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Market's Mid-Range Flexes Its Muscles This Week With Over Three Dozen Solid Five-Figure Sales

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 was Sedo's $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 ($53,200). 

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.

By Ron Jackson

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 to Entertainment 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 at $22,000.

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.

The 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

One 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 then.

I've 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. 19:

 

The DN Journal Top 20 
Reported 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

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. SmartStop.com $59,000 Sedo
2. MRY.com $55,000 Sedo
3. TNP.com $45,000 Pvt Sale
4. Neighborhoods.com $27,500 Sedo
5. Dream.org $25,000 AfternicDLS
6.
tie
EatChesse.com
(spelling is correct)
$25,000 MostWantedDomains
6.
tie
Kids.tv $25,000 Pvt Sale
6.
tie
MoneyToday.com $25,000 Sedo
9. CouponCodes.co.uk $22,000 Sedo
10. GiftHampers.com.au 20,000 AUD = $21,200 Pvt Sale

11. JunkDrawer.com $20,000 AfternicDLS
12. Lottozahlen.com €14,500 = $19,140 Sedo
13. Quid.tv $18,500 Sedo
14. GoldenArrow.com $16,000 YummyNames
15.
tie
Krankenzusatzversicherung.com €12,000 = $15,840 Sedo
15.
tie
Routenplaner.net €12,000 = $15,840 Sedo
17. MakingSense.com $15,500 MostWantedDomains
18. MaxiShop.de €11,500 = $15,180 Sedo
19. Headmasters.com $15,000 AfterncDLS
20. Klachten.nl
("complaints" in Dutch)
€11,000 = $14,520 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 nine more five-figure sales just off the chart, led by Sedo's sales of Abuy.com ($13,200),  Mediative.com ($12,500) and Hospitals.net ($12,078). They also sold UPP.nl ($12,012), Monte-Escalier-Electrique.com ($10,560) and Revolt.tv ($10,000).

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 delivered $7,850

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:

Additional Sedo .com Sales Between $2,000 - $3,930
medicasur.com $5,000   agbf.com $2,750
meet24.com $5,000 humanequity.com $2,750
prestotablet.com $5,000 rvinsuranceagency.com $2,700
srfj.com $5,000 onlinestory.com $2,699
tareasymas.com $5,000 moroccan.com $2,650
tripstory.com $5,000 akbonara.com $2,640
crono.com $4,800 dmag.com $2,640
heateddriveway.com $4,599 makita-shop.com $2,640
mrsbeeton.com $4,401 mercadoverde.com $2,631
canvased.com $4,010 abilio.com $2,500
easystockcharts.com $3,995 mixberry.com $2,500
extex.com $3,600 ludique.com $2,442
dotnumber.com $3,599 world-game.com $2,200
beautysage.com $3,500 preto.com $2,178
tapshare.com $3,500 bohrhammer.com $2,112
industrialclothing.com $3,499 monitorplus.com $2,100
thisway.com $3,400 babycontrol.com $2,000
primarycolours.com $3,300 big7.com $2,000
carhound.com $3,000 edgesport.com $2,000
livebeauty.com $3,000 e-yoga.com $2,000
brandjewelry.com $2,999 iclipper.com $2,000
covery.com $2,904 memecreator.com $2,000
artplus.com $2,900 oznog.com $2,000
roofcoatings.com $2,850 silverpublishing.com $2,000
receptionchairs.com $2,799 speedydollar.com $2,000

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:

Additional AfternicDLS .com Sales Between $2,000 - $4,788
wilsonandassociates.com $4,788   referal.com $2,500
ithack.com $4,688 sheruns.com $2,500
intrasolutions.com $4,500 spoonfork.com $2,500
tradework.com $3,900 whatiszen.com $2,488
webwith.com $3,688 ipcontrol.com $2,425
seakings.com $3,588 poweredbynature.com $2,400
daikatana.com $3,500 relationshipgenius.com $2,400
idmm.com $3,500 cakenbake.com $2,388
Limousine24.com $3,500 tacticalwear.com $2,388
mintjuice.com $3,500 datawizard.com $2,350
dailyneeds.com $3,400 everythingfunny.com $2,300
rentwell.com $3,200 groupscoop.com $2,300
inkhut.com $3,188 meninfo.com $2,300
americanhonors.com $3,088 avtusa.com $2,288
canadianutilities.com $3,055 changingimages.com $2,200
Autosuggest.com $3,000 rentek.com $2,200
literacyworld.com $2,988 MadTrust.com $2,195
totalzero.com $2,988 betterdads.com $2,188
unitedphone.com $2,850 paulistano.com $2,188
habitatgroup.com $2,788 wasteworld.com $2,188
healourworld.com $2,788 freshsnacks.com $2,088
thecoffeeexchange.com $2,788 peacefulkingdom.com $2,088
tipthescale.com $2,788 secretsurvey.com $2,088
austinoutdoor.com $2,734 servicepostal.com $2,088
aquaeye.com $2,688 srgllc.com $2,088
letssolveit.com $2,688 vaclav.com $2,088
marketindicators.com $2,688 animalcamp.com $2,029
cgix.com $2,600 bestpriceservice.com $2,000
directmailmanager.com $2,588 charitypay.com $2,000
hawaiitravelservices.com $2,588 editorspick.com $2,000
mobileday.com $2,588 entremets.com $2,000
sistersunited.com $2,588 installwizard.com $2,000
sixtyforty.com $2,588 kwiktip.com $2,000
bnry.com $2,561 labexpert.com $2,000
thebestforum.com $2,550 restaurando.com $2,000
gettingout.com $2,500 spacegear.com $2,000
MingMo.com $2,500 sportsladder.com $2,000
orionsystems.com $2,500 stoneindustry.com $2,000
  topsshoes.com $2,000

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 for $3,477

Elsewhere, Optimo.com sold DomainBlog.com for $6,000 and HuntingMoon.com moved GayHD.com for $2,500.

Country Codes

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; #11 Ooostenrijk.be at $8,580.

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:

Country Code Top 20
 Highest 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

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1 Kids.tv $25,000 Pvt Sale
2. GiftHampers.com.au 20,000 AUD = $21,200 Pvt Sale
3. CouponCodes.co.uk $22,000 Sedo
4. Quid.tv $18,500 Sedo
5. MaxiShop.de €11,500 = $15,180 Sedo
6. Klachten.nl
("complaints" in Dutch)
€11,000 = $14,520 Sedo
7. UPP.nl €9,100 = $12,012 Sedo
8. 13Work.com.au 9500 AUD = $10,070 NetFleet.com.au
9. Revolt.tv $10,000 Sedo
10. Parijs.be €7,414 = $9,786 Sedo

11. Ooostenrijk.be €6,500 = $8,580 Sedo
12. RealEstate.me $8,050 Sedo
13. Safe.nl €6,000 = $7,920 Sedo
14. ManagementTraining.co.uk £4,500 = $7,065 Sedo
15. Trip.to $7,000 Sedo
16.
tie
Latitu.de €5,000 = $6,600 Sedo
16.
tie
Lawyer.me $6,600 Sedo
16.
tie
TennisTraining.de €5,000 = $6,600 Sedo
16.
tie
Vlucht24.be €5,000 = $6,600 Sedo
20. College.me $6,055 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 the vast majority of those with a roster than included Ferie.it ($5,808), Yoga.me ($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:

Additional Sedo ccTLD Sales Between $1,000 - $5,000
xnxx.ch $5,000   kolarz.cn.cn $1,650
vancouver.me $4,900 opengovpartnership.de $1,599
edates.at $4,620 meinhandwerk.de $1,584
fre.de $4,620 mute.it $1,584
villa.co.za $3,973 mite.de $1,583
locker.nl $3,960 inspired.us $1,540
adventure.me $3,675 e-billet.fr $1,452
whatshot.de $3,564 kidz.co $1,450
cover-online.de $3,300 businessmentor.co.uk $1,413
myholiday.nl $3,300 vrh.de $1,398
gunsforsale.co.uk $2,964 skiversicherung24.de $1,320
tadacip.de $2,772 aktion2050.de $1,319
friends.me $2,750 freefax.de $1,319
bildertapeten.de $2,640 hannibal.tv $1,319
hte.de $2,640 fleettracking.co.uk $1,256
pokerstrategy.sk $2,640 baby-markt.ch $1,254
mint.nl $2,575 mypasta.it $1,254
projektconsulting.de $2,574 supercar.ca $1,250
gearparts.de $2,508 hotelplatz.de $1,238
maluna.de $2,450 ciemnastrefa.pl $1,188
white.ch $2,350 dgi.ch $1,188
teamsport24.de $2,244 autoteilebillig.de $1,155
ostseevermittlung.de $2,178 jabber.de $1,155
ostsee-vermittlung.de $2,178 germany.me $1,150
europe.me $2,150 medionline.ch $1,122
wicky.de $2,112 tvaktuell.ch $1,122
webhosting.me $2,100 teg.be $1,109
pcicomplianthosting.com $2,000 5e.de $1,056
seattle.me $2,000 consultingcareers.ch $1,056
melon.eu $1,980 evolux.de $1,056
skuril.de $1,980 gesundheitsfragen.de $1,056
wechsel-stube.de $1,914 wedding.me $1,050
meeting-place.de $1,848 luxusimmobilie.de $1,026
furat.de $1,833 wind-turbine.us $1,000
mediaking.co.uk $1,688 yak.in $1,000

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

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

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 at $5,000.  

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:

Non .Com gTLDs Top 20
 Highest Reported Non .Com Global TLD  Sales 
(.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

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. Dream.org $25,000 AfternicDLS
2. Routenplaner.net €12,000 = $15,840 Sedo
3. Hospitals.net €9,150 = $12,078 Sedo
4. KK.net €5,000 = $6,600 Sedo
5. Zoogle.org $5,600 AfternicDLS
6. FreeForum.net $5,000 AfternicDLS
7. Pasion.net $4,188 AfternicDLS
8. K-Bid.net $4,000 Sedo
9. Certify.org $3,882 AfternicDLS
10. BeeHappy.org $3,388 AfternicDLS

11. Hayashi.net $3,300 AfternicDLS
12. Porvenir.net $3,188 AfternicDLS
13. DVDReleases.net $3,100 Sedo
14.
tie
ITPC.net $3,000 AfternicDLS
14.
tie
PetStory.net $3,000 Sedo
14.
tie
TEK.org $3,000 YummyNames/
AfternicDLS
14.
tie
UKFX.net $3,000 Sedo
18. eWin.net $2,988 AfternicDLS
19. StockOptions.org $2,746 Sedo
20. Porvenir.org $2,688 AfternicDLS

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.

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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 table below: 

Additional AfternicDLS Non .com gTLD Sales Between $1,000 - $2,500
neurotransmitters.org $2,500   sushigo.net $1,488
showcast.net $2,300 youdrive.net $1,388
corpservices.net $2,088 simulacra.net $1,357
fxnet.net $2,088 partycostumes.net $1,350
fala.net $2,075 anticimex.net $1,300
jigsaw.info $2,000 themode.net $1,159
myfree.net $1,900 4finance.net $1,088
jacksoncounty.net $1,888 classictrucks.net $1,088
cottagerentals.net $1,500 tawil.net $1,005
yoursports.net $1,500 entremets.net $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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