Highest .Mobi Sale To Date Heads New DN Journal Top 20
by Ron Jackson
A lot of jaws hit the floor when Flowers.mobi
sold for $200,000 in an auction at the T.R.A.F.F.I.C.
East conference in October. It was an unprecedented
amount to pay for an unproven new extension and most assumed it was
just a case of a wealthy buyer (Rick Schwartz) taking a big
risk with money he could afford to lose. However the "isolated
incident" theory was blown out of the water this week when
another six-figure buyer bellied up to the .mobi bar.
time it was Sportsbook.mobi commanding the big bucks - a
whopping $129,800 in a private sale that we carefully
examined during our verification process.
The seller, Sule Garba, originally
brought the sale to our attention soon after it was completed in
mid-December. He was willing to make details of the deal public but
the buyer, who wishes to remain anonymous, wanted to delay an
announcement while he pursued other related domains he had his eye
on (it is our policy to honor non-disclosure requests that come from
either party to a transaction). This week, the buyer (whose identity
we know) agreed to release the information and the broker he was
working with to acquire domains, SpareDomains.com,
sent us the documentation we require before reporting a sale.
The exchange was handled by Escrow.com
so I called the company's president, Brandon Abbey, to verify
the information I had been given was accurate and that his company
had completed the transfer of both the money and the domain. Abbey
had to secure permission from both the buyer and seller before he
could comment on the transaction, but once he had done so, he
confirmed that the money was paid and the name delivered to the new
The most amazing thing about this deal is
that Garba says he registered the domain by hand in October for just
over $30! The name was apparently registered during the .mobi
sunrise period for trademark holders but was then released back into
the general registration pool, possibly because the trademark claim
was ruled to be invalid by the registry. Garba just happened to be
at the right place at the right time.
The runner-up spot on
the Big Board went to Sedo.com
who collected €59,000 ($76,214) for Ofertas.com
("offers" in Spanish). Sedo made it
three in a row by also claiming the #3 slot with Hero.co.uk
at £20,000 ($39,232 and #4 with Skycast.com at
$30,000. Hero.co.uk was one of three country code
domains on the Top 20. A five-figure .info also cracked the
elite all-extension list. #12 Names.info sold for €8,100
($10,465) at Sedo to earn a spot among the .coms that
traditionally dominate this chart.
The other ccTLDs on the leader board
were #6 CanadaComputers.ca, sold for $16,055 at Pool.com,
and Modelkartei.de ("model portfolio" in German), a
domain that went for €7,501 ($9,691) at Sedo, a venue that
led all others with eight chart entries. SnapNames.com
was next with six. Their roster was led by #5 MofunGames.com at
$20,250. NameMedia stablemates Afternic.com
bagged two entries apiece and Afternic landed on the top half of the
chart with #9 OpenTrade.com ($12,750).
Here's a look at the complete
Top 20 for the week ending Sunday, Jan. 14:
DN Journal Top 20
Domain Sales - Mon. Jan. 8, 2007 - Sun. Jan. 14, 2007 Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based
on Rates in Effect Tue. Jan. 16
Ofertas.com ("offers" in Spanish)
Modelkartei.de ("model portfolio" in German)
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.
SnapNames supplemented their six entries on the
Big Board with a boatload of solid four-figure sales. Their other
power hitters included AgeDiscrimination.com ($7,988), FoodLine.com
($7,877) and KotakBank.com ($7,002). SwingLifestlye.com
(typo) drew another $6,100, QWA.com went for $5,655 and
ChecksWorks.com checked in with $5,555.
Mirabelle.com managed $5,302, ProgressIce.com
produced $5,170 and AmericanFirstCreditUnion.com
deposited $5,100. Soulfest.com fetched $4,388
and Gazetesi.com (Turkish for "newspaper") corralled $4,149. Xeko.com and
LaborParty.com posted $3,600 each while HomeInteriors.com
and LookingTrim.com tacked on $3,100 apiece.
SnapNames had 27 more .com sales ranging
from $2,000 to $3,000. You can see those in the table below.
Additional SnapNames Sales
("bubble" in Spanish)
("fruits" in Spanish)
Back at BuyDomains, CultureShock.com provided a
$7,500 jolt. HelpLoans.com and Sodan.com sewed
up $6,000 each while HealthRatings.com returned $5,500.
LoveMania.com and PowerSong.com drummed up $5,000
each and YourDreams.com yielded $4,800.
BuyDomains also scored with Ceviche.com ($4,000),
Alaric.com ($3,888) and ExtremeProductions.com ($3,700).
InternetSuites.com served up $3,688, TXEN.com
tallied $3,588 and BrandFirst.com brought $3,500.
EquityAdvisors.com added $3,488 while MainBrain.com
and CorporateRetreats.com registered $3,400
BuyDomains had 36 more .com sales ranging from $2,000 to $3,288. You can check
those out in the table below.
BuyDomains piled up more than 150 additional .com
sales ranging from $1,950 all the way down to $224.
Their low cost bargains included MedicalTeams.com at just $248.
At Afternic, CanmoreHomes.com contributed
$7,350, Scram.com scratched out $6,000 and UltraMobileDevice.com
delivered $5,500. Three others; WikiSeek.com, PrivacySweeper.com
and Lakeway.com kicked in $5,000 each. InvestorsManagement.com
clocked in at $3,300, AutoHighway.com cornered $2,250
and AKBC.com captured $2,000.
Sedo secured another $7,250 with BudgetDomains.com
while EPJ.com added €5,600 ($7,235). At Enom's
ItalySex.com commanded $5,000 and FamousWear.com
(.biz, .info, .mobi, .net & .org)
.Mobi made it two for two to kick off
2007, as the new mobile extension claimed the top spot on our Global
Contenders chart for the second week in a row. As you saw
on the all-extension leader board, Sportsbook.mobi
crushed the competition with a $129,800 sale - the
biggest transaction reported thus far in the New Year. After
taking four of the top five GC sales last week, .mobi showed
broad strength again by claiming three of the first six
Names.info, a domain that also made the
all extension Top 20, rose to #2 on the GC chart with that
solid $10,465 sale at Sedo. Sedo also took the 3rd and
4th slots with Yuan.org at $7,106 and VideoPoker.mobi
Once you get past the .mobi onslaught at the
top, .net took control of things and that extension
wound up racking up 11 of the 20 chart entries. However the
highest ranking .net was #7 ErectileDysfunction.net,
sold for $4,089 at SnapNames. Here's how the GC top sellers stacked up for the week ending
Global Contenders Top 20
Highest Reported Non .Com Global
(.Net, .Org, .Biz & .Info) Mon. Jan.
8, 2007 - Sun. Jan. 14, 2007 Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based
on Rates in Effect Jan. 16
In addition to their eight charted domains,
BuyDomains piled up seven more four-figure GC sales including
a trio at $1,500 each; WebFactory.net,
InfoSecurity.net and AWOL.org. FreeBase.net
added $1,088 and another threesome; PureIP.net, Countryman.net
and HealthPromotion.org generated $1,000 each.
At SnapNames, SantaClaraKids.org
clicked for $1,588, LaptopComputer.net notched $1,452
and GolfHolidays.net holed out with $1,000.
SnapNames also sold a pair of .infos; IBEX.info at $1,101
and Ectel.info at $1,051.
At Afternic, TouristGuide.org drew $1,400
and Elevate.biz banked $999. At Sedo Circle.biz
sold for $1,350.
Country code fans have a super hero to
cheer for this week as Hero.co.uk flew to the top of
the ccTLD chart with that powerful $39,232 sale at
Sedo. As you saw earlier, the first three domains on
this chart all made the all extension leader board as the
country codes had their second strong outing in a row.
The 4th position went to a nice Belgian generic
domain - Boten.be ("boats" in Dutch),
sold by Dotstorm GCV for €5,000 ($6,460) in a
private transaction. Canada's .ca had the most chart
entries by far as Pool sold eight of the Canadian domains
including #5 Trent.ca at $5,600.
Two Mexican .com.mx domains made the
top half of the chart - #6 Mundoanuncio.com.mx ("publicity
world" in Spanish) ($5,491) and
single letter S.com.mx ($3,050) at #10. Other countries
represented this week included Germany (.de), the European
Union (.eu), Uruguay (.ug), China (com.cn)
and Moldova (.md). The Moldovan domain, Baltimore.md
made nice use of the extension matching that well-known city
with its state abbreviation.
Here's a look at the complete Country Code
chart for the week ending January 14:
Code Top Sales
ccTLD Sales: Mon. Jan. 8, 2007 - Sun. Jan. 14, 2007 Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based
on Rates in Effect Tue. Jan. 16
In addition to all of those charted .ca
domains, Pool piled up 20 more just off the chart. You can
check those out in the chart below.
Four-Figure .CA Sales at Pool.com
As if those weren't enough, Pool sold over 40
more .ca domains ranging from $500 to $850.
Sedo had ten additional four-figure ccTLD
sales led by Zwangsversteigerungen.eu (German for
"foreclosures") at €1,600 ($2,067). MoneyExpress.de
and Angst.eu added €1,500 ($1,938) each. Koop.nu
(Nuie cctTLD) went for €1,388 ($1,793) and
Verbraucheranalyse.de ("consumer analysis" in
German) sold for €1,300 ($1,680).
The rest of the Sedo roster were also German
.de domains; SXO.de and LTEC.de at €1,250
($1,615) each, Versicherungstarife.de (German for
"information in changing health insurance
providers") and Krankenkassenwechsel.de (German
for "changing health insurance providers") at €1,150
($1,486) each and Eisschnelllauf.de ("speedskating"
in German) at €1,100 ($1,421).
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 [email protected].
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.