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Weak Week in the Aftermarket - The Question is Why?

The past week in the domain aftermarket was the slowest we've seen this year. At first glance one might quickly conclude that the reason for that was the shocking meltdown in the general economy that led the U.S. Congress to pass a $700 billion bailout package for Wall Street. However at the same time that was going on, domain buyers at the T.R.A.F.F.I.C. conference in New York were spending almost $4 million in live auctions and nearly $1 million more in a Moniker online auction associated with the show. That is a lot of money to suck out of the market in one week so it wouldn't be surprising if a lot of those buyers entered this week tapped out.

Most likely it was a combination of those factors. We'll have to wait to see how the rest of this month unfolds before drawing conclusions on how much the malaise on Main Street is affecting the domain market. 

  

By Ron Jackson

With only a dozen five-figure sales this week (and none higher than that), SnapNames.com was able to claim the #1 position on our Top 20 chart with the $28,750 sale of BlueCollar.com. SnapNames went on to pile up seven chart entries, more than any other venue.

The AfternicDLS also had a good week with four charted domains, including #2 CarExpo.com ($27,750) and #3 Ebio.com ($24,750). Their focus on the small to medium size business market, which is the sweet spot in the market, also continues to pay big dividends for them as they piled up more than 350 four-figure .com sales this week.  

Sedo.com was another venue with multiple chart entries, claiming six rungs on the elite list, led by #5 Quix.com at €12,000 ($16,352). Sedo also had two of the four non .com domains on the all extension leader board, # 12 Brent.us at $10,000 and #19 Fenster.info at €5,950 ($8,092). The others were .orgs; #14 GlutenFree.org, sold for $8,950 at NameJet and #16 Currency.org, sold for $8,630 at SnapNames. 

Here is how all of the top sellers stacked up for the week ending Sunday, October 5:

 

The DN Journal Top 20 
Reported Domain Sales - Mon. Sept. 29, 2008 - Sun. Oct. 5, 2008
Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Oct. 7

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. BlueCollar.com $28,750 SnapNames
2. CarExpo.com $27,750 AfternicDLS
3. Ebio.com $24,750 AfternicDLS
4. TLG.com $16,400 NameJet
5. Quix.com €12,000 = $16,352 Sedo
6. Ankle.com $15,300 SnapNames
7. CamShow.com $15,125 Moniker
8. Sportwette.com
("sports betting" in German)
€10,600 = $14,443 Sedo
9. MovingQuotes.com $13,800 SnapNames
10. GreatRealEstate.com $12,700 AfternicDLS

11. BuildingCustomHomes.com $10,700 AfternicDLS
12. Brent.us $10,000 Sedo
13. TileFloor.com $9,250 SnapNames
14. GlutenFree.org $8,950 NameJet
15. TVFrance.com $8,880 AfternicDLS
16. Currency.org $8,630 SnapNames
17. Bile.com $8,300 SnapNames
18. Heidou.com $8,100 Sedo
19. Fenster.info €5,950 = $8,092 Sedo
20.
tie
OnlineArt.com $8,000 SnapNames
20.
tie
MobileSign.com $8,000 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

NameJet had the top sale in the .com supporting cast with BankruptcyLoans.com at $7,753. They also scored with Kawa.com ($7,401), EAJ.com ($7,300) and UGD.com ($7,100). AllergySpecialist.com billed $4,400, Clenbuterol.com kicked in $3,901 and ClubParadise.com welcomed $3,800

AirPlan.com presented $3,222, AdventureGame.com generated $3,011 and AmpWares.com went for $3,001. FotoLab.com processed $2,999 while Criticare.com and Biomorphic.com brought $2,600 each. AirportHomes.com produced $2,556 while DirectSatellite.com and HealthyTreats.com tasted $2,600 apiece. Constraints.com and GlobalProducts.com provided $2,200 each while BioTime.com clocked in at $2,001. Two other domains, AccessIndiana.com and ActionOnline.com landed $2,000 each.

Back at SnapNames, Blindness.com captured $7,650 while GorgeousGirls.com and GovernmentProperty.com contributed $7,060 each. Legislative.com levied $6,880, MyTax.com tacked on $5,890 and two others; Aristocracy.com and Colourful.com collared $5,880 apiece. Tillers.com plowed $5,800 and Lamas.com lapped up $5,750.

SnapNames had 32 more .com sales ranging from $2,000 to $5,000 that you can see in the chart below:

Additional SnapNames .Com Sales Between $2,000-$5,000

suicides.com

$5,000

 

cashcab.com

$2,880

marylandaccidentlawyer.com

$4,900

pokerarena.com

$2,809

musicmax.com

$4,200

adultnovelty.com

$2,600

hormonetreatment.com

$4,120

oldclocks.com

$2,500

baggypants.com

$4,030

fitnessboard.com

$2,488

funi.com

$3,711

asphyxiation.com

$2,360

cultured.com

$3,550

digitalcurrency.com

$2,360

acetylene.com

$3,530

washingtonduilawyer.com

$2,360

crankcalls.com

$3,530

ranchos.com

$2,350

blackwives.com

$3,450

aboriginals.com

$2,300

eaters.com

$3,450

thefinger.com

$2,250

indoorsports.com

$3,450

milkbottles.com

$2,200

express101.com

$3,305

doubledating.com

$2,000

vinylfloor.com

$3,200

juryselection.com

$2,000

cime.com

$3,100

newtonfalls.com

$2,000

snowskates.com

$3,000

weary.com

$2,000

Sedo sold SkiReservations.com for $7,500 through their GreatDomains platform. At their own venue they moved MRY.com ($7,100), Italien-urlaub.com ($4,769) and Aonbenfield.com ($4,428). ChinaGlobal.com chipped in $4,050, Veranstaltung.com dispatched $3,339 and Spotm.com spawned $3,100. OpenStudy.com penciled in $2,800, WaveSpot.com washed up $2,500 and Estilos.com stopped at $2,000

Moniker.com secured $5,500 for VZH.com while RedMobile.com and WorldPokerDirectory.com dealt out $2,625 each. They also handled escrow for the $7,175 sale of SearchPoint.com at SitePoint.com.

At the AfternicDLS DomainNameService.com drew $7,000, VitaminsSupplements.com swallowed $6,560 and Aegina.com detected $5,200. AvenuePartners.com picked up $5,088 while WomensAthletics.com and PersonalComfort.com attracted $5,000 each. 

Ronconi.com rang up $4,800, Alja.com deposited $4,450 and Calzaghe.com claimed $4,420. GTAI.com gained $4,369, TokyoBank.com booked $4,250 and AdwareFree.com found $4,235. MobileMail.com delivered $4,200 and GeneticMedicine.com dispensed $4,015

The AfternicDLS had 116 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
businessrealestate.com $4,000   purenightclub.com $2,500
coderun.com $4,000 simplifiedsettlements.com $2,500
controlaltdelete.com $4,000 theinsidescoop.com $2,500
publicreference.com $4,000 veterinarytechnicians.com $2,500
a-m-g.com $3,688 virtualinsanity.com $2,500
corre.com $3,600 apparelinc.com $2,488
agriculturalbank.com $3,500 currentreports.com $2,488
asianmarketing.com $3,500 earthgroup.com $2,488
mexicancoffee.com $3,500 insidebuzz.com $2,488
multibrands.com $3,488 licensedmerchandise.com $2,400
agingamerica.com $3,400 videoimaging.com $2,400
frginc.com $3,288 webfiltering.com $2,400
medicinternational.com $3,288 nationdaily.com $2,388
terracehill.com $3,188 townabout.com $2,388
fotoclick.com $3,088 usenergygroup.com $2,388
hrlaws.com $3,088 itracking.com $2,300
iprotein.com $3,088 studenthealthplan.com $2,300
hormonaltherapy.com $3,044 diamondpropertymanagement.com $2,288
naturalmaterials.com $3,044 greencollection.com $2,288
ceramicfloors.com $3,000 healthflow.com $2,288
ohjoy.com $3,000 loveinchrist.com $2,288
speccy.com $3,000 tilgroup.com $2,288
streetsurfers.com $3,000 risingabove.com $2,285
tomp.com $3,000 healingu.com $2,250
leiweb.com $2,900 earlyenglish.com $2,200
capitolreport.com $2,888 portabletechnology.com $2,188
soulbird.com $2,888 marinefisheries.com $2,144
srcinc.com $2,888 moderncomputing.com $2,144
wikifrance.com $2,888 pulmonarymedicine.com $2,144
casabank.com $2,800 chermside.com $2,100
lighthousestudios.com $2,800 cityofoz.com $2,088
openstudy.com $2,800 clearevidence.com $2,088
premiumaccess.com $2,800 darkx.com $2,088
collaborativehealth.com $2,788 enormo.com $2,088
morningherald.com $2,750 newworldhome.com $2,088
seniorathlete.com $2,750 powerrally.com $2,088
altmeds.com $2,737 saferhomes.com $2,088
FLASHUNIVERSE.com $2,700 safetyrecord.com $2,088
ecocasa.com $2,688 simplesports.com $2,088
guardlife.com $2,688 manuallabor.com $2,044
jelloshooters.com $2,688 safetyanalysis.com $2,044
sevenfigures.com $2,688 athleticcenter.com $2,000
patientreferrals.com $2,600 catholichealthcare.com $2,000
calpal.com $2,588 cbce.com $2,000
evolution3.com $2,588 centerforexcellence.com $2,000
networkdiagnostics.com $2,544 centralafrica.com $2,000
askvickie.com $2,500 collegecredits.com $2,000
cablelistings.com $2,500 corporatemergers.com $2,000
christmasclassic.com $2,500 ctdinc.com $2,000
continuations.com $2,500 egravity.com $2,000
HAWAIIANLIFE.com $2,500 geneticsresearch.com $2,000
idblocker.com $2,500 intimos.com $2,000
iprocessing.com $2,500 judaicagifts.com $2,000
mdcv.com $2,500 mysack.com $2,000
midwesttravel.com $2,500 phoneselector.com $2,000
nadaquehacer.com $2,500 shockcinema.com $2,000
nursingclothes.com $2,500 shootfirst.com $2,000
programdevelopment.com $2,500 sportsattorneys.com $2,000

Elsewhere Namecake.com sold Siwo.com for $5,500 and in a pair of private sales FootballForums.com changed hands for $3,860 and Nikas.com notched $2,000. NameFinder.com also moved AmigoReader.com for $2,000

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

The top two domains on this week's Global Contenders Top 20 were both .orgs. NameJet sold #1 GlutenFree.org for $8,950 and Currency.org was cashed in for $8,630 at SnapNames. The first of three .infos on the chart, Fenster.info, was #3 with a €5,950 ($8,092) sale at Sedo. 

.Org and .Net tied for the most chart entries overall with eight each. The .net list was led by #4 Cabo.net at $7,160 via SnapNames and #5 (tie) Ebony.net at $6,000 through Moniker's live auction at the Internext Expo. Tying for that 5th spot was another nice .info, Bride.info at Sedo.

A rare .pro also slipped onto the list at #7. Freelance.pro banked €4,000 ($5,440) in a private transaction. 

Here's how all of the Global Contenders stacked up for the week ending October 5:



Global Contenders Top 20
 Highest Reported Non .Com Global TLD  Sales 
(.Net, .Org, .Biz & .Info) Mon. Sept. 29, 2008 - Sun. Oct. 5, 2008
Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Oct. 7

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. GlutenFree.org $8,950 NameJet
2. Currency.org $8,630 SnapNames
3. Fenster.info €5,950 = $8,092 Sedo
4. Cabo.net $7,160 SnapNames
5.
tie
Bride.info $6,000 Sedo
5.
tie
Ebony.net $6,000 Moniker/Internext
7. Freelance.pro €4,000 = $5,440 Pvt Sale
8. Oakland.info $5,000 Moniker/
GeoDomainExpo
9. BrainCancer.org $4,000 AfternicDLS
10. Convertible.net $3,720 SnapNames

11. BarterSite.net $3,000 NameFinder
12. Motorists.net $2,788 AfternicDLS
13. Subjex.net $2,502 NameJet
14. Speaker.net $2,280 SnapNames
15. Moles.org $2,200 NameJet
16. Hispanics.net $2,150 SnapNames
17. eDirectory.org $2,088 AfternicDLS
18.
tie
eLive.org $2,000 AfternicDLS
18.
tie
Etiquettes.org $2,000 AfternicDLS
18.
tie
Reagan.org $2,000 AfternicDLS

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.

 

There were dozens of additional four-figure sales just off the Global Contenders chart with the AfternicDLS accounting for most of those. Their roster included Jurists.org and Pioneers.net at $1,800 each and Dinova.net at $1,760.

The AfternicDLS had 18 more four-figure GC sales ranging from $1,000 to $1,488. You can check those out in the table below:

Additional AfternicDLS GC Sales Between $1,000-$1,488
fedup.org $1,488   caonline.net $1,188
surfbox.net $1,457 esthetique.net $1,100
clickgreen.net $1,400 moreplus.net $1,088
icatcher.net $1,400 tvfrance.net $1,088
countryconnections.net $1,388 evisibility.net $1,000
dolfin.net $1,388 neteffect.net $1,000
utada.org $1,300 potenza.net $1,000
planetcash.net $1,250 soru.net $1,000
avsn.net $1,188 victorylife.net $1,000

At SnapNames, Baking.info pulled $1,770 out of the oven, Grills.info fired up $1,420, HoneyBees.org brought $1,180 and Army.biz marched off with $1,150

At Sedo, PalmReader.org saw $1,600, Noordwijk.org nailed $1,450 and SurfBox.net bagged $1,360. Mod-Chip.net chalked up $1,350 and Bed-and-Breakfast.org served up $1,090

At NameJet, Abkhazia.org contributed $1,505 and Alfanar.net fetched $1,500

Country Codes

America's .us extension took the top spot on this week's Country Code chart with Brent.us yielding $10,000 at Sedo. OPA.us also made the  top ten after bringing $2,500 in a private sale.  The runner-up position went to Spielecke.de ("games corner" in German) at €5,000 ($6,814) via Sedo, a venue that racked up 16 of the 20 chart entries.

Great Britain's .uk extension had the most entries overall, five .co.uk's and one .org.uk. Germany's .de was next with five names on the elite list. One of the .de's was an IDN, #15 φlbilder.de ("oil paintings" in German) at $1,885. 

Here is how all of the country code top sellers stacked up for the week ending October 5:

Country Code Top 20
 Highest Reported ccTLD  Sales: Sept. 29, 2008 - Sun. Oct. 5, 2008
Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. Oct. 7

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. Brent.us $10,000 Sedo
2. Spielecke.de
("games corner" in German)
€5,000 = $6,814 Sedo
3. iVillage.in $4,750 Sedo
4. FirstClass.pl €3,290 = $4,484 Sedo
5. Lambent.co.uk €3,000 = $4,088 Sedo
6. Play4Prizes.co.uk $3,600 Sedo
7. Grundfoss.at €2,500 = $3,407 Sedo
8. Vouchers.org.uk £1,900 = $3,329 Sedo
9. CasinoOnline.com.es €2,000 = $2,725 Sedo
10.
tie
LemonDrop.co.uk $2,500 Sedo
10.
tie
OPA.us $2,500 Pvt Sale

12. Moving.es $2,250 Sedo
13. GoodGuide.co.uk $2,000 AfternicDLS
14. KKR.in $1,958 Sedo
15. φlbilder.de (IDN)
("oil paintings" in German)
€1,383 = $1,885 Sedo
16. Zuri.com.au $1,540 NetFleet
17.
tie
Handyohnevertrag.de
("no contract mobile phone" in German)
€1,100 = $1,499 Sedo
17.
tie
Immotrade.de
("real estate trade" in German)
€1,100 = $1,499 Sedo
19. HolidaysWorldwide.co.uk £725 = $1,270 Sedo
20.
tie
CasinoJoy.de $1,000 Sedo
20.
tie
Loan.lu $1,000 Moniker/
DomainerMeeting

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.

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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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