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June 09, 2013

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One of the Year's Ten Biggest Domain Sales Leads a Quartet of 6-Figure Deals to the Top of This Week's Chart

The big boys came out to play this week giving the domain aftermarket four six-figure sales, including one that ranks among the ten biggest reported so far this year. That is Look.com, a domain that Banks.com sold to Quidsi Inc. for a cool $400,000 in a private transaction. The sale was made public in an SEC Form 8-K filing.

Three more sales breached the six-figure barrier including #2 SUV.com, a name that sold through Moniker/SnapNames with an assist from broker Derek Giordano for $210,000 and #3 Solo.com which changed hands at Sedo.com for $133,000 in a deal brokered by Dave Evanson. Rounding out the fab four is 235.com at $100,000. DNBiz.com brokered that sale for Domain King Rick Schwartz who has held the numeric name since hand registering it back in 1998 for $70!

By Ron Jackson

Some muscular five-figure sales also beefed up this week's all extension Top 20 Sales Chart with that group led by #5 IQU.com at $60,000 via NetGears.com. The week's two biggest ccTLD sales followed; #6 Frage.de at $48,300 and #7 GPS.de at $46,920. Sedo handled both of those German country code sales and went on to claim eight chart entries, more than any other venue. 

One other ccTLD made the elite list and also landed in the top ten. That was HuntingMoon.com's $25,000 sale of #10 (tie) Gay.co. HuntingMoon wound up taking five places on the Big Board with sales made through their recent online auction. #9 Matures.com headed their list at $30,000

NoktaDomains and Moniker/SnapNames were the only other venues with multiple chart entries as they each scored twice. Nokta banked $22,900 for #12 FriendsMeet.com and $19,500 for #14 CompressionSocks.com while Moniker/SnapNames added #16 OrganicTea.com ($17,650) to that huge SUV.com sale at #2. 

The AfternicDLS missed our reporting deadline this week, but Justin Godfrey of DIS Inc. let us know that Afternic's brokerage unit helped him close the $10,000 sale of #19 (tie) MallPlaza.com to the owners of MallPlaza.cl.

The .com's dominated this week's chart, taking 18 of the 21 entries (the extra spot resulted from a three-way tie for the final spot). With the ccTLDs taking the other three places that left the non .com gTLDs out in the cold. 

 Here's how all of the sales leaders stacked up for the week ending Sunday, October 30:

The DN Journal Top 20 
Reported Domain Sales - Mon. Oct. 24, 2011 - Sun. Oct. 30, 2011
Euro/Pound to Dollar Conversions (€/£ to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Nov. 2, 2011


Sold For

Where Sold
1. Look.com $400,000 Pvt Sale
2. SUV.com $210,000 Moniker/SnapNames
3. Solo.com $133,000 Sedo
4. 235.com $100,000 DNBiz
5. IQU.com $60,000 NetGears
6. Frage.de €35,000 = $48,300 Sedo
7. GPS.de €34,000 = $46,920 Sedo
8. GSMA.com €22,000 = $30,360 Sedo
9. Matures.com $30,000 HuntingMoon
Gay.co $25,000 HuntingMoon
OPN.com $25,000 Sedo


12. FriendsMeet.com $22,900 NoktaDomains
13. NSP.com $22,500 Sedo
14. Xensation.com $20,000 Sedo
15. CompressionSocks.com $19,500 NoktaDomains
16. OrganicTea.com $17,650 Moniker/SnapNames
CelebrityTube.com $12,500 HuntingMoon
DatingWomen.com $12,000 HuntingMoon
MallPlaza.com $10,000 AfternicDLS
Shop-List.com $10,000 Sedo
Watched.com $10,000 HuntingMoon

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

Sedo had a prominent role in the four-figure .com supporting cast with Husman.com and Ice-Phone.com at $9,000 each. Orthodontiste.com added $8,500, CoreOnline.com landed $7,600 and Dalmore.com drew $7,500

Jabong.com brought another $7,000 while Baufinanzierungsrechner.com captured $6,279 and two others; DropMark.com and GenesisPower.com generated $6,000 apiece. O2D.com kicked in $5,521 and SkinCareFacts.com fetched $5,488

Sedo had 22 more .com sales ranging from $2,000 to $5,000 that are listed in the table below:

Additional Sedo .com Sales Between $2,000 - $5,000
macrodesk.com $5,000   nightscapes.com $2,800
modernwater.com $5,000 online-lotto.com $2,760
xy360.com $5,000 vonardenne.com $2,760
hcgdiets.com $4,995 ifarmaco.com $2,757
intellicon.com $4,000 fermenting.com $2,500
telephone-rose.com $3,726 nametrends.com $2,500
paragondiamonds.com $3,450 protestante.com $2,500
chaoscomputers.com $3,000 whitesales.com $2,500
customcrystals.com $3,000 webmedicina.com $2,346
hecta.com $3,000 supertroop.com $2,100
clippingpaths.com $2,800 hardwaretogo.com $2,000

Back at NoktaDomains SnowblowerParts.com produced $9,000, LoveHolidays.com clocked in at $4,500, VenteGros.com grabbed $3,850 and TemizlikFirmalari.com landed at $2,200

Moniker/SnapNames re-entered the fray with CustomerSource.com ($7,980), PremiumLife.com ($4,519) and MCNY.com ($4,500). SocialScience.com secured $3,800, Elky.com corralled $2,800 and Nvbiao.com bagged $2,769

MagicWins.com pulled $2,588 out of its hat while COUB.com and Guanyinxiang.com clicked for $2,500 each. Pharmaceris.com dispensed $2,480, Adprox.com produced $2,300 and AAGames.com commanded $2,250. GRSC.com sewed up $2,205 and CodeForge.com hammered out $2,101

HuntingMoon added to their online auction take with Pubes.com ($7,500) and three others; FratGuys.com, NakedGuys.com and NakedMen.com at $5,000 apiece. HotBody.com hauled in $3,000 and PrivateWebCams.com provided $2,010

Elsewhere Justin Godfrey of DIS Inc. sold SmarterCity.com and SmarterCities.com for $7,500 each while YummyNames teamed up with the AfternicDLS to sell BSUK.com for $3,500

 Afternic Domain Auctions

Country Codes

After having a rare off week with no five-figure sales last week, the ccTLDS, as expected, rebounded this week with a trio in that range including a pair that  rank among the dozen biggest country code sales of the year. Those two German domains; Frage.de ($48,300) and GPS.de ($46,920) lead our new Country Code Top 20 Sales Chart after changing hands at Sedo. Hunting Moon's $25,000 sale of Gay.co rounds out the first three. 

Sedo had the biggest ccTLD sales you haven't seen yet (all .uk domains); #4 GolfInsurance.co.uk at $9,440, #5 PhotoBooth.co.uk at $6,872 and #6 Dating.org.uk at $6,250. The British domains had a big week piling up nine of the 20 chart entries to lead all extensions while Sedo again led all venues by claiming 17 places on the elite list.  

NoktaDomains helped prevent a Sedo sweep by putting two names in the top ten; #7 GlassTable.co.uk at $6,200 and #10 NameNecklace.co.uk at $5,400

 Here is how the ccTLD leaders stacked up for the week ending October 30:

Country Code Top 20
 Highest Reported ccTLD  Sales: Mon. Oct. 24, 2011 - Sun. Oct. 30, 2011
Euro/Pound to Dollar Conversions (€/£ to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Nov. 2, 2011


Sold For

Where Sold
1 Frage.de €35,000 = $48,300 Sedo
2. GPS.de €34,000 = $46,920 Sedo
3. Gay.co $25,000 HuntingMoon
4. GolfInsurance.co.uk £5,900 = $9,440 Sedo
5. PhotoBooth.co.uk £4,295 = $6,872 Sedo
6. Dating.org.uk $6,250 Sedo
7. GlassTable.co.uk $6,200 NoktaDomains
8. CallHome.co.uk £3,750 = $6,000 Sedo
9. PowerPoker.eu €4,000 = $5,520 Sedo
10. NameNecklace.co.uk $5,400 NoktaDomains

11. Ink.cc £3,000 = $4,800 Sedo
12. Juggling.co.uk £2,950 = $4,720 Sedo
13. Burge.rs €2,999 = $4,139 Sedo
CarEquity.co.uk $4,000 Sedo
WeddingDays.co.uk £2,500 = $4,000 Sedo
Elissa.de €2,000 = $2,760 Sedo
Kavel.be €2,000 = $2,760 Sedo
Kavels.be €2,000 = $2,760 Sedo
Ladenausstattung.de €2,000 = $2,760 Sedo
MyPlus.at €2,000 = $2,760 Sedo

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.

There were several dozen additional four-figure ccTLD sales off the chart with Sedo accounting for all but two of those with a list led by VintageClothing.co.uk ($2,560) and BalanceTransfers.us ($2,500). HomeInsulationGrants.co.uk contributed $2,400 while OutletCity.gr and Szgedenken.de delivered $2,070 each

Sedo had 27 more four-figure ccTLD sales ranging form $1,000 to $2,000 that are listed in the table below:

Additional Sedo ccTLD Sales Between $1,000 - $2,000
megapolis.eu $2,000   silber.co $1,500
nagios.nl $2,000 castella.nl $1,478
ltr.org $1,850 internetmarketing.eu $1,448
german-online-marketing.de $1,794 tiptoes.co.uk $1,432
solidstatedrive.de $1,794 hochzeitspalast.de $1,380
lagerverkauf-moebel.de $1,793 unternehmensverkauf.at $1,380
bonobo.ch $1,725 xema.eu $1,380
cleared.it $1,725 peenestrom.de $1,311
go4.eu $1,725 computerman.be $1,173
entradasonline.es $1,656 sign-design.at $1,114
observe.it $1,656 dsva.de $1,035
tta.in $1,600 ppw.de $1,035
tecnocapclosures.it $1,518 walutomierz.pl $1,035
igs.co $1,500   

Elsewhere NoktaDomains sold GuitarTrader.co.uk for $1,900 and DomainLore.co.uk picked up $1,120 for PriceOfGold.co.uk.

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)

The non .com gTLDs had a woeful week, not only finishing with no five-figure sales, but none even reached the $5,000 mark - the first time that has happened all year. Certainly not having AfternicDLS sales in before this week's deadline hurt this category because that venue traditionally does well with this group. Still, with all of the figures in except those from one venue, it's unlikely this would have been a week to remember for the non .com gTLDs.

With a weak field of competitors .infos were able to take two of the first three places on our new Non .com gTLD Top 20 Chart. #1 NFC.info changed hands for $4,750 while #3 Wicked.info went for $3,450. Sedo handled both of those sales as well as the one sandwiched in between them, #2 AEE.net at $3,999. Sedo went on to sweep 15 of the 20 chart entries.

Moniker/SnapNames managed to sneak into the first five with #4 Spin.org at $3,400 and NoktaDomains had a top ten entry with #10 Levante.net at $2,100. The .orgs wound up having the most chart entries with nine, followed by the .nets with seven. That left two spots for .info and one each for .pro and .biz

Here's how all of the Non .Com gTLD leaders stacked up for the week ending October 30:

Non .Com gTLDs Top 20
 Highest Reported Non .Com Global TLD  Sales 
(.Net, .Org, .Biz & .Info) Mon. Oct. 24, 2011 - Sun. Oct. 30, 2011
Euro/Pound to Dollar Conversions (€/£ to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Nov. 2, 2011


Sold For

Where Sold
1. NFC.info $4,750 Sedo
2. AEE.net $3,999 Sedo
3. Wicked.info €2,500 = $3,450 Sedo
4. Spin.org $3,400 Moniker/SnapNames
5. Arche.net €2,300 = $3,174 Sedo
6. Sporbahisleri.net €2,200 = $3,036 Sedo
7. GiveOnline.org $3,000 Sedo
8. CarInsuranceForYoungDrivers.net €2,000 = $2,760 Sedo
9. Quick.pro €1,650 = $2,277 Sedo
10. Levante.net $2,100 NoktaDomains

11. DomainRegistration.org $2,000 Sedo
12. Ganzheitliche-Medizin.net €1,200 = $1,656 Sedo
13. CustomerSource.org $1,488 Moniker/SnapNames
14. Incentivize.net $1,377 YummyNames/AfternicDLS
59.biz $1,200 Moniker/SnapNames
TheSpace.org £750 = $1,200 Sedo
Cravatta.org €850 = $1,173 Sedo
Erkaeltung.org €850 = $1,173 Sedo
Husten.org €850 = $1,173 Sedo
Tageshoroskop.org €850 = $1,173 Sedo

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.

Domain Name Industry Newsletter

There were three more four-figure non .com gTLD sales just off the chart. Sedo sold Vermogensbeheer.net for $1,164 and Abogadosvalencia.net for $1,104 while YummyNames teamed up with the AfternicDLS to sell Psychic.biz for $1,022

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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