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Biggest ccTLD Sale of the Year to Date Gives Sedo Top Spot on This Week's Sales Chart

Back in March DomainBooth.com sold Free.co.uk for $205,000. That has reigned as 2020's biggest ccTLD of the year until now. Sedo just ascended to the country code throne with an eye-popping sale of another British domain, IT.co.uk at 187,200 ($245,232). In addition to taking the top spot on our latest bi-weekly all extension Top 20 Sales Chart, IT.co.uk becomes the 6th biggest sale year to date, regardless of extension.

 

The typically dominant .coms responded with their own show of force, reeling in the next eight chart entries in a row, including a six-figure sale of their own. That was a $175,000 deal for #2 Prove.com closed by Brian Harbin at GritBrokerage.com. The name was purchased 

by New York based Payfone Identity to upgrade their brand. Elliot Silver published a comprehensive article about this sale at DomainInvesting.com on Friday (July 31) that is a very interesting read (Elliot had a special interest in Prove.com because he had previously tried to buy the domain). 

Rounding out the first five are two more solid Sedo sales - Hiphi.com, at $99,999 and Melp.com at $50,000, plus another sale from GritBrokerage - Marilyn.com at $40,000. Sedo and Grit went on to dominate the leader board, with Sedo sweeping 13 of 20 entries and Grit Brokerage piling up six. The only venue to crash their party was EmpireNames.com with their $15,000 sale of #13 (tie) SuperTravel.com.

The .coms scored their usual win in the TLD battles with 13 chart entries, however the ccTLDs also continued to show consistent strength, claiming six places on the elite list. Sedo and Grit Brokerage split those spots with three apiece. Sedo put a second ccTLD in the top 10 with #10 Hausfinanzierung.de ("home finance" in German) at $18,340. Grit's country code trio was led by #13 (tie) Medallion.co at $15,000. Grit Brokerage also gets credit for the only non .com gTLD on the honor roll - #11 Perfect.net at $18,000.

 

 

 

 


        
 
     By Ron Jackson

The past couple of weeks also produced reports of another major historical sale but there is an unusual twist to this story that involves a 2015 sale of We.org. Financial documents indicate the name sold for one of two prices - either $500,000 or $1,000,000. The lack of clarity stems from the fact that TWO charitable organizations (both of which have come under ethical fire in Canada) each stated they spent $500,000 to acquire a domain name in the same time frame . At least 500K was paid We.org - the question seems to be did the 2nd charity kick in 500K more to help acquire that domain, buy it in a quick flip or pay 500K for a different unnamed domain? The paperwork doesn't provide a clear answer. As most of you know, George Kirikos has become the go to expert at sifting truth from domain sales discovered in financial filings. To try to get a definitive answer, he contacted both the PR department at We.org (who did not reply) and the seller of the domain, who did reply Friday (July 31), but said his company was not at liberty to comment on the price paid. So, as of this writing, George said the jury is still out. The Canadian government is reportedly set to begin hearings into these charities, so perhaps those will produce an answer. At $500,000 We.org would tie for the 15th biggest sale of 2015. At $1 million it would tie for that year's 4th highest sale.

Now back to the immediate business at hand! Here's how all of the sales leaders stacked up for the two weeks ending Sunday, August 2, 2020:

The DN Journal Top 20 
Highest Reported Domain Sales - Mon. July 20, 2020 - Sun. Aug. 2, 2020
(Foreign currency to U.S. Dollar Conversions Based on Rates in Effect Aug. 5, 2020)

 

Domain

Sold For

Where Sold

1. IT.co.uk 187,200 = $245,232 Sedo
2. Prove.com $175,000 GritBrokerage
3. Hiphi.com $99,999 Sedo
4. Melp.com $50,000 Sedo
5. Marilyn.com $40,000 GritBrokerage
6. Through.com $35,500 Sedo
7.