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Spicy.com Tastes the Top Spot on 2008's First Weekly Domain Sales Chart

The 2008 domain sales race is underway. The opening week of the new year was shortened, from a business standpoint, by two major holidays - New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. Many businesses and  individuals took the whole week off so sales activity was predictably slow. Only one reported sale was higher than $30,000 - that was Spicy.com, the leader on the year's first Top 20 chart after closing at $81,000. That name was auctioned off by Moniker.com in a live auction at the InterNext conference.

The runner-up spot went to Clap.com, sold by DigiPawn.com for $29,000. Moniker returned to take the 3rd position with ETH.com at $19,800, then NameJet.com stepped in with #4 Piyasa.com -  the first of four chart entries for them including three that reached the top ten. 

By Ron Jackson

Sedo.com charted the most domains overall with six. #6 ForexInvestor.com led their roster at 10,000 ($14,706). The AfternicDLS and SnapNames.com both had multiple chart entries as well with each taking three rungs on the ladder. The top name at the AfternicDLS was #8 MyAwards.com at $11,000 while the SnapNames' list was topped by #13 Hellraiser.com at $6,666.

Only three non .coms made the all extension leader board: #9 Viajes.mobi ("trips" in Spanish), sold for $8,302 at Sedo, #11 Congo.org, a name that drew $7,000 at Moniker's live auction at the GeoDomain Expo and #17 PeliculasOnline.net ("movies online" in Spanish), moved for 4,000  ($5,882) at Sedo. There was also one IDN on the elite list - #18 
笔记本电脑.com
(puny code xn--8pv752a1qej5gmyo.com), sold at SnapNames for $5,832.

Here is how all of the top sellers stacked up for the week ending Sunday, January 6:

 

The DN Journal Top 20 
Reported Domain Sales - Mon. Dec. 31, 2007 - Sun. Jan. 6, 2008
Euro to Dollar Conversion ( to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. Jan. 8

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. Spicy.com $81,000 Moniker/Internext
2. Clap.com $29,000 DigiPawn
3. ETH.com $19,800 Moniker
4. Piyasa.com $19,600 NameJet
5. Veridian.com $16,800 NameJet
6. ForexInvestor.com 10,000 = $14,706 Sedo
7. SeatBelts.com $12,000 Sedo
8. MyAwards.com $11,000 AfternicDLS
9. Viajes.mobi
("trips" in Spanish)
$8,302 Sedo
10. ComputerPros.com $7,400 NameJet

11. Congo.org $7,000 Moniker/ GeoDomain Expo
12. Ligando.com $6,700 Sedo
13. Hellraiser.com $6,666 SnapNames
14. Mecklenburg.com $6,061 SnapNames
15. Genisys.com $6,000 Sedo
16. HotVOIP.com $5,988 AfternicDLS
17. PeliculasOnline.net
("movies online" in Spanish)
4,000 = $5,882 Sedo
18. 笔记本电脑.com (IDN)
(xn--8pv752a1qej5gmyo.com)
$5,832 SnapNames
19.
tie
SierraTimes.com $5,800 NameJet
19.
tie
HouseSource.com $5,800 AfternicDLS

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.

For the many newcomers entering the domain industry we also want to point out that the reasons why a domain name sells for a certain price can be varied and are not always clear to those who are unfamiliar with the domain market. If you do not understand why specific domain names command the prices they do, you are likely to make unwise domain registrations or purchases. We highly recommend that you do some basic research before you buy anything! As a starting point we have built a sister site specifically for you at NameNewbie.com.

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.

.Com Supporting Cast

There were many more four-figure sales off the chart. NameJet had the highest of those with SClub.com and ComputerCareer.com at $5,700 each. LegalReferral.com landed at $5,100, Ilea.com at $5,000 and BestPlan.com at $4,300. C-S.com secured $3,900, Millwrights.com racked up $3,600 and two others; Heywood.com and Brassy.com brought $3,400 each. 

RedPen.com penciled in $3,300 while BookTrade.com and ComputerWizard.com went for $3,200 apiece. SubCity.com wolfed down $2,900, NameSpot.com notched $2,600, Beimei.com bagged $2,300 and SSRC.com clicked for $2,100

At SnapNames, OpenArms.com welcomed $5,250, CallVantage.com dialed up $5,050 and CaymansVacation.com booked $3,850. Mysexydaugther.com (typo) tallied $3,600 while Valleys.com and GoPhilly.com fetched $3,433 each. Snowland.com shoveled $3,200, NYCityHouses.com commanded $2,995 and Meredith18.com eked out $2,601. Toch.com turned in $2,500, Walsenburg.com wrapped up $2,200 and Publ.com kicked in $2,050

At the AfternicDLS RunTrax.com, ChinaMart.com, Cardos.com and Bootable.com banked $5,000 each. WebWrite.com returned $4,888 while VIPMusic.com and Menos.com dealt out $4,500 each. TShot.com and Dagmar.com claimed $4,000 apiece and FoodWarehouse.com distributed $3,888

WorldWideWarehouse.com rolled out $3,700, PlayFreeOnline.com pulled $3,650 and VisionCareConsultants.com contributed $3,600. GrooveBox.com banged out $3,560, InsideFashion.com uncovered $3,500 and RockRevival.com drummed up $3,490.

The Afternic DLS had 75 more .com sales ranging from $2,000 to $3,400 that are listed in the table below.

Additional AfternicDLS Sales Between $2,000-$3,400

jokezone.com $3,400   socalmedia.com $2,488
smarthub.com $3,388 littlehelper.com $2,488
ivag.com $3,300 licia.com $2,488
caribbeanadventures.com $3,300 assistedlivingguide.com $2,488
spectrummarketing.com $3,288 painrelease.com $2,450
compassconnect.com $3,288 crics.com $2,450
inventionregistry.com $3,214 demonz.com $2,400
deltaservices.com $3,200 bikeconnection.com $2,300
tennisschedule.com $3,088 thinktankproductions.com $2,288
languagelaboratory.com $3,088 relationshipaudit.com $2,288
teachergrants.com $3,000 organiceats.com $2,288
kidnapinsurance.com $3,000 greenstrategy.com $2,288
healthfutures.com $3,000 gotclues.com $2,288
bigtipper.com $2,988 familydentalcenter.com $2,288
eqal.com $2,937 expresiones.com $2,288
entrenador.com $2,900 boutiqueresort.com $2,288
tailoredclothes.com $2,888 artcartel.com $2,288
promotext.com $2,888 allnaturalbeauty.com $2,288
librarysolutions.com $2,888 diversitysource.com $2,285
frontone.com $2,888 moviezen.com $2,200
iinn.com $2,868 excellentidea.com $2,200
softhard.com $2,788 cityzoo.com $2,200
resolutionstrategies.com $2,788 thebigw.com $2,100
live2ride.com $2,788 antiquelocks.com $2,100
low-rates.com $2,760 tubedude.com $2,088
postreview.com $2,688 sunaudio.com $2,088
cemeterymonuments.com $2,688 lifesupplements.com $2,088
motionsimulation.com $2,625 housingoffice.com $2,088
tripix.com $2,500 barconsultants.com $2,088
quantique.com $2,500 medpost.com $2,000
mesotheliomadirectory.com $2,500 mastersuniversity.com $2,000
internetpr.com $2,500 keyexchange.com $2,000
InterCredit.com $2,500 infantcarriers.com $2,000
go-o.com $2,500 discountsign.com $2,000
golfclassic.com $2,500 brightsystems.com $2,000
CashRelease.com $2,500 bestoflosangeles.com $2,000
blueadventures.com $2,500 abaweb.com $2,000
webbooker.com $2,488  

The AfternicDLS had over 250 more .com sales below $2,000. At Pool.com, BankOfAmerican.com deposited $2,253.

Global Contenders (.biz, .info, .mobi, .net & .org)

.Mobi reached the top of the Global Contenders chart this week with Sedo's $8,302 sale of Viajes.mobi ("trips" in Spanish). That was one of six chart entries for Sedo with four of those reaching the top ten, including #2 PeliculasOnline.net ("movies online" in Spanish) at $5,882. .Net wound up sweeping 16 of the 20 chart entries.

The AfternicDLS had the most chart entries with 12 and reeled off five in a row starting with #3 Palestra.net at $4,488. Their string also included the top .org, #4 Faithful.org at $3,900. .Biz also got on the board with Sedo's $2,000 sale of #19 DMV.biz.

Here's how all of the Global Contenders stacked up for the week ending January 6:



Global Contenders Top 20
 Highest Reported Non .Com Global TLD  Sales 
(.Net, .Org, .Biz & .Info) Mon. Dec. 31, 2007 - Sun. Jan. 6, 2008
Euro to Dollar Conversion ( to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Jan. 8

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. Viajes.mobi
("trips" in Spanish)
$8,302 Sedo
2. PeliculasOnline.net
("movies online" in Spanish)
4,000 = $5,882 Sedo
3. Palestra.net $4,488 AfternicDLS
4. Faithful.org $3,900 AfternicDLS
5. TotalTravel.net $3,688 AfternicDLS
6. Shoppen.net $3,288 AfternicDLS
7. Stays.net $3,188 AfternicDLS
8.
tie
Meteorite.net $3,000 Sedo
8.
tie
Federal.mobi $3,000 AfternicDLS
10. MortgagesDirect.net 1,995 = $2,934 Sedo

11. VideoDownloads.net $2,700 AfternicDLS
12.
tie
Touching.net $2,488 AfternicDLS
12.
tie
Mpro.net $2,488 AfternicDLS
14.
tie
PsychicReading.net $2,200 AfternicDLS
14.
tie
FibreChannel.net $2,200 AfternicDLS
16. LiborRates.net $2,104 SnapNames
17. Trumpet.net $2,087 SnapNames
18. Bihac.net 1,400 = $2,059 Sedo
19. DMV.biz $2,000 Sedo
20. SleepSolutions.net $1,900 AfternicDLS

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.

There were 23 more four-figure Global Contenders sales just off the chart. The AfternicDLS had 11 of those including Americard.net ($1,888), TarotCard.net ($1,641) and TVDigital.net ($1,588). AllClear.net and Fertilizer.net harvested $1,500 each while AutoNetwork.net drove home $1,488. RSRP.net nabbed $1,367, VintageClothing.org buttoned up $1,350 and LIRS.net nailed $1,326. BeGlobal.net brought $1,300 and Phosphates.net mined $1,200

At SnapNames CNJ.org generated $1,850, CompatibilityHoroscope.net connected for $1,772 and Effect.net displayed $1,609. NancysNest.net was feathered with $1,200 and CampingPlatz.net plucked $1,070

At NameJet, Cetus.org sold for $1,600, NCBN.org brought $1,400 and Sum.info added $1,000. At Sedo 699.net went for 1,025 ($1,507), Peace.mobi provided $1,363 and WindTurbines.org turned $900. At HuntingMoon.com, Lactic.org attracted $1,200

Country Codes

Just eight four-figure sales were reported in the country code category this week. The best of those was Sedo's $3,971 sale of SayCheese.co.uk. The runner-up domain, Lkwvermietung.de ("truck leasing" in German - sold for $3,692 at Sedo) was one of two German domains on the chart. There were also two .us domains - #3 CHK.us, sold by PPCIncome.com for $2,000 in a private sale and #4 FreePeopleSearch.us, a name that went for $1,765 at Sedo. 

The other countries represented on this week's ccTLD leader board were France (.fr), Belize (.bz) and Nuie (.nu). Here's how all of the country code leaders stacked up for the week ending January 6:



Country Code Top Sellers
 Highest Reported ccTLD  Sales: Mon. Dec. 31, 2007 - Sun. Jan. 6, 2008
Euro to Dollar Conversion ( to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. Jan. 8

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. SayCheese.co.uk 2,700 = $3,971 Sedo
2. Lkwvermietung.de
("truck leasing" in German)
2,510 = $3,692 Sedo
3. CHK.us $2,000 Pvt Sale
4. FreePeopleSearch.us 1,200 = $1,765 Sedo

5. Immobilier-particulier.fr
("unique real estate" in French)
1,000 = $1,471 Sedo
6.
tie
Marketing.bz $1,000 Pvt Sale
6.
tie
FreeWear.de $1,000 Sedo
6.
tie
Cheats.nu $1,000 Sedo

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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