Blockbusters This Week But Sedo Sweeps the First 8 Positions on Our
New Top 20 Chart With a Series of Solid Five-Figure Sales
swept the first eight spots on our weekly all extension Top 20
Sales Chart this week with a group of sales ranging from $25,000
to $75,000. Poken.com set the pace at $75,000,
followed by DMG.com at $64,000 as Sedo went on to take
15 of 22 chart entries, the extra two positions resulting from a
three-way tie for the final spot.
After the top two, ccTLDs took the next
five positions led by #3 IT.de at $54,150, #4 OnlineBingo.fr
at $54,000 and #5 D.de at $42,000. The country
codes would go on to take eight positions overall with Sedo
accounting for all of those ccTLD sales.
.Com has 13 representatives on the
Big Board. The only non .com global TLD on the elite list this week
is #12 (tie) TChat.info at $18,000 via Sedo.
The only other venues with multiple chart
entries are RickLatona.com
with four and Moniker
with a pair from their T.R.A.F.F.I.C.
New York live auction. Moniker was led by #9 TrademarkLawyers.com
at $24,000 while the Latona list was topped by #10 Guests.com
at $20,000. The AfternicDLS
also earned chart honors with #20 (tie) SonographySchools.com at
There actually was a six-figure sale this week, but
unfortunately the AfternicDLS could not release the exact price paid
for GolfShop.com due to a non disclosure agreement.
Before we run down all of the sales from
the past week we want to address a historical sales issue
that came up since our last column. By now you have undoubtedly
heard about the shill
bidding scandal at SnapNames.com.
A company vice president allegedly rigged bidding in as many as 50,000
auctions between 2005 and October 2009 before the company finally
discovered and reported the scheme last week.
Sales from the tainted auctions were
completed at the prices that have been reported over the years but
now, in an effort to offset some of the damage done, SnapNames is
offering refunds to those who paid more than they otherwise
would have had the shill bidder not been running up the price
against them. Some will take those refunds and but others who are
not satisfied with the compensation offers will not. The latter
group will likely join in a class action lawsuit against SnapNames
(as of press time today one
had already been filed, with more expected).
There will be no way to know who received
partial refunds and on what domains those refunds were issued, or
even which reported SnapNames sales over the years were affected by
the shill bidder. So, the way we have addressed this situation is to
put a permanent notice on all of our annual YTD
charts since 2005 as well as the current
ones for 2009, advising readers that even though
SnapNames sales listed between 2005 and October 2009 were
completed at the prices shown, some buyers may have
received refunds after October 2009 of a portion of the
original prices they paid. We have also placed an asterisk on every
SnapNames sale listed on those annual charts to refer readers to the
notice in the chart footnotes.
Now let's get back to our regularly
scheduled program. Here is how all of the
leaders stack up for the week ending Sunday, Nov. 8:
DN Journal Top 20
Domain Sales - Mon. Nov. 2, 2009 - Sun. Nov. 8, 2009 Euro to Dollar Conversion ( to $) is Based
on Rates in Effect Nov. 10, 2009
Acheter.fr ("to buy" in French)
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.
We highly recommend that you do some basic research beforeyou buyanything! As a starting point we have
built a sister site specifically for you at NameNewbie.com.
There was one other five-figure sale just
off the chart. Sedo sold InkPixie.com for $11,200.
.Com Supporting Cast
Sedo also led the .com supporting cast of four-figure
sales with Elda.com at $9,900. TeamPoint.com
tacked on $7,000, ThermoMan.com added $6,750
and PassTheParcel.com posted $6,263. 4XT.com
drew $6,150 while DebtPlan.com and Spende.com
each spawned $6,000. Galoshes.com kicked in $5,600,
Argument.com reached agreement at $5,301 and PNZ.com
Sedo had 44 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
At the AfternicDLS SinglesPlace.com attracted
$7,500, Esmeralda.com contributed $7,370 and IfICould.com
clicked for $6,600. Hotelauskunft.com booked $6,188,
Hatamoto.com hauled in $5,888 and FindRates.com returned
$5,500. GoldPlaza.com chipped in $5,188, LinkFun.com
landed $5,100 and three others; G54.com, Malatya.com
and ProcessValidation.com chipped in $5,000 apiece.
The AfternicDLS had 67 more .com sales ranging from $2,000
to $4,500. Those are listed in the table below:
AfternicDLS .Com Sales Between $2,000 - $4,500
The AfternicDLS also utilized Sedo to complete two additional sales under their expanded promotion
program. Recomendaciones.com rang up $2,243 and Contara.com
Moniker closed some additional auctions from
T.R.A.F.F.I.C. New York, including SkiLodge.com ($9,500), OrganicTea.com
($6,000), PowerSaws.com ($3,000) and GolfCaps.com
($2,500). They also sold VIAX.com for $7,175 from
their web platform.
Elsewhere RickLatona.com sold EastLyme.com
for $9,000 and Odes.com for $2,000 and GoDaddy
Auctions moved Swipes.com for $5,205 and Numetro.com
This week's Country Code Top 20 Chart is
dominated by domains sold in Sedo's recent one and two
character .de (German ccTLD) auctions. 15 of the 20 chart
entries are from that one time event, including the chart topper, IT.de
There were eight five-figure country code sales this
week, all of which made the all extension leader board you saw
earlier. The top sale you haven't seen yet is #9 BusinessSupport.co.uk
at $9,269. That sale was part of a clean sweep of
the 20 chart positions by Sedo.
All but four of the charted domains are .de names,
including an IDN, #12 Kφ.de at $7,950. The
remaining positions were split between .fr (France) and .co.uk
Here is how all of the
country code top sellers stacked
up for the week ending Nov. 8:
Code Top 20
Reported ccTLD Sales: Mon. Nov. 2, 2009 - Sun. Nov.
2009 Euro to Dollar Conversion ( to $) is Based
on Rates in Effect Tue. Nov. 10
There were dozens ofadditional four-figure ccTLD
sales off the chart and Sedo again accounted for the vast majority
of those. Their roster included AL.de ($7,080), JP.de
($7,050) and 24.tv ($6,750). Entradasbaratas.es
added $6,600, FL.de delivered $6,317 and
Chat.me chalked up $6,100.
Sedo had 89 more ccTLD sales ranging from $1,000
to $6,000 that are listed in the table below:
Sedo ccTLD Sales Between $1,000 - $6,000
sold MobileRecycling.co.uk for $4,668, LaserPens.co.uk
for $4,509 and Biros.co.uk for $3,340. Two
others; ImprintedGifts.co.uk and PromotionalIncentives.co.uk
brought $1,670 each.
Contenders Top 20 Chart is led by the only five-figure sale in
the non .com global TLD category this week - TChat.info at
$18,000. The next three domains on the leader board are
one-character names sold in a special Sedo auction; R.biz
($8,855), H.biz ($8,177) and K.biz ($6,900).
Sedo went on to sweep the first 12 entries on the
chart en route to claiming 16 of the 20 entries overall. The
remaining four places went to the AfternicDLS.
Here's how all of the Global Contenders stacked up for the
week ending Nov. 8:
Global Contenders Top 20
Highest Reported Non .Com Global
(.Net, .Org, .Biz & .Info) Mon. Nov.
2, 2009 - Sun. Nov. 8, 2009 Euro to Dollar Conversion ( to $) is Based
on Rates in Effect Nov. 10
There were several dozen additional
four-figure GC sales off the chart. Sedo had the highest of
those with PrepaidDebitCards.net at $2,933. Their
winners also included PlayBay.net ($2,700), Kόchengerδte.org
(an IDN) at $2,693 and Fotografieren.net at $2,325.
Benchmarks.net notched $2,500, Aktenvernichtung.org
added $2,100 and PrescriptionDrugAddiction.org
dispensed $2,000. Sedo had 29 more GC sales ranging from $1,000
to $1,875. Those are listed in the table below.
Sedo GC Sales Between $1,000 - $1,875
Back at the AfternicDLS, Personalized.org
produced $2,800, HideAndSeek.net found $2,788
and two others; ChristianColleges.net and Gomo.net
generated $2,388 apiece.
The Afternic DLS had 19 more four-figure GC sales ranging from $1,000
to $2,340. You can check those out in the table below:
AfternicDLS GC Sales Between $1,000 - $2,340
The AfternicDLS used Sedo to sell two more domains
through their expanded promotion platform. FussballSchule.net
notched $2,093 and MicroPayment.net deposited $1,700.
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
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.