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Six-Figure Sale at the AfternicDLS Sets the Pace in This Week's Domain Sales Race - ccTLDs Take 8 Spots on theTop 20

A very nice 3-letter domain, Let.com, went for $100,000 at the AfternicDLS this week to take the #1 position on our new weekly all extension Top 20 Sales Chart. That one looks like a bargain to me. In many countries "let" is synonymous with the word "rent" and we're not going to see Rent.com sell for anywhere near 100K (especially since Ebay currently owns it). The Let.com buyer is based in France and the domain currently remains parked, so they may not use it in that context at all, but a short, meaningful one-word .com like that still looks to me like an investment with long-lasting value.

Michael Berkens of MostWantedDomains.com (and TheDomains.com blog) nailed down the #2 spot with another short .com - Aili.com - sold to a Chinese buyer for $90,000. Short names were really in vogue this week. In fact the key words in the top four domain sales combined had a grand total of just 13 letters! #3 Lotto.net, sold at  Sedo for $42,575 contributed five characters but the shortness champ was #4 K.to, a one-letter ccTLD representing Tonga, that went for $40,000, also at Sedo.

By Ron Jackson

The country codes had a very strong week, piling up eight entries on the elite list, including #5 Hoekbank.nl ("corner couch" in Dutch) at $27,513 and #6 Relatiegeschenk.be ("business gift" in Dutch) at $23,711. Sedo handled all eight of those charted ccTLD sales and went on to pile up 15 of 23 positions overall (the extra spots resulted from a four-way tie for the final position. 

The non .com gTLDs claimed three spots with a pair of .orgs joining Lotto.net on the leader board. Those were #15 (tie) AccidentClaims.org at $12,000 and #20 (tie) Scams.org at $10,000, with Sedo handling both of those sales. 

The .coms still rang up the most charted sales with 12, including Optimo.com's $20,000 sale of #8 SocialBrands.com, another MostWantedDomains.com sale - #9 (tie) VisitCentralFlorida.com at $15,000, a YummyNames/AfternicDLS joint push that moved #15 (tie) JobSurf.com for $12,000 and a private sale in which SunWest Media sold #20 (tie) AcapulcoGold.com for $10,000 to a New York clothing company.

Here's how the sales leaders stacked up for the week ending Sunday, Feb. 12:

 

The DN Journal Top 20 
Reported Domain Sales - Mon. Feb. 6, 2012 - Sun. Feb. 12, 2012
Euro/Pound to Dollar Conversions (€/£ to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Feb. 15, 2012

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. Let.com $100,000 AfternicDLS
2. Aili.com $90,000 MostWantedDomains
3. Lotto.net €32,500 = $42,575 Sedo
4. K.to $40,000 Sedo
5. Hoekbank.nl
("corner couch" in Dutch)
€21,002 = $27,513 Sedo
6. Relatiegeschenk.be
("business Gift" in Dutch)
€18,100 = $23,711 Sedo
7. 7T.com €17,000 = $22,270 Sedo
8. SocialBrands.com $20,000 Optimo
9.
tie
Jutu.com $15,000 AfternicDLS
9.
tie
PetStory.com $15,000 Sedo
9.
tie
VisitCentralFlorida.com $15,000 MostWantedDomains

12. Neptun.de €9,999 = $13,099 Sedo
13. Net.nl €9,900 = $12,969 Sedo
14. Lights.eu €9,500 = $12,445 Sedo
15.
tie
AccidentClaims.org $12,000 Sedo
15.
tie
JobSurf.com $12,000 YummyNames/
AfternicDLS
17. Kombi.de €8,999 = $11,789 Sedo
18. 123Win.com $11,500 Sedo
19. Meubels.de €8,599 = $11,265 Sedo
20.
tie
AcapulcoGold.com $10,000 Pvt Sale
20.
tie
Gasp.com $10,000 AfternicDLS
20.
tie
MySeat.com $10,000 Sedo
20.
tie
Scams.org $10,000 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.

.Com Supporting Cast

Sedo led the .com supporting cast of four-figure sales with Arysta.com at $9,170. They also scored with BalletShoes.com ($8,500), MissMaid.com ($7,000) and FussballWetten4you .com ($6,550). Logopaedie.com landed $6,223, MakeMoneyForum.com fetched $5,600 and TrashYourEx.com trampled $5,500

Also at Sedo, ZoneBond.com bankked $4,978, Kaobei.com kicked in $4,644 and H2B.com drew $4,500. Sedo had 29 more .com sales ranging from $2,000 to $3,930 that are listed in the table below:

Additional Sedo .com Sales Between $2,000 - $3,930
adphones.com $3,930   kamerun.com $2,620
rencontreserieuse.com $3,668 geoqr.com $2,575
fiscaliste.com $3,603 artbidder.com $2,500
3dgo.com $3,275 plyr.com $2,500
modaya.com $3,275 powest.com $2,389
mondesign.com $3,275 biotix.com $2,355
phynes.com $3,275 handweights.com $2,199
fastwebhosting.com $3,000 wasserzeichen.com $2,096
pocketdocs.com $3,000 advimage.com $2,000
rightside.com $3,000 barlowbuilders.com $2,000
servian.com $3,000 bullchat.com $2,000
openmindproject.com $2,882 faveme.com $2,000
777shop.com $2,620 feeup.com $2,000
7ideas.com $2,620 petrodvorets.com $2,000
clubmessenger.com $2,620  

Back at the AfternicDLS, they were stacking up sales like cordwood. AWZ.com went for $9,000, Entheos.con captured $8,000 and Britex.com brought $6,000. Four others; Kaski.com, MNII.com, PaidBy.com and Valorous.com returned $5,000 each

Internet3.com added $4,877, FlyControl.com and TradeUnited.com yielded $4,588 apiece and IntegratedCircuit.com clicked for $4,500. The AfternicDLS had 81 more four-figure .com sales ranging from $2,000 to $4,000 that are listed in the table below:

Additional AfternicDLS .com Sales Between $2,000 - $4,000
carzy.com $4,000   soulsurvival.com $2,450
generalgraphics.com $4,000 mayanadventures.com $2,400
utzm.com $4,000 modelmachine.com $2,400
dealsnetwork.com $3,988 eatwith.com $2,389
socialchannels.com $3,988 theculturalist.com $2,389
intersoftware.com $3,688 businessandtrade.com $2,388
tmex.com $3,588 smithandcompany.com $2,380
agentsoft.com $3,500 thesmithbrothers.com $2,330
championsales.com $3,500 exoticcandles.com $2,300
ECLASSY.com $3,500 expressyou.com $2,300
firstclassmarketing.com $3,500 iactivist.com $2,300
thebooknook.com $3,388 interica.com $2,300
Mutair.com $3,300 luxxor.com $2,288
insideintelligence.com $3,200 OKCOOL.com $2,277
medicalgroups.com $3,188 totalbirthday.com $2,277
professionalselling.com $3,188 lifeguardcertification.com $2,250
searchwizards.com $3,188 communityexpert.com $2,200
wonderwheels.com $3,188 colorzoom.com $2,188
conscio.com $3,000 giftedyouth.com $2,188
lifeguardtraining.com $3,000 gocommand.com $2,188
BreadPro.com $2,995 newhopenetwork.com $2,188
adailydose.com $2,988 cinephiles.com $2,150
vendado.com $2,988 fifthaxis.com $2,150
corporateties.com $2,921 bizstarter.com $2,100
imbassai.com $2,800 dealkeeper.com $2,088
beddingexpress.com $2,788 giubileo.com $2,088
bodywhisperer.com $2,788 mobilereal.com $2,088
1seed.com $2,777 term4u.com $2,088
shopconnect.com $2,750 vitasphere.com $2,070
expressu.com $2,700 amauction.com $2,000
fundingbox.com $2,588 changeticket.com $2,000
thenative.com $2,588 haply.com $2,000
darmon.com $2,500 linning.com $2,000
EMPOWERADS.com $2,500 scandinavianlifestyle.com $2,000
lolthis.com $2,500 skinclick.com $2,000
opportunityexchange.com $2,500 smoothieinc.com $2,000
ReputationManagementAgency.com $2,500 targetsolution.com $2,000
statcon.com $2,500 violetmoon.com $2,000
uniquejourneys.com $2,500 xdeco.com $2,000
weatherbusters.com $2,488 zicar.com $2,000
pastacasa.com $2,450   

The AfternicDLS also teamed up with YummyNames to sell MyCoop.com ($7,102), Grokker.com ($5,900), FeelFit.com ($4,577) and DataWizards.com ($3,077). YummyNames also worked with GoDaddyAuctions to sell Hinoki.com for $8,877

Elsewhere, Optimo.com sold BathroomBrands..com for $6,000 and StupendousDomains.com moved Parkology.com for $3,000.  

Country Codes

As I noted at the top of this report, the country codes had a bang up week, placing eight domains on the all extension Top 20. Those eight, of course, also fill the first eight slots on our new Country Code Top 20 Sales Chart. The top ten on the ccTLD leader board is rounded out by two other Sedo sales that just missed the five-figure mark; #9 Nieuwsbrief.nl ("newsletter" in Dutch) at $9,432 and #10 HandyShop24.de at $9,170.  

Sedo went on to sweep 21 of the 24 chart entries (the extra positions resulted from a five-way tie for the final spot). A pair of private sales and the DomainLore.co.uk sale of #17 DiningRoomFurniture.co.uk at $4,710 were the only charted domains to elude Sedo's grasp. In the private tansactions, Nigel Ankin sold #14 PPIClaims.co for $5,500 and Jeff Overman moved OS.tv for $5,400

Germany's .de led the extension race with eight chart entries, followed by The Netherlands' .nl with five. The only other TLDs with multiple chart entries were .be (Belgium) and .eu (European Union) with two each. 

Here is how the ccTLD leaders stacked up for the week ending Sunday, Feb. 12:

Country Code Top 20
 Highest Reported ccTLD  Sales: Mon. Feb. 6, 2012 - Sun. Feb. 12, 2012
Euro/Pound to Dollar Conversions (€/£ to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Feb. 15, 2012

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1 K.to $40,000 Sedo
2. Hoekbank.nl
("corner couch" in Dutch)
€21,002 = $27,513 Sedo
3. Relatiegeschenk.be
("business gift" in Dutch)
€18,100 = $23,711 Sedo
4. Neptun.de €9,999 = $13,099 Sedo
5. Net.nl €9,000 = $12,969 Sedo
6. Lights.eu €9,500 = $12,445 Sedo
7. Kombi.de €8,999 = $11,789 Sedo
8. Meubels.be €8,599 = $11,265 Sedo
9. Nieuwsbrief.nl
("newsletter" in Dutch)
€7,200 = $9,432 Sedo
10. HandyShop24.de €7,000 = $9,170 Sedo

11. Golfcursus.nl €5,101 = $6,682 Sedo
12. Oclock.co.kr $6,000 Sedo
13. Steampunk.de €4,500 = $5,895 Sedo
14. PPIClaims.co $5,500 Pvt Sale
15. OS.tv $5,400 Pvt Sale
16. Vax.de €4,000 = $5,240 Sedo
17. DiningRoomFurniture.co.uk £3,000 = $4,710 DomainLore.co.uk
18. Studiehuis.nl €3,570 = $4,677 Sedo
19. Smile4Kids.de €3,000 = $3,930 Sedo
20.
tie
Drive.pl €2,500 = $3,275 Sedo
20.
tie
FastFood.fr €2,500 = $3,275 Sedo
20.
tie
Hypnosekurs.de €2,500 = $3,275 Sedo
20.
tie
Sunedison.de €2,500 = $3,275 Sedo
20.
tie
Vegetarier.eu €2,500 = $3,275 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 three of those. Their roster included HotSeat.co.uk at $3,140, Service-Mit-Stern.de at $2,993 and Rechtsanwalt-Bremen.de at $2,924

Sedo had 49 more four-figure ccTLD sales ranging from $1,000 to $2,700 that are listed in the table below:

Additional Sedo ccTLD Sales Between $1,000 - $2,700
league.co $2,700   1001reifen.de $1,310
ehti.eu $2,620 a0.de $1,310
petshop.es $2,620 caya.eu $1,310
sjaal.nl $2,620 kamagrakaufen.de $1,310
stickers.be $2,617 koenigsbande.de $1,310
cerebralpalsy.us $2,500 malaysia-reisen.de $1,310
flightstickets.co.uk $2,500 trainer-vermittlung.de $1,310
tpo.ch $2,424 veranstaltungen24.de $1,310
shamir.ru $2,358 flats.at $1,307
schmuckladen.de $2,338 nationalrentacar.ca $1,250
liebessprueche.de $2,162 klick-dein-haus-an.de $1,245
fotobuch4u.de $2,124 limotime.co.uk $1,192
generator.be $2,029 bettingsports.it $1,179
2ehandsauto.nl $1,965 mygrill.de $1,179
medienrecht.de $1,965 pistacje.pl $1,179
verlofregistratie.nl $1,965 alsg.co.uk $1,176
officerunner.co.uk $1,884 quicke.co.uk $1,176
digiprint.de $1,871 starthilfekabel.de $1,172
wear.co $1,800 esoterikversand.ch $1,114
c.gy $1,750 everlast.ch $1,114
der-hausmeister.de $1,700 spiegelneuronen.de $1,114
replay.tv $1,650 flighttoflorida.co.uk $1,099
werner-finanz.de $1,586 chocola.be $1,049
q.pe $1,450 gwj.eu $1,048
ener-g.it $1,441  

Elsewhere, DomainLore.co.uk sold Agriculture.co.uk ($2,551) and LondonWebsiteDesign.co.uk ($1,650) while NetFleet.com.au moved StartingASmallBusiness.com.au for $1,773

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)

The non.com gTLDs were led by a trio of five-figure sales, including one that ranks as the year's 2nd highest to date in this category - Lotto.net at $42,575 via Sedo. The highest sale from this group that you haven't seen yet is #4 on our new Non .com gTLD Top 20 Chart - Wetterzentrale.net ("weather central" in German) at $8,730 through Sedo. They also rounded out the first five with the $5,895 sale of Cercolavoro.net. 

Sedo went on to claim 12 of the 20 chart entries, including the first eight in a row. The AfternicDLS bagged the rest of the bounty with eight charted domains including the two that completed the top ten; #9 HealthNow.net at $3,488 and #10 Voke.net at $3,388.  

The .nets easily won the extension race with ten charted domains. .Org was next with six while .mobi, .biz, .info and .pro had one apiece. 

Here's how all of the Non .Com gTLD leaders stacked up for the week ending Sunday, Feb. 12:

Non .Com gTLDs Top 20
 Highest Reported Non .Com Global TLD  Sales 
(.Net, .Org, .Biz & .Info) Mon. Feb. 6, 2012 - Sun. Feb. 12, 2012
Euro/Pound to Dollar Conversions (€/£ to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Feb. 15, 2012

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. Lotto.net €32,500 = $42,575 Sedo
2. AccidentClaims.org $12,000 Sedo
3. Scams.org $10,000 Sedo
4. Wetterzentrale.net €6,664 = $8,730 Sedo
5. Cercolavoro.net €4,500 = $5,895 Sedo
6.
tie
Rhythms.org $5,000 Sedo
6.
tie
Servo.org $5,000 Sedo
8. Avocat.mobi €3,500 = $4,585 Sedo
9. HealthNow.net $3,488 AfternicDLS
10. Voke.net $3,388 AfternicDLS

11. Aqui.net $3,000 AfternicDLS
12. Kerouac.net $2,788 AfternicDLS
13. LalaLand.net $2,588 AfternicDLS
14. Hydrogen.biz $2,500 Sedo
15. ThinkSpace.org $2,401 AfternicDLS
16. TexasHoldemOnline.org €1,800 = $2,358 Sedo
17. UseNet.info $2,250 Sedo
18. Telefon.pro $2,200 Sedo
19. Medisphere.net $2,159 AfternicDLS
20. FaxServers.net $2,088 AfternicDLS

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.

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There were more than two dozen additional four-figure non .com gTLD sales just off the chart led by the AfternicDLS sale of Mosaik.net at $2,010. They added $1,988 for DropCloth.net

The AfternicDLS had 16 more four-figure sales in this category ranging from $1,000 to $1,788. Those are listed in the table below: 

Additional AfternicDLS Non .com gTLD Sales Between $1,000 - $1,788
energyinnovation.org $1,788   wikihelp.org $1,500
careguide.org $1,750 chicagomusic.org $1,400
hlink.net $1,750 thewomen.org $1,388
amerimax.net $1,688 afse.net $1,250
prescriptiondrugrehab.net $1,688 jeda.net $1,200
bridgethegap.net $1,500 nutrientmanagement.net $1,088
innervisions.net $1,500 qualityplus.net $1,088
moneyline.net $1,500 certificationprograms.org $1,000

Back at Sedo Kohr.net contributed $1,995 while Kaszino.org and Rubias.org added $1,965 apiece. 1in1.org notched $1,638, EVIP.org posted $1,572 and Icats.org declawed $1,500. Fundacionmujeryhogar.org generated $1,300, Projectrachel.org produced $1,250 and HalongBay.net notched $1,200. Nizza.org nailed $1,022 and Rehire.net drew $1,000.

Elsewhere, YummyNa,es and the AfternicDLS joined forces to sell WorkEthic.org for $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 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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