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Week of July 4th  Brings An Explosion of Sales in the Domain Aftermarket

Things are supposed to slow way down in the middle of the summer, especially during a major holiday week like the one just past. Last Friday was July 4th, America's Independence Day, and just about everyone in this country spent a three-day weekend firing up the backyard grill, going to the beach or catching one of the thousands of fireworks displays around the nation (quite a few did all three, especially where we are based here in Florida). 

Despite Americans supposedly kicking back and forgetting work for half the week, there was a remarkable number of notable domain sales over the past seven days - so many that we are expanding our usual Top 20 chart to 40 positions so we can list all of the five and six figure sales (there are actually 42 names on the Big Board due to a five-way tie for the final position).  

 

By Ron Jackson

While America celebrated its independence from England, our friends across the pond were busy claiming the week's top domain sale with a British ccTLD blockbuster, Phones.co.uk, selling for  175,000 ($344,710) in a private transaction. James Dale was the man who made the big sale, one that ranks as the fourth biggest country sale reported so far in 2008.  

Rick Latona has been off traveling much of the past month but he was obviously taking care of business while on the road. He has seven of the week's top 20 sales and eight overall on the elite list. His $115,000 sale of EdistoBeach.com ranks number two and he also claimed the fourth spot with Jake.com at $100,000. Sedo.com completed the quartet of six-figure sales by moving #3 Sevilla.com for $102,000

Sedo wound up with more chart entries than any other venue, piling up 19 charted domains, including the biggest .info sale so far this year, #7  Manucure.info (French for "manicure") at a stunning 29,500 ($46,217). That will buy a lot of emory boards! Sedo also placed five ccTLDS on the all extension list including #11 LegalJobs.co.uk at 20,000 ($39,392). MyID.ca also had a nice country code sale with #13 Interview.ca (Canadian ccTLD) attracting $30,933.

While .com enjoyed its usual chart dominance, three .nets also managed to crash the party, led by RickLatona.com's $25,000 sale of #15 (tie) JP.net

We are also happy to report that one of the industry's big private players, Nokta.com, began sharing their sales data with us this week and they landed four names on the Big Board right out of the box, including one in the top ten - #8 DollDressup.com at $45,000. The AfternicDLS also have four representatives, with #24 (tie) LuxuryItems.com leading the way for them at $17,000

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

 

The DN Journal Top 40 
Reported Domain Sales - Mon. June 30, 2008 - Sun. July 6,2008
Euro to Dollar Conversion ( to $) is Based on Rates in Effect July 8

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. Phones.co.uk 175,000 = $344,710 Pvt Sale
2. EdistoBeach.com $115,000 RickLatona.com
3. Sevilla.com $102,000 Sedo
4. Jake.com $100,000 RickLatona.com
5. RanchoCucamonga.com $60,000 RickLatona.com
6. Ooh.com $55,000 RickLatona.com
7. Manucure.info
(French for "manicure")
29,500 = $46,217 Sedo
8.
tie
DollDressup.com $45,000 Nokta
8.
tie
ChristChurch.com $45,000 RickLatona.com
10. Transform.com $40,000 Sedo
11. LegalJobs.co.uk 20,000 = $39,392 Sedo
12. MJN.com 25,000 = $39,162 Sedo
13. Interview.ca $30,933 MyID.ca
14. Toxicology.com $26,300 NameJet
15.
tie
Ozmo.com $25,000 Sedo
15.
tie
JP.net $25,000 RickLatona.com
17. ANM.com 15,100 = $23,654 Sedo
18. Core.de 15,000 = $23,500 Sedo
19.
tie
Omlet.com $20,000 Nokta
19.
tie
MBADegrees.com $20,000 RickLatona.com
19.
tie
CostumeStores.com $20,000 Nokta

22. Lotteria.it 12,000 = $18,800 Sedo
23. FreeStuff.com.au $18,000 Sedo
24.
tie
LuxuryItems.com $17,000 AfternicDLS
24.
tie
FreeTrailer.com $17,000 Moniker/
T.R.A.F.F.I.C. East
26. Charme.fr 10,000 = $15,667 Sedo
27.
tie
LakeTahoe.net $15,000 RickLatona.com
27.
tie
Hopa.com $15,000 AfternicDLS
29. OM3.com $14,100 AfternicDLS
30.
tie
Success.net $13,500 Sedo
30.
tie
DiscountKnives.com $13,500 NameJet
32.
tie
OnlineCounseling.com $12,500 Moniker/
T.R.A.F.F.I.C. East
32.
tie
Hector.com $12,500 Sedo
34. Fiera.com $12,100 Sedo
35. PokerClubs.com $12,000 Sedo
36. Gravure.com $11,000 Nokta
37. HealthGuru.com $10,100 Moniker
38.
tie
PlaySpace.com $10,000 Sedo
38.
tie
InfoAuto.com $10,000 AfternicDLS
38.
tie
GoGreenToday.com $10,000 Sedo
38.
tie
Frosty.com $10,000 Sedo
38.
tie
AnnualTravelInsurance.com $10,000 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.

.Com Supporting Cast

Moniker continues to close sales from the T.R.A.F.F.I.C. East live auction in May. In addition to  the two names they put on the Top 40, they wrapped up deals for FreeCosmetics.com ($9,500), Masturbators.com ($5,890) and BirthRecord.com (also $5,890). Moniker also sold MagicBra.com for $3,000 through their web platform.

NameJet.com also had a nice list of four-figure sales to supplement their two chart entries,  dispatching EquityTrading.com for $9,200 and two others; XXVideos.com and Franky.com for $7,600 each. Megafiles.com fetched $6,900, Connaught.com collected $5,400 and Medisys.com secured $5,226

NameJet had 20 more .com sales ranging from $2,000 to $4,400 that you can check out in the table below:

Additional NameJet .com Sales Between $2,000-$4,400
gamewave.com $4,400   ridegold.com $2,801
thepool.com $4,201 seher.com $2,800
contracted.com $4,199 swiftco.com $2,700
vexo.com $4,080 electricalwire.com $2,690
technion.com $3,970 parputt.com $2,650
turkishriviera.com $3,300 graffitiremoval.com $2,555
telecontrol.com $3,285 martinlaw.com $2,500
astara.com $3,101 u-a.com $2,421
avos.com $3,093 keydomain.com $2,322
aircrafttracker.com $2,992 greysanatomy.com $2,201

Nokta notched $9,000 for Arababul.com and $4,000 each for HalloweenCostumeStores.com and Dijit.com. ShowerStool.com doused $3,000 while FinancialServiceCareers.com and Notenbuch.com brought $2,600 each. Salairenet.com sold for $2,300 and RobotReviews.com revealed $2,000. Nokta also sold KissCostumes.com through Network Solutions for $5,500.

Back at Sedo, Ahamoment.com clicked for $9,000, EnergyManagement.com conserved 5,600 ($8,775) and FUQ.com kicked in $8,100. YouHot.com and Prompter.com each posted $8,000 while JUA.com added $7,600. FinanzPortal.com provided 4,800 ($7,521), CountdownTimers.com clocked $6,250 and DiscountCabinetHardware.com went for $5,800. Another pair, DiabeticMedicalSupplies.com and Coures.com collared $5,500 each. 

Sedo had 31 more .com sales ranging from $2,000 to $5,000 that are listed in the table below:

Additional Sedo .com Sales Between $2,000-$5,000
EarlyBooking.com $5,000   akii .com $2,710
president-of-the-world .com $4,923 discountcabinetknobs.com $2,700
coupons24 .com $4,386 pebe .com $2,532
stoff .com $4,301 ganzheitlich.com $2,507
aphrodisias.com $4,200 leodesign .com $2,500
KitchenCabinetPulls.com $4,000 PetLuggage.com $2,450
canned .com $4,000 purchaseorderfinancing.com $2,400
eigentumswohnung.com $3,800 GuestSurveys.com $2,400
olivenoel.com $3,761 FinanceWidgets.com $2,250
spanners .com $3,600 energysavinglighting.com $2,200
RockStores.com $3,500 soft24.com $2,000
BathroomTowelBars.com $3,500 johnpaul .com $2,000
ElectricKettles.com $3,100 businesscashadvances.com $2,000
segurodecoche.com $3,000 bet-fair .com $2,000
itwist .com $3,000 architecturalillustrator.com $2,000
seniorenreisen.com $2,977  

The AfternicDLS had their usual big week. Who3.com drew $5,488, EcoManager.com earned $5,188 and two others; Iedge.com and HandsFreeKits.com contributed $4,500 apiece. BizFax.com transmitted $4,488, AllOnSale.com racked up $4,388 and ConvertibleSecurities.com returned $4,300. NetFin.com and eGazette.com grossed $4,188 each. 

The AfternicDLS had 90 more .com sales ranging from $2,000 to $4,000 that you can check out in the table below.

Additional AfternicDLS Sales Between $2,000 - $4,000
smartsys.com $4,000   urbandance.com $2,500
federalfunding.com $4,000 signaturesystems.com $2,500
sheetmetalfabrication.com $3,988 ldworld.com $2,500
naturalwine.com $3,988 fluorite.com $2,500
bbainc.com $3,988 architecturalinteriors.com $2,500
storystore.com $3,888 aanda.com $2,500
naturalcleaning.com $3,888 yoursignature.com $2,488
drleaf.com $3,700 info-seek.com $2,488
systemssoftware.com $3,500 upperpeninsula.com $2,400
sitesoftware.com $3,500 executivemotors.com $2,400
knowledgeware.com $3,500 appliedcomputing.com $2,400
higherdesign.com $3,500 sandstravel.com $2,388
communicationsgroup.com $3,500 countrychicken.com $2,388
channelinfo.com $3,500 optionsinsider.com $2,300
dermascience.com $3,288 immigrationlink.com $2,300
emergingmarket.com $3,200 netdelta.com $2,288
solidsteel.com $3,100 naturalcleaner.com $2,288
totalmanagement.com $3,000 kyos.com $2,288
teensatwork.com $3,000 artalert.com $2,288
supremacy.com $3,000 americansurf.com $2,240
spoe.com $3,000 webexposure.com $2,212
pacificinsurance.com $3,000 buli.com $2,200
kontrola.com $3,000 westerngirl.com $2,188
inari.com $3,000 studioetc.com $2,188
homeperfect.com $3,000 dynamicdisplays.com $2,150
cardan.com $3,000 labsuite.com $2,125
accurateappraisals.com $3,000 skillsdevelopment.com $2,100
avtime.com $2,988 highergrounds.com $2,100
massage-schools.com $2,930 futurebuilders.com $2,100
lawyerlookup.com $2,910 clinicalmassage.com $2,100
safesounds.com $2,888 luxuryregistry.com $2,088
escrowadvisor.com $2,888 greenpagesonline.com $2,088
buythese.com $2,888 greenlounge.com $2,088
temporaryoffice.com $2,800 ecomdirect.com $2,088
evince.com $2,800 milesclub.com $2,016
payzero.com $2,788 trashtotreasure.com $2,000
conformingmortgage.com $2,788 solpark.com $2,000
cleanupyouract.com $2,788 selectservice.com $2,000
saveology.com $2,750 realblack.com $2,000
medicalsociety.com $2,700 gunlovers.com $2,000
ecumenica.com $2,600 easylogistics.com $2,000
mastinc.com $2,588 conventure.com $2,000
emergentcapital.com $2,588 audiolounge.com $2,000
connectgen.com $2,510 absolutewellness.com $2,000
webhostingreport.com $2,500 aballc.com $2,000

SnapNames.com was hit by a multi-day service outage last week but still took in $5,250 for MNSN.com, $3,900 for NineInchNails.com and $3,600 for CoCast.com. Reflexes.com displayed $2,250 Choca.com choked up $2,155, HushPuppy.com pulled $2,150 and DrinkWell.com washed down $2,050

Elsewhere, RickLatona.com landed $5,000 for Venetia.com and TopWebNames.com tacked on $3,000 for SignatureGalleries.com.

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

Our Global Contenders Top 20 chart was led by that big $46,217 .info sale of Manucure.info ("French" for manicure) at Sedo. That was one five .infos on the GC Leader board, the best showing for that extension in quite some time. However, as it almost always does, .net had the most chart entries with 10, led by #2 JP.net at $25,000

.Org appears four times with #7 Jewellery.org leading the way for that extension at 2,900 ($4,544) via Sedo. The last opening went to a .pro sale, also through Sedo; #6 Clasificados.pro at $5,000. 

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



Global Contenders Top 20
 Highest Reported Non .Com Global TLD  Sales 
(.Net, .Org, .Biz & .Info) Mon. June 30, 2008 - Sun. July 6, 2008
Euro to Dollar Conversion ( to $) is Based on Rates in Effect  July 8

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. Manucure.info
("French" for manicure)
29,500 = $46,217 Sedo
2. JP.net $25,000 RickLatona.com
3. LakeTahoe.net $15,000 RickLatona.com
4. Success.net $13,500 Sedo
5. Valid.net $8,200 Sedo
6. Clasificados.pro $5,000 Sedo
7. Jewellery.org 2,900 = $4,544 Sedo
8. Branding.org $4,500 AfternicDLS
9. DomainTools.net $4,088 AfternicDLS
10.
tie
WKW.net $4,000 Nokta
10.
tie
GiftCertificates.net $4,000 Sedo
10.
tie
Cushion.info $4,000 Sedo

13. Mieterschutz.info 2,500 = $3,917 Sedo
14.  WeightLossPills.net $3,800 Nokta
15.
tie
OrangeCountyRealEstate.net $3,500 TopWebNames
15.
tie
Austemb.org $3,500 NameJet
17. Gilt.net $3,288 AfternicDLS
18. Futurism.org 1,500 = $2,955 Sedo
19. Rosen.info 1,800 = $2,820 Sedo
20. OnlineDegrees.info $2,700 Sedo

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.

There were dozens of additional four-figure sales just off the chart. At NameJet TravelDeals.org drummed up $2,650, Sox.org sold for $2,000 and Aihydro.org generated $1,900. Busy.org bagged $1,555, Kayaking.org paddled to $1,433 and HHP.org penciled in $1,316.

At the AfternicDLS Visionary.net spotted $2,600, Crossover.org cranked out $2,500 and Afghans.net rounded up $2,188. The AfternicDLS had 18 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-$2,000
grazia.org $2,000   nuti.net $1,251
generationy.net $1,888 efil.net $1,197
conservativejudaism.org $1,888 workgroups.net $1,188
fitlife.net $1,688 efreedom.net $1,188
bluevinyl.net $1,688 veka.net $1,151
healthylife.org $1,500 workgroups.org $1,088
fulldownloadz.biz $1,500 hackzone.net $1,088
cheapo.net $1,400 videotour.net $1,000
pmod.net $1,357 travelgreece.net $1,000

At Sedo the roster included MySoccer.org ($2,500), Sally.net ($2,250) and MobileCasino.net ($2,000). They also sold CNA.net for $1,950 while Portimao.org plucked $1,742 and Hooikorts.info hauled in $1,567. ClassicialMusic.info and Yuliya.info yielded $1,500 each, TTF.net tallied $1,450, 471.net counted off $1,025 and Milpa.net marked up $1,000

At SnapNames, Videothek.net nabbed $1,600 and CheapCar.net sputtered to a $1,575 stop.

Country Codes

The country codes continue to enjoy a big year. Of course the big news this week is that $344,710 sale of Phones.co.uk, the fourth biggest ccTLD sale so far this year. That domain and the next six on the Country Code Top 20 all made the all extension leader board you saw earlier. The highest ranking ccTLD you haven't seen yet is #8 InternetShopping.co.uk, sold via Sedo for $9,000.

This was a huge week for British domains as .co.uk names walked off with 11 of the 20 chart positions. Canada was next with four .ca names on the elite list. Other countries represented this week included Germany (.de), Italy (.it), Australia (.com.au) and France (.fr)

Here is how all of the ccTLD top sellers stack up for the week ending July 6:

Country Code Top 20
 Highest Reported ccTLD  Sales: June 30, 2008 - Sun. July 6, 2008
Euro to Dollar Conversion ( to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. July 8

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. Phones.co.uk 175,000 = $344,710 Pvt Sale
2. LegalJobs.co.uk 20,000 = $39,392 Sedo
3. Interview.ca $30,933 MyID.ca
4. Core.de 15,000 = $23,500 Sedo
5. Lotteria.it 12,000 = $18,800 Sedo
6. FreeStuff.com.au $18,000 Sedo
7. Charme.fr  10,000 = $15,667 Sedo
8. InternetShopping.co.uk $9,000 Sedo
9. TrustDeeds.co.uk 4,400 = $8,666 Sedo
10. HouseRepossession.co.uk 4,000 = $7,877 Sedo

11. FoodTV.co.uk $7,698 Nokta
12. Vert.ca $7,595 Sedo
13. HomeSeeker.co.uk $7,500 Nokta
14. OrientalFurniture.co.uk 3,800 = $7,485 Nokta
15.
tie
WomensFitness.co.uk 3,500 = $6,894 Sedo
15.
tie
Report.co.uk 3,500 = $6,894 Sedo
17. Diplomas.ca $5,360 MyID.ca
18. Betting.ca $5,310 Pool
19. FruitTrees.co.uk $5,000 Sedo
20. Photographers.com.au AU $5,000 = $4,772 Netfleet.com.au

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.

There were dozens of additional four-figure ccTLD sales just off the chart and Sedo accounted for 33 of those including BuyHouse.co.uk ($4,727), FurniturePackages.co.uk ($4,570) and a trio at $3,939 each that featured KitchenCollection.co.uk, Involve.co.uk and ArchitectJobs.co.uk. AlgarveProperty.co.uk added another $3,447

Sedo had 27 more 4-figure country code sales ranging from $1,000 to $3,000. You can check those out in the table below:

Additional Sedo Country Code Sales Between $1,000-$3,000
TrustDeed.co.uk $3,250   onlineclock.co.uk $1,802
sens.fr $3,133 de.ht $1,800
airnz.asia $3,000 culpepper.co.uk $1,674
themenwoche.de $2,977 wavemax.it $1,567
battlefront.co.uk $2,895 usborne.es $1,567
dadsday.co.uk $2,856 homeequityloans.co.uk $1,253
VeniceHotels.co.uk $2,750 dietcare.co.uk $1,250
directnavigation.de $2,742 baked.co.uk $1,250
notruf24.de $2,507 Tech.co.in $1,150
video-gay.fr $2,350 ODN.in $1,150
Mundial.es $2,000 mapsearch.asia $1,097
goso.co.uk $2,000 hairextensionsnow.co.uk $1,000
photoshot.cn $1,880 citizens.tv $1,000
fdr.fr $1,880  

MyID.ca closed a number of nice Canadian .ca sales from one of their recent premium auctions (prices have been converted to US dollars).  Bite.ca chewed off $4,124, OnlineSingles.ca connected for $3,093 and MontrealDentist.ca drilled out $2,578.

Rashes.ca scratched $2,062, HumanResourcesJobs.ca reaped $1,910 and PharmaceuticalJobs.ca dispensed $1,856. CanadianTravelInsurance.ca covered $1,546, SummerSchool.ca admitted $1,392 and OntarioCondos.ca drew $1,073. StockTips.ca turned $1,032 and LegalConsultants.ca billed $1,031

Nokta also notched some more nice ccTLD sales including AsianFurniture.co.uk ($3,348), NorthCyprusProperty.co.uk ($2,750) and RoomDividers.co.uk ($1,970). DomainFinance.co.uk closed at $1,300 while StainlessSteelSink.co.uk and ImprovingHealth.co.uk added $1,000 each.

Elsewhere Aftermarket.pl sold PozycjeSeksualne.pl ("sexual positions" in Polish) for 3,010 PLN ($1,434)

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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