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EOL.com Helps Sedo Sew Up Six Positions on Weekly Top Ten Sales Chart

by Ron Jackson
  

While internet usage tends to slow down a bit when warm weather returns and people spend more time outdoors, domain buyers and sellers are obviously still sitting behind their computers! It was another big week for domain sales and Sedo.com dominated the center ring this time out, taking 6 of 10 positions on our new top sellers chart. They got out of the gate fast by sweeping the top 3 spots on the Big Board, including #1 EOL.com at $43,000.


3-letter domains have always done well but in recent weeks they have really been racking up big numbers, including the $93,000 paid for OLT.com two weeks ago (that ranks as the 6th biggest sale so far in 2005). Sellers are stepping up to try to cash in on the demand. Over 600 two-letter and three-letter .coms are currently being offered for sale at Sedo. Sedo also scored this week with #2 E-Mails.de at 25,000 ($31,582) and #3 58.com at $26,000.

Pool.com continues to come back strongly after returning to the auction system that originally helped propel them to prominence. This week they landed two of the top five domains, #4 TravelPages.com at $23,000 and #5 PollyPockets.com at $18,500. Moniker.com/DomainSystems.com also returned to the Top Ten with #6 Skymine.com at $18,150. Moniker CEO Monte Cahn told us the company also sold a 2-letter .com this week for six figures but could not release the name because of a non-disclosure agreement.

There were a couple of other blockbuster sales this week that need to be noted, even though they involved ongoing businesses (this column and our charts focus on sales of domain names only). Gambling.com changed hands in a whopping $20 million deal (with over $15 million of that in cash). Even without the extra revenue streams from affiliate programs and a direct-mail database of more than 200,000 customers, it's quite likely the name alone would fetch the highest price ever paid for a domain. In another eye-popping sale (involving a publicly traded company with more traditional lines of business), Sabre Holdings acquired Britain's LastMinute.com for $1.1 billion. Sabre will combine LastMinute with its popular Travelocity web site to further strengthen their travel industry franchise.

There are many more pure domain sales to tell you about (including a $25,000 .info sale from last year that has just now come to light), but first let's take a look at the complete Top Ten reported sales for the week ending May 15:

Domain Name Journal's Top Ten 
Reported Domain Sales - Mon. May 9, 2005 - Sun. May 15, 2005
Euro to Dollar Conversion ( to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. May 17

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. EOL.com $43,000 Sedo
2. E-Mails.de 25,000 = $31,582 Sedo
3. 58.com  $26,000 Sedo
4. TravelPages.com $23,000 Pool
5. PollyPockets.com $18,500 Pool
6. Skymine.com  $18,150 Moniker /
DomainSystems
7. GovGrants.com   $15,000  Sedo
8. Photobook.com $14,750 Sedo
9. Bookbinding.com $14,000 SnapNames
10. Refill24.com  7,500 = $9,473 Sedo

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.

Sedo underscored their big week by taking three of the final four spots on our new chart. Nine domains hit five figures including Sedo's #7 GovGrants.com ($15,000) and #8 Photobook.com ($14,750). SnapNames.com also bagged one in that range with #9 Bookbinding.com at $14,000. Sedo anchored the chart with Refill24.com coming in just below the 10K mark at $9,473.

Sedo has always been known for successfully selling country codes from around the world, but no one has had much luck selling .ru (the ccTLD for Russia). Looks like Sedo is ready to lead the way there as well. This week they sold Kanikuly.ru for $8,000. They added another 3,000 ($3,789) for e-Marketing.de. Sedo's .com winners included UrbanEvolution.com at $6,500, FoodVision.com at $6,300 and CollegeDorm.com at $5,500. As usual Sedo, is also all over our New TLD chart as you'll see a bit later on (we'll also have details on that previously unreported $25,000 .info sale in our new extension section).

Back at SnapNames, Eromaxx.com commanded $7,600, EasterEggHunt.com turned up $7,000 and Brown.net added $6,312 in black ink. MyCartoons.com kicked in $6,100 while JewelryOutlet.com and AmericanAudio.com went for $5,600 each. SnapNames also scored with Annulment.com at $4,944, MapBlaster.com at $4,600 and BrandyLove.com at $4,500. GoldCreditCards.com charged up $2,700, HomeBook.com closed at $1,538 and, in another illustration that long isn't always wrong, EarlyChildhoodTeacher.com went for $1,500.

Afternic.com had a pair of five-figure sales totalling $40,000 that were subject to non-disclosure agreements, but they were able to release some other solid transactions. NationalNet.com netted $5,000, Sharkbite.com chewed off $4,200 and Freedomland.com rang up $3,900. TheDaVinciCode-Movie.com booked $3,750, BondsForLess.com returned $3,000 and AmericanCarpet.com rolled up $2,888. A two-character .com, 0D.com (zero and the letter D) attacted $2,750 and AdCreative.com sparked $2,288.

Pool.com supplemented their pair of Top Ten entries with a baker's dozen of additional goodies. Though it sounds more than a little painful, PenisStretcher.com provided $5,008 in financial relief. LosAngelesTraffic.com snagged $5,000 and SeattleFlights.com landed $3,510. WebmasterBlog.com posted $3,100, MensPlace.com added $2,800 and UsedPoolTables.com pocketed $2,655. CyberLab.com concocted $2,420, and $1,950 bubbled from NatureSpa.com while Laquemanda.com and ElectricalGuide.com contributed $1,750 each. Pool also scored with LabiaSurgery.com at $1,683, RenaissanceArts.com at $1,650 and BuyMedical.com at $1,600.

At Moniker.com/DomainSystems.com Shadestore.com sold for $7,700 and DataGPS.com located $6,150. Incidently, I know a lot of domainers struggle with how to treat their properties for tax purposes. Moniker's Monte Cahn told us he will have a top accountant on his Wednesday night Domain Masters radio show at WebmasterRadio.fm (May 18 at 7pm U.S. Eastern time). They will cover the tax implications of domain sales, purchasing and donations, among other things. Cahn will also have a representative from the new .jobs registry on hand in another segment.

At Enom's Club Drop, CutlerySets.com sliced and diced $4,200, BabyFaces.com drew a $3,900 smile and RevolvingDoors.com spun out $3,400. KuwaitAirport.com took off with $2,300, MetalWood.com went for $1,900 and PetHouse.com added $1,700

Also at Club Drop, Ken Cunliffe of TopNames.com bought OnionButt.com for $5,407 (I am told "onion butt" refers to a butt that it so perfect it makes you want to cry. Somehow I don't think I ever would have made that connection)! TopNames was busy both buying and selling this week. In private transactions they bought LoveBoat.com for $9,000 while selling VirtualLab.com for $3,500 and DVDGiant.com for $2,000

In other sales, Samuel Sadek sold Tips.net for $6,650 in a private transaction and Ben Kirshner of CoffeeForLess.com added to his growing collection of beverage domain by purchasing BottledWaterDelivery.com for $1,700 at BuyDomains.

****

Our Year-To-Date chart gets four new members this week and our entry level moves up to $19,000 to keep the list at a manageable length. Here are the biggest winners reported so far in 2005:

Domain Name Journal's Year-To-Date Top Sellers 
Highest Reported 2005 Domain Sales through Sun. May 15  
Euro to Dollar Conversion ( to $) 
Based on Rates in Effect When Sales Were Originally Reported by DNJ
(Domains entering the chart this week are highlighted in green)

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold Date*
1. Local.com $700,000 Pvt Sale 3/8/05
2. Chat.de  360,000 = $470,848 Sedo 1/18/05
3.
tie
GED.com $150,000 Sedo 1/18/05
3.
tie
GospelMusic.com $150,000 GreatDomains 3/22/05
5. Voyuer.com $112,100 SnapNames 2/1/05
6. OLT.com $93,000 Sedo 5/3/05
7. PetSupplies.com $75,000 Afternic 4/5/05
8.
tie
Downlaod.com $68,000 Pvt Sale 3/1/05
8.
tie
Donwload.com $68,000 Pvt Sale 3/1/05
8.
tie
Dawnload.com $68,000 Pvt Sale 3/1/05
11. Lottery.org $66,667 Sedo 3/22/05
12.  Trees.com  $58,000 GreatDomains 1/4/05
13. CashFlow.com $56,500 Sedo 4/19/05
14.
tie
HotDate.com $55,000 Sedo 4/19/05
14.
tie
Free-Games.to $55,000 Sedo 3/1/05
16. CervicalCancer.com $50,750 Moniker/
DomainSystems
2/1/05
17.
tie
Designs.com $50,000 Pvt Sale 4/26/05
17.
tie
MusicShop.com $50,000 GreatDomains 2/22/05
17.
tie
Neighbors.com $50,000 Sedo 2/15/05
17.
tie
Therapy.com $50,000 Sedo 2/15/05
21. League.com $48,000 GreatDomains 3/8/05
22. MyShopping.com $47,000 Pool 5/3/05
23. TiltPoker.com $46,000 Pool 3/29/05
24. Cow.com $45,400 Ebay 4/12/05
25. ScienceFairProjects.com 33,500 = $44,614 Sedo 3/15/05
26.
tie
Marble.com $43,000 Afternic 3/8/05
26.
tie
EOL.com $43,000 Sedo 5/17/05
28. AutoLine.com $42,250 SnapNames 5/10/05
29.
tie
BBGuns.com $40,000 GreatDomains 3/15/05
29.
tie
Moma.com $40,000 Sedo 2/22/05
31.  LogoOnline.com 30,000 = $39,817 Sedo 1/4/05
32. Pasion.com
("passion" in Spanish)
30,000 = $39,552 Sedo 3/1/05
33.  Almousa.net 30,000 = $39,324 Sedo 1/11/05
34. Stempel.de
("rubber stamp" in German)
28,000 = $37,103 Sedo 2/22/05
35. Patenschaft.de
("godparenthood" in German)
26,680 = $35,624 Sedo 3/8/05
36. With.co.uk 17,625 = $33,707 Sedo 3/15/05
37. Gather.com $32,500 GreatDomains 3/1/05
38. CollegeGrants.com $32,439 Pvt Sale 3/15/05
39. E-Mails.de 25,000 = $31,582 Sedo 5/17/05
40. Tutorial.com $30,100 Ebay 3/22/05
41.
tie
Damn.com $30,000 GreatDomains 4/19/05
41.
tie
ChaseBank.com $30,000 Sedo 3/8/05
41.
tie
DataNova.com $30,000 Sedo 3/1/05
41.
tie
Grants.com $30,000 Pvt Sale 2/1/05
41.
tie
RodeoDrive.com $30,000 BuyDomains 2/1/05
46. OnlinePokerRoom.com $27,510 Namewinner 2/1/05
47. Rapid.com $27,000 Sedo 4/12/05
48. VOIP.de 20,000 = $26,038 Sedo 2/15/05
49.
tie
AdultMart.com $26,000 Moniker/
DomainSystems
2/22/05
49.
tie
58.com $26,000 Sedo 5/17/05
51. Pauschalreise.de
("package tour" in German)
19,500 = $25,117 Sedo 5/10/05
52. Beam.com $25,100 SnapNames 1/25/05
53. FitnessEquipment.com $25,000 Sedo 5/3/05
54.
tie
Screen.com $25,000 GreatDomains 4/12/05
54.
tie
Weights.com $25,000 GreatDomains 2/15/05
54.
tie
Herbal.com $25,000 GreatDomains 1/18/05
57. Inkasso.se
("collection agency" in Swedish) 
18,400 = $24,382 Sedo 2/22/05
58. TravelPages.com $23,000 Pool 5/17/05
59. NetPassport.com $22,250 SnapNames 3/8/05
60. Gloto.com $22,000 Afternic 3/1/05
61. Medals.com 17,000 = $21,977 Sedo 3/29/05
62. FireAndIce.com $21,500 SnapNames 2/8/05
63. VideoBlog.com $21,000 AllNetServices 4/19/05
64. Blog.ca $20,201 Ebay 2/15/05
65.
tie
Exploited.com $20,000 GreatDomains 4/19/05
65.
tie 
IncentiveProgram.com $20,000 Afternic 4/12/05
65.
tie
IncentivePrograms.com $20,000 Afternic 4/12/05
65.
tie
Apertio.com $20,000 Sedo 3/15/05
65.
tie
GrandBahamas.com $20,000 Afternic 3/1/05
65.
tie
GetExpert.com $20,000 GotComs.com 2/15/05
71. Vanessa.com $20,000 Pvt Sale 4/19/05
72. BirdFlu.com $19,875 Afternic 3/22/05
73. Elea.com 15,000 = $19,798 Sedo 3/22/05
74. VTG.com 15,000 = $19,466 Sedo 4/26/05
75. AdEurope.com 15,000 = $19,321 Sedo 5/10/05
76. Covers.co.uk 10,000 = $19,178 Sedo 4/19/05

*Date column (month/day/year) shows date the sale was published in DNJournal.

Expanded Charts
2004 - Every sale of $10,000 or more
2005 (1st Quarter) - Every sale of $10,000 or more


New TLD Section

.Info is really starting to flex its muscles again. It was the dominant new extension throughout 2004 but in the first quarter of 2005, .biz and .us started giving it a run for the money. In recent weeks, .info has started asserting itself again. For the second week in a row it took 6 of 8 places on our New TLD chart and this week .info sweeps the top four positions and ties for 5th. 

As they are week in an week out, Sedo was the dominant new extension sales venue, racking up 7 of 8 places including all of the leaders on the top half of the board. A very popular German term, Oktoberfest.info staked out the #1 position after changing hands for 1,500 ($1,895). Elbe.info was next at 1,225 ($1,547). The Elbe is a very well-known river that flows through Germany and central Europe. Also cracking the 4-figure mark was MiniStorage.info at $1,111.

The fun continued with #4 Jolly.info at $900. .Biz finally got untracked when LSE.biz tied SpecialOffers.info for the #5 spot at $650 each. Here's a look at the complete new extension leaderboard for the week ending May 15: 

Domain Name Journal's New TLD Great 8 
  Reported .info, .biz & .us Domain Sales  May 9, 2005 - May 17, 2005
Euro to Dollar Conversion ( to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. May 17

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. Oktoberfest.info 1,500 = $1,895 Sedo
2. Elbe.info 1,225 = $1,547 Sedo
3. MiniStorage.info $1,111 Sedo
4. Jolly.info    $900 Sedo
5.
tie
SpecialOffers.info $650 Sedo
5.
tie
LSE.biz  $650 Pvt Sale
7. Gesetz.biz
("law" in German) 
500 = $631 Sedo
8. Luciano.info 450 = $568  Sedo

The final two chart entries went to Gesetz.biz ("law" in German) at $631 and Luciano.info at $568 with both sales made at Sedo. Sedo also sold TopBanks.info for $500, PHP-Programming.info for $475 and Confess.us for $400.

New TLD Rewind: This week I received a call from Dr. Kim Vanderlinden who is the guy who bought Law.info at Sedo last year for $8,495. While we were discussing his top-flight portfolio of medical domains (listed at www.medicaldomains.info) he mentioned to me that he was surprised I didn't report his purchase of Medicine.info last July. Not as surprised as I was because it was the first I had heard about it! 

Kim said he had emailed the information to me, but for whatever reason I never received it. So now, almost a year after the transaction, we are revealing one of the largest .info sales ever reported for the first time. Dr. Vanderlinden paid $25,000 for the domain, making it the 2nd largest new extension sale in 2004 (behind only NewYork.info at $28,086)! 

We have added the sale to the our complete list of 2004 new extension sales above $1,000 as well as to our complete list of all 2004 domain sales above $10,000. The doctor is building a major medical portal on Medicine.info which should give the extension a nice boost in recognition.

****

Our New TLD Year-To-Date chart gets just one new member this week - Oktoberfest.info. It currently takes at least $1,600 to make this chart. Here are 2005's new extension leaders through May 15:

Domain Name Journal's Year-To-Date New TLD Top Sellers 
Highest Reported 2005 .info, .biz & .us Domain Sales through May 15 
Euro to Dollar Conversion ( to $) 
Based on Rates in Effect When Sales Were Originally Reported by DNJ
(Domains entering the chart this week are highlighted in green)

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold Date*
1. Industry.us $17,000 Pvt Sale 3/15/05
2. Musical.info 10,440 = $13,936 Sedo 3/8/05
3. CellPhones.us    $12,250 Moniker/
DomainsSystems
1/4/05
4. Auto.biz 6,000 = $7,966 Sedo 1/4/05
5. Maschinenbau.info
("building engines" in German)
5,950 = $7,772 Sedo 4/19/05
6. Connect.us $7,500 Sedo 4/5/05
7. BES.biz 5,500 = $7,139 Sedo 4/26/05
8. Safe.biz 4,000 = $5,189 Sedo 1/25/04
9. AMA.us $5,000 Afternic 4/26/05
10. Adventure.info 2,500 = $4,708 Sedo 5/10/05
11. Pauschalreisen.info
("package tours" in German)
3,500 = $4,507 Sedo 5/10/05
12. Physician.info $4,150 Pvt Sale 1/18/05
13. Pauschalreise.info
("package tour" in German)
2,800 = $3,606 Sedo 5/10/05
14. Attest.info 2,700 = $3,559 Sedo 3/1/05
15. Forum.us $3,500 GreatDomains 3/8/05
16. New-York.info  $3,500 Sedo 5/10/05
17. Attest.info 2,700 = $3,478 Sedo 5/3/05
18. Science.info $3,272 Ebay 5/3/05
19. Geschichte.info
("stories" in German)
2,500 = $3,266 Sedo 4/19/05
20. Nostrum.info 2,500 = $3,261 Sedo 2/1/05
21. Musicals.us 2,550 = $3,255 Sedo 2/8/05
22. Altabadia.info
(Italian resort area)
2,300 = $3,069 Sedo 3/8/05
23. Lyrics.info $3,000 Sedo 2/22/05
24. Ultraschall.info
("ultrasound" in German)
2,250 = $2,996 Sedo 3/15/05
25. Dividends.us 2,277 = $2,943 Sedo 3/29/05
26. Eintrittskarten.biz
("entry tickets" in German)
2,200 = $2,865 Sedo 2/15/05
27. Calories.info $2,750 Sedo 3/8/05
28.
tie
LondonEscorts.biz 2,000 = $2,655 Sedo 1/4/05
28.
tie
MusicalTheater.info  2,000 = $2,655 Sedo 1/4/05
30. Snowboard.info 2,000 = $2,640 Sedo 3/22/05
31. Diving.info $2,630 Dot.us 3/29/05
32. Sense.info 2,000 = $2,573 Sedo 4/5/05
33.
tie
Oregon.info $2,500 Ebay 1/25/05
33.
tie
Farming.info $2,500 Sedo 2/1/05
35. HolzPellets.info
("wood pellets" in German)
1,800 = $2,402 Sedo 3/8/04
36. Bruderschaft.info
("brotherhood" in German)
1,750 = $2,271 Sedo 4/26/05
37. Socrates.info 1,750 = $2,262 Sedo 3/29/05
38. Dot.us  $2,200 Pvt Sale 1/4/05
39. Anwalt.biz
("lawyer" in German)
1,650 = $2,163 Sedo 1/11/05
40. SportTicket.info 1,600 = $2,123 Sedo 2/22/05
41. Ride.info 1,600 = $2,084 Sedo 2/15/05
42. DGA.info 1,550 = $2,046 Sedo 3/22/05
43. Nutrition.biz $2,000 Pool 1/18/05
44. GMG.biz 1,500 = $1,998 Sedo 3/15/05
45. Dogs.biz 1,600 = $1,953 Sedo 2/15/05
46. Buero.info
("office" in German)
1,500 = $1,914 Sedo 2/8/05
47. Oktoberfest.info 1,500 = $1,895 Sedo 5/17/05
48. Pizzeria.info $1,700 Sedo 4/19/05
49. Volcano.us  $1,652 Dot.us 3/1/05
50. Rabatte.info
("rebates" in German)
1,250 = $1,628 Sedo 2/15/05
51. Snow.biz 1,250 = $1,622 Sedo 4/26/05
52. AAC.biz 1,250 = $1,610 Sedo 5/3/05
53. Cheerleading.biz $1,605 Pool 5/10/05

*Date column shows the date (month/day/year) the sale was published in DNJournal.

Expanded Charts
2004 - Every sale of $1,000 or more
2005 (1st Quarter) - Every sale of $1,000 or more

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 represented on our charts who share their sales information with us to help everyone in the business get a handle on current domain values. Individuals like Richard Meyer of the American Marketing Corporation also provide invaluable help by sending us data for these sales reports each week.

Every Tuesday we publish the highest reported domain name sales for the previous week. On Monday our contributors send us their sales data for the previous 7 days. We then compile that information and write this report for Tuesday publication to give you the freshest sales report in the industry. 

We will close with this standard caution. These are not average selling prices - these are top selling domains. One of the biggest impediments to making sales is pricing domains at unrealistic levels. For most of us, pricing domains at the levels achieved on the Top Ten chart will leave us waiting a long time to make a sale! We hope you will use the information presented here as a measuring stick that will help you price your domains at levels that will put more money in your pocket more often!

Editor's Note: If you wish to review previous Domain Sales columns, they are available in our Archive.




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