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April 11, 2018

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Record Breaking New gTLD Sale Tops This Week's Domain Sales Chart - Uniregistry Brokered Deal Worth Over $500,000 

Donuts Inc., the world's largest administrator of new domain extensions (new gTLDs) gave fans of the genre something to cheer about today when they announced they had closed a $500,300 all-cash deal - brokered by Uniregistry's Brooke Hernandez - for Vacation.rentals (details of the sale are in a story posted in our Lowdown section this morning). The sale is the highest new gTLD sale reported to date, topping another Donuts sale of Home.loans at $500,000 that was announced in January.

End user VacaRent LLC, led by veterans from the short term rental business, was the Vacation.rentals buyer and the company already has their online business up and running on the new domain. Their CEO, Michael Kugler, said, "The term "vacation rentals" is THE most frequently searched term online for vacation properties; it's a name I've had my eye on for a while and finally it's our brand. We're excited to leverage our name and our website to benefit both property owners and vacationers."

The Vacation.rentals sale is not the only good news for new gTLDs this week. They wound up taking three of the week's ten biggest sales, also scoring with #3 Live.Casino, sold by Adam Freeman for $34,790 and #7 (tie) Chat.chat at $20,000. Sedo handled both of those sales.

By Ron Jackson

Sedo went on to pile up 13 of the 20 chart entries overall, including the week's 2nd biggest sale - Closers.com at $50,000.Those helped the .coms claim 12 places on the leader board. Michael Mann's DomainMarket.com also aided the .com effort with #4 Kugga.com at $26,888, #11 (tie) MakeYourOwnway.com at $12,500 and #18 (tie) Strombergs.com at $9,888. Mann said he originally hand registered the first two names (Kugga.com in 2012 and MakeYourOwnWay in 2009) for just $7 each! He said he paid $70 for Strombergs.com but just got that name last month, allowing him ti multiply his investment by over 140X in 30 days.

Other notable.com sales included an IDN, #5 旅遊.com
("travel" in Chinese), sold by Jean-Sebastien Lascary for $25,000, #7 GrabFood.com, moved via Uniregistry by well-known domain commentator James Iles, for $20,000 and #18 (tie) Woofed.com, sold by YamadaMedia.com through Afternic for $9,888.

The non .com gTLDs finished with five chart entries with a pair of .org sales at Sedo joining the three new GTLD sale we mentioned above. The ccTLDs settled for three spots on the elite list, all posted by Sedo and led by #10 Network.co.uk at  $13,916. Here is how all of the sales leaders stacked up for the week ending Sunday, April 8, 2018:

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The DN Journal Top 20 
Highest Reported Domain Sales - Mon. April 2, 2018 - Sun. April 8, 2018
(Foreign currency to U.S. Dollar Conversions Based on Rates in Effect April 11, 2018)


Sold For

Where Sold
1. Vacation.rentals $500,300 Uniregistry
2. Closers.com $50,000 Sedo
3. Live.casino £24,500 = $34,790 Sedo
4. Kugga.com $26,888 DomainMarket
5. 旅遊.com
(IDN, "travel" in Chinese)
$25,000 Pvt Sale
6. WellZone.com $20,500 Sedo
Chat.chat $20,000 Sedo
GrabFood.com $20,000 Uniregistry
9. ExpertMatch.com $19,000 Sedo
10. Network.co.uk £9,800 = $13,916 Sedo