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$185,000 Sale of Slimming.com Fattens Up Bottom Line at DotcomAgency.com and Prices Revealed for Two Huge .EU Deals 

by Ron Jackson

If Ian Andrew decides to pop the cork on a bottle of champagne this week, he'll be able to afford the best. His DotcomAgency.com booked the highest sale in company history, closing a deal for Slimming.com at $185,000 to lead our new weekly Top 20 sales chart.

The prices from two even bigger deals that were completed earlier this summer were also just revealed today. In a article at CNN.com by Business 2.0 Magazine's Paul Sloan, Sedo.com confirmed that Hotels.eu and Shopping.eu were purchased by the same buyers in a pair of six-figure deals. 

In following up on that report we learned that the new owners are partners Louis Klarevas and Michael Bahlitzanakis who each hold dual citizenships in the U.S. and Europe and operate businesses on both continents. They paid 257,000 ($329,509 at today's exchange rate) for Hotels.eu and 153,500 ($196,803) for Shopping.eu. Those are the two highest prices ever reported for domains in the new .eu (European Union) extension. The WhoIs record shows Shopping.eu is currently on Hold status. Bahlitzanakis told us that was the result of a frivolous ADR (Alternate Dispute Resolution) case that the partners had won and the domain is in the process of being returned to active status. 

To be eligible for our weekly chart, sales have to have been reported for the first time within the past 7 days and the transfers completed within the past 30 days. Release of the prices paid for Hotels.eu and Shopping.eu fall outside the 30-day window, but we have added them in the proper positions on our Year-To-Date Sales Chart. Hotels.eu now ranks as the #10 reported sale of 2006 while Shopping.eu is at #23 (one notch ahead of our new weekly chart leader, Slimming.com). 

Incidently, in addition to insuring that the weekly data reflects fresh sales, the 30-day rule is meant to prevent a company from stockpiling a long list of major sales, then releasing them all at once the week of a major industry event (such as a T.R.A.F.F.I.C. or Domain Roundtable conference) in order to make a a big splash in this report at an artificially orchestrated time. That was not the case here, of course, but the rule has to be applied uniformly.

This week's #2 domain just missed giving the Big Board another six-figure deal. CityIndex.com went for 75,000 ($96,186) at Sedo. SnapNames.com followed with #3 CoolRides.com at $24,750. SnapNames was the leading venue in total number of sales this week, racking up 13 of the 20 spots on the leader board. They would have had even more, but three of their five-figure sales were adult domains with off-color names that we cannot print here.

GreatDomains got on board in a tie for 4th with Drill.com at $15,000 while Afternic.com scored with #7 XJT.com at $12,360. An IDN domain also cracked the Top Ten this week with 翻訳.com (puny code = xn--pw0a62s.com) going for 4,686 ($8,897) in a private sale to claim the #10 slot. That means "translation" in Japanese. 

.Com dominated the action this week with 17 chart entries. The other 3 positions went to .nets in the second ten.  Here's a look at the complete Top 20 list for the week ending Sunday, August 27:


The DNJournal Top 20 
Reported Domain Sales - Mon. Aug. 21, 2006 - Sun. Aug.27, 2006
Euro to Dollar Conversion ( to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. Aug. 29


Sold For

Where Sold
1. Slimming.com $185,000 Dotcom Agency
2. CityIndex.com 75,000 = $96,186 Sedo
3. CoolRides.com $24,750 SnapNames
Tobi.com $15,000 Sedo
Drill.com $15,000 GreatDomains
6. FlashWebsites.com $14,456 SnapNames
7. XJT.com $12,360 Afternic
8. DallasInternet.com $9,116 SnapNames
9. BlueTree.com $8,900 SnapNames
10. 翻訳.com (xn--pw0a62s.com)
("translation" in Japanese)
4,686 = $8,897 Pvt Sale

11. Playa.net
("beach" in Spanish)
$8,600 SnapNames
12. KoreanTours.com $7,532 SnapNames
13. Bipolar.net $7,201 SnapNames
14. IndoorGames.com $7,001 SnapNames
15. Willson.com $7,000 Sedo
16.  Puma.net $6,968 SnapNames
17. TheLeatherFactory.com $6,134 SnapNames
18. DVDRom.com $5,655 SnapNames
19. BaptistOnline.com $5,555 SnapNames
20. SystemsManagement.com $5,100 SnapNames

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

Sedo supplemented their big week (three Top 20 entries and those two monster .eu sales) with some nice four-figure deals. ChoiceMarket.com and ANUA.com added $5,000 each while WorldCupSouthAfrica.com and Websourcing.com went for 3,000 ($3,847) each. Another trio, TopSubmit.com, IYK.com and DTS-HD.com delivered $3,000 apiece.

Songs2Play.com drummed up $5,000 at Enom's Club Drop. Meanwhile, back at SnapNames, OldiesButGoodies.com brought back $4,655 worth of memories. ScrapbookIdeas.com pasted another $4,000 in the ledger, while OceanaCruises.com contributed $3,755 and ArtistSchool.com drew $3,633.

SnapNames also booked $3,500 for CinderellaWeddings.com, $3,499 for Concha.com ("conch" in Spanish), $3,333 for Firewoman.com and $3,300 for NewAsia.com. SnapNames had 14 more sales ranging from $2,000 to $3,200. You can check those out in the table below:

Additional SnapNames Sales Between $2,000-$3,200
SpecialCar.com $3,200   Tomatillo.com $2,372
FetishIndex.com $3,200 CleaningSolvents.com $2,170
WolfDogs.com $2,877 PCToolbox.com $2,150
SunFace.com $2,600 InfoNews.com $2,050
PayPale.com $2,600 FrostedFlake.com $2,050
StMarysHospital.com $2,495 eCommerce1.com $2,050
TischTennis.com $2,451 OutsourcingInfo.com $2,000

Back at Afternic, SBHotel.com registered $3,000, WebPad.com posted $2,625 and JobDoctors.com earned $3,500. Afternic had three more at $2,000 each; InfusiumTea.com, C-Concepts.com and AmeriSavings.com

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

After getting run over by the .orgs the past three weeks, the .nets reasserted themselves in a big way this week, sweeping the top five spots on our new Global Contenders chart and taking 12 of 20 positions overall. You've already seen the top three domains, Playa.net, Bipolar.net and Puma.net on our all-extension leader board above. FreeLog.net joined the fray at #4 after going for $4,000 at Sedo and LanguageCourses.net landed at #5 with a $3,850 sale at Namebrokers.com.   

.Org finally got on the board at #6, thanks to the $3,011 sale of DoubleTakeMagazine.org at SnapNames, a venue that accounted for 13 of the 20 chart entries. .Org placed seven domains on the new list with .info getting the only other opening. That was #19 MedicalAlert.info, sold for $1,800 in a private sale. .Biz took a breather this week.

Here's the complete Global Contenders chart for the week ending August 27:

Global Contenders Top 20
 Highest Reported Non .Com Global TLD  Sales 
(.Net, .Org, .Biz & .Info) Mon. Aug. 21, 2006 - Sun. Aug. 27, 2006
Euro to Dollar Conversion ( to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. Aug. 29


Sold For

Where Sold
1. Playa.net
("beach" in Spanish)
$8,600 SnapNames
2.  Bipolar.net $7,201 SnapNames
3. Puma.net $6,968 SnapNames
4. FreeLog.net $4,000 Sedo
5. LanguageCourses.net $3,850 Namebrokers
6. DoubleTakeMagazine.org $3,011 SnapNames
Cubicles.net $3,000 SnapNames
CampusCares.org $3,000 SnapNames
9.  FitnessEquipment.net $2,800 Sedo
10. PlanYourWedding.net $2,601 SnapNames

11. Baovan.net $2,600 Enom's Club Drop
12. NewMediaCenters.org $2,235 SnapNames
13.  UsedVehicles.net $2,156 SnapNames
14. BuildingSystems.org $2,125 SnapNames
Gigantic.org $2,000 Sedo
Activ8.net $2,000 Afternic
17.  Imisite.org $1,951 SnapNames
18.  PCTools.org $1,950 SnapNames
19.   MedicalAlert.info $1,800 Pvt Sale
20. FashionIndia.net $1,713 SnapNames

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.

There were ten more four-figure sales off the chart and SnapNames accounted for all but one of those. The lone exception was InjuryAttorney.info, sold for $1,150 in a private sale. Most of the SnapNames sales were .orgs, including PKU-AlliedDisorders.org ($1,451), BGP.org ($1,306) and IsIt2004.org ($1,151). 

SnapNames also attracted $1,050 each for NMCDHH.org, Inforfusion.org and Diamondial.org, plus $1,000 for 2030.org. On the .net side of the ledger, SnapNames sold TheBestPhoneSex.net for $1,237 and NAMT.net for $1,050.

Country Codes

This was an unusually slow week for the country codes with the top sale, for Niederlaendisch.de ("Netherlands" in German), falling under $4,000, 3,000 ($3,847) to be exact. Sedo accounted for that sale and all but two others on our new ccTLD Chart. Germany's .de had three more chart entries, giving Deutschland more than any other country. 

The runner-up slot went to .TV, with Capitalist.tv tuning in $2,500. America's country code, .US, was next with still another strong 3-letter sale, CLS.us at $2,000. That one changed hands in a private transaction. Liechtenstein made a rare chart appearance with #4 Discount.li selling for 1,500 ($1,924).

Other ccTLDs represented this week included the European Union's .eu (2 domains), Puerto Rico's .pr and Switzerland's .ch. Here's a look at the complete Country Code leader board for the week ending August 27:

Country Code Top Sellers
 Highest Reported ccTLD  Sales: Mon. Aug. 21, 2006 - Sun. Aug. 27, 2006
Euro to Dollar Conversion ( to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. Aug. 29


Sold For

Where Sold
1.  Niederlaendisch.de
("Netherlands" in German)
3,000 = $3,847 Sedo
2. Capitalist.tv $2,500 Sedo
3. CLS.us  $2,000 Pvt Sale
4. Discount.li 1,500 = $1,924 Sedo
Rollinger.eu 1,200 = $1,539 Sedo
File.de  1,200 = $1,539 Sedo

Poker.pr $1,500


Spain-Travel-Guide.de $1,500 Sedo
Sampling.ch 1,000 = $1,282 Sedo
Question.de 1,000 = $1,282 Sedo
PSY.eu 1,000 = $1,282 Sedo

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.

Poker.pr, sold for $1,500 through the NamePros.com forum to tie Spain-Travel-Guide.de for the 7th spot. The latter domain demonstrates the strength of the .de extension (the world's second most popular TLD, behind only .com). Seeing a double-hyphenated domain, referencing a country that doesn't match the extension, sell for this kind of price is surely puzzling to Americans! In a smaller ccTLD sale, PersonalInjury.ws went for $600 in a private transaction.

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 editor@dnjournal.com.

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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