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Fund.com Changes Hands for $9,999,950 in the Largest Cash Deal Reported to Date

When news reports started appearing today (including one at CNN.com) that Fund.com had been sold for the highest cash price ever reported ($9,999,950) there were elements to the story that had me wondering if it was legitimate. I brought those doubts up in a thread at the DomainState.com forum but a member there, investor George Kirikos, dug through the purchaser's Jan. 15 SEC filing and confirmed the transaction had been reported to the U.S. government at the stated amount. You don't make that kind of stuff up in SEC filings unless you have a fondness for jail cells.

I reached a representative for the buyer (Fund.com Inc. (OTCBB: FNDM), in New York City where the public firm is located and she confirmed the transaction as well. The company spokesperson said the deal closed in January fulfilling a purchase agreement that had been signed in October 2007. She also said all new content would soon be placed on the domain. 

By Ron Jackson

Fund.com, thus becomes the highest all cash domain sale ever reported topping Porn.com (sold for $9.5 million in May of last year). Sex.com is believed to have gone for more but the exact price - estimated to be between $12-$14 million - was never released. 

With the highest sale on record, another three sales in the six-figure range and 44 sales reaching at least five figures this was a pretty darn good week for domains especially when the rest of the economy is believed to be mired in a recession. The other heavyweights this week included #2 Thin.com, sold for $200,000 through RickLatona.com and #3 Shoppers.com, a name that went for $166,000 at Pool.com. #4 Eggs.com ($112,500 at Sedo.com) also cracked the six-figure mark. 

Sedo had a big week racking up 10 of the 20 chart entries on the Big Board. Their list also included the top ccTLD sale of the week lincluding #8 Porn.fr (French country code) at €30,000 ($46,000). That was one of three ccTLDs on the all extension leader board and was the highest non .com sale. 

The always dominant .com extension swept the rest of the chart with the exception of the #18 position that went to Baltimore.net, a name sold by RickLatona.com for $17,500. Here is how all of the top sellers stacked up for the week ending Sunday, March 9:

 

The DN Journal Top 20 
Reported Domain Sales - Mon. March 3, 2008 - Sun. March 9, 2008
Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. March 11

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. Fund.com $9,999,950 Pvt Sale
2. Thin.com $200,000 RickLatona.com
3. Shoppers.com $166,000 Pool
4. Eggs.com $112,500 Sedo
5. Alimony.com $75,000 SnapNames
6. SaintAugustine.com $60,000 RickLatona.com
7. Fem.com $50,000 Pvt Sale
8. Porn.fr €30,000 = $46,000 Sedo
9. eStudents.com $33,500 Sedo
10. Searcher.com $32,000 Sedo

11. Fussball.tv €18,500 = $28,367 Sedo
12. Kilu.de €14,000 = $21,468 Sedo
13. FreeSingles.com $21,000 Moniker/iDate
14. BlogSurf.com £10,000 = $20,069 Sedo
15. FreeDatingService.com $20,000 Moniker/iDate
16. DDP.com $19,500 Sedo
17. T20.com $18,000 AfternicDLS
18. Baltimore.net $17,500 RickLatona.com
19.
tie
Seng.com $16,500 Sedo
19.
tie
Invents.com $16,500 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. 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 25 more five-figure sales just off the chart. Moniker accounted for seven of those, including four names that sold at the live auction at the most recent Internext Expo; Lickin.com ($15,000), Amatures.com ($13,770), CasualEncounters.com ($12,500) and Chokers.com ($10,000). Moniker also sold three others from their website platform; HFP.com ($14,900), AllDigital.com ($11,000) and PeopleVideo.com ($10,000)

At NameJet.com GoodGuy.com generated $15,600, IllinoisLawyers.com billed $15,101, GreenFly.com swatted $10,200 and GreenStyle.com ground out $10,000. At SnapNames.com Drink.net and WU.net went for $14,000 each while Tube.mobi tuned in $10,000. Sedo secured $12,441 for Swot.com, $11,501 for Rebajas.es (Spanish ccTLD meaning "markdowns" in Spanish) and $11,398 for a German IDN country code domain Brόssel.de.

At the AfternicDLS BlackRomance.com brewed up $12,000, MedicalDoctor.net dispensed $11,702 and four others; Soge.com, OBB.net, Kosmic.com and CustomInk.net notched $10,000 apiece. Rounding out the five-figure club was RickLatona.com's $10,500 sale of GroupTherapy.com.

.Com Supporting Cast

There were also boatloads of solid four-figure .com sales this week. Moniker had the highest of those with QWE.com ($9,800) and also sold Cortera.com ($9,000), CapitalInnovation.com ($7,500) and EgoTV.com ($7,292). In other sales at the Moniker website, LawMax.com commanded $7,200, UnitedPaper.com posted $5,015 and SouthernTide.com washed up $4,000. HedgeServe.com secured $2,500, EveryShow.com screened $2,375 and WotNews.com reported $2,000.

In other Moniker auction live sales, FemaleDormitory.com drew $9,500 at the Miami iDate Conference while OnlinePorno.com kicked in $4,500 at the Internext Expo. Also at Internext, WomenOnWomen.com and DrunkBabes.com buttoned up $4,000 each, AustralianSex.com claimed $3,600 and KinkyTeens.com cornered $3,500. Three others; XXXMagazines.com, AlternativeSex.com and LargeModels.com tipped the scales at $2,500 each. 

Back at Sedo, 3-letter .coms were hot as evidenced by XWS.com ($9,201), WFZ.com ($9,201), QDZ.com ($9,100), KLG.com ($8,741) and ZTY .com ($6,100). Sedo also sold DotLocal.com for $6,000 and MobilePayments.com provided $5,500. Coriander.com collected $5,300, Coworker.com went for $5,100 and 3FN.com fetched $4,300

Chatup.com choked down $4,140 while HFAN.com and CertifiedMoldInspector.com discovered $4,000 apiece. Mathesis.com made $3,834, TO2.com turned in $3,200 and BrandLife.com brought $2,800. MoneyKit.com cranked out $2,550 while Xooloo.com and FNBH.com distributed $2,200 each. CrazyTube.com transmitted $2,150, VisitHonduras.com docked at $2,100 and Doju.com clicked for $2,000

At Pool.com 8B.com booked $9,100, DomainGuard.com collared $4,101 and Fernstudium.com found $2,516

At the Afternic DLS CheapCalls.com connected for $8,505, Gem-Stones.com took a shine to $8,000 and Golf4You.com chipped in $7,000. PanasonicStore.com presented $6,000, Inseparables.com closed at $5,800 and OptInAds.com delivered $5,237. PrimeWire.com and LeaseAutos.com dispatched $5,000 each, MobileHomeRental.com reserved $4,888 and RefundCheck.com returned $4,688. Cineman.com and Cagri.com grossed $4,500 apiece, PrimaryTeaching.com penciled in $4,300 and ItalianInstitute.com cleared $4,100

The AfternicDLS had 105 more .com sales ranging from $2,000 to $4,000. You can check those out in the table below.

Additional AfternicDLS Sales Between $2,000 - $4,000
certifiedmoldinspector.com $4,000   goodprivacy.com $2,500
stretchlimousine.com $3,888 gisgroup.com $2,500
gaffa.com $3,888 careerchangers.com $2,500
kappel.com $3,800 zorbit.com $2,488
JETSTER.com $3,754 greenforestry.com $2,488
americavoice.com $3,700 Geosourcing.com $2,450
specialmedia.com $3,688 internationalbusinessconsulting.com $2,420
customizedhomes.com $3,600 meqf.com $2,400
restaurantdesigner.com $3,500 artcollective.com $2,400
MSEAFORUM.com $3,500 heypeople.com $2,388
magmafilm.com $3,500 systembackups.com $2,316
customwoodworking.com $3,500 instantupdates.com $2,316
changeyouraddress.com $3,488 voni.com $2,300
celldesign.com $3,388 thejuicebar.com $2,288
attunement.com $3,300 sovereignstar.com $2,288
getthelife.com $3,288 bigride.com $2,288
bizwizard.com $3,288 bettereveryday.com $2,288
boostsales.com $3,255 bechocolate.com $2,288
sky-bar.com $3,188 australianmortgage.com $2,288
zaplink.com $3,180 familyfreedom.com $2,285
turkeybreast.com $3,113 absolutesource.com $2,270
homegardener.com $3,100 stocksforum.com $2,250
accessibles.com $3,100 cashierscheck.com $2,250
placesonline.com $3,088 repaircreditrating.com $2,241
organicfoodstores.com $3,088 saveamerica.com $2,200
liveflash.com $3,088 moldproofing.com $2,200
bankstatements.com $3,066 journeystravel.com $2,200
ghostradio.com $3,025 bjerknes.com $2,200
worldstores.com $3,000 kitonline.com $2,188
tegu.com $3,000 dreamkeepers.com $2,188
TECHSPERTS.com $3,000 relaxingholiday.com $2,166
calisto.com $3,000 phonegallery.com $2,166
bigpark.com $3,000 deductable.com $2,166
bigbuddha.com $3,000 mediatrader.com $2,100
merchantratings.com $2,930 loyaltybuilder.com $2,100
paidvacation.com $2,900 webincentives.com $2,091
retirementconsultants.com $2,890 premiumtools.com $2,091
molife.com $2,888 depreciating.com $2,091
equestrianlife.com $2,888 shopsky.com $2,088
careerchat.com $2,888 coolhealth.com $2,088
brandlife.com $2,800 travelvalet.com $2,025
VIRTUALSPOKESMODEL.com $2,790 worldmessage.com $2,010
bambooproducts.com $2,688 thenetworkclub.com $2,000
IWHIZ.com $2,605 soulstudios.com $2,000
propertymanagementinc.com $2,600 presentit.com $2,000
presentedby.com $2,588 newsmd.com $2,000
ginsengtea.com $2,550 justsaying.com $2,000
toscon.com $2,500 hubu.com $2,000
seatingsolutions.com $2,500 freshtaste.com $2,000
pop-it.com $2,500 flightplanet.com $2,000
personalguarantee.com $2,500 FF05.com $2,000
joyzone.com $2,500 agoodmove.com $2,000
ifunding.com $2,500  

At  SnapNames BirthdayStore.com wrapped up $5,000, TieShop.com knotted $4,100 and LeatherConnection.com covered $3,500. L-Y.com cracked $3,399 and SportsPics.com captured $2,100.

Back at NameJet, GodsLove.com shielded $6,211, eMatters.com cinched $5,999, Selen.com called in $5,656 and NextStar.com lit up $5,655. NameJet had 23 more .com sales ranging from $2,000 to $5,299 that are listed in the table below.

Additional NameJet Sales Between $2,000 - $5,299
nextstage.com $5,299   Onlinepool.com $3,100
marketingsummit.com $5,299 archways.com $3,060
notebookaccessories.com $5,150 englishtranslations.com $2,700
macclesfield.com $5,100 lifesgreat.com $2,600
giftmaker.com $4,800 davidwilliams.com $2,600
motorsportsnews.com $4,701 buyuniforms.com $2,422
musicgadgets.com $4,200 soza.com $2,400
hostingjobs.com $4,200 dancespace.com $2,313
basari.com $4,140 Infoceptor.com $2,201
jurisdoctorate.com $4,099 vald.com $2,071
picsa.com $3,400 gamblingsolutions.com $2,000
fleetline.com $3,350   

Last but not least, David Sams sold DVDCountdown.com for $2,900 in a private sale.

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

.Nets ruled the Global Contenders chart again this week, sweeping 16 of 20 positions including the top four. There were seven five-figure sales in this category, all of which were listed earlier in this article. The top GC sale you haven't seen was one of the few non .nets on the board, #8 LAN.org, sold for $9,020 at the AfternicDLS. That was one of two .orgs on the Top 20. .Mobi also scored twice with  that extension represented by #5 Tube.mobi ($10,000 at SnapNames) and #9 (tie) Trivia.mobi ($8,000 also at SnapNames). 

In the race among sales venues, the AfternicDLS dominated the GC board, piling up 11 of 20 chart entries. Here's how all of the Global Contenders stacked up for the week ending March 9:



Global Contenders Top 20
 Highest Reported Non .Com Global TLD  Sales 
(.Net, .Org, .Biz & .Info) Mon. March 3, 2008 - Sun. March 9, 2008
Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based on Rates in Effect March 11

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. Baltimore.net $17,500 RickLatona.com
2. WU.net $14,000 SnapNames
3. Drink.net $14,000 SnapNames
4. MedicalDoctor.net $11,702 AfternicDLS
5. Tube.mobi $10,000 SnapNames
6.
tie
OBB.net $10,000 AfternicDLS
6.
tie
CustomInk.net $10,000 AfternicDLS
8. LAN.org $9,020 AfternicDLS
9.
tie
1A.net €5,400 = $8,281 Sedo
9.
tie
Trivia.mobi $8,000 SnapNames

11. PremierHealth.net $4,888 AfternicDLS
12. Pauschalreise.net
("all inclusive tour" in German)
€3,000 = $4,600 Sedo
13. Pleasures.net $4,500 SnapNames
14. GreenPrint.net $3,888 AfternicDLS
15.
tie
DesignStudio.net $3,488 AfternicDLS
15.
tie
Tronic.org $3,288 AfternicDLS
17. VideoMusic.net €2,100 = $3,220 Sedo
18. eCert.net $3,188 AfternicDLS
19. NetSpaces.net  $3,100 AfternicDLS
20. Snack.net  $3,066 AfternicDLS

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.

There were dozens of additional four-figure sales off the chart. The AfternicDLS had the lion's share of those - 35 in all. Their list included Recette.net ($3,000), Salient.net ($2,888), Strasbourg.net ($2,750) and Katalyst.net ($2,700)

The AfternicDLS rang up 31 more GC sales ranging from $1,000 to $2,500. Those are listed in the table below:

Additional AfternicDLS Global Contenders Sales Between $1,000-$2,500
domainhost.net $2,500   omso.net $1,345
digitaltv.net $2,500 onesurf.net

$1,320

appartements.net $2,500 transtech.org $1,300
injoy.net $2,488 housechurch.net $1,300
emprunter.net $2,488 e-services.net $1,300
references.net $2,285 alltours.org $1,300
saveamerica.org $2,200 helplink.net $1,188
foreigncurrency.net $2,000 getwell.net $1,188
alltours.net $2,000 datatrax.net $1,188
varicom.net $1,888 ecouter.net $1,180
modulor.net $1,888 npod.net $1,100
dreamstream.net $1,700 babysteps.org $1,088
projectbidding.net $1,600 kashmir.info $1,000
sativa.net $1,500 johnjohn.net $1,000
municipalbonds.org $1,500 edde.net $1,000
lucky13.net $1,500   

At Sedo, DodgeViper.net skidded to a $3,000 stop as did Chaos.org. Swing.net sold for $2,900 and MicrodermAbrasion.net nabbed $2,800. Ratenkredit.org crested at $2,377, Vitamina.org swallowed $2,000 and Rigs.net pumped out $1,850

WeddingToasts.net proposed $1,750, Aeroport.mobi located $1,533 and four others; Venta.info, Paris-Hilton.net, MagicTree.org and F10.net each attracted $1,500. Vergleich.org added $1,150 and Purify.net produced $1,045.

At SnapNames, PhotoAlbum.org displayed $3,000, HitMovie.mobi played back $2,500 and TennisRacket.net served a $1,750 ace. Intimate.org, CorporateLogos.net and CandyCanes.net downed $1,500 each and IBG.net tacked on $1,300

NameJet scored with CastingCalls.net ($1,600), EMN.org ($1,010) and GUG.org ($1,000). Meanwhile Moniker banked $2,000 for ImagineIf.org.

Country Codes

It was a very solid week for the Country Codes with five five-figure sales, all of which we detailed at the top of this report. Sedo accounted for all of those and almost made a clean sweep of the ccTLD Top 20, taking all but one position that went to Pool.com for #13 HomeBuyers.ca (Canadian country code).  

The top sale you haven't seen yet is #6 Animaux.fr ("animals" in French), a name that sold for $6,134. That was one of five French ccTLDs in the chart, including #1 Porn.fr at $46,000. Germany's .de had the most entries, placing seven names on the elite list. Here is how all of the ccTLD top sellers stack up for the week ending March 9:



Country Code Top 20
 Highest Reported ccTLD  Sales: Mon. March 3, 2008 - Sun. March 9, 2008
Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. March 11

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. Porn.fr €30,000 = $46,000 Sedo
2. Fussball.tv €18,500 = $28,367 Sedo
3. Kilu.de €14,000 = $21,468 Sedo
4. Rebajas.es
("markdowns" in Spanish)
€7,500 = $11,501 Sedo
5. Brόssel.de (IDN) €7,433 = $11,398 Sedo
6. Animaux.fr
("animals" in French)
€4,000 = $6,134 Sedo
7. KX.eu €3,173 = $4,866 Sedo
8. Autocollants.fr
("stickers" in French)
€3,000 = $4,600 Sedo
9. Velodi.fr €2,800 = $4,293 Sedo
10.
tie
LiveCam.pl €2,500 = $3,833 Sedo
10.
tie
Gothique.fr
("gothic" in French)
€2,500 = $3,833 Sedo

11. Forex.cd $3,500 Sedo
12. Wettlexikon.de
("betting encyclopedia" in German)
€2,000 = $3,067 Sedo
13. HomeBuyers.ca $3,102 Pool
14. WellnessShop.co.uk £1,500 = $3,010 Sedo
15.
tie
Marktfόhrer.de (IDN)
("market guide" in German)
€1,700 = $2,607 Sedo
15.
tie
Billigdsl.de
("cheap DSL" in German)
€1,700 = $2,607 Sedo
17. Armreif.de
("bracelet" in German)
€1,650 = $2,530 Sedo
18. Event.cz €1,600 = $2,453 Sedo
19. Medienproduktion.de
("media production" in German)
€1,500 = $2,300 Sedo
20. FootOrthotics.co.uk £1,000 = $2,006 Sedo

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.

There were ten more four-figure ccTLD sales just off the chart and Sedo accounted for six of those including BMB.de ($1,855), Rettungstechnik.de ($1,840) and a pair at $1,533 each;  Scommessa.eu and Der-Urlaub.de. They also sold Music.tm ($1,500) and OOO.in ($1,200).

At the AfternicDLS, NI.tv tuned in $1,800 and Forex.lc landed at $1,003. In a Moniker auction sale, Scores.la posted $1,000 at CAC Macau.

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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