Tastes the Top Spot on 2008's First Weekly Domain Sales Chart
The 2008 domain sales race is underway.
The opening week of the new year was shortened, from a business
standpoint, by two major holidays - New Year's Eve and New
Year's Day. Many businesses and individuals took the whole
week off so sales activity was predictably slow. Only one reported
sale was higher than $30,000 - that was Spicy.com, the leader
on the year's first Top 20 chart after closing at $81,000.
That name was auctioned off by Moniker.com
in a live auction at the InterNext conference.
The runner-up spot went to Clap.com,
sold by DigiPawn.com
for $29,000. Moniker returned to take the 3rd position with ETH.com
at $19,800, then NameJet.com
stepped in with #4 Piyasa.com - the first of four chart
entries for them including three that reached the top ten.
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charted the most domains overall with six. #6 ForexInvestor.com
led their roster at €10,000 ($14,706). The AfternicDLSandSnapNames.comboth had multiple chart entries as well with each taking three
rungs on the ladder. The top name at the AfternicDLS was #8 MyAwards.com
at $11,000 while the SnapNames' list was topped by #13 Hellraiser.com
Only three non .coms made the all extension
leader board: #9 Viajes.mobi ("trips" in Spanish),
sold for $8,302 at Sedo, #11 Congo.org, a name that
drew $7,000 at Moniker's live auction at the GeoDomain
Expo and #17 PeliculasOnline.net ("movies
online" in Spanish), moved for €4,000 ($5,882) at
Sedo. There was also one IDN on the elite list - #18
笔记本电脑.com (puny code xn--8pv752a1qej5gmyo.com),sold at SnapNames for $5,832.
Here is how all of the top sellers stacked up for the
week ending Sunday, January 6:
DN Journal Top 20
Domain Sales - Mon. Dec. 31, 2007 - Sun. Jan. 6, 2008 Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based
on Rates in Effect Tue. Jan. 8
Viajes.mobi ("trips" in Spanish)
PeliculasOnline.net ("movies online" in Spanish)
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.
Forthe 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.
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There were many more four-figure sales off the
chart. NameJet had the highest of those with SClub.com and ComputerCareer.com
at $5,700 each. LegalReferral.com landed at $5,100,
Ilea.com at $5,000 and BestPlan.com at $4,300.
C-S.com secured $3,900, Millwrights.com racked
up $3,600 and two others; Heywood.com and Brassy.com
brought $3,400 each.
RedPen.com penciled in $3,300 while BookTrade.com
and ComputerWizard.com went for $3,200 apiece. SubCity.com
wolfed down $2,900, NameSpot.com notched $2,600,
Beimei.com bagged $2,300 and SSRC.com clicked
At SnapNames, OpenArms.com welcomed $5,250,
CallVantage.com dialed up $5,050 and CaymansVacation.com
booked $3,850. Mysexydaugther.com (typo) tallied $3,600
while Valleys.com and GoPhilly.com fetched $3,433
each. Snowland.com shoveled $3,200, NYCityHouses.com
commanded $2,995 and Meredith18.com eked out $2,601.
Toch.com turned in $2,500, Walsenburg.com wrapped
up $2,200 and Publ.com kicked in $2,050.
At the AfternicDLS RunTrax.com, ChinaMart.com,
Cardos.com and Bootable.com banked $5,000 each.
WebWrite.com returned $4,888 while VIPMusic.com
and Menos.com dealt out $4,500 each. TShot.com
and Dagmar.com claimed $4,000 apiece and FoodWarehouse.com
WorldWideWarehouse.com rolled out $3,700,
PlayFreeOnline.com pulled $3,650 and VisionCareConsultants.com
contributed $3,600. GrooveBox.com banged out $3,560,
InsideFashion.com uncovered $3,500 and RockRevival.com
drummed up $3,490.
The Afternic DLS had 75 more .com sales ranging
from $2,000 to $3,400 that
are listed in the table below.
Additional AfternicDLS Sales
The AfternicDLS had over 250 more .com sales
below $2,000. At Pool.com,
BankOfAmerican.com deposited $2,253.
(.biz, .info, .mobi, .net & .org)
.Mobi reached the top of the Global
Contenders chart this week with Sedo's $8,302 sale of Viajes.mobi
("trips" in Spanish). That was one of six chart entries
for Sedo with four of those reaching the top ten, including #2 PeliculasOnline.net
("movies online" in Spanish) at $5,882. .Net
wound up sweeping 16 of the 20 chart entries.
The AfternicDLS had the most chart entries with 12
and reeled off five in a row starting with #3 Palestra.net at
$4,488. Their string also included the top .org, #4 Faithful.org
at $3,900. .Biz also got on the board with Sedo's $2,000
sale of #19 DMV.biz.
Here's how all of the Global Contenders stacked up for the week ending
Global Contenders Top 20
Highest Reported Non .Com Global
(.Net, .Org, .Biz & .Info) Mon. Dec.
31, 2007 - Sun. Jan. 6, 2008 Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based
on Rates in Effect Jan. 8
There were 23 more four-figure
Global Contenders sales just off the chart. The AfternicDLS had 11
of those including Americard.net ($1,888), TarotCard.net
($1,641) and TVDigital.net ($1,588). AllClear.net
and Fertilizer.net harvested $1,500 each while AutoNetwork.net
drove home $1,488. RSRP.net nabbed $1,367, VintageClothing.org
buttoned up $1,350 and LIRS.net nailed $1,326. BeGlobal.net
brought $1,300 and Phosphates.net mined $1,200.
At SnapNames CNJ.org generated $1,850,
CompatibilityHoroscope.net connected for $1,772 and Effect.net
displayed $1,609. NancysNest.net was feathered
with $1,200 and CampingPlatz.net plucked $1,070.
At NameJet, Cetus.org sold for $1,600,
NCBN.org brought $1,400 and Sum.info added $1,000.
At Sedo 699.net went for €1,025 ($1,507), Peace.mobi
provided $1,363 and WindTurbines.org turned $900.
Lactic.org attracted $1,200.
Just eight four-figure sales were reported in the
country code category this week. The best of those was Sedo's $3,971
sale of SayCheese.co.uk. The runner-up domain, Lkwvermietung.de
("truck leasing" in German - sold for $3,692 at
Sedo) was one of two German domains on the chart. There were also
two .us domains - #3 CHK.us, sold by PPCIncome.com
for $2,000 in a private sale and #4 FreePeopleSearch.us,
a name that went for $1,765 at Sedo.
The other countries represented on this week's ccTLD
leader board were France (.fr), Belize (.bz) and Nuie
(.nu). Here's how all of the country code leaders stacked up for
the week ending January 6:
Code Top Sellers
Reported ccTLD Sales: Mon. Dec. 31, 2007 - Sun. Jan.
6, 2008 Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based
on Rates in Effect Tue. Jan. 8
Lkwvermietung.de ("truck leasing" in German)
Immobilier-particulier.fr ("unique real estate" in French)
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 email@example.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
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.