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Wan More Time! For the 2nd Week in a Row the Three Biggest Domain Sales Total Over $1.3 Million

Last week's sales chart was led by a trio of 6-figure sales totaling more than $1.3 million. As legendary linguist Yogi Berra once said, "It's deja vu all over again!"  Once more this week, the top three on our latest all extension Top 20 Sales Chart weigh in at over $1.3 million. All three reached six figures, two contain the same Chinese keyword and one now ranks as the biggest sale reported so far in 2014

The headliner at a hefty $800,000 is Wan.com ("wan" is a word that has several meanings in Chinese, the most important being "play" or "playing games"). Changyou, a major Chinese online game maker that is publicly traded on the NASDAQ exchange (CYOU), bought the domain in a private transaction first reported by ScreenDigest.com in an article written by respected analyst Chenyu Cui.

Another member of this week's power trio is #3 Wan.cn, a Chinese ccTLD that was sold for $247,830 (at today's exchange rate) in a .CN Registry auction staged by eName.com. Since both the Wan.com and Wan.cn sales came to light in the same week, you might think Changyou bought both, but the WhoIs record indicates a different party (also form China) acquired the ccTLD version. (Thanks to my Chinese speaking friend George Hong from Guta.com for helping me vet Chinese sales and sources again this week). (Update: since this article was written the WhoIs record on Wan.cn has changed and it now appears that both Wan.com and Wan.cn were purchased by the same buyer).

By Ron Jackson

Sandwiched in between the two Wan sales is a big sale at Sedo that would have led the chart most other weeks. #2 True.com sold for $350,000 there is a deal co-brokered by Negar Hajikhani and Dave Evanson (who have both won T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Broker of the Year awards, Negar in 2013 and Dave in 2012). The buyer was TrueCar, a company that provides automobile sales data and obviously recognizes the value of a great generic domain name.

ICM Registry, the operator of the .xxx TLD reported signing contracts for two other six-figure sales this week. Tube.xxx at $500,000 and Tubes.xxx at $250,000 both went to Really Useful, a company that has reported success developing some of their previous .xxx pruchases. While the registry has already transferred the domains to Really Useful, ICM CEO Stuart Lawley told me the names are being paid for in a series of payments (and that over two thirds of the purchase price has already been received). Our policy has always been not to chart sales until a domain has been both fully paid for and transferred to the new owner. so we won't chart Tube.xxx and Tubes.xxx until the payment schedule is completed. These sales will follow three other six-figure .xxx sales reported over the past two years (all of which were completed and are listed on our annual Top 100 charts for 2012 or 2013).

By the way, this points up an interesting change in the sales landscape that has accompanied the arrival of  new gTLDs. Operators of new registries can make direct sales to buyers that would have gone through independent registrars in the past. You used to be able to confirm a deal had been completed by simply checking the WhoIs record to confirm a change to the new registrant. No one was going to transfer ownership of a name until it was fully paid for because a registrar is not going to help get a name back once you transfer it away. Now, if you own the registry you can easily take back a domain yourself if a buyer fails to meet their contractual obligations.  (Another thank you to George Kirikos for some valuable background information this week). 

Getting back to this week's sales, Sedo rounded out the first five with #4 TeamShirts.com and #5 Offer.net at $50,000 (the latter was the only non .com gTLD to qualify for this week's leader board - it is also the year's biggest sale in that category). The ccTLDs earned four spots on the elite list (all in the top ten) with #7 Kingdom.com ($31,534 at BuyDomainNames.co.uk), #8 FYI.tv ($30,000 in a private transaction) and Lotterie.at ($20,550 at Sedo) joining Wan.cn on the Big Board. The .coms swept everything else, taking 15 of 20 positions overall. 

Here is how all of the sales leaders stacked up for the week ending Sunday, Jan. 26:

The DN Journal Top 20 
Reported Domain Sales - Mon. Jan. 20, 2014 - Sun. Jan. 26, 2014
Euro/Pound to Dollar Conversions (€/£ to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Jan. 29, 2014

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. Wan.com
("play" in Chinese)
$800,000 Pvt Sale
2. True.com $350,000 Sedo
3. Wan.cn
("play" in Chinese)
1,502,000 CNY = $247,830 eName/.CN Registry Auction
4. TeamShirts.com $89,000 Sedo
5. Offer.net $50,000 Sedo
6. Heard.com $40,000 Go Daddy/Afternic
7. Kingdom.co.uk £18,888 = $31,534 BuyDomainNames.co.uk
8. FYI.tv $30,000 Pvt Sale
9. HelloMoney.com $24,000 Go Daddy/Afternic
10. Lotterie.at €15,000 = $20,550 Sedo

Domain Escrow

11.
tie
BVAA.com $15,000 Sedo
11.
tie
BWM.com $15,000 Go Daddy/Afternic
13. Abakus.com €10,000 = $13,700 Sedo
14. UsinesCenter.com €9,999 = $13,699 Sedo
15. GILF.com $12,500 HuntingMoon
16. IrishGold.com $11,950 Go Daddy/Afternic
17. Foret.com €8,500 = $11,645 Sedo
18. WifeSex.com $10,350 HuntingMoon
19.
tie
OneFoot.com $10,000 Go Daddy/Afternic
19.
tie
RUTI.com $10,000 Sedo

Keep in mind that these are the highest value cash only 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.

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.

.Com Supporting Cast

Sedo led the .com supporting cast of four-figure sales with MilitaryMall.com at $9,999 and BlackPornTube.com at $9,259. Telsar.com tallied $8,232, Namei.com notched $7,000 and LCMD.com drew $6,500.

FaireParts.com posted $6,165, HomeStorage.com put away $6,077 and MintX.com coined $6,000. SongFlex.com drummed up $5,499 and DRVE.com clicked for $5,480. Sedo had 39 more four-figure .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
hoti.com $5,000   3AS.com $2,800
icompras.com $5,000 forbiddentech.com $2,695
powernut.com $5,000 glutenallergysymptoms.com $2,500
hptels.com $4,100 svago.com $2,500
chromeshelving.com $4,000 gaytaxi.com $2,495
milclassificados.com $4,000 247robot.com $2,450
dicemasters.com $3,750 ebove.com $2,400
capso.com $3,665 alphaweibchen.com $2,395
bitcore.com $3,600 gobim.com $2,395
piecuadrado.com $3,550 globalremit.com $2,377
familynow.com $3,500 casino-spielen.com $2,328
myschoolapp.com $3,500 aceforums.com $2,300
maxburg.com $3,425 drupalgeeks.com $2,200
stabilis.com $3,425 rosenblatts.com $2,095
skinrespect.com $3,320 tastetouch.com $2,095
franchisecanada.com $3,250 winvip.com $2,095
terrafitness.com $3,195 fbtk.com $2,055
outrock.com $3,050 atps.com $2,000
coolterra.com $3,000 nudeselfies.com $2,000
engagefoundation.com $2,895  

Sedo also teamed up with Go Daddy/Afternic to sell Zitan.com for $8,000.

Go Daddy/Afternic supplemented the five sales they had on the Top 20 Chart with nearly a hundred solid four-figure sales. MJColorado.com commanded $8,650, MyGolfRewards.com holed out at $8,400 and AcneCenter.com sold for $7,495

OutletClub.com attracted $6,500, MyBlogs.com made $6,077 and GoldBoutique.com banked $5,995. YourWishIsMyCommand.com captured $5,600 while CarbonXT.com and LBQ.com corralled $5,500 each. CompSoft.com added another $5,050.

Go Daddy/Afternic had 87 more four-figure .com sales ranging from $2,000 to $5,000 that are listed in the table below:

Additional Go Daddy/Afternic .com Sales Between $2,000 - $5,000
123apps.com $5,000   creditcardsandloans.com $2,988
presentit.com $5,000 choose2reuse.com $2,985
agrafood.com $4,900 globalhousing.com $2,850
worldmovies.com $4,900 drinkgold.com $2,846
steelmesh.com $4,888 betless.com $2,750
n2w.com $4,790 izly.com $2,750
defaire.com $4,500 ratter.com $2,700
farmtokettle.com $4,500 coloradofun.com $2,640
reni.com $4,500 cheaporlando.com $2,588
studentdebtconsolidation.com $4,480 creativehobbies.com $2,588
pensionsjobs.com $4,313 happywarrior.com $2,588
gobill.com $4,250 heavenland.com $2,588
independance.com $4,200 signatureink.com $2,588
myslate.com $4,200 urbanassets.com $2,560
dailyentertainment.com $4,188 daftcode.com $2,500
appliancesearch.com $4,088 distroapp.com $2,500
beurban.com $4,000 futurelens.com $2,500
buildapp.com $4,000 leonis.com $2,500
canyouhelpme.com $4,000 zoomport.com $2,500
careerco.com $4,000 ibuycar.com $2,400
artofcheese.com $3,988 dancingdiamonds.com $2,388
cpctraining.com $3,915 healthdude.com $2,288
youquit.com $3,900 badcreditcarfinancing.com $2,249
dreamcrew.com $3,888 fosterhall.com $2,200
justgreen.com $3,750 bombette.com $2,150
todayinparis.com $3,750 0348.com $2,100
financebusinesses.com $3,588 centrodemocratico.com $2,088
alabamakids.com $3,500 simplysocialmedia.com $2,050
completecontractors.com $3,500 appmiracle.com $2,000
herbology.com $3,500 canadapharmacyrx.com $2,000
simplysoft.com $3,500 dinetimeapp.com $2,000
luv8.com $3,400 doodads.com $2,000
communitycares.com $3,388 earthinvestments.com $2,000
spyer.com $3,388 fcbm.com $2,000
propertysearches.com $3,288 healthgeek.com $2,000
critically.com $3,200 houseofdestiny.com $2,000
buylocalonline.com $3,000 mystone.com $2,000
gemway.com $3,000 partnerus.com $2,000
innovativelighting.com $3,000 rapidautomation.com $2,000
moneymatterstv.com $3,000 rxsource.com $2,000
peoply.com $3,000 snapmobile.com $2,000
techfield.com $3,000 verifystamp.com $2,000
santorinis.com $2,999 whenisitopen.com $2,000
tabletarmor.com $2,997   

Elsewhere Flippa.com sold YouAreHere.com ($6,801), Chromosome.com ($6,150) and 0il.com ($3,500) and HuntingMoon.com added to their two Top 20 sales with SexyMom.com ($7,500), MatureMoms.com ($4,000) and BrutalPorn.com ($2,000)

Country Codes

With Game.cn selling for over $512,000 last week and Wan.cn reaching nearly a quarter of a million dollars this week, Chinese domains have now nailed down the top two spots on our Year to Date ccTLD Sales Chart. Wan.cn was backed by the three nice five-figure sales you saw on the all extension leader board earlier. 

The highest sale from this category that you haven't seen yet is #5 on our latest Country Code Top 20 Sales Chart. That is Air.tv, a domain that tuned in $9,500 at Sedo. .CN took another bow at #6 with 828.cn going for $7,980, also at Sedo. They filled the remaining spots on the top half of the leader board and went on to pile up 14 of the 20 chart entries overall.

There was a lot of diversity on this week's chart with 13 different TLDs represented. Germany's .de had the most entries with three followed by five extensions that took two spots each. Here is how the country code leaders stacked up for the week ending Sunday, Jan. 26:

Country Code Top 20
 Highest Reported ccTLD  Sales: Mon. Jan. 20, 2014 - Sun. Jan. 26, 2014
Euro/Pound to Dollar Conversions (€/£ to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Jan. 29, 2014

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. Wan.cn
("play" in Chinese)
1,502,000 CNY = $247,830 eName/.CN Registry Auction
2. Kingdom.co.uk £18,888 = $31,534 BuyDomainNames.co.uk
3. FYI.tv $30,000 Pvt Sale
4. Lotterie.at €15,000 = $20,550 Sedo
5. Air.tv $9,500 Sedo
6. 828.cn $7,980 Sedo
7. Yaap.es €5,500 = $7,535 Sedo
8. Med24.no €3,500 = $4,795 Sedo
9. Francecarte.fr €3,400 = $4,658 Sedo
10. Blue.io $4,500 Sedo

11. Weltmeisterschaft.de €3,200 = $4,384 Sedo
12. VPN.cc £2,269 = $3,767 Sedo
13. Elastic.co.uk £2,151 = $3,571 DomainLore.co.uk
14. Pic.io $3,500 Flippa
15. Magazin.es €2,502 = $3,428 Sedo
16. Impotenza.it €2,300 = $3,151 Sedo
17. Solar4You.de €2,050 = $2,809 Sedo
18. Hazard.us $2,800 Go Daddy/Afternic
19. Vedi.de €2,000 = $2,740 Sedo
20. OnlineCasino.pm €1,999 = $2,739 Sedo

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.

There were dozens of additional four-figure ccTLD sales off the chart led by Sedo's sales of SocialVideoMarketing.de ($2,691), Varese.ch ($2,672) and VK.cm ($2,550)

Sedo had 23 more four-figure ccTLD sales ranging from $1,000 to $2,500 that are listed in the table below:

Additional Sedo ccTLD Sales Between $1,000 - $2,500
photos.cc $2,500   fernbus24.de $1,369
skincheck.com.au $2,055 mlux.ru $1,302
störung.de $2,055 burza.at $1,280
telecity.kr $2,000 verb.fr $1,200
triod.ru $2,000 verb.pl $1,200
srk.co.nz $1,999 videopornoitaliano.it $1,170
create.tv $1,865 computerbestellen.nl $1,096
livingroom.nl $1,644 aankoopmakelaarnederland.nl $1,028
quixx.nl $1,507 talentum.de $1,028
skyonline.it $1,500 context.me $1,000
thames.co.co $1,500 skyscrapers.eu $1,000
watchwarehouse.com.au $1,500   

Back at Go Daddy/Afternic Rainmaker.tv returned $2,495, Parties-and-Elections.de delivered $1,600, Entrepeneur.co cornered $1,100 and Robotic.me rang up $1,000

At DomainLore.co.uk Seabrook.co.uk brought $1,826 and Minder.co.uk managed $1,695.

Meanwhile HuntingMoon.com piled up five .US sales - CyberSex.us, GayChat.us, LiveCams.us, LiveGirls.us and LiveSex.us - with those going for $1,250 each.

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 the year's biggest sale to date in this category - Offer.net at $50,000 via Sedo. The biggest sale in this group that you haven't seen yet is #2 on our latest Non .Com gTLD Top 20 Sales Chart. That is HUI.net, a domain that Go Daddy/Afternic sold for $8,125.

Another 3-letter domain, OPG.net, filled the #3 slot with a $3,500 sale at Sedo. Go Daddy/Afternic rounded out the first five with two more .nets - OnlineBoutiques.net ($3,250) and Presidential.net ($3,221). Go Daddy/Afternic sent on to sweep 14 of the 21 chart entries (the extra spot resulted from a tie for the final position.

The .nets easily won the extension race, piling up 11 chart entries. .Org was next with six and .info had two. That left one spot each for .pro and .biz.

Here's how all of the Non .Com gTLD leaders stacked up for the week ending Sunday, Jan. 26:

Non .Com gTLDs Top 20
 Highest Reported Non .Com Global TLD Sales 
(.Net, .Org, .Biz & .Info) Mon. Jan. 20, 2014 - Sun. Jan. 26, 2014
Euro/Pound to Dollar Conversions (€/£ to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Jan. 29, 2014

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. Offer.net $50,000 Sedo
2. HUI.net $8,125 Go Daddy/Afternic
3. OPG.net $3,500 Sedo
4. OnlineBoutiques.net $3,250 Go Daddy/Afternic
5. Presidential.net $3,221 Go Daddy/Afternic
6.
tie
ImmoInternet.org $2,990 Go Daddy/Afternic
6.
tie
Site.pro $2,900 Sedo
8. LeaderNet.org $2,888 Go Daddy/Afternic
9.
tie
3E.net $2,800 Go Daddy/Afternic
9.
tie
CoughDrop.net $2,800 Go Daddy/Afternic

11. EK.biz €1,900 = $2,603 Sedo
12. WPTI.org $2,569 Go Daddy/Afternic
13. Templates4U.net $2,551 Go Daddy/Afternic
14.
tie
FreeSharing.org $2,500 Sedo
14.
tie
Luster.net $2,500 Go Daddy/Afternic
16. CreditHelpNY.org $2,400 Go Daddy/Afternic
17. ABN.info €1,750 = $2,398 Sedo
18. Movere.net $2,088 Go Daddy/Afternic
19. Speedy.info $2,000 Sedo
20.
tie
Alarabiya.org $1,800 Go Daddy/Afternic
20.
tie
WorldNewsstand.net $1,800 Go Daddy/Afternic

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.

Domain Name Industry Newsletter

There were several additional four-figure sales off the chart. Sedo sold Kasino.org ($1,781), Compre.net ($1,700) and OpenWork.org ($1,500). They also scored with Biohanf.info ($1,336), PetroleumEngineers.net ($1,300) and Evolver.org ($1,200). CCI.biz added $1,088, Earchive.net corralled $1,050, Billetes.net booked $1,028 and Matrix.net drew $1,000

Go Daddy/Afternic deposited $1,725 for Droo.net while eCigaretteReviews.net and iList.org added $1,500 apiece. EnerconIndia.net nabbed $1,477, OpenNetwork.net connected for $1,429 and SocialPresence.net produced $1,377.

The Go Daddy/Afternic hit list also included Meet.net ($1,277) and three others at $1,200 each - Coin.biz, MyGrade.org and LifeChangeChurch.org. GoodFortune.org fetched another $1,188 and Freessh.org found $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. 

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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