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All 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.

Sedo.com 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 $18,000.

Enom's Club Drop secured 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 and BuyDomains.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:

 

The DN Journal Top 20 
Reported Domain Sales - Mon. Oct. 2, 2006 - Sun. Oct. 8, 2006
Euro to Dollar Conversion ( to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. Oct. 10

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. FunGames.com $350,000 Pvt Sale
2. Prize.com $70,000 Sedo
3. Servidores.com
("servers" in Spanish)
$54,100 Enom's Club Drop
4. BestOfTheWeb.com $45,000 Moniker/ DomainSystems
5. FreeMail.co.uk 20,000 = $25,074 Sedo
6. Hudison.com $21,268 Moniker/ DomainSystems
7. OutlookExpress.com $20,000 SnapNames
8. Makaryo.com $19,032 Moniker/ DomainSystems
9. eFax.com.cn 15,000 = $18,806 Sedo
10.
tie
Hentai.cn $18,000 Sedo
10.
tie
Deutsch.net $18,000 BuyDomains

12. HairTrends.com $15,500 BuyDomains
13. Gonline.com $15,000 Sedo
14. Fatburners.com $13,250 Moniker/ DomainSystems
15. Funzy.com 8,600 = $10,782 Sedo
16. BlackErotica.com $10,512 SnapNames
17.
tie
SalaryFinder.com $10,000 Sedo
17.
tie
LPG.net $10,000 Sedo
17.
tie
ExtraIncome.com $10,000 Sedo
17.
tie
eRaffle.com $10,000 Sedo

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.

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.

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 Between $2,000-$4,900
UniformLab.com $4,900   NappyRoots.com $2,700
GayMens.com $4,900 Bangass.com $2,650
SouthwestFurniture.com $4,665 VarsityJacket.com $2,600
FordDiesel.com $4,322 SecondChanceMortgage.com $2,395
ExecutiveConsultants.com $4,235 LakeTahoeGolf.com $2,353
DivorceSettlement.com $4,166 EnglewoodRealEstate.com $2,350
ClosetOrganization.com $4,140 Renunion.com $2,300
HomeAdditions.com $3,691 NetPictures.com $2,222
BoostMobilePro2004.com $3,601 TrueLoveStory.com $2,100
Cargoes.com $3,600 WorkingLunch.com $2,070
PowerTransmissions.com $3,190 WheelSource.com $2,070
ConcreteCompany.com $3,130 SergioGarcia.com $2,000
FreeFeeds.com $3,000 GoBollywood.com $2,000
PastaBowls.com $2,700  

At Afternic.com WebAfrica.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:

Additional BuyDomains Sales Between $2,000-$3,000
Decada.com $3,000   CaliforniaAvocado.com $2,300
BizAssist.com $3,000 TellHer.com $2,288
BrokerSupport.com $2,900 GloryArt.com $2,288
SpareCapacity.com $2,888 ExecutiveOfTheYear.com $2,288
EducationForAll.com $2,888 ImpossibleDream.com $2,200
ElectricMonk.com $2,810 ConferenceRegistration.com $2,200
MyNails.com $2,750 SmartFinances.com $2,188
StyleCounsel.com $2,688 IronHouse.com $2,188
KeyPro.com $2,688 TheLifeStore.com $2,088
UnforgettableVacations.com $2,500 Baghera.com $2,088
RareCollections.com $2,500 VideoClick.com $2,050
NationalTaxService.com $2,500 Synerg.com $2,000
MySanctuary.com $2,500 SoundAndFury.com $2,000
Keepable.com $2,500 SettleDown.com $2,000
DayPost.com $2,500 PushIt.com $2,000
Dachdecker.com $2,500 PropertyReports.com $2,000
4Steps.com $2,500 PopVideo.com $2,000
UserTesting.com $2,488 PCMed.com $2,000
TechCan.com $2,488 NewsInDepth.com $2,000
NameInvestors.com $2,488 HistoricRealty.com $2,000
EuroTank.com $2,488 GetConnections.com $2,000
Educase.com $2,488 Facilitas.com $2,000
HunnyBee.com $2,400 CoolDesign.com $2,000

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 at Pool.com.

Global Contenders (.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 complete Global Contenders list for the week ending October 8:



Global Contenders Top 20
 Highest Reported Non .Com Global TLD  Sales 
(.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

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. Deutsch.net $18,000 BuyDomains
2.  LPG.net $10,000 Sedo
3.
tie
Experts.net $5,000 Afternic
3.
tie
Austin.info $5,000 Moniker/ DomainSystems
5. SLS.net $4,700 SnapNames
6. Alma.net $3,500 BuyDomains
7. FON.org $3,113 SnapNames
8. English.mobi $3,100 Pool
9. Atopos.net $3,088 BuyDomains
10. iSociety.org $2,800 Sedo

11.  Answer.biz 2,000 = $2,507 Sedo
12. DMV.mobi $2,407 Pool
13. Sakura.info 1,900 = $2,382 Sedo
14.
tie 
Piao.mobi $2,250 Pool
14.
tie
MusicDownloads.mobi $2,250 Pool
16. BooksAndAuthors.net $2,165 SnapNames
17. BPJTV.org $2,027 SnapNames
18.  BetweenFriends.org $1,913 SnapNames
19.  GBLD.org $1,900 SnapNames
20. Strok.net $1,888 BuyDomains

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.

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 with MoviePosters.net.

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:

Additional BuyDomains Global Contenders Sales  
zude.net $1,700   dynagroup.net $1,288
guevremont.net $1,688 decada.net $1,200
emergencyresponseteam.org $1,688 parkbank.net $1,088
digitaledge.net $1,688 thinkandlearn.net $1,000
beachmusic.net $1,688 orcanta.net $1,000
beheard.net $1,500 mykids.net $1,000
thinkcash.net $1,488 loanhome.net $1,000
salesjobs.net $1,488 impossibledream.org $1,000
freeset.net $1,300  

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.

Country Codes

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 leader board.

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:



Country Code Top Sellers
 Highest Reported ccTLD  Sales: Mon. Oct. 2, 2006 - Sun. Oct. 8, 2006
Euro to Dollar Conversion ( to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. Oct. 10

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1.  FreeMail.co.uk 20,000 = $25,074 Sedo
2. eFax.com.cn 15,000 = $18,806 Sedo
3. Hentai.cn  $18,000 Sedo
4. WebBuilder.co.uk 4,700 = $8,714 Sedo
5. HelpLine.co.uk 3,000 = $5,562 Sedo
6. ChilePorno.cl  $3,819 Sedo
7. EverestPoker.es 3,000 = $3,761

Sedo

8. HTC.fr 2,392 = $2,999 Sedo
9.  DVDWorld.co.uk 1,500 = $2,781 Sedo
10.  Ringtones.com.ar 1,800 = $2,257 Sedo
11.  Bet.cc $1,500 DNForum
12. WebStudent.nl $1,300 Afternic
13. Dewitkomart.nl 1,000 = $1,254 Sedo
14. RedLine.us $1,095 Moniker/ DomainSystems

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.

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 Charts page.

*****

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 editor@dnjournal.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 Group, LLC 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.


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