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Wild Week in the Aftermarket With a Trio of Six-Figure Sales and An Avalanche of Big 3-Letter .Com Buys 

We saw something happen in the domain aftermarket this week that we've never seen before. There was a stunning wave of 3-letter .com sales including 15 of them at $40,000 apiece at the AfternicDLS alone! Those totaled a tidy $600,000. All told 18 of the 30 positions on our expanded Top 30 sales chart went to 3-letter .coms including the #1 domain - CPC.com, sold for a whopping $201,750 at Moniker.com

That was one three six-figure sales this week. The other big guns were 248.com and Coffee.org, both sold at Sedo.com. 248.com commanded an impressive $175,000 while Coffee.org brewed up an even $100,000 in the biggest .org sale reported so far this year.

By Ron Jackson

Those big sales were followed by an unprecedented 16-way tie for the 4th position thanks to all of those 3-letter sales at the AfternicDLS and another sale for the same amount at another venue. Last week the Senior VP and General Manager of NameMedia's Domain Marketplace (which includes the AfternicDLS) Peter Lamson told us that the company had a record quarter in 1Q-2008 and that business continued to look good early in the second quarter as well. Today he told me May wound up being the best sales month in the company's history. Quite a contrast from the unrelenting bad news coming out of real world real estate companies these days. 

The other 3-letter .coms on the Big Board this week were #19 TOA.com, sold for $35,300 at NameJet.com and #23 MIF.com which went for €17,000 ($26,259) at Sedo. There were only two non .com sales on  the elite all-extension list, Coffee.org and #24 Televisions.tv, a name that NameBroker.tv sold through Sedo for $25,000

There were a couple of interesting private sales. #26 Rudder.com went for $20,000 and #30 DoggieSpace.com dug up $15,000 for seller Maverick Sohu

Here is how all of the top sellers stacked up for the week ending Sunday, June 1:

 

The DN Journal Top 30 
Reported Domain Sales - Mon. May 26, 2008 - Sun. June 1, 2008
Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based on Rates in Effect June 3

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. CPC.com $201,750 Moniker
2. 248.com $175,000 Sedo
3. Coffee.org $100,000 Sedo
4.
tie
VVP.com $40,000 AfternicDLS
4.
tie
VUT.com $40,000 AfternicDLS
4.
tie
VTP.com $40,000 AfternicDLS
4.
tie
QTN.com $40,000 AfternicDLS
4.
tie
PFO.com $40,000 AfternicDLS
4.
tie
NDP.com $40,000 AfternicDLS
4.
tie
KKD.com $40,000 AfternicDLS
4.
tie
JVU.com $40,000 AfternicDLS
4.
tie
JUK.com $40,000 AfternicDLS
4.
tie
JOK.com $40,000 AfternicDLS
4.
tie
GDD.com $40,000 AfternicDLS
4.
tie
GAN.com $40,000 AfternicDLS
4.
tie
GAE.com $40,000 AfternicDLS
4.
tie
FFM.com $40,000 AfternicDLS
4.
tie
DVU.com $40,000 AfternicDLS
4.
tie
244.com $40,000 LLPlex.com

20. TOA.com $35,300 NameJet
21. Clash.com $30,500 SnapNames
22. BankCDs.com $30,000 AfternicDLS
23. MIF.com €17,000 = $26,259 Sedo
24. Televisions.TV $25,000 Sedo/
NameBroker.TV
25. BluePhone.com $22,500 Sedo
26. Rudder.com $20,000 Pvt Sale
27. LowerEastSide.com $18,060 Moniker
28. IART.com $16,694 NameJet
29. BlueWave.com $16,500 SnapNames
30. DoggieSpace.com $15,000 Pvt Sale

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 there five more five-figure sales just off the chart. Numismatic.com coined $11,750 for Sedo who added another $10,000 with Swordfish.org. The AfternicDLS sold ClimateCentral.org for $11,000 and HorseChat.com for $10,000 and SnapNames.com booked $10,106 for ReservationsOnline.com.

.Com Supporting Cast

As always there was a huge group of solid four-figure sales. NameJet had the highest of those with eWoman.com at $9,100 and eWomen.com at $8,901. WoodenFlooring.com laid down $6,100, NetChat.com generated $6,000 and SailPlanes.com cruised to $5,100. ThisWorld.com went for $5,099, eTeens.com turned in $4,800 and Viga.com grabbed $4,553

Lightsticks.com lit up $3,900, CommunionDresses.com drew $3,600 and Jiyu.com yielded $3,320. SexLube.com squeezed out $3,101, Posy.com posted $3,100 and WFSG.com tuned in $2,911. Fosson.com fetched $2,800, PrecastFireplaces.com burned through $2,600 and ACBC.com bagged $2,501. GrainPop.com grew $2,500, Wingfield.com found $2,400 and ResumePros.com provided $2,301. Also at NameJet, JustCakes.com and DIYStore.com banked $2,100 each.

In addition to dominating the Top 30 chart, the AfternicDLS had the most four-figure sales as well, including Sumeria.com ($9,000), MyUmbrella.com ($8,000) and ServiceBox.com ($7,700). LowFatYogurt.com stirred up $7,500, DockingStations.com connected for $6,750, UKRentals.com returned $6,500

DropShipment.com delivered $5,100 and four others; VideoCore.com, SoftwareEngineers.com, MerchantPaymentServices.com and HomesInsurance.com hauled in $5,000 apiece. Internet4You.com clicked for $4,800 while three others; SerialPort.com, Germex.com and CateringCompany.com cooked up $4,500 each. 

The AfternicDLS had 92 more .com sales ranging from $2,000 to $4,488 that you can check out in the table below.

Additional AfternicDLS Sales Between $2,000 - $4,488
fossier.com $4,488   casualfashion.com $2,633
schoolsupplystore.com $4,288 gobidesert.com $2,616
proglobal.com $4,188 sangaria.com $2,588
sybo.com $4,088 organizeus.com $2,588
diamondcentral.com $4,088 lingotech.com $2,588
industrynet.com $4,000 wildlifesanctuary.com $2,541
usolar.com $3,988 bodytreatments.com $2,541
vova.com $3,985 misssmartypants.com $2,500
co2bank.com $3,850 ImagesOfWomen.com $2,500
buildinginspections.com $3,750 ffusa.com $2,500
quickcuts.com $3,688 vaidya.com $2,488
jumpshop.com $3,688 uinterview.com $2,488
localgasprices.com $3,600 tshirtparty.com $2,488
worldgift.com $3,588 fashionport.com $2,488
OrganicDrugstore.com $3,529 dreampoints.com $2,488
friendmaking.com $3,488 chickensausage.com $2,455
websat.com $3,400 asaplegal.com $2,388
worldmix.com $3,288 myxo.com $2,300
lightingsupplies.com $3,216 amoudi.com $2,300
barbon.com $3,188 choiceautoinsurance.com $2,288
oceanet.com $3,073 caddieshack.com $2,288
worldapparel.com $3,000 apartmenthotel.com $2,288
tokyoliving.com $3,000 aggregators.com $2,286
sezu.com $3,000 objetpub.com $2,250
reportajes.com $3,000 auberges.com $2,250
pebe.com $3,000 nurseriesonline.com $2,200
newtownhouses.com $3,000 legallistings.com $2,200
NavReady.com $3,000 globalports.com $2,200
bucksforbooks.com $3,000 bridgefinancing.com $2,200
spapackage.com $2,991 numberonefan.com $2,188
lavante.com $2,988 creativeeducation.com $2,188
kayaksdirect.com $2,888 blocklink.com $2,188
egoworld.com $2,888 cellcharger.com $2,166
heimathafen.com $2,836 hookuplive.com $2,100
yachtcharterservice.com $2,788 hotlynx.com $2,088
sgdirect.com $2,788 aquaparks.com $2,088
nationalprocessing.com $2,788 yogaearth.com $2,000
expressproperties.com $2,788 recoveryliving.com $2,000
temporaryworkers.com $2,766 organiconlineshop.com $2,000
buttondown.com $2,766 number42.com $2,000
marketconnection.com $2,688 nbol.com $2,000
kidsskis.com $2,688 homelandfurniture.com $2,000
homereach.com $2,688 hiphopbattles.com $2,000
diveindonesia.com $2,688 flowerfestival.com $2,000
brandboutique.com $2,688 africanplanet.com $2,000
australianinvestor.com $2,688 abrandnewworld.com $2,000

Back at Sedo the top four-figure sales were Vert.com ($8,500), Assurancevoiture.com ($7,723) and CWL.com ($6,800). Web-Solutions.com wound up at $5,100, Settlepoint.com paid $4,585 and Vova.com captured $3,985. Wudo.com unwrapped $3,715, Wwwmegarotic.com distributed $3,600 and LadiesBoots.com buttoned up $3,500

Also at Sedo, eMade.com managed $3,100, while three others; Tocquevillefinance.com, Neptuneinvestment.com and LocalTransfer.com located €2,000 ($3,089) apiece. YY1.com contributed $2,550, CRMHosting.com and DreamlandPoker.com drew $2,500 each, ChickenSausage.com ground out $2,455 and BuildingsCover.com billed $2,050.

At SnapNames, HawiianVacations.com attracted $8,250, WimaxWireless.com transmitted $7,250 and Dadi.com dished out $5,850. Dunaway.com discovered $4,301, Clawson.com served up $4,037, PurePrivacy.com produced $3,704 and Haku.com coughed up $3,659

SnapNames had 21 more four-figure .com sales ranging from $2,051 to $3,600. You can check those out in the table below:

Additional SnapNames .Com Sales Between $2,051-$3,600
jobcreator.com $3,600   onlinestockbroker.com $2,353
nyccondos.com $3,422 giftcardshop.com $2,351
aren.com $3,209 oracom.com $2,250
hawaiicarrentals.com $3,205 conu.com $2,250
jifa.com $3,200 annonceauto.com $2,200
casinooffers.com $3,157 freegold.com $2,105
bluelaguna.com $3,119 ordbok.com $2,104
eagame.com $3,100 dailynewsbreak.com $2,100
childtop.com $3,099 mobile-poker.com $2,077
mymajor.com $2,805 marifet.com $2,051
primababy.com $2,705  

Elsewhere, Pool.com picked up $6,200 for Withdraw.com while TDNAM.com tallied $4,100 for Alabai.com and $2,893 for HawaiianResort.com. They also sold MVPSportsbook.com ($2,505), SneakPeeks.com ($2,005) and PersonalPhotographer.com ($2,005)

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

That huge $100,000 sale of Coffee.org, the biggest .org sale of 2008, easily tops our new Global Contenders Top 20 and it also helped .org sweep the top three spots on the GC chart. However, .net, as it usually does, wound up with the most positions overall, taking 14 of 20 openings. The top .net was #4 Tiles.net, sold at the AfternicDLS for $8,500

.Org was next with five entries including an IDN at #5, Führerschein.org ("driver's license" in German), a name that attracted €5,000 ($7,723) at Sedo. The remaining slot went to .info with #6 Televisions.info tuning in an even $7,000 at the AfternicDLS. 

Here's how all of the Global Contenders stacked up for the week ending June 1:



Global Contenders Top 20
 Highest Reported Non .Com Global TLD  Sales 
(.Net, .Org, .Biz & .Info) Mon. May 26, 2008 - Sun. June 1, 2008
Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based on Rates in Effect  June 3

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. Coffee.org $100,000 Sedo
2. ClimateCentral.org $11,000 AfternicDLS
3. Swordfish.org $10,000 Sedo
4. Tiles.net $8,500 AfternicDLS
5. Führerschein.org (IDN)
("driver's license" in German)
€5,000 = $7,723 Sedo
6. Televisions.info $7,000 AfternicDLS
7. PicUpload.net €4,100 = $6,333 Sedo
8. PlayGame.net $5,000 AfternicDLS
9. SecurityCameras.net $4,950 AfternicDLS
10. Diplomas.net $4,601 Pool

11. CarRepair.net $4,500 AfternicDLS
12.
tie
Carina.net $4,350 Sedo
12.
tie
AmatorFutbol.net $4,350 TDNAM
14. Bail.net $4,150 NameJet
15. Bookmaker.net $4,000 SnapNames
16. ComputerParts.net $3,750 AfternicDLS
17. Ponds.net $3,748 SnapNames
18. Barnyard.org $3,688 AfternicDLS
19.
tie
Netline.net $3,000 AfternicDLS
19.
tie
ISAP.net $3,000 AfternicDLS

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.

There were dozens of additional four-figure sales just off the chart and the AfternicDLS had the lion's share of those including Autore.net ($2,688), PhoneNumber.net ($2,616) and TheBank.net ($2,588). They also scored with Aztech.net ($2,500), Hailes.net ($2,488) and Knockoffs.net ($2,400).

Pantarhei.net pulled $2,388, ThingsToDo.net listed $2,350, Circuitbreaker.net notched $2,112 and Spotlights.net illuminated $2,016. The AfternicDLS had 29 more four-figure GC sales ranging from $1,000 to $2,000. You can check those out in the table below:

Additional AfternicDLS Global Contenders Sales Between $1,000-$2,200
youngscholars.org $2,000   onedirect.net $1,300
citypages.org $1,900 christiandatingservice.org $1,300
ultimat.net $1,888 senin.net $1,280
bizgate.net $1,888 organicskincare.net $1,266
overhead.net $1,875 timesavers.net $1,250
telephonesystems.net $1,866 theorange.net $1,188
goodtree.net $1,750 enerco.net $1,188
imprimeur.org $1,700 theu.net $1,118
ampa.net $1,700 imprimeur.net $1,105
newsdirect.net $1,688 gifi.net $1,034
uabc.net $1,625 watchrepair.net $1,000
webattorney.net $1,500 powerbroker.net $1,000
pulpo.net $1,500 artconsulting.net $1,000
exercises.net $1,500 aahl.org $1,000
attorneysonline.net $1,435   

At SnapNames, ParisHiltonSexTape.net screened $2,580, Singing.net secured $2,244 and Framework.com focused on $2,102. Minibike.net braked at $1,718, Refill.org topped off at $1,601 and Sci-Con.org gathered $1,571. CostumesStore.net rang up $1,329, Advocaat.net nailed $1,301 and an IDN, xn--hekm0a443zu0m.net, added $1,101. Temptations.net torched $1,074 and LawEnforcementForensics.net uncovered $1,000

Sedo sold Afya.org ($2,500), Scent.mobi ($1,553) and Recette.info ($1,545), along with AttorneysOnline.net ($1,435), TNT.info ($1,100) and Cmog.mobi ($1,000). They also sold a developed website, Zhao.org, for $1,872

TDNAM moved IYYI.org ($2,500), Centerwatch.org ($1,430), Syslab.biz ($1,410) and SimpleHomePage.info ($1,365). They added $1,300 for 44Suburbia.org, $1,105 for Blurbs.net, $1,007 for ShoestringGroup.net and $1,000 for PTC06.org

NameJet jettisoned PCA.net ($2,100), CleanAirProgress.org ($1,240), Conditions.net ($1,120) and Alternators.net ($1,111). In a private sale, TBO.org changed hands for $2,500

Country Codes

Televisions.tv scored an easy win in the country code race this week, topping our new ccTLD Top 20 at $25,000. That also ranks among the top 15 country code sales so far in 2008 (and is the second biggest .tv sale of the year). It was more than four times higher than the runner-up, 18.nu at $6,000. Hot.in lit up the third slot at $4,605. Fresh.de followed at €2,750 ($4,248). 

Germany's .de extension also accounted for more sales than any other, six in all, including an IDN at #13, Faschingskostüm.de  ("carnival costume" in German) at €2,300 ($3,600). That domain sold at Sedo, who also had a nice .de developed website sale (developed sites are not eligible for our domain only sales charts) with Haustier-Community.de ("pet community" in German) going for €17,777 ($27,462).

Sedo dominated this chart as they always do, having a hand in 19 of the 20 charted sales. The only exception was #7 College.cc, sold by David Sams in the Domain Roundtable auction for $3,500.

We haven't done it for awhile so, for those unfamiliar which extensions belong to what countries, you can find the complete list for all nations at IANA.org. Here is how all of the ccTLD top sellers stack up for the week ending June 1:

Country Code Top 20
 Highest Reported ccTLD  Sales: May 26, 2008 - Sun. June 1, 2008
Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. June 3

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. Televisions.tv $25,000 Sedo/
NameBrokers.tv
2. 18.nu $6,000 Sedo
3. Hot.in $4,605 Sedo
4. Fresh.de €2,750 = $4,248 Sedo
5. Kinodate.de €2,550 = $3,939 Sedo
6. Jackpots.be €2,500 = $3,862 Sedo
7. College.cc $3,500 DRT Auction
8. Golfreisen.ch €1,850 = $2,858 Sedo
9. Genealogy.tv $2,850 Sedo
10. AdultXBook.de €1,560 = $2,410 Sedo

11. Elfe.de €1,550 = $2,394 Sedo
12. i4.eu €1,500 = $2,317 Sedo
13. Faschingskostüm.de (IDN)
("carnival costume" in German)
€2,300 = $3,600 Sedo
14. CheapWine.co.uk £1,000 = $1,962 Sedo
15. Blue-Ray-Brenner.de €1,250 = $1,931 Sedo
16. OnlineCasino.si €1,200 = $1,854 Sedo
17. Antriebstechnik.eu
("propulsion technology" in German)
€1,002 = $1,548 Sedo
18.
tie
IOP.eu €1,000 = $1,545 Sedo
18.
tie
Werbeartikel.ag
("advertising specialty" in German)
€1,000 = $1,545 Sedo
20. ULL.se $1,500 Sedo

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.

Sedo had two  more four-figure ccTLD sales just off the chart, GoldStar.eu at $1,300 and NameTags.us at $1,165.

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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