Connects for $1.1 Million at Sedo to Top This Week's Domain Sales
rang up the year's 6th reported 7-figure domain sale this
past week, banking $1,100,000 for Call.com. Sedo sold
the name for Live Current Media who has been selling off
their best domains to raise capital. Call.com helped Sedo
sweep the first five spots on our weekly Top 20 Sales Chart.
They also notched a big six-figure sale with #2 Editor.com at
$225,000. Sedo went on to pile up 12 of the 20 chart entries,
including 8 of the first 10.
Last week we noted that we were still
sifting through information to determine whether the $1.5 million
sale of DropShippers.com that we reported in our Lowdown
section a couple of weeks ago should be listed on our charts which
are limited to cash sales of domain names only. In addition to being
a strong domain name, DropShippers.com has featured a slick
ecommerce platform for the past several years. With developed sites
it is impossible to determine what portion of a sale price can be
attributed to the name only and what portion stems from the site
development and the revenue stream it produces. As a result they are
not eligible for our charts.
If a buyer junks whatever was previously
on a site that makes it obvious they were buying the domain name
only. In the case of DropShippers.com, this "added value"
issue required some additional thought when both the buyer, Tom
Hashem Jr., and the seller, Richard Gabriel (who had a
huge sale earlier this year when he sent Auction.com to REDC
for $1.7 million) said the existing platform was a free
Gabriel described it as an automated
system that didn't require him to run it as a business and said that
he added it to the deal at no charge since he would have no use for
it after signing an agreement not to compete in the drop shipping business
with the buyer. Hashem said he eventually plans to "develop the
site with website hosting features for people who need an ecommerce
business and supply products to Ebay power sellers."
However, in the meantime, DropShippers.com continues to run the
ecommerce platform that has been on it for years and that has to be
of some value. Also, Gabriel is still listed as the Admin contact on
the WhoIs because the platform runs on his servers.
In addition, the $1.5 million sale price
includes a $500,000 promissory note to be paid off at 5.95%
over 10 years. Hashem paid the other $1 million upfront, but
the domain, as collateral for the loan, was transferred to the LLC
that financed the balance, Gabby Investments, which according
to a post on Gabriel's 50.com website, is solely owned by his
Until the Gabriels receive the balance of
the payments due (which could take a decade) we can't chart the
domain as a completed $1.5 million sale, even though the contract is
valued at that amount. In a similar situation several years ago, we
reported the news when Rick Schwartz struck a deal to sell Men.com
for $1.3 million, but we didn't add the sale to our charts
until six months later after the buyer made the last of the six
monthly payments that their contract called for (the domain was also
transferred to the buyer at that time).
None of this takes anything away from
another major sale for Gabriel. It is just a matter of trying to
make sure we compare apples to apples on our sales charts (completed
all cash sales of domain names only). Having carefully considered
the information I have on this transaction I don't feel that it
currently meets that criteria.
Now back to this week's action. .Com
dominated the competition with 15 chart entries. The remaining five
spots went to two ccTLDs, two .orgs and a .net.
One of those county codes crashed the top five. Games.eu
generated a €67,500 ($95,850) payday at Sedo. The top non
.com gTLD was #11 Aileron.org, which went for $21,000,
also at Sedo.
The week's return on investment winner was
#6 Releases.com, a name that changed hands for $47,500
through John Daly's NameConnect.com. It had been purchased less than a year ago
(n October 2008) for just $8,600 through Moniker.
Here is how all of the
leaders stack up for the week ending Sunday, August 30:
DN Journal Top 20
Domain Sales - Mon. Aug. 24, 2009 - Sun. Aug. 30, 2009 Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based
on Rates in Effect Sept. 1, 2009
Enviar.com ("to send" in Spanish)
Lotterie.it ("lottery" in Italian")
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 nine more five-figure sales off the
chart. Sedo had the highest of those with KeywordDomainNames.com
at $11,240. They also sold BalloonShop.com and JewishCupid.com
for $10,000 each.
In addition to their two charted domains, the AfternicDLS
bagged four more five-figure sales; CarInsuranceComparison.com
at $10,150 and a trio at $10,000 each that included BavarianMotors.com,
BodySystem.com and SportsUnlimited.com.
also has a $10,000 sale with DigitalKamera.com and NameJet
hit the same 10K mark with HongKongHotel.com.
.Com Supporting Cast
The AfternicDLS had another very solid week piling
up over $880,000 in sales and leading the four-figure .com
supporting cast with InsuranceProviders.com at $9,500.
Their hit list also included three names at $8,500 each; AutoInsuranceComparison.com,
HealthInsuranceProvider.com and TennesseeCarInsurance.com.
ArizonaCarInsurance.com added $7,940,
AutoInsuranceComparisons.com kicked in $7,600 and two
others; Economizer.com and Insyt.com secured $7,500
The AfternicDLS had 96 more .com sales ranging from $2,000
to $6,000. Those are listed in the table below:
AfternicDLS .com Sales Between $2,000 - $6,000
The AfternicDLS also registered four sales utilizing
other venues as part of their expanded promotion platform. Sacmautraitim.com
went for $5,988 at SnapNames while TecnoWeb.com ($2,100),
StampsDirect.com ($2,025) and MomSavvy.com ($2,000)
changed hands through Sedo.
Back at Sedo, WAE.com wound up at $8,520,
Brands247.com brought $8,500 and Dinos.com
delivered $8,000. ChinaWholesalers.com chipped in $7,900,
Windmobile.com braked at $7,222 and Erencontre.com
OutdoorCushion.com and SavvyMom.com
managed $7,000 each while Zonales.com zipped up $5,500
and 0707.com counted out $5,100. Sedo had 25 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
At NameJet, Convince.com corralled $7,200,
Digicam.com captured $7,100 and Vehics.com
hauled in $6,666. VictorianFurniture.com fetched $5,588
and RefinanceMortgages.com returned $5,100.
NameJet had 17 more .com sales ranging from $2,000
to $5,000 that are listed in the table below:
NameJet .com Sales Between $2,000 - $5,000
At SnapNames BuyGoldOnline.com landed $6,100,
Webcn.com went for $5,750 and FindEvents.com
located $4,000. Guangdian.com grossed $3,659, SpyPhones.com
spotted $3,402 and Slipped.com fell at $3,400. HandCart.com
wheeled in $2,100 and VideoPortal.com posted $2,050.
Games.eu, the year'[s 7th biggest ccTLD sale
at $95,860, leads this week's Country Code Top 20 Chart.
Sedo handled that transaction and went on to sweep every position
on the leader board! #2 Lotterie.it (Italian ccTLD)
produced another nice five-figure sale at $25,560.
A pair of Austrian .at domains earned spots
among the week's five biggest ccTLD sales. #3 WebcamSex.at
attracted $8,520 and #5 (tie) Solarmobil.at tallied $5,680.
Austria's next door neighbor, Germany, had the most chart
entries with eight .de domains on the leader board.
Belgium's .be had two top ten domains, #7 Cobra.be
at $5,609 and #9 (tie) Smile.be at $2,840. Here is how all of the
country code top sellers stacked
up for the week ending August 30:
Code Top 20
Reported ccTLD Sales: Mon. Aug. 24, 2009 - Sun. Aug.
2009 Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based
on Rates in Effect Tue. Sept. 1
There were two dozen additional four-figure ccTLD
sales off the chart with Sedo accounting for all of those. Their
roster included FreeSims.co.uk at $2,093 and a
matching Indian ccTLD set at $2,000 each; Forum.co.in
Sedo had 21 more ccTLD sales ranging from $1,000
to $1,846 that are listed in the table below:
Sedo ccTLD Sales Between $1,000 - $1,846
If there are country code extensions in our report
that you are not familiar with, you can look up the nation each
extension goes with here.
A trio of five-figure sales topped this
weeks Global Contenders Top 20 Chart. You saw all of these on
the all extension leader board at the beginning of this report. The
biggest non .com gTLD sales you haven't seen yet are #4
WebPlus.net at $7,500 via the AfternicDLS and #5 IOT.org
for $7,289 through an AfternicDLS expanded promotion listing
.Net accounted for 10 of the 20 chart
entries, followed closely by .org with eight. The .orgs also
took three of the top five positions. The other two openings went to
#12 Rucksack.info at $3,550 and #15 MFG.mobi at
$2,750. Both of those domains were sold by Sedo.
Here's how all of the Global Contenders stacked up for the
week ending August 30:
Global Contenders Top 20
Highest Reported Non .Com Global
(.Net, .Org, .Biz & .Info) Mon. Aug.
24, 2009 - Sun. Aug. 30, 2009 Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based
on Rates in Effect Sept. 1
There were several dozen additional
four-figure GC sales off the chart. At Sedo, WebsiteTemplate.net
notched $2,500, 0a.net nabbed $2,450 and GarageSale.mobi
sold for $1,950. NRE.biz brought $1,771 while MobilityScooters.org
and Peace2012.org added $1,500 apiece.
Also at Sedo, Hamburg.mobi harvested $1,450,
AHH.net nailed $1,173 and FlashCasino.net raked
in $1,070. Three others; INLU.net, MauritiusHolidays.info
and Symptom.org tacked on $1,000 each.
At SnapNames, HotelsAustin.net and HotelsFortWorth.net
welcomed $2,500 each, HotelsWinstonSalem.net added
$1,559, Realty.info returned $1,550 and HotelsBuffalo.net
At the AfternicDLS EQU.org and Localink.net
locked up $2,500 each while CRMSoftware.net settled at
$2,100. The Afternic DLS had 20 more four-figure GC sales ranging from $1,000
to $1,888. You can check those out in the table below:
AfternicDLS GC Sales Between $1,000 - $1,888
The AfternicDLS sold eight more through expanded
promotion listings. Using SnapNames they found buyers for MyCalendar.org
($1,888), EcoHotels.net ($1,488), HotelBrussels.net
($1,388) and Engo.net ($1,023). Using Sedo they moved MyWell.net
($1,450), Reiniger.net ($1,419), SoundAndVision.info
($1,120) and FuneralDirectors.net ($1,088).
At NameJet LAPD.org provided $2,389, Gadgets.info
generated $2,050 and DIF.org downed $1,511.
They also scored with Trustee.org ($1,302), Decorators.net
($1,300), CarLoan.info ($1,210) and WSB.net ($1,000).
Elsewhere RickLatona.com picked up $2,000 for
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 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
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Editor's Note: If you wish to review previous Domain
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