Punkster.com tattooed $4,088.
The BuyDomains juggernaut rolled on with GoCredit.com
($4,000), VideoDrive.com ($3,888) and CulinaryCenter.com
($3,500). BLNK.com and ArabicRadio.com tuned in $3,488
each while HeavyTrader.com turned $3,200. UltraFresh.com
was tasty at $3,100 and TicketXchange.com admitted $3,075.
BuyDomains had 46 more .com sales ranging from $2,000
to $3,000. You can check those out in the table below:
Back at Sedo, InfoGlobal.com spawned $5,200,
Baccara.com booked €3,750 ($4,701), Lupe.com
landed $4,000 and RadConsult.com collected $3,000.
Elsewhere MiBebe.com ("my baby" in
Spanish) changed hands for €7,000 ($8,775) in a solid
private sale and Moniker/DomainSystems ladled $5,150 from
FoodLogic.com. At Enom's Club Drop, Clubhaus.com hosted $5,100,
Equateur.com encircled $3,500 and SuncomWireless.com
received $2,500. Also, ChampSport.com spiked $3,100
(.biz, .info, .mobi, .net & .org)
.Net continues to call the shots on our
Global Contenders chart, racking up five of the top six
sales this week, You already saw the first two, Deutsch.net
and LPG.net on our all-extension leader board. Experts.net
was next in line, tying Austin.info (an excellent geo
domain buy) for the #3 slot at $5,000 each. Experts.net
changed hands at Afternic while Moniker/DomainSystems handled
the Austin.info sale.
.Net took eight positions overall, followed by
.org with five and the new .mobi extension
(making its first appearance) with four. The top .org was #7 FON.org,
sold for $3,113 at SnapNames. .Mobi then debuted at #8
with the $3,100 sale of English.mobi in a land
rush auction completed at Pool.com, a venue that accounted for
all of the charted .mobi domains.
Many other .mobi auctions at Pool have ended
at even higher prices, but transfers on those were not yet
complete. You'll be seeing many more of those sales reported
here over the next few weeks. In the meantime, you will find
seven more uncharted four-figure .mobi sales after the Top 20
GC chart below.
.Biz also got on the board this week
after Answer.biz attracted €2,000 ($2,507) at
Sedo to land at #11. Here's a look at the
Contenders list for the week ending October 8:
Global Contenders Top 20
Highest Reported Non .Com Global
(.Net, .Org, .Biz & .Info) Mon. Oct.
2, 2006 - Sun. Oct. 8, 2006 Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based
on Rates in Effect Tue. Oct. 10
There were 39 more four-figure sales just off
the chart. Afternic has the highest of those, selling PayItForward.net
for $1,800. They also posted a $1,600 sale
Sedo sewed up $1,755 with GlobalStrategy.net
and added $1,750 for You.info. They also sold EuroChannel.net
($1,379) and SingleDating.net ($1,254).
SnapNames sold BatteryPark.net ($1,750), BeachAccess.net
($1,250) and NMF.net ($1,050). On the .org side of
the ledger, they scored with SaveOvertimePay.org ($1,525),
Insect.org ($1,200) and CVEEC.org ($1,150). PlanoPRC.org
brought another $1,051 while PhotoAlbums.org and
CompetitiveBroadband.org each attracted $1,050.
BuyDomains piled up a whopping 17 additional
four-figure sales in this category. Those are listed in
the chart below:
BuyDomains Global Contenders Sales
In addition to the four .mobi domains Pool put
on the Top 20 chart, they completed seven other four-figure .mobi
sales from land rush auctions. Those included Putas.mobi
($1,505), AtlanticCity.mobi ($1,450), Tones.mobi
($1,320) and MusicVideos.mobi ($1,211). The others
were Tampa.mobi ($1,150), Brighton.mobi ($1,150)
and ConferenceCalls.mobi ($1,050). If .mobi catches on,
all of those could prove to be exceptionally good buys.
For the second week in a row, Great Britain's .co.uk
reigned supreme on our Country Code Top Sellers chart
with four entries, including three of the top five. The leader
of course was FreeMail.co.uk , sold for €20,000
($25,074) at Sedo, a number that, as you saw earlier, was
also good enough to make the first five on our all extension
The two Chinese domains you saw on the all
extension Top 20, one a .com.cn and the other a .cn,
occupy the next two spots on the GC list, then .co.uk returns
with #4 WebBuilder.co.uk at £4,700 ($8,714) and
#5 HelpLine.co.uk at £3,000 ($5,562).
A domain from Chile also appears on our
chart for the first time this week. #6 ChilePorno.cl went
for $3,819 at Sedo, a venue that accounted for 11 of
the 14 chart entries. There is a lot of variety on this week's
list with six other countries represented, including Spain
(.es), France (.fr), Argentina (.com.ar),
the Cocos (Keeling) Islands (.cc), the United States
(.us) and, with two charted domains, the Netherlands (.nl).
Here's a look at the complete
Country Code chart for the week ending October 8:
Code Top Sellers
ccTLD Sales: Mon. Oct. 2, 2006 - Sun. Oct. 8, 2006 Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based
on Rates in Effect Tue. Oct. 10
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.