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Sunny Days for Domains with $1.2 Million Sale Topping Latest Chart and $15.5 Million Deal for Chat.com Revealed

The last couple of weeks have been exciting ones for the domain aftermarket. Solid sales were already rolling in at the fastest clip we've seen this year when we broke the news Tuesday (April 16) about the historic $15.5 million price paid for Chat.com in 2023. That is the second highest publicly reported domain sale on record, trailing only Voice.com at $30 million (our all time Top 20 list is here). While that sale was a year ago, it is recent enough and jaw-dropping enough to open a lot more eyes to how extraordinarily valuable top tier domain names can be. 

Hilco Digital Assets Managing Director Andrew Miller and fellow pioneering domain 

broker Larry Fischer helped Hubspot Co-Founder and CTO Dharmesh Shah acquire Chat.com, a name that has now been placed at the top of the 2023 Top 100 Sales Chart in our Domain Sales Archive. There is another interesting note about that sale that wasn't in our story. Larry Fischer pointed out that this was the second time he was involved in the sale of Chat.com as he helped another buyer acquire the domain form CBS back in 2014! Andrew Miller (who will be profiled in the next DNJournal Cover Story), is also no stranger to sales at this level having had a hand in over $600 million worth of sales over the years.

Now let's look at some more good news - sales reported over the past two weeks. A $1.2 million sale of TP.com - the biggest publicly reported sale of the year to date - tops that list (as well as our latest all extension Top 20 Sales Chart). This is also the first seven-figure sale to be reported this year. TP.com is a huge upgrade for the buyer, digital services company Teleperformance. Elliot Silver at DomainInvesting.com was the first to break that news and Elliot also uncovered one of the three six-figures sales on our new chart - #4 Sandbagger.com at $100,000. Both of those sales were made through Afternic.

Sandwiched between those was a solid $275,000 sale of #2 Galatea.com by James Booth at DomainBooth.com and a $234,000 sale of #3 ALA.com that went through SquadHelp - the company naming and branding powerhouse that just rebranded itself to today as Atom, complete with a shiny new ultra premium web address at Atom.com.

While .coms swept the top four spots, the .ai ccTLD continues to be red hot, led this week by the $94,900 sale of Invent.ai reported by Namecheap. That was one of six .ai domains that crashed the Big Board. The ccTLDs got another impressive entry from a Irex.ca's CAD 76,557 ($55,121) sale of a Canadian beauty, #12 Buy.ca.

The non .com gTLDs were limited to two spots, both .orgs, but one of those, #6 Miami.org at $90,000, is one of the three biggest sales made in this category so far this year. It was yet another standout sale from Sedo Premium Broker Mark Ghoriafi who also holds the year's second biggest sale to date, regardless of category, in Bagels.com at $500,000 (it was the #1 sale prior to that TP.com blockbuster this week). 








           By Ron Jackson

While .com has a lot more competition these days, the world's most popular TLD's reign as King of the Hill remains firmly intact. The .coms piled up 12 of the 21 chart entries overall. NameJet, SnapNames and SecretBrokerage.com were among those contributing to the .com cause (SecretBrokerage also took a dip in the .ai pool, joining CryptoExchange.com in closing the #19 sale of Baby.ai). 

Here is how all of the leaders stacked up for the two weeks ending Sunday, April 14, 2024:

The DN Journal Top 20 
Highest Reported Domain Sales - Mon. April 1 - Sun. April 14, 2024
(Foreign currency to U.S. Dollar Conversions Based on Rates in Effect April 17, 2024)



Sold For

Where Sold

1. TP.com $1,200,000


2. Galatea.com $275,000 DomainBooth


$234,000 Atom (Squadhelp)
4. Sandbagger.com $100,000 Afternic
5. Invent.ai $94,900 Namecheap