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Quartet of 6-Figure Sales Totaling Over $1.1 Million Give the Domain Aftermarket Another Strong Outing

As I write this, Christmas Day is still 10 days away but it seems Santa paid an early visit to the domain industry this week. Four lucky domain sellers found shiny six-figure financial packages under their tree, with one treated to a $750,000 deal for Ringtones.com brokered by Sedo's Dave Evanson. We told you about that sale last week but could not chart it at that time because the domain had not yet been transferred to the new owner. That has now happened, allowing Ringtones.com to take its place at the summit on our latest all extension Top 20 Domain Sales Chart.

There was some initial confusion about the price paid for Ringtones.com because the press release announcing the sale listed both the $750,000 figure as well as what the seller called a "net cash consideration" figure of $575,000. I talked with Evanson about this today and he said there were two separate deals involved - the important one (with respect to the sales price of the domain) being the first in which the buyer paid $750,000 to Sedo for the domain. 

By Ron Jackson

The other figure stemmed from a separate deal made between the seller (Mobile Streams) and the new owner that, as noted in the press release, gave Mobile Streams the right to continue using specific Latin American Ringtones.com sub-domains for an interim transitional period. That deal did not change the cash price the buyer paid Sedo to acquire the domain though.

Three more six-figure sales lit up the domain sales scoreboard this week. The AfternicDLS banked $175,000 for #2 Decide.com, Sedo, who piled up 11 of the 20 chart entries, raked in another $123,504 for #3 KF.com and Moniker/SnapNames booked $117,650 for #4 Temps.com. The .coms dominated this week, sweeping the first seven chart entries and 16 of 20 overall.

The highest non .com sale was #8 DR.org, a domain that Luc-André Biggs sold in a private transaction for $39,000. Biggs had acquired the name just a couple of months ago for $20,000 so he wound up with an exceptionally nice return on his short-term investment. That was the only non .com gTLD sale this week.

The country codes did better, taking three places on the Big Board, including two on the top half of the elite list; #9 AlbumPhoto.fr ($37,381 at Sedo) and #10 Hardware.com.au ($36,116 at Drop.com.au). Drop.com.au's Mike Robertson told me that is the highest price paid to date for an expired .com.au (Australian ccTLD) domain. The other ccTLD on the Top 20 was also a .com.au. #13 CurrencyConverter.com.au went for $27,500 at NetFleet.com.au.  

Here is how all of the sales leaders stacked up for the week ending Sunday, Dec. 12:

The DN Journal Top 20 
Reported Domain Sales - Mon. Dec. 6, 2010 - Sun. Dec. 12, 2010
Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Dec. 15, 2010

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. Ringtones.com $750,000 Sedo
2. Decide.com $175,000 AfternicDLS
3. KF.com $123,504 Sedo
4. Temps.com $117,650 Moniker/SnapNames
5. VisitStockholm.com $70,000 Sedo
6. Helpful.com $50,000 Sedo
7. YouNews.com $40,000 Sedo
8. DR.org $39,000

Pvt Sale

9. AlbumPhoto.fr €28,106 = $37,381 Sedo
10. Hardware.com.au $36,116 Drop.com.au

 

11.
tie
BubbleShooter.com $30,000 AfternicDLS
11.
tie
Peddle.com $30,000 AfternicDLS/YummyNames
13. CurrencyConverter.com.au $27,500 NetFleet.com.au
14. MPH.com $27,000 Sedo
15. ISME.com $20,300 Moniker/SnapNames
16. Suntana.com $19,500 Sedo
17. Cuisiner.com €13,000 = $17,290 Sedo
18. ProNetwork.com $15,800 AfternicDLS
19. SpectrumAnalyzer.com $15,000 Sedo
20. AmericanProperty.com $13,500 Sedo

 

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.

There were 10 more five-figure sales just off the chart. Sedo had the highest of those with PhoneSystem.co.uk at $13,345. They also received $12,000 each for HomeFarming.com, iZip.com and SixPack.net and Friend.me added $10,099

In addition to their four charted domains, the AfternicDLS rang up $13,000 for StaffSource.com, $11,000 for TWS.net and $10,000 apiece for CellphoneSearch.com and CureAutism.com

Moniker/SnapNames had another five-figure sale - LegacyOutdoors.com at $12,275

.Com Supporting Cast

Sedo led the .com supporting cast of four-figure sales with Illo.com at $9,975. They also scored with BaseballPins.com and OneTwoTrip.com at $8,000 each and Epilierer.com at $7,847. Jeux-de-voiture.com drew $6,650 while EngineeringSchool.com and Futuremakers.com went for $6,500 apiece

TravelPixel.com posted $6,280, ToysSale.com attracted $6,000 and HairVitamins.com combed out $5,600. VNCL.com captured $5,350, FlightAlert.com landed $5,320 and Octopod.com produced $5,001

Sedo had 45 more .com sales ranging from $2,000 to $5,000 that are listed in the table below:

Additional Sedo .com Sales Between $2,000 - $5,000
brokery.com $5,000   elconcurso.com $3,000
classical-music.com $5,000 flda.com $3,000
findum.com $5,000 skril.com $3,000
ialbums.com $5,000 shopradar.com $2,959
moviant.com $5,000 onlinepharmacyreviews.com $2,926
raceonusa.com $5,000 beautyberater.com $2,900
skyliving.com $5,000 krankenversicherungprivate.com $2,727
holidayscheap.com $4,995 üb.com $2,660
resolutioncenter.com $4,655 wechsel.com $2,660
azeb.com $4,639 coasterama.com $2,500
4stocks.com $3,995 smartborders.com $2,500
shoppingfox.com $3,925 star-m.com $2,500
wickey.com $3,750 scoreinfo.com $2,222
hycan.com $3,600 hwmt.com $2,140
buddying.com $3,500 makemoneyforum.com $2,100
noparkingsign.com $3,500 powerec.com $2,100
pansionat.com $3,500 4software.com $2,000
phuket-hotel.com $3,500 best-online-casinos.com $2,000
autoversicherung-vergleich.com $3,458 bidtrips.com $2,000
banque-en-ligne.com $3,325 e-tao.com $2,000
viande.com $3,325 quotix.com $2,000
weathertotravel.com $3,230 stjohnthebaptist.com $2,000
decorativesigns.com $3,000   

Back at the AfternicDLS the cash register was ringing with MindfulBody.com going for $8,500, EZSave.com for $8,000 and MemoryFoamPillows.com for $7,500. BizView.com billed $6,500, ParksAndResorts.com welcomed $6,300 and Augenkliniken.com clicked for $6,288.

MyCamo.com and AIFC.com fetched $5,500 apiece and SMBM.com commanded $5,400. The AfternicDLS reported 66 more .com sales ranging from $2,000 to $5,000. Those are listed in the table below:

Additional AfternicDLS .Com Sales Between $2,000 - $5,000
asphalttesting.com $5,000   naturalorigin.com $2,500
gols.com $5,000 nier.com $2,500
lotteryservice.com $5,000 revest.com $2,500
ehear.com $4,900 searchadvance.com $2,500
nextlead.com $4,700 cityheaven.com $2,488
signposts.com $4,588 fictionnews.com $2,488
truckernet.com $4,200 gaybi.com $2,475
mogp.com $4,050 parksigns.com $2,388
Deliverers.com $4,000 planyourperfectwedding.com $2,388
idahospuds.com $3,640 chirosports.com $2,300
getridofit.com $3,500 lettersandnumbers.com $2,300
godlife.com $3,500 artaffair.com $2,200
rightup.com $3,500 azcoyotes.com $2,188
viggle.com $3,500 oldmilitary.com $2,188
giftvault.com $3,477 WholesaleWeb.com $2,100
rioshopping.com $3,388 DealDriven.com $2,095
franciscanhealth.com $3,088 archivedmovies.com $2,088
raulseixas.com $3,000 creditcardcredit.com $2,088
tseinc.com $3,000 dealserver.com $2,088
abcschools.com $2,988 bettercontrol.com $2,000
mytimenow.com $2,988 BrassTags.com $2,000
govest.com $2,800 conservativeideas.com $2,000
laserology.com $2,750 deskcenter.com $2,000
sunnybunny.com $2,750 digitalartisans.com $2,000
storyroom.com $2,730 fitstudio.com $2,000
qualitystructures.com $2,700 golfcartsafety.com $2,000
bgpm.com $2,600 ineedabreak.com $2,000
aleksandra.com $2,588 lawbroker.com $2,000
avalliance.com $2,588 movie-extras.com $2,000
pericorp.com $2,588 newsnavigator.com $2,000
justequity.com $2,545 pettombstones.com $2,000
globalbooking.com $2,500 pizzaorder.com $2,000
hospitalphysicians.com $2,500 vispro.com $2,000

As part of their expanded promotion platform The AfternicDLS teamed up with GoDaddy Auctions to sell 13 more domains including AskAJudge.com ($3,788), TheRedeye.com ($3,600) and Free-List.com ($3,454). Lunatik.com cracked at $3,300, Chastel.com chalked up $3,000 and three others; ColorClick.com, MinnesotaMesothelioma.com and UpperClub.com sold for $2,788 each.

WorldAward.com won $2,600, TheBizniz.com notched $2,588 and CyberActivist.com demanded $2,580. PartyEssentials.com provided $2,521 and CreateHealth.com crested at $2,388

In addition to the sales they made for the AfternicDLS, GoDaddy Auctions deposited $8,000 for Imaginit.com, $6,500 for WeConnect.com and $5,160 for Imvite.com. ZXK.com kicked in $4,000, GrandmaGifts.com unwrapped $2,249 and HGallery.com displayed $2,088

Elsewhere Moniker/SnapNames picked up $9,800 for Punching.com and $2,374 for Weinbrand.com, while MissDomain.com mined $3,539 for Apodemus.com. QSAI.com yielded $3,000 for YummyNames  and they teamed up with the AfternicDLS to sell three more; TheTrendBoutique.com ($3,377), GOXY.com ($3,200) and ShadeStation.com ($3,000)

 Afternic Domain Auctions

Country Codes

A half dozen five-figure sales led the charge for the ccTLDs this week. A French country code domain, AlbumPhoto.fr captained the ccTLD crew, taking the #1 position on our latest Country Code Top 20 Chart with a $37,381 sale at Sedo.

We showed you all of the five-figure ccTLD sales in the all extension section at the top of this report, so the highest sale you haven't seen yet is #7 Puro.it (Italian ccTLD) at $7,182, also through Sedo, a venue that swept 16 of the 20 chart entries. 

The race among extensions, .ME had the most charted domains with four. Their roster included #9 (tie) Law.me at $5,000. A Mexican ccTLD, RentalCar.mx shared that #8 spot with its own 5K sale.

Here is how the ccTLD Top 20 stacked up for the week ending Dec. 12:

Country Code Top 20
 Highest Reported ccTLD  Sales: Mon. Dec. 6, 2010 - Sun. Dec. 12, 2010
Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Dec. 15, 2010

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. AlbumPhoto.fr €28,106 = $37,381 Sedo
2. Hardware.com.au $36,116 Drop.com.au
3. CurrencyConverter.com.au $27,500 NetFleet.com.au
4. PhoneSystem.co.uk £8,500 = 13,345 Sedo
5. Friend.me $10,099 Sedo
6. Puro.it €5,400 = $7,182 Sedo
7. AutoLine.de €4,490 = $5,972 Sedo
8.
tie
Law.me $5,000 Sedo
8.
tie
RentalCar.mx $5,000 Sedo
10. SexClubs.de €3,689 = $4,906 Moniker/SnapNames

11. KLX.de €3,500 = $4,655 Sedo
12. Maje.eu €3,200 = $4,256 Sedo
13. PlayPokerOnline.co.uk $4,101 Sedo
14. Tag.in €3,025 = $4,023 Sedo
15. Business.me $4,010 Sedo
16. Spalding.eu €3,000 = $3,990 Sedo
17. Bank.me $3,600 Sedo
18. Karl.se €2,650 = $3,525 MissDomain
19. TradingForex.com.au $3,501 NetFleet.com.au
20. SatellitePhones.co.uk $3,500 Sedo

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.

There were dozens of additional four-figure country codes sales off the chart. Sedo accounted for the vast majority of those with a sales ledger that included Jobanzeigen.de ($3,165), Neusoft.de ($3,059) and Virtual.me ($2,875)

Sedo had 56 more ccTLD sales ranging from $1,000 to $2,700 that are listed in the table below:

Additional Sedo ccTLD Sales Between $1,000 - $4,100
safer.co $2,700   techblog.de $1,463
softwarefabrik.de $2,660 renovare.nl $1,424
vitamin-shop.de $2,532 pff.eu $1,399
rental-cars.pl $2,527 checken.nl $1,397
vende.es $2,527 score.pl $1,397
alopecia.co.uk $2,355 airarabia.de $1,330
jobe.be $2,328 beispieldomain.de $1,330
one.me $2,050 directcinema.fr $1,330
tempex.ch $1,995 femmefatale.be $1,330
travel-video.de $1,995 webcenter.de $1,330
hochzeiteinladungskarten.de $1,909 youplay.fr $1,330
marktplaatsen.nl $1,873 adwords-training.de $1,317
paintball-shop.de $1,862 homebook.de $1,264
blackjackonline.de $1,800 mrdomain.de $1,264
eby.es $1,796 gratisweb.es $1,197
vitaminshop.de $1,726 lavasteingrill.de $1,197
baratas.es $1,716 tauschportal.de $1,197
8bit.de $1,663 amts.de $1,131
4proxy.de $1,596 umstandsmoden-babymoden.de $1,131
bellavista.es $1,596 richardsonsholidays.co.uk $1,100
epilierer.eu $1,583 copy.me $1,080
gummischlauch.de $1,583 cadshop.de $1,064
lensonline.co.uk $1,570 ffs.be $1,064
bollardsdirect.co.uk $1,562 webhostcheck.de $1,064
einladunghochzeit.de $1,510 rink.eu $1,011
domains4less.co.uk $1,503 bld.eu $1,000
bulgarienimmobilien.de $1,463 trunk.se $1,000
steelmaster.de $1,463 vat69.co.in $1,000

NetFleet.com.au rang up three most Australian ccTLD sales; Moorabbin.com.au ($3,500), LifeInsurancePlans.com.au ($2,050) and EdenHill.com.au ($1,000)

MissDomain.com also scored with a nice two-letter Swedish ccTLD - PB.se - at $2,728

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, .asia, .pro & .tel)

One of the year's 10 biggest non .com gTLD sales leads this week's Global Contenders Top 20 Chart. That is DR.org, a domain that changed hands for $39,000 in a private transaction. That sale now ranks #9 on our 2010 Year To Date Global Contenders chart (3rd chart on the page). That was one of three five-figure sales in this category (all of which were shown in the all extension list you saw earlier). 

The top non .com gTLD sale you haven't seen yet is #4 Credit.asia, sold for $9,975 at Sedo. That is the second time that domain has changed hands this year. Back in January it was sold for just $4,250, so the owner more than doubled their money on that flip. Gratis.info rounded out the top five with a $7,500 sale at Sedo. 

The .nets had the most chart entries with ten. .Org followed with seven. .Asia, .Info and .Biz took the remaining openings with #12 Bookings.biz representing that extension following a $4,000 sale at Sedo.

Here's how all of the Global Contenders stacked up for the week ending Dec. 12:

Global Contenders Top 20
 Highest Reported Non .Com Global TLD  Sales 
(.Net, .Org, .Biz & .Info) Mon. Dec. 6, 2010 - Sun. Dec. 12, 2010
Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Dec. 15, 2010

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. DR.org $39,000 Pvt Sale
2. SixPack.net $12,000 Sedo
3. TWS.net $11,000 AfternicDLS
4. Credit.asia €7,500 = $9,975 Sedo
5. Gratis.info $7,500 Sedo
6. MyDot.org $6,000 Sedo
7. Notch.net $5,250 AfterncDLS
8.
tie
GiftCard.net $4,500 MediaOptions
8.
tie
GiftCard.org $4,500 MediaOptions
8.
tie
GiftCards.org $4,500 MediaOptions

11. AZHomes.net $4,488 AfternicDLS/
GoDaddy Auctions
12. Bookings.biz $4,000 Sedo
13. Rowhouse.net $3,888 AfternicDLS
14. Lists.net $3,250 Sedo
15. AccessNSDL.org $3,005 GoDaddy Auctions
16. VAS.net $3,000 Sedo
17. Kryptos.org $2,888 AfternicDLS/
GoDaddy Auctions
18. KDZ.net $2,800 Sedo
19. OddSet.net  €2,050 = $2,727 Sedo
20. CPAG.org $2,588 AfternicDLS

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.

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There were several dozen additional four-figure GC sales just off the chart. The AfternicDLS had the highest of those with Stubs.net at $2,500. Ecologist.net added another $2,091

The AfternicDLS had 17 more four-figure non .com gTLD sales ranging from $1,000 to $2,000 that are listed in the table below:

Additional AfternicDLS non .com gTLD Sales Between $1,000 - $2,000
ezsave.net $2,000   2ndopinion.net $1,088
thinkhealthy.net $1,850 pronetwork.net $1,088
herbalcare.net $1,566 solutionspace.net $1,088
adventuregames.net $1,500 3d4u.net $1,060
fabricsonline.net $1,388 ishield.net $1,000
ecentric.net $1,300 shabir.net $1,000
cyberactivist.org $1,288 vinc.net $1,000
gifthouse.net $1,188 wildones.net $1,000
thairestaurants.org $1,095  

Through their expanded promotion platform, the AfternicDLS also used GoDaddy Auctions to sell ThePortal.org for $2,088 and Sedo to sell SpectrumAnalyzers.net for $1,120.

Meanwhile back at the Sedo ranch, Wintergarten.biz went for $2,394 and Coen.org contributed $2,092. Sedo had 16 more non .com gTLD sales ranging from $1,000 to $2,062. Those are listed in the table below:

Additional Sedo non .com gTLD Sales Between $1,000 - $2,062
lauftraining.net $2,062   airplanetickets.net $1,400
pferdeversicherung.org $2,062 immosphere.net $1,330
udi.biz $1,995 stress.info $1,264
medicalbillingandcodingschools.net $1,699 inmobiliarios.org $1,250
refinanced.net $1,663 yosoy.net $1,250
bois.pro $1,530 invertir.org $1,170
manufacturingjobs.org $1,500 cnil.org $1,000
pferdehaftpflichtversicherung.net $1,463 xcde.net $1,000

Elsewhere YummyNames teamed up with the AfternicDLS to sell TheNuts.net for $2,000

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.

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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 Wednesday 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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