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Boats.org 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 U.S.) 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 at SnapNames.com. 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 overall.

SnapNames also 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 and Moniker.com/DomainSystems.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.  

Afternic.com 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:


The DNJournal Top 20 
Reported Domain Sales - Mon. Aug. 28, 2006 - Sun. Sept. 3, 2006
Euro to Dollar Conversion ( to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. Sept. 5


Sold For

Where Sold
1. Boats.org $50,249 SnapNames
2. EventPlanners.com $43,750 SnapNames
3. SparkEnergy.com $30,420 Moniker/ DomainSystems
4. ChicasCalientes.com
("hot girls" in Spanish)
$28,000 Sedo
5. DiecastModels.com $22,472 SnapNames
6. LoveLoveLove.com $21,000 SnapNames
7. HerWay.com $19,300 Moniker/ DomainSystems
8. CommerceGuard.com $18,800 Moniker/ DomainSystems
9. KnowTheScore.com $12,000 Afternic
10. Bumble.com $10,350 SnapNames

11. HondaAccord.com $10,250 SnapNames
12. MySchool.org $10,200 Moniker/ DomainSystems
13. Loofah.com $10,006 SnapNames
14. YouGo.com $10,000 Sedo
Wellness.org $10,000 Sedo
Detroit.info $10,000 DNForum
BlueBee.com $10,000 Afternic
(a location in Portugal)
7,349 = $9,419 Sedo
19. Unequaled.com $8,350 Sedo
20. Kumbaya.com $8,223 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

In addition to all of those charted domain, SnapNames had a truckload of impressive four-figure sales just off the Big Board. GlobalShop.com 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 Between $2,000-$4,500
InternetInvestor.com $4,500   Remarry.com $2,655
BDZ.com $4,322 e-Investing.com $2,655
ZNW.com $4,300 VBIZ.com $2,600
SmallHomePlans.com $4,100 e-Investments.com $2,600
SelectStaffing.com $4,100 ChinaDragons.com $2,350
PictureDeveloping.com $4,040 ShemaleWebcams.com $2,305
NYTV.com $3,988 GenSearcher.com $2,276
EmptyLegs.com $3,600 Viideo.com $2,250
MortgageSavings.com $3,556 TwinLakesTavern.com $2,150
Southpointe.com $3,533 ProvidenceCVB.com $2,101
SanJoseProperties.com $3,500 GiftDepot.com $2,100
PuntoChat.com $3,500 CertifiedPreownedCars.com $2,070
CollectorDolls.com $3,211 ManilaRealstate.com $2,051
SexMedia.com $3,166 CBCG.com $2,050
PropaneRefill.com $2,988 Advare.com $2,050
ESAS.com $2,950 BarfDiet.com $2,000
FotoClipArt.com $2,777  

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 deposited $3,500.

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 brought $2,250.

Global Contenders (.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 Moniker. 

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's failure to negotiate a price to be paid for services rendered monopoly registries 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.org where 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 complete Global Contenders chart for the week ending September 3:

Global Contenders Top 20
 Highest Reported Non .Com Global TLD  Sales 
(.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


Sold For

Where Sold
1. Boats.org $50,249 SnapNames
2.  MySchool.org $10,200 Moniker/
3. Wellness.org $10,000 Sedo
4. Detroit.info $10,000 DNForum
5. VQ.net $8,008 Moniker/
6. Registration.org $7,877 SnapNames
7. Manhattan.info $5,356 Moniker/
8. Online-Casinos.info $5,000 Afternic
9.  RevealingCelebs.net $4,000 Sedo
10. Shawnee.org $3,933 SnapNames

11. Web-Hosting.info $3,375 Sedo
12. Touchpoint.net $2,000 Sedo
13.  Freedom.info $1,827 SnapNames
14. TroyNet.net $1,700 SnapNames
15. PrayingMantis.net $1,650 SnapNames
15. ComputerOperator.org $1,650 SnapNames
17.  Gashik.info $1,550 SnapNames
18.  Aerzte.info $1,525 SnapNames
19.   FlowersExpress.net $1,500 Afternic
20. CaseNet.net $1,456 SnapNames

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.

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.

Country Codes

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:

Country Code Top Sellers
 Highest Reported ccTLD  Sales: Mon. Aug. 28, 2006 - Sun. Sept. 3, 2006
Euro to Dollar Conversion ( to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. Sept. 5


Sold For

Where Sold
1.  Girl.pl 6,500 = $8,332 Sedo
2. Soup.ru 5,000 = $6,409 Sedo
3. Internet-Poker.de  5,000 = $6,409 Sedo
4. Senioren.eu
("seniors" in German)
4,100 = $5,255 Sedo
(a location in Portugal)
3,000 = $3,845 Sedo
Management-Consulting.de  3,000 = $3,845 Sedo

7. Finanz-Wissen.de
("finance knowledge" in German)
1,900 = $2,436


8. Supermodel.co.uk $2,093 Moniker/
9.  Astrowelt.de
("Astroworld" in German)
1,599 = $2,049 Sedo
Auto-Plaza.de 1,500 = $1,923 Sedo
FlightWorld.co.uk 1,000 = $1,894 Sedo

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.

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 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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