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Poker.de Rakes in Massive Pot in the Year's Biggest ccTLD Sale

It took a while to complete, but the €695,000 ($957,937) sale of Poker.de was wrapped up this week, finalizing the biggest country code sale of 2007. The domain, which was auctioned off by NICIT.com at the DOMAINfest Amsterdam conference in May, went for $800,000 more than the previous 2007 ccTLD leader, Connected.co.uk, a name that changed hands for $157,931 in a private sale last month.  

It looks like online gaming powerhouse PartyPoker.com is the new owner of Poker.de as the domain now redirects to their site and they share common WhoIs information.

By Ron Jackson

The next eight sales on our new leader board and 10 of the next 11 are all newly completed transactions from last months Moniker.com/T.R.A.F.F.I.C. auction in New York City. To make room for all of those special event sales we again expanded our usual Top 20 chart to 30 positions. #2 CarSales.com commanded $400,000 in that auction and is now tied with Iran.com as the year's 10th highest sale. You can check out all of the Year-to-Date leaders on our YTD sales page.

An IDN (International Domain Name) sale in Germany's .de extension accounted for the largest non-auction sale on the Big Board this week. #10 Ernährung.de ("nutrition" in German) attracted €24,660 ($33,992) in a private transaction between seller Jens Mechelke and buyer Nico Zeifang of Zeifang.com. A second IDN, Aşk.com (puny code xn--ak-fta.com), also made the chart at #23 after selling for $14,101 at SnapNames.com.

Poker.de and Ernährung.de were among five country code domains that earned spots on the elite all-extension list this week. Canada scored twice with #14 (tie) Theaters.ca at $25,000 and #24 HomeTheaters.ca ($12,500). Both of those sales were made by Drop Wizard Domains Inc. The two names went to Robert Montgomery of Calgary based Bonfire Development Inc. America's .US ccTLD also earned a spot among the big boys with the sale of #16 Nashville.us for $23,000.

It was a rough week for the Global Contenders, as only one domain from that category, Surgeon.net, made the chart. That name, from the Moniker/T.R.A.F.F.I.C. auction, sold for $21,000. .Com corralled all of the other positions.

Among the venues, Sedo.com and Afternic.com/BuyDomains.com led the way as each had a hand in six sales. They actually shared credit for the #26 (tie) sale of Yabb.com ($10,000) as the owner listed that name through Afternic's Domain Listing Service which uses multiple venues, including Sedo, to market domains.

 Here is how all of the top sellers stacked up for the week ending Sunday, July 15:


The DN Journal Top 30 
Reported Domain Sales - Mon. July 9, 2007 - Sun. July 15, 2007
Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. July 17


Sold For

Where Sold
1. Poker.de €695,000 = $957,937 NICIT/DOMAINfest
2. CarSales.com $400,000 Moniker/ T.R.A.F.F.I.C.
3. Bulk.com $100,000 Moniker/ T.R.A.F.F.I.C.
4. Lick.com $60,000 Moniker/ T.R.A.F.F.I.C.
Males.com $55,000 Moniker/ T.R.A.F.F.I.C.
Lean.com $55,000 Moniker/ T.R.A.F.F.I.C.
7. TruckLeasing.com $42,713 Moniker/ T.R.A.F.F.I.C.
8. BachelorDegrees.com $42,500 Moniker/ T.R.A.F.F.I.C.
9. ExerciseBike.com $38,500 Moniker/ T.R.A.F.F.I.C.
10. Ernährung.de (IDN)
("nutrition" in German)
€24,660 = $33,992 Pvt Sale
11. Tart.com $30,000 Moniker/ T.R.A.F.F.I.C.
12. GymBags.com $29,420 Moniker/ T.R.A.F.F.I.C.
13. HotRingtones.com $25,999 SnapNames
Theaters.ca $25,000 Drop Wizard Domains
BestVideoSearch.com $25,000 Sedo

16. Nashville.us $23,000 Moniker/ T.R.A.F.F.I.C.
17. ThaiAirlines.com $21,100 Enom's Club Drop
Surgeon.net $21,000 Moniker/ T.R.A.F.F.I.C.
DesignerWorld.com $21,000 Afternic/ BuyDomains
20. MetroBlog.com $18,523 Sedo
21. HealthySeniors.com $17,500 Sedo
22. Kitt.com $15,000 Afternic/ BuyDomains
23. Aşk.com (IDN)
(puny code xn--ak-fta.com)
(Turkish for "love/passion")
$14,101 SnapNames
24. HomeTheaters.ca $12,500 Drop Wizard Domains
25. LWE.com $11,000 Enom's Club Drop
Yabb.com $10,000 Afternic/ BuyDomains via Sedo
NatureProducts.com $10,000 Afternic/ BuyDomains
Mycosm.com $10,000 Sedo
HurricaneInsurance.com $10,000 Sedo
CateringJobs.com $10,000 Afternic/ BuyDomains
BuzzWire.com $10,000 Afternic/ BuyDomains

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. Our procedure for verifying the accuracy of domain sales reports is available here.

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.

.Com Supporting Cast

Two other just completed Moniker/T.R.A.F.F.I.C. auction sales; Election2008.com ($9,906) and GroupRate.com ($9,420) just missed making the chart. Another auction sale, VintageAirplanes.com, was completed at $5,700.

At Sedo, FreeTVDownload.com tuned in €6,500 ($8,960), BXC.com brought €6,100 ($8,409) and HXS.com drew $7,600. ShareNow.com delivered $6,893, YKJ.com kicked in $6,650 and Videogamer.com racked up $6,000. Sedo also sold SportsOne.com ($5,600) and EOQ.com ($5,520).

Back at SnapNames, there was the usual boatload of solid sales, but the really big news was the birth of Kjel Holmberg's new son, Anders Kjel Holmberg, on Thursday (July 12). Anders weighed in at nearly 9 pounds and joins older brother Soren who was born on New Year's Day 2005. Mother Kristin is doing fine but will have her hands full with three men in the house now! Kjel has been our sales data contact at SnapNames for nearly four years now and is one of the industry's nicest guys.

On the business front at SnapNames, the four-figure roster was headed by AllHotGirls.com ($8,260), BadJoke.com ($8,099) and SkinProtection.com ($7,200). WordOfFaith.com welcomed $6,666, Pusher.com posted $6,100 and Sockeye.com sold for $5,878. Zank.com zipped to $5,778, OpenShare.com downloaded $5,515 and BugOut.com bagged $5,200.

Galleta.com and BurgundyFrance.com each contributed $5,099 and SpaceFleet.com lifted off with $4,803. ITOP.com tallied $4,600, TexasMardiGras.com grabbed $4,400 and Rentabiliser.com rounded up $4,200. SnapNames had 20 more four-figure .com sales ranging from $2,000 to $3,800. You can check those out in the table below. 

Additional SnapNames Sales Between $2,000-$3,800

floorsusa.com $3,800   inavigator.com $2,700
centurian.com $3,543 wangda.com $2,655
oxygenanalyzer.com $3,460 powerscourt.com $2,650
hawaiiflower.com $3,300 midisland.com $2,350
correspondenceschools.com $3,300 tuningwerks.com $2,338
bestpornmovies.com $3,100 oreilleys.com $2,327
ezsite.com $2,970 rothschilds.com $2,276
wellston.com $2,949 antarktika.com $2,252
aidc.com $2,900 multiprint.com $2,010
shoppingchanel.com $2,800 xn--hz2b13s8pc.com (IDN) $2,000

Interesting note on that last IDN name on the chart above - xn--hz2b13s8pc.com. The new owner is Amazon.com and a friend who is fluent in Korean told us "The domain is a transliteration of the English word 'Amazon'. Phonetically, it literally sounds like the English word 'Amazon' and this is often the case when US brands are popular in Korea."

NameMedia's twin towers, Afternic/BuyDomains, had another big week with MRSP.com ($7,500), Humain.com ($7,000) and a pair at $6,000 each; Protesto.com and EarthExplorer.com adding solid numbers to the bottom line. Two others, SummerSports.com and WaitingRoom.com, returned $5,500 each. Those were followed by a seven-name logjam at $5,000 apiece that included Quanto.com, MiddleGround.com, InteractiveLearning.com, HealthTesting.com, FutureWeb.com, CityScope.com and AllSoft.com.

HomeExpressions.com clicked for $4,800 while SilentMajority.com, Noveltees.com, MunicpalLaw.com and ComingEvents.com booked $4,500 each. Tinhoctre.com tacked on $4,488 and IslandWear.com sported $4,400. Afternic/BuyDomains had 125 more .com sales ranging from $2,000 to $4,200 You can review those in the table below.

Additional Afternic/BuyDomains Sales Between $2,000-$4,200
toyco.com $4,200   jahmusic.com $2,500
scootersdirect.com $4,200 highwater.com $2,500
xterm.com $4,088 generationgap.com $2,500
waterresources.com $4,000 exoticwines.com $2,500
vistasearch.com $4,000 dancecentral.com $2,500
mobilepet.com $4,000 customconnections.com $2,500
health-first.com $4,000 covertoperations.com $2,500
grandfinale.com $3,800 comcredit.com $2,500
londonvip.com $3,750 atlanticenergy.com $2,500
whitewitch.com $3,700 angelospizza.com $2,500
americantechnologies.com $3,700 stylenotes.com $2,488
purpleparrot.com $3,688 hagebau.com $2,488
winemakingkit.com $3,500 digitalcommons.com $2,488
whodoneit.com $3,500 agriculturalproperty.com $2,442
southwinds.com $3,500 executivechoice.com $2,400
schoolart.com $3,500 drywine.com $2,400
groundup.com $3,500 mpdigital.com $2,300
dcast.com $3,500 fullbenefits.com $2,300
citywideproperty.com $3,500 corpsol.com $2,293
autorepairshop.com $3,500 mexicanlove.com $2,288
doubleaction.com $3,488 francematch.com $2,288
we-go.com $3,475 connectsolutions.com $2,288
takeawayfood.com $3,388 asianpass.com $2,288
coreresources.com $3,388 mydetox.com $2,250
nycareer.com $3,300 wirelessfacilites.com $2,200
MobileMarketer.com $3,300 italiangift.com $2,200
geotrip.com $3,288 slimmingproducts.com $2,162
SpinRock.com $3,250 reseda.com $2,100
webengine.com $3,210 spanishlove.com $2,088
ecoworks.com $3,200 saint-louis.com $2,088
winningideas.com $3,000 czechfriends.com $2,088
weeklytrader.com $3,000 corporateglass.com $2,088
topwine.com $3,000 bombthebass.com $2,088
signatureweddings.com $3,000 publichospitals.com $2,022
mensmedical.com $3,000 soldproperty.com $2,020
highersource.com $3,000 trainingcentral.com $2,000
golfcam.com $3,000 thehealthspa.com $2,000
fabulousfinds.com $3,000 spamavenger.com $2,000
evol.com $3,000 solutionsnow.com $2,000
bathsoap.com $3,000 smallcapmarket.com $2,000
augment.com $3,000 retailadvertising.com $2,000
businessanalysts.com $2,888 racingphoto.com $2,000
DataCenterEurope.com $2,800 propertystrategies.com $2,000
birdsofparadise.com $2,800 professionalauto.com $2,000
socialdesign.com $2,788 portlandgroup.com $2,000
golfbuddies.com $2,788 pityparty.com $2,000
newyorkmedicalmalpracticelawyer.com $2,766 personalrobotics.com $2,000
mondoclub.com $2,750 optilab.com $2,000
yourdegree.com $2,700 onlinewineclub.com $2,000
safariholidays.com $2,688 ninetydegrees.com $2,000
globallove.com $2,688 managedfund.com $2,000
videoindex.com $2,500 locall.com $2,000
topfriends.com $2,500 krisis.com $2,000
summerwind.com $2,500 italyart.com $2,000
softwarebuilders.com $2,500 interiorarchitecture.com $2,000
skyrides.com $2,500 inpictures.com $2,000
personalproducts.com $2,500 hotelservices.com $2,000
nurturehealth.com $2,500 fashionconnect.com $2,000
npar.com $2,500 digitalfission.com $2,000
medicaloptions.com $2,500 CoolOnline.com $2,000
marketingmagic.com $2,500 catholicwedding.com $2,000
Jugando.com $2,500 appliedlinguistics.com $2,000
  abovetheclouds.com $2,000

And if that wasn't enough, Afternic/BuyDomains had over 300 more .com sales below $2,000!

At TDNAM.com, BringItOnGirls.com brought $6,595, ClickClick.com claimed $3,971 and Mortgage-Mart.com managed $3,505. HotelzAustralia.com registered $3,125, FacesBook.com found $3,005 and Elrath.com rustled up $2,525

At Pool.com, MSNNews.com reported $4,700, Victoriasecreat.com revealed $3,360 and FordTorino.com turned in $2,700. NortanAntivirus.com caught $2,250, I-Bet.com paid $2,150, PS2CheatCodes.com cracked $2,100 and JetKing.com took off with $2,050.

Elsewhere, 247Guru.com changed hands for $2,470 in a private sale and at Enom's Club Drop, Minibarn.com and RBCBank.com deposited $2,000 each. 

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

This was .net week in the Global Contenders category with that extension sweeping the top six spots and seven of the top eight. The first three domains all represented finalized sales from last month's Moniker/T.R.A.F.F.I.C. auction. Surgeon.net led the way at $21,000 with Mayor.net ($5,900) and HomeFinder.net ($5,800) trailing far behind in the second and third slots. 

#7 NationalForum.org finally broke up the .net party with a $2,788 sale at Afternic/BuyDomains. That was one of five .orgs on the new GC Top 20 (actually 21 due to a seven-way tie for the final position). There were also three .mobis on the list, led by #10 Solteros.mobi ("bachelors" in Spanish), which sold for €1,850 ($2,550) at Sedo.

.Biz also got a seat at the table with #15 (tie) HDTV.biz bringing $2,000 at SnapNames. Here's how all of the GC leaders stacked up for the week ending July 15:

Global Contenders Top 20
 Highest Reported Non .Com Global TLD  Sales 
(.Net, .Org, .Biz & .Info) Mon. July 9, 2007 - Sun. July 15, 2007
Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based on Rates in Effect July 17


Sold For

Where Sold
1. Surgeon.net $21,000 Moniker/ T.R.A.F.F.I.C.
2. Mayor.net $5,900 Moniker/ T.R.A.F.F.I.C.
3. HomeFinder.net $5,890 Moniker/ T.R.A.F.F.I.C.
4. Libri.net $4,500 Afternic/ BuyDomains via Sedo
5. Camilla.net $4,100 Afternic/ BuyDomains
6. Therapists.net $3,500 Pvt Sale
7. NationalForum.org $2,788 Afternic/ BuyDomains
StockWise.net $2,688 Afternic/ BuyDomains
Expatriate.org $2,601 SnapNames
10. Solteros.mobi
("bachelors" in Spanish)
€1,850 = $2,550 Sedo

11. Vins.org
("wines" in French)
€1,600 = $2,206 Sedo
12. NaturalProducts.net $2,188 Afternic/ BuyDomains
13. PharmaWire.net £1,000 = $2,047 Sedo
14. Notary.mobi €1,461 = $2,014 Sedo
Maintenance.org $2,000 Afternic/
InsuranceSolutions.net $2,000 Afternic/
HDTV.biz $2,000 SnapNames
GreetingCard.mobi $2,000 Afternic/
DomainSales.net $2,000 Sedo
DomainNameRegister.org $2,000 Sedo
AirWare.net $2,000 Afternic/

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.

There were 26 more four-figure sales in the Global Contenders category this week and Afternic/BuyDomains rang up most of those - 16 in all. Their supplementary sales are listed in the table below: 

Additional Afternic/BuyDomains GC Sales Between $1,000-$1,888

mintbox.net $1,888   buzzwire.net $1,500
regex.net $1,866 weisel.net $1,300
astec.net $1,800 safetycorner.net $1,250
naturalsystems.net $1,688 ingame.net $1,250
lovesong.org $1,680 channer.net $1,200
poke.net $1,500 swimteam.org $1,000
MBU.net $1,500 studentcredit.org $1,000
itstudio.net $1,500 boardofrealtors.org $1,000

Sedo sold LSD.mobi ($1,850), ExecutiveConsulting.net ($1,620) and BVC.net ($1,502). They added €1,050 ($1,448) for R1.org, €800 ($1,103) for Contactos.info and $1,000 for eFile.info.

SnapNames sold a trio of .nets; CatholicSchools.net ($1,606), Mortgage-Loans.net ($1,500) and LLQ.net ($1,200). In a private sale, Passenger.net also changed hands for $1,500.

Country Codes

After a couple of sub-par weeks, the country codes came out smoking this week. The ccTLDs could boast of the highest sale in any extension with Poker.de going for €695,000 ($957,937) - also the best country code sale of the year. Four others easily cracked the five-figure mark and as you saw earlier, all of those made the all-extension leader board as well as the ccTLD Top 20 below. 

The biggest country code sale we haven't told you about yet was #6 Gamble.us (United States ccTLD), a name that went for $6,400 after being caught and auctioned off at Galcomm.com. Fantasy.us also hit the top half of the chart after selling for $3,600 at Sedo.

Germany's powerful .de easily dominated the chart though, taking 11 positions overall. The other countries represented this week included Canada (.ca), China (.cn), France (.fr) and Tuvalu (.tv).  Here's a look at the complete Country Code Top 20 for the week ending July 15:

Country Code Top 20
 Highest Reported ccTLD  Sales: Mon. July 9, 2007 - Sun. July 15, 2007
Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. July 17


Sold For

Where Sold
1. Poker.de €695,000 = $957,937 NICIT/ DOMAINfest
2. Ernährung.de (IDN)
("nutrition" in German)
€24,660 = $33,992 Pvt Sale
3. Theaters.ca $25,000 Drop Wizard Domains
4. Nashville.us $23,000 Moniker/ T.R.A.F.F.I.C.
5. HomeTheaters.ca $12,500 Drop Wizard Domains
6. Gamble.us $6,400 Galcomm
7. Bongusto.de €4,000 = $5,515 Sedo
8. Tagesgeldkonten.de
("daily money account" in German)
€2,950 = $4,067 Sedo
9. Fantasy.us $3,600 Sedo
10 Memjet.cn $3,500 Sedo

11. Firmenberatung.de
("company consultation" in German)
€2,450 = $3,378 Sedo
12. Wwwtelefonbuch.de
("telephone book" in German with www prefix)
€2,261 = $3,117 Sedo
13. HIC.de €2,000 = $2,758 Sedo
14. 笔记本.cn (IDN)
("notebook" in Chinese)
$2,575 Pvt Sale
15. Motorradwelt.de
("motorcycle world" in German)
€1,805 = $2,489 Sedo
16. Fairmobile.de €1,785 = $2,461 Sedo
17. Audiomoebel.de €1,700 = $2,344 Sedo
18. Steckdose.de
("electrical socket" in German)
€1,250 = $1,723 Sedo
19. AbsolutePoker.fr €1,200 = $1,654 Sedo
20. LuxuryCars.tv $1,505 TDNAM

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.

Sedo had seven more 4-figure sales just off the chart. NFS.eu brought €1,070 ($1,475), MyDownload.de captured €1,050 ($1,448) and Rollerboy.de braked at €1,000 ($1,379). Three others commanded the same $1,379 price; Party-Discount.de, MyDrink.de and AgenceDeVoyages.be (Belgium's country code). In another deal, FinanzJournal.de (finance journal" in German) generated €980 ($1,351)

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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