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 andbuyer Nico Zeifang ofZeifang.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
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
Among the venues, Sedo.com
and Afternic.com/BuyDomains.comled the way aseach 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
Here is how all of the top sellers stacked up for the week ending Sunday, July
DN Journal Top 30
Domain Sales - Mon. July 9, 2007 - Sun. July 15, 2007 Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based
on Rates in Effect Tue. July 17
(IDN) ("nutrition" in German)
(IDN) (puny code xn--ak-fta.com)
(Turkish for "love/passion")
BuyDomains via 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. Our procedure for verifying the
accuracy of domain sales reports is available here.
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
Additional SnapNames Sales
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.
And if that wasn't enough, Afternic/BuyDomains had over 300 more .com sales below
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.
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
(.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)
.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
(.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
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
Additional Afternic/BuyDomains GC Sales
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.
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:
Code Top 20
ccTLD Sales: Mon. July 9, 2007 - Sun. July 15, 2007 Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based
on Rates in Effect Tue. July 17
€695,000 = $957,937
Ernährung.de (IDN) ("nutrition" in German)
Drop Wizard Domains
Drop Wizard Domains
€4,000 = $5,515
Tagesgeldkonten.de ("daily money account" in German)
€2,950 = $4,067
Firmenberatung.de ("company consultation" in German)
€2,450 = $3,378
Wwwtelefonbuch.de ("telephone book" in German with www prefix)
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.