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June 09, 2013

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Less Is More - Minus.com Takes Top Spot on This Week's Sales Chart After Changing Hands for Six Figures

Owning Minus.com turned out to be a big plus for Denver-based domain investor Brian Wick. He just banked $115,000 for the domain in a private transaction. Wick said the name was purchased by a math education business with a presence in both the U.S. and Japan. That sale leads our new weekly Top 20 Domain Sales Chart, easily outdistancing two names that tied for the #2 spot at $50,000 each. Those are Minsk.com (sold through Sedo) and Trippy.com (sold by Michael Mann's DomainMarket.com).

Sedo went on to sweep 16 of the 21 chart entries (the extra spot resulted from a tie for the final position) including six of the top ten. They placed 10 ccTLDs on the all extension leader board, giving the country codes on the of their best outings of the year, topping even the .coms who had nine representatives on the elite list. 

#7 RH.de led the ccTLD onslaught at $19,738, with two others also reaching the top ten; #8 FLO.at (Austrian ccTLD) at $16,500 and #10 Domains.in (Indian ccTLD) at $15,000. Another one of Sedo's charted country code domains was also an IDN. #15 Getreidemühlen.de (German ccTLD) delivered $12,674. 

By Ron Jackson

Two non .com gTLDs also made the chart and neither was an extension you often see on the Big Board where .nets and .orgs normally dominate this category. This time out the standard bearers were #17 (tie) Emerson.mobi at $9,500 and #20 (tie) POF.asia at $8,000. Sedo handled both of those sales. 

Sedo also closed a huge developed website sale this week - Gambling.com at $2.5 million. I gave you the details on that impending transaction back in May and noted then that it appeared to be a developed website business sale rather than a domain only transaction. We had to wait until the transfer was completed to see if the buyer was going to retain the original site and business or start over from scratch and as expected they have kept the existing website (developed by seller Media Corp.) in place. 

Three other venues earned chart honors this week. CAX.com claimed the #6 spot with a $25,000 sale of Zovi.com. The AfternicDLS rang up the #9 sale - Falko.com at $16,050 and the Toby Clements Newsletter bagged a share of #20 with MYD.com at $8,000

Here's how all of the sales leaders stacked up for the week ending Sunday, July 10:

The DN Journal Top 20 
Reported Domain Sales - Mon. July 4, 2011 - Sun. July 10, 2011
Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based on Rates in Effect July 13, 2011


Sold For

Where Sold
1. Minus.com $115,000 Pvt Sale
Minsk.com $50,000 Sedo
Trippy.com $50,000 DomainMarket
4. EuroPark.com $45,000 Sedo
5. TopDeals.com $40,000 Sedo
6. Zovi.com $25,000 CAX.com
7. RH.de €13,900 = $19,738 Sedo
8. FLO.at $16,500 Sedo
9. Falko.com $16,050 AfternicDLS
10. Domains.in $15,000 Sedo


Deals.nl €10,000 = $14,200 Sedo
Piecesauto.fr €10,000 = $14,200 Sedo
13. PUJ.com $13,250 Sedo
14. Girokonto.eu €9,000 = $12,780 Sedo
15. Getreidemühlen.de (IDN) €8,925 = $12,674 Sedo
16. How.tv $11,000 Sedo
Emerson.mobi $9,500 Sedo
RB.tv $9,500 Sedo
19. QE.eu €6,000 = $8,520 Sedo
MYD.com $8,000 Toby Clements
POF.asia $8,000 Sedo


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

The AfternicDLS led the supporting cast of four-figure .com sales with BrainGuard.com at $7,600 and MyResidence.com at $7,500. They also scored with JKOS.com ($5,400), FastHelp.com ($4,900) and LocalCommercial.com ($4,788).  

QuillSoft.com and SolarComponents.com kicked in $4,500 each while e-Contractors.com billed $4,188. APAM.com and RentalCare.com corralled $4,000 apiece and Raptar.com returned $3,814

The AfternicDLS had 62 more .com sales ranging from $2,000 to $3,800 that are listed in the table below:

Additional AfternicDLS .com gTLD Sales Between $2,000 - $3,800
babystreet.com $3,800   productiveplay.com $2,500
dtcproducts.com $3,800 slota.com $2,500
onefellswoop.com $3,685 thesophisticate.com $2,488
saleswizard.com $3,600 boynetwork.com $2,400
cleanenergyfuture.com $3,588 modernyouth.com $2,388
videofurniture.com $3,588 upllc.com $2,388
primeracing.com $3,500 usa-realty.com $2,388
worldoftalent.com $3,500 latinohealth.com $2,375
comparc.com $3,188 canadianstandard.com $2,300
mobilecarts.com $3,188 spiritcom.com $2,250
villagebuzz.com $3,188 threequeens.com $2,200
fightbox.com $3,000 sweetchocolate.com $2,100
businessrate.com $2,988 meetingyourmatch.com $2,088
franchiseideas.com $2,988 netoff.com $2,088
cableequipment.com $2,888 solarwizards.com $2,088
frauenversteher.com $2,888 audioxperts.com $2,000
giftbig.com $2,888 bioption.com $2,000
sutranet.com $2,888 brieffreunde.com $2,000
upglobal.com $2,888 diyfinancial.com $2,000
itheory.com $2,788 epersian.com $2,000
nondiet.com $2,750 gardenthyme.com $2,000
videobee.com $2,700 inthered.com $2,000
ohbuzz.com $2,689 kinglake.com $2,000
accontractors.com $2,688 myshrine.com $2,000
mymedals.com $2,688 ricciuti.com $2,000
dgdinc.com $2,588 southernart.com $2,000
fasttouch.com $2,588 steelandmetal.com $2,000
gearbids.com $2,588 tabacum.com $2,000
exquisitecatering.com $2,500 telconnect.com $2,000
m-c-c.com $2,500 viatraffic.com $2,000
meninos.com $2,500 ygmgroup.com $2,000

An AfternicDLS domain listing service partner, Sedo, helped them sell three more names; GermSmart.com ($5,000), GodAndMan.com ($2,750) and Negocier.com ($2,000).  

At Sedo the winners included Phosagro.com at $7,000 and two others at $5,500 each; HBDS.com and Oakie.com. Another pair; Alwabel.com and GameFuse.com fetched $5,000 apiece and still another duo; Broeken.com and RXDX.com drew $4,260 each in a strong week for four-letter .coms.

Goods things continued to come in twos with MSRT.com and GreenNappies.com notching $4,000 apiece while SmartBalls.com provided a $3,550 bounce. Sedo had 30 more .com sales ranging from $2,000 to $3,500 that are listed in the table below:

Additional Sedo .com gTLD Sales Between $2,000 - $3,500
facemed.com $3,500   scambo.com $2,200
soundcorner.com $3,500 quantumincome.com $2,199
thediabetes.com $3,500 argusgratuit.com $2,130
cardwise.com $3,250 vivondo.com $2,130
exambook.com $3,195 carneo.com $2,116
revisions.com $3,100 carplakes.com $2,013
actionseat.com $3,000 i-konik.com $2,001
balsas.com $3,000 applicationfirewall.com $2,000
qtme.com $3,000 daaf.com $2,000
guiasp.com $2,723 hawaya.com $2,000
epiclol.com $2,500 intraining.com $2,000
janpath.com $2,500 isignup.com $2,000
practest.com $2,499 mediacontrol.com $2,000
fxtq.com $2,400 needfast.com $2,000
6connect.com $2,200 shoppingscout.com $2,000

In a joint sale with YummyNames Sedo also sold DataBird.com at $2,799. YummyNames also partnered with the AfternicDLS for two other sales; Philately.com ($4,477) and LUXD.com ($3,000)

Elsewhere the Toby Clements Newsletter sold eCareers.com for $6,000, Morgan Linton's LintonInvestments.com sold BuyLooseDiamonds.com for $5,500 and GoDaddyAuctions moved MM.tv for $4,500. Morgan told me he had picked up BuyLooseDiamonds.com for just $800 in an expired domain auction barely a week before flipping it for 7X what he paid for it. That is a nice ROI by any measure.  

 Afternic Domain Auctions

Country Codes

The country codes had another outstanding week placing, as I noted earlier, 10 domains on the all extension leader board (eight of which broke the 5-figure barrier). Those 10 names of course fill  the first 10 positions on our new weekly Country Code Top 20 Sales Chart

The highest ccTLD sale you haven't seen yet is #11 TravelAgency.co.uk, sold at Sedo for $7,101. Sedo went on to sweep all 20 positions on the country code leader board, a feat they have accomplished several times over the years in a category they have always dominated. 

Their roster included a rare Liechtenstein ccTLD sale, #12 Love.li, at $6,440. As they often do, German .DE domains claimed the most chart positions with seven. The European Union's .EU was next with three and .TV had two. The remaining eight positions were divided among eight different extensions.

Here is how the Country Code Top 20 stacked up for the week ending July 10:

Country Code Top 20
 Highest Reported ccTLD  Sales: Mon. July 4, 2011 - Sun. July 10, 2011
Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based on Rates in Effect July 13, 2011


Sold For

Where Sold
1 RH.de €13,900 = $19,738 Sedo
2. FLO.at $16,500 Sedo
3. Domains.in $15,000 Sedo
Deals.nl €10,000 = $14,200 Sedo
Piecesauto.fr €10,000 = $14,200 Sedo
6. Girokonto.eu €9,000 = $12,780 Sedo
7. Getreidemühlen.de (IDN) €8,925 = $12,674 Sedo
8. How.tv $11,000 Sedo
9. RB.tv $9,500 Sedo
10. QE.eu €6,000 = $8,520 Sedo

11. TravelAgency.co.uk $7,101 Sedo
12. Love.li £4,000 = $6,440 Sedo
Aktienkaufen.de €4,500 = $6,390 Sedo
Aktien-Kurse.de €4,500 = $6,390 Sedo
15. Jeuxgratuits.eu €4,000 = $5,680 Sedo
16. POF.be $5,000 Sedo
17. eDates.es €3,500 = $4,970 Sedo
e-Zigarette.de €3,000 = $4,260 Sedo
Werkzeugtipps.de €3,000 = $4,260 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 but one of those. The exception was the AfternicDLS sale of WebCRM.us for $1,888.  

Sedo's line up included CharcoalBarbecues.co.uk at $4,106 and CompanyBook.co.uk at $4,025. FTTH.eu yielded $3,678 while RightNow.nl and Stock.es earned $3,500 each. Sedo had 59 more four-figure ccTLD sales ranging form $1,000 to $3,408 that are listed in the table below:

Additional Sedo ccTLD Sales Between $1,000 - $3,408
itinerario.it $3,408   designerdroge.de $1,690
bodybeautiful.co.uk $3,220 wwid.de $1,690
e1.fr $2,840 lenel.co.uk $1,610
osp.ch $2,840 gas-barbecues.co.uk $1,602
shk-forum.de $2,840 leovince.es $1,420
colose.at $2,556 schminktipps.de $1,420
emergencia.es $2,556 vorlagen.eu $1,420
ferienwohnung-usedom.de $2,535 birk.ch $1,399
miam.us $2,300 delice.ch $1,399
teleshopping.es $2,272 netbuy.ch $1,399
aaw.ch $2,130 resco.ch $1,399
alv.in $2,130 rfo.ch $1,399
coltene.de $2,130 wfa.ch $1,399
miniküchen.de $2,130 weldingtools.co.uk $1,288
pflegepersonal.de $2,130 cbp.fr $1,278
aquamatic.de $2,116 gemeindetreff.de $1,278
anlagemuenzen.de $2,059 lightingshowroom.co.uk $1,208
dosh.co $1,932 vogo.de $1,207
expertentagung.de $1,917 nice.me $1,172
helminger.de $1,846 teamspeak3-server.de $1,153
buybacklinks.co.uk $1,775 buybitcoins.co.uk $1,150
debuyer.at $1,775 mirabeau.co.uk $1,136
grote.ch $1,775 mysteryshopping.it $1,136
werkzeugonline.de $1,775 sachverstaendiger-gutachten.de $1,135
24gold.de $1,704 litle.co $1,100
eieruhr.de $1,704 kidweb.de $1,065
greubelforsey.eu $1,704 spelregels.nl $1,000
lelab.ch $1,704 weigh.in $1,000
promoshop.fr $1,704 zmj.us $1,000
vitalia.es $1,704   

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)

While the ccTLDs enjoyed a powerful outing, the opposite was true for the non .com gTLDs. They had no five-figure sales week, leaving the door open for Emerson.mobi to claim #1 on our new Top Top Non .Com gTLD Sales Chart with a $9,500 sale at Sedo. It's the first time we've seen a .mobi in the pole position in a quite awhile. 

Another TLD that isn't seen on the leader board often, .asia, gave the longshots another nice payoff this week, taking the #2 slot with POF.asia at $8,000, also through Sedo. Sedo wound up sweeping the top five spots and eight of the top ten. They put three other extensions in the first five; #3 GTG.org ($7,416), #4 Gamebook.net ($6,500) and #5 Werkzeug.info ($5,680)

The AfternicDLS also had a very solid week charting seven domains in this category. Their roster was led by #6 Keer.org at $4,388. Here's how all of the Non .Com gTLD leaders stacked up for the week ending July 10:

Non .Com gTLDs Top 20
 Highest Reported Non .Com Global TLD  Sales 
(.Net, .Org, .Biz & .Info) Mon. July 4, 2011 - Sun. July 10, 2011
Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based on Rates in Effect July 13, 2011


Sold For

Where Sold
1. Emerson.mobi $9,500 Sedo
2. POF.asia $8,000 Sedo
3. GTG.org $7,416 Sedo
4. Gamebook.net $6,500 Sedo
5. Werkzeug.info €4,000 = $5,680 Sedo
6. Keer.org $4,388 AfternicDLS
7. Lehendakari.net €3,000 = $4,260 Sedo
8. Kinofilme.net €2,990 = $4,246 Sedo
9. WCID.org $3,650 Sedo
10. InvestmentOptions.net $3,188 AfternicDLS

11. InvestmentMarketing.net $3,070 AfternicDLS
12. SmartTechnology.net $2,520 AfternicDLS
13. Cosmetique.net €1,765 = $2,506 Sedo
CrowdFund.org $2,500 Sedo
GR8.org $2,500 Sedo
16. Unplug.org $2,388 AfternicDLS
17. BestOfTheBest.net $2,300 AfternicDLS
18. MOO.info $2,299 Sedo
19. Kaleidos.net $2,019 AfternicDLS
GreenLife.org $2,000 Sedo
HomeBasedJobs.net $2,000 Toby Clements

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.

Domain Name Industry Newsletter

There were a number of additional four-figure non .com gTLD sales just off the chart led by DoctorsAdvice.org ($1,788) and SocialHistory.org ($1,750) at the AfternicDLS. They also sold Watcha.net ($1,500), TheBrain.org ($1,425) and SocialEntrepreneur.net ($1,350).

CareNetwork.org contributed another $1,300 while ChangingLives.net landed $1,100 and three others; DDIY.org, OpticalEngineering.org and TruThink.org tallied $1,088 apiece. Their domain listing service partner Sedo also helped them sell Kaution.net at $1,569.

Back at Sedo Neurologist.net dispensed $1,600 while ShortTermLoans.org and CruiseDeals.com docked at $1,500 each. Energievergleich.org generated $1,491, TrueID.Net secured $1,413 and Fermax.net nailed $1,363.

Also at Sedo, Screech.net came to a screeching halt at $1,300, Frankiermaschinen.net found $1,278, Proposals.info produced $1,250 and iPark.net posted $1,100

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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