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August 27, 2012

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Six-Figure Sale of and Largest .Info Sale Ever Reported Headline Another Hot Week for Domains 

by Ron Jackson

The news was all good for domain sales in the past week. Every name on our new Top 20 chart hit at least five figures and the leader,, cracked the six-figure mark at $126,270. That was one of four chart entries from, a venue that also accounted for the #2 sale, at $31,250

.Info provided the other big news, with attracting $28,100 at in the largest sale ever reported in that extension (eclipsing which sold for $28,086 in 2004). Well-known .info investor Tariq Ghafoor of Tempe, Arizona made the new landmark sale.

In a trend we have noted several times over the past year, the market continues to broaden with the success of .com spilling over to other extensions. Half of this week's top ten domains were non .coms, including a pair or .nets, a .org, a .info and a .us. The high flyers for .net were #4, sold for $21,450 at and #6, which went for €17,425 ($20,990) at Sedo.

America's rapidly rising country code, .us, scored with #8, selling for $18,510 at Sedo. That is the second highest .us sale reported this year (trailing only at $29,500) and it ranks 6th among all country code sales so far in 2006. Germany's .de and Great Britain's also have two sales each among the top six. Standing shoulder to shoulder at the top of the Year-To-Date Country Code Chart with those more established ccTLDs is a good sign for .us, an extension that was opened to public registration less than four years ago.

.Org also crashed the party on the top half of the Big Board, thanks to the €13,987 ($16,849) sale of at Sedo. Sedo put more domains on the chart than any other venue, including four of the first ten and six overall. was right behind with five entries, led by #9 at $17,000. Afternic and Enom's Club Drop also had multiple entries (Afternic with three and Club Drop two). Club Drop's leader was a nice Spanish language domain, #5 ("space" in Spanish) at $21,100.  

Here's a look at the complete Top 20 for the week ending Sunday, March 5:

The DNJournal Top 20 
Reported Domain Sales - Mon. Feb. 27, 2006 - Sun. Mar. 5, 2006
Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. Mar. 7


Sold For

Where Sold
1.  $126,270 Moniker/
2. $31,250 Moniker/
3. $28,100 Sedo
4. $21,450 Afternic
("space" in Spanish)
$21,100 Enom's Club Drop
6. €17,425 = $20,990 Sedo
7. $19,995 Afternic
8. $18,510 Sedo
9.  $17,000 SnapNames
10. €13,987 = $16,849 Sedo

11. $14,600 Moniker/
12. $14,259 SnapNames
13. $12,750 SnapNames
14. $12,650 SnapNames
15. $12,500 Sedo
16. $11,640 Sedo
17. $11,500 Enom's Club Drop
18. $11,250 SnapNames
19. $11,000 Afternic
20. $10,225 Moniker/

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.

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.

While .com had plenty of competition on the top half of the chart, the world's most popular extension ran the board on the second half. Moniker provided bookends for that section of the chart with #11 ($14,600) and #20 ($10,225). SnapNames squeezed four entries in between that pair. 

.Com Supporting Cast

SnapNames also had the seven highest sales that didn't make the chart. That impressive group included at $9,800, at $9,354 and at $9,313. revealed $9,150, dangled $9,100, generated $8,511 and zipped off with $8,311.

Also on the winner's list at SnapNames were ($6,900), ($6,324) and ($6,188). covered $5,655, drew $5,566 and returned $5,200. earned $5,100, billed $5,066 and cost $5,001.

The SnapNames hit parade continued with ($4,933), ($4,600) and ($4,544). added $4,200, booked $4,123 and tacked on $4,088. SnapNames had another 26 .com sales between $2,000-$4,000. You can check those out in the table below: 

Additional SnapNames Sales Between $2,000-$4,000 $3,966 $2,600 $3,895 $2,550 $3,755 $2,474 $3,521 $2,327 $3,488 $2,291 $3,231 $2,222 $3,225 $2,200 $3,222 $2,153 $3,211 $2,100 $3,138 $2,051 $2,950 $2,050 $2,700 $2,050 $2,642 $2,024

Sedo supplemented their six chart entries with ($8,000), ($5,000) and ($3,600). landed at $3,500 and screened $3,045. and sipped $2,500 each and let in €2,000 ($2,409).

It was also a busy week at Afternic where went for $7,500, brought $6,000 and produced $5,556. won $5,250, provided a $4,100 fix and managed $3,400

Also at Afternic, kicked in $3,200, drummed up $3,000 and hammered out $2,750. welcomed $2,500 and posted $2,222 while and contributed $2,000 each.

Back at Enom's Club Drop, commanded $6,800, attracted $3,300 and contained $2,900. and dealt out $2,100 each while popped for $2,000. Club Drop also moved at $1,900, and at $1,700 each and at $1,600.

In a couple of other notable sales, kicked up $7,488 at Moniker/Domain Systems and brought $4,000 in a private transaction (with escrow done at Sedo).

Global Contenders (.biz, .info, .net & .org)

.Info got off to a slow start in 2006, but it looks like the four-letter extension is coming out of its winter hibernation. Led by the largest .info sale ever reported, at $28,100, the young global TLD put a pair of domains on the top half of our new Global Contenders chart. #1 is also the highest sale in this category this year, besting all sales in the much longer established .net and .org extensions. #10 stuck another feather in .info's cap, being acquired by FunKen Lin for $2,511 at

.Net had two powerful sales this week, with #2 attracting $21,450 at Afternic and #3 turning over for $20,990 at Sedo. .Org also did well, taking half of the entries on the upper end of the chart, with #4 leading the way at $16,849. .Org also had the most chart positions overall, outpointing .net 8-7. The other three slots went to .biz. Two of those were nice one-worders sold at Sedo; and which each attracted $2,409.

Among the venues, SnapNames has virtually owned this chart in 2006, but Sedo turned the tables this time out sweeping 10 of the 20 positions. SnapNames was held to five spots and Afternic had three. Here's a complete look at the Global Contenders for the week ending March 5:

Global Contenders Top 20
 Highest Reported Non .Com Global TLD  Sales 
(.Net, .Org, .Biz & .Info) Mon. Feb. 27, 2006 - Sun. Mar. 5, 2006
Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. Mar. 7


Sold For

Where Sold
1. $28,100 Sedo
2. $21,450 Afternic
3. €17,425 = $20,990 Sedo
4. €13,987 = $16,849 Sedo
5. $6,555 SnapNames
6. $3,601 Ebay
7. $3,568 SnapNames
8. $3,000 Sedo
9. $2,600 Sedo
10. $2,511 KeywordDomains

tie 2,000 = $2,409 Sedo
tie 2,000 = $2,409 Sedo
13. $2,183 SnapNames
14. $2,000 Sedo
15. $1,850 SnapNames
16. €1,500 = $1,807 Sedo
17. $1,800 Sedo
18. $1,601 SnapNames
19. $1,510 Afternic
20. $1,500 Afternic

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.

There were nine more four-figure sales off the chart and SnapNames accounted for all but one of those. They moved ($1,450), ($1,425) and ($1,350), as well as ($1,300), ($1,250) and ($1,161).

SnapNames also sold for $1,050 and for $1,024, while Afternic added $1,000 for (that is the letter "L" and the number "0"). 

In a couple of additional .info sales, went for $950 in a private transaction (purchased by buyer FunKen Lin) and sold for $800 at Sedo.

Country Codes scored a big touchdown for the American country code this week, going for $18,510 at Sedo in the second highest .us sale this year (and the 6th highest sale among all country codes). The #1 domain nearly doubled the price of runner-up which went for $9,781, also at Sedo. As we have noted before, Sedo seems to own this chart and this week was no exception as they took 11 of the 12 entries. Moniker/DomainSystems prevented a sweep by handling the sale of #11 for $1,250.

There was a remarkable amount of variety on this week's chart with seven different country codes represented, plus an IDN domain, #6 Schö ("beauty operation" in German) at $6,023. An even bigger IDN sale in .net will be on our Global Contenders chart next week. 東京.net (東京 is "Tokyo" in Japanese Kanji characters) closed for $10,000 after the deadline for this week's report (each Tuesday report covers sales in the previous 7-day period ending Sunday night). We'll give you all of the details on that one next week.

Sweden's .se had several nice sales in 2005 and it looks like that extension will be in the thick of things again this year. #3 went for $9,637 this week at Sedo. #4 followed with another score for the UK, piling up $7,985.

.US had another hit with #5 at $6,200 (purchased by Chris Zouzas, the same guy who made the year's highest .us sale - at $29,500 in January). .US wound up with three chart entries, a number equaled only by .de.

In another highlight this week, we saw the year's highest .tv sale with FunKen Lin selling #7 to the owner of for $5,100. Here's a look at the complete Country Code chart for the week ending March 5:

Country Code Top 12
 Highest Reported ccTLD  Sales: Mon. Feb. 27, 2006 - Sun. Mar. 5, 2006
Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. Mar. 7


Sold For

Where Sold
1. $18,510 Sedo
2. €8,120 = $9,781 Sedo
3. €8,000 = $9,637 Sedo
4.  £4,600 = $7,985 Sedo
5. $6,200 Sedo
6. Schö (IDN)  €5,000 = $6,023 Sedo

7. $5,100 Sedo
8. $5,000 Sedo
9. €4,100 = $4,939 Sedo
10. €2,900 = $3,493 Sedo
11.  $1,250 Moniker/
12. $1,050 Sedo

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.

A couple of other extensions we rarely see on the chart made appearances this week. Argentina's .ar took the #8 slot with at $5,000 and Micronesia's .fm turned up at #9 with going for $4,939. That one looks like a natural for a web radio station. 

Now that you're up to date on what happened over the past seven days, 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

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 DotCom Group, LLC also provides invaluable help in collecting data for these sales reports each week.

Every Tuesday we publish the highest reported domain name sales for the previous week. On Monday our contributors send us their sales data for the previous 7 days. We then compile that information and write this report for Tuesday night publication to give you the freshest 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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