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About Us  Sells for $635,000 at Moniker/DomainSystems in the Biggest Domain Sale Reported Thus Far in 2006 

by Ron Jackson

A new heavyweight champion was crowned this week as became the top domain sale reported thus far in 2006. With the combined power of being both a rare two-letter domain and one that is also a common word, the $635,000 price tag looks quite reasonable in today's market. was more than just the venue where the domain was sold (to a buyer who wishes to remain private). Moniker CEO Monte Cahn told us his company was also the owner of this domain.

Cahn said Moniker had recently purchased the name for an internal marketing project, but decided to sell it when this appropriate offer was received. Cahn added that will handle the parking and management of until the new owner completes development of the domain.

The #2 slot on our new Top 20 goes to, a domain that sold for $38,500 at That was one of five entries Sedo placed on the Big Board and four of those landed in the first ten, including #10, a Hong Kong domain that went for $15,000 in the week's largest country code sale. also turned in a powerhouse performance this week, sweeping 10 of the 20 positions on the leader board, including #3 at $20,550 and #4, a typo that went for $20,250. landed a solid one-two punch with #5 at $20,000 and #6 (tie) at $18,000. Moniker/DomainSystems also had multiple entries, with their $12,850 sale of #11 kicking off the second half of the chart.

The only other non .com listed on this week's Top 20 was a very impressive IDN sale. Dave Wrixon of Chinese Domains Ltd. sent #14 東京.net ("Tokyo" in Japanese Kanji characters) to Bill Winans of for $10,000 in a sale that was made at

14 domains sold for at least five figures this week. Here's a look at the complete chart for the week ending Sunday, March 12:

The DNJournal Top 20 
Reported Domain Sales - Mon. Mar. 6, 2006 - Sun. Mar. 12, 2006
Euro to Dollar Conversion ( to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. Mar. 14


Sold For

Where Sold
1. $635,000 Moniker/
2.  $38,500 Sedo
3. $20,550 SnapNames
4. (typo) $20,250 SnapNames
5. $20,000 Afternic
tie $18,000 Afternic
tie $18,000 Sedo
tie $16,250 Sedo
tie $16,250 SnapNames
10.  $15,000 Sedo

11. $12,850 Moniker/
12. $11,251 SnapNames
13. $10,750 SnapNames
14. 東京.net (IDN)
("Tokyo" in Japanese)
$10,000 DNForum
15. $9,200 SnapNames
16. $8,655 SnapNames
17. $8,350 SnapNames
18. $8,180 SnapNames
tie $8,000 SnapNames
tie $8,000 Sedo

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.

.Com Supporting Cast

As always, there were dozens of solid four-figure .com sales just off the chart. Sedo had their fair share of those with sales like ($7,500) and (6,000 = $7,209) gracing their roster. Others included at 3,950 ($4,746), at 3,000 ($3,604) and at $3,600

Also at Sedo, rolled up $3,000, and brought $2,500 each and ("wood heating" in German) sold for 2,000 ($2,403). You don't see many one-word .coms sell for under $2,000, but found a new home for just 1,100 ($1,921) at Sedo.

Back at SnapNames, went for $7,406, corralled $7,017 and fetched $6,943. landed $6,700 and pulled $6,500 out of the deck, trumping which went for $6,444. left with $6,400, tried on $6,122 and drew $6,052. tacked on $5,201 at SnapNames while and served up $5,100 each. and added $4,900 each and charged to $4,622. stopped at $4,544, Corrugated contained $4,500, locked up $4,211 and posted $4,100.  

SnapNames had another 30 .com sales ranging from $2,000 to $3,800. You can check those out in the table below: 

Additional SnapNames Sales Between $2,000-$3,800 $3,800 $2,545 $3,688 $2,520 $3,600 $2,494 $3,301 $2,263 $3,300 $2,250 $3,200 $2,200 $3,013 $2,150 $2,953 $2,100 $2,913 $2,100 $2,900 $2,050 $2,700 $2,050 $2,627 $2,049 $2,611 $2,037 $2,600 $2,000 $2,600 $2,000

At Afternic and delivered $6,000 each while tuition at was $5,250. and booked $5,000 each, added $3,000 and deposited $2,985. flew off with $2,750, wound up at $2,400 and coasted in with $2,200.

At Enom's Club Drop, gathered $4,700 and was comfy at $3,300. yielded $3,100, tallied $2,700 and banked $2,000.

In a pair of private sales, sold for $4,150 and Joshua Lin sold IDN domain 大分県.com ("Oita Prefecture" in Japanese characters) to fellow member Edwin Hayward for $1,380.

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

A sweet two-letter .org, headlined the Global Contenders list this week after going for $18,000 at Afternic. However, .net easily won the overall numbers game by racking up 14 of the 20 chart entries, including that $10,000 IDN we talked about earlier, 東京.net . .Net took the next three positions as well with #3 ($5,027), #4 ($3,688) and #5 ($3,619). .Org then returned with #6 at $3,333. SnapNames sold both and and went on to claim 11 positions on the GC Top 20.

.Biz and .Info were also represented this week. .Biz scored with, a domain that tied for the 7th position at $2,500 each. Both of those domains were sold at Sedo. .Info has two chart entries, #9 (sold for 2,000 = $2,402 in a private sale) and, tied for 14th after selling for $1,500 at Sedo.

Here's a complete look at the Global Contenders for the week ending March 12:

Global Contenders Top 20
 Highest Reported Non .Com Global TLD  Sales 
(.Net, .Org, .Biz & .Info) Mon. Mar. 6, 2006 - Sun. Mar. 12, 2006
Euro to Dollar Conversion ( to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. Mar. 14


Sold For

Where Sold
1. $18,000 Afternic
2.  東京.net (IDN)
("Tokyo" in Japanese)
$10,000 DNForum
3. $5,027 SnapNames
("domicile" in Spanish)
$3,688 Afternic
5. $3,619 Moniker/
6. $3,333 SnapNames
tie $2,500 Sedo
tie $2,500 Sedo
9. 2,000 = $2,402 Pvt Sale
10. $2,233 SnapNames

11. $2,070 SnapNames
12. $1,800 SnapNames
13. $1,506 SnapNames
tie $1,500 Sedo
tie $1,500 SnapNames
16. $1,358 SnapNames
17. $1,309 SnapNames
18. $1,235 SnapNames
19. $1,209 SnapNames
tie 1,000 = $1,202 Sedo
tie 1,000 = $1,202 Sedo

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.

In addition to all of those charted sales, SnapNames had five more four-figure sales just off the leader board. They attracted $1,161 for and $1,150 for, plus $1,124 for, $1,114 for and $1,051 for

At Afternic, took in $1,000 and pulled the same amount at Sedo. Sedo also sold for 670 ($805) and changed hands for $650 in a private sale.

Country Codes

Hong Kong raked in the biggest ccTLD pot this week, with going for $15,000 at Sedo. Speaking of big winners, Sedo swept all 12 positions on the new Country Code chart! Great Britain took the #2 slot with at 4,000 ($6,985).

Germany's .de is the world's second most popular extension and that pedigree showed through this week as the ccTLD rang up 7 charted domains, including numbers 3, 4 and 5 in a row. inhaled 5,800 ($6,968), ("princess" in German) produced 5,000 ($6,007) and ("stock club" in German) paid a 4,500 ($5,406) dividend.

America's country code, .US, was back again this week with #6 selling for a healthy $4,250. Taiwan and Laos also made it into the spotlight. #9 scored for the former, going for 1,950 ($2,343), while did the job for the latter, booking 1,400 ($1,682). Here's a look at the complete Country Code chart for the week ending March 12:

Country Code Top 12
 Highest Reported ccTLD  Sales: Mon. Mar. 6, 2006 - Sun. Mar. 12, 2006
Euro to Dollar Conversion ( to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. Mar. 14


Sold For

Where Sold
1. $15,000 Sedo
2. 4,000 = $6,985 Sedo
("cigarette" in German)
5,800 = $6,968 Sedo
("princess" in German)
5,000 = $6,007 Sedo
("stock club" in German)
4,500 = $5,406 Sedo
6. $4,250 Sedo

7. 2,500 = $3,004 Sedo
8. 2,204 = $2,648 Sedo
9. 1,950 = $2,343 Sedo
10. 1,900 = $2,283 Sedo
11.  1,500 = $1,802 Sedo
12. 1,400 = $1,682 Sedo

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.

In sales just off the chart, Sedo sold (India's ccTLD) for 1,300 ($1,562), (Taiwan again) went for $850 and brought $667. 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

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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