East Auctions Book Over $5 Million in Domain Sales While 6-Figure
Deals Elsewhere Produce Over $1 Million More!
by Ron Jackson
We've got some catching up to do!
Last week we were busy covering the T.R.A.F.F.I.C. East 2006
domain conference at the Westin Diplomat Hotel in Hollywood,
Florida (our complete show wrap up is scheduled to be published
tomorrow night, Nov. 1) so our weekly domain sales column had to be
put on hold. We'll bring you completely back up to speed with this
double length report that features all of the notable sales we
learned about over the past two weeks.
Much of the
sales news was produced in the live and silent auctions conducted by
of the T.R.A.F.F.I.C. conference. 115 domains were sold in the live
auction Friday (Oct. 27), generating more than $4.7 million
in sales. That more than doubled the previous live auction record
set at the T.R.A.F.F.I.C.
West conference in Las Vegas last May. The silent
auction, which ran for several days, concluded today (October 31),
adding another $607,000 to the pot from 288 sales. That
brought the total auction proceeds to $5.3 million.
Cameras.com was the marquee name in
the live auction, taken for $1.5 million by Sig Solares
That blockbuster sale helped pull the average price for domains sold
in the live auction up to $42,000. Flowers.mobi also
had a big impact after attracting a stunning high bid of $200,000
from T.R.A.F.F.I.C. co-founder Rick Schwartz. We'll have his
comments on that purchase in our upcoming show wrap up article.
Another .mobi also cracked the 6-figure mark with Anything.com
purchasing Fun.mobi for $100,000.
You can see the complete
list of live auction results here. As you probably know
by now, we do not place domains on our charts until they have been
paid for and transferred to the new owners, so you will see the
domains that were auctioned off at T.R.A.F.F.I.C. entering our
charts over the next several weeks. The highest price paid in the
silent online auction was $60,000 for Castle.com,
followed by the $30,000 each fetched by Cage.com
and PAX.com. The average sales price in the silent
auction was $2,100. The complete
list of silent auction winning bids can be seen here.
You might have thought that the
T.R.A.F.F.I.C. auctions would siphon nearly all of the available
money out of the market last week but that was not the case. A
quartet of 6-figure sales at other venues produced more than $1
million in additional sales. Sedo.com
accounted for two of those blockbuster deals including this week's
#1 domain, Gays.com at $500,000. That sale also ranks
among the ten biggest transactions reported so
far in 2006. Sedo struck again with #4 SPN.com
going for a tremendous price for a 3-letter domain, €95,000 ($121,266).
#2 Cafe.com also made a huge splash
this week, serving up a tasty $300,000 sale at GreatDomains.
page for that domain indicates it will be used for a new
free gaming site.
$185,750 From You!
recruited a well-heeled buyer for #3 UncleSam.com at $185,750.
Uncle Sam is an American icon that represents the
U.S. government. The image of Uncle Sam (shown at left) was
used for decades as a recruiting tool for the American
military, usually accompanied by the slogan "Uncle
Sam Wants You!"
Since we are covering two weeks worth of sales this week,
we have expanded our usual Top 20 chart to 40
positions (actually 41 due to a tie for the final spot). All
but 9 of those slots were claimed by .com. The
world's most popular extension had a stranglehold on the top
half of the chart, taking 18 of 20 entries. The other two
went to Great Britain's popular .co.uk country
code, with #7 Online-Gambling.co.uk generating €35,000
($44,657) and #12 Neighbours.co.uk dropping by
with €25,000 ($31,898) in hand. Both of those
domains were sold at Sedo as was a third .co.uk that
anchored the chart, Mustique.co.uk, tied for 40th at £5,000
Two .orgs and a pair of .nets
also bucked .com's dominance of the Big Board, as did a .mobi
and a .info. The latter two were represented on the all
extension top seller's list by #27 MP3s.mobi, sold for $13,500
atPool.comand #28 Nevada.info, a state name that attracted £6,900
($13,162) at Sedo. SnapNames placed the most domains on the
expanded leader board with 13 while Sedo piled up 10 chart entries. Here's a look at
our complete list for the two weeks ending Sunday, October 29:
DN Journal Top 40
Domain Sales - Mon. Oct. 16, 2006 - Sun. Oct. 29, 2006
Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based
on Rates in Effect Tue. Oct. 31
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 enjoyed an incredible fortnight,
piling up over 120 solid four-figure sales in addition to their 13
domains on the Big Board. Limp.com hobbled in with $9,299,
SupraKey.com commanded $8,800 and NJCareers.com contributed
$8,222. HealthEase.com helped out with $7,100, BuildingMovers.com
hoisted $6,868 and SexTrailer.com tacked on $6,789.
Other SnapNames winners included
ReduceCholesterol.com ($6,746), SusanaSpears.com ($6,600)
and Moores.com ($6,300). WhiterTeeth.com brushed up $6,113,
Zllow.com kicked in $6,100 and MahjongOnline.com
eked out $6,060. Over18.com ended right at $6,000,
PaydayAmerica.com earned $5,855 and $5,700
flowed from MidStream.com.
StreetFurniture.com fetched $5,600, IdahoFishing.com
caught $5,539 and ImagineMastercard.com rang up $5,400.
PandaAntivirus.com posted $5,111 while Zillw.com
and LeftEye.com each landed $5,100 and USHistoryBooks.com
recorded $5,050. SnapNames had another 102 sales ranging from $2,000
to $5,000 that you can check out in the table below:
Additional SnapNames Sales
Back at Sedo, MidCap.com returned $8,800,
DailyGames.com scored $8,000 and SmartCharter.com
cornered $7,500. Residentes.com ($7,000), CheapMexico.com
($6,500) and Unibill.com ($6,000) helped keep the ball
rolling. ScoreSoccer.com and LoansKey.com clicked for $5,500
each while Cuprum.com cracked $5,000, TakeALook.com
saw $4,000 and MInvestment.com paid a $2,000
In addition to the four domains they put on the Big
tuned in $8,900 with TVSpot.com and added $7,250
for 9Out.com. ABCF.com ($5,500), InternetSafety.com
($5,000) and HotPad.com ($3,550) also helped heat things
up. GovCentral.com claimed $3,200, EveryFriday.com
drummed up $2,589 and FlipTrack.com found $2,500.
BeverlyHillsPlasticSurgeons.com snipped off $2,500,
YouUpload.com and LongJump.com each landed $2,100 and
three others, PumpAction.com, LandShop.com and Acceptant.com
rounded out the Afternic roster at $2,000 each.
also showed lots of muscle as their popularity with small to medium
size businesses helped them generate more than 100 four-figure
sales, including Acap.com ($8,000), ChampionsClub.com
($7,000) and Internet101.com ($5,500). GotWireless.com,
Fijian.com and Nehemiah.com notched $5,000 each
while eReminders.com recalled $4,800 and PCLive.com
dialed in $4,488.
StudentSolutions.com ($4,250), KeylessLocks.com
($4,200) and Donum.com ($4,088) were followed by a trio
at $4,000 each that included SiteWorld.com, HomeLease.com
and DigitalAsylum.com. HealthyHospital.com
admitted $3,910 and GreenPlace.com grew $3,900.
Four others; PureInvestments.com, MediaTrust.com, GrandVista.com
and BeachBox.com brought $3,888 each while SpaceAliens.com
BuyDomains had 90 more .com sales ranging from $2,000
to $3,800. Those are listed in the table below:
Elsewhere, Meteors.com made a $9,000
impact at GreatDomains where WebcamBabes.com attracted
another $5,000. At Pool, a quartet of typos; Dwnload.com
($7,150), YouTuve.com ($4,222), Freewbs.com ($3,500)
and Downnloand.com ($2,162) all found new homes. TicketBoss.com
changed hands for $4,000 in a private sale and Vuonnhac.com
captured $2,200 at Enom's Club
In the Pipeline:
Paraguay's Chris Chena has reached an agreement to sell
Juegos.com ("games" in Spanish) for a large, but
undisclosed sum believed to be in seven or eight figures. Chena told
us the deal, which is currently subject to a non-disclosure
agreement, should be wrapped up by the end of the year. An auction
for Tractors.com has ended at Sedo at $153,500 but is
not yet out of escrow and in an auction at TDNAM.com, Mandarin.com
received a high bid of $80,813. That one is also still in
(.biz, .info, .mobi, .net & .org)
You've already seen the first six names on our
Global Contenders chart on the all extension Top 40,
led by a pair of five-figure .orgs, #1 Bored.org ($16,000)
and #2 D8.org ($15,000). The guys at Gadget.com
in Australia picked up Bored.org in a private
sale. While .org claimed the top two rungs on the GC ladder,
.net won the overall numbers game by piling up 16 chart
entries, including #3 Savings.net at $14,638.
The new .mobi extension was next with
11 charted domains, including #4 MP3s.mobi ($13,500),
followed by .org with nine. .Info bagged three
spots, led by #5 Nevada.info at £6,900 ($13,162).
.Biz also got into the fray with #23 Mailboxes.biz
selling for $3,500 at Sedo.
The big story in this category has to be the
continuing early strength of .mobi. In addition to those
eye-popping sales at T.R.A.F.F.I.C. East last week the new
extension for mobile devices continues to pile up solid
numbers in land rush auctions at Pool.com. This week's group
there included #8 VideoChat.mobi ($9,000) and #9 FantasyFootball.mobi
As we did with the mainstream chart, we have
doubled the size of this week's Global Contenders list since
it incorporates two weeks worth of data. Here's how the
leaders stacked up over the 14-day period ending Oct. 29:
Global Contenders Top 40
Highest Reported Non .Com Global
(.Net, .Org, .Biz & .Info) Mon. Oct.
16, 2006 - Sun. Oct. 29, 2006 Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based
on Rates in Effect Tue. Oct. 31
The .mobi buying binge also bubbled under the
chart with nine more four-figure sales including BreakingNews.mobi
($2,250) and a pair at $2,050 each; Pills. mobi
and Cafe.mobi. HorseRacing.mobi added $1,950,
SportsBets.mobi booked $1,900 and SportBets.mobi
drew $1,850. Apartment.mobi picked up $1,704,
Tow.mobi pulled $1,500 and HGH.mobi made $1,075.
Pool also sold Escape.info for $2,050, HIMG.org
for $1,550 and Girls.biz for $1,500.
All together, there were close to 100 additional
uncharted four-figure sales this week. BuyDomains and
SnapNames each accounted for 31 of those. Here's a look at the
group from BuyDomains:
BuyDomains Four-Figure Global Contenders Sales
SnapNames' group of 31 featured 17 .orgs and
several nice 3-letter domains. You can check out all of their
supplemental sales in the table below:
SnapNames Four-Figure Global Contenders Sales
At Sedo, Informatique.org sold for €1,500
($1,914), HomeMortgageLoans.org generated $1,900,
Orca.org beached $1,800 and BlackLight.org
illuminated $1,500. Also, ConstructionTechnology.net
tallied €1,000 ($1,276) and MailOrderBride.info
At Afternic, DisabilityLawyers.org drew $1,600,
Agencies.org added $1,300, LGN.org sold
for $1,150 and Spectro.org spawned $1,000.
CrownPoker.net raked in a $1,375 pot and DontForget.net
remembered to cash a $1,088 check.
Great Britain's .co.uk swept the top
three spots on this week's Country Code chart, led by a
pair of solid five-figure sales that rank among the 12 biggest
ccTLD sales reported so far in 2006. You saw those, Online-Gambling.co.uk
and Neighbours.co.uk on the all extension leader
Germany's .de put a pair of domains on
the top half of the chart, led by #4 MP3-Download.de at
€6,000 ($7,656). That sale was made at Sedo, a venue
that traditionally dominates the country code action. This
week was no exception as Sedo accounted for 20 of the 26 chart
The European Union's .eu and the United
States ccTLD, .us, each had two domains among the
top ten. #5 GoNews.eu led the way for that extension
with a $7,000 sale at Sedo, while #6 Invest.us
was the flag bearer for America, attracting $6,500,
also at Sedo. In one of the best .us buys we've seen to date,
someone picked up #8 Gifts.us for just $5,300 at
Several other countries were represented on
this week's chart, including Poland (.pl), New
Zealand (.co.nz), Tuvalu (.tv), France (.fr),
Italy (.it), Russia (.ru), Canada (.ca)
and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands (.cc). Here's a look at the complete
Country Code chart for the two weeks ending October 29:
Code Top 25
ccTLD Sales: Mon. Oct. 16, 2006 - Sun. Oct. 29, 2006 Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based
on Rates in Effect Tue. Oct. 31
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.