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Four Six-Figure Sales in One Week Including One of the Year's Ten Biggest? Do Tell! 

It was another very nice week for the domain aftermarket with some of the year's biggest sales keeping the summer doldrums at bay. The top gun this time out - Tell.com - rang up a remarkable $400,000 at Sedo.com in a deal that ranks among the ten biggest so far in 2008.

The runner-up domain on the all-extension leader board (expanded to 30 positions again this week) also ranks as the year's fourth biggest country code sale. That is Auto.es, a ccTLD representing Spain that banked a whopping 110,000 ($173,682), also at Sedo, in the biggest .es sale we have seen to date.

There were two more six-figure sales on the Big Board, #3 246.com ($124,568.00 in a private sale) and #4 MoneyRates.com ($100,000 at the AfternicDLS).  


By Ron Jackson

T.J. Demas

You may have noticed that I added two digits after the decimal point for 246.com and did the same with #5 E8.com which sold for $88,888.88. There is a reason for that related to a special symmetry that the new owner of those domains is building into an ambitious new project. 

Both names were purchased by the same buyer, T.J. Demas of Aspen, Colorado, who gave me the background on them Monday night (June 30, which happens to have been the 100th anniversary of the Tunguska explosion that devastated over 800 square miles of Russian wilderness in 1908. That mysterious event plays a role too). T.J. is not yet ready to publicly reveal his exact plans for these domains (and a group of others he has acquired) but I can tell you that he has a completely unique and fascinating game plan that will reveal itself as time goes on. For those who are especially inquisitive, some clues have been posted on the domains he has been acquiring.

This would have been an even bigger week if the sale price of Pizza.com was not subject to a non disclosure agreement. Yes, the name has finally changed hands after being auctioned off three months ago on Sedo's GreatDomains site. You might recall that the winning bid in that auction was $2.6 million, but the high bidder never paid. Sedo kept working the name and a change in the WhoIs record this week shows it has gone to Philadelphia firm National A-1, giving them a nice addition to an already phenomenal .com portfolio. Though none of the parties to the sale; Sedo, the buyer or the seller, would release details on the transaction, I have seen information that indicates the price paid was $1.6 million (or something very close to that figure). That is not official so we can't chart it but I have good reason to believe the figure is accurate.

In the race among venues, Sedo led with ten chart entries. The AfternicDLS was also very strong with six positions at this high end of the market, even though their primary focus is on small to medium sized businesses who typically buy in the mid four-figure range (a category they dominate week in and week out). Moniker also appears six times with five more completed sales from their T.R.A.F.F.I.C. East live auction in May and another from their everyday platform.

.Com claimed 20 of the 30 positions on the elite list with five spots going to ccTLDs, two each to .net and .org and one to .biz. The country code group included one of the best .pl (Poland) sales we have seen, #8 Deser.pl ("dessert" in Polish), sold at Sedo for 22,000 ($34,736). Here is how all of the top sellers stacked up for the week ending Sunday, June 29:


The DN Journal Top 30 
Reported Domain Sales - Mon. June 23, 2008 - Sun. June 29, 2008
Euro to Dollar Conversion ( to $) is Based on Rates in Effect July 1


Sold For

Where Sold
1. Tell.com $400,000 Sedo
2. Auto.es 110,000 = $173,682 Sedo
3. 246.com $124,568.00 Pvt Sale
4. MoneyRates.com $100,000 AfternicDLS
5. E8.com $88,888.88 Pvt Sale
6. Bordel.com 33,000 = $52,112 Sedo
7. Hyperbaric.com $40,604 NameJet
8. Deser.pl
("dessert" in Polish)
22,000 = $34,736 Sedo
9. WebHelp.com $30,100 NameJet
10. BassGuitar.com $30,000 Moniker/
T.R.A.F.F.I.C. East
11. AdvantageYou.com $25,350 Moniker
12. Typo.com $25,000 Moniker/
T.R.A.F.F.I.C. East
13. NR1.com $25,000 AfternicDLS
14. MyMoto.com $20,000 AfternicDLS
15. SM.org $17,000 SnapNames

16. LuxuryItems.com $17,000 AfternicDLS
InvestmentPlanner.com $16,000 Moniker/
T.R.A.F.F.I.C. East
Antalya.org $16,000 Sedo
19. LHG.com 10,100 = $15,948 Sedo
Fotograf.de 10,000 = $15,793 Sedo
("flight market" in German)
10,000 = $15,793 Sedo
22. Teas.net $15,700 AfternicDLS
23. Management.net $15,000 Moniker/
T.R.A.F.F.I.C. East
24. CorporateEntertainment.com $14,000 AfternicDLS
25. Immobilienmakler.biz
("real estate broker" in German)
8,330 = $13,152 Sedo
26. TopModels.de 8,330 = $13,106 Sedo
27. MKC.com $12,222 NameJet
Patti.com $12,000 Moniker/
T.R.A.F.F.I.C. East
EarthPure.com $12,000 AfternicDLS
30. QLI.com $10,600 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.

There were four more five-figure sales just off the chart with three of those being .mobi domains sold in the Moniker/T.R.A.F.F.I.C. East auction; Sales.mobi ($10,500), Ringtone.mobi ($10,000) and Men.mobi ($10,000). Meanwhile the AfternicDLS moved Nembu.com for $10,000

.Com Supporting Cast

The top dog in the .com supporting cast was Sedo's 6,300 ($9,947) sale of LiveWTV.com. SNQ.com was close behind at $9,000 followed by a pair at 6,100 ($9,631); WebGreetings.com and Ecologique.com. Tude.com tacked on $7,400, AquaPark.com hosed down $6,500 and Kuchyne.com kicked in 3,800 ($6,000)

Also at Sedo, CanadaList.com landed $5,000, ASES.com drew $4,100 and Megabackup.com restored $4,000. JISU.com yielded $3,988, iOperator.com connected for $3,830 and ShortCover.com cornered $3,200. Thrice.com threw in $3,150, LuckyClub.com lit up $3,000 and GreenBill.com banked $2,888. OCAL.com and BankTunes.com bagged $2,550 each while CityDoctor.com dispensed $2,288 and Soft24.com fetched $2,000.  

In additional sales from the Moniker/T.R.A.F.F.I.C. East auction, EmploymentAds.com attracted $9,000, LuxuryEstate.com located $6,500 and StockMutualFunds.com returned $6,000. XmasList.com marked down $5,000, MedicalSupplyStores.com stocked $4,000 and CemeteryLots.com interred $3,500. CoconutTrees.com sheltered $2,250, WealthBulletin.com broke $2,120 and Blottr.com soaked up $2,563. A matching pair; HentaiFilm.com and HentaiFilms.com added $2,541 each.

NameJet.com supplemented the two domains they placed among this week's top ten with a nice load of four-figure sales including VideoConversion.com ($7,800), HMQ.com ($7,300) and XKD.com ($7,100). LifeHistory.com recorded $5,811, RadioControlled.com rerouted $5,100 and MuffinMan.com cooked up $5,000. CommonwealthBank.com deposited $4,903 and BoatPrices.com peaked at $4,900

NameJet had another 19 .com sales ranging from $2,000 to $4,400 that are listed in the table below:

Additional NameJet .com Sales Between $2,000-$4,400
starchef.com $4,400   leeco.com $2,554
difficulties.com $4,208 wavetel.com $2,538
mediaserve.com $4,000 travelwashington.com $2,400
superheroines.com $3,959 scubadives.com $2,200
lovington.com $3,834 electricalservices.com $2,199
levant.com $3,500 fakefruit.com $2,110
electricsigns.com $3,159 apicultura.com $2,099
charlestonnews.com $2,966 mymedworld.com $2,000
boatprops.com $2,850 brandoutlet.com $2,000
harpa.com $2,800  

Back at the AfternicDLS, the cash registers were ringing 24/7. OfRecord.com racked up $7,688, BetterSafe.com wasn't sorry at $7,133 and two others; MHSC.com and VideoTour.com took in $7,000 each. Red10.com colored in $6,400, GreenTips.com generated $6,288 and LifeChat.com led to $5,100. Milpa.com and UniqueSports.com spawned $5,000 apiece, CrimeTV.com tuned in $4,999 and two others; VIWA.com and Fabia.com found $4,988 each.

The AfternicDLS had 108 more .com sales ranging from $2,000 to $4,800 that you can check out in the table below.

Additional AfternicDLS Sales Between $2,000 - $4,800
sociologie.com $4,800   getstartedtoday.com $2,688
artadventure.com $4,788 irishbusiness.com $2,600
woya.com $4,500 striproom.com $2,588
republicofmaldives.com $4,500 metmar.com $2,588
highriskpregnancy.com $4,500 banktunes.com $2,550
upax.com $4,418 trueart.com $2,500
itineraryplanner.com $4,400 ssrs.com $2,500
theaterlink.com $4,388 liverhealth.com $2,500
pulser.com $4,300 independentsalesrep.com $2,500
digup.com $4,200 independentreps.com $2,500
tarsi.com $4,000 houseofantiques.com $2,500
footoutlet.com $4,000 fastbanners.com $2,500
shocksandstruts.com $3,988 cellulardynamics.com $2,500
hammal.com $3,900 healthybuy.com $2,488
blackbrown.com $3,888 appliedbiomedical.com $2,488
ioperator.com $3,830 americanimprint.com $2,488
backuphosting.com $3,688 webtechcenter.com $2,388
flamenca.com $3,670 swapdrop.com $2,388
dartcases.com $3,600 loccasion.com $2,327
freelancepartners.com $3,588 f-e-d.com $2,316
sap1.com $3,500 phonesecurity.com $2,300
onlinecheckin.com $3,500 ca2u.com $2,300
lawyerzone.com $3,500 xfights.com $2,288
baseballapparel.com $3,500 real-estate-investing.com $2,288
protectivesystems.com $3,400 citydoctor.com $2,288
vascularsurgeons.com $3,388 BuyPepperSpray.com $2,250
employeelink.com $3,300 shopearn.com $2,221
eternos.com $3,288 worton.com $2,205
shortcover.com $3,200 culturalchange.com $2,188
web-apps.com $3,188 toolsforthejob.com $2,150
lepetitparis.com $3,188 artsplus.com $2,091
eurostandard.com $3,188 wellatwork.com $2,088
vegetationmanagement.com $3,088 vendorslink.com $2,088
essentialmassage.com $3,088 theviciouscircle.com $2,088
customhair.com $3,088 nestrealty.com $2,088
wholesaleplumbing.com $3,000 uprosper.com $2,000
propertyforcash.com $3,000 time4travel.com $2,000
lacave.com $3,000 theexecutives.com $2,000
conta.com $3,000 swingology.com $2,000
conl.com $3,000 skillstesting.com $2,000
bauto.com $3,000 sellersadvantage.com $2,000
azrentals.com $3,000 plvc.com $2,000
autochecker.com $3,000 oldcreek.com $2,000
miamientertainment.com $2,988 myfavoritemenus.com $2,000
globalconvergence.com $2,988 marine-power.com $2,000
ibusinesssolutions.com $2,888 kodos.com $2,000
greenbill.com $2,888 in2itive.com $2,000
bannerbuilders.com $2,888 icashier.com $2,000
windwardpassage.com $2,800 familyconference.com $2,000
temporaryoffice.com $2,800 ecomag.com $2,000
attorneyservice.com $2,790 crimeseen.com $2,000
saveology.com $2,750 crawfordville.com $2,000
wikifool.com $2,688 calluna.com $2,000
namebrowser.com $2,688 ballito.com $2,000

At TDNAM.com, FQV.com delivered $6,305 and Intellisoft.com secured $6,005.  

At SnapNames.com TenMonkey.com corralled $4,901, StudentVillage.com welcomed $4,100 and WeddingItems.com went for $2,251. Reflexes.com reaped $2,250, 7007.com counted out $2,073 and Phimsex.com clicked for $2,050. SnapNames also sold a pair of IDNs; ショッピング.com (puny code xn--qckn0b3dve6c.com) at $3,700 and パソコン.com (puny code xn--tckta3d4g.com) at $2,322

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

The top four names on our Global Contenders Top 20 chart all earned spots on the all extension leader board you saw earlier. We also told you about the trio of five-figure .mobi domains, part of a group of seven .mobis on the GC Top 20, all of which were sold in the Moniker/T.R.A.F.F.I.C. East auction. The top names you haven't seen are Ringtone.mobi and Men.mobi, tied for 6th at $9,500 each. 

.Net charted six domains while .org and .info had three each. The final opening went to .biz with #4 Immobilienmakler.biz ("real estate broker" in German), a name that sold for 8,330 ($13,152) at Sedo. The .info roster was led by a nice geo domain, #10 Michigan.info at $9,250

Here's how all of the Global Contenders stacked up for the week ending June 29:

Global Contenders Top 20
 Highest Reported Non .Com Global TLD  Sales 
(.Net, .Org, .Biz & .Info) Mon. June 23, 2008 - Sun. June 29, 2008
Euro to Dollar Conversion ( to $) is Based on Rates in Effect  July 1


Sold For

Where Sold
1. Antalya.org $16,000 Sedo
2. Teas.net $15,700 AfternicDLS
3. Management.net $15,000 Moniker/
T.R.A.F.F.I.C. East
4. Immobilienmakler.biz
("real estate broker" in German)
8,330 = $13,152 Sedo
5. Sales.mobi $10,500 Moniker/
T.R.A.F.F.I.C. East
Ringtone.mobi $10,000 Moniker/
T.R.A.F.F.I.C. East
Men.mobi $10,000 Moniker/
T.R.A.F.F.I.C. East
Computers.mobi $9,500 Moniker/
T.R.A.F.F.I.C. East
Airlines.mobi $9,500 Moniker/
T.R.A.F.F.I.C. East
10. Michigan.info $9,250 Moniker/
T.R.A.F.F.I.C. East

11. Sinusite.net 5,750 = $9,079 Sedo
12. ASI.net $9,000 eHot.net
13. Weine.org 5,500 = $8,685 Sedo
14.  Boats.mobi $6,000 Moniker/
T.R.A.F.F.I.C. East
15. Artemis.net $5,700 Sedo
Show.mobi $5,000 Moniker/
T.R.A.F.F.I.C. East
Airports.info $5,000 Moniker/
T.R.A.F.F.I.C. East
18. FlashGames.info 2,500 = $3,948 Sedo
19. Systems.org $3,300 NameJet
20. MHSC.net $3,288 AfternicDLS

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.

There were dozens of additional four-figure sales just off the chart led by Sedo's 2,000 ($3,158) sale of CFDS.info. They also sold FunnyPictures.org ($2,610), Verbraucher.net ($2,446) and Lederer.net ($1,861). Casinogratuit.net and Billiger.org booked $1,658 each, PersonalFitness.net posted $1,600 and CityVox.mobi unveiled $1,579. Also at Sedo, Telematics.info returned $1,552, PokerSite.org dealt out $1,250 and WebAttorneys.net billed $1,000

At TDNAM Dentist.biz drilled $3,005. In sales from the Moniker/T.R.A.F.F.I.C. East auction, Pole.net pulled in $2,950, Optimize.net nailed $2,500 and Encyclopedias.net provided $1,000

Back at the AfterncDLS, Computadoras.org downloaded $2,870, MyEvent.net drummed up $2,630 and InTrade.net was exchanged for $2,600. The AfternicDLS had 27 more four-figure GC sales ranging from $1,000 to $2,500. You can check those out in the table below:

Additional AfternicDLS Global Contenders Sales Between $1,000-$2,500
greenscene.net $2,500   facebase.net $1,250
solaire.net $2,388 survivalguide.net $1,188
studies.info $2,088 golfcam.net $1,188
ateliers.org $2,000 eship.net $1,150
netedge.net $1,888 ifed.net $1,113
iio.net $1,700 drinkwine.net $1,088
aav.net $1,600 pgim.net $1,065
cityonline.org $1,520 coolworld.org $1,020
gamen.net $1,500 travelusa.net $1,000
cisnet.net $1,488 technicallyspeaking.net $1,000
abouttravel.net $1,488 sirel.net $1,000
gracelife.net $1,350 jesuslovesyou.net $1,000
outboardengines.net $1,344 arstechnica.net $1,000
videomall.net $1,288  

At SnapNames, VegasHoneymoon.org booked a $1,500 suite, PartyRental.net notched $1,154 and VegasVacations.net enjoyed $1,115. Entrance.net opened the door to $1,054, AutoMagazine.net earned $1,051 and CoffeeTable.net displayed $1,024.

At NameJet, Sigir2006.org served up $1,202, HockeyGear.net skated to a $1,200 payday and WEKU.org wound up at $1,121.

Country Codes

The country codes just keep on rocking. After a huge week last week, the ccTLDs came right back with the fourth biggest sale recorded so far in 2008, Auto.es (Spain's country code) at 110,000 ($173,682). That domain was followed by a quartet of solid five-figure sales (all of which also made the all extension leader board at the top of this report.

Sedo continued their dominance of the country code category claiming 19 of 21 chart entries (the extra spot resulted from a tie for the final position) and they swept the top ten.  

We saw our first .asia aftermarket sales this week with #15 AirNZ.asia going for $3,000 and Hunters.asia adding $2,500. Here is how all of the ccTLD top sellers stack up for the week ending June 29:

Country Code Top 20
 Highest Reported ccTLD  Sales: June 23, 2008 - Sun. June 29, 2008
Euro to Dollar Conversion ( to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. July 1


Sold For

Where Sold
1. Auto .es 110,000 = $173,682 Sedo
2. Deser.pl
("dessert" in Polish)
22,000 = $34,736 Sedo
3. Fotograf.de 10,100 = $15,948 Sedo
4. Flugmarkt.de
("flight market" in German)
10,000 = $15,793 Sedo
5. TopModels.de 8,300 = $13,106 Sedo
6. Geld.eu
("money" in German)
5,500 = $8,685 Sedo
7. Vakantielanden.nl  5,000 = $7,896 Sedo
8. Strompreisvergleiche.de 
("compare electricity taxes" in German)
4,000 = $6,316 Sedo
9. Utilidades.es
("utilities" in Spanish)
3,600 = $5,685 Sedo
10. Navigatiesystemen.nl 3,200 = $5,053 Sedo

11. Jeuxcasino.fr 2,800 = $4,422 Sedo
12. Kumpel.de 2,750 = $4,343 Sedo
13. GYN.fr 2,200 = $3,474 Sedo
14. Horoskopgratis.de
("free horoscope" in German)
1,950 = $3,079 Sedo
15. AirNZ.asia $3,000 Sedo
16. Top.us $2,725 SnapNames
17. DigitalCamera.eu 1,586 = $2,504 Sedo
18. Hunters.asia $2,500 Netfleet
19. ShopJobs.co.uk 1,175 = $2,344 Sedo
Strombillig.de 1,450 = $2,290 Sedo
OBL.fr 1,450 = $2,290 Sedo

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.

There were over two dozen additional four-figure ccTLD sales just off the chart and Sedo accounted for 22 of those including Champagner.eu ($2,088), Loops.fr ($2,053), Kfzkredit.de ($2,053) and KGB.com.ar ($2,042).  

Sedo had 18 more 4-figure country code sales ranging from $1,000 to $2,000. You can check those out in the table below:

Additional Sedo Country Code Sales Between $1,000-$2,000
sunpoker .co.uk $2,000   genealogy.com.es $1,658
interims .co.uk $1,974 win .ag $1,579
imds .nl $1,895 usborne .es $1,579
agenziamatrimoniale .eu $1,895 steini .de $1,579
strong .be $1,816 evo .fr $1,579
heimtrainer .eu $1,816 highpower .eu $1,500
modellenbureau .be $1,737 gesundheit .cc $1,342
immobilienvideo .tv $1,737 amg.info $1,263
hako .lu $1,737 highlands .tv $1,200

Elsewhere Aftermarket.pl sold two Polish ccTLDs; SukniaSlubna.pl ("wedding dress" in Polish) for PLN 3,230 ($1,517) and Posrednictwofinansowe.pl ("financial brokerage" in Polish) for PLN 2,540 ($1,196)

The AfternicDLS sold CelebStyle.co.uk for $1,500 and Namebroker.TV banked $1,250 for Bath.tv.

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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