Mid-Range Flexes Its Muscles This Week With Over Three Dozen Solid
While no six-figure domain sales
were publicly reported this past week there was plenty of strength
in the market's mid-range with 39 five-figure sales ranging
from $10,000 to $59,000 entering the books. The leader of the pack
$59,000 sale of SmartStop.com. A pair of three-letter .coms
followed; #2 MRY.com at $55,000 via Sedo and #3 TNP.com,
sold by Gerard Brady in a private sale for $45,000.
That is the latest in a string of impressive recent sales for Gerard
that has included the previously reported sales of Let.com ($100,000), ICN.com ($60,000) and GEB.com
Rounding out the first five on this week's
all extension Top 20 Sales Chart are Sedo's $27,500
sale of #4 Neighborhoods.com and the AfternicDLS
sale of #5 Dream.org at $25,000 - the highest non
.com gTLD sale of the week. One other sale from that category
also qualified for the Big Board - #15 (tie) RoutenPlaner.net
at $16,000 through Sedo.
The ccTLDs had their usual strong
showing with six country code domains earning places on the elite
list, led by #6 (tie) Kids.tv, sold by Igal Lichtman
Studios Network for $25,000 in a private sale.
Another .TV domain - #13 Quid.tv - also graces the
leader board after an $18,500 sale at Sedo, That was one of
four charted ccTLD sales for Sedo, including #9 CouponCodes.co.uk
Michael Berkens of MostWantedDomains.com
hit a nice Daily Double this week, selling #6 (tie) EatChesse.com
at $25,000 and #17 MakingSense.com at $15,500. EatChesse.com
is an interesting one as we don't often see two-word typos
commanding that much money. However, this one attracted enough
traffic among people looking for cheese to make it worth the 25K to
buyer Jon Kaplan who is now redirecting that traffic to his
popular bread and cheese aficionado's site at TheMelt.com.
AfternicDLS was the only other venue with multiple chart entries
this week. They hit the trifecta with a trio that included #11
JunkDrawer.com at $20,000.
other brief note - you may have read elsewhere about a press release
this week claiming that PrivateJet.com was sold for $30
million in cash and stock. We track and chart only all cash
transactions, largely because the "stock" in most of these
cash and stock transactions often turns out to be worth little or
nothing. In this particular instance there is no mention of how much
cash was actually laid out. For all we know it could have
been $100,000 cash and $29.9 million in ephemeral "stock."
The last time this domain changed hands in a publicly announced sale
(one we reported in December 2005) it went for just $30,000 in
cash and I doubt its value has gone up 1,000 times that price since
seen these kinds of press releases a number of times over the years
(invariably publicity stunts aimed at drawing attention to the
buyer's business and/or planned site.) In virtually every case
the valuation announced in them isn't even remotely close to
how much money could actually be realized if the seller had to
liquidate the "stock" component that the announced
pie-in-the-sky price is primarily based on. I normally just ignore these
"press releases" with valuations unaccompanied by any supporting
evidence, but for newcomers to the space, felt it was worth
noting that, with the low cost of putting out a press release and no
verification of quoted numbers required, this
is something we've seen before and will undoubtedly see again in the future.
Now back to our regularly scheduled programming - here's how the sales leaders stacked up for the week ending Sunday, Feb.
DN Journal Top 20
Domain Sales - Mon. Feb. 13, 2012 - Sun. Feb. 19, 2012 Euro/Pound to Dollar Conversions (€/£ to $) is Based
on Rates in Effect Feb. 22 2012
EatChesse.com (spelling is correct)
20,000 AUD = $21,200
€14,500 = $19,140
€12,000 = $15,840
€12,000 = $15,840
€11,500 = $15,180
Klachten.nl ("complaints" in Dutch)
€11,000 = $14,520
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 were nine more five-figure sales just
off the chart, led by Sedo's sales of
Abuy.com ($13,200),Mediative.com ($12,500) and
They also sold UPP.nl
($12,012), Monte-Escalier-Electrique.com ($10,560) and
The Afternic DLS moved eFence.com ($11,000)
and Wowzer.com ($10,000) while NetFleet.com.au
notched $10,070 for 13Work.com.au.
.Com Supporting Cast
Sedo led the .com supporting cast of four-figure
sales with a pair of names that went for $9,240 each; HouseFestival.com
and I-Care.com. ChitterChatter.com chalked up $8,000,
CloudAppliance.com plucked $7,990 and SEOD.com
PowerSense.com sold for $7,500, RussMedia.com
rustled up $6,534 and RealWay.com went for $6,468.
KingfisherBoats.com docked at $6,000, BrowserGamer.com
brought $5,940 and Bookerz.com banked $5,888.
Also, CPhone.com dialed up $5,412 and Krongaard.com
cranked out $5,082.
Sedo had 50 more .com sales ranging from $2,000
to $5,000 that are listed in the table below:
Sedo .com Sales Between $2,000 - $3,930
Back at the AfternicDLS, ServiceAccount.com
secured $7,000, GameCan.com captured $6,600
and two others; iInvent.com and SilverHills.com
hauled in $6,500 each. Codev.com drew $6,250,
KFIP.com posted $6,000 and EfficientLighting.com
lit up $5,500.
PacificLinks.com clicked for $5,488
and three others; FireCongress.com, PowerContacts.com
and Stac.com commanded $5,000 apiece. The AfternicDLS had 76 more four-figure .com sales
ranging from $2,000 to $4,788 that are listed in the table below:
AfternicDLS .com Sales Between $2,000 - $4,788
The AfternicDLS also teamed up with YummyNames
to sell XSME.com and DCLI.com for $5,177
each, BurgerMaster.com for $3,500 and DesignDeal.com
Strong outings have become old hat for ccTLDS.
The country codes
had another one this past week with nine solid five-figure sales
reported. Those names, which you saw the all extension section
above, fill the first nine slots on our new Country Code Top 20
Sales Chart. The highest sale from this category that you
haven't seen yet is #10 Parijs.be (Belgian ccTLD) at $9,786
via Sedo. They also kicked off the second ten with another Belgian domain;
Sedo went on to sweep 17 of the 20 chart entries,
including everything on the second half of the leader board,
lincluding #12 RealEstate.me at $8,050.
The race among extensions was unusually close this
week with five different TLDs sharing the lead with three chart
entries each. Those were .tv (Tuvalu), .de (Germany),
.nl (Netherlands), .be (Belgium) and .me
(Montenegro). Great Britain's .co.uk and Australia's .com.au
each had two while .to (Tonga) had one.
Here is how the ccTLD leaders stacked
up for the week ending Sunday, Feb. 19:
Code Top 20
Reported ccTLD Sales: Mon. Feb. 13, 2012 - Sun. Feb.
19, 2012 Euro/Pound to Dollar Conversions (€/£ to $) is Based
on Rates in Effect Feb. 22, 2012
There were several dozen additional
four-figure ccTLD sales off the chart with Sedo accounting for the
vast majority of those with a roster than included Ferie.it
($5,650) and three others at $5,280 each; Loving.it,
Netwerkgroep.nl and Schloss-am-meer.de. PVC-Banner.de
added another $5,016.
Sedo had 70 more four-figure ccTLD sales ranging
from $1,000 to $5,000
that are listed in the table below:
Sedo ccTLD Sales Between $1,000 - $5,000
Elsewhere, DomainLore.co.uk sold
FY.co.uk for $4,082 and FreeCompetitions.co.uk for
$1,727, ASC.us changed hands for $2,977 in a
private sale and NetFleet.com.au moved Recommend.com.au for $1,453
and EmploymentDirections.net.au for $1,218.
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.
For the second week in a row, the non.com gTLDs were led by a trio of
five-figure sales, including one that ranks among the year's five highest to date in this category -
Dream.org at $25,000
via the AfternicDLS. The highest sale from this group that you haven't seen yet is #4
on our new Non .com gTLD Top 20 Chart - KK.net, a
name Sedo sold for $6,600. Rounding out the first five was Zoogle.org,
a domain the AfternicDLS sold for $5,600.
The AfternicDLs went on to have a hand in 12 of the
20 charted sales, more than any other venue. Their list included #6 FreeForum.net
The .nets easily won the extension race with 13
charted domains. .Org swept the other seven. Here's how all of the Non .Com gTLD leaders stacked up for the
week ending Sunday, Feb. 19:
.Com gTLDs Top 20
Highest Reported Non .Com Global
(.Net, .Org, .Biz & .Info) Mon. Feb.
13, 2012 - Sun. Feb. 19, 2012 Euro/Pound to Dollar Conversions (€/£ to $) is Based
on Rates in Effect Feb. 22, 2012
There were several dozen additional four-figure
non .com gTLD sales just off the chart led by Sedo's $2,677
sale of MedicarePartB.org. They also moved Hauskaufen.net
($2,400), Soinc.net ($2,000) and Poker-Guide.net
($1,980). EEIA.org and BuyAndSell.info fetched $1,500
each and Trash.info hauled away $1,440.
Blockheizkraftwerk.info bagged $1,398 while
Kreuzwortraetsel.org and Wilhelm.biz booked $1,320
each. $1,297 blossomed from EnchantedGardens.org, Katzennamen.net
nabbed $1,155 and Glasgow.biz banked $1,125.
Vins.cat uncorked $1,122 and two others; LoanRepaymentCalculator.info
and Sri-Lanka.asia added $1,000 apiece.
Back at the AfternicDLS. BusinessWorks.net brought
$2,588 and Terapeuta.net tacked on $2,509. The AfternicDLS had 20 more four-figure sales in this
category ranging from $1,000 to $2,500. Those are listed in the
AfternicDLS Non .com gTLD Sales Between $1,000 - $2,500
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.