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Chinese Buyers Continue to Boost High End Domain Sales - Their Latest Chart Topper Banked Nearly $200,000

Well heeled Chinese buyers have taken over the upper reaches of the 2014 domain sales charts, accounting for more than half of the year's top ten sales including 2014's biggest transaction to date MI.com at $3.6 million in April.

Their latest salvo came this week when Tou.com sold for CNY 1.2 million ($194,400) on Chinese sales platform Fumi.com. Our Chinese market expert, George Hong of Guta.com, who verified the sale, told us "tou" is a Chinese pinyin with multiple meanings including "invest" and he believes the domain will most likely be used for an investment related site. 

While the Tou.com sale ranks among the 30 biggest public transactions this year, no other reported sales approached six figures this week. The runner-up spot on our latest weekly all extension Top 20 Sales Chart went to Sedo's $30,420 sale of Lurk.com.  

By Ron Jackson

Sedo claimed the next four spots on the leader board as well. They filled the #3 position with the week's biggest ccTLD sale, Swiss domain Liberty.ch at $28,140 and followed with the top two non .com gTLD sales - #4 Europe.org at $23,000 and #5 TTS.net at $18,000.

One of the few non-Sedo sales on the chart was #7 FlyRouge.com, a domain that changed hands for $17,000 in a private transaction (Rouge is a budget airline operated by Air Canada). Nidoma.com also got on the board with #10 Fumetti.it at $12,060. That Italian domain was one of five country code entries on the Big Board. The non .com gTLDs were limited to the two I noted in the top 5. 

The .coms swept everything else (13 entries in all). Sedo was even more dominant, piling up 17 charted sales as their biggest rival, Go Daddy/Afternic, remains stuck in non-reporting mode due to the required silent period surrounding Go Daddy's IPO.

Here is how all of the sales leaders stacked up for the week ending Sunday, July 27:

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The DN Journal Top 20 
Highest Reported Domain Sales - Mon. July 21, 2014 - Sun. July 27, 2014
Euro/Pound to Dollar Conversions (€/£ to $) is Based on Rates in Effect July 30, 2014

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. Tou.com CNY 1,200,000 = $194,400 Fumi.com
2. Lurk.com £18,000 = $30,420 Sedo
3. Liberty.ch €21,000 = $28,140 Sedo
4. Europe.org $23,000 Sedo
5. TTS.net $18,000 Sedo
6. MakeYourDay.com €12,700 = $17,018 Sedo
7. FlyRouge.com $17,000 Pvt Sale
8. Grossiste.com €9,800 = $13,132 Sedo
9. Campings.uk £7,500 = $12,675 Sedo
10. Fumetti.it €9,000 = $12,060 Nidoma

Domain Escrow

11 EKQ.com $10,000 Sedo
11.
tie
QYK.com $10,000 Sedo
13. OFZ.com $9,999 Sedo
14. GoRacing.com $9,500 Sedo
15. TravelBags.de €7,000 = $9,380 Sedo
16. SearchThis.com $8,500 Sedo
17. 10Past10.com $7,999 Sedo
18. Retinol.com $7,849 Sedo
19. MDGlobal.com $7,000 Sedo
20. MyProtein.hr €5,500 = $6,700 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

GenericDomainMarket.com sold NearbyApp.com at Sedo for $6,499 to lead the .com supporting cast of four-figure .com sales. Sedo added $6,250 for EmptyNesters.com, $6,030 for NTGroup.com and $6,000 for HappyPower.com.

Janko.com and Responsum.com kicked in $5,360 apiece while three others - Appropos.comLumair.com and Xycast.com corralled $5,226 each. Another trio - ATCT.com, FreshEmpire.com and Travelapt.com - commanded $5,000 apiece.  

Sedo had 27 more four-figure .com sales ranging from $2,000 to $4,999 that are listed in the table below:

Additional Sedo .com Sales Between $2,000 - $4,999
jetts.com $4,999   iwwiw.com $2,679
whiskyshow.com $4,020 reviewmyclaim.com $2,599
hascevher.com $4,000 acollection.com $2,500
nomatec.com $4,000 hydrofly.com $2,495
glücksspiel.com $3,886 onlywheels.com $2,495
fanwars.com $3,500 taiwanlottery.com $2,495
geosafe.com $3,500 jeco.com $2,412
oostudy.com $3,350 boomgo.com $2,350
bringthenoise.com $3,000 foodhive.com $2,250
creditlabs.com $3,000 ceetrade.com $2,194
gadgetfix.com $3,000 communicatingvessels.com $2,095
mople.com $3,000 aaqs.com $2,000
mojoplay.com $2,795 uglyhome.com $2,000
jdfinance.com $2,680  

Elsewhere, Flippa.com sold GermanFood.com for $5,000 and Domains90210.com moved CO2Knives.com for $2,000 (a domain they had hand registered earlier this month)!

Country Codes

That $28,1240 sale of Liberty.ch that you saw on the all extension Top 20 above leads our latest weekly  Country Code Top 20 Sales Chart and also ranks among the 25 biggest ccTLD sales reported so far this year (the ccTLD YTD Top 100 is the second chart on the page linked to).

You also saw four more ccTLDs on the Big Board earlier, so  the highest sale from this category that you haven't seen yet is #6 TrainLine.de, a domain  that sold for $5,360 at Sedo. They went on to pile up 14 of the 21 chart entries (the extra spot resulted from a tie for the final position.

Nidoma.co took all seven of the remaining spots(six of those being Italian ccTLDs), including two that led the second ten - #11 Mangiaebevi.it at $4,288 and #12 Called.it at $4,173. Thanks to the Nidoma roster, Italy's .it tied Germany's ever popular .de with six entries each.

 Here is how the country code sales stacked up for the week ending Sunday, July 27:

Country Code Top 20
Highest Reported Domain Sales - Mon. July 21, 2014 - Sun. July 27, 2014
Euro/Pound to Dollar Conversions (€/£ to $) is Based on Rates in Effect July 30, 2014

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. Liberty.ch €21,000 = $28,140 Sedo
2. Campings.uk £7,500 = $12,675 Sedo
3. Fumetti.it €9,000 = $12,060 Nidoma
4. TravelBags.de €7,000 = $9,380 Sedo
5. MyProtein.hr €5,000 = $6,700 Sedo
6. TrainLine.de €4,000 = $5,360 Sedo
7. X-in.de €3,600 = $4,824 Sedo
8.
tie
ASR.be €3,500 = $4,690 Sedo
8.
tie
Sportzeug.de €3,500 = $4,690 Sedo
10. OneCompare.co.uk $4,500 Sedo

11. Mangiaebevi.it €3,200 = $4,288 Nidoma
12. Called.it €3,114 = $4,173 Nidoma
13.
tie
Moovel.jp €3,000 = $4,030 Sedo
13.
tie
Rachatpret.fr €3,000 = $4,030 Nidoma
15. AmateurCommunity.us €2,790 = $3,739 Sedo
16. Fotopuzzle.it €2,750 = $3,685 Nidoma
17.
tie
Feiertage-deutschland.de €2,500 = $3,350 Sedo
17.
tie
Simonimmobilien.de €2,500 = $3,350 Sedo
19. NGE.fr €2,000 = $2,680 Sedo
20.
tie
Pneumaticiauto.it €1,830 = $2,452 Nidoma
20.
tie
Ranbaxy.it €1,830 = $2,452 Nidoma

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.

There were several dozen more four-figure ccTLD sales off the chart led by four Sedo sales - Elisabeth.be at $2,143 and three others -  Convenience-shop.de, DPStream.fr and Waschbeckenunterschrank.de - at $2,010 each.

Sedo had 34 more four-figure ccTLD sales ranging from $1,000 to $2,000 that are listed in the table below:

Additional Sedo ccTLD Sales Between $1,000-$2,000
platinum.me $2,000   magellan.ch $1,327
rwc.eu $1,894 felgen-shop.at $1,273
mobilfunk-tarife.de $1,876 kuehl.de $1,273
seksplanet.nl $1,809 lovemybike.co.uk $1,268
zippy.co $1,800 luxurylodges.co.uk $1,268
qmaxx.ch $1,675 voortvarend.nl $1,215
bomb.me $1,607 nice1.de $1,205
compraroro.es $1,607 enterprise.bm $1,200
daktronics.ae $1,500 shopify.fr $1,139
klingelnberg.cn $1,500 actualités.fr $1,072
mindtree.co $1,500 busradar.nl $1,072
klimrek.be $1,407 mitarbeiterangebot.de $1,072
brenne.fr $1,340 3dimensions.de $1,071
eshop24.de $1,340 galland.ch $1,045
toc.pt $1,340 greisler.de $1,005
vermoegen-optimieren.de $1,340 okw.es $1,005
pendler.de $1,339 golfballs.co $1,000

DomainLore.co.uk sold Cucumber.co.uk for $1,962, Latte.co.uk for $1,775 and Template.co.uk for $1,183

Elsewhere, Flippa.com sold Angel.io for $1,511, Golem.eu moved Pornbox.eu and TTEC.eu for $1,302 apiece.

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 (.net, .org, .biz, .info & others, including new gTLDs)

The non .com gTLDs were led by a pair of solid five-figure sales - Europe.org at $23,000 (which also ranks among the year's 10 biggest sales in this category) and TTS.net at $18,000 (good enough to reach the year's top 20 non .com gTLD sales). Sedo rang up both of those sales and swept 14 of this week's 16 chart entries (only 16 four-figure or higher non .com gTLD sales were reported this week).

Flippa filled the #3 slot with Shares.info at $6,350. Sedo then rounded out the first five with #4 MyFun.info at $5,000 and #5 Cats.club at $3,750

The .infos scored a rare win in the extension race with six chart entries, followed by the .orgs with four. .Club took three spots while the category's usual leader, .net, finished at the bottom with only two. 

Here's how all of the Non .Com gTLD leaders stacked up for the week ending Sunday, July 27:

Non .Com gTLDs Top Sales
Highest Reported Domain Sales - Mon. July 21, 2014 - Sun. July 27, 2014
Euro/Pound to Dollar Conversions (€/£ to $) is Based on Rates in Effect July 30, 2014

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. Europe.org $23,000 Sedo
2. TTS.net $18,000 Sedo
3. Shares.info $6,350 Flippa
4. MyFun.info $5,000 Sedo
5. Cats.club $3,750 Sedo
6. DoYou.net €2,500 = $3,350 Sedo
7.  Ramses.org $2,299 Sedo
8. Departure.info €1,500 = $2,010 Sedo
9. CleanFood.org $1,550 Sedo
10.
tie
CashBack.club $1,500 Sedo
10.
tie
DirectSales.club $1,500 Sedo
10.
tie
Stars.info $1,500 Flippa

13. Creditors.info €1,000 = $1,340 Sedo
14.
tie
Primus.org $1,000 Sedo
14.
tie
Tyre.info $1,100 Sedo
14.
tie
WorkFromHome.biz $1,000 Sedo

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.

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

Domain Name Industry Newsletter

 

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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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