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by Ron Jackson

Domain sales were a bit lighter than usual this week, something that was to be expected with many of the major players away for the Domain Roundtable Conference in Seattle. Of course being on the road doesn't slow some of those guys down a bit. One bid $110,000 to win in a silent auction at the conference. As soon as the transfer if completed that domain will be eligible for our chart. hit the highest note among the reported sales that were completed over the past 7 days, going for $40,000 at That was one of 7 domains Sedo placed on our new Top 20, more than any other venue, though was right behind with 6, including the #3 domain,, at $18,750.

There were 13 five-figure sales this week and had one of the best of the lot, #2, at $25,000. Sedo hit #4 with at £8,000 ($14,254). The latter name was one of five country code domains on this week's leader board. Others reaching the top half of the chart were #5 (Canadian ccTLD), sold for $11,611 at, and #7 ("stuff" in German) which went for €9,000 ($11,185) in a private sale.

.Net also scored this week with two domains on the Big Board, #15 ($9,300 at Enom's Club Drop) and #19 ($8,733) at Pool. Pool had three entries on our new list, also scoring with ($8,988). Club Drop put a pair on the board with #9 completing their daily double after going for $11,100.

Here's a look at the complete all extension leader board for the week ending Sunday, April 23:


The DNJournal Top 20 
Reported Domain Sales - Mon. Apr. 17, 2006 - Sun. Apr. 23, 2006
Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. Apr. 25


Sold For

Where Sold
1. $40,000 Sedo
2. $25,000 Afternic
3. $18,750 SnapNames
4. £8,000 = $14,254 Sedo
5. $11,611 Pool
6. $11,555 SnapNames
("stuff" in German)
€9,000 = $11,185 Pvt Sale
8. $11,100 Enom's Club Drop
9. $11,000 Sedo
10. $10,088 SnapNames

11. $10,002 SnapNames
tie $10,000 Sedo
tie $10,000 Sedo
14. $9,988 SnapNames
15. $9,300 Enom's Club Drop
16. $9,088 SnapNames
17. $8,988 Pool
18. £5,000 = $8,908 Sedo
19. $8,733 Pool
20. $7,900 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

.Com had 13 of the 20 entries on this week's leader board, but as usual, that was just a warm up for the world's most popular extension. SnapNames kept the party going with hits like ($7,600), ($7,155), ($7,001) and ($7,000). added $6,600, contributed $5,877 and kicked in $5,700.

SnapNames also had a pair of nice 3-letter sales with landing $5,600 and commanding $5,101. In other sales, went for $5,200, sold for $5,100 and returned $4,402. traded for $4,401, was worth $4,113 and pedaled off with $4,100

SnapNames had 30 more sales ranging from $2,000 to $3,900. You can check those out in the table below:

Additional SnapNames Sales Between $2,000-$3,900 $3,900 $2,600 $3,900 $2,500 $3,599 $2,500 $3,455 $2,405 $3,433 $2,401 $3,401 $2,305 $3,100 $2,200 $3,100 $2,188 $3,000 $2,172 $3,000 $2,150 $2,900 $2,100 $2,710 $2,100 $2,701 $2,000 $2,700 $2,000 $2,601 $2,000

Back at Sedo, made $5,000 while, and went for $4,000 each. posted $3,500 and peaked at $3,333.

At Afternic, went for $5,000, drew $3,750 and revealed $3,450. found $3,000, brought $2,850 and sold for $2,625. The Afternic roster also included at $2,450 and at $2,125.

Enom's Club Drop supplemented their pair of Top 20 domains with at $5,300. They also sold at $2,800 while and deposited $1,900 each. At, covered $2,010 and cranked up $1,938.

In notable private sales, Dot Commerce Inc. signed over for $6,000 and Drop Wizard Gordon Martin dropped the hammer on at $3,200 and at $2,500. The latter two domains were part of a portfolio liquidation sale Martin is currently running (one that includes 500 .com domains and 350 .ca names). Martin put the portfolio together while running a well-known drop catching service for several years at

The picture continues to brighten for International Domain Names. IDNs were the topic of a lot of favorable discussion at the Domain Roundtable Conference in Seattle last week (details can be found in our conference wrap up report slated for publication on our home page Thursday night (April 27). On the IDN sales front, Gary Males acquired a group of 8 Japanese Prefecture domains for $15,000 in a private transaction after hooking up with the seller at Males now owns 11 of the 47 Japanese Prefectures (a prefecture is a geographical district, similar to a county or state in America). 

The new acquisitions for Males (at an average cost of $1,875 each) were 香川県.com (Kagawa Prefecture), 石川県.com (Ishikawa Prefecture), 滋賀県.com (Shiga Prefecture), 愛媛県.com (Ehime Prefecture), 岩手県.com (Iwate Prefecture), 山口県.com (Yamaguchi Prefecture), 富山県.com (Toyama Prefecture) and 奈良県.com (Nara Prefecture). You'll also find IDN sales in both our Global Contenders and Country Codes sections below.

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

.Net had a strong outing this week taking four of the top five slots on our Global Contenders chart, including #1 at $9,300 (sold at Enom's Club Drop) and #2 at $8,733 (sold at .Org was also strong, taking the third slot with, a domain that attracted $7,600 at SnapNames. Overall, .org has just one less entry in the Top 20 than .net, trailing 9-8.

.Biz had two of the remaining three slots, scoring with, sold for $4,000 at Afternic to tie for the 7th position, and #18, sold for €1,500 ($1,864) at Sedo. The only .info entry this week was an IDN. Wö ("dictionary" in German) booked €1,900 ($2,345) at Sedo.

SnapNames traditionally does well with this category and this week was no exception as the popular drop-catching venue took 11 of the 20 entries. Here's a complete look at the Global Contenders list for the week ending April 23:

Global Contenders Top 20
 Highest Reported Non .Com Global TLD  Sales 
(.Net, .Org, .Biz & .Info) Mon. Apr. 17, 2006 - Sun. Apr. 23, 2006
Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. Apr. 25


Sold For

Where Sold
1. $9,300 Enom's Club Drop
2. $8,733 Pool
3. $7,600 SnapNames
4. €6,000 = $7,404 Sedo
5. $6,600 Afternic
6. $5,555 SnapNames
tie $4,000 Afternic
tie $4,000 Afternic
9. €3,000 = $3,702 Sedo
10. $3,500 SnapNames

tie $3,100 SnapNames
tie $3,100 SnapNames
tie $3,100 SnapNames
14.  Wö (IDN)
("dictionary" in German)
€1,900 = $2,345 Sedo
15. $2,310 SnapNames
16. $2,027 SnapNames
17. $1,911 SnapNames
18. €1,500 = $1,864 Sedo
tie $1,750 SnapNames
tie $1,750 SnapNames

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.

There were 23 more 4-figure sales just off the chart and SnapNames accounted for 15 of those. Sedo and Pool shared the rest. Sedo's sale list included ($1,500), ($1,350) and a pair at €1,000 ($1,234) each; and They also sold for $1,115. Pool's four figure sales included ($1,150), ($1,115) and at $1,005.

That big lot at SnapNames was topped by at $1,650. In the same extension, went for $1,475, brought $1,375 and prescribed $1,250. Also, attracted $1,210 and landed $1,146.

On the .net side of the ledger, SnapNames sold for $1,500, for $1,400 and for $1,372. added $1,351, drew $1,350 and lounged at $1,300. Another 3-letter domain, fetched $1,219, heard $1,201 and notched $1,050.

At Afternic, a pair of surnames changed hands. sold for $900 and went for $800. Also, brought $650.

Country Codes

The Country Codes were rocking again this week with a trio of five-figure sales. A look through our Year-To-Date charts will show you that the ccTLD category has consistently drawn higher prices top to bottom this year than the non .com global TLDs. The country codes widened their lead this time around the track with #1 selling for £8,000 ($14,254) at Sedo, #2 going for $11,611 at Pool and #3 ("stuff" in German) pulling in €9,000  ($11,185) in a private sale.

Great Britain's was the dominant extension this week, walking off with 8 of the 20 chart entries, including a sweep of positions four through six. #4 brought £5,000 ($8,908), #5 added $7,900 and #6 drew £3,000 ($5,345).

There was a lot variety through the rest of the chart with 9 different countries being represented. We also saw our first IDN .tv sale with アニメ.tv  ("anime" in Japanese) selling for $1,200 at the forum. That gave .tv a rare double this week as also sold, changing hands in a private transaction for $2,500. Patricia Hill of sent the domain to the owner of the plural version -

Poker was also a hot theme this week. Sanchay Kumar sold (Singapore ccTLD) and (Hong Kong ccTLD) for $4,450 each at Sedo. Meanwhile at Afternic, (ccTLD for South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands) raked in a $1,500 pot.

Here's a look at the complete Country Code Chart for the week ending April 23:

Country Code Top 20
 Highest Reported ccTLD  Sales: Mon. Apr. 17, 2006 - Sun. Apr. 23, 2006
Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. Apr. 25


Sold For

Where Sold
1. £8,000 = $14,254 Sedo
2. $11,611 Pool
("stuff" in German)
€9,000 = $11,185 Pvt Sale
4. £5,000 = $8,908 Sedo
5. $7,900 Sedo
6. £3,000 = $5,345 Sedo
tie $4,450 Sedo
tie $4,450 Sedo
9. £2,350 = $4,187 Sedo
10. $3,150 Sedo

11. €2,222 = $2,742 Sedo
12. £1,500 = $2,673 Sedo
13. $2,500 Pvt Sale
14. €2,000 = $2,468 Sedo
("corporate sports" in German)
€1,856 = $2,290 Sedo
("holidays" in German)
€1,350 = $1,666 Sedo
17. $1,500 Afternic
("Hak graduates" in German)
€1,100 = $1,357 Sedo
19. $1,250 Pool
20. アニメ.tv  (IDN)
("Anime" in Japanese)
$1,200 Pvt Sale

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.

In a couple of four figure sales just off the chart, scored $1,150 for and Earth. cc (Cocos Keeling Islands ccTLD) earned $1,111 at Sedo.

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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