Tunes in $62,500 to Lead This Week's Action in the Domain
A pair of strong country code domains
headed the .coms off at the pass to lead this week's all
extension Top 20 domain sales chart. RT.TV took the
top spot after changing hands in an impressive $62,500 private
transaction. Seller John van den Berg sent the domain to the non-profit organization, TV-Novosti,
based in Moscow,
Russia, that operates the RussiaToday.com website.
I received both a notarized copy of the
sales contract and a copy of the bank statement showing receipt of
payment to verify this sale which ranks among the best we have ever
seen for the .TV extension. .TV is the country code for
Tuvalu but is more widely recognized around the world as an
extension for video rich websites. Many major TV outlets use the
extension for their websites, with America's TNT cable
network (founded by Ted Turner) being just one of many examples
with their use of TNT.TV.
Another ccTLD took the #2 spot. Blackjack.it
(Italian county code) raked in a $37,410 jackpot at Sedo.com
to claim the runner up position. One other ccTLD made the elite list,
#20 Holzspielzeug.de ("wood toys" in German),
nailed down the final opening with an 11,000 ($14,190) sale
It took the .coms a little while to get
warmed up this week, but once they did they racked up 17 chart
entries in a row starting with eHot.net's$35,000 sale of #3 TVD.com leading the way.
Sedo had a hand in more sales that any
other venue this week - claiming 7 positions, with one of those, #7 Starship.com
at $22,500, coming from their GreatDomains.com
premium auction site. Moniker
was next with four, including three completed sales from their live
auction at the Internext 2009 conference.
#18 SecondCareer.com is an
interesting story. That domain had originally changed hands for just
$2,000 in May 2006 at SnapNames. This week it was
resold for $15,000 through the AfternicDLS
- a very nice return on investment indeed.
While sightings of 6-figure sales have
remained rare so far in this New Year, it is believed that Live Current
has sold Malaysia.com for $400,000. The company announced
the 400K sale of an unnamed domain name February 5th and
later that day Andrew Allemann at DomainNameWire.com
made a persuasive case for it being Malaysia.com in a post
on his blog. Since we cannot be 100% certain that
was the name sold we can't chart the sale yet, but we will do so if and
when it is confirmed.
Here is how all of the
leaders stacked up for the week ending Sunday, February 8:
DN Journal Top 20
Domain Sales - Mon. Feb. 2, 2009 - Sun. Feb. 8, 2009 Euro to Dollar Conversion ( to $) is Based
on Rates in Effect Feb. 10
Holzspielzeug.de "wood toys" in German
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.
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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 11 more five-figure sales just off the
chart, making this a solid week for the aftermarket
despite the absence of any blockbuster sales. SnapNames.com
sold Egyptian.com ($13,540) and DMG.com ($12,600)
while Sedo posted nine more in this range, led by BallsbridgeInn.com
Sedo also scored with FashionWeek.de ($11,610),
FPS.com ($11,100). Willows.com ($11,000) and CapeVerde.co.uk ($11,050)eSalon.co.uk added $10,950, Teatros.com
tallied $10,320 and two others; Workmaster.com and Upliv.com
went for $10,000 each.
Moniker marked up another one by closing a $10,000 sale
of FetishCams.com from their Internext live auction.
.Com Supporting Cast
led the .com supporting cast with the $9,600 sale of
KOZ.com. Four other 3-letter .coms were sold at that site; MWX.com
($4,000), FGZ.com ($3,600), YZJ.com ($3,499) and JQF.com
($3,333). Drugged.com drew another $2,499.
Back at Sedo's main site, Bynett.com bagged
$6,500 while three others; AqueductGaming.com, AuxTV.com
and EnergyOne.com generated $6,000 apiece. Another
trio that included BearPaw.com, Refinity.com and
SugarDaddySearch.com found $5,000 each while NYNewsline.com
and CouponCard.com captured $4,000 apiece.
Sedo had 23 more .com sales ranging from $2,000
to $3,871. Those are listed in the table below:
Sedo .Com Sales Between $2,000-$3,871
At NameJet.comFamilyPlan.com provided $9,200, Stairway.com
wrapped up $8,000 and EliteHotels.com booked $7,800.
Sack.com secured $7,105, WoodShutters.com
shielded $6,965 and two others; PowerShift.com and Koku.com
coralled $5,700 each. BodyMods.com banged out $5,655 and
SkinDisorders.com scratched up $5,500.
NameJet had 20 more .com sales ranging from $2,000
to $5,500. Those are listed in the table below:
NameJet .Com Sales Between $2,000-$5,500
Back at SnapNames MakeMillions.com rang up $9,012,
ElectronicTaxFiling.com returned $5,890 and Bursar.com
disbursed $5,000. LightSabers.com lit up $4,710, Habillage.com
hauled in $4,375 and AmateurWives.com unwrapped $4,120.
eGreetingCards.com welcomed $3,704, DenverEscorts.com
accompanied $2,659 and GetCreditCards.com clicked for $2,360.
CarTruck.com tugged $2,138. LiveScoore.com
scanned $2,100 and PetFuneral.com buried $2,050.
In additional sales from Moniker's Internext auction BlackOnBlonde.com
and HotBoobs.com buttoned up $9,000 each while MonsterTube.com
made $8,000. ManOnMan.com managed $3,000 and GrandmaPorn.com
posted $2,100. Moniker also handled the escrow on a $2,825
sale of NGAlliance.com.
The supplemental roster at the AfternicDLS was led by EmployeeInsurance.com
($5,188), Carden.com ($4,750) and KnowledgeVentures.com
($4,188). HipHopMusicVideos.com screened $4,000, InternetViillage.com
contributed $3,888 and three others; BankruptcyClinic.com,
WebSlices.com and NewPartners.com provided $3,788
AfricaReview.com revealed $3,688, GNTrans.com
cornered $3,588 and two others; BusinessApps.com and IndieWeb.com
went for $3,500 each. One step back at $3,388 apiece
were Antiguas.com, Decani.com and StyleGallery.com.
The AfternicDLS had 50 more .com sales ranging from $2,000 to $3,288. You
can check those out in the table below:
AfternicDLS .Com Sales Between $2,000 - $3,288
The AfternicDLS sold two other domains through
listings at Sedo; DiscoStar.com ($3,296) and PrikBord.com
(.biz, .info, .mobi, .net & .org)
It was a relatively slow week for the Global
Contenders as their thunder seems to be increasingly stolen by
the Country Codes in the competition for non .com
dollars. The top GC sale was InternetMarketing.org for $6,700
at NameJet, followed by SilverDollar-Casino.net at
$5,805 via Sedo.
The .nets took the most chart positions with
13, followed by .Org with 16. The final opening went to #9
Clothes.info, sold for $3,900 at SnapNames. SnapNames and
Sedo had the most chart entries with six apiece, followed closely by
the AfternicDLS with five.
Here's how all of the Global Contenders stacked up for the
week ending February 8:
Global Contenders Top 20
Highest Reported Non .Com Global
(.Net, .Org, .Biz & .Info) Mon. Feb.
2, 2009 - Sun. Feb. 8, 2009 Euro to Dollar Conversion ( to $) is Based
on Rates in Effect Feb. 10
There were several dozen additional four-figure GC
sales just off the chart, led by a pair of names at the AfternicDLS;
BankingJobs.net and TheLockerRoom.net at $2,388 apiece.
The Afternic DLS had 16 more GC sales ranging from $1,000
to $2,000. Those are listed in the table below:
AfternicDLS GC Sales Between $1,000-$2,000
At SnapNames Sanchez.net notched $2,360
and Virginia.biz banked $2,300. SnapNames had 14 more GC sales ranging from $1,000
to $2,250. Those are listed in the table below:
SnapNames GC Sales Between $1,000-$2,250
Back at NameJet Vallejo.net nabbed $2,200,
Bon.org brought $1,600 and two others; 8866.net
and Invoice.org added $1,201 each.
Sedo socked away $2,000 for Sofortkredite.net
and $1,935 each for Casino-Del-Rio.biz and Kinnarps.net.
Their other winners included Network-Marketing.org ($1,500), BonitaSprings.net
($1,300), Actualite.net ($1,289) and Bondage.mobi
($1,227). Sedo also sold EasyMeeting.net for the
AfternicDLS at $1,000.
The country codes
have been on a hot streak in recent months and that continued with a
half dozen five-figure ccTLD sales this week, including the highest
reported sale in any extension - RT.TV at $62,500 in
the private transaction we told you about at the top of this report.
The first three names on the Country Code Top 20 all made the
all extension leader board you saw earlier and we also noted the
next three that all broke five figures. The top sale you haven't
seen yet is #7 BrainStar.de at $8,385 via Sedo.
.de, the German country code, piled up
eight chart entries - more than any other extension. Great
Britain's .co.uk followed with five. Italy (.it), with two, was
the only other country with multiple chart entries.
As they always do, Sedo led the race among venues,
sweeping 19 of the 20 chart entries. Here is how all of the
country code top sellers stacked
up for the week ending February 8:
Code Top 20
Reported ccTLD Sales: Feb. 2, 2009 - Sun. Feb. 8,
2009 Euro to Dollar Conversion ( to $) is Based
on Rates in Effect Tue. Feb. 10
Holzspielzeug.de "wood toys" in German
FirmenCheck.de ("company check" in German)
Firmenbewertung.de ("company valuation" in German)
There were several dozen additional four-figure
ccTLD sales off the chart with Sedo accounting for the vast majority
of those. Their listed included Jewellery.me ($3,263), Kinofilme.to
($3,225) and PeaceOnEarth.de ($3,070).
An IDN, Pδckchen.de, pulled $2,967, Fensterprofis.de
fetched $2,516 and Onlinezeitung.de drew $2,322.
Another IDN, Homφopath.de, and Vigour.de added $2,193
each and Marley.es sold for $2,032.
Sedo had 25 more country code sales ranging
from $1,000 to $2,000 that are listed in the table
Sedo ccTLD Sales Between $1,000-$2,000
sold Holiday.net.au for 5,000 AUD ($3,250) and PrizeWinner.com.au
for 3,000 AUD ($1,950).
2400.us yielded $2.400 in a private
sale and NameJet picked up $2,557 for Pisos.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 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 Domain Sales Center 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.