.co.uk Sale - The Year's 2nd Biggest Country Code Transaction
- Sets the Pace on This Week's Domain Sales Chart
After having just one name on last
week's all extension Top 20 Sales Chart (a rarity
for the usually strong ccTLDs) the country codes were back with a
vengeance this week, taking the top spot on the elite list and five
places over all. Beds.co.uk led the ccTLD charge in a big £80,000
($130,400) deal - the year's 2nd biggest country code sale to
That domain changed hands in a private
transaction brokered by Max Karpis. The buyer actually paid a
good bit more than £80,000 to get the name because
they also had to cough up another £16,000 (a total of £96,000)
to cover the UK's VAT tax. We used the price paid for
the name only (the amount the seller received), for charting
purposes, but I have no argument with anyone who looks at it as a £96,000
deal as that is what the amount the buyer had to be willing to part
with to acquire the name.
The ccTLDs had two more
representatives in the top ten on the Big Board - #6 Pact.de
($27,360) and #10 Myself.co.uk ($21,600), both of which
were sold be Sedo.
Sedo went on to pile up 13 of the 20 chart entries, including the
biggest .com sale - #2 NBB.com at $95,000. They
also accounted for all four of the non .com gTLDs that
made the leader board. That group was led by #14 Vodkas.net
was the only other venue with multiple chart entries. They hit the
trifecta with a trio that included two of the five biggest sales; #4
WorldTennis.com at $30,000 and #5 IGX.com at $28,000.
I usually only report sales that include both the domain
name and the price paid, but there was a very big one at the
AfternicDLS last week that I think is worth noting. The one-word
domain, sold by a group represented by Craig Pollock, went
for $540,000. I was given the name but have to respect the
privacy wishes of both the buyer and the sales venue. Pollack said
that after being listed elsewhere for almost a year with no viable
offers, the name sold just three weeks after he moved it to
the AfternicDLS, a testimonial I'm sure they are very pleased with.
Here's how all of the sales leaders stacked up for the
week ending Sunday, August 28:
DN Journal Top 20
Domain Sales - Mon. Aug. 22, 2011 - Sun. Aug. 28, 2011 Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based
on Rates in Effect Aug. 31, 2011
£80,000 = $130,400
€19,000 = $27,360
€15,000 = $21,600
€12,000 = $17,280
€9,999 = $14,399
€8,000 = $11,520
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.
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There were three more five-figure sales just
off the chart with Sedo accounting for all of those; TheBirthplace.com
at $11,000 and two others, 10thWeddingAnniversary.com
and HUAI.com, at $10,000 each.
.Com Supporting Cast
Sedo led the supporting cast of four-figure .com sales withCFF.com at $9,500. Their hit list also
included Webra.com ($7,920), Tashiro.com ($6,912)
and Photomil.com ($6,900). LifeFund.com fetched $6,000
while Minea.com and Surpriz.com produced $5,300
apiece. uLuxury.com added another $5,040.
Sedo had 22 more .com sales ranging from $2,000
to $5,000 that are listed in the table below:
Sedo .com Sales Between $2,000 - $5,000
Back at the AfternicDLS $8,000 sprouted from Sprigs.com
while OffsiteSolutions.com and Stumblers.com
tripped over $6,000 each. iResource.com revealed $5,900,
Chiming.com chalked up $5,500 and AppExpress.com
QuiltKits.com knitted $5,300 while SupportSolution.com
and ProPharma.com dispensed $5,000 apiece. Flyex.com
landed at $4,888, HomeUp.com hauled away $4,350
and HobbyQueen.com commanded $4,288.
The AfternicDLS had 91 more .com sales ranging
from $2,000 to $4,000 that are listed in the table
AfternicDLS .com Sales Between $2,000 - $4,000
The AfternicDLS also teamed up with YummyNames to
sell EnglishIsEasy.com ($2,577) and NoahsArkPet.com
Back at HuntingMoon.com VoyeurPornTube.com
and HardcorePornTube.com tuned in $2,750 each
while PetitePorn.com and Camverse.com corralled $2,500
It was a bang up week for the ccTLDs with
that big six-figure sale of Beds.co.uk and four five-figure
sales (all listed on the all extension Top 20 Chart you saw above)
filling the first five slots on this week's Country
Code Top 20 Sales Chart.
The highest ccTLD sale you haven't seen yet is #6 LookBook.it
(Italian country code), sold at Sedo for $8,064. Sedo went on
to sweep all of the remaining chart entries including #7
UE.de ($7,200) and #8 Butterfly.co.uk ($6,520).
As they usually do, Germany's popular .de
extension had the most chart entries with five. Great
Britain's .co.uk followed with three and three other
extensions; Switzerland's .ch, Italy's .it and India's
.in had two entries each,
Here is how the Country Code Top 20 stacked
up for the week ending August 28:
Code Top 20
Reported ccTLD Sales: Mon. Aug. 22, 2011 - Sun. Aug.
28, 2011 Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based
on Rates in Effect Aug. 31, 2011
There were several dozen additional
four-figure ccTLD sales off the chart with Sedo accounting for all
but three of those. Their list included Ideo.in at $2,500,
eBingo.es at $2,448 and FreeDrop.at at $2,290.
Sedo had 38 more four-figure ccTLD sales
ranging form $1,000 to $2,520 that are listed in the
Sedo ccTLD Sales Between $1,000 - $2,520
Elsewhere the AfternicDLS sold Spaghetti.tv
($1,870), uShip.co.uk ($1,400) and StreetSmart.co.nz
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.
The non .com gTLDs rang up a quartet of
five-figure sales this week (all of which made the all extension
leader board you saw earlier). Those domains, which included a nice
3-letter .info sale (#3 ETP.info at $12,500), fill the
first four positions on our new Non .Com gTLDs Top 20 Chart.
The biggest sale you haven't yet seen in this
category is #5 OnlineMeeting.net, a name that changed hands
at the AfternicDLS for $4,488. The AfternicDLS went on to
pile up 11 chart entries, more than any other venue. Their haul
included two more in the top ten; #8 Vikas.net at $3,388
and #10 OnlineNetwork.net at $2,988.
The .nets had a big week taking 14 of the 23
chart entries (the extra three positions resulted from a 6-way tie
for the final spot). The .orgs were next with six, while the .mobis
claimed two places and .info took one.
Here's how all of the Non .Com gTLD leaders stacked up for the
week ending August 28:
.Com gTLDs Top 20
Highest Reported Non .Com Global
(.Net, .Org, .Biz & .Info) Mon. Aug.
22, 2011 - Sun. Aug. 28, 2011 Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based
on Rates in Effect Aug. 31, 2011
There were several additional four-figure
non .com gTLD sales just off the chart led by the AfternicDLS sale of Rondonia.net
for $1,950. Their winner's list also included Ridgeway.net
($1,900) and Resale.info ($1,699).
The AfternicDLS had 18 more four-figure non .com gTLD
sales ranging from $1,000 to $1,688 that are listed in
the table below:
AfternicDLS Non .com gTLD Sales Between $1,000 - $1,688
Back at Sedo, SGK.org sold for $1,935, Home-Warranty.net
went for $1,900 and two others; W4.org and Vragen.net
notched $1,800 each. BestLoans.net brought $1,750,
Air.Travel added $1,500 and Corpo.info captured $1,450.
Sedo's roster was rounded out with PointOfSale.info
($1,400), Videncia.net ($1,296), Markisen.info
($1,080) and FTTH.info ($1,000).
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
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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
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Editor's Note: If you wish to review previous Domain
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