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Editor's Note: During the current Covid-19 pandemic we have been publishing the domain sales report every other week. The latest report from October 14, 2020 is below. The next column will be released Wednesday evening, October 28, 2020. We review current conditions at the start of each month in anticipation of resuming our usual weekly release schedule as soon as possible. 

A Half-Dozen Newly Reported 6-Figure Domain Sales at GoDaddy Fill Top Spots on This Week's Chart

Publicly reported sales have always shown just the tip of the domain aftermarket iceberg. Further evidence of that came this week when industry giant GoDaddy began releasing their monthly top sales again after taking a 5-year break that began back in 2015 when there were preparing to go public. While we have been seeing fewer six-figure sales reported during the Covid-19 pandemic, leading brokers have insisted there has been no drop-off in such sales (some have even reported increases) -  just fewer people sharing information. With GoDaddy now reporting a half-dozen previously unreported six-figure sales in June alone the broker's observations, expressed in a recent DNJournal Cover Story, have gained a lot of credence.

GoDaddy plans to continue their monthly top 20 sales releases (presumably with each covering the fourth month back - a window that allows time to get those higher dollar transactions closed and  the domains transferred to the new owners). So, you can expect to see their name on a lot more charted sales going forward (GoDaddy's list combines results from their own platform as well as the Afternic and Uniregistry platforms that they also own). Their initial list alone gave them the top three spots on our latest bi-weekly all extension Top 20 Domain Sales Chart and 15 of 20 places overall. 

GoDaddy's $400,000 sale of Ingles.com (Spanish for "English) led the hit parade and, in addition to topping the new chart, that also ranks as the 4th biggest sale reported so far this year. They also claimed the #2 spot this week with Lendable.com at $125,000 and the 3rd with WBS.com at $112,000.

If anyone was going to crash the GoDaddy party, it seems appropriate that Garry Chernoff at NetIncome Ventures would be the guy to do. The industry pioneer, who is one of the most successful domain investors of all time, filled the #4 hole with Caretaker.com at $112,000 (Elliot Silver posted a good background article on that sale and the buyer's plans for the domain at DomainInvesting.com this week). Garry wasn't done after that one, hitting a second one out of the park by moving #7 (tie) NRH.com for $100,000 in a sale he made through Uniregistry

 

 

 

 


        
 
     By Ron Jackson

Sedo hit a Daily Double as well, rounding out the first five with #5 Confirm.com at $108,000 and picking up another chart entry with #14 (tie) Just.me. The latter was one of two ccTLDs to earn places on the Big Board. The other was GoDaddy's $106,769 sale of #6 VanInsurance.co.uk. It was also interesting to see that GoDaddy sold #7 (tie) VanInsurance.com as well - and it sold for less the .co.uk version, bringing $100,000 in a situation we don't often see. While WhoIs privacy obscures the ownership information, the .com is already live and is home to a UK van insurance company, so it's possible they got the .co.uk as well to protect their territory. However, as of this writing, the .co.uk domain is not yet resolving.

With .coms sweeping 18 of the 20 chart entries, including AbdulBasit.com's $40,000 sale of #18 (tie) Exicon.com, the non .com gTLDs found no room at the Top 20 Inn this week. Here's how all of the sales leaders stacked up for the two weeks ending Sunday, October 11, 2020:

The DN Journal Top 20 
Highest Reported Domain Sales - Mon. Sept. 28, 2020 - Sun. Oct. 11, 2020
(Foreign currency to U.S. Dollar Conversions Based on Rates in Effect Oct.14, 2020)

 

Domain

Sold For

Where Sold

1. Ingles.com $400,000 GoDaddy
2. Lendable.com $125,000 GoDaddy
3. WBS.com $115,000 GoDaddy
4. Caretaker.com $112,000 NetIncome Ventures
5. Confirm.com $108,000 Sedo
6. VanInsurance.co.uk $106,769 GoDaddy