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June 09, 2013

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An Abbreviated Holiday Week is Accompanied by Lighter Domain Sales 

The latest week of domain sales included America's big Memorial Day holiday (Monday, May 30) and it looks like buyers took an extended break as the week wore on. It has become rare to see any four-figure sales on our all extension Top 20 Sales Chart but a half dozen of them qualified this time out. Things were slow at the high end of the market too with the biggest reported sale coming in at $50,000. That was iGoldRush.com's $50,000 sale of Soles.com

Of course, reported sales represent only a fraction of overall market activity as a lot of the biggest deals go unreported due to non disclosure agreements. We got an example of that this week too when Oversee.net sold Data.com to SalesForce.com. Though the price was not disclosed Oversee said it was significantly above a $1.5 million reserve price that was placed on the domain when it was entered in a Moniker/SnapNames live auction that was supposed to run at the DOMAINfest Europe conference in Barcelona, Spain today (June 8).  The auction wound up being cancelled due to technical difficulties and is to be rescheduled for a later date. Data.com had already been withdrawn from the auction catalog Tuesday when Oversee announced they had cut a deal for the domain with SalesForce.  

By Ron Jackson

The runner-up spot on this week's leader board goes to Sedo.com for their $40,000 sale of TheCrown.com. Sedo went on to claim 9 of the 20 entries on the elite list including two more places in the top ten with a pair of German ccTLDs; #7 LookBook.de ($14,600) and #8 Kindertag.de ($11,680). All told, six country codes domains earned spots on the Big Board (all sold by Sedo), including a one-letter domain, #11 G.cm at $10,501.

The non .com gTLDs had four chart representatives, led by MediaOptions.com's $11,500 sale of #9 (tie) 29.net. They placed two more numeric .nets on the list; 74.net and 84.net, a pair of names that tied for #13 at $10,000 each. MediaOptions also helped the .coms ring up ten charted sales by brokering the $21,000 sale of #3 PrivateHealthInsurance.com.  

The AfternicDLS had their usual solid week and wound up placing four domains among the week's best sales. #5 APSU..com at $15,500 set the pace for them and they also put a non .com gTLD in the top ten; #9 (tie) PromDresses.org at $11,500.

Also earning chart honors were Brett Robbins with his private sale of #4 StartMail.com at $19,000 and the Toby Clements Newsletter with their $15,000 sale of #6 Baked.com.  

Here's how all of the sales leaders stacked up for the week ending Sunday, June 5:

The DN Journal Top 20 
Reported Domain Sales - Mon. May 30, 2011 - Sun. June 5, 2011
Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based on Rates in Effect June 8, 2011


Sold For

Where Sold
1. Soles.com $50,000 iGoldRush
2. TheCrown.com $40,000 Sedo
3. PrivateHealthInsurance.com $21,000 MediaOptions
4. StartMail.com $19,000 Pvt Sale
5. APSU.com $15,500 AfternicDLS
6. Baked.com $15,000 Toby Clements Newsletter
7. LookBook.de €10,000 = $14,600 Sedo
8. Kindertag.de €8,000 = $11,680 Sedo
29.net $11,500 MediaOptions
PromDresses.org $11,500 AfternicDLS


11. G.cm $10,501 Sedo
12. Regenerate.com €7,100 = $10,366 Sedo
74.net $10,000 MediaOptions
84.net $10,0000 MediaOptions
15. Founded.com $9,999 AfternicDLS
16. GC.tv $9,500 Sedo
Fracht.eu €6,500 = $9,490 Sedo
Gamer.fr €6,500 = $9,490 Sedo
Ebees.com $9,000 Sedo
PackersMovers.com $9,000 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.

.Com Supporting Cast

As always there were hundreds of four-figure sales in the .com supporting cast. At Sedo AdvanceLaw.com levied $8,800, BetWorld.com brought $7,373 and WBIA.com commanded $7,000. ArmenianGenocide.com generated $6,999, an IDN - Schnäppchen.com - kicked in $6,862 and Frutadiver.com drew $6,500

SurveillanceCamera.com spied $5,500, TropicalIslands.com welcomed $5,300 and three others; Cofresi.com, Dluxe.com and Itinerix.com clicked for $5,000 apiece. Sedo had 43 more four-figure .com sales ranging from $2,000 to $4,500 that are listed in the table below:

Additional Sedo .com Sales Between $2,000 - $4,500
чемпионат.com (IDN) $4,500   bisport.com $2,500
recumbentbikes.com $4,100 copse.com $2,500
websitesubmission.com $3,870 debtclocks.com $2,500
hkcloud.com $3,800 multitracks.com $2,500
ctads.com $3,650 videotel.com $2,500
orc-group.com $3,650 yourewelcome.com $2,500
very-important-people.com $3,650 carding.com $2,400
igyo.com $3,388 id-security.com $2,375
sitomobile.com $3,300 somom.com $2,350
yoyovid.com $3,100 nationhigh.com $2,300
baze.com $3,050 pazoo.com $2,250
allsea.com $3,000 creditoweb.com $2,190
couponadexchange.com $3,000 tarot-gratis.com $2,190
discountstone.com $3,000 cosplace.com $2,000
encoma.com $3,000 debtprofessionals.com $2,000
minomina.com $3,000 flashdeveloper.com $2,000
salesnation.com $3,000 jobminer.com $2,000
bioforlife.com $2,920 ksfamilylaw.com $2,000
cloudarea.com $2,895 laider.com $2,000
dollarebooks.com $2,800 playfellow.com $2,000
kabelanbieter.com $2,555 pvgo.com $2,000
ajent.com $2,500   

Back at the AfternicDLS OutdoorHeating.com set the thermostat at $8,788, SpaGuide.com spawned $7,500 and LiverFailure.com fetched $5,900. CostaRicaProperty.com produced $5,500, AddictionCounselors.com dispensed $5,200 and two others; VoiceForce.com and NationalChampionshipGame.com grossed $5,100 each.

Another duo; Qintin.com and DiamondEnvy.com displayed $5,000 apiece. ThisSpot.com sparked $4,888, ConsumerScience.com discovered $4,700 and Dumbville.com duh-livered $4,400. The AfternicDLS reported 69 more .com sales ranging from $2,000 to $4,388. Those are listed in the table below: 

Additional AfternicDLS .com Sales Between $2,000 - $4,388
a-f-p.com $4,388   ressaca.com $2,600
digidea.com $3,888 healthyoffice.com $2,588
westholiday.com $3,888 livingcatholic.com $2,588
wirelesswave.com $3,772 accesspress.com $2,500
fufc.com $3,700 flexitime.com $2,500
hotelafrica.com $3,688 solaraccess.com $2,500
underthethumb.com $3,500 americanmarketplace.com $2,400
gpeinc.com $3,488 videosocial.com $2,400
bikecommuting.com $3,388 SocialDash.com $2,395
ckth.com $3,388 everfan.com $2,391
beerspot.com $3,188 doublebrain.com $2,388
leadingtechnology.com $3,188 webocrat.com $2,241
postano.com $3,188 prettyplaces.com $2,199
surgicalworld.com $3,188 bitreaper.com $2,188
outdoorcomfort.com $3,088 casadelgelato.com $2,188
dces.com $3,000 globemate.com $2,188
supertrans.com $3,000 quenet.com $2,186
fitnessfan.com $2,988 greenquality.com $2,114
golfsouthwest.com $2,900 wineserver.com $2,100
locksmithemergency.com $2,888 welcomehere.com $2,091
locopop.com $2,888 altimetry.com $2,088
purehealthychocolate.com $2,888 facetherapy.com $2,088
shopjamaica.com $2,888 commonsenseleadership.com $2,080
thesmartshop.com $2,888 extremesoftware.com $2,000
workinglawyers.com $2,888 freebiefun.com $2,000
conferencechannel.com $2,788 givingcentral.com $2,000
kungfukid.com $2,788 HedgeFundSeeding.com $2,000
phototourist.com $2,788 interprinting.com $2,000
wishywashy.com $2,788 isayyes.com $2,000
besttourguides.com $2,750 lincolnacademy.com $2,000
cashcounters.com $2,700 onmedical.com $2,000
wallsolutions.com $2,700 psychsupport.com $2,000
nfcdirect.com $2,688 purpleonline.com $2,000
gamerage.com $2,600 shiptime.com $2,000
oceanlab.com $2,600   

AfternicDLS domain listing service partner Sedo helped them sell three other domains. GeekWeb.com went for $6,000, LivingObjects.com located $4,200 and AbsoluteWealth.com raked in $2,888.  

Elsewhere, YummyNames sold LetsDo.com for $8,800 and YCDC.com for $4,000. They also teamed up  with the AfternicDLS to sell JobSense.com for $4,877

MediaOptions.com moved Unsure.com ($5,000) and BirthdayCandles.com ($4,500) while HotDrops.com changed hands for $4,477 in a private transaction and the Toby Clements Newsletter sold Maggot.com for $2,500.  

 Afternic Domain Auctions

Country Codes

A trio of five-figure sales that we showed you in the all extension section above set pace for the ccTLDs this week, filling the first three places on our new Country Code Top 20 Sales Chart. The next three spots went to high four-figure sales that also earned places on the all extension Top 20 list that kicks off our weekly report. So, the highest ccTLD sale you haven't seen yet is #7 HTMLwijzer.nl, a Dutch domain that went for $8,176 at Sedo. 

Sedo, who traditionally dominates the country code category, was even more powerful than usual this week, sweeping all 20 positions on the ccTLD leader board. Their sales of #8 ED.tv ($7,500), #9 Regiodeal.de ($6,789) and #10 Geld-Verdienen-im-Internet.de ($6,424) rounded out the top ten. The latter triple-hyphenated domain again illustrated how much German buyers, unlike their U.S. counterparts, love hyphenated domains. To most Americans hyphens are about as popular as swine flu, but in Germany more than half of all .de domains have hyphens in them!

A burst of .TV sales at Sedo gave that extension more chart positions than any other TLD this week - a total of five. .de was next with four. Here is how the Country Code Top 20 stacked up for the week ending June 5:

Country Code Top 20
 Highest Reported ccTLD  Sales: Mon. May 30, 2011 - Sun. June 5, 2011
Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based on Rates in Effect June 8, 2011


Sold For

Where Sold
1. LookBook.de €10,000 = $14,600 Sedo
2. Kindertag.de €8,000 = $11,680 Sedo
3. G.cm $10,501 Sedo
4. GC.tv $9,500 Sedo
Fracht.eu €6,500 = $9,490 Sedo
Gamer.fr €6,500 = $9,490 Sedo
7. HTMLwijzer.nl €5,600 = $8,176 Sedo
8. ED.tv $7,500 Sedo
9. Regiodeal.de €4,650 = $6,789 Sedo
10. Geld-Verdienen-im-Internet.de €4,400 = $6,424 Sedo

11. Peinados.es €4,200 = $6,132 Sedo
1P.tv $5,000 Sedo
REC.tv $5,000 Sedo
Sea.tv $5,000 Sedo
15. Tarot.mx €3,300 = $4,818 Sedo
Manufacture.eu $4,600 Sedo
Manufactures.eu $4,600 Sedo
18. Madison.cc €3,000 = $4,380 Sedo
19. Vodka.es €2,999 = $4,379 Sedo
20. Bookcases.co.uk $4,151 Sedo

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.

There were dozens of additional four figure ccTLD sales off the chart, with Sedo accounting for all of those except one. The chart below lists 48 more country code sales at Sedo ranging from $1,000 to $4,100:

Additional Sedo ccTLD Sales Between $1,000 - $4,100
bistroduvin.co.uk $4,100   flitterwochen.ch $1,460
edis.eu $4,015 myjoker.de $1,460
drugrehab.us $4,000 slowcowdrink.nl $1,460
edr.de $3,650 ubk.fr $1,460
solenthaler.ch $2,920 debuyer.ca $1,450
beenz.eu $2,774 x.tl $1,450
1.cm $2,650 campingweekend.it $1,387
kitchenworld.co.uk $2,460 factoring.eu $1,387
d.cm $2,301 shoetime.de $1,387
global24.nl $2,190 videomeister.de $1,314
salonrh.fr $2,190 byzance.eu $1,313
juegosdemotos.co $2,100 immo-verkauf24.de $1,216
hotelsclick.de $2,088 moebelhaus24.de $1,200
reconnection-praxis.de $2,085 anzug.eu $1,168
campings.co.uk $2,044 nuzzi.es $1,168
9.cm $2,002 snap.fr $1,168
blurt.me $2,000 aarde.be $1,132
gentleman.jp $2,000 remberti-apotheke.de $1,095
amor.lu $1,825 1996.eu $1,022
huh.at $1,752 byou.eu $1,022
tabletforum.de $1,695 cartridge24.de $1,022
fol.co.uk $1,640 edvschulungen.de $1,022
kunstnägel.de $1,606 i5.de $1,022
ht.ht $1,533 dib.me $1,000

The only four-figure sale reported outside of Sedo was a $1,000 private transaction for TIG.us

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

Non .com gTLDs (.biz, .info, .mobi, .net, .org, .asia, .pro & .tel)

A trio of 2-digit numeric .nets were among four five-figure sales for the  non .com gTLDs this week. Those four, also seen on the all extension leader at the top of this report, fill the first four spots on our latest Non .Com gTLD Top 20 Chart. The highest sale from this category that you haven't seen yet is #5 CheapTextbooks.org, sold at Sedo for $6,600. The AfternicDLS was right behind with #6 Creed.org at $6,400.

The AfternicDLS swept 10 of the 20 chart entries with a roster that included another top ten entry, #9 TollFree.net at $5,000. Sedo charted five domains but four of theirs landed in the top ten including #7 TheatreTickets.net ($5,740), #8 Kurreisen.info ($5,110) and #10 Spiga.net ($4,388). 

The .nets took the most chart entries with 12 including one that is a Japanese IDN -  
#18 ゲーム.net ("games" in Japanese, punycode xn--sckyeod.net). Here's how all of the Non .Com gTLD leaders stacked up for the week ending June 5:

Non .Com gTLDs Top 20
 Highest Reported Non .Com Global TLD  Sales 
(.Net, .Org, .Biz & .Info) Mon. May 30, 2011 - Sun. June 5, 2011
Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based on Rates in Effect June 8, 2011


Sold For

Where Sold
1. 29.net $11,500 MediaOptions
2. PromDresses.org $11,500 AfternicDLS
3. 74.net $10,000 MediaOptions
4. 84.net $10,000 MediaOptions
5. CheapTextbooks.org $6,600 Sedo
6. Creed.org $6,400 AfternicDLS
7. TheatreTickets.net £3,500 = $5,740 Sedo
8. Kurreisen.info €3,500 = $5,110 Sedo
9. Tollfree.net $5,000 AfternicDLS
10. Spiga.net $4,388 Sedo

11. VisitSarasota.org $4,000 Pvt Sale
12. SellCars.net $3,688 AfternicDLS
13. Sreda.org $2,999 Sedo
14. OpenLearning.net $2,888 AfternicDLS
15. BFree.net $2,810 AfternicDLS
16. Lucie.org $2,788 AfternicDLS
17. RecoveryCenter.net $2,490 AfternicDLS
18. ゲーム.net (IDN)
("games" in Japanese,
punycode xn--sckyeod.net)
$2,350 IDNForums.com
19. CSOP.net $2,317 AfternicDLS
20. AquaGreen.org $2,200 AfternicDLS

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.

Domain Name Industry Newsletter

There were over two dozen additional four-figure non .com gTLD sales just off the chart led by Sedo's $2,110 sale of Breast-Cancer.net. Their hit list also included MyPower.net ($1,898), Gartengestaltung.net ($1,752) and Hopeless.org ($1,710)

Also at Sedo, 3DN.net notched $1,500, PlayaDelCarmen.info clicked for $1,416 and Freemium.net nabbed $1,314. Weiterbildungen.org went for $1,205, Greens.net grew $1,072 and BLO.net bagged $1,060. Doorbells.net buzzed $1,051, Benalmadena.info brought $1,022, Publishing.info posted $1,010 and GameBox.org contained $1,000.

At the AfternicDLS the winners list included SmallCap.net and VietNamTours.org at $2,088 each and three others; Musi.net, OutdooorGear.net and VetPlus.net at $2,000 apiece. ForwardThinking,net added $1,888 and FourPoints.net provided $1,800

IdeasBank.org deposited $1,688, HoroscopeCompatibility.org delivered $1,500 and HometownHeroes.org hauled in $1,416. AnimalMedicalCenter.net and CellCorp.net captured $1,088 each while SMail.org and BankRatings.net booked $1,000 apiece

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 Wednesday 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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