Action in the First Full Week of Domain Sales for 2009
After two consecutive weeks that
were shortened by major holidays (Christmas and New Year's) the
domain aftermarket has logged its first full week of 2009.
Ironically, while sales held up surprisingly well over the holiday
season, a lot of buyers seem to have gone on vacation this past week
while everyone else was returning to work.
Only a dozen sales reached five figures
and the best of those, 288.com, peaked at $43,222. Sedo.com
handled that sale and went on to sweep half of the entries on our
new Top 20 chart. They also claimed the #2 sale with Dubai.info
at $35,000. That was one of nine non .com domains on the all
extension leader board. Five country code domains were among that
group, led by #3 Online-Casino.nl (Dutch ccTLD), a name that
changed hands for €23,800 ($31,654) in a private sale. That
was one of three .nl domains on the Big Board.
Three .nets also made the eliite
list, with #6 JBF.net pacing that extension thanks to a $15,388
sale at the AfternicDLS.
That venue rang up five chart entries to join Sedo as the only
exchanges to post multiple chart entries this week.
The always strong .com contingent got a
boost from a Spanish language domain, HotelesBaratos.com
("cheap hotels" in Spanish), a name that booked €20,025
($26,633) in a private transaction. IfICanDream.com
rounded out the first five after going for $20,000 at Sedo.
Three other venues earned chart honors this
with #8 VE.net at $12,125, GoDaddy
Auctions (formerly known as TDNAM) with #13 TeenFlirt.com
($8,007) and NameJet.com
with #17 eBlackFriday.com ($7,600). Moniker also sold a
matching four-name set; SalesPro.com, SalesPro.net, SalesPro.org
and SalesPro.ws for $10,228.
Here is how all of the
leaders stacked up for the week ending Sunday, January 11:
DN Journal Top 20
Domain Sales - Mon. Jan. 5, 2009 - Sun. Jan. 11, 2009 Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based
on Rates in Effect Jan. 13
HotelesBaratos.com ("cheap hotels" in Spanish)
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.
Forthe 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.
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Sedo's .com supporting cast included DubaiEmirate.com at $6,637 and GroupHotels.com
at $6,055. DescargarJuegos.com kicked in $5,586,
Cavus.com corralled $5,320, FlipTitle.com
tallied $4,789 and Transfera.com fetched $4,003.
Sedo had 31 more four-figure .com sales ranging from
$2,000 to $4,000. You can check those out in the table below.
Sedo .com Sales Between $2,000-$4,000
The AfternicDLS earned $6,400 each for 4HealthInsurance.com
and 4LifeInsurance.com, while KartShop.com clicked for
$6,000. DistrictWeb.com drew $5,822, DigitalEffects.com
displayed $5,000 and VacationLink.com landed $4,788.
LinkTown.com took in $4,388, Loams.com
located $4,320 and FloodDamage.com washed up $4,300.
AuCapital.com dispensed $4,288 and Botit.com
brought $4,088. The AfternicDLS had 60 more .com sales ranging
from $2,000 to $4,000. Those are listed in the table
AfternicDLS Sales Between $2,000 - $4,000
GoDaddy Auctions scored with BreckenridgeHotels.com
($5,205), TechnologyNewsDaily.com ($3,505), DryTech.com
($2,015) and VitalViral.com ($2,005).
Back at NameJet, LingerieCatalog.com showed
off $3,601, LinkWorld.com went for $3,300 and OrlandHills.com
captured $2,547. DiscountLuxury.com cleared $2,544,
HobbyShow.com hauled in $2,200 and ErectorUSA.com
posted $6,500 for SpaRetreats.com and $6,000
for VillaPark.com. SnapNames.comhit a trifecta with YouKou.com ($3,102), Viren.com
($2,290) and EZInkjets..com ($2,050), Moniker sold BizXplode.com
for $3,125 and RobSequin.com
quaffed $2,000 for CafeConLeche.com.
(.biz, .info, .mobi, .net & .org)
A trio of five-figure sales led the Global
Contenders race this week. All of those made the all
extension Top 20 chart you saw earlier as did #4 eZine.net.
The top GC sale you haven't seen yet is #5 ProtectMyID.org, a
name that attracted $6,500 at Sedo. Velocity.org was
close behind after selling for $6,400 at the AfternicDLS.
The .nets dominated the chart, taking three
of the top four positions and 12 of 20 overall. .Org also did
well, taking six places. .Info and .biz took the
remaining spots and .info really made its entry count, landing at #1
with Dubai.info at $35,000.
The AfternicDLS led the race among venues, having a
hand in 10 sales. Two of those were shared with Sedo.com. As we have
noted before, when Afternic customers choose expanded promotion
for their listings, Afternic promotes them in a number of other
print and online locations - including listings at Sedo. In those
cases the original listing was made with Afternic but the sale took
place through Sedo.
Here's how all of the Global Contenders stacked up for the
week ending January 11:
Global Contenders Top 20
Highest Reported Non .Com Global
(.Net, .Org, .Biz & .Info) Mon. Jan.
5, 2009 - Sun. Jan. 11, 2009 Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based
on Rates in Effect Jan. 13
There were several dozen additional four-figure GC
sales below the Top 20. Moniker had the highest of those with LaserLiposuction.org
at $2,563. NameJet followed with EWE.net at $2,500.
They also sold Eurfedling.org ($1,900) and Immunotherapy.org
At the AfternicDLS, MTInc.net notched $2,488,
VirtualGallery.net nabbed $2,288 and HarborLights.org
lit up $2,200. GlobalView.net gained $2,100 and
three others; DietPillReviews.net, GiftIdeas.org and PetMemorial.net
each added $2,000.
TomSmith.org generated $1,888, PreciousMetals.org
delivered $1,850 and MediaBuy.net bagged $1,566.
Etudiant.net and Headstone.net carved out $1,500
apiece, Wonderwalls.net nailed $1,288 and Agan.net
grossed $1,200. Webpreneur.net produced $1,116
and two others; DomainNameBroker.net and Synap.net
provided $1,000 each.
Back at Sedo SecureBill.net returned $2,016,
Cases.biz contained $1,729 and Daya.org
discovered $1,330. FreeCreditChecks.org chalked up $1,200
and two others; Quotation.net and Stadt.mobi mined $1,050
each. Another trio earned $1,000 each; eZoo.net, Maquinastragamonedas.mobi
At GoDaddy Auctions the supplemental list included WomensShelter.org
($1,693), MyFamilyHealth.net ($1,305) and WingP2P.org
The Netherlands' .nl extension
claimed three of the first five spots on this week's Country Code
Top 20, including the top two, Online-Casino.nl ($31,654)
and OnLive.nl ($13,965). Those both made the all extension
leader board you saw earlier as did the next three names on the
ccTLD leader board. The top sale you haven't seen yet is #6 HW.cc
(Cocos Keeling Islands ccTLD) that changed hands for $6,000
in a private transaction.
Sedo swept 18 of the 20 chart entries including a
pair of .tvs; #7 Tourists.tv ($4,000) and #12 Rutland.tv
($2,800). Germany's .de and the European Union's .eu each
had three chart entries and Spain's .es had two. The other
countries represented this week are Montenegro (.me), Sweden
(.se) and the Czech Republic (.cz).
Here is how all of the
country code top sellers stacked
up for the week ending January 11:
Code Top 20
Reported ccTLD Sales: Jan. 5, 2009 - Sun. Jan. 11,
2009 Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based
on Rates in Effect Tue. Jan. 13
Domainregistrierung.eu ("domain registration" in German)
There were 21 more four-figure country code
sales off the chart and Sedo accounted for all but two of those with
a supplemental list led by Papel.com.mx (Mexican
ccTLD) at $2,000. Sedo had 18 more country code sales ranging
from $1,000 to $1,995 that are listed in the table
Sedo ccTLD Sales Between $1,000-$1,995
In two other ccTLD sales, PersonalAccount.co.uk pulled
$1,800 at the AfternicDLS and CityOfDreams.asia
attracted $1,750 at Moniker.
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 email@example.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 Domain Sales Center 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.