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Call.com Connects for $1.1 Million at Sedo to Top This Week's Domain Sales Chart

Sedo 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. 


By Ron Jackson

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 throw-in.

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 daughter Ashley

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:


The DN Journal Top 20 
Reported Domain Sales - Mon. Aug. 24, 2009 - Sun. Aug. 30, 2009
Euro to Dollar Conversion ( to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Sept. 1, 2009


Sold For

Where Sold
1. Call.com $1,100,000 Sedo
2. Editor.com $225,000 Sedo
3. SexTV.com $97,500 Sedo
4. Games.eu 67,500 = $95,850 Sedo
5. Alternate.com  $90,000 Sedo
6. Releases.com $47,500 NameConnect.com
7. Enviar.com
("to send" in Spanish)
25,000 = $35,500 Sedo
8. Versailles.com $35,000 RickLatona.com
9. Lotterie.it
("lottery" in Italian")
18,000 = $25,560 Sedo
10. Zookie.com $25,000 Sedo

11. Aileron.org $21,000 Sedo
12. FloridaCarInsurance.com $20,000 Pvt Sale
13. CasinoForum.com $18,001 NameJet
14. HomeEquityLoans.net $15,250 Moniker
15. LawSchool.org $15,000 Sedo
16. FLR.com $14,125 Moniker
17. AllAboutBooks.com $12,500 AfternicDLS
HushHush.com $12,000 Sedo
AnnuityLeads.com $12,000 Sedo
20. ConnecticutAutoInsurance.com $11,500 AfternicDLS


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.

For the 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 before you buy anything! As a starting point we have built a sister site specifically for you at NameNewbie.com.

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.

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

SnapNames 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 apiece. The AfternicDLS had 96 more .com sales ranging from $2,000 to $6,000. Those are listed in the table below:

Additional AfternicDLS .com Sales Between $2,000 - $6,000
californiacarinsurance .com $6,000   travelaccidentinsurance .com $2,700
delawarecarinsurance .com $6,000 safeaudio.com $2,688
fortworthautoinsurance .com $6,000 apitech.com $2,600
fortworthcarinsurance .com $6,000 clubchristian.com $2,600
fortworthhomeinsurance .com $6,000 medijuana.com $2,600
healthinsurancecomparison .com $6,000 teamtrading.com $2,530
kansascityhealthinsurance .com $6,000 abais.com $2,500
kansascityhomeinsurance .com $6,000 cabernetfranc.com $2,500
louisianacarinsurance .com $6,000 freedomsports.com $2,500
minneapolishealthinsurance .com $6,000 netcourses.com $2,500
ohioautoinsurance .com $6,000 urbanindustry.com $2,500
oklahomacityautoinsurance .com $6,000 vitaminsource.com $2,500
oklahomacitycarinsurance .com $6,000 valuebook .com $2,499
pennsylvaniaautoinsurance .com $6,000 ecxonline.com $2,488
pennsylvaniacarinsurance .com $6,000 enterwise.com $2,488
rhodeislandautoinsurance .com $6,000 streamflash.com $2,488
sanantoniocarinsurance .com $6,000 tradingsite.com $2,465
sanantoniohomeinsurance .com $6,000 Drugstore360 .com $2,400
scheduleyourappointment .com $6,000 orangeconnect.com $2,388
spapackages.com $6,000 pasys.com $2,388
washingtonhomeinsurance .com $6,000 look4us .com $2,250
houstoncarinsurance .com $5,900 hikerbiker.com $2,190
massachusettscarinsurance .com $5,900 rapidbook.com $2,188
ecog.com $5,700 virtuouslife.com $2,155
2br.com $5,000 gettingwired.com $2,154
shortcast.com $4,788 dailybargain.com $2,100
TexasCarInsurance .com $4,625 maconnerie.com $2,100
bondratings.com $4,500 vinicole.com $2,100
customdental.com $3,788 mitigationspecialists.com $2,088
beautysupplements .com $3,588 studiostars.com $2,088
haveyouseenthis.com $3,588 beaconsoflight.com $2,000
wholesaleconnect.com $3,588 coolg.com $2,000
hellodolly.com $3,500 familyjourney.com $2,000
autoinsurancereviews .com $3,440 flmortgage.com $2,000
auctionpages.com $3,250 granchio.com $2,000
comicmarket.com $3,188 hotstage.com $2,000
gatewayasia.com $3,188 listassociates.com $2,000
highendsound.com $3,188 localink.com $2,000
maxwireless.com $3,188 nglobal.com $2,000
cedgroup.com $3,088 parkingmanagement.com $2,000
infoteca.com $3,000 pdts.com $2,000
mcholding.com $2,888 readquran.com $2,000
cyclestation.com $2,800 redwin .com $2,000
guerre.com $2,800 seebaltimore .com $2,000
movetophoenix .com $2,800 seenashville .com $2,000
couponsandspecials.com $2,788 solutionmanager.com $2,000
dealergroup .com $2,700 superiorresults.com $2,000
healthinsurancecomparisons .com $2,700 worldwidegaming.com $2,000

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 contributed $7,100.

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.

Additional Sedo .com Sales Between $2,000 - $5,000
alpea.com $5,000   business-solutions.com $2,877
fibria.com $5,000 bigtable.com $2,755
plusmusic.com $5,000 scottogrady.com $2,700
topodds.com $5,000 hanstar.com $2,500
treevia.com $4,000 brazilian-lawyers.com $2,499
whspr.com $3,700 soltherm.com $2,300
gayz.com $4,000 coinmap.com $2,250
zwm.com $3,600 solarise.com $2,250
pentest.com $3,550 topreview.com $2,200
zooroyal.com $3,550 seeatlanta.com $2,000
webfinger.com $3,500 thedesignhouse.com $2,000
be360.com $3,266 univesta.com $2,000
secondreality.com $3,124   

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:

Additional NameJet .com Sales Between $2,000 - $5,000
digitalkameras.com $5,000   woyi.com $2,656
soluciones.com $4,705 uttaranchal.com $2,599
washingtonhomes.com $4,166 ultimatecars.com $2,445
biomat.com $3,701 biobags.com $2,322
ivirtual.com $3,400 tihai.com $2,116
medixschool.com $3,330 ascd.com $2,072
pitmaster.com $3,200 tradesafe.com $2,022
amed.com $3,099 drugandalcoholaddiction.com $2,000
collegeoptions.com $2,710   

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

Elsewhere RickLatona.com took in $9,200 for TradingStocks.com, Moniker.com made $6,175 from Spymaster.com and $2,625 from MainStreetInvestors.com and DomainAmbition.com sold H2Q.com for $6,000 and GoDaddy Auctions booked $3,005 for Bulp.com.

 Afternic Domain Auctions

Country Codes

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:

Country Code Top 20
 Highest Reported ccTLD  Sales: Mon. Aug. 24, 2009 - Sun. Aug. 30, 2009
Euro to Dollar Conversion ( to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. Sept. 1


Sold For

Where Sold
1. Games.eu 67,500 = $95,850 Sedo
2. Lotterie.it
("lottery" in Italian)
18,000 = $25,560 Sedo
3. WebcamSex.at 6,000 = $8,520 Sedo
4. Bingo.com.ar 5,200 = $7,384 Sedo
Casting.com.br 4,000 = $5,680 Sedo
Solarmobil.at 4,000 = $5,680 Sedo
7. Cobra.be 3,950 = $5,609 Sedo
8. USImmigration.us $3,500 Sedo
Gehaltsreport.de 2,000 = $2,840 Sedo
Reisemix.de 2,000 = $2,840 Sedo
Smile.be 2,000 = $2,840 Sedo

12. Deutschlandlan.de 1,785 = $2,535 Sedo
13. Smoothy.de $2,500 Sedo
14. IP3.de 1,750 = $2,485 Sedo
AdServer.at 1,500 = $2,130 Sedo
Bundeskampf.de 1,500 = $2,130 Sedo
My-News.de 1,500 = $2,130 Sedo
Pellon.cn 1,500 = $2,130 Sedo
TLC.eu 1,500 = $2,130 Sedo
Vertipper.de 1,500 = $2,130 Sedo
Yasu.eu 1,500 = $2,130 Sedo

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.

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 and Forums.co.in.

Sedo had 21 more ccTLD sales ranging from $1,000 to $1,846 that are listed in the table below:

Additional Sedo ccTLD Sales Between $1,000 - $1,846
guenstige-stromanbieter.de $1,846   ebody.de $1,244
vereinshilfe.de $1,704 aplusa.de $1,200
flooringonline.co.uk $1,610 braintainment.de $1,183
philadelphia.se $1,562 ash.be $1,136
dakm.de $1,491 fastpay.de $1,136
carrieresetcompetences.fr $1,420 pheromone.at $1,136
mariagechretien.fr $1,420 genetichealth.co.uk $1,127
bjc.de $1,419 domiziel.de $1,108
nutraceuticals.co.uk $1,328 tenders.eu $1,065
moebel.es $1,278 livesexcam.tv $1,000
thailand-urlaub.de $1,278   

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.

Global Contenders (Non .com gTLDs: .biz, .info, .mobi, .net, .org & .tel)

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 on Sedo.

.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 TLD  Sales 
(.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


Sold For

Where Sold
1. Aileron.org $21,000 Sedo
2. HomeEquityLoans.net $15,250 Moniker
3. LawSchool.org $15,000 Sedo
4. WebPlus.net $7,500 AfternicDLS
5. IOT.org $7,289 AfterncDLS/Sedo
6. Diploma.net 4,300 = $6,106 Sedo
7. TeamSpeak.net $6,000 AfternicDLS
Engelhardt.org $4,500 Sedo
CheapAirlineTickets.net $4,400 AfternicDLS/Sedo
10. Visitenkarte.net $4,350 Sedo

11. SchoolLibrary.org $3,800 NameJet
12. Rucksack.info 2,500 = $3,550 Sedo
13. IndividualHealthInsurance.org $3,350 NameJet
14. PrepSchool.net $2,770 AfternicDLS
15. MFG.mobi $2,750 Sedo
IFMS.org $2,688 AfternicDLS
QPlus.net $2,688 AfternicDLS/Sedo
18. FiveStarHotel.net $2,588 AfternicDLS/
19. SterlingSilver.org $2,588 Sedo
20. SwimSpas.net $2,541 AfternicDLS/Sedo

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.

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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 booked $1,200

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:

Additional AfternicDLS GC Sales Between $1,000 - $1,888
haveaniceday.org $1,888   rphg.net $1,288
megadeals.net $1,800 medicalassistants.net $1,200
opensites.net $1,754 greenvision.net $1,188
buylink.net $1,688 studentbanking.net $1,088
healthcenter.net $1,500 coffsharbour.org $1,000
hostinglink.net $1,500 hiphopclothes.net $1,000
prepaidcards.org $1,488 schack.org $1,000
buylinks.net $1,388 taim.net $1,000
humanpotential.net $1,350 tow.info $1,000
cosmicweb.net $1,288 tyre.net $1,000

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 RVInsurance.net

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 editor@dnjournal.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 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.

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