Puts Boise Back in the Big Leagues With $175,000 Purchase of
Idaho real estate broker Steve Barbey
raised some eyebrows at this time three
years ago when he paid $50,000 for BoiseRealEstate.com.
He used the domain to redirect additional prospects to his IdahoRealEstate.com
site. The deal worked out so well that Barbey decided it was time to
go fishing in the domain pool again. Last week he reeled in BoiseIdaho.com
after meeting the $175,000 price set by previous owner Brian
Wick of CheapYellowPages.com. Barbey has already
redirected that domain to a Boise-specific page at
IdahoRealEstate.com. Boise is the state capital of Idaho and has a
population estimated at about 208,000 people.
By Ron Jackson
That was the #1 sale on this week's Top
20 chart (and one of five geo domains on the elite list). Last
week I indicated that we would permanently double the size of our
20-position all-extension chart this week due to a major increase in
sales volume in 2007. However, I forgot to take into account that
business activity this week would be disrupted by a major holiday
weekend in the U.S. (Labor Day weekend). It's the
unofficial end of summer in the States and many people take off from
Friday through Monday (I took off all four days myself - flying to Philadelphia
to spend some time with my daughter and help her move back into
her dorm at Penn). As a result the past week was more like a
half-week in the business world, so we will wait until next week to
undertake our chart expansion (as always chart length will be
subject to size changes when special circumstances warrant it).
Two more sales from the Moniker/T.R.A.F.F.I.C.
auction in New York back in June just closed this week to
earn spots on the top half of the leader board. DiscountPerfumes.com
drew $80,000 to claim the #2 slot while StockTrades.com
secured the 6th position at $25,000. Sedo had a hand in five
charted sales, more than any other venue. Their hit list included
two big ccTLD sales, #3 Theaters.co.uk at £16,000 ($32,324)
and #4 MyGame.de at €20,000 ($27,306).
A private seller, Justin Godfrey of
Sheboygan, Wisconsin, actually put more names on the elite
list than any of the commercial venues did. Godfrey moved four nice
geo domains; Rome.net and Bangkok.net at $17,500 each
plus Ohio.info at $12,000 and Ontario.info at $10,000.
He also broke into his liquor cabinet to produce two more solid
sales; Rum.net and Whiskey.net at $15,000 each.
His selling spree helped the Global Contenders make one of
their strongest showings of the year on the all-extension chart,
taking 8 positions overall (led by #5 Post.net, sold for $26,000
Incidently Afternic/BuyDomains had three
big sales (at $75,000, $33,000 and $24,000)
that could not be released due to non-disclosure agreements.
SnapNames also has many unreleased sales each week. I bring it up
occasionally to remind everyone that our report is just a sampling
of the overall activity in the domain market. As impressive as the
cumulative sales in this weekly report may be - it is still just the
tip of the iceberg in a market that continues to click on all
With the Global Contenders and Country
Codes flexing their muscles this week, the always dominant .coms
had to settle for 10 entries. SnapNames.com
accounted for two of those, including #8 ShopWorld.com ($21,060)
and also scored with a nice .org sale. Here is how all of the top sellers stacked up for the
week ending Sunday, September 2:
DN Journal Top 20
Domain Sales - Mon. August 27, 2007 - Sun. Sept. 2, 2007 Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based
on Rates in Effect Tue. Sept. 4
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. Our procedure for verifying the
accuracy of domain sales reports is available here.
In addition to their three chart entries,
SnapNames.com had the top sale in the .com supporting cast, doing $8,750
at the box office with UPJ.com. AuctionAlert.com added
$8,100, MortgageDoctor.com dispensed $7,916 and
Scola.com scored $7,000. Also ranking high were RateHerButt.com
($6,750), TheBird.com ($6,250) and PolandTravel.com
SnapNames fetched another $5,910 with IndiaFunds.com
while TackShack.com tallied $5,575 and FuelAdditive.com
delivered $4,995. GPost.com produced $4,700, ManarTV.com
tuned in $4,276 and SpySupplies.com spotted $4,029. SnapNames had
a dozen more sales ranging from $2,000 to $3,600 that you can
check out in the table below.
Additional SnapNames Sales
Back at Sedo, Gamecore.com generated $8,600,
Gkail.com commanded $6,200 and ZYG.com gathered
$6,000. LatestMovies.com screened $5,500, Instance.com
drew $5,200, UWL.com clicked for $5,100 and GayLawyer.com
located $5,000. Sedo also sold WXA.com through their
recently acquired GreatDomains.com
site for $5,100.
Meanwhile, the Afternic DLS machine kept
cranking out solid sales at an unmatched rate with a roster that
included Nephrologists.com ($8,000), Liwa.com ($7,000) and
EZAutoParts.com ($6,842). OEGroup.com greeted $6,000,
Network-Security.com unlocked $5,600 and five others; TheBestVacations.com,
SpotMobile.com, SafeLasik.com, EyeZone.com and WorldFreight.com
unloaded $5,000 apiece.
Profunda.com and NetImage.com captured
$4,800 each, PacificDesigns.com produced $4,688
and SpiritOfChristmas.com rang in $4,600. Pichet.com
pitched in $4,488, I-Cinema.com seated $4,100
and Zall.com discovered $4,088. Afternic/BuyDomains
had 68 more .com sales ranging fron $2,000-$4,000 that
are listed in the table below.
Afternic/BuyDomains had over
250 more .com sales under $2,000.
got a $7,505 greeting from SendCards.com and SlowForTheConeZone.com
overcame its unusually long name to land $2,912.
Moniker.com harvested $8,625 from ChocolateTree.com,
$5,355 from AutoCoach.com and another $2,625 from
Facilitator.com. Moniker also closed some more transactions
from their recent auctions. Sales from Internext included SexProducts.com
($5,000), SexAtWork.com ($3,500), FlipOff.com ($3,000)
and DominantMen.com ($3,000). WetPants.com ($2,750), SingleMales.com
($2,360) and Executions.com ($2,000) were also
From the Affiliate Summit auction, Moniker
banked $3,750 for BookkeepingService.com and also sold
IceShelf.com ($3,530), ConsumerMarketing.com ($3,000)
and NorwegianVacation.com ($2,500).
At Enom's Club
Drop, Deting.com connected for $2,200 and YahooYellowPages.com
In private sales, 0rkut.com (that is a zero
at the start, rather than a letter "O") changed hands for $6,500
(this domain has a decent Overture score with extension at 175), Aronson
Antiquairs acquired Aronson.com for $5,000 and Patricia
Kaehler at DomainBell.com
agred to tie Boat365.com up at a new dock for $3,500.
(.biz, .info, .mobi, .net & .org)
It was an excellent week for the Global
Contenders with the top eight names on this chart all making
the all-extension leader board you saw earlier. Rounding out the
GC's first ten are #9 Mono.net, sold for $7,920 at
Sedo and #10 Wimax.info, another one of Justin Godfrey's
private sales at $7,700.
.Net swept the first five positions on the
chart and 12 of 20 overall. .Info also had a solid week with
six charted domains. That left just two other openings and .org
took both of those. Geodomains were especially popular this week
with nine of the 20 chart entries falling into that category. Here's how
the Global Contenders stacked up for the week ending September 2:
Global Contenders Top 20
Highest Reported Non .Com Global
(.Net, .Org, .Biz & .Info) Mon.
August 27, 2007 - Sun. Sept. 2, 2007 Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based
on Rates in Effect Sept. 4
There were dozens of additional four-figure sales in
the GC category. Sedo had the highest of those on the supplemental
list, FirstServ.net at $4,081. They also sold VehicleTracking.net
($2,425), SocialMedia.net ($1,435) and Hulu.net
($1,250). SoundAdvice.info and PowerNews.net
pulled another $1,200 apiece while IDN.mobi added $1,109
and NameForums.net found $1,010. Sedo also sold Sugarfree.net
for $1,500 through GreatDomains.com
Afternic/BuyDomains had 27 more four-figure sales
including Distributors.org ($3,840), Was.net ($3,320)
and Doof.net ($3,000). The company had 24 more sales ranging from $1,000 to $2,388
that are listed in the table below.
Additional Afternic/BuyDomains GC Sales
At SnapNames, Songwriters.net came up with $3,200,
FYN.net brought $2,300 and LSP.net penciled in $1,610.
FreelanceJobs.net earned $1,509, IIY.net went
for $1,400 and Dotlrn.org drew $1,287. RMV.net
and NAZ.net rang up $1,250 each, CreamPies.org
cranked out $1,164, BigBeautifulWomen.net attracted $1,122
and MarshallIslands.net welcomed $1,112.
In a private sale, Justin Godfrey sold Lyric.info
for $2,500 and at Pool.com,
PUX.net plucked $1,850. Also, TDNAM.com squeezed
$1,505 out of Sponge-Buddy.net.
A pair of nice five-figure sales highlighted
the ccTLD action this week. #1 Theaters.co.uk went
for £16,000 ($32,324) at Sedo in the year's 15th
biggest country code sale. #2 MyGame.de was close behind at €20,000
($27,306). That name also sold at Sedo, a venue that swept 17 of
the 20 chart entries. It's interesting to note that this is the
second time MyGame.de has sold at Sedo in the past year and a half.
In April 2006 it was purchased for just $2,742. Now, just 17
months later, it went for 10 times more than it did last
Six .de (German ccTLD) domains made
the new chart while Great Britain's .co.uk and the European
Union's .eu each scored four times. Soft.co.uk, sold for €5,000
($6,826) to tie ILoveYou.eu for the third position.
America's country code, .us, and .tv
each charted twice with the final openings going to Canada's .ca and
The top .us, #7 Dream-Park.us ($3,842
at TDNAM) does not look like a valuable domain based on the
hyphenated name only, but this was once a developed website that
still has a good bit of residual traffic. That is often the case
with names you see selling for high prices that don't appear to have
much value on the surface. If you investigate a little deeper you
will often find that these domains are abandoned developments that
savvy new owners buy so they can monetize the traffic that still
goes to the domains (usually by putting pay per click pages on the
Here is how all of the country code
leaders stand for the week ending September 2:
Code Top 20
ccTLD Sales: Mon. August 27, 2007 - Sun. Sept. 2, 2007 Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based
on Rates in Effect Tue. Sept. 4
£16,000 = $32,324
€20,000 = $27,306
€5,000 = $6,826
€5,000 = $6,826
Kreditangebot.de ("credit offer" in German)
€2,051 = $3,401
€2,000 = $2,731
£1,350 = $2,728
£1,250 = $2,525
£1,1,00 = $2,222
Feuerwehrstiefel.de ("firefighter boots" in German)
Sedo had nine more four-figure ccTLD sales,
including Nuby.eu ($1,760), Anet.eu ($1,690) and Treads.co.uk
($1,515). Their list also included Gratis-Strom.de ($1,433),
Darimex.eu ($1,365) and TheGolf.tv ($1,200). Stadtplan-Hamburg.de
added $1,092, Bday.tv dialed up $1,050 and 770.eu
counted out $1,000.
At Afternic/BuyDomains, Music.vc drummed up $1,100,
an IDN, xn--5eyx16c.tv, went for $1,052 and CFO.us
sold for $1,000.
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.