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May 04, 2016

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Three Six-Figure Sales Totaling Over a Half Million Dollars Top This Week's Domain Sales Chart

After seeing no reported sales above $25,000 last week, a dozen went over that figure this week with three soaring into the six-figure stratosphere. Sedo had the largest of those with Mikihouse.com making $224,224. That term will leave a lot of people scratching their heads but, as Raymond Hackney explained in a post about the sale at TheDomains.com today, it  took a big payday to  convince an American company that had been using the domain to turn it over to a Japanese firm with global operations, Miki Shoko Co. Ltd., who decided they just had to have it.

Sedo also filled the #3 slot on our latest all extension Top 20 Sales Chart with CUN.com at $128,380. Sandwiched between those two .coms was a huge new gTLD sale. 1.xyz claimed the runner-up slot after changing hands for ¥1,180,000 ($181,720 at today's exchange rate) in a premium name auction the .xyz registry ran earlier this month on registrar West.cn's platform.

Another sale from that auction, 66.xyz at $65,450, is #4 on the Big Board with Sedo rounding out the first five with the week's biggest ccTLD sale - ITJobs.eu at $62,150

By Ron Jackson

The next ten spots were all taken by names in the .xyz/west.cn auction (the registry posted a full list of sales, including those lower than the $1,000 minimum we track, on their blog April 10). We've spent some time since then taking a close look at the sales reported. With the auction being conducted on a Chinese platform and almost all of the buyers being Chinese these sales are considerably more difficult to verify than most we have seen in the past, but under the criteria for reporting sales (posted at a link that has been at the bottom of our Top 20 Chart for the past decade) we determined they are eligible.

The registry founder and a top official at the registrar both went on record stating the sales were completed at the prices shown and a check of the Whois records on all those above four figures show completed transfers to a variety of buyers (the top 16 sales went to 7 different buyers). Even so, we know many are skeptical of high dollar new gTLD sales (not surprising given there isn't much of a track record to go on because they are so new). 

In addition, the values often make little sense to Western buyers who once considered letters like q, x, y and z to be "bad" ones as they are seldom used in English words. To the Chinese those are "good" letters and the vowels so popular with us are the ones with little value. They also generally place a much higher value on numerics. In short, more than ever, value is in the eye of the beholder. As the number of TLDs, as well as the number of  geographical areas where active domain markets develop  (with their own particular likes and dislikes) continues to increase, our approach will be to continue to try to treat all reporting parties as equally as possible as long as the trust we and the community at large place in them is not violated. 

In addition to West.cn and Sedo, Zandibot scored multiple chart entries this week, scoring twice with a pair led by #15 Pompeii.com at $22,500. Here is how all of the sales leaders stacked up for the week ending Sunday, April 24, 2016:

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The DN Journal Top 20 
Highest Reported Domain Sales - Mon. April 18, 2016 - Sun. April 24, 2016
(Foreign currency to U.S. Dollar Conversions Based on Rates in Effect April 27, 2016)


Sold For

Where Sold
1. Mikihouse.com $224,224 Sedo
2. 1.xyz ¥1,180,000 = $181,720 West.cn
3. CUN.com €113,611 = $128,380 Sedo
4. 66.xyz ¥425,000 = $65,450 West.cn
5. ITJobs.eu €55,000 = $62,150 Sedo
6. 51.xyz ¥300,000 = $46,200 West.cn
7. 11.xyz ¥278,000 = $42,812 West.cn
8. YM.xyz ¥256,000 = $39,424 West.cn
9. 98.xyz ¥232,000 = $35,728 West.cn
10. HK.xyz ¥224,000 = $34,496 West.cn

11. VIP.xyz ¥214,000 = $32,956 West.cn
12. 35.xyz ¥200,000 = $30,800 West.cn
13. 52.xyz ¥158,000 = $24,332 West.cn
14. FW.xyz ¥152,000 = $23,408 West.cn
15. DP.xyz ¥150,000 = $23,100 West.cn
16. Pompeii.com $22,500 Zandibot
17. HX.xyz ¥124,000 = $19,096 West.cn
18. Usurance.com $17,500 GenieDomains
19. WhiteHorse.com $16,000 Sedo
20. Diss.com $15,535 Zandibot

Keep in mind that these are the highest value cash only 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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The All-Time Top 20 All-Cash Domain Sales Reported By DNJournal.com
 (2003 to Now)

There were 13 more five-figure sales off the chart led by Sedo's $15,086 sale of ITJobs.it. They added $13,447 for Tuningteile.de, $12,000 for StrategicMarketer.com and $11,300 apiece for three others - Cars.ch, MK.cc, and MPharma.com. Cloudos.com brought another $10,099.

Elsewhere, GenieDomains.com moved ProcessPoint.com for $15,000, SnapNames sold Euphoric.com for $12,500 and Zandibot banked $12,500 for Teso.com. Also, West.cn reported three more .xyz auction sales - ZT.xyz at $14,322, CK.xyz at $14,168 and 163.xyz at $12,628

.Com Supporting Cast

Sedo led the .Com Supporting Cast of four-figure sales with CarFleet.com at $9,588. They also scored with Botex.com ($5,537), Jiangang.com ($5,085) and VRYJ.com ($4,999) and CloudSimple.com ($4,998).

WinthropCapital.com went for $4,803, Lambarene.com returned $4,520 and three others - DinnerFriends.com, WCOF.com and WhatsYourThing.com - drew $4,500 each. Sedo had 26 more four-figure sales ranging from $2,000 to $3,999 that are listed in the table below:

Additional Sedo .com Sales Between $2,000 - $3,999
gudang.com $3,999   redondobeachinn.com $2,600
immofunding.com $3,950 heik.com $2,550
envioacuba.com $3,889 byfin.com $2,500
nutravet.com $3,750 cijo.com $2,500
longevityhealth.com $3,650 sportclutch.com $2,500
afxgroup.com $3,499 tyrepoint.com $2,500
k83.com $3,100 certifiedbullion.com $2,415
amoled.com $3,000 grandparkvillage.com $2,309
fhim.com $3,000 quicksure.com $2,260
localmilf.com $3,000 noodletown.com $2,200
groundcontrolsystems.com $2,825 splitex.com $2,150
opox.com $2,825 outsidelife.com $2,000
palaisjamai.com $2,825  blood-cancer.com


Back at SnapNames Kongche.com corralled $8,168, 33347.com clicked for $3,950 and FishFinders.com fetched $3,869. 27L.com landed $3,710, Dongteng.com tallied $3,310 and HigherMind.com made $3,000. PulseMedia.com posted $2,600, ChicResorts.com attracted $2,595 and DailyCook.com served up $2,457

Elsewhere, Zandibot sold Kany.com for $5,000 and IndusDomains booked $2,046 for StiegLarsson.com

Country Codes

The ccTLDs were led by the five-figure sales we told you about in the all extension section above with ITJobs.eu setting the pace at $62,150, followed by the Italian version of the same name, ITJobs.it at $15,086. Sedo booked both of those and went on to sweep every entry on our  latest Country Code Top 20 Sales Chart. They have done that several times in this country code category that they have traditionally dominated. 

The highest sale in this category that you haven't seen yet is a Russian domain, #6 Emsa.ru at $9,040. Empire.co followed at $5,500 then another Russian domain, Del-Arte.ru, stepped in to the #8 hole at $4,520.

Great Britain's .co.uk led the extension race with four chart entries. No other TLD has more than two . Here is how the country code leaders stacked up for the week ending Sunday, April 24, 2016:

Country Code Top 20 Sales Chart
Highest Reported Domain Sales - Mon. April 18, 2016 - Sun. April 24, 2016
(Foreign currency to U.S. Dollar Conversions Based on Rates in Effect April 27, 2016)


Sold For

Where Sold
1. ITJobs.eu €55,000 = $62,150 Sedo
2. ITJobs.it €13,350 = $15,086 Sedo
3. Tuningteile.de €11,900 = $13,447 Sedo
Cars.ch €10,000 = $11,300 Sedo
MK.cc €10,000 = $11,300 Sedo
6. Emsa.ru €8,000 = $9,040 Sedo
7. Empire.co $5,500 Sedo
8. Del-Arte.ru €4,000 = $4,520 Sedo
9. Amatoriale.it €3,600 = $4,068