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Templates.com Changes Hands in One of the Year's Top Ten Sales 

by Ron Jackson

Tessoro Media Limited reluctantly let go of one of their most prized possessions this week. It took $450,000 to persuade the company to part with a real gem, Templates.com, in a private transaction. Their return on investment certainly must have eased the pain of letting go though. They had acquired the domain for $43,000 just three years ago. Try getting that kind of return with your passbook savings account! The sale ranks among the 10 biggest transactions reported so far in 2006.

In another six-figure deal, Moniker.com/DomainSystems.com handled the sale of a very nice two-letter .com - EX.com for  $126,160. SnapNames.com accounted for the next two sales on our new Top 20 chart, booking $72,250 for #3 CityCenter.com and another $41,861 for CanadaRentals.com. SnapNames placed more domains on the Big Board than any other venue, edging Sedo.com 7-6. Sedo accounted for the top non .com domain on the leader board with #6 Racing.info taking the checkered flag at $18,000. Sedo also had the only other non .com to make the elite all-extension list, SIL.net, a name that tied for 20th at 5,000 ($6,343).

Moniker and Afternic.com each had two chart entries, with Enom's Club Drop and Namebrokers.com getting one each. Afternic also had an $85,000 sale of a China related .com they could not release due to a non-disclosure agreement. There were two private sales reported, the one for Templates.com and another in which #5 Gary.com found a new home after changing hands for $35,000. Here's a look at the complete Top 20 for the week ending Sunday, September 10:


The DN Journal Top 20 
Reported Domain Sales - Mon. Sept. 4, 2006 - Sun. Sept. 10, 2006
Euro to Dollar Conversion ( to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. Sept. 12


Sold For

Where Sold
1. Templates.com $450,000 Pvt Sale
2. EX.com $126,160 Moniker/
3. CityCenter.com $72,250 SnapNames
4. CanadaRentals.com $41,861 SnapNames
5. Gary.com $35,000 Pvt Sale
6. Racing.info $18,000 Sedo
7. YallowPages.com (typo) $13,100 Enom's Club Drop
8. Druid.com $12,888 SnapNames
9. Melodias.com
("melodies" in Spanish - also used for "ringtones")
10,000 = $12,685 Sedo
PlayerMax.com $10,000 Sedo
MyBroadway.com $10,000 Namebrokers

12. HomeSolutions.com $9,670 Afternic
13. Desimama.com $9,013 SnapNames
14. MetroCast.com $7,700 Afternic
15. Jotto.com $7,605 SnapNames
16. EnergyFiend.com $7,500 Sedo
17. Antec-Inc.com $7,300 SnapNames
18. HonestOpinion.com $6,708 Moniker/
19. AluminumFence.com $6,601 SnapNames
SIL.net 5,000 = $6,343 Sedo
Caroo.com 5,000 = $6,343 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

SnapNames supported their seven chart entries with a truckload of solid four figure sales that included Qualis.com and Programing.com (typo) at $6,100 each. ChefCareers.com whipped up a tasty $6,000 while CoolDates.com connected for $5,955 and Revitalization.com returned $5,050. Magique.com pulled $5,011 out of the hat, LightPen.com illuminated $5,005 and DrugsAndAlcohol.com downed $4,900.

SnakeBites.com sunk its teeth into $4,733, HolidayBeach.com brought $4,705 and Derm-Infonet.com drew $4,655. Also at SnapNames, Mangazine.com and GoBuddy.com contributed $4,500 each while SinusCongestion.com got some relief from a $4,405 check. CheapDomesticFlights.com took off with $4,200, MegaRed.com made $4,140, Wiskey.com poured $4,099 and BirthdaySurprise.com blew out $4,040.

SnapNames had 31 more sales ranging from $2,000-$3,600. You can check those out in the table below:

Additional SnapNames Sales Between $2,000-$3,600
FinancialResource.com $3,540   Innovia.com $2,300
iScotland.com $3,411 Cyclic.com $2,300
MathEducation.com $3,404 VIPCom.com $2,276
CalCoast.com $3,373 FundamentalBuddhism.com $2,238
CASD.com $3,201 InsightCable.com $2,220
Cytek.com $3,100 TurboWorx.com $2,200
TheArmory.com $3,005 Assailant.com $2,200
Faso.com $3,000 Oclock.com $2,152
CFORC.com $2,755 InternetMarketingInfo.com $2,150
Subeta.com $2,725 SytematicSports.com $2,138
CashWeb.com $2,705 NymphoNannies.com $2,050
SwallowingProblems.com $2,545 Nasby.com $2,050
GolfLiquidation.com $2,472 KeyWestMaps.com $2,020
Abbots.com $2,450 ChurchPulpits.com $2,010
Scientifica.com $2,350 CertifiedHomeInspectors.com $2,001
PlantPots.com $2,305  

Back at Afternic, TFU.com tallied $6,000, Bodique.com banked $5,000 and GoodCard.com rang up $4,500. SeeMyrtleBeach.com saw $3,000, TheTackShack.com took in $2,488 and SaveOnGolf.com chipped in $2,400. PartySuperCenter.com sold for $2,222 while three others; Simplimatic.com, MediaFire.com and KayKay.com kicked in $2,000 each. 

Sedo supplemented their six Top 20 domains with Technetix.com at $6,000, Schulbuch.com ("school book" in German) at $5,328 and BlueWire.com at $5,000. LuckyChipCasino.com raked in a $4,000 pot and LendingSuite.com deposited $3,000

Moniker/DomainSystems sold MinnesotaLoans.com for $5,675 while Enom's Club Drop banked $5,600 for Barracks.com and $4,100 for MixTapeTorrents.com. At Pool.com, Immobilen.com (typo of German word for "real estate") managed $3,100, CitiFinacialAuto.com (typo) tallied $2,740 and RightToLife.com took in $2,600.

In an IDN sale at IDNForums.com, 上海酒店.com ("Shanghai Hotels") booked $1,800.

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

It was another solid week for .info. After having it's best outing of the year last week (with 7 charted domains), the extension came back with this week's top sale, Racing.info at $18,000 as well as the #3 GC chart entry, Online-Gambling.info at $6,000. Overall, .info put four names on the board this week. Racing.info also ranks among the 20 biggest sales reported so far this year in the Global Contenders category. 

In the usual skirmishing between .net and .org for most overall chart entries, .net emerged with a slim 8-7 win this week, but the extension was dominant where it counted, on the top half of the chart, taking four of the first six positions, including #2 SIL.net at 5,000 ($6,343). .Net also scored with #4 Camouflage.net ($4,200), #5 UsedCarDealers.net ($3,700) and #6 Caroline.net ($3,600), with all three of those sales coming at SnapNames.

.Pro also broke into the top ten with Paris.pro posting $2,888 at Sedo. Here's the complete Global Contenders chart for the week ending September 10:

Global Contenders Top 20
 Highest Reported Non .Com Global TLD  Sales 
(.Net, .Org, .Biz & .Info) Mon. Sept. 4, 2006 - Sun. Sept. 10, 2006
Euro to Dollar Conversion ( to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. Sept. 12


Sold For

Where Sold
1. Racing.info $18,000 Sedo
2.  SIL.net 5,000 = $6,343 Sedo
3. Online-Gambling.info $6,000 Pvt Sale
4. Camouflage.net $4,200 SnapNames
5. UsedCarDealers.net $3,700 SnapNames
6. Caroline.net $3,600 SnapNames
7. Zipper.org $3,300 SnapNames
8. Terrorists.net $3,100 Enom's Club Drop
9.  Paris.pro $2,888 Sedo
10. Flixml.org $2,866 SnapNames

11.   Bakeries.info $2,750 Sedo
12. Oviedo.org $2,500 Sedo
13. CareerAction.org $2,205 SnapNames
14.  SecureDate.net $2,200 Afternic
15. Skins.info $2,000 Afternic
16. MOR.net $2,000 PPCIncome
17. SharedCapitalism.org $1,851 SnapNames
18.  PGE.net $1,850 Afternic
19.  NWI.org $1,810 SnapNames
20. IdahoBoardOfEd.org $1,738 SnapNames

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.

There were 20 more four-figure sales just off the chart with SnapNames accounting for a dozen of those. Nine of their winners were .orgs, including Bioxml.org ($1,700), AmberAlertNow.org ($1,650) and FHAHero.org ($1,549). Psychotic.org snagged $1,495, CaliforniaRealEstate.org generated $1,250 and YourNextCar.org added $1,200. Bonkfest.org fetched $1,051, Filipinos.org found $1,024 and CNSI-US.org sold for $1,021.

On the .net side of the ledger, SnapNames sold DTX.net ($1,550), 1ClickReservations.net ($1,024) and X-ecutioners.net ($1,015)

A .biz led Sedo's supplementary sales list, with MortgageLender.biz landing $1,500. They also scored with JokeWallpaper.org and JokeWallpaper.net ($1,450 each) and added $1,269 for Committee.info. DubaiMetro.info drew another 800 ($1,014). PersonalCoach.org posted $1,256 and NEEE.org notched $1,150.

At Afternic, Bodique.net brought $1,000 and BestRestaurants.info cooked up $995. In a couple of other high three figure sales at SnapNames, Captain.info commanded $950 and Amigo.info befriended $825.

Country Codes

The European Union's .eu and Germany's .de dominated the ccTLD action this week with each extension putting four domains on our Country Code leader board. .eu grabbed the top spot with Work-Shop.eu going for 2,500 ($3,172) at Sedo. Broadcom.eu was #3, selling for 2,100  ($2,664) at Sedo, a venue that swept all but one of the charted sales.

#2 MortgageLender.tv slipped in between the first two .eu domains after tuning in $2,800 at Sedo. .de joined the fray at #4 with ShopHopp.de selling for 2,000 ($2,537). The fifth spot went to Florida.st (SaoTome and Principe ccTLD) which changed hands for $2,500 in a private sale. The only other sale not involving a .eu or a .de was #6 TemplateMonster.es (Spain's country code) at 1,700 ($2,157).

Here's a look at the complete Country Code chart for the week ending September 10:

Country Code Top Sellers
 Highest Reported ccTLD  Sales: Mon. Sept. 4, 2006 - Sun. Sept. 10, 2006
Euro to Dollar Conversion ( to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. Sept. 12


Sold For

Where Sold
1.  Work-Shop.eu 2,500 = $3,172 Sedo
2. MortgageLender.tv $2,800 Sedo
3. Broadcom.eu  2,100 = $2,664 Sedo
4. ShopHopp.de 2,000 = $2,537 Sedo
5. Florida.st $2,500 Pvt Sale
6. TemplateMonster.es  1,700 = $2,157 Sedo

7. KeyWeb.eu 1,500 = $1,903


8. -Wagen.de (IDN)
("broadcasting news truck" in German)
1,300 = $1,649 Sedo
9.  Schufaauskunft.de
("Clause information" in German)
1,090 = $1,383 Sedo
10.  Regionalzeitung.de
("regional newspaper" in German)
1,000 = $1,269 Sedo
11.  MaxGear.eu $1,000 Sedo

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.

In a smaller sale, off the chart, Pool sold PayBills.ca (Canadian country code) for $775.

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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