Sells Dollars.com for Over $380,000 in the Second Biggest Sale
Reported So Far in 2009
With the general economy in disarray,
high ticket domain sales have been few and far between in the early
going so far in 2009. Sedo.com
hit one deep this week though as they handled a €302,500 ($381,150)
sale of Dollars.com.
While it is good to see some activity at
the top end of the market, the excitement over this particular sale
will still be somewhat muted because this same domain sold for
considerably more in July of 2007 when it was purchased by Switzerland's
Virtual Network SA for $650,000. The domain has been
monetized in different ways since the 2007 sale (including PPC) but
it's not likely that it earned enough over the past 19 months to
offset a price drop of more than $268,000 in the latest sale.
That was one of 11 domains that Sedo
placed on our new all extension Top 20 Chart. They rang up 3
of the top 4 sales, including #2 PZ.com at $61,000 and
#4 Trusted.com at $50,000. Trusted.com is another name
that sold previously but in the case of that name - the latest sale
represents a 33% jump over the $37,500 that was paid
for the domain in a Moniker live auction at T.R.A.F.F.I.C.
in November 2006.
Speaking of Moniker,
they had a hand in three charted sales this week including a pair that tied
for the #5 spot at $40,450 each - FineWatches.com and CommunityCalendar.com.
was the only other venue with multiple chart entries. They scored
twice with #7 LowRate.com ($40,000) and #17 BodySculpt.com
The other four openings on the Big Board
were split between SnapNames.com,
and a private sale. SnapNames had the biggest dog in that pack, #3 ResortHotels.com
at $58,830. The private sale involved #10 Adios.co.uk,
a name that changed hands for a healthy £17,000 ($24,310). Three
more ccTLDs, all representing Germany's .de, also earned spots on
the elite list.
With the exception of a pair of .nets;
RockleyPark.net and DevonCliffs.net, that tied for #8
at $37,538 (both sold at Sedo), the remaining chart positions
all went to .com (14 in all for the world's most popular
Here is how all of the
leaders stacked up for the week ending Sunday, February 15:
DN Journal Top 20
Domain Sales - Mon. Feb. 9, 2009 - Sun. Feb. 15, 2009 Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based
on Rates in Effect Feb. 17
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 five more five-figure sales just off the
chart, led by Dot.es (a ccTLD representing Spain) that
went for $10,600 at Sedo. That venue also sold MichiganFootball.com
for $10,000. The AfternicDLS scored with Cupids.com
($10,500) and NoMorePain.com ($10,000) while SnapNames
booked $10,121 with Efectivo.com.
.Com Supporting Cast
Sedo led the .com supporting cast with Graubunden.com
at €7,800 ($9,828). They added $6,300 for Trust-ID.com,
$6,000 for Yalook.com and $5,000 each for DayForce.com
and HoodiaGordonii.com. RentMyHome.com returned $4,500
and Stylight.com landed $4,410.
Sedo had 16 more .com sales ranging from $2,000
to $3,933. Those are listed in the table below:
Sedo .Com Sales Between $2,000-$3,933
At Sedo's GreatDomains
premium auction site, MRQ.com clicked for $6,001,
UPW.com unwrapped $5,998 and Transporting.com
trucked in $3,550.
At NameJet, InfoWeb.com went for $8,865,
MagicMoments.com conjured up $6,800, SecureEmail.com
managed $5,400 and ThriftShops.com dusted off $5,100.
Three other domains; GymShoes.com, ThirdWorld.com and VitalRecord.com
rang up $5,000 each.
NameJet had 24 more .com sales ranging from $2,000
to $4,400. Those are listed in the table below:
NameJet .Com Sales Between $2,000-$4,400
Back at the AfternicDLS, DesignerLiving.com lit
up $7,688, ITCompanies.com kicked in $6,000 and Amnesia.com
forgot $5,940. AirFox.com flew away with $5,791, USTraining.com
drilled $5,400 and TrainingToday.com tacked on $5,188.
The AfternicDLS booked $5,000 each for BackgroundInfo.com,
JumboJobs.com and LaserSchool.com. ConvertFiles.com contributed
$4,688 and BusinessAnalystJobs.com
The AfternicDLS had 59 more .com sales ranging from $2,000 to $4,000. You
can check those out in the table below:
AfternicDLS .Com Sales Between $2,000 - $4,000
The AfternicDLS sold two other domains through
listings at Sedo; SportOutdoor.com ($2,988) and Visam.com
Elsewhere, in a pair of private sales, DomainList.com
unlocked $9,000 and DNANews.com discovered $5,000.
Auctions, LasVegasHome.com welcomed $6,910 and
VietNhinHanh.com hauled in $3,792.
Back at SnapNames, the winners included HHX.com
($5,750), Runa.com ($4,800), ProxySite.com ($2,250)
and JazzClubsNewYork.com, a name that drummed up $2,000.
At RickLatona.com SafariAdventure.com rounded
up $3,200 and LasVegasBlvd.com brought $2,250.
back at Moniker, MySightings.com spotted $2,563.
(.biz, .info, .mobi, .net & .org)
A pair of .net geo domains share the top spot
on this week's Global Contenders Top 20 Chart. Sedo sold
DevonCliffs.net and RockleyPark.net for £26,250 ($37,538) apiece.
There was a big fall off in the GC category after those two though
with Animation.net a distant third after changing hands for $5,500
The .nets went on to sweep 15 of the 20
chart entries. .Org was next with four, including back to back
entries at numbers 4 and 5 with F-I.org ($4,498) and DogDiarrhea.org
($4,075). The remaining opening went to a German language
.info, #18 Rechtsschutzversicherung.info ("legal"
in German) at $2,079 through Sedo.
Sedo had the most entries on this chart with seven,
including three of the top four. Here's how all of the Global Contenders stacked up for the
week ending February 15:
Global Contenders Top 20
Highest Reported Non .Com Global
(.Net, .Org, .Biz & .Info) Mon. Feb.
9, 2009 - Sun. Feb. 15, 2009 Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based
on Rates in Effect Feb. 17
There were 21 more four-figure GC sales just off the
chart. Sedo had the highest of those with CasinoOnTheNet.org
and PokerPacific.org raking in $1,890 each. A string
of German language domains followed; Bausparvertrag.info
($1,512), Kinderfahrrad.net ($1,323), Fluessiggas.info
($1,260) and Holztreppe.net ($1,260). They also sold Makers.biz
for $1,260 and IlPunto.net for $1,008.
At the Afternic DLS WebsiteMaintenance.net
notched $1,750, NewYorkInsurance.net underwrote $1,400
and WebBooking.net banked $1,388. The AfternicDLS also
scored with GEDTest.net($1,300), Lobbying.net
($1,290), Outsiders.org ($1,275) and Defibrillator.net
($1,200). Three others; BayClub.net, Shopps.net
and Repa.org posted $1,000 apiece.
At NameJet BlackDown.org drew $1,600, Jax.net
nailed $1,290 and ASCII.net nabbed $1,210.
The country codes continued to flex their muscles
this week with five solid five-figure sales. We covered those in the
all extension section at the top of this report (with four ccTLDs
making the Big Board and a fifth, Dot.es, listed in the
additional five-figure sales regardless of extension). Those five
lead our new Country Code Top 20 Chart.
The highest sales you haven't seen yet are Sedo's $7,560
sale of #6 Aktie.at (Austrian ccTLD) and Jim
Holleran's $7,000 purchase of Moscow.tv in a private
transaction. Germany's .de extension has the most chart
entries with seven, followed by Great Britain's .co.uk with
Sedo once again led the race among venues,
sweeping 17 of the 20 chart entries. Here is how all of the
country code top sellers stacked
up for the week ending February 15:
Code Top 20
Reported ccTLD Sales: Feb. 9, 2009 - Sun. Feb. 15,
2009 Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based
on Rates in Effect Tue. Feb. 17
Sedo had four and a half dozen additional four-figure
ccTLD sales off the chart, led by Bootsreise.de and Nosotras.tv
at $3,150 each. Garten-Discounter.de added $2,961
and Faxen-Online.de delivered $2,699.
Sedo had 50 more country code sales ranging
from $1,000 to $2,500. Those are listed in the table
Sedo ccTLD Sales Between $1,000-$2,500
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
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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.