August 27, 2012

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Televisions.com Tunes In $215,000 In the Week's Top Reported Sale 

Two Las Vegas men, seller Tom Carr and buyer Nathan Allen got together to exchange Televisions.com for $215,000 in the top domain sale reported this week. NameDrive.com brokered the deal which ranks among the 30 largest sales reported so far this year. Allen intends to develop the domain as a portal featuring all things related to TV.

After a relatively slow first half of September, sales action started picking up again this week, prompting us to expand our all-extension leader board to 30 positions. Sedo.com had the most chart entries with 11, including #2 Cadilac.com, a  typo that sold for $68,000 (the correct spelling for both the Michigan city and the automobile make is Cadillac).

By Ron Jackson

We also just received the first two finalized sales from last month's live auction at the Domain Roundtable conference in Seattle. Those were Hot.tv and Castillo.com, sold by David Sams for $35,000 each to tie for the third spot on the new Top 30. Completed sales are also still trickling in from the Moniker/T.R.A.F.F.I.C. New York live auction back in June. Teri.com and SoccerLeague.com changed hands for $28,000 each while Historian.com and Grandmothers.com were closed at $25,000 apiece. All four of those ranked among the week's top ten sales.

(Editor's Note: when this column was published Sept. 18, SnapNames.com had five charted domains, including a pair of five-figure .infos, #11 Jesus.info at $22,500 and #21 Family.info at $13,006. However we have since learned that due to a miscommunication between SnapNames and one of their partner registrars, those domains were never available for purchase and transfer and as a result, the buyer's money was refunded. You will now see entries on the chart showing those two sales were not completed.) The top sale at SnapNames that was completed was #5 eClass.com at $31,000

TDNAM.com also had multiple names on the elite list, placing a trio of three-letter .coms on the board. One of those, QSD.com, was sold by 17-year-old Steven McDonald of Connecticut for $12,000. Two other three-letter .coms also made the chart after one sold at Sedo and another went through the AfternicDLS.

Two county code domains earned places on the all extension leader board. In addition to Hot.tv, #20 HongKong.de (German ccTLD) secured a slot with a €10,000 ($13,978) sale at Sedo. You can see how all of the top sellers stacked up for the week ending Sunday, September 16 in the chart below.


The DN Journal Top 30 
Reported Domain Sales - Mon. Sept. 10, 2007 - Sun. Sept. 16, 2007
Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. Sept. 18


Sold For

Where Sold
1. Televisions.com $215,000 NameDrive
2. Cadilac.com $68,000 Sedo
Hot.tv $35,000 DRT Auction
Castillo.com $35,000 DRT Auction
5. eClass.com $31,000 SnapNames
Teri.com $28,000 Moniker/ T.R.A.F.F.I.C.
SoccerLeague.com $28,000 Moniker/ T.R.A.F.F.I.C.
8. 1Z.com €18,000 = $25,161 Sedo
Historian.com $25,000 Moniker/ T.R.A.F.F.I.C.
Grandmothers.com $25,000 Moniker/ T.R.A.F.F.I.C.
11. Jesus.info - this entry has been disqualified. Name was paid for but could not be transferred to buyer whose money was refunded. $22,500 SnapNames
12. LSK.com $20,500 Afternic DLS
13. Diabloii.com $20,499 SnapNames
14. Plenary.com $20,300 Moniker
15. YNJ.com $18,000 TDNAM

16. BII.com $17,500 Sedo
17. Observe.com $17,000 GreatDomains/Sedo
18. Depends.com $15,499 GreatDomains/Sedo
19. Heya.com $15,000 Sedo
20. HongKong.de €10,000 = $13,978 Sedo
21. Family.info - this entry has been disqualified. Name was paid for but could not be transferred to buyer whose money was refunded. $13,006 SnapNames
22. VTE.com $12,800 Sedo
23. QSD.com $12,000 TDNAM
24. Gems.org $11,100 Sedo
SolarDirectory.com $11,000 Sedo
MyFreeFileHosting.com $11,000 Sedo
27. Figurine.com $10,100 Sedo
28. Castaways.com $10,000 SnapNames
29. UYL.com $9,999 TDNAM
30. SportsDate.com €7,100 = $9,925 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.

For the many newcomers entering the domain industry we also want to point out that the reasons why a domain name sells for a certain price can be varied and are not always clear to those who are unfamiliar with the domain market. If you do not understand why specific domain names command the prices they do, you are likely to make unwise domain registrations or purchases. We highly recommend that you do some basic research before you buy anything! As a starting point we have built a sister site specifically for you at NameNewbie.com.

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.

In addition to all of their charted domains, Sedo sold four developed websites this week including VConvert.net for €15,700 ($21,946)

.Com Supporting Cast

SnapNames supplemented their five chart entries with a solid group of four-figure sales including DebtReliefOnline.com ($9,300), TechBiz.com ($6,867) and Doruk.com ($6,750). GreenWedding.com went for $6,000, ComputerRevenue.com, CityHotelDiscounts.com and CelebrityPorns.com produced $4,950 each. 

MikesFurniture.com fetched $4,288, StudentBible.com booked $4,216, DaytonaBeachSpringBreak.com brought $4,099 and Glycine.com sold for $4,011. SnapNames had 19 more .com sales ranging from $2,000 to $3,600 that you can check out in the table below.

Additional SnapNames Sales Between $2,000-$3,600

befairsinclair.com $3,600   ekits.com $2,701
aklaw.com $3,350 reservierung.com $2,549
sheridancollege.com $3,229 ccorporation.com $2,450
sympathygiftbasket.com $3,131 chinamarketplace.com $2,350
worldoffurnishings.com $2,950 etabloid.com $2,250
ultrasoundimage.com $2,911 dallasspa.com $2,250
ipodsubwaymaps.com $2,755 audiofeed.com $2,050
motherscookbook.com $2,750 mortgageattorney.com $2,008
familymonument.com $2,750 texasmover.com $2,000
escortsafterdark.com $2,750  

Back at GoDaddy's TDNAM, QZJ.com corralled $7,500 while SecretCorner.com and Librosuexternado.com added $4,005 each. AbbeyHotel.com welcomed $2,227 and CRMBlog.com penciled in $2,004

The Afternic DLS sales engine kept firing on all cylinders, churning out dozens of strong sales again this week. Their list included DiscountVouchers.com at $7,000 and a pair at $5,000 each; Rapide.com and Fabs.com. VeganRestaurants.com served up $4,800, SushiHouse.com seated $4,750 and FamilyHotel.com checked in $4,575.

Clixi.com clicked for $4,000, DwellStudio.com delivered $3,889 and two others; FloorInstaller.com and AtlantaDirectory.com attracted $3,888 each. Passworld.com provided $3,800, CustomCoasters.com cornered $3,700 and NCity.com notched $3,688. There was also a trio of names at $3,500 apiece that included U-A-P.com, Meteonews.com and MakeupArtistry.com. The Afternic DLS had 71 more .com sales ranging fron $2,000-$3,488 that are listed in the table below.

Additional Afternic DLS Sales Between $2,000-$3,488
blueoasis.com $3,488   divetime.com $2,500
paidi.com $3,403 digistores.com $2,500
improvehealth.com $3,388 bodyco.com $2,500
denvernightlife.com $3,317 mcmconsulting.com $2,488
customise.com $3,300 keytofreedom.com $2,488
mediafreedom.com $3,288 amodomio.com $2,488
greentriangle.com $3,288 adsmarketplace.com $2,488
shopairlines.com $3,000 sodic.com $2,455
operalink.com $3,000 retropolitan.com $2,400
neofun.com $3,000 jeffersonplace.com $2,400
cymbol.com $3,000 sugarlab.com $2,388
webclassroom.com $2,900 familylifestyle.com $2,300
countryvacations.com $2,900 westcoastjazz.com $2,288
blackbriar.com $2,900 webcooler.com $2,285
suntraders.com $2,888 justsurveys.com $2,200
partybeats.com $2,888 vidcard.com $2,188
makegood.com $2,888 yagg.com $2,168
inspiresports.com $2,888 vichip.com $2,088
hotelcapital.com $2,888 profilepartners.com $2,088
homeextra.com $2,888 knitternet.com $2,088
faithchannel.com $2,888 iemperor.com $2,088
certifiedgold.com $2,880 guideinfo.com $2,040
rvtravelers.com $2,800 contractpacking.com $2,028
readerservice.com $2,800 vfib.com $2,000
herotoys.com $2,798 travelknowledge.com $2,000
yelloweb.com $2,700 recafe.com $2,000
kabuk.com $2,688 predictus.com $2,000
factoryone.com $2,688 policecommunity.com $2,000
cityscenes.com $2,688 netinsider.com $2,000
herbalresearch.com $2,600 mdplumbers.com $2,000
ZestMagazine.com $2,500 fivetowns.com $2,000
topartist.com $2,500 filmdeals.com $2,000
projectorigin.com $2,500 classicsongs.com $2,000
netliquors.com $2,500 christianbodybuilding.com $2,000
dpss.com $2,500 boldog.com $2,000
  arabiagenerale.com $2,000

The AfternicDLS had 250 more .com sales under $2,000.

Back at Sedo, VKJ.com uncovered $6,650, ColocationHosting.com connected for $6,500 and VKN.com banked $5,900. Sedo also sold PlayStreet.com ($5,550) and Enjaz.com ($4,900).

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

(Editor's Note: After this article was published Sept. 18 we learned that three charted .info domains were paid for but never transferred to the buyers due to miscommunications between SnapNames and one of their partner registrars. The money was refunded as a result and we have disqualified  the three sales - now marked in red on the chart below. They have been deleted from our sales database. As a result of these changes, Gems.org was actually the top sale this week after going for $11,100 at Sedo). 

This was .info week on the Global Contenders chart. The extension enjoyed one of its best outings ever, claiming the top two spots and six of the top ten with all of those sales coming at SnapNames.com. Jesus.info led the way at $22,500 followed by Family.info at $13,006. .Info also scored with #4 Image.info ($7,751), #7 Belgium.info ($5,350), #8 Clinic.info ($4,299) and #10 Menopause.info ($3,901)

.Org put five names on the board led by #3 Gems.org, sold at Sedo for $11,100. .Net had seven entries but did not make its first appearance until HomeHealth.net showed up at #5, going for $7,100 at SnapNames. .Mobi and .biz also took bows with #6 Mechanics.mobi billing $7,000 and #15 (tie) Renovation.biz bagging $2,732 (both sold at Sedo).

Here's how the Global Contenders stacked up for the week ending September 16:

Global Contenders Top 20
 Highest Reported Non .Com Global TLD  Sales 
(.Net, .Org, .Biz & .Info) Mon. Sept. 10, 2007 - Sun. Sept. 16, 2007
Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Sept. 18


Sold For

Where Sold
1. Jesus.info - this entry has been disqualified. Name was paid for but could not be transferred to buyer whose money was refunded. $22,500 SnapNames
2. Family.info - this entry has been disqualified. Name was paid for but could not be transferred to buyer whose money was refunded. $13,006 SnapNames
3. Gems.org $11,100 Sedo
4. Image.info - this entry has been disqualified. Name was paid for but could not be transferred to buyer whose money was refunded. $7,751 SnapNames
5. HomeHealth.net $7,100 SnapNames
6. Mechanics.mobi $7,000 Sedo
7. Belgium.info $5,350 SnapNames
8. Clinic.info $4,299 SnapNames
9. Taste.org $4,200 Sedo
10. Menopause.info $3,901 SnapNames

11. MaxsFree.net $3,000 SnapNames
12. Manu.net $3,000 Afternic DLS
13. Linen.net $3,000 Afternic DLS
14. Lessons.org $3,000 SnapNames
Renovation.biz $2,732 Sedo
Fortune500.net $2,500 AfternicDLS
17. DebtManagement.org $2,470 SnapNames
18. Ijcai-03.org $2,300 SnapNames
19. HairLossTreatment.net $2,200 AfternicDLS
20. IWS.net $2,050 SnapNames

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.

There were many more four-figure sales in this category including a trio of three-letter .nets at SnapNames; LCL.net ($1,801), WST.net ($1,766) and MKB.net ($1,510). They also sold a half-dozen .infos including Advocate.info ($1,605), Mediator.info ($1,604) and GrandPrix.info ($1,573). Plato.info added $1,400, Ryan.info returned $1,202 and Bahal.info brewed up $1,009

The AfternicDLS was also in the thick of things with MediaMarket.net ($1,800), GreekIslands.org ($1,650) and a pair at $1,500 each; TaskForce.net and Scelta.net. Securo.net and PeoplesHealth.net posted $1,300 each and eNotary.net signed off on $1,200. Impots.net and iConcepts.net kicked in $1,188 apiece, Webcv.net went for $1,144 and Kiteboarding.org captured $1,000

At Sedo, Podcasts.info downloaded $1,750, Call-Center.org secured €1,000 ($1,398) and Paper.info unfolded $1,355. Solarheizung.org ("solar heating" in German) sold for €900 ($1,258) and Dressers.net drew $1,188. At TDNAM. KGA.net clicked for $1,156 and in a sale from the Moniker/Internext auction, BourbonWhiskey.net swallowed $1,060.

Country Codes

Hot.tv heated things up in the ccTLD category with that $35,000 sale from the Domain Roundtable live auction that was completed this past week. That also ranks as one of the 15 biggest country code sales reported so far in 2007. This week's runner-up was HongKong.de, sold for €10,000 ($13,978) at Sedo. I've always felt that that kind of name makes no sense - a city name paired with a different country than the one in which the city is located. Obviously the buyer of this domain thinks otherwise.

(Update: the buyer of HongKong.de, Harald Hochmann, saw my comment above and dropped me an email explaining his rationale for the purchase - and I think he made some valid points. Harald wrote:

"I can tell you the reason why hongkong.de makes sense: In Germany over 80-90% of all people try to enter .de at first. If people are looking for German information about Hong Kong they try hongkong.de and not hongkong.com because the German people don΄t like to read the information in English or Chinese language (like hongkong.com). .de not only indicates Germany, it also indicates that the website is in German language. Just for example try www.dublin.de - there is a beautiful website about Dublin. German people are expecting such websites on such domains. This domain will be developed like www.dublin.de in future."

Thanks for your comments Harald - much appreciated!

.TV wound up taking three of the top five spots and had four overall. The video-centric extension also scored with #4 Motels.tv ($7,000), #5 Scotland.tv ($6,750) and #14 Oral.tv ($2,850). The latter three were all sold at Sedo, a venue that racked up 13 of the 20 charted ccTLD sales.

Germany's popular .de extension had the most chart entries with five, while the European Union's .eu, Great Britain's .co.uk, Canada's .ca and America's .us each had a pair of charted names. Sweden (.se) and Belgium (.be) each placed one domain on the leader board. Here is how all of the country code leaders stood for the week ending September 16:

Country Code Top 20
 Highest Reported ccTLD  Sales: Mon. Sept. 10, 2007 - Sun. Sept. 16, 2007
Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. Sept. 18


Sold For

Where Sold
1. Hot.tv $35,000 DRT Auction
2. HongKong.de €10,000 = $13,978 Sedo
3. Relocation.eu $9,000 AfternicDLS
4. Motels.tv $7,000 Sedo
5. Scotland.tv $6,750 Sedo
6. iGame.co.uk £2,000 = $4,025 Sedo
7. DomainReseller.de €2,550 = $3,565 Sedo
8. Songwriters.de €2,500 = $3,495 Sedo
9. Restaurant.se €2,500 = $3,495 TDNAM
10. BabyPhotos.ca $3,200 SnapNames

Truck.us $3,150 Sedo
Fotos.co.uk $3,100 Sedo
13. Dentures.ca $3,100 SnapNames
14. Oral.tv $2,850 Sedo
15. Objektschutz.de 
"security services" in German
€2,000 = $2,796 Sedo
16. Eur10.eu  €2,000 = $2,796 Sedo
Westminster.de €1,750 = $2,446 Sedo
Pilates.us $2,200 AfternicDLS
Holiday.be €1,550 = $2,167 Sedo
20. Planet.ca $2,150 SnapNames

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.

Sedo had 19 more four-figure ccTLD sales this week including a group at $2,097 each that included Traumberufe.de, SocialBookmarks.de, MyOne.at and Arzneien.at. (they also sold a developed webside - Base.cc - for the same price). Rent.cc returned another $2,000 while Top-Business.de and Handymitvertrag.de delivered $1,677 each. 

Zweifel.de and Gratis-Strom.de dispensed $1,468 apiece while Fuzzballvz.de drew $1,412. Online-Fluege.de, JuegoGratis.tv and Disain.eu sold for $1,398 each, Weltgeschichte,de discovered $1,258 and Clipping24.de closed at $1,188. Bericht.de brought $1,118 and three others; InnovativeSystems.eu, Voip.net.in and ChinaImports.com.cn uncrated $1,000 apiece.

SnapNames sold a pair of Canadian .ca domains - Jenny.ca ($1,750) and GolfShoes.ca ($1,550).

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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