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Flood of Completed Live Auction Sales Put Dozens of High Dollar Domain Deals on the Books

Dozens of sales from the recent SnapNames Live auction at the DOMAINfest Global conference in Hollywood, California were completed over the past week, adding a lot of muscle to our new sales charts. As we have done in the past when special event sales produce a huge block of transactions, we are expanding our usual Top 20 chart to 40 positions. Even that move does not make room for all of the five-figure and higher sales reported as 73 transactions at that lofty level were concluded. 

Seven domains, led by #1 Porn.net at $400,000, broke the six-figure barrier. SnapNames accounted for five of the seven with Moniker.com having a hand in the other two. Moniker sold runner-up 173.com for $302,790 and handled the escrow for the private sale that saw #6 FruitBaskets.com go to a new owner for $142,500. For the second week in a row, Moniker also announced they brokered a $4 million developed website sale. This time it was Bored.com - the week before it was FreePorn.com. After being acquired by Oversee.net last month, Moniker appears to be stronger than ever and they are clicking on all cylinders right now. 

By Ron Jackson

There were a quartet of nice geodomains on the elite list, led by #7 Yemen.com at $100,000 and #8 FollyBeach.com at $98,000. The latter domain was sold through Rick Latona's new blog/sales site RickLatona.com. Latona has long been one of the most active players in the aftermarket - both as a buyer and as a seller. By formalizing his sales operation and basing it at RickLatona.com he immediately establishes an important sales venue. RickLatona.com put four names on the leader board and the site had three more five-figure deals just of the chart. In Latona's system, you sign up for at his site for free daily emails in which he offers high quality domain names at below market prices. He has a huge portfolio that allows him to do this and from my personal observation, he has indeed been offering a lot of bargains - many of which are snapped up as soon as his daily email goes out.

Speaking of geodomains, that subject is front and center in our new February Cover Story about one  of the real giants in that sector - Dan Pulcrano of Boulevards New Media. Pulcrano owns an astonishing portfolio that includes 20 of the 30 largest .com U.S. city domains, including LosAngeles.com, SanFrancisco.com and Philadelphia.com. As both a traditional print publisher and a web publisher Pulcrano also provides unique insight into the forces that have created the current boom for domain names and web publishers. If you haven't read it already, I would urge you to check it out as I think you will find your time very well spent.

Great Britain's .co.uk country continues to show solid growth. Three more .co.uks hit the Big Board this week, led by the £38,500 ($75,360) sale of 4X4.co.uk in a private transaction. The buyer was Internet Media Consultants SA, A Swiss company that already operates a popular site devoted to four-wheel drive vehicles at 4X4.com. The only other non .com domains on the all-extension chart are a trio of .nets, a .org and a .mobi.

Here is how all of the top sellers stacked up for the week ending Sunday, February 10:

 

The DN Journal Top 40 
Reported Domain Sales - Mon. Feb.4, 2008 - Sun. Feb. 10, 2008
Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. Feb. 12

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. Porn.net $400,000 SnapNames
2. 173.com $302,790 Moniker
3. Bookmarks.com $300,000 SnapNames
4. AR.com $225,000 SnapNames
5. Photograph.com $195,000 SnapNames
6. FruitBaskets.com $142,500 Pvt Sale
7. Yemen.com $100,000 SnapNames
8. FollyBeach.com $98,000 RickLatona.com
9. Females.com $90,000 SnapNames
10. 4X4.co.uk £38,500 = $75,360 Pvt Sale
11. AnimeXXX.com $75,000 Moniker
12. Joysticks.com $67,500 SnapNames
13 Go3.com $55,000 Sedo
14. Fishing.net $52,500 SnapNames
15.
tie
Saws.com $50,000 SnapNames
15.
tie
HTTPS.com $50,000 RickLatona.com
15.
tie
Beijing.net $50,000 SnapNames
18. RaceTracks.com $49,000 RickLatona.com
19. BusinessNetwork.co.uk £21,150 = $41,400 Sedo
20. LoseWeightFast.com $40,000 SnapNames

21. No.org $37,500 SnapNames
22.
tie
Taxicabs.com $35,000 SnapNames
22.
tie
DrinkRecipes.com $35,000 SnapNames
24.
tie
WineGuide.com $32,500 SnapNames
24.
tie
FraudProtection.com $32,500 SnapNames
24.
tie
EyeSurgeon.com $32,500 SnapNames
27.
tie
Publishing.net $27,500 SnapNames
27.
tie
FlightInstruction.com $27,500 SnapNames
29. Victorville.com $26,500 RickLatona.com
30. Flirting.co.uk €18,000 = $26,240 Sedo
31.
tie
Went.com $25,000 SnapNames
31.
tie
UsedDVDs.com $25,000 SnapNames
31.
tie
Patriotic.com $25,000 SnapNames
31.
tie
OrganicProduce.com $25,000 SnapNames
31.
tie
iWidgets.com $25,000 AfternicDLS
31.
tie
Cavemen.com $25,000 SnapNames
31.
tie
BankAuctions.com $25,000 SnapNames
31.
tie
Own.mobi $22,500 SnapNames
39. OrganicChocolate.com $21,500 SnapNames
40.
tie
Pickering.com $20,000 RickLatona.com
40.
tie
Actor.net $20,000 SnapNames

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.

There were 32 more five-figure sales just off the chart with 20 of those coming from SnapNames. You can check those out in the table below:

Additional SnapNames Five-Figure Sales 
organiccosmetics.com $19,000   yucca.com $12,500
sudden.com $17,000 widgets.org $12,500
groundbeef.com $16,000 goblins.com $12,000
tied.com $15,050 candygifts.com $12,000
organicfarmers.com $15,000 personalcheck.com $10,169
delicious.net $15,000 resumeservice.com $10,123
campfires.com $15,000 wreckage.com $10,000
adolescent.com $15,000 satinpanties.com $10,000
testtubes.com $14,750 kry.com $10,000
housealarms.com $14,000 boathouses.com $10,000

Also cracking the five-figure mark were two from RickLatona.com; AlamedaCounty.com ($15,000) and Medics.com ($13,500). The AfternicDLS sold Jetting.com ($18,150), GoFar.com ($13,000), BioSelect.com ($12,000), BComm.com ($12,000) and SinglesChat.net ($10,000). At Sedo.com, Typhon.com tallied $15,000 and FMO.fr fetched $11,662 while VirtualCash.com and LadyEntertainers.com landed $10,000 each. At Pool.com, Video.us yielded $18,500 (more on that in our Country Code section a bit later on). 

.Com Supporting Cast

All of those high dollar sales were supplemented by hundreds of solid four-figure sales this week. At NameJet.com, ParadiseHomes.com produced $9,800, SkinRashes.com scratched up $9,769 and HeartStrings.com pulled $5,110. UpInSmoke.com inhaled $5,000 and PersonalCreditService.com secured $2,958.

Also at NameJet, BioCheck.com discovered $2,751, PersonalLawyer.com posted $2,700 and GreenBar.com banked $2,600. 5882.com counted out $2,100 while EscortsIndex.com and Duero.com delivered $2,100 each and Edgeemu.com added $2,000

You may recall that when pioneer dropcatcher SnapNames lost their exclusive contract to sell expiring Network Solutions domains last year some said that was a death blow for the company. I predicted otherwise, writing in our Lowdown section (scroll to bottom of page) on Oct. 1st that the company would reinvent itself as an aftermarket power foucsed on live auctions. They have not only done that, they have blown way past my expectations. Of course their cause was helped by being acquired by Oversee.net who further strengthened the SnapNames brand by buying the leading live auction company, Moniker, and combining its expertise with the new SnapNames Live brand. It has been a fascinating transformation to observe and the results speak for themselves.

In addition to dominating the leader board this week, SnapNames generated a truck load of solid four-figure sales. 3366.com crunched $9,500 while Interpersonal.com and LoveTrain.com arrived at the station with $9,000 each onboard. Greenhousing.com planted $8,750 while four other names; JobFacts.com, Jalopy.com, GamerPC.com and FactoryJobs.com fetched $7,500 each. ZYT.com and ChickenFingers.com fried up $7,000 each while HealthCareRecords.com and GameCatalog.com displayed $6,000 apiece. Other SnapNames winners included StarterHouses.com ($5,883), SEOMarketingTips.com ($5,500) and CollectibleStamps.com ($5,350)

SnapNames had 59 more sales ranging from $2,000  to $5,000. You can check those out in the table below:

Additional SnapNames Sales Between $2,000 - $5,000
skivillas.com $5,000   musicshops.com $3,200
sex247.com $5,000 cared.com $3,163
removestains.com $5,000 furstore.com $3,022
laborrights.com $5,000 sportbuddies.com $3,000
heroines.com $5,000 nationallawfirms.com $3,000
globalwarmingstatistics.com $5,000 dribbling.com $2,900
funupload.com $5,000 lotsoflove.com $2,700
diamonddeals.com $5,000 tuxshops.com $2,600
dailynumbers.com $5,000 wincashcontests.com $2,500
couponrewards.com $5,000 weightlossherbs.com $2,500
costeffective.com $5,000 vacationpicks.com $2,500
coolfind.com $5,000 pcid.com $2,500
comedybreak.com $5,000 nutritionbooks.com $2,500
cobwebs.com $5,000 minoritylawfirms.com $2,500
cardplaying.com $5,000 lowincomemortgages.com $2,500
buzzardbros.com $4,700 kerchief.com $2,500
videogametips.com $4,500 finerewards.com $2,500
maltarestaurants.com $4,200 filingtax.com $2,500
girls247.com $4,200 fairpay.com $2,500
germane.com $4,100 exoticbeers.com $2,500
trainingseminars.com $4,000 dailybackups.com $2,500
premierfitness.com $3,779 codeshare.com $2,500
vocalists.com $3,700 californiaboats.com $2,500
trackgear.com $3,700 boatclubs.com $2,500
amedia.com $3,700 autographcollectors.com $2,500
toppings.com $3,601 advertisingtips.com $2,500
refundloans.com $3,500 juegostv.com $2,000
realestateescrow.com $3,500 finewhiskies.com $2,000
publicrecordslocator.com $3,500 casinohq.com $2,000
importliquor.com $3,500  

Back at Sedo, LYQ.com captured €5,500 ($8,019) and Though.com drew $7,950. Locative.com found $7,400, StarsOfPoker.com dealt out $6,000 and SpecialReport.com revealed $5,100. LargestMall.com housed $3,600, Sourcea.com sold for $3,000 and Fazzini.com feasted on $2,750. DirectDeposits.com booked $2,550 and SunglassStudio.com shielded $2,500.

The AfternicDLS had another very active week with a long list of winners. They sold  KneeSurgeons.com via Sedo for $8,770, SecureCapital.com for $6,088 and two others; WrapCity.com and Klober.com for $6,000 each. There was a quartet of names at $5,000 apiece that included WindPark.com, PeopleCentral.com, Ellyn.com and EggSoftware.com

GotCredit.com gained $4,800, Malaka.com made $4,588 and WBBE.com claimed $4,587. ReservationsEurope.com held a spot for $4,570, GetHomes.com got $4,488, MarineExchange.com cleared $4,390 and XXAA.com added $4,088. The Afternic DLS had 99 more .com sales ranging from $2,000 to $4,000 that are listed in the table below.

Additional AfternicDLS Sales Between $2,000-$4,000

slowmusic.com $4,000   PhiladelphiaGym.com $2,400
salesbuzz.com $4,000 masterdavid.com $2,388
annapoliswaterfront.com $4,000 healthcareagents.com $2,300
mcno.com $3,964 eco4u.com $2,300
wirelesslife.com $3,888 yourskills.com $2,288
webdimensions.com $3,888 xedge.com $2,288
panthercity.com $3,888 iwantpeace.com $2,288
nutritiontime.com $3,888 entier.com $2,288
iolnet.com $3,730 americansentinel.com $2,288
USHEALTHCARE.com $3,500 handdrums.com $2,285
mbeat.com $3,500 videoparadise.com $2,250
beautygroup.com $3,500 topdance.com $2,200
totalinc.com $3,494 partyequipment.com $2,200
oneeleven.com $3,488 exceptionalevents.com $2,200
biocommunication.com $3,388 asiacare.com $2,200
baconbits.com $3,200 3minds.com $2,200
youauction.com $3,088 webtrafficbuilder.com $2,188
claimx.com $3,088 syswatch.com $2,188
beauty-hair.com $3,088 populararticles.com $2,188
autosystem.com $3,088 medireport.com $2,188
krto.com $3,027 flexmed.com $2,188
politicaltheory.com $3,000 adventuretoys.com $2,188
africas.com $3,000 quantuminnovations.com $2,100
clicksaver.com $2,900 plumbersdirectory.com $2,100
yourtraining.com $2,888 fairfunding.com $2,100
studentcorner.com $2,888 brightweb.com $2,100
sirkle.com $2,888 whattheywant.com $2,088
welcomeneighbor.com $2,800 storeboard.com $2,088
ideadevelopment.com $2,800 smartmuscle.com $2,088
houstonjournal.com $2,788 musicmyway.com $2,088
kelcy.com $2,750 grovevillage.com $2,088
fazzini.com $2,750 onlinefilmfest.com $2,030
ruif.com $2,692 womenunlimited.com $2,000
trimandslim.com $2,688 tekbuy.com $2,000
9526.com $2,688 socialpower.com $2,000
toyrepublic.com $2,588 servicemind.com $2,000
inspirationstudio.com $2,588 protips.com $2,000
inetspy.com $2,588 progressiveservices.com $2,000
acatch.com $2,542 premierdevelopment.com $2,000
wealthyliving.com $2,500 nolines.com $2,000
virtual-tours.com $2,500 managementinnovations.com $2,000
tradingvolume.com $2,500 lafo.com $2,000
stockauctions.com $2,500 interfutures.com $2,000
localradar.com $2,500 educationalerts.com $2,000
catholicstudies.com $2,500 drugtreatments.com $2,000
showyourhome.com $2,488 dentcom.com $2,000
microenterprises.com $2,488 careervideo.com $2,000
isfun.com $2,488 bestbanner.com $2,000
ifort.com $2,488 acceleratedequity.com $2,000
faceoffhockey.com $2,488   

 In another sale at RickLatona.com Enschede.com kicked in $9,000

In other Moniker sales, RawPorn picked up $9,000 at the Internext auction and DiscountCallingCard.com dialed up $3,000 at Pubcon. In sales from Moniker's home site, MaximumLevel.com cranked up $6,675 while ScoreMedia.com and TimeToKnow.com notched $2,625 each.

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

As we did on our all-extension chart, we have doubled the Global Contenders leader board from 20 to 40 positions this week to make room for all of those SnapNames auction sales. We already discussed the first ten names on the GC chart in the opening section of this report so let's pick up at #11 - Tricks.net, sold for $9,000 at SnapNames. That was one of 31 .nets on the GC leader board as that extension swept all but nine of the chart entries. .Org was next with seven while .mobi and .info had one chart position apiece.

Here's how all of the Global Contenders stacked up for the week ending February 10:



Global Contenders Top 40
 Highest Reported Non .Com Global TLD  Sales 
(.Net, .Org, .Biz & .Info) Mon. Feb. 4, 2007 - Sun. Feb. 10, 2008
Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Feb. 12

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. Porn.net $400,000 SnapNames
2. Fishing.net $52,500 SnapNames
3. Beijing.net $50,000 SnapNames
4. No.org $37,500 SnapNames
5. Publishing.net $27,500 SnapNames
6. Own.mobi $22,500 SnapNames
7. Actor.net $20,000 SnapNames
8. Delicious.net $15,000 SnapNames
9. Widgets.org $12,500 SnapNames
10. SinglesChat.net $10,000 AfternicDLS
11. Tricks.net $9,000 SnapNames
12. Privy.net $8,900 Sedo
13. Drawing.net $7,500 SnapNames
14. FruitBaskets.net $5,600 SnapNames
15.
tie
Supply.net $5,000 SnapNames
15.
tie
Supplier.net $5,000 SnapNames
15.
tie
Pastries.net $5,000 SnapNames
15.
tie
eStock.net  $5,000 SnapNames
15.
tie
Desperate.net  $5,000 SnapNames
20. Bags.org  $4,903 SnapNames

21. CashBackCreditCards.net $4,900 Sedo
22. Miss.info $4,100 Sedo
23. Popper.net $3,500 SnapNames
24. Skates.org $3,101 SnapNames
25.
tie
TexasPower.net $3,000 AfternicDLS
25.
tie
Murfreesboro.org $3,000 AfternicDLS
25.
tie
Dunk.net $3,000 SnapNames
28. Fatburner.net $2,940 AfternicDLS
29. AddictionRecovery.net $2,930 AfternicDLS
30. FlightInsurance.net $2,800 AfternicDLS
31. VirginIslands.net $2,720 Sedo
32.
tie
HFC.net $2,600 SnapNames
32.
tie
Desktops.net $2,600 SnapNames
32.
tie
ClinicalResearch.net $2,600 AfternicDLS
35.
tie
Spel.org $2,500 AfternicDLS
35.
tie
Screenplays.net $2,500 SnapNames
35.
tie
Purifiers.org $2,500 SnapNames
38, EliteMotors.net $2,240 AfternicDLS
39. SearchResults.net $2,100 AfterncDLS
40. TheXchange.net $2,088 AfternicDLS

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.

There were dozens of additional four-figure GC sales just off the chart. The AfternicDLS got the lion's share of those, piling up 36 more four-figure sales ranging from $1,000 to $2,000. Those are listed in the table below:

Additional AfternicDLS Global Contenders Sales Between $1,000-$2,000
webdevelopment.net $2,000   allnetwork.net $1,500
mindseye.net $2,000 acceptcreditcards.net $1,500
freechatroom.net $2,000 nathanhale.net $1,488
rawfood.net $1,976 gokids.net $1,388
totebags.net $1,940 nuvision.net $1,300
petspace.net $1,888 isf.info $1,260
maintec.net $1,888 icfm.net $1,252
comeoutandplay.net $1,888 freespan.net $1,250
shorthair.net $1,800 opmaat.net $1,200
fruitbaskets.org $1,800 rangoli.net $1,188
tvstands.net $1,788 wedid.net $1,170
estudios.net $1,700 eurocapital.net $1,100
addictiontreatment.net $1,700 drugaddiction.net $1,100
thinkblue.net $1,688 islamicbanking.net $1,088
financialtools.net $1,688 treatmentcenters.org $1,000
campaignforamerica.org $1,600 samsun.net $1,000
amso.net $1,539 radware.net $1,000
hairsalons.net $1,500 hairsalons.org $1,000

At Sedo, CancerSurgeons.net and Zaire.mobi drew $1,800 each while ILM.mobi and Unterwegs.mobi attracted €1,200 ($1,749) apiece. PartyGames.org and HeartSurgeon.org sold for $1,400 each, BusinessCreditCard.net swiped $1,250, MobileBroadband.net connected for $1,188 and HeartSurgeon.net wielded a scalpel on $1,100

At NameJet, Magnitude.net managed $1,810 and MusicWorld.net drummed up $1,100. At SnapNames NakedHollywood.com unzipped $1,200 and SchoolScholarship.net awarded $1,000. At Moniker, YEZ.mobi bagged $1,020.

Country Codes

Great Britain's .co.uk ccTLD leads the Country Codes again this week, claiming the first three spots on our new CC Top 20 chart with a trio of names you saw on the all extension leader board earlier, 4X4.co.uk ($75,360)BusinessNetwork.co.uk ($41,400) and Flirting.co.uk ($26,240). The latter two domains were sold by Sedo who traditionally dominates the ccTLD aftermarket.

Pool.com's $18,500 sale of #4 Video.us is an interesting story that most of you have probably heard by now. That domain had been sold to a Belgian company last year for $75,000. Somewhere along the line, their WhoIs contact information became invalid and the .US registry could not contact them to look into Nexus compliance issues. As a result the registry wound up canceling the domain and Pool was able to catch it on the drop. They then proceeded to auction it off to the highest bidder.

Germany's .de had four representatives on the leader board this week while France (.fr) and Tuvalu (.tv) has three apiece. .TV of course is now more closely associated with video than Tuvalu and that extension did well with all three of its representatives hitting the top half of the chart, led by Sedo's $6,195 sale of DebtConsolidation.tv.

 Here is how all of the ccTLD top sellers stack up for the week ending Feb. 10:



Country Code Top 20
 Highest Reported ccTLD  Sales: Mon. Feb. 4, 2008 - Sun. Feb. 10, 2008
Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. Feb. 12

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. 4X4.co.uk £38,500 = $75,360 Pvt Sale
2. BusinessNetwork.co.uk €21,500 = $41,400 Sedo
3. Flirting.co.uk €18,000 = $26,240 Sedo
4. Video.us $18,500 Pool
5. FMO.fr €8,000 = $11,662 Sedo
6. DebtConsolidation.tv €4,250 = $6,195 Sedo
7. StromNews.de €3,101 = $4,521 Sedo
8. JEU.tv $4,500 Sedo
9. BlueRay.tv €3,000 = $4,373 Sedo
10. Board.tv €2,500 = $3,644 Sedo

11. V2.eu €2,400 = $3,499 Sedo
12.
tie
Raceboard.de €2,000 = $2,916 Sedo
12.
tie
Incoming.de €2,000 = $2,916 Sedo
14. Werbeprofi.at €1,750 = $2,551 Sedo
15. Club-de-recontre.fr €1,600 = $2,332 Sedo
16. SearchEngineOptimization.us $2,000 Moniker/Pubcon
17. Moms.us $1,942 Moniker/GeoDomain Expo
18. Magnetic.at €1,250 = $1,822 Sedo
19. LeGolf.fr €1,200 = $1,749 Sedo
20.
tie
Ihreadresse.de €1,150 = $1,676 Sedo
20.
tie
EuNet.eu €1,150 = $1,676 Sedo

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.

Sedo had eight more four-figure country code sales this week, including an IDN, inkassobόros.de at €1,050 ($1,531). Four others; 0K.fr, spezialkleber.de, schaufenster.at and dadanet.com.ar added €1,000 ($1,458) each. XOXO.kr (Korean ccTLD) contributed $1,110 and Poker.vg raked in a $1,000 pot.

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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