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Answer.com Changes Hands for Over Half a Million Dollars at Moniker/SnapNames to Lead This Week's Sales Chart  

Moniker/SnapNames claimed the top spot on this week's all extension Top 20 Domain Sales Chart after closing the $550,000 sale of Answer.com. That is the sixth biggest sale reported so far in 2011. With the domain under WhoIs privacy, the new owner has not yet been identified.

There have been several other sales in that range this year whose prices were not reported due to non-disclosure agreements (NDAs). In fact I heard about three six-figure NDA sales in the past week alone. The AfternicDLS said they just closed a $700,000 sale of an undisclosed name that helped them register more than $1.5 million in total sales over the past week. In a deal I told you about in our Lowdown section Tuesday, Aftermarket.com sold Order.com at a price believed to be between $525,000 and $700,000. Also, Sedo broker Dave Evanson reported completing a €135,000 (approximately $180,000) .EU sale that would have been the year's highest ranked sale in that extension if the name had been disclosed.

Between the NDA deals and Moniker/SnapNames' blockbuster sale of Answer.com it was obviously a heck of a week for the domain aftermarket, especially when you consider that the past business week was shortened dramatically in the U.S. by the annual Thanksgiving holiday (an occasion celebrated on Thursday but often extended into a four-day weekend for many Americans). 

By Ron Jackson

Moniker/SnapNames also rang up the week's second biggest charted sale - PaternityTest.com at $64,500. They went on to claim four places on the Big Board, including another top ten entry with #10 SecureZone.com at $20,325.

Sedo had the most chart entries overall, claiming 11 spots on the elite list including five of the top ten. Their list was led by the week's biggest ccTLD sale - #3 Unterwaesche.de ("underwear" in German) at €39,999 ($53,199). Sedo also took the next two spots with #4 Explorers.com ($39,900) and #5 QCloud.com ($39,500)

The AfternicDLS was the only other venue with multiple chart entries. They had their usual solid outing, placing three names on the elite list with a group led by #6 Looky.com at $37,000

The .coms once again dominated by piling up 14 of the 20 entries on the leader board. The remaining six places all went to ccTLDs as the non .com gTLDs were shut out. The latter category had no sales reported above four figures. Sedo accounted for four of the six charted country code sales. The other two were private transactions. Jeff Overman flipped #8 Forex.tv for $24,000 after picking the name up for just $50 through Name.com's drop catching service! Meanwhile AbdulBasit Makrani moved #16 Textbooks.co for $12,000

Here's how all of the sales leaders stacked up for the week ending Sunday, November 27:

The DN Journal Top 20 
Reported Domain Sales - Mon. Nov. 21, 2011 - Sun. Nov. 27, 2011
Euro/Pound to Dollar Conversions (€/£ to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Nov. 30, 2011

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. Answer.com $550,000 Moniker/SnapNames
2. PaternityTest.com $64,500 Moniker/SnapNames
3. Unterwaesche.de
("underwear" in German)
€39,999 = $53,199 Sedo
4. Explorers.com €30,000 = $39,900 Sedo
5. QCloud.com $39,500 Sedo
6. Looky.com $37,000 AfternicDLS
7. Cloudex.com $30,000 Sedo
8. Forex.tv $24,000 Pvt Sale
9. Tradeouts.com $23,000 Sedo
10. SecureZone.com $20,325 Moniker/SnapNames

 

11. Standesamt.de
("registry office" in German)
€14,875 = $19,784 Sedo
12. Mock.com $18,000 Moniker/SnapNames
13. BabyChangingStation.com $17,750 AfternicDLS
14. Hunger.de €11,900 = $15,875 Sedo
15. PrimoZone.com $15,729 Sedo
16. Textbooks.co $12,000 Pvt Sale
17. JuegosMahjong.com
("Mahjong games" in Spanish)
€8,750 = $11,638 Sedo
18. VIP.me $11,600 Sedo
19. StarService.com $11,500 Sedo
20. BlueTelecom.com $11,000 AfternicDLS

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 three more five-figure sales just off the chart. Sedo sold ID1.de for $10,639 while the AfternicDLS moved BCTax.com and TwoWayRadio.com for $10,000 apiece

.Com Supporting Cast

The AfternicDLS led the four-figure.com supporting cast with AmericanFarms.com at $9,750. GetABus.com brought $7,400, Allier.com commanded $6,400 and CustomNutrition.com notched $6,000.

HVIC.com and Allur.com landed $5,000 each while UPLO.com drew $4,748. Geeko.com grabbed $4,000, DigitalMakeup.com covered $3,888, CASystems.com secured $3,788 and SilverAngels.com watched over $3,588

The AfternicDLS had 68 more four-figure .com sales ranging from $2,000 to $3,500 that are listed in the table below:

Additional AfternicDLS .com Sales Between $2,000 - $3,500
cmdy.com $3,500   servicedeals.com $2,500
supportsap.com $3,491 verticallearning.com $2,500
brokenhead.com $3,488 integritycommunications.com $2,490
enjoycoffee.com $3,488 usaprojects.com $2,435
latingrocery.com $3,388 incentivedesign.com $2,388
lionbird.com $3,288 teamisrael.com $2,388
instantbuddy.com $3,277 onlinebroadcast.com $2,300
scarcroft.com $3,220 swipepoint.com $2,286
disfrutar.com $3,188 superschool.com $2,277
everydayfamily.com $3,188 killergaming.com $2,250
complianceexperts.com $3,088 purelogistics.com $2,250
empowerwomen.com $3,088 simplestories.com $2,250
starlightclub.com $3,088 clublighting.com $2,200
allbodyfitness.com $3,000 theknowledgegroup.com $2,200
motofun.com $3,000 ultimatebasketball.com $2,188
positivevibration.com $3,000 travelaus.com $2,100
priorityambulance.com $3,000 adoptavine.com $2,088
mondaytosunday.com $2,888 heartell.com $2,088
boostbuddy.com $2,850 superbroccoli.com $2,088
iminit.com $2,849 techriver.com $2,088
farmlab.com $2,810 wecraft.com $2,088
practiceonline.com $2,800 snapsync.com $2,077
holidayfund.com $2,788 vietnamgold.com $2,021
modernmuslim.com $2,788 surfsupplies.com $2,000
trueservices.com $2,788 backcountrytours.com $2,000
marylandlive.com $2,700 concretesystems.com $2,000
removejunk.com $2,600 dyjs.com $2,000
globalsurvival.com $2,588 ipdaily.com $2,000
yogagolf.com $2,588 legalclicks.com $2,000
socialfactor.com $2,541 nationalpropane.com $2,000
elpibe.com $2,509 owst.com $2,000
consulting-group.com $2,500 purism.com $2,000
hospitalparking.com $2,500 vanderbloom.com $2,000
mobileacademy.com $2,500 visionaryminds.com $2,000

Back at Sedo Daenemark.com delivered $9,310, AdPath.com provided $8,500 and AnyPlay.com plucked $7,980. MobileDate.com connected for $7,800, PetAdviser.com dispensed $7,500 and Jalousie.com kicked in $6,784.

123Hotels.com booked $6,451, ArtCampus.com displayed $5,320 and three others; AvalancheStudios.com, ProjectFactory.com and UrbanAdventure.com corralled $5,000 apiece. Also, ShotBox.com banked $4,680

Sedo had 25 more .com sales ranging from $2,000 to $4,500 that are listed in the table below:

Additional Sedo .com Sales Between $2,000 - $4,500
antena1.com $4,500   hasanhabib.com $2,700
personalserver.com $4,300 sprashivai.com $2,700
imobox.com $4,000 ampdigital.com $2,599
techdeals.com $4,000 toolstar.com $2,550
tryharder.com $4,000 brandeyes.com $2,527
boardinghouse.com $3,990 flvsearch.com $2,500
icreation.com $3,550 fahrtenbuch.com $2,468
store34.com $3,500 biderz.com $2,394
ucompare.com $3,500 gametraining.com $2,250
allergytrack.com $3,325 krev.com $2,050
nieuwsbrief.com $3,000 discountcoolers.com $2,000
phoney.com $3,000 hollystar.com $2,000
  mycurrent.com $2,000

At Moniker/SnapNames Mentality.com made $7,250 and HDGames.com generated $6,375. MD5.com fetched $5,375, AthleticGreensReview.com revealed $4,266 and K12Sports.com spawned $4,149

OpenScience.com discovered $3,849, MOSNews.com clicked for $3,500 and FinanceCompanies.com captured $3,210. NVWA.com went for $3,063, ZenithInteriors.com zipped up $2,097, Oyyo.com yielded $2,020 and AssociateBank.com deposited $2,012

YummyNames teamed up with the AfternicDLS to sell ModernAuto.com ($6,977), SimpleDental.com ($3,422) and WarCommander.com ($3,077). They also sold PriceRadar.com ($2,677), SnapSync.com ($2,077) and PremierCycling.com ($2,000)

YummyNames joined GoDaddyAuctions to sell UltimateRunning.com and also sold Ekat.com on their own for $4,299

Elsewhere, Llega.com ("arrive" in Spanish) changed hands for $6,500 in a private transaction.

Country Codes

Led by one of the year's 12 biggest ccTLD sales the country codes enjoyed another very solid week. Seven country code domains cracked the five-figure mark including #1 Unterwaesche.de
("underwear" in German) at $53,199 via Sedo. That sale ranks #11 on our Year To Date ccTLD Top 100 Sales Chart (second chart on that page).

All of those five-figure sales were noted in our all extension section above, so the biggest country code sale you haven't seen yet is #8 Driveways.co.uk, a domain sold by DomainLore.co.uk for £4,800 ($7,488). Rounding out the top ten are two more sales from Sedo; #9 Quick-Money.de ($6,384) and #10 Job.me ($6,200).  

Sedo went on to sweep 16 of the 20 chart entries. One of the few exceptions was NetFleet.com.au's $4,701 sale of #14 Payment.com.au

Germany's .de extension easily won the race among extensions, piling up nine chart entries. The only other TLDs to win multiple positions were .me, .co and .co.uk with two apiece. 

Here is how the ccTLD leaders stacked up for the week ending November 27:

Country Code Top 20
 Highest Reported ccTLD  Sales: Mon. Nov. 21, 2011 - Sun. Nov. 27, 2011
Euro/Pound to Dollar Conversions (€/£ to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Nov. 30, 2011

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1 Unterwaesche.de
("underwear" in German)
€39,999 = $53,199 Sedo
2. Forex.tv $24,000 Pvt Sale
3. Standesamt.de
("registry office" in German)
€14,875 = $19,784 Sedo
4. Hunger.de €11,900 = $15,872 Sedo
5. Textbooks.co $12,000 Pvt Sale
6. VIP.me $11,600 Sedo
7. ID1.de €7,999 = $10,639 Sedo
8. Driveways.co.uk £4,800 = $7,488 DomainLore.co.uk
9. Quick-Money.de €4,800 = $6,384 Sedo
10. Job.me $6,200 Sedo

11. Dispositionskredit.de €4,641 = $6,173 Sedo
12. Gree.es $6,000 Sedo
13. Books.fr €4,000 = $5,320 Sedo
14. Touch.co $4,705 Sedo
15. Payment.com.au $4,701 Netfleet.com.au
16. LiveSport.co.uk £3,000 = $4,680 Sedo
17. Baukloetze.de €3,500 = $4,655 Sedo
18. Blibrun.no $4,500 Sedo
19. Simplitec.de €3,100 = $4,123 Sedo
20. MySize.de €2,875 = $3,824 Sedo

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.

There were dozens of additional four-figure ccTLD sales off the chart with Sedo accounting for the vast majority of those. Their list included Cam.me ($3,800), Meine-Startseite.de and My-Pizza.de at $3,325 each and YogaShop.de at $3,192. Two others; Craft.tv and Taxi.me took in $3,100 apiece

Sedo had 46 more four-figure ccTLD sales ranging form $1,000 to $2,660 that are listed in the table below:

Additional Sedo ccTLD Sales Between $1,000 - $2,660
lentille-de-contact.fr $2,660   assurance-voyage.be $1,330
top.me $2,550 mob.li $1,330
yogafashion.de $2,514 reisebuchen.at $1,330
whitewall.nl $2,454 stairmakeover.nl $1,329
leuchtdisplay.de $2,394 myschluesseldienst.de $1,323
skipass24.de $2,195 myschlüsseldienst.de $1,323
verisure.co.uk $2,127 vlaams-bouwmeester.be $1,297
herba.de $2,062 digmed.de $1,266
blechspielzeug.de $1,962 myhomeshop.de $1,264
metropolitan.org.uk $1,950 aqe.eu $1,197
thewatch.de $1,929 laubsauger.de $1,164
blue-angel.de $1,862 openseminar.de $1,131
online-filiale.de $1,728 pizzerialadolcevita.it $1,131
bloodmoon.se $1,663 concert.me $1,099
streusalz.eu $1,663 aluminiumextrusion.co.uk $1,092
fkim-online.de $1,596 smile.cc $1,064
diysolarpanels.co.uk $1,560 voipfone.hu $1,064
scope.me $1,500 waschmaschinen-berlin.de $1,064
artrion.de $1,463 clicktocall.de $1,031
beds.de $1,463 zwergenaufstand.de $1,031
gilbertedemol.be $1,463 lived.in $1,000
server.me $1,351 llamar.es $1,000
zahnärzte-mainz.de $1,331 zing.im $1,000

Elsewhere, the AfternicDLS sold 321.cn for $2,000 while DomainLore.co.uk moved BookFlights.co.uk for $1,563 and ASO.co.uk for $1,248

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

Non .com gTLDs (.biz, .info, .mobi, .net, .org, .asia, .pro & .tel)

While the rest of the market was booming, the non .com gTLDs seemed to be napping with no sales from this category breaking the five-figure barrier. Our new Non .com gTD Top 20 Chart is led by one that came close, CVO.net at $9,888 in a sale shared by Sedo and Moniker/SnapNames. 

Sedo swept the next three spots with #2 Hörgeräte.net (an IDN) at $7,980, #3 SK.net at $7,101 and #4 SHG.biz at $6,650. Sedo went on to take eight places overall but still fell shy of the 10 places claimed by the AfternicDLS. Their roster was led by #5 MensFashion.net at $6,088

In the race among extensions, .net finished first with 11 chart entries .Org was next with seven and .biz claimed two places. Here's how all of the Non .Com gTLD leaders stacked up for the week ending November 27:

Non .Com gTLDs Top 20
 Highest Reported Non .Com Global TLD  Sales 
(.Net, .Org, .Biz & .Info) Mon. Nov. 21, 2011 - Sun. Nov. 27, 2011
Euro/Pound to Dollar Conversions (€/£ to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Nov. 30, 2011

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. CVO.net $9,888 Sedo/Moniker/
SnapNames
2. Hörgeräte.net (IDN) €6,000 = $7,980 Sedo
3. SK.net $7,101 Sedo
4. SHG.biz €5,000 = $6,650 Sedo
5. MensFashion.net $6,088 AfternicDLS
6. Medicamentos.net $5,400 AfternicDLS
7. Softsys.net $3,788 AfternicDLS
8.
tie
BuyAndSell.org $3,000 Sedo
8.
tie
Keynotes.org $3,000 AfternicDLS
10. EAB.org $2,800 Sedo

11.
tie
CorePower.net $2,788 AfternicDLS
11.
tie
Yala.org $2,788 AfternicDLS
13. PetInsuranceReviews.net $2,600 Sedo
14. PMCC.org $2,564 AfternicDLS
15. Berry.biz $2,500 AfternicDLS
16. UTVolunteer.org $2,300 Moniker/SnapNames
17.
tie
FFLLicense.net $2,000 Sedo
17.
tie
SpaceInvaders.net $2,000 Sedo
19. SmartTravel.org $1,988 AfternicDLS
20. Paolini.net $1,888 AfternicDLS

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.

Domain Name Industry Newsletter

There were more than two dozen additional four-figure non .com gTLD sales just off the chart led by Sedo's $1,862 sale of Vergelijken.org. They also sold eSpot.net ($1,675), Gleitgel.net ($1,663) and Mutuality.org ($1,596)

DiscountContacts.org and Aped.org added $1,500 each while two others; Adveo.org and Jefe.net nabbed $1,330 apiece. EAG.info found $1,250 and Exogen.info drew $1,184 with CCTVSystems.net and TaxPro.org producing $1,000 each

Moniker/SnapNames got into the act with CreditCardReviews.org going for $1,760.

Back at the AfternicDLS, 16 non .com gTLDs were sold ranging from $1,000 to $1,700. Those are all listed in the table below: 

Additional AfternicDLS Non .com gTLD Sales Between $1,000 - $1,700
jobport.org $1,700   seniorhomes.net $1,288
artconnect.net $1,688 homecareservices.org $1,277
therenegades.net $1,688 cgma.net $1,188
tingo.net $1,500 carestore.net $1,116
bigdata.net $1,488 goldenhorse.net $1,088
portablepower.net $1,388 handpain.net $1,088
jobport.net $1,300 onlinebroadcast.net $1,088
adultnetwork.net $1,288 uncommonsense.org $1,000

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

 

*****

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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