Docks at the Top of This Week's Domain Sales Chart
by Ron Jackson
After seeing the domain market
finally take a bit of a breather in August, we thought this past
week (that included the big Labor Day holiday weekend in the
might be the slowest of the year. It didn't turn out that way though.
While there weren't any six-figure sales reported this time out,
there were 17 five-figure deals, the most we have seen in a single
week all summer.
That fleet of solid sales was led by the biggest .org sale of
2006, Boats.org, a domain that sailed to a $50,249 payday
Two other .orgs also made the new Big Board, as did a .info. .Com
controlled the rest of the action, taking 16 of 20 positions
accounted for the #2 domain, EventPlanners.com at $43,750,
and the popular auction site led all venues with 8 entries on the
Top 20. Sedo.com
were close behind with five and four respectively. Moniker's haul included #3 SparkEnergy.com
at $30,420 while Sedo's hit list featured #4 ChicasCalientes.com
("hot girls" in Spanish) at $28,000.
was the only other venue with multiple entries, placing two on the
leader board, including #9 KnowTheScore.com, a domain sold
for $12,000 by LocalWebsites.co.uk.
The .info domain that made the elite all-extension list was Detroit.info.
That domain changed hands for $10,000 at DNForum.com
with Sai Pola of WebsiteGuru.com
selling to Ravi Karnam.
We also got word this week of a $25,000
sale that was completed last spring but was just now released. That
was a deal for Filez.com handled by HighEndWebNames.com.
Since the sale was completed more than 30 days ago it is no longer
eligible for our weekly chart. Here's a look at the
complete Top 20 for the week ending Sunday, September 3:
DNJournal Top 20
Domain Sales - Mon. Aug. 28, 2006 - Sun. Sept. 3, 2006
Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based
on Rates in Effect Tue. Sept. 5
ChicasCalientes.com ("hot girls" in Spanish)
PropertyAlgarve.com (a location in Portugal)
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.
In addition to all of those charted domain, SnapNames
had a truckload of impressive four-figure sales just off the Big
delivered $8,000 while PowerChip.com provided $7,600.
VietCong.com commanded $7,300, Critica.com contributed
$7,100 and LiveEvent.com landed $6,900. MiteIndia.com
brought $6,601, WindsorHills.com went for $6,500 and
Matzah.com kicked in $6,200.
Also at SnapNames, Comptons.com and CustomPackaging.com
wrapped up $6,100 each while DiamondAppraisal.com
posted $6,060. ChubbyTeens.com wolfed down $5,100,
Independents.com added $5,051 and three others; MuslimNews.com,
DUIDefenseLawyer.com and Tefillin.com tallied $4,700
each. SnapNames had 33 more sales
ranging from $2,000-$4,500. You can check those out in the table below:
Additional SnapNames Sales
Back at Afternic, CBUY.com banked $8,200,
CelebrateFreedom.com fetched $5,100 and DisplayLink.com
drew $5,000. SarahChang.com attracted $4,500,
Ellenton.com earned $3,500 and Suffocate.com
smothered $3,310. SQLHosting.com and SimpleMeasures.com
made $3,000 each while RiskPartner.com returned $2,000.
Sedo's roster included DBJ.com and AlgarveProperty.com
at €6,000 ($7,690) each. VHO.com and PDG.com
tacked on another €5,000 ($6,409) apiece. Siwa.com
sewed up $4,500, GreenFit.com found $4,000 and ExecutiveDevelopments.com
At Enom's Club
Drop, ChaseBadKids.com, a domain with a huge
Overture score of 4,628 with the extension, went for $7,100.
TigarDirect.com booked $5,300 and Disneyhannel.com
tuned in $3,100. Meanwhile, at Pool.com,
HornyMatchs.com hooked up with $3,300 and BangkokChat.com
(.biz, .info, .net & .org)
For the fourth time in the past five
weeks, .org held the upper hand on our Global
Contenders chart. The extension claimed the top two spots
and shared the third with a trio of domains that included that
blockbuster $50,249 sale of Boats.org at
SnapNames (the highest .org sale reported so far in 2006).
You've already seen the top three .orgs on our all-extension
leader board. Overall, .org has six names on the new GC list
including #6 Registration.org at $7,877.
This was also .info's best week of the
year. That TLD racked up 7 chart entries, including Detroit.info
at $10,000 (tied for 3rd) and #7 Manhattan.info
at $5,356. This is the third time Manhattan.info has
changed hands in the past 12 months. The domain first sold for
$1,300 at Sedo in September 2005. In December 2005, it was
resold for $4,500 (also at Sedo). The latest transaction was
handled by Moniker.com/DomainSystems.com.
.Net also had 7 charted domains this
week, led by #5 VQ.net, sold for $8,008 at
The non .com global TLDs have enjoyed good
health this year, but a grave threat is hanging over
the .org, .info and .biz extensions. In the face of overwhelming
opposition during a 30-day public comment period that
ended August 28, ICANN is considering extremely
dangerous new contracts for those TLDs that would eliminate
all price protection for registrants. These reckless
one-sided deals would allow registries to charge any price
they want for registrations and renewals - including different
prices for different domains if they so choose.
If the contracts are approved when ICANN meets
to make a decision Thursday (Sept. 7), we believe
people will stop developing .org, .info and .biz
domains because any work they do could very well be lost due
to exorbitant renewal fees. Due to ICANN'sfailureto negotiate a price to be paidfor services
rendered monopolyregistries could be given the
power to determine whether or not your Internet enterprise
will have a future.
No sane businessman would sign a store lease
that allowed the landlord to charge anything they wanted for
rent, but that is exactly what ICANN proposes to allow here.
In the short term new registrants can, and almost certainly
will, avoid .org, .info and .biz, but that will be just a
"quick fix". You can bet that if this is allowed to
stand, Verisign will demand the same
"privileges" the next time the .com and .net
contracts come up for renewal.
Though time is growing short, Americans can still
make their voice heard by going to Congress.orgwhere you can enter you zip code in the box in the upper
left corner. This will bring up direct email links to your
Congressmen so you can let them know you want them to take
action to prevent this debacle . We also urge domain owners around
the world to take a
moment to sign the online petition to the entire U.S.
Congress at BadForBusiness.org.
Your online future is literally on the line.
Now back to more pleasant matters. Here's the
Contenders chart for the week ending September 3:
Global Contenders Top 20
Highest Reported Non .Com Global
(.Net, .Org, .Biz & .Info) Mon. Aug.
28, 2006 - Sun. Sept. 3, 2006 Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based
on Rates in Effect Tue. Sept. 5
There were 13 more four-figure sales off the
chart and SnapNames accounted for nearly half of those. They
sold Jeukmic.org and FOF.org for $1,310
each and Bitheway.org for $1,250. IUMS2005.org
added $1,076, while StudentAspirations.org and InteractiveHQ.org
generated $1,050 each.
At Sedo, HandbagHeaven.net notched $1,288,
Committee.info captured €1,000 ($1,282), DLife.org
drew $1,200 and CommercialMortgage.org banked $1,000.
At Afternic, Ambitions.biz brought $1,250 while Skins.net
and HMM.info fetched $1,200 each.
Poland (.pl) and Russia (.ru) form an
unlikely pair that sits on top of this week's Country Code
chart. Girl.pl reigns at #1 after attracting €6,500
($8,332) at Sedo. Soup.ru tied for the runner-up
slot after slurping down €5,000 ($6,409) at the same
venue. Internet-Poker.de shared the #2 position and
helped Germany's country rack up five chart entries,
more than any other country.
The European Union's .eu and Great
Britain's .co.uk each had two charted domains. Senioren.eu
("seniors" in German) led the way for the European
Union, going for €4,100 ($5,255) at Sedo, a venue
that accounted for all but one of the sales on this week's
ccTLD leader board. The top British domain was SuperModel.co.uk,
sold for $2,093 at Moniker/DomainSystems.
Here's a look at the complete
Country Code chart for the week ending September 3:
Code Top Sellers
ccTLD Sales: Mon. Aug. 28, 2006 - Sun. Sept. 3, 2006 Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based
on Rates in Effect Tue. Sept. 5
In other sales, Jeans.co.za (South African
extension) changed hands for 7,000 rands ($979) in a private
transaction while Pool sold three Canadian .ca domains; Deboers.ca
($747), Zinc.ca ($685) and PokerTournaments.ca ($625).
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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.