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Second 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. 

This 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 owner. 

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 and BuyDomains.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:


The DN Journal Top 20 
Reported Domain Sales - Mon. Jan. 8, 2007 - Sun. Jan. 14, 2007
Euro to Dollar Conversion ( to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. Jan. 16


Sold For

Where Sold
1. Sportsbook.mobi $129,800 Pvt Sale
2. Ofertas.com
("offers" in Spanish)
59,000 = $76,214 Sedo
3. Hero.co.uk 20,000 = $39,232 Sedo
4. Skycast.com $30,000 Sedo
5. MofunGames.com $20,250 SnapNames
6.   CanadaComputers.ca $16,055 Pool
7.  CMAS.com $15,250 SnapNames
8. AncestryStore.com $15,000 Sedo
9. OpenTrade.com $12,750 Afternic
10. Lorena.com $12,650 SnapNames

11. ESWC.com $11,111 Sedo
12. 4RX.com $11,000 BuyDomains
13. KREA.com $10,500 BuyDomains
14. Names.info 8,100 = $10,465 Sedo
15. EuroCash.com $10,444 SnapNames
16. Else.com $10,018 Sedo
17. Modelkartei.de 
("model portfolio" in German)
7,501 = $9,691 Sedo
18. TIFAQ.com $9,000 SnapNames
19. MyFreeCheck.com $8,875 SnapNames
20. Limb.com $8,500 Afternic

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 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 Between $2,000-$3,000
vsta.com $3,000   coinwatch.com $2,321
dollprams.com $2,706 ebzel.com $2,250
burbuja.com ("bubble" in Spanish) $2,655 bondagevideo.com $2,250
poetrycompetitions.com $2,611 intermediates.com $2,244
troyes.com $2,600 conferencemanagement.com $2,205
nudehollywood.com $2,600 alphabetkids.com $2,161
heratige.com $2,600 plazahotellasvegas.com $2,150
funnyfunk.com $2,600 cubi.com $2,080
frutos.com ("fruits" in Spanish) $2,500 brotherali.com $2,051
mousebreakers.com $2,450 healthcareattorney.com $2,050
appliedcarbank.com $2,395 blastfromthepast.com $2,002
aldutfriendfinder.com $2,377 seasonopener.com $2,000
callawayoutlet.com $2,372 ignitemedia.com $2,000
bignose.com $2,322  

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 each. 

BuyDomains had 36  more .com sales ranging from $2,000 to $3,288. You can check those out in the table below.

Additional BuyDomain Sales Between $2,000-$3,288
universallaw.com $3,288   pettys.com $2,288
surgecapacity.com $3,288 energyprocurement.com $2,288
sweetharmony.com $2,888 buildbetter.com $2,288
jetvision.com $2,888 edulab.com $2,250
greenholdings.com $2,888 linkbank.com $2,200
gametribe.com $2,888 jewelryandmore.com $2,200
britishfashion.com $2,888 rideacrossamerica.com $2,188
iaccept.com $2,800 commercepartners.com $2,188
personalpublishing.com $2,600 heritagefarm.com $2,150
scienceillustrated.com $2,500 digimob.com $2,150
premiumdiamonds.com $2,500 reelfishing.com $2,000
lightshop.com $2,500 nextreme.com $2,000
heatworld.com $2,500 marketdemand.com $2,000
emergencyzone.com $2,500 kitchenkids.com $2,000
actionvideo.com $2,500 e-na.com $2,000
dongo.com $2,488 diysolar.com $2,000
testzone.com $2,300 digibots.com $2,000
lifeismobile.com $2,300 christianservices.com $2,000

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 Club Drop, ItalySex.com commanded $5,000 and FamousWear.com uncovered $1,800.

Global Contenders (.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 places.

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 at $6,500

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 January 14:

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


Sold For

Where Sold
1. Sportsbook.mobi $129,800 Pvt Sale
2.  Names.info 8,100 = $10,465 Sedo
3. Yuan.org  5,500 = $7,106 Sedo
4. VideoPoker.mobi $6,500 Sedo
5. UGC.org $5,877 SnapNames
6. EuroLottery.mobi  $5,000 Sedo
7. ErectileDysfunction.net $4,089 SnapNames
8. Dapper.net $4,088 BuyDomains
9. Arznei.net $3,900 Pool
10. IceSkates.net $3,899 SnapNames

11. Hara.net $3,088 BuyDomains
12. Beco.net $2,980 BuyDomains
13. OAO.net $2,948 SnapNames
14. EOI.net $2,400 SnapNames
15. TeachingJobs.org $2,288 BuyDomains
16. AdCenter.info $2,059 BuyDomains
Towing.org $2,000 Afternic
RealEstateShowcase.net $2,000 BuyDomains
DiscountsDirect.net $2,000 BuyDomains
20. Brutus.net $1,888 BuyDomains

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.

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 Codes

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:

Country Code Top Sales
 Highest Reported ccTLD  Sales: Mon. Jan. 8, 2007 - Sun. Jan. 14, 2007
Euro to Dollar Conversion ( to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. Jan. 16


Sold For

Where Sold
1. Hero.co.uk 20,000 = $39,232 Sedo
2.  CanadaComputers.ca $16,055 Pool
3. Modelkartei.de 
("model portfolio" in German)
7,501 = $9,691 Sedo
4. Boten.be
("boats" in Dutch)
5,000 = $6,460 Pvt Sale
5. Trent.ca $5,600 Pool
6. Mundoanuncio.com.mx  4,250 = $5,491 Sedo
7. iMap.de 3,500 = $4,522 Sedo
8. Bisons.eu 2,500 = $3,230 Sedo
9. HouseValue.ca $3,200 Pool
10. S.com.mx $3,050 Pvt Sale

11. Baltimore.md $3,000 Sedo
ToysAreUs.ca $2,600 Pool
Casino.ug $2,600 Sedo
Next11.de 2,000 = $2,584 Sedo
("spin the bottle" in German)
2,000 = $2,584 Sedo
16. ClickAndBuy.com.cn $2,500 Sedo
17. DriveClean.ca $2,450 Pool
Sweaters.ca $2,250 Pool
eShops.ca $2,250 Pool
20. Crap.ca $2,150 Pool

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.

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.

Additional Four-Figure .CA Sales at Pool.com 
twins.ca $2,050   desserts.ca $1,250
partyinvitations.ca $2,000 clowns.ca $1,250
diamondearrings.ca $1,800 breadmachines.ca $1,250
diamondearring.ca $1,550 edeals.ca $1,200
detectiveagency.ca $1,550 servus.ca $1,060
dellstore.ca $1,550 operation.ca $1,060
babytalk.ca $1,450 hepcoe.ca $1,060
celadon.ca $1,350 onlinetranslation.ca $1,050
lastnames.ca $1,300 showbusiness.ca $1,010
brilliance.ca $1,300 toi.ca $1,000

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 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 [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 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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