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Two-Character .Com Commands Big Bucks to Top This Week's Domain Sales Chart

In one of the three biggest sales reported so far this year 3W.com changed hands for $280,000 in a deal brokered by George Hong's Guta.com. The sale to a Chinese buyer gives George a great start on what could be another big year for him. A few weeks ago at NamesCon he was given Escrow.com's award for being the #1 broker (in terms of total sales volume) on the Escrow.com platform in 2016.

The 3W.com sale was worth more than the remaining 19 names on our latest weekly all extension Top 20 Sales Chart put together and was exactly 10 times more than the #2 sale, Bitcoin.Casino at $28,000 via Sedo. That was one of three new gTLDs on the leader board. #10 Weed.blog went for $7,877 and #16 Bitcoin.blog sold for $5,555. Sedo logged those two sales as well and went on to sweep 17 of the 20 chart entries.

The .coms took the majority of chart sales - but just barely with 11 spots on the Big Board. SnapNames contributed two of those, #15 86F.com at $5,599 and #20 Virginian.com at $5,066.

The ccTLDs were next with five chart entries, three of which were German .de domains including the category's biggest sale, #5 Beer.de at $13,745.

By Ron Jackson

That left four spots for the non .com gTLDs - the three new gTLDs I mentioned along with #8 PeoplePower.org at $10,000

Before we get to the charts I have some other interesting sales news for you. George Kirikos has uncovered yet another big historical sale while scouring corporate SEC filings. This time he learned that Angie's List paid $300,000 for Angie.com in 2014 (in 2007 that domain was sold for just $18,000 in a Moniker auction). We will be adding this sale to the 2014 Top 100 Chart in our Domain Sales Archive and appreciate George bringing it to light as he has done with so many others.

Today Radix Registry announced they had made a deal they valued at $250,000 with major magazine publisher Meredith Corp. for the domain Magazine.store that Meredith is already using to offer their publications. Domain Name Wire reported that part of the valuation covered the promotional value Radix is getting from the placement of their TLD, .store, on the new Meredith site. So, it is not a pure cash sale that we can chart but it is none the less an impressive and notable deal for this new gTLD.

In another one worth noting Nametra.com sold one of their own domains - Avoid.com - for $117,500 to a buyer who is paying it off in 24 monthly installments with Escrow.com overseeing the transaction. On big ticket domains like this, the ability to complete the payoff over time has made it possible for more buyers to finally acquire a top tier name that might otherwise have been out of their reach. 

Now back to the immediate business at hand. Here is how all of the sales leaders stacked up for the week ending Sunday, February 26, 2017:

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The DN Journal Top 20 
Highest Reported Domain Sales - Mon. Feb. 20, 2017 - Sun. Feb. 26, 2017
(Foreign currency to U.S. Dollar Conversions Based on Rates in Effect March 1, 2017)

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. 3W.com $280,000 Guta.com
2. Bitcoin.casino $28,000 Sedo
3. NatureLab.com $22,000 Sedo
4. Kizen.com $15,000 Sedo
5. Beer.de €13,090 = $13,745 Sedo
6. CoinTax.com $12,200 Sedo
7. Ulrich.de €11,000 = $11,550 Sedo
8. PeoplePower.org $10,000 Sedo
9. Menopower.com $9,999 Sedo
10. Weed.blog $7,877 Sedo

11. Remise.com €7,500 = $7,875 Sedo
12.
tie
Slots.cz €6,000 = $6,300 Sedo
12.
tie
Veltec.com €6,000 = $6,300 Sedo
14. Content.co £5,000 = $6,150 Sedo
15. 86F.com $5,599 SnapNames
16. Bitcoin.blog $5,555 Sedo
17. Nexboard.com $5,500 Sedo
18. MyBonus.de €5,000 = $5,250 Sedo
19. 18E.com $5,200 Sedo
20. Virginian.com $5,066 SnapNames

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 Top Sales Charts

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The All-Time Top 20 All-Cash Domain Sales Reported By DNJournal.com
 (2003 to Now)

.Com Supporting Cast

Sedo led the .com supporting cast of four figure sales with a half dozen domains that closed at $5,000 apiece. Those were 4Help.com, Amotek.com, ForHelp.com, HandLettering.com, MobileGuides.com and ToyingAround.com

RelateIt.com rang up $4,995, FansChat.com fetched $4,926, PolyPal.com produced $4,725 and BTCMe.com made $4,688. Sedo had 17 more four-figure sales ranging from $2,000 to $4,500 that are listed in the table below:

Additional Sedo .com Sales Between $2,000 - $4,500
fluidlogic.com $4,500   yatv.com $3,045
diamer.com $4,200 barterpartners.com $2,700
wowma.com $4,175 gozu.com $2,700
saint-barth.com $4,082 x-ion.com $2,500
ordermore.com $4,000 mr1.com $2,400
newcasa.com $3,778 artfamily.com $2,300
sunf.com $3,700 hcd-group.com $2,280
prelex.com $3,500 agarta.com $2,100
   all4rent.com $2,000

Elsewhere Doron Vermaat sold Vibrand.com for $4,500 via Efty.com. SnapNames also rang up some more sales with Piky.com ($3,100), 9Yao.com ($2,458), Qunzhou.com ($2,436) and KXPX.com ($2,418)

Country Codes

The ccTLDs were led by the five domains you saw on the all extension leader board above with Beer.de setting the pace at $13,745. The biggest sale in this group that you haven't seen yet is #6 on our latest weekly Country Code Top Sales Chart. That is Sedo's $4,500 sale of WantTharTrend.co.uk.

Sedo went on to sweep 19 of the 20 chart entries, including two more top ten .de domains - #7 Nene.de at $3,780 and #8 PAO.de at $3,675. Sedo would have run the board if Golem.eu had not slipped into the #20 slot with MaxTech.eu at $2,099

Germany's .de won the extension race with six chart entries. The only other TLD with more that one was Montenegro's .me with three. Here is how the country code leaders stacked up for the week ending Sunday, February 26, 2017:

Country Code Top 20 Sales Chart
Highest Reported Domain Sales - Mon. Feb. 20, 2017 - Sun. Feb. 26, 2017
(Foreign currency to U.S. Dollar Conversions Based on Rates in Effect March 1, 2017)

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. Beer.de €13,090 = $13,745 Sedo
2. Ulrich.de €11,000 = $11,550 Sedo
3. Slots.cz €6,000 = $6,300 Sedo
4. Content.co £5,000 = $6,150 Sedo
5. MyBonus.de €5,000 = $5,250 Sedo
6. WantThatTrend.co.uk $4,500 Sedo
7. Nene.de €3,600 = $3,780 Sedo
8. PAO.de €3,500 = $3,675 Sedo
9. Stash.me $3,500 Sedo
10.
tie
Dermatologo.it €3,000 = $3,150 Sedo
10.
tie
Guardarropa.es €3,000 = $3,150 Sedo

12.
tie
DataHub.com.au $3,000 Sedo
12.
tie
Name.ai $3,000 Sedo
14. Auspost.com.cn $2,999 Sedo
15. MDI.be €2,700 = $2,835 Sedo
16. Upward.me $2,750 Sedo
17. Phil.me $2,675 Sedo
18.