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$85,000 .Com Sale at Sedo and Solid Week for ccTLDs Help Keep Domain Business Humming 

by Ron Jackson

No six-figure sales were reported this week but domain investors would be hard pressed to find anything to complain about. The business continued to enjoy sunny days with 16 five-figure sales including an $85,000 deal at that sent this week's top domain,, to a new owner. 

That was one of six sales Sedo placed on our new Top 20 chart and four of those were in the first ten, including #2 at $38,501.

Sedo also accounted for two of the three Country Code sales that landed on the leader board, #16 at $10,000 and #20 (Austrian ccTLD) at 7,000 ($8,536). The third one in that category was #19, sold for 5,287 ($9,250) in a private transaction. In addition to their trio on the mainstream chart, the ccTLDs wound up posting eight new sales on the Country Code Year-To-Date leader board this week. 

.Com owned the rest of the Top 20 as the Global Contenders (.net, .org, .info and .biz) were shut out of the Big Board party (though there were a healthy 40 four-figure sales among the GC's this week). #3, sold for $20,000 at, a venue that also sold for $13,000 (tied for 8th) and #17 for $9,900 made their first appearance of the week at #4 with at $16,927, but they were just getting warmed up with that sale. SnapNames wound up walking off with 9 of the Top 20 positions, including and at $15,250 each (tied for 5th) and  #7 at $14,805.

Here's a look at the complete chart for the week ending Sunday, March 19:

The DNJournal Top 20 
Reported Domain Sales - Mon. Mar. 13, 2006 - Sun. Mar. 19, 2006
Euro to Dollar Conversion ( to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. Mar. 21


Sold For

Where Sold
1. $85,000 Sedo
2.  $38,501 Sedo
3. $20,000 Afternic
4. $16,927 SnapNames
tie $15,250 SnapNames
tie $15,250 SnapNames
7. $14,805 SnapNames
tie $13,000 Sedo
$13,000 Afternic
10. $12,000 Sedo

11. $11,963 SnapNames
12.  $11,091 SnapNames
13. (typo) $11,000 Pool
14. $10,500 SnapNames
15. $10,000 SnapNames
16. $10,000 Sedo
17. $9,900 Afternic
18. $9,433 SnapNames
19. 5,287 = $9,250 Pvt Sale
20. 7,000 = $8,536 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

In .com action just off the chart, Afternic found a buyer for at $7,500 and added $6,000 for and $5,500 for They also banked $4,750 for and $3,000 each for and encircled $2,750, took in $2,600 and three others;, and commanded $2,500 each. Another pair, and swept up $2,100 apiece.

Back at SnapNames, sewed up $7,300, drew $6,666 and hooked $6,639. fetched $6,555 while and corralled $5,600 each. quickstepped to $5,250 and took off with $5,211 returned $5,000, deposited $4,621 and sold for $4,600. secured $4,499, went for $4,053 and polished off $4,033. SnapNames has 40 more sales ranging from $2,000 to just under $3,800. You can check those out in the table below:

Additional SnapNames Sales Between $2,000-$3,800 $3,755 $2,450 $3,455 $2,410 $3,433 $2,400 $3,301 $2,400 $3,100 $2,272 $3,098 $2,272 $3,000 $2,272 $2,960 $2,201 $2,867 $2,200 $2,850 $2,200 $2,834 $2,150 $2,700 $2,100 $2,630 $2,100 $2,600 $2,051 $2,600 $2,050 $2,600 $2,050 $2,513 $2,050 $2,502 $2,002 $2,501 $2,000 $2,450 $2,000

Sedo supplemented their roster with at $6,500, at $4,800 and at $4,512. squeezed out $4,400, went for $3,680, ("travel shop" in German) booked 3,000 ($3,658) and tacked on 2,700 ($3,292).

At, raked in $3,431, lured $1,939 and found a $1,938 match. brought $1,901 and soaked up $1,800.

At Enom's Club Drop, changed hands for $3,700 while pulled in $3,200

A pair of Japanese character IDN's sold for $2,500 each this week. Edwin Hayward, who lives in Japan, purchased 福島県.com ("Fukushima" in Japanese) and 岡山県.com ("Okayama" in Japanese) in private transactions. 

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

There were no high dollar sales among the Global Contenders this week but the sheer quantity of solid four figure sales sure looked good. 40 domains cracked the 1K mark in this class, led by #1 which sold for $4,835 at SnapNames. Snap also sold #2 for $3,455 as well as one of the chart leader's cousins, #9 for $2,222.

Overall, .net took 10 of the 20 positions on our new list and .org was a strong runner-up with 7. The newer extensions, .info and .biz shared the other three spots with two of those going to .info, thanks to a pair of hyphenated city domains sold at Sedo. One of those, finished at #3 after going for 2,700 ($3,292). The other, was 17th at 1,500 ($1,829).

The sole entry for .biz was #7, sold for 2,000 ($2,439) at Sedo. SnapNames was the leading venue in this category, piling up 12 of the 20 charted sales, including #5 at $3,121 and #8 at $2,350. Here's a complete look at the Global Contenders list for the week ending March 19:

Global Contenders Top 20
 Highest Reported Non .Com Global TLD  Sales 
(.Net, .Org, .Biz & .Info) Mon. Mar. 13, 2006 - Sun. Mar. 19, 2006
Euro to Dollar Conversion ( to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. Mar. 21


Sold For

Where Sold
1. $4,835 SnapNames
2. $3,455 SnapNames
3. 2,700 = $3,292 Sedo
4. $3,210 Pool
5. $3,121 SnapNames
6. $2,900 Enom's Club Drop
7. 2,000 = $2,439 Sedo
8. $2,350 SnapNames
9. $2,222 SnapNames
10. $2,164 SnapNames

11. $2,150 Sedo
tie $2,050 SnapNames
tie $2,050 Pool
14. $2,000 Sedo
15. $1,905 SnapNames
16. $1,850 SnapNames
17. 1,500 = $1,829 Sedo
18. $1,816 SnapNames
19. $1,800 SnapNames
20. $1,757 SnapNames

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.

In addition to the 20 four figure sales on the chart, there were 20 more just outside the spotlight. SnapNames accounted for most of those, booking $1,700 for, $1,658 for and $1,650 for Their other .net winners included ($1,550), ($1,407) and ($1,000)

On the .org side of the ledger, SnapNames sold for $1,650, for $1,610 and for $1,550. added $1,400, contributed $1,300, drew $1,250 and brought $1,000. SnapNames also had a $1,000 .info sale with

At Sedo, sold for 1,350 ($1,646), attracted 1,000 ($1,219) and ("stock trading" in German) kicked in 950 ($1,158). Afternic had a pair of four-figure .org sales; at $1,450 and at $1,000. Meanwhile Pool sold for $1,001 and went for $750 in a private sale.

Country Codes

It was a very strong week for the country codes. Led by #1, sold for $10,000 at Sedo, the ccTLDs had 8 sales ranging from $5,000-$10,000. All of those earned places among the 60 best country code sales of 2006 (which you can see on our YTD Charts page).

Great Britain's accounted for three of the top four sales, also scoring with #2 at 5,287 ($9,250)and #4 at 4,500 ($7,902). Germany's .de was the only other extension with more than one chart entry, hitting the daily double with #5 ("discotheque" in German) at 5,800 ($7,073) and #9 at 2,900  ($3,536).

Seven other countries had chart entries this week, including some you rarely see notable sales from. As you look at the complete Country Code Chart for the week ending March 19, see if you can guess which countries are represented by the extensions we haven't already discussed (we'll give you the answers after the chart):

Country Code Top 12
 Highest Reported ccTLD  Sales: Mon. Mar. 13, 2006 - Sun. Mar. 19, 2006
Euro to Dollar Conversion ( to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. Mar. 21


Sold For

Where Sold
1. $10,000 Sedo
2. 5,287 = $9,250 Pvt Sale
3. 7,000 = $8,536 Sedo
4. 4,500 = $7,902 Sedo
("discotheque" in German)
5,800 = $7,073 Sedo
6. $6,300 Sedo

7. 4,800 = $5,853 Sedo
8. 3,000 = $5,268 Sedo
9. 2,900 = $3,536 Sedo
10. 2,650 = $3,231 Sedo
11.  2,000 = $2,439 Sedo
tie $2,000 Sedo
tie $2,000 Sedo

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.

OK, let's see how you did with our country code quiz. If paid attention to the opening paragraphs of this week's column, you already know #3 is an Austrian domain, but did you know that #6 (sold for $6,300) represents British Indian Ocean Territory or that #7 ($5,853) comes from Tonga

How about #9 ($3,231) a domain that represents Timor-Leste (and the first ever to grace our column from that country). Even newbies should recognize #11 as a Chinese extension and most realize that is a Samoan ccTLD (despite an American marketing company's ongoing effort to persuade people it means "website"). (tied with for the 12th spot at $2,000) is a little tougher. .Nu is the ccTLD for the Pacific Island nation of Nuie. If you got them all (without having to look them up) you deserve a gold star!

Speaking of gold stars, Sedo gets one too for racking up 11 of the 12 sales on this chart!

In another sale off the chart, the Cocos (Keeling) Islands were represented by, sold at Afternic for $500. 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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