of the Year's Four Biggest ccTLD Sales (Including a New #1) Headline
a Solid Week of Domain Sales
We're coming to you a little later than
usual this week as I was away covering the Domain Roundtable
conference in Washington, D.C. until returning home Wednesday
night (I expect to publish our comprehensive Roundtable review
article Monday evening).
Earlier this month I was in Amsterdam
for the T.R.A.F.F.I.C. ccTLDs
conference, an event that celebrated county code domains.
This week, ccTLD fans have three more reasons to party
down. The country codes dominate the top of our new weekly
all-extension Top 20 chart, sweeping the first three spots.
That trio (each of which easily cracked the six-figure barrier) also
ranks among the year's four biggest ccTLD sales.
Leading the charge is a new 2009 country
code king of the hill, Spel.se ("games" in
Swedish), a name that changed hands for a whopping 190,000 ($266,000) at Sedo.com.
A knowledgeable Swedish domainer told me this is the biggest sale ever publicly
reported for a .se
domain (Sweden's country code).
If Sweden had not claimed the top spot, Great
Britain's .co.uk would have and that extension would have done
it in duplicate. OnlineCasino.co.uk and HorseRacing.co.uk
attracted £100,000 ($165,000) each (again via Sedo) to tie
for the #2 spot on the Big Board. Those sales also tie for the
third position on our Year-To-Date
Country Code Top 100 Chart.
In another banner week, the ccTLDs took 8
of the 20 chart entries. Sedo accounted for six of those country
code sales and wound up charting 13 domains overall to easily
win the high end race among venues. The two charted ccTLDs Sedo did
not sell were #12 SexToys.com.au (Australian ccTLD
sold for $20,655 by Netfleet.com.au)
and #15 Dongles.co.uk (sold by Registrars.co.uk
.Com made its first appearance at
#4 thanks to RickLatona.com's$150,000 sale of French.com. Latona also claimed the
#5 spot, ringing up $35,000 with PinballMachines.com.
RickLatona.com was the only venue besides Sedo to score multiple
chart entries (Latona had three overall).
One of Sedo's sales, #14 RailEasy.com
at $20,000, gave its seller a tremendous return on
investment. The name has originally been purchased for just $1,688
in October 2006 at BuyDomains.com.
Only one non .com gTLD made the
elite list this week - #8 (tie) Snowboards.net, a name that
Sedo sold for $30,000. Here is how all of the
leaders stack up for the week ending Sunday, June 14:
DN Journal Top 20
Domain Sales - Mon. June 8, 2009 - Sun. June 14, 2009 Euro to Dollar Conversion ( to $) is Based
on Rates in Effect June 19
Spel.se ("games" in Swedish)
AUD = $20,655
Alkoholfrei.de ("alcohol free" in German)
36O.com (last character is the letter "O")
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.
We highly recommend that you do some basic research beforeyou buyanything! As a starting point we have
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There were eight more five-figure sales just off the
chart and Sedo accounted for five of those; Cabal.de ($13,300),
Zilver.com ($11,000) and a trio at $10,000 each that
included Skoop.com, MobileTrading.com and Plus.org.
closed the $11,000 sale of Filet.com, a name that
was auctioned off at T.R.A.F.F.I.C.
Silicon Valley in April. The AfternicDLS
booked a pair of five-figure sales, scooping up $10,500
worth of DooDoo.com and adding $10,000 for Earthwards.com.
.Com Supporting Cast
Sedo led the .com supporting cast of
four-figure sales with SexTank.com at $8,889. VIP-Casino.com
raked in $7,840 and two others; PokerStare.com and PSPGo.com
kicked in $7,000 each. WAE.com went for $6,600,
Plenish.com plucked $6,400 and ChicagoMLS.com
clicked for $5,650. Aperderpeso.com and GayNation.com
notched $5,600 apiece and RDIO.com drew $5,001.
Sedo had 26 more .com sales ranging from $2,000
to $5,000 that you can check out in the table below.
Sedo .com Sales Between $2,000 - $5,000
Sedo also sold BellyRing.com for $2,867 through
premium auction site.
Back at the AfternicDLS Bioplast.com bagged $8,000,
MyMosh.com mined $7,700 and Domeinnamen.com
downloaded $6,870. AllAboutAutos.com found $5,688
under the hood, Elina.com landed $5,500 and OnlineFun.com
fetched $5,000. ePods.com produced $4,500,Creez.com
cracked $4,388 and Aceso.com coaxed $4,188.
The AfternicDLS had 78 more .com sales ranging from $2,000
to $4,000. Those are listed in the table below:
AfternicDLS .com Sales Between $2,000 - $4,000
Moniker's supplemental roster included 1800BuyGold.com
($6,675), UnixCentral.com ($6,025), MusicVillage.com
($5,149) and 17Dou.com ($3,125).
In additional completed sales from their
T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Silicon Valley auction, Moniker closed Freightlines.com
at $5,000, Respected.com at $3,500 and BackgammonSets.com
At SnapNames.com, PhotoSwap.com swept up $4,100,
ForeclosureRealEstate.com returned $3,615 and OnlinePokerTournament.com
dealt out $3,533. SnapNames also moved Overclock.com
($3,001), CashIsKing.com ($2,304), DietPillReview.com
($2,151) and StopDiabetes.com ($2,088).
sold DatingPartners.com for $4,425 while Fabrications.com
drew $3,900 for RickLatona.com.
This was a monster week for the surging country
code category. As we noted in the all extension section of this
report, three of the year's four biggest ccTLD sales were reported
this week with each of those names crashing through the six-figure
barrier. There were also a half dozen five-figure ccTLD sales
that you also saw earlier.
The highest ccTLD sale you haven't seen yet is #10
Jeux-Flash.fr (French country code) at $8,820 via Sedo, a
venue that swept 16 entries on our new ccTLD Top 20
Great Britain's .co.uk extension had a big
week piling up eight chart entries. Two of those, LandForSale.co.uk
and MobilePhoneDeals.co.uk, led off the second half of the
leader board at $8,250 each. Here is how all of the
country code top sellers stacked
up for the week ending June 14:
Code Top 20
Reported ccTLD Sales: June 8, 2009 - Sun. June 14,
2009 Euro to Dollar Conversion ( to $) is Based
on Rates in Effect Tue. June 19
There were several dozen additional four-figure
sales off the chart, with Sedo booking the highest of those, CarInsurance.eu
at $3,800. Rugby.eu also scored with a $3,600
sale. Wizzan.de went for $3,402, Sapo.fr
secured $2,800 and DesignerLampe.de lit up $2,450.
Reyalurbis.es added $2,274 and
Autos24.de braked at $2,240. Sedo had 32 more .com sales ranging
from $1,000 to $2,100. Those are listed in the table
Sedo ccTLD Sales Between $1,000 - $2,100
sold ManitobaJobs.ca for $3,770 and RickLatona.com
captured $3,465 for Nom.co.uk at their recent
T.R.A.F.F.I.C. live auction in Amsterdam.
Registrars.co.uk sold SafeHosts.co.uk ($3,300) and CashFlowProblems.co.uk
($1,650) and NetFleet.com.au offloaded a pair of nice
two-letter domains; LL.com.au ($3,240) and WX.com.au
If there are country code extensions you are not
familiar with, you can look up the nation each extension goes with here.
(.biz, .info, .mobi, .name, .net & .org)
Contenders category was paced by the pair of five-figure
sales we told you about at the top of this report. Next in line were
a trio of .orgs; #3 CDO.org at $8,400, #4 SocialMedia.org
at $8,000 and #5 YBP.org at $7,000. Sedo
handled all of the top five sales and had a hand in 12 charted sales
overall. The AfternicDLS swept all the rest.
Despite that hot run for the .orgs, .net
wound up with the most chart entries with 12, including the #1 domain,
Snowboards.net at $30,000. .Org charted seven domains and
the last opening went to a hyphenated .biz, #17 Air-Max.biz
Here's how all of the Global Contenders stacked up for the
week ending June 14:
Global Contenders Top 20
Highest Reported Non .Com Global
(.Net, .Org, .Biz & .Info) Mon. June
8, 2009 - Sun. June 14, 2009 Euro to Dollar Conversion ( to $) is Based
on Rates in Effect June 19
There were several dozen additional four-figure GC
sales off the chart. The AfternicDLS had the highest of those with Renewal.org
at $2,500. They added $2,000 for Trafic.net and
$1,900 for AuctionTime.net.
The AfternicDLS had 18 more four-figure GC sales ranging from $1,000
to $1,888. You can check those out in the table below.
Afternic GC Sales Between $1,000 - $1,888
The AfternicDLS also sold eFace.net for $1,791
through an expanded promotion listing at Sedo.
Meanwhile Sedo rang up 16 solid four figure sales
ranging from $1,000 to $2,100. Those are all listed in
the table below:
Sedo GC Sales Between $1,000 - $2,100
Sedo also sold Jean.net ($2,000) and
Round.net ($1,716) through their GreatDomains site.
Elsewhere Snapnames banked $1,769 for MortgageRelief.org
and $1,215 for TMM.org.
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 night or Wednesday
morning we publish the highest reported domain name
sales for the previous week. On Mondays and Tuesdays our contributors send us
their sales data for the previous 7 days. We then compile that
information and write this article to give
you the most comprehensive sales report in the industry.
Editor's Note: If you wish to review previous Domain
Sales columns, they are available in our Archive.