Week of Domain Sales Overcomes the Summer Doldrums With a Swift Kick
to the Cash Register
Summer is supposed to be the slow time
of the year, but this week someone apparently forgot to tell domain
buyers about that. We saw a solid group six-figure sales including
one that ranks as the 6th biggest transaction reported so far in
2009. Another is the biggest non .com global TLD sale of the year
Leading the pack is Server.com, a name
that commanded a eye-popping $770,000 at Sedo.com.
Only a quintet of seven-figure sales rank higher at this point in
the 2009 sales season. Sedo also sold #2 Jesus.net for $124,337
in the year's biggest non .com gTLD sale, easily topping the
previous leader Usenet.org, a name that changed hands for $100,000
Sedo's brokerage department sold Jesus.net
for Marc Brittan who for the past 12 years has been using the
names as a redirect to his main site at Christ.com. Marc told
me that Reinvent
Technology's Don Ham also played a key role by helping
break a negotiation stalemate and fulfill Brittan's wishes to send
the domain to a Christian buyer with good intentions for a domain
that Brittan said he bought in 1997 for registration fee. "Overall,
the negotiations went on for months, and would not have taken place
without the helpful comments from Don Ham," Brittan said.
Sedo sold still another six-figure domain
this week for $100,000, but due to the explicit nature of
that adult domain it is not one we can list on our mainstream
charts. There is another $100,000 sale on the all extension Top
20 Chart though, #3 iGuide.com, with that sale handled by
Sedo swept the next three positions with a
trio of names that included the week's highest country code sale, Loterie.fr
(French ccTLD meaning "lottery" in French) at 35,000
($50,400). Sedo also accounted for the other two country code
domains on the elite list as they piled up a remarkable 15 of the 20
chart entries, including 8 of the top 10.
had a trio of charted domains including one of the two .orgs
on the Big Board, #16 (tie) OnlineEducation.org at $18,228
(the other was Sedo's $34,000 sale of #8 MotorcycleInsurance.org
- a deal that ranks among the year's top ten non .com gTLD sales).
The AfternicDLS also had multiple sales,
completing the daily double with #7 Cric.com at $45,000. Here is how all of the
leaders stack up for the week ending Sunday, August 2:
DN Journal Top 20
Domain Sales - Mon. July 27, 2009 - Sun. Aug. 2, 2009 Euro to Dollar Conversion ( to $) is Based
on Rates in Effect August 4, 2009
Flirten.com ("flirt" in German)
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.
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There were four more five-figure sales off
the chart led by a two-letter IDN, Nü.com, that
changed hands for $13,900 in a private sale. Sedo had the
other three, scoring with Tatry.eu ($11,376), Binu.com
($10,080) and Create.net ($10,000).
.Com Supporting Cast
Sedo led the four-figure .com supporting cast with
Libel.com ($9,999) missing the five-figure mark by just $1. They
also picked up $7,500 from SCCO.com, $7,000 for
MyProtein.com and $6,912 for Ipsola.com. TeachWave.com
tacked on $6,000, $5,900 blossomed from
BeyondNature.com and two others, iVerified.com and WikiBaby.com
brought $5,500 each.
Sedo added $5,316 for Indiretta.com
and had 36 more .com sales ranging from $2,000
to $5,000 that you can check out in the table below.
Sedo .com Sales Between $2,000 - $5,000
Back at the AfternicDLS things were cooking with SWV.com
serving up $8,000, AddictsAnonymous.com dispensing $6,788
and Sapt.com securing $6,676. SDProperty.com
produced $6,500, ProJets.com provided $6,000
and RecipeX.com cooked up $5,800.
Tripzee.com trucked in $5,300 while
three others; AccreditedColleges.com, e-Stim.com and Japanisch.com
drew $5,000 apiece. RentAMovies.com returned
The AfternicDLS had 83 more .com sales ranging from $2,000
to $4,388. Those are listed in the table below:
AfternicDLS .com Sales Between $2,000 - $4,388
sold 100Years.com for $8,500 and Pedasi.com for
$2,200 while Moniker marked up $5,915 for Vertify.com.
A quartet of five-figure ccTLD sales led the
charge on this week's Top 20 Country Code Chart. We listed
all of those in our section on the all-extension leaders at the top
of this report. The highest sale you haven't seen yet is #5 CasinoOnline.co.za
(South Africa's ccTLD) at $9,388 via Sedo, a venue
that swept 18 of the 20 chart entries,
Great Britain's .co.uk had the most chart
entries with six, led by #6 Auditors.co.uk at $8,891. Germany's
.de was next with four charted domains, including #7 PokerRegeln.de
at $8,064. The European Union's .eu was the only
other extension with multiples entries, scoring twice.
The other countries represented on the elite list
this week are Montenegro (.me), Canada (.ca), the British
Indian Ocean Territory (.io), China (.cn), Tuvalu (.tv)
and the United States (.us). Here is how all of the
country code top sellers stacked
up for the week ending August 2:
Code Top 20
Reported ccTLD Sales: July 27, 2009 - Sun. Aug. 2,
2009 Euro to Dollar Conversion ( to $) is Based
on Rates in Effect Tue. Aug. 4
There were several dozen additional four-figure
sales off the chart and Sedo accounted for all but three of those.
Their roster included Xperts.de ($2,736), Muslim.us
($2,700) and Tarot.asia ($2,555). OnDemand.at
downloaded $2,448, OnlineGolf.dk chipped in $2,304
and two others, LaFamille.fr and Sound.at attracted $2,160
Another pair, Yangtze.co.uk and CombinationLadder.co.uk
extended $2,113 apiece. Sedo piled up 34 more four-figure ccTLD sales ranging
from $1,000 to $1,980. Those are all listed in the table
Sedo ccTLD Sales Between $1,000 - $1,980
racked up three more Australian ccTLD sales. Homeopathy.com.au
posted $1,974, Necklace.com.au notched $1,050 and
Grow.com.au harvested $1,008 (all US $
Fans of the Global Contenders, our nickname
for non .com gTLDs, popped the champagne this week to celebrate the
year's biggest sale in this category, Jesus.net at $124,337
through the brokerage services at Sedo. That blockbuster
helped the .nets take 13 of te 23 positions on our new Global
Contenders Top 20 Chart (the extra positions resulted from a
four-way tie for the final spot).
The .orgs also had a strong outing taking
nine chart entries including six that ranked among the top ten. That
left just one opening that was claimed by #16 Pattaya.info at
You saw all of the five and six figure GC sales in
the all extension section of this report. The highest sale you
haven't yet seen in this category is #7 RAR.net, sold at the
AfternicDLS for $7,000. The AfternicDLS went on to pile up 14
GC sales, more than any other venue.
Here's how all of the Global Contenders stacked up for the
week ending August 2:
Global Contenders Top 20
Highest Reported Non .Com Global
(.Net, .Org, .Biz & .Info) Mon. July
27, 2009 - Sun. Aug. 2, 2009 Euro to Dollar Conversion ( to $) is Based
on Rates in Effect Aug. 4
There were several dozen additional four-figure GC
sales off the chart with the AfternicDLS piling up the majority
of those. Their list included UKK.org ($2,388), HSDPA.org
($2,315) and ITBC.net ($2,129). Durable.net
delivered $2,106 and two others; GreenEnergySolutions.net
and HipHopClothing.net nabbed $2,088 each.
The Afternic DLS had 33 more four-figure GC sales ranging from $1,000
to $2,000. You can check those out in the table below:
AfternicDLS GC Sales Between $1,000 - $2,000
Back at Sedo Literatur.info landed $2,376
while three others; Gratisinserat.net, Schulrucksack.info
and Ecan.org kicked in $2,160 apiece. Ubrania.net
nailed $1,872, YouMove.net made $1,800 and Rise.net
reeled in $1,550.
Also at Sedo, Home-Mortgage.info fetched $1,499
with three others; Schultaschen.info, Uson.org and NER.net
drawing $1,440 each. Teachscape.net took in $1,430,
Prenotazioni.net preserved $1,224, Result.net
returned $1,051 and PersonalizedGifts.org unwrapped $1,000.
Elsewhere MediaOptions.com sold Ganja.org
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 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
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Editor's Note: If you wish to review previous Domain
Sales columns, they are available in our Archive.