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Highest Hyphenated Domain Sale Ever Reported To Us Leads This Week's Top 20 Chart

Hyphenated domains have always been viewed with disdain by American domain investors. The conventional wisdom is that any hyphenated domain will lose a massive amount of traffic to the non-hyphenated version of the same domain. Most say they would never use a hyphenated domain unless they also owned the non-hyphenated version too.

However, that sentiment is not shared by buyers in one of the world's biggest domain markets - Germany. In fact, they seem to love hyphenated domains. One of the more interesting things I learned at the T.R.A.F.F.I.C. ccTLDs conference in Amsterdam this past June was that about half of all .de (Germany's country code) domain registrations are hyphenated!

So when news came from Sedo.com this week that they had sold Hotel-Reservation.com for an astounding 142,800 ($209,916) my very first thought was that the buyer had to be from Germany. That intitial reaction was confirmed when I looked up the new owner in the WhoIs record and found that it is Cologne, Germany businessman Robert Ragge who operates a company called Hotel Reservation Service (the owner of the non-hyphenated version of the name, which sold for just $27,500 in May 2004, also happens to be from Germany).

  

By Ron Jackson

This is by far the highest priced hyphenated domain sale reported to us since we started tracking the domain aftermarket six years ago. The "hotel reservation" keywords are obviously great ones and there is clear value there. However, it is an interesting example of how widely opinions of value can differ from one region to another, despite the Internet being a global platform.

The Hotel-Reservation.com sale helped Sedo turn in another powerful sales performance this week. They went on to sweep the top three positions on our new all-extension Top 20 Sales Chart and 14 of 20 entries overall. Their heavy hitters included #2 34.com at $68,000 and #3 ElectricGuitars.com at $42,700

RickLatona.com also made an appearance in the first five with their $41,000 sale of #4 Tasks.com. NameJet.com was the only venue other than Sedo to record multiple chart entries, hitting the daily double with #12 99BB.com ($12,599) and #15 CarSurvey.com ($10,641). Moniker.com (with their sister site SnapNames.com), the AfternicDLS and GoDaddy Auctions all earned places on the elite list as well.

.Com dominated the action, accounting for 15 of the 20 chart entries. The highest non .com domain is #8 Tagesgeld.info ("call money" in German), sold at Sedo for $16,905. The remaining places were taken by a pair of .orgs, a .net and the lone ccTLD on this week's list, #18 Testosterone.co.uk ($9,075 at Sedo). 

Here is how all of the leaders stack up for the week ending Sunday, Sept. 13:

 

The DN Journal Top 20 
Reported Domain Sales - Mon. Sept. 7, 2009 - Sun. Sept. 13, 2009
Euro to Dollar Conversion ( to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Sept. 15, 2009

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. Hotel-Reservation.com 142,800 = $209,916 Sedo
2. 34.com $68,000 Sedo
3. ElectricGuitars.com $42,700 Sedo
4. Tasks.com $41,000 RickLatona.com
5. 7Y.com $25,000 Sedo
6. Juegos-Gratis.com
("free games" in Spanish)
16,500 = $24,255 Sedo
7. HotelsWashingtonDC.com $22,000 Sedo
8. Tagesgeld.info
("call money" in German)
11,500 = $16,905 Sedo
9. Zwan.com $15,350 Sedo
10.
tie
MillionaireDating.com $15,000 Moniker/SnapNames
10.
tie
NewHarvest.com $15,000 Sedo

12. 99BB.com $12,599 NameJet
13. Live-Odds.com 8,000 = $11,760 Sedo
14. Tarife.org
("tariff" in German)
7,500 = $11,025 Sedo
15. CarSurvey.com $10,641 NameJet
16. TravelGuide.net $10,100 Sedo
17. BusinessSchool.org $10,000 Sedo
18. Testosterone.co.uk 5,500 = $9,075 Sedo
19. TradingAdvantage.com $9,000 AfternicDLS
20. Clippoo.com $8,893 GoDaddy Auctions

 

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 led the .com supporting cast with InternalRevenueService.com at $7,600. Their roster also included CreditLawyer.com ($6,300), BusinessLists.com ($5,400), CharterBank.com ($5,100) and Appreciate.com ($5,044).  

NameJet has 18 more .com sales ranging from $2,000 to $5,000 that are listed in the table below:

Additional NameJet .com Sales Between $2,000 - $5,000
highwire.com $5,000   gaames.com $2,600
thanx.com $4,833 garagedooropener.com $2,545
globalsupply.com $3,701 koshermeal.com $2,533
thematic.com $3,300 webhostingcomparison.com $2,500
cctvshop.com $3,000 mobilespace.com $2,428
markenrecht.com $3,000 photodoctor.com $2,400
elook.com $2,902 dpms.com $2,367
receptive.com $2,900 discountgroceries.com $2,134
checkandgo.com $2,800 expita.com $2,100

Back at Sedo CheapVuelo.com chalked up $7,350, TimeToGo.com ticked off $6,615 and M4L.com located $6,600. TopDrugs.com dispensed $6,248, ChristianStore.com rang up $6,000 and Africa10.com drew $5,865

Sedo had 23 more .com sales ranging from $2,000 to $5,000 that you can check out in the table below.

Additional Sedo .com Sales Between $2,000 - $5,000
dextro.com $5,000   e-rencontre.com $2,940
mypapa.com $5,000 xtrems.com $2,940
flashxml.com $4,800 videoscreen.com $2,831
bezgraniz.com $4,125 3dsign.com $2,500
ipdf.com $4,000 bankruptcynj.com $2,500
visiontest.com $4,000 fuelmark.com $2,500
lawyerquest.com $3,750 ichimoku.com $2,500
knockaround.com $3,675 netinfluence.com $2,500
sportrus.com $3,675 wirelessbackhaul.com $2,230
beyondcars.com $3,500 toponlinecasino.com $2,210
tradelocal.com $3,500 4skins.com $2,000
oroshi.com $3,381  

At the AfternicDLS AnchorageHotel.com booked $7,000 while BreadLine.com, Siopa.com and FireHole.com each fetched $5,000. DallasFurniture.com delivered $4,999 and ProFounder.com provided $4,500.

The AfternicDLS had 55 more .com sales ranging from $2,000 to $4,000. Those are listed in the table below:

Additional AfternicDLS .com Sales Between $2,000 - $4,000
rubberseal.com $4,000   riverboard.com $2,488
expertsolutions.com $3,750 brotherhoods.com $2,388
preciousminerals.com $3,500 expertstore.com $2,388
attorneyaccess.com $3,488 traintotrade.com $2,388
governmentexchange.com $3,488 wifitravel.com $2,388
tripalerts.com $3,488 wineclick.com $2,388
artseries.com $3,305 teamlab.com $2,300
tymnet.com $3,300 theinnovators.com $2,300
truthwire.com $3,188 payrollmanager.com $2,275
wholesalehome.com $3,188 watchlove.com $2,240
settlementsnow.com $3,088 icefisherman.com $2,200
blindguide.com $3,000 parentspages.com $2,200
cobi.com $3,000 integrationmanager.com $2,188
iconnectivity.com $3,000 pscconsulting.com $2,188
4u2b.com $2,850 luxurydaily.com $2,088
careeradvocate.com $2,588 nycskate.com $2,088
adventuresinparadise.com $2,500 profilesusa.com $2,088
ebras.com $2,500 prohygiene.com $2,088
globalgym.com $2,500 bluetriangle.com $2,000
shyde.com $2,500 floridabankruptcyattorneys .com $2,000
misomedia.com $2,488 NutritionMatters .com $2,000
ourconnection.com $2,488  

The AfternicDLS also registered seven additional sales by utilizing other venues as part of their expanded promotion platform. Sedo completed six of those transactions with LocalVibe.com ($3,750), Citoyens.com ($2,854), GlamourFoto.com ($2,850), Wine-Guide.com ($2,388), FotoGarden.com ($2,300) and Bookmarky.com ($2,188). Another sale, StainlessPlus.com, went through SnapNames at $2,788.

SnapNames posted eight more solid sales with FriendClub.com clicking for $4,350, Lurk.com landing $3,700 and Excalib.com drawing $3,460. Grekland.com gained $2,900, Ephim.com found $2,800 and GibraltarHotel.com welcomed $2,525. Also, GaylordHotel.com garnered $2,351 and Xiangyou.com yielded $2,222.

Elsewhere, RickLatona.com attracted $4,000 with BeautyCream.com, while Moniker/SnapNames moved OnlineAccountingDegrees.com ($3,400), SimplyJobs.com ($2,950) and OnlinePsychologyDegrees.com ($2,500). Also, GoDaddy Auctions added $2,506 for ADailyShot.com.

 Afternic Domain Auctions

Country Codes

This was a rare slow week for ccTLDs with no five-figure sales reported. Our new Country Code Top 20 Chart is led by Sedo's $9,075 sale of Testosterone.co.uk. Sedo went on to sweep all 20 positions on the leader board. The runner-up slot went to Tapisroulant.it ("treadmill" in Italian) at $8,820. A hyphenated version of that name, Tapis-Roulant.it, also charted at #6 with a $5,292 sale. 

Germany's popular .de extension had the most chart entries with eight, including #4 (tie) Hochschuldidaktik.de ("university didactics") at $5,880. Great Britain's .co.uk was next with five. Italy (.it) and France (.fr) also had multiple chart entries with two each. 

Here is how all of the country code top sellers stacked up for the week ending Sept 13:

Country Code Top 20
 Highest Reported ccTLD  Sales: Mon. Sept. 7, 2009 - Sun. Sept. 13, 2009
Euro to Dollar Conversion ( to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. Sept. 15

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. Testosterone.co.uk 5,500 = $9,075 Sedo
2. Tapisroulant.it
("treadmill" in Italian)
6,000 = $8,820 Sedo
3. Steroids.com.au $8,000 Sedo
4.
tie
BAO.fr 4,000 = $5,880 Sedo
4.
tie
Hochschuldidaktik.de
("university didactics")
4,000 = $5,880 Sedo
6. Tapis-Roulant.it
("treadmill" in Italian)
3,600 = $5,292 Sedo
7.
tie
DAS.in 3,500 = $5,145 Sedo
7.
tie
Hochfrequenz.de
("high frequency" in German)
3,500 = $5,145 Sedo
9. PromotionalClothing.co.uk 2,900 = $4,785 Sedo
10.
tie
MeineKreditKarte.de
("my credit card" in German)
3,213 = $4,723 Sedo
10.
tie
Meine-KreditKarte.de
("my credit card" in German)
3,213 = $4,723 Sedo

12. Like.fr 3,000 = $4,410 Sedo
13. CBN.de 2,865 = $4,212 Sedo
14. PromotionalBags.co.uk 2,500 = $4,125 Sedo
15. Jagdshop.de 2,678 = $3,937 Sedo
16. Widows.co.uk 2,300 = $3,795 Sedo
17. Liga.es 2,550 = $3,749 Sedo
18.
tie
Easy-Fitness.de 2,500 = $3,675 Sedo
18.
tie
Topics.de 2,500 = $3,675 Sedo
20. PromotionalPen.co.uk 2,200 = $3,630 Sedo

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.

There were several dozen additional four-figure ccTLD sales off the chart with Sedo accounting for all but two of those sales. Their supplemental list included WebCity.de ($3,463), Skirts.de ($3,366) and a pair at $3,300 each; Amplify.co.uk and SaveMore.ca

Sedo had 51 more ccTLD sales ranging from $1,000 to $2,940 that are listed in the table below:

Additional Sedo ccTLD Sales Between $1,000 - $2,940
doodoo.fr $2,940   greenstyle.de $1,470
cl.com.es $2,646 otaku.de $1,470
tchai.de $2,573 roulette-casinos.de $1,470
global.com.au $2,500 servers.fr $1,470
getraenkedose.de $2,499 verbindung.de $1,470
buy-hgh.co.uk $2,475 whirlwannen.eu $1,470
promotionalmagnets.co.uk $2,310 xqs.at $1,470
segurojoven.es $2,205 kicks.co.uk $1,459
suchmaschinenoptimierer.de $2,205 thesleeper.co.uk $1,397
weltfrieden.de $2,205 bordercollie.us $1,350
1.gd $2,001 cabal.ch $1,323
freesexcam.tv $2,000 t6.eu $1,251
ibons.de $1,985 metaxa.ro $1,250
printedmugs.co.uk $1,980 sports24.de $1,250
printlet.de $1,838 logobugs.co.uk $1,238
urbanismo.es $1,838 partybar.de $1,213
werbesperre.de $1,764 maison-bricolage.fr $1,176
kinderpost.de $1,749 webstick.de $1,176
peri.lu $1,691 winnercasino.it $1,176
webtext.de $1,633 visualplanet.cn $1,151
golflogo.co.uk $1,630 attractions.nl $1,103
motorentekoop.nl $1,617 hotellocaties.nl $1,103
jaldijaldi.co.uk $1,485 movilsat.es $1,103
promotionalcoasters.co.uk $1,485 vetshop.co.uk $1,103
alto.se $1,470 cdating.nl $1,000
food4u.de $1,470  

Elsewhere the AfternicDLS sold OnlineDVDRental.co.uk for $1,125 and GoDaddy Auctions sold Italy.cc for $1,005

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.

Global Contenders (Non .com gTLDs: .biz, .info, .mobi, .net, .org, .pro & .tel)

After consistently trailing the country codes over the past year, the Global Contenders finally turned the tables, at least for a week, notching a quartet of five-figure sales this time out. All of those also made the all-extension leader board you saw at the top of this report, with Tagesgeld.info ("call  money" in German) leading the way at $16,905 through Sedo.

The highest GC sale you haven't seen yet is #5 Suchmaschinenoptimierung.org
("search engine optimization" in German), a name that brought $7,428 at SnapNames.com. .Pro made a rare appearance this week, scoring with #6 Game.pro at $5,000 via Sedo.

.Org had the most chart entries, taking 11 of the 21 positions (the extra spot resulted from a time for the final spot). .Net followed with seven. .Info claimed two opening and .pro one. Here's how all of the Global Contenders stacked up for the week ending Sept. 13:

Global Contenders Top 20
 Highest Reported Non .Com Global TLD  Sales 
(.Net, .Org, .Biz & .Info) Mon. Sept. 7, 2009 - Sun. Sept. 13, 2009
Euro to Dollar Conversion ( to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Sept. 15

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. Tagesgeld.info
("call money" in German)
11,500 = $16,905 Sedo
2. Tarife.org
("tariff" in German)
7,500 = $11,025 Sedo
3. TravelGuide.net $10,100 Sedo
4. BusinessSchool.org $10,000 Sedo
5. Suchmaschinenoptimierung.org
("search engine optimization" in German)
$7,428 SnapNames
6. Game.pro $5,000 Sedo
7. Input.net $4,100 NameJet
8. GoldMember.org $3,988 AfternicDLS
9. WellnessHotels.org 2,700 = $3,969 Sedo
10. ClickMedia.net $3,888 AfternicDLS

11. OnlineTeachingDegree.net $3,250 AfternicDLS
12. SilverLining.org $3,088 AfternicDLS
13. SeniorDating.org $2,900 AfternicDLS
14. Singlereisen.net 1,950 = $2,867 Sedo
15.
tie
CancerInformation.org $2,788 AfternicDLS
15.
tie
XpertSolutions.net $2,788 AfternicDLS
17. The.org $2,700 NameJet
18. IPTV.info $2,500 Sedo
19. Wallets.org $2,400 Sedo
20.
tie
ExpertSolutions.net $2,188 AfternicDLS
20.
tie
RussianModels.org $2,188 AfternicDLS

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.

Domain Name Industry Newsletter

There were several dozen additional four-figure GC sales off the chart. The AfternicDLS had the highest of those with Ecog.net at $2,145 and also scored with Mediterranea.net ($2,093) and Generac.net ($2,010)

The Afternic DLS 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 GC Sales Between $1,000 - $2,000
gfgc.net $2,000   aequo.net $1,431
anchor.org $1,900 labcoats.net $1,288
autobuddy.net $1,888 macsys.net $1,288
tugg.org $1,888 motherocean.org $1,288
cheaplaptop.net $1,800 3dtv.org $1,200
memorysafe.net $1,688 areaguide.org $1,200
payonline.org $1,491 batterycharger.org $1,000
injurycompensation.net $1,488 batterychargers.net $1,000
myprayer.net $1,488 unaa.org $1,000

The AfternicDLS used Sedo to sell two others; TravelNurses.net ($1,888) and TravelNurseJob.net ($1,000)

Sedo's hit parade continued with OnlineCollegeDegrees.org ($1,900), Anlage.net ($1,764) and DoubleGlazing.net ($1,550). Sedo had 17 more GC sales ranging from $1,000 to $1,500 that are listed in the title below.

Additional Sedo GC Sales Between $1,000 - $1,500
2movies.net $1,500   10000.org $1,200
bestonlinecollege.net $1,500 inkoopacties.net $1,176
ieso.org $1,500 puppen.org $1,103
freecasino.info $1,470 warts.net $1,050
subir.net $1,416 kruegerrand.net $1,029
braintainment.info $1,225 cbmo.org $1,000
braintainment.net $1,225 centers.org $1,000
braintainment.org $1,225   

Elsewhere SnapNames sold Commerce.info ($2,010), Chocolate.info ($1,707) and BOR.net ($1,629). NameJet moved Unomig.org ($2,065) and Komuro.net ($1,510) and GoDaddy Auctions banked $2,007 for FDA.net.

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 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.

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