End of the Domain Aftermarket Takes a Breather - First Week
With No Reported 6-Figure Sales Since Early February
For the first time in two months,
no six-figure domain sales were reported this week. There were
however hundreds of four and five figure sales, the price range favored
by the small to medium sized business end users that are the most
active buyers in today's aftermarket.
Our new Top 20 Chart is headed by Moniker.com's$60,000 sale of GayDating.com. SnapNames
snagged the #2 slot with FootJob.com at $53,388. GoDaddy
Auctions followed with an extremely high price for a
3-character .com, attracting $48,000 for LV1.com.
then entered the fray with #4 ViewIt.com at $40,000
and they went on to sweep 12 of the 20 chart entries, more than any
other venue. Sedo's hit list included five country code domains, led
by #5 Action.de at $32,512. Three of the Sedo ccTLD
sales that made the all extension leader board represented Montenegro's
.me extension; Rock.me ($12,000), Pay.me ($11,501)
and Test.me ($11,501).
After being shut out the past two weeks,
the non .com global TLDs finally got back on the Big Board
thanks to the GoDaddy Auctions sale of #14 AlMeethaq.net
at $14,005 (Al Meethaq is the name of a liberal
political party in Bahrain) and Sedo's sale of #19 Trading.info
.Com swept the remaining 13 chart
entries. SnapNames had three of those including #6 BadGirl.com
at $23,998 and #9 FBS.com at $16,000. FBS.com
had previously changed hands a little over a year ago (in February
2008) through the DomainState.com
forum for $25,000. It's unusual to see someone take such a
substantial loss on a high quality 3-letter combination like that
but, with the poor state of the general economy, cases like this are
popping up more often in our database. Still the vast majority of
repeat sales we have recorded show an increase over the price those
names previously sold for.
Here is how all of the
leaders stack up for the week ending Sunday, April 5:
DN Journal Top 20
Domain Sales - Mon. March 30, 2009 - Sun. April 5, 2009 Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based
on Rates in Effect April 7
Carpinteros.com ("carpenters" in Spanish)
AlMeethaq.net (a political party in Bahrain)
("household robot" 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.
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 six more five-figure sales just off the
chart. Four of those were from Sedo's recent auction of premium .me
domains; Pick.me, Join.me and Bet.me at $10,099
each and TH.me at $10,000. Moniker closed the $10,000
sale for ToyRecalls.com from their DOMAINfest Global
live auction and Acht.tv changed hands for $10,000 in
a private sale.
.Com Supporting Cast
The four-figure supporting cast of .com sales
was led by SWH.com, a name that went for $8,012 at
SnapNames. Their roster also included DomainInvesting.com
($6,500), AmeteurMatch.com ($5,928) and Bet360.com
($4,420). Wwsex.com drew $4,079, Laoying.com
landed $2,823 and AsiaNuero.com notched $2,129.
TheReds.com colored in $2,115, CamRush.com
recorded $2,005, and Qiuchang.com chipped in $2,001.
Sedo scored with HappyEnd.com ($8,000), Plages.com
($7,847) and ZFZ.com ($6,000). NaturalMedia.com distributed
$5,653, Pornzapp.com zipped up $5,054 and two
others; CamSluts.com and PoliceGrants.com posted $5,000
each. ZZR.com added another $4,900.
Sedo had 21 more .com sales ranging from $2,000 to
$4,250 that are listed in the table below:
Sedo .com Sales Between $2,000 - $4,250
Back at GoDaddy Auctions, ElectricGrills.com
cooked up $7,235, SUDFTC.com secured $6,791
and Nicki.com nabbed $6,505. ExpressAutoParts.com
pulled $4,005, BogotaCapitalMundialDelibro.com
contributed $2,882 and SpectrumAnalyzer.com spawned $2,530.
At the AfternicDLS, NationalAffairs.com
fetched $6,000, AdvertisingCopywriters.com rang up $5,971
and QuoteMax.com mined $5,375. FurnitureDepot.com
displayed $5,275, BallsOfSteel.com rolled up $5,000
and SmallBusinessManagement.com doled out $4,788. GreenEffect.com
ground out $4,500, SimpleWellness.com welcomed $4,125
and MobileAdvertisingNetwork.com delivered $4,051.
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 also sold Selamta.com for $4,000
through an expanded promotion listing at Sedo.
At NameJet, Noted.com captured $6,000,
SeniorProm.com presented $4,900 and Conavi.com
cornered $3,803. OFJ.com jolted $3,777, Liushi.com
located $3,600 and Hammurabi.com brought $3,388.
Novosoft.com clicked for $3,200, CarLights.com
illuminated $3,112 and RentFlat.com returned $3,111.
Ealtor.com tallied $2,888, GrillCover.com
garnered $2,700 and Kielbasa.com bit off $2,655.
Clime.com clocked $2,500, RepublicMortgage.com
banked $2,400 and ESHU.com yielded $2,292. PAHA.com
penciled in $2,105 and SkiLodging.com slalomed to $2,000.
Elsewhere, Theo Develegas sold DecalStudio.com
for $4,500 while RickLatona.com
moved Oddities.com for $2,800 and BookDealers.com for
$2,000. Moniker also closed another DOMAINfest Global auction
sale, booking $2,000 for LasVegasLimousines.
(.biz, .info, .mobi, .name, .net & .org)
.Info had its best week of the year, taking
the two spots of the top three on our new Global Contenders Top 20 chart,
placing a third name in the first ten and claiming four positions
overall. The .info charge was led by #2 Trading.info, sold at
Sedo for $10,374. Agua.info ("water" in
Spanish) washed ashore at #3 with an $8,300 sale at the
AfternicDLS. Restposten.info ("remnants" or
"remainders" in German) also reached the top half of the
elite list, landing at #7 after a $4,988 sale at Sedo.
.Net still had the most overall entries, taking 12
of the 20 chart positions including #1 with AlMeethaq.net at
$14,005 via GoDaddy Auctions. #5 DogTraining.net went for $7,000 at the AfternicDLS.
.Org secured four slots on the board with #4 RegentsDegrees.org
($8,099 at NameJet) serving as the flagbearer for that
extension. Here's how all of the Global Contenders stacked up for the
week ending April 5:
Global Contenders Top 20
Highest Reported Non .Com Global
(.Net, .Org, .Biz & .Info) Mon. March
30, 2009 - Sun. April 5, 2009 Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based
on Rates in Effect April 7
AlMeethaq.net (a political party in Bahrain)
€7,800 = $10,374
Agua.info ("water" in Spanish)
Kreditvergleich.net ("credit comparison" in German)
There were several dozen additional four-figure GC
sales off the chart. The AfternicDLS had the highest of those with ActionAdvertising.org
and Advertising Club.net at $3,091 each. SatelliteInternet.net
connected for $2,900 while Burgi.net and Therapies.net
dispensed $2,788 each.
Three others, AdvertisingHub.net,
ShowcaseAdvertising.net and AdvertisingCosts.org
ate up $2,131 each. SmarterAdvertising.org added $2,091
to the mix.
The AfternicDLS had 30 more sales ranging from $1,000 to $2,000
that are listed in the table below:
AfternicDLS GC Sales Between $1,000 - $2,000
Sedo sold GlassPipes.net for $3,000. NDT.biz bagged $2,600, Watersheds.info
floated $2,500 and Vaporizers.net drew $2,000.
Sedo's supplemental list also included Homme.info
($1,995), Beximco.biz ($1,596) and Vergaberecht.info
($1,583). SaveTheBeach.org and WedDev.org drilled
$1,500 apiece while BestOil.net lubricated $1,330
and Beamtendarlehen.info lassoed $1,188.
Elsewhere, SnapNames sold Domaine.org for
$1,588 and CDD.net for $1,050. NameJet jettisoned Islamabad.org
for $1,401 and IDDS.org for $1,210. They also
sold RSS.biz ($1,200), Mandate.net ($1,101) and NTWeek.org
It now sounds trite to say the country
codes had another big week because it happens every week.
As a result we will be moving the weekly ccTLD Top 20 chart
and sales data to the #2 position in this report starting next week,
switching places with the Global Contenders section.
This week, every name in the first ten cracked the
five-figure mark. Seven of those were .me domains sold in
Sedo's recent premium auction for that extension (.me is Montenegro's
We listed all five figure sales in the all extension
coverage at the top of this report, so the highest ccTLD sale you
haven't seen yet is #11 Book.me at $9,900 - another
name from the Sedo auction. All told, that big sale accounted for 14
of the 20 names on the country code leader board.
Other notable sales were #9 (tie) Acht.tv at $10,000
in a private transaction and NetFleet.com.au's$7,115 sale of #15 WebDesign.net.au (they tell us that
is the highest sale ever for a .net.au). Here is how all of the
country code top sellers stacked
up for the week ending April 5:
Code Top 20
Reported ccTLD Sales: March 30, 2009 - Sun. April 5,
2009 Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based
on Rates in Effect Tue. April 7
There were dozens of additional four-figure
ccTLD sales off the chart with Sedo, who has always dominated the
country code space, accounting for all but two of those. Their list
included Drink.me($4,000), Angleterre.tv ($3,990)
and Support.me ($3,970).
Order.me booked $3,550 and four German
.de domains delivered $3,325 apiece. Those were DresdenTourismus.de,
Geothermal.de, Sole.de and SunCruises.de. Sedo had 44 more country code sales ranging
from $1,000 to $2,727. Those are listed in the table
Sedo ccTLD Sales Between $1,000 - $3,300
Elsewhere eVote.us changed hands for $3,800
in a private sale and PEX.us produced $2,500 at the
If there are country code extensions you are not familiar
with, you can look up the nation each extension goes with here.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.