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Sedo Defies End of Summer Slowdown with 7 of the Week's 10 HIghest Reported Domain Sales 

Through most of the summer we commented frequently on how the perennial "summer doldrums" seemed to be taking a vacation this year. However, the slow season for domain sales finally arrived in September and persisted through the opening day of autumn Sunday (Sept. 23) which was the final day of our latest 7-day reporting period. There were no six-figure sales in the past week and the top reported sale, Puss.com at $71,458, was the culmination of a transaction that actually began back in July when Moniker auctioned off the name at the Internext conference in Miami (the deal was just concluded this week).

Only 14 five-figure sales were reported but Sedo.com shrugged off the slump by booking 8 of those sales and 7 of the top 10 that were reported this week. Overall they swept half of the positions on our new Top 20 chart.

By Ron Jackson

Sedo reeled off a string of six straight chart entries starting with #2 Sale.de at 47,600 ($67,327). That is the 7th biggest country code sale reported so far in 2007. Sedo followed it with the $54,666 sale of #3 LicensePlates.com at their GreatDomains site and a $50,000 deal for Surabaya.com at Sedo.com. Sedo also accounted for all four of the ccTLD sales on the all-extension leader board, including #5 Stationary.co.uk at 17,000 ($34,320). As usual, .com devoured the lion's share of chart entries, snaring 14 in all. That left only two openings, one taken by a .org and the other by a .net.

SnapNames.com and the AfternicDLS each claimed multiple chart entries with five and four respectively. #8 PYA.com led the AfternicDLS roster at $20,100 while #9 HomeTestKits.com set the pace at SnapNames. 

The fourth quarter of the year is traditionally the strongest, so it will be interesting to see how quickly things pick up now that we have entered the home stretch for 2007. It has been a very strong year and a powerful finish would set the stage for what could be the industry's biggest year ever in 2008. The opening month of 4Q is likely to get a big boost from Moniker's live auction at the T.R.A.F.F.I.C. East conference two weeks from now in Hollywood, Florida. They have assembled a very powerful roster of domains for the sale including Computer.com, WallStreet.com, Taxes.com and SportingGoods.com among others. The entire list can be downloaded from this page at Moniker.com.

But first things first - here is how all of the top sellers stacked up for the week ending Sunday, September 23:


The DN Journal Top 20 
Reported Domain Sales - Mon. Sept. 17, 2007 - Sun. Sept. 23, 2007
Euro to Dollar Conversion ( to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. Sept. 25


Sold For

Where Sold
1. Puss.com $71,458 Moniker/Internext
2. Sale.de 47,600 = $67,327 Sedo
3. LicensePlates.com $54,666 GreatDomains/Sedo
4. Surabaya.com $50,000 Sedo
5. Stationary.co.uk 17,000 = $34,320 Sedo
6. NMI.com $28,055 Sedo
7. Jiapu.com $25,000 Sedo
8. PYA.com $20,100 AfternicDLS
9. HomeTestKits.com $20,000 SnapNames
10. Ninjitsu.com $15,001 Sedo

11. SafeToys.com  $15,000 AfternicDLS
12. Remover.org $13,333 Afternic DLS
13. MedicineWeb.com $10,500 SnapNames
14. ChefWeb.com $9,005 SnapNames
15. Dreamland.fr 6,000 = $8,487 Sedo
16. JustImagine.com $7,999 SnapNames
17. GourmetCakes.com $7,039 SnapNames
 EHC.net $7,000  AfternicDLS
Motels.tv $7,000 Sedo
20. Eject.com $6,700 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.

.Com Supporting Cast

As they do every week now, the AfternicDLS piled up the biggest number of four-figure sales. Their roster included WirelessAdapters.com and GasolineCreditCards.com at $6,000 each. Smub.com drew $4,286, CollegeAthletes.com captured $4,150 and Vipit.com produced $4,088. WirelessAdapter.com and PhotoGroup.com posted $4,000 each, ILoveUSA.com landed $3,888 and PrarireDog.com dug up $3,700.

FreeSwap.com contributed $3,589 while three others; Wine-Store.com, IndividualTravel.com and DataMonster.com kicked in $3,500 apiece. MeteoNews.com delivered $3,400 and two others -  CareAtHome.com and ConferenceTools.com tacked on $3,288 each. The Afternic DLS had 83 more .com sales ranging fron $2,000-$3,200 that are listed in the table below.

Additional Afternic DLS Sales Between $2,000-$3,200
airportvan.com $3,200   interamericas.com $2,316
lambertz.com $3,100 viptrip.com $2,300
horsezone.com $3,088 spiritualwealth.com $2,300
gcainc.com $3,088 lucka.com $2,288
unicite.com $3,000 livecountry.com $2,288
texmed.com $3,000 itmarketing.com $2,288
stadtmagazin.com $3,000 biblicalarcheology.com $2,288
snowboardgoggles.com $3,000 specialworld.com $2,250
showlife.com $3,000 earlham.com $2,238
fallingangels.com $3,000 amerilinks.com $2,200
etaps.com $3,000 ifleet.com $2,188
edgi.com $3,000 i-consult.com $2,188
communityrecorder.com $3,000 getdocs.com $2,188
balloonbouquet.com $3,000 tradeorsell.com $2,170
urologica.com $2,900 taxpack.com $2,115
text2phone.com $2,888 wellnessuniversity.com $2,088
foldingathome.com $2,888 pixton.com $2,088
estateloans.com $2,800 orangesport.com $2,088
genscan.com $2,700 Scuffs.com $2,001
sientertainment.com $2,688 webprotector.com $2,000
deltashop.com $2,688 visiocorp.com $2,000
artandbeauty.com $2,688 usedcarexport.com $2,000
advancedhomesolutions.com $2,688 thestylist.com $2,000
strategicalliancepartners.com $2,630 schoolscore.com $2,000
lamie.com $2,626 rackcentre.com $2,000
athleticclothing.com $2,616 procurementsolutions.com $2,000
kitchenandbathcenter.com $2,600 pitchonline.com $2,000
TakeMyCase.com $2,501 petroleumsolutions.com $2,000
tennisproducts.com $2,500 officebase.com $2,000
surroundsoundspeakers.com $2,500 ipauthority.com $2,000
natifs.com $2,500 iFootballTube.com $2,000
anneliese.com $2,500 iaccuse.com $2,000
spectaclesdirect.com $2,488 foodservicespecialists.com $2,000
polarhealth.com $2,488 foodserviceprofessionals.com $2,000
caesarea.com $2,488 foodserviceoperators.com $2,000
blazingtrails.com $2,488 dynami.com $2,000
big-green.com $2,488 dlcc.com $2,000
investime.com $2,470 dermacenter.com $2,000
buyhats.com $2,450 carryconcealed.com $2,000
drillingjobs.com $2,400 bizwave.com $2,000
tutorsunlimited.com $2,388 behindthelines.com $2,000
  airfiltrationsystems.com $2,000

The AfternicDLS had over 300 more .com sales under $2,000.

Back at SnapNames, Pleuralmesothelioma.com pulled $5,349, Kablo.com clicked for $5,272 and ePharm.com dispensed $5,259. KidNews.com reported $4,766 and Huma.com hauled in $4,700HockeyArena.com and Wavs.com went for $4,300 each and Notron.com notched $4,277. SnapNames had 14 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

trickey.com $3,556   taxmate.com $2,300
unionweb.com $3,220 ruffles.com $2,251
videosingles.com $3,004 directinfo.com $2,102
solarwarehouse.com $3,000 yachtdeals.com $2,051
financinghomes.com $2,995 palam.com $2,050
pumpsupply.com $2,805 healthadvisory.com $2,024
largemen.com $2,374 dumber.com $2,016

Sedo sewed up $5,000 apiece for SeniorList.com, DVRS.com, Celle.com and CanYouBelieveIt.com.  

Elsewhere, in a pair of private sales, DreamDesign.com drew $6,000 via DomainSpade.com and RealEstateFunds.com returned $4,500. PWX.com went for $6,000 at Sedo's GreatDomains site, Voys.com commanded $4,000 in a sale from the Domain Roundtable auction and FarmLove.com harvested $3,530 in a sale from the Moniker/Internext auction.

Also, at GoDaddy's TDNAM.com, Quentesboas.com brought $3,505, Gowgamer.com generated $2,005 and AntiSpamFilter.com discovered $2,000. In another $2,000 sale, HuntingMoon.com moved WebReputation.com.

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

Remover.org reigns over the Global Contenders chart this week after a $13,333 sale through the AfternicDLS. That was one of six .orgs on the GC Top 20. .Net had exactly twice as many chart entries with EHC.net leading the way for that extension with a $7,000 sale (also at Afternic DLS).

That left only two openings on the leader board and .info took both of those with #6 Coin.info, sold for $4,250 at Sedo, and #7 Wood.info, a name that sawed off $4,102 at SnapNames.

The AfternicDLS had a dominating performance in this category, corralling 14 of the 20 chart positions. Here's how the Global Contenders stacked up for the week ending September 23:

Global Contenders Top 20
 Highest Reported Non .Com Global TLD  Sales 
(.Net, .Org, .Biz & .Info) Mon. Sept. 17, 2007 - Sun. Sept. 23, 2007
Euro to Dollar Conversion ( to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Sept. 25


Sold For

Where Sold
1. Remover.org $13,333 AfternicDLS
2. EHC.net $7,000 AfternicDLS
3. JSNet.org $6,500 SnapNames
4. SexTips.org $5,890 Moniker/Internext
5. BlogFeast.net $4,515 TDNAM
6. Coin.info $4,250 Sedo
7. Wood.info $4,102 SnapNames
8. PRTC.org $3,400 AfternicDLS
VaticanCity.net $3,288 AfternicDLS
Republica.net $3,288 AfternicDLS

11. DomainsForSale.net $3,224 Afternic DLS
12. GayRealm.net $2,600 SnapNames
VisitMyrtleBeach.net $2,500 AfternicDLS
DrugRehabilitation.org $2,500 AfternicDLS
15. Showz.net $2,388 AfternicDLS
16. Pharmacopeia.net $2,300 AfternicDLS
17. GlobalSports.net $2,288 AfternicDLS
18. BrainNet.net $2,010 AfternicDLS
19. Epoc.net $2,000 AfternicDLS
20.  GenitalHerpes.org $1,992 AfternicDLS

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.

There were three dozen more four-figure GC sales and the AfternicDLS accounted for 14 of those including Valbadia.net ($1,945), GreenLife.net ($1,800) and PersonalComputers.org ($1,700). They added $1,500 each for TaskForce.net and MoneyNet.net while MTRI.net nabbed $1,333.

SpottingScopes.net zeroed in on $1,300, QuickAccess.net connected for $1,290 and two others, SweetTemptations.net and BizWave.net booked $1,200 apiece. PhysicalActivity.org broke a $1,144 sweat, AcaiBerries.net plucked $1,100, DataCentre.org downloaded $1,003 and Lavan.net located $1,000.

Supplemental GC sales at SnapNames included GayForLife.net ($1,550), NHL.info ($1,450) and Weiber.org ($1,261). GayVideoOnline.net screened $1,250 and GayCrown.net covered $1,050.

At Sedo, USImmigrationForms.org, Leiber.net and Visa.pro produced $1,500 each. SocialMedia.net secured $1,487 while IPWorld.info went for $1,300 and Fantasias.net found $1,202. NursingDegree.org conferred $1,100, AGG.net gained $1,050 and Detective.biz got the drop on $1,011. Sedo also sold a trio at $1,000 each that included ThePhenomenon.org, HealthyFood.mobi and Grills.biz.

Elsewhere, BocaNames.com sold Rates.pro for $1,800 in a private transaction and ASCII.org clicked for $1,239 at TDNAM.

Country Codes

Sale.de knocked out the ccTLD competition this week with a huge 47,600 ($67,327) sale at Sedo. As I mentioned earlier that ranks as the 7th biggest country code sale so far this year. Speaking of knocking out the competition, Sedo swept all 21 positions on the ccTLD chart this week (the extra spot stemming from a three-way tie for the final position). Sedo has historically dominated country code sales but pitching a perfect game is still something special.

In another huge ccTLD sale this week, Stationary.co.uk changed hands for 17,000 ($34,320) in a deal that ranks among the 20 biggest county code sales this year. 

Germany's popular .de extension had the most chart entries with eight, followed by the European Union's .eu with four and Spain's .es with three.  Great Britain's .co.uk and France's .fr each had two names on the leader board. The other countries represented this week were Tuvalu (.tv) and Antigua and Barbuda (.ag). Here is how all of the country code leaders stood for the week ending September 23:

Country Code Top 20
 Highest Reported ccTLD  Sales: Mon. Sept. 17, 2007 - Sun. Sept. 23, 2007
Euro to Dollar Conversion ( to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. Sept. 25


Sold For

Where Sold
1. Sale.de 47,600 = $67,327 Sedo
2. Stationary.co.uk 17,000 = $34,320 Sedo
3. Dreamland.fr 6,000 = $8,487 Sedo
4. Motels.tv $7,000 Sedo
5. Surface.es 4,000 = $5,658 Sedo
6. FundsDiscount.de 3,950 = $5,587 Sedo
("Castle Hotel" in German)
3,200 = $4,526 Sedo
Electronica.es 3,200 = $4,526 Sedo
9. Grenzgaenger.eu 
("border crosser" in German)
3,000 = $4,244 Sedo
10. Gratulation.de 2,700 = $3,819 Sedo

11. iRadio.fr 2,500 = $3,536 Sedo
12. Patch.eu 2,350 = $3,324 Sedo
13. Stromlieferanten.de
("electrical services" in German)
2,300 = $3,253 Sedo
14. Immobilien.ag
("real estate" in German)
2,200 = $3,112 Sedo
15. Exklusivimmobilien.de 
("exclusive real estate" in German)
2,150 = $3,041 Sedo
16. BerlinFlirt.de  2,000 = $2,829 Sedo
17. TrendShop.de 1,800 = $2,546 Sedo
18. VoipCom.de $2,250 Sedo
ProAct.co.uk 1,500 = $2,122 Sedo
("piano movers" in German)
1,500 = $2,122 Sedo
Bebo.es 1,500 = $2,122 Sedo

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.

There were 18 more four-figure country code sales reported this week and Sedo had 17 of those including CharteredSurveyor.co.uk ($2,050), Moto.us ($1,839) and ChineseRestaurants.us ($1,800). NetVoting.de cast a $1,768 ballot while Razoo.cn and Razoo.com.cn rang up $1,650 each. Another tightly knit group featured Thesaurus.de ($1,570), FreeParking.es ($1,556) and WebRadio.fr ($1,542).

Also at Sedo, Toner.be, BestenListen.de, Be2.com.ar and AVS.at brought 1,000 ($1,415) each. WhoIs.co.mx returned $1,273 while Monnom.fr nailed down $1,202.

In the lone non-Sedo ccTLD sale, SnapNames sold Derek.ca for $1,499.

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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