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Half-Million Dollar .Com Sale and the Year's Biggest .Net Sale
Highlight This Week's Action in the Domain Aftermarket
After taking a breather last week,
six-figure sales are back this week with a $500,000 blockbuster and a $100,000
sidekick, both courtesy of Sedo.com.
This week's undisputed champion is Talk.com whose
half-million dollar price tag ranks it as the 6th biggest sale
reported so far in 2009.
TimeManagement.com also cracked the 6-figure barrier - just
barely - at an even $100,000.
It has been a rough year for the non
.com global TLDs who have been eclipsed by the boom in ccTLD
sales. However, Descargas.net ("downloads" in Spanish)
gave the category something to celebrate with a $46,200 sale
at Sedo. That is the biggest .net sale reported this year and
the second largest non .com gTLD sale, trailing only Usenet.org
Those sales helped Sedo pile up 14 of the 21
all extension leader board entries (the extra spot in the
top 20 resulted from a tie for the final position).
was next with five charted domains including two of the top five. Their roster was led by #4 eHelp.com at $42,801
and #5 Sikh.com at $40,101.
An interesting note on #6 RefinanceRates.com,
sold at Sedo for $30,000. That name had been picked up in a
Moniker T.R.A.F.F.I.C. auction last summer for just $12,500. Not a
bad return on investment for one year.
Sedo and NameJet were the only venues with
multiple chart entries and between them they left only two openings.
Those spots were taken by PremiumDomains.com
who sold #10 (tie) Complementos.com
("accessories" in English) for $18,000
and Moniker.com who closed the $17,000 sale of #13
Moniker had auctioned off the latter name at the T.R.A.F.F.I.C.
Silicon Valley conference in late April.
Country code domains have been smoking
this year (last week they took six of the top ten positions) but
this week they had to settle for just two entries on the Big Board,
both representing Germany's popular .de extension. #9 Kreishandwerkerschaften.de
delivered $20,100 while #20 (tie) Bravado.de brought
$12,600. Sedo, who is the undisputed king of ccTLD sales, handled
both of those transactions.
The Global Contenders (non .com
gTLDs) upped their game by putting four names on the elite list, a
trio of .nets and a nice .org geodomain (#19 NewZealand.org,
sold for $13,101 at NameJet). In its usual fashion, .com
vacuumed up everything else, sweeping 15 of the 21 chart positions. Here is how all of the
leaders stack up for the week ending Sunday, June 28:
DN Journal Top 20
Domain Sales - Mon. June 22, 2009 - Sun. June 28, 2009 Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based
on Rates in Effect July 1
Descargas.net ("downloads" in Spanish)
Kreishandwerkerschaften.de ("tradesman's circle" in German)
Complementos.com ("accessories" in English)
Mariages.net (French spelling)
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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There were four more five-figure sales just off the
chart. Sedo banked $11,550 for BioRust.com, NameJet
notched $11,100 for Publish.me, Moniker made $10,200
from 4AD.com and the AfternicDLS
drew $10,000 for MediaShopping.com.
.Com Supporting Cast
The AfternicDLS also led the .com four-figure
supporting cast with BotanicalExtracts.com at $8,000. Fiberpedia.com
followed at $7,150 with AutoDNS.com next at $7,100.
TheTVStore.com tuned in $6,600 while AppLab.com
and TwoSteps.com tallied $5,400 each.
Silq.com sewed up $5,188 while three
others; CruisesAndTours.com, JokersWild.com and TFPT.com
tacked on $5,000 each. NewsBus.com braked at $4,588,
MilitaryMoves.com maneuvered its way to $4,500 and SiteOptimization.com
The AfternicDLS had 54 more .com sales ranging from $2,000
to $4,000. Those are listed in the table below:
AfternicDLS .com Sales Between $2,000 - $4,000
The AfternicDLS sold six other names from other
platforms through their expanded promotion program. Using Sedo they
moved Interakta.com for $4,800 and Weltkulturerbe.com
for $2,688. Using SnapNames they found buyers for SuperConference.com
($3,688), VegetarianCookbook.com ($2,790) and two others
at $2,000 each; GetGoosebumps.com and NetworkingMasters.com.
Back at NameJet NetZone.com zipped up $7,802,
Dalmatia.com dug up $6,250 and GameMall.com
generated $3,780. DomeHomes.com housed $3,433, SignRental.com
returned $3,099 and DreamMate.com connected for $2,500.
PlantablePaper.com sprouted $2,401 and M8S.com
At Sedo, Espaciolibre.com landed $7,000
while Solarox.com and SportRoom.com rang up $6,000
each. Bankruptcy-Attorney.com billed $5,400, MyGiving.com
matched $5,363 and WireTap.com discovered $5,301.
A trio of names at $5,000 apiece included Aprec.com,
ClickOnline.com and DesignArea.com. Sicilian.com
kicked in $4,850, MonsterMashup.com concocted
$4,500 and Waffenschrank.com contributed $4,450. Sedo had
22 more .com sales ranging from $2,000
to $4,200 that you can check out in the table below.
Sedo .com Sales Between $2,000 - $4,200
bagged $6,251, CloseoutDeals.com attracted $3,100
and Coligny.com collected $2,788. InfantSeats.com secured
$2,500, SearchOptimization.com conjured up $2,250
and Imply.com plucked $2,100.FotoShare.com
showcased $2,005 and NMETV.com displayed $2,000.
Moniker closed the $6,000 sale of DentistFinder.com
from their T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Silicon Valley auction and moved Yoink.com
($4,149) and IndianMortgageFunding.com ($2,099) from
their web platform.
After posting 11 five-figure sales last week, the
ccTLDs slipped back to three at that level this week. The
highest, Kreishandwerkerschaften.de ("tradesman's
circle" in German) tops our new Country Code Top 20 chart
at $20,100. Sedo made that sale and all but three others on
this week's leader board. Bravado.de was next at $12,600
with Publish.me, sold at NameJet for $11,100, in the
Germany's .de accounted for 9 of the 21 chart
entries (the extra position resulted from a tie for the final spot).
Other countries with multiple chart entries (two each) were Great
Britain (.co.uk), the United States (.us), France (.fr),
Sweden (.se) and Austria (.at).
There were two IDNs on the leader board; #11 Videoüberwachung,de (IDN)
("video surveillance" in German) at $5,670
and #18 (tie) Underkläder.se (IDN)
("underwear" in Swedish) at €3,520 ($4,928).
The non IDN version of the latter name also sold for the same
price with MissDomain.com
booking both of those sales.
Here is how all of the
country code top sellers stacked
up for the week ending June 28:
Code Top 20
Reported ccTLD Sales: June 22, 2009 - Sun. June 28,
2009 Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based
on Rates in Effect Tue. July 1
Kreishandwerkerschaften.de ("tradesman's circle" in German)
Zeitschriftenabo.de ("magazine subscription" in German)
£5,000 = $8,250
Adhesif.fr ("adhesive" in French)
Fueralles.de ("for all" in German)
Zeitungsabo.de ("newspaper subscription" in German)
Videoüberwachung,de (IDN) ("video surveillance" in German)
There were several dozen additional four-figure
sales off the chart. Sedo had the vast majority of those including Ammann-Group.ru
($4,199), Damenschuhe.eu ($3,850) and OesterreichNews.de
Sedo piled 59 more four-figure ccTLD sales ranging
from $1,000 to $3,500. Those are all listed in the table
Sedo ccTLD Sales Between $1,000 - $3,500
Elsewhere RickLatona.com sold 66.nl for $4,550,
NetFleet.com.au moved LifeInsuranceQuotes.com.au ($3,645)
and WL.com.au ($1,013), NameJet jettisoned Network.me
for $2,000 and SnapNames digested $1,450 from Eat.us.
If there are country code extensions in our report
that you are not
familiar with, you can look up the nation each extension goes with here.
(.biz, .info, .mobi, .name, .net & .org)
Contenders were buoyed by the year's biggest .net sale, Descargas.net ("downloads" in Spanish) at $46,200 via
Sedo. Three other sales also cracked the five-figure mark. You saw
all of the sales in that range in the all extension section at the
top of this report. The highest sale you haven't seen yet is #5 BabyNames.net
at $9,000. Sedo also booked that sale to take four of the top
five on the leader board.
The .nets ruled taking 14 of the 20 chart
entries. .Org claimed three, .info grabbed a pair and .mobi
got one. A couple of those .net sales suffered huge price drops from
previous transactions in May of last year. The names tied for #12 at
$3,433 each, Snowmobiles.net and CentralAmerica.net,
had both been sold previously in Moniker's 2008 T.R.A.F.F.I.C.
Orlando auction. At that time Snowmobiles.net sold for $17,000 and
CentralAmerica.net for $12,000. A reminder that prices can go down
(in some cases way down) as well as up.
Here's how all of the Global Contenders stacked up for the
week ending June 28:
Global Contenders Top 20
Highest Reported Non .Com Global
(.Net, .Org, .Biz & .Info) Mon. June
22, 2009 - Sun. June 28, 2009 Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based
on Rates in Effect July 1
There were several dozen additional four-figure GC
sales off the chart. Sedo had the highest of those with WeekendJeweg.net
and Openness.net at $2,800 each. End.net added $2,250,
Row.net nabbed $2,100 and OneCard.org clicked
BondageGirls.net and Commodore.net cornered
$1,550 apiece, SGT.net nailed $1,361 and Crazy-Coderz.net
chipped in $1,200. LingerieSexy.net attracted
$1,050 and two others; IrisDiagnosis.net and Sporti.org
went for $1,000 each.
At the AfternicDLS, Tourette.org closed at $2,388,
Atmu.net extracted $2,088 and SeaTurtle.net
swam ashore with $2,000. The AfternicDLS had 20 more four-figure GC sales ranging from $1,000
to $1,888. You can check those out in the table below.
Afternic GC Sales Between $1,000 - $1,888
The AfternicDLS also sold Meble.net ($1,750)
and Bielizna.net ($1,500) through expanded promotion listings at Sedo
andWebRacing.net($1,088) through a similar listing
NameJet's roster included ComedyClubs.net ($1,900),
Desires.net ($1,580), Black-Jack.net ($1,400) and GPD.net
SnapNames scored with Activities.org at $1,500
and ComputerSpeakers.net at $1,000.
Moniker closed the $1,500 sale of HighSpeed.net
from the T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Silicon Valley auction but that same name
had sold for a whopping $27,000 at a Moniker T.R.A.F.F.I.C.
auction in 2007. Ouch!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 night or Wednesday
morning we publish the highest reported domain name
sales for the previous week. On Mondays and Tuesdays our contributors send us
their sales data for the previous 7 days. We then compile that
information and write this article to give
you the most comprehensive sales report in the industry.
Editor's Note: If you wish to review previous Domain
Sales columns, they are available in our Archive.