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South American Developer Goes on Half-Million Dollar Buying Spree To Trigger a Record Domain Sales Week

by Ron Jackson
  

Pay close attention to this week's column because you've never seen one like it before and I don't know that you will ever see one like it again. I'm not saying the record number of 5-figure sales reported to us this week won't be eclipsed (in fact with the Internet becoming indispensable to businesses around the world, I'm confident new standards will continue to be set). The thing I think we may not see again is one person accounting for 8 of the top 10 purchases reported industry-wide in a single week!


That's what happened this week when well-known South American domain investor/developer Chris Chena broke open the piggy bank and spent $550,000 on 8 domains including a pair of 6-figure blockbusters that tie for #1 on our new chart at $150,000 each. One of those, Paraguay.com, represents a new prize possession for Chena who spent two years negotiating with the previous owner before finally landing the domain that represents Chena's home country. Chena told us "we will develop a portal targeted to people who want to know more about my country, oriented to tourism and investments (we have beautiful falls, great resorts and the country has a lot of resources to invest in). It is ideal for all kind of business -  remember the strategic location of Paraguay, right in the heart of South America."

Chena said his company will also develop the other 150K domain he purchased this week - CheapGas.com. With oil prices careening out of control worldwide, it's a commodity a lot of people will be searching for. Chena (who will be the subject of DNJournal's July Cover Story) is already known for holding one of the world's greatest portfolios of Spanish keyword .coms and he added to his remarkable collection by acquiring 6 new ones from a single seller this week. All of those landed in our Top Ten including #3 Empleo.com ("job" in Spanish) at $70,000 and #5 Universidad.com ("university" in Spanish) at $45,000.

Chena's haul also included Ventas.com ("sales" in Spanish) and Telefonos.com
("phones" in Spanish) at $40,000 each, Mensajes.com ("messages" in Spanish) at $30,000 and Cartas.com ("cards" in Spanish") at $25,000. Chena told us "as usual, every name is for development purposes. This is doing way better than just parking (especially for Spanish names) as it increases the traffic, and of course, the revenue," he said. 

If Chena had not dominated the chart this week, Sedo.com would have. The popular aftermarket sales venue racked up nine 5-figure sales including #4 DrumSets.com at $50,000 (making seller John DeMayo a very happy Sedo customer). All together there were an unprecedented 23 five-figure sales this week which prompted us to do something we've never done before - expand our Top Ten list to a Top 20

Coming at a time when the Internet is supposed to be going through the summer doldrums, the week presented such an impressive display of domain power we wanted to make sure no one overlooked the wide range of names that commanded premium prices. In addition to the usual .coms, you will see high dollar country code sales from Germany, Austria, Italy and Sweden. A bit later on, in our New TLD section, you will also see that new extensions .biz and .info also shared in the bounty. 

When I entered this business (in early 2002) the industry was essentially in a depression. With little clue about what was going on, I kept throwing things at the wall to see if something would stick (not much did). Having seen how far the industry has come in the past three years, I can really appreciate how great it is to be a domainer in the summer of 2005. These days it seems like everything sticks...and honestly, I believe the best is yet to come. Let's take a look at the complete leader board for the week ending June 19, then we'll dig into the greatest sales buffet we've seen since opening the doors here at DNJournal:

Domain Name Journal's Top 20 
Reported Domain Sales - Mon. June 13, 2005 - Sun. June 19, 2005
Euro to Dollar Conversion ( to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. June 21

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1.
tie
Paraguay.com $150,000 Pvt Sale
1.
tie
CheapGas.com $150,000 Pvt Sale
3. Empleo.com
("job" in Spanish)
$70,000 Pvt Sale
4. DrumSets.com $50,000 Sedo
5. Universidad.com
("university" in Spanish)
$45,000 Pvt Sale
6.
tie
Ventas.com
("sales" in Spanish)
 $40,000 Pvt Sale
6.
tie
Telefonos.com
("phones" in Spanish)
 $40,000 Pvt Sale
8.
tie
Mensajes.com
("messages" in Spanish)
$30,000 Pvt Sale
8.
tie
PetWorld.com $30,000 GreatDomains
10. Cartas.com
("cards" in Spanish")
$25,000 Pvt Sale
11. Bingo.it 19,000 = $23,133 Sedo
12. Moritz.com $20,000 Sedo
13. EIS.de 15,990 = $19,467 Sedo
14. AnimeMovies.com $19,138 SnapNames
15. OneNightInParis.com $13,800 Enom's
Club Drop
16. Toys.se 11,000 = $13,392 Sedo
17. Wellness24.de 9,500 = $11,566 Sedo
18. Fotos.at 9,000 = $10,957 Sedo
19. SpamRadar.com 8,900 = $10,836 Sedo
20. DomainMarketplace.com $10,200 Enom's
Club Drop

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.

With Chena booking nearly all of the rooms in our Top Ten Hotel, Sedo and GreatDomains were the only venues able to find a bunk on our traditional Big Board. GreatDomains did it with PetWorld.com tying for #8 at $30,000. As I noted earlier we doubled the length of this week's list due to all of the domain stars lining up in such a phenomenal manner. The amazing thing is that if you lopped off the first 10 domains, those remaining would still make a great Top Ten list any other week!

Just as Chena dominated the Top Ten, Sedo ruled the Second Ten, taking 7 of 10 positions to shut out everyone except Enom's Club Drop (with two entries) and SnapNames.com (with #14 AnimeMovies.com at $19,138). Sedo's super seven was studded with impressive country code domains, including #11 Bingo.it (Italian ccTLD) at 19,000 ($23,133),  a pair of German ccTLD's; #13 EIS.de at 15,990 ($19,467) and #17 Wellness24.de at 9,500 ($11,566), a Swedish country code domain, #16 Toys.se at 11,000 ($13,392) and an Austrian ccTLD, #18 Fotos.at at 9,000 ($10,957).

Despite running a twin Top Ten this time out, there were still three more 5-figure domains that did not make the chart! At $10,000 each, Afternic.com had DesignerShirts.com while Sedo weighed in with Intos.com and PreschoolGames.com. Sedo's star continued to shine with other extensions, including SkinCare.net at $9,983, Wallpaper.org at 7,000 ($8,522) and 2X.cn (China's country code) at $7,500. They also scored with a pair of .co.uk's; HenParty.co.uk at 4,000 ($7,316) and ArchitectureJobs.co.uk at 5,000 ($6,087). Another German domain, Komdirekt.de also went for 5,000 ($6,087). Back on the .com front at Sedo, Logratis.com brought 5,900 ($7,183), TQM.com commanded $6,500 and GoToPortugal.com went home with 5,000 ($6,087). IVU.com added another $4,900 and Arietta.com (sold by Theo Develegas) fetched 2,000 ($2,435). 

Sedo shocked some people last week with high dollar sales of extensions that have traded for pocket change in the past - .cc and .ws. Prepare to be shocked again. This week Sedo sold Austria.cc for 5,000 ($6,087) and Webcam.ws for $1,300 (last week they sold the plural - Webcams.ws for 2,300) . Austria.cc is the highest .cc sale ever reported to us. The extension is the country code for the Cocos (Keeling) Islands but it is available for worldwide registration. .Ws is the country code for Western Samoa but is also available for worldwide registration and an American company has been marketing it as meaning "website" for several years. 

At SnapNames, .coms continued to rule the roost. Netfinder.com went for $6,989, Hairpins.com secured $5,613 and ParkSmart.com put $5,111 in the meter. SportScores.com tallied $4,988, Ad1.com kicked in $4,550 and AreaJobs.com paid $4,196. LegalShop.com billed $3,600 while WellConnected.com and SouthernCaliforniaCondominiums.com attracted $3,500 each. Other notables included Clubbed.com ($3,411), InflatablePool.com ($2,961) and Reporte.com ($2,080). 

.Com also held sway at Pool.com where WholesalePurses.com bagged $6,266, AlternativeHousing.com added $4,000 and SanFranciscoSpas.com administered a $3,988 massage. ManagementStrategy.com struck $3,350, HollywoodCondominiums.com provided a home for $3,100 and BegleitAgentur.com contributed $2,451. GlobalTerror.com scared up $2,450, ExtremeSnowboard.com put $2,045 on ice and BeyBlades.com skated off with $2,000. In the Marketplace at Pool, TYD.com found at buyer at $2,400.

At Afternic $4,488 flowed from TheStream.com, OrganicOils.com rubbed $4,200 on the sales sheet and KrisKristofferson.com took a $4,000 bow. TheNaturalDrugStore.com prescribed $3,000 and Surplus.org salvaged $2,100. Another trio of domains; Robot-Automation.com, Froogy.com and 2BeSure.com went for $2,000 each.

Back at Enom, Club Drop got $4,200 for catching Dreamcast.com. InsuranceAutoAuctions.com got bid up to $2,300, Cassava.com called in $1,600 and Professors.net graded out at $1,400. Elsewhere, in a private transaction, Greg White of HealthStatus.com let us know that his company bought HRA.net for $5,750. Their primary business involves Health Risk Assessments so the acronym was a perfect fit, giving them an easy redirect to their B2B site at HealthStatus.net.

****

The New TLD report is coming right up, but first lets check out all of the changes on our Year-To-Date chart. Nine new members come on board this week led by that pair or $150,000 domains acquired by Chris Chena. Those rank among the five biggest reported sales of 2005. Our entry level jumps to $30,000 this week to make way for all of the newcomers. Here are the biggest winners reported so far this year:

Domain Name Journal's Year-To-Date Top Sellers 
Highest Reported 2005 Domain Sales through Sun. June 19  
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. Porker.com $155,000 Sedo 5/31/05
4.
tie
Paraguay.com $150,000 Pvt Sale 6/21/05
4.
tie
CheapGas.com $150,000 Pvt Sale 6/21/05
4.
tie
GED.com $150,000 Sedo 1/18/05
4.
tie
GospelMusic.com $150,000 GreatDomains 3/22/05
8. Voyuer.com $112,100 SnapNames 2/1/05
9. Innovations.com $108,000 Pool 5/24/05
10. OLT.com $93,000 Sedo 5/3/05
11. NetPoker.com $80,000 Pvt Sale 6/7/05
12.
tie
GLU.com $75,000 Sedo 5/31/05
12.
tie
PetSupplies.com $75,000 Afternic 4/5/05
14. Empleo.com
("jobs" in Spanish)
$70,000 Pvt Sale 6/21/05
15.
tie
Downlaod.com $68,000 Pvt Sale 3/1/05
15.
tie
Donwload.com $68,000 Pvt Sale 3/1/05
15.
tie
Dawnload.com $68,000 Pvt Sale 3/1/05
18. Lottery.org $66,667 Sedo 3/22/05
19. FreeCellPhone.com 50,000 = $61,419 Sedo 6/7/05
20. GolfResorts.com $60,800 Moniker /
DomainSystems
6/14/05
21.  Trees.com  $58,000 GreatDomains 1/4/05
22. CashFlow.com $56,500 Sedo 4/19/05
23.
tie
Quilting.com $55,000 Pvt Sale 5/31/05
23.
tie
HotDate.com $55,000 Sedo 4/19/05
23.
tie
Free-Games.to $55,000 Sedo 3/1/05
26. CervicalCancer.com $50,750 Moniker/
DomainSystems
2/1/05
27. DrumSets.com $50,000 Sedo 6/21/05
28.
tie
Designs.com $50,000 Pvt Sale 4/26/05
28.
tie
MusicShop.com $50,000 GreatDomains 2/22/05
28.
tie
Neighbors.com $50,000 Sedo 2/15/05
28.
tie
Therapy.com $50,000 Sedo 2/15/05
32. League.com $48,000 GreatDomains 3/8/05
33. MyShopping.com $47,000 Pool 5/3/05
34. TiltPoker.com $46,000 Pool 3/29/05
35. Cow.com $45,400 Ebay 4/12/05
36. Universidad.com
("university" in Spanish)
$45,000 Pvt Sale 6/21/05
37. ScienceFairProjects.com 33,500 = $44,614 Sedo 3/15/05
38.
tie
Marble.com $43,000 Afternic 3/8/05
38.
tie
EOL.com $43,000 Sedo 5/17/05
40. AutoLine.com $42,250 SnapNames 5/10/05
41.
tie
Ventas.com
("sales" in Spanish)
$40,000 Pvt Sale 6/21/05
41.
tie
Telefonos.com
("phones" in Spanish)
$40,000 Pvt Sale 6/21/05
43.
tie
BBGuns.com $40,000 GreatDomains 3/15/05
43.
tie
Moma.com $40,000 Sedo 2/22/05
45.  LogoOnline.com 30,000 = $39,817 Sedo 1/4/05
46. Pasion.com
("passion" in Spanish)
30,000 = $39,552 Sedo 3/1/05
47.  Almousa.net 30,000 = $39,324 Sedo 1/11/05
48. Stempel.de
("rubber stamp" in German)
28,000 = $37,103 Sedo 2/22/05
49. Patenschaft.de
("godparenthood" in German)
26,680 = $35,624 Sedo 3/8/05
50.
tie
Chords.com $35,000 DomainState 6/14/05
50.
tie
TextMessage.com $35,000 Sedo 6/7/05
52. With.co.uk 17,625 = $33,707 Sedo 3/15/05
53. Gather.com $32,500 GreatDomains 3/1/05
54. CollegeGrants.com $32,439 Pvt Sale 3/15/05
55. E-Mails.de 25,000 = $31,582 Sedo 5/17/05
56. Searching.ca $31,500 Pvt Sale 6/7/05
57. Tutorial.com $30,100 Ebay 3/22/05
58.
tie
Mensajes.com
("messages" in Spanish)
$30,000 Pvt Sale 6/21/05
58.
tie
PetWorld.com $30,000 GreatDomains 6/21/05
60.
tie
Damn.com $30,000 GreatDomains 4/19/05
60.
tie
ChaseBank.com $30,000 Sedo 3/8/05
60.
tie
DataNova.com $30,000 Sedo 3/1/05
60.
tie
Grants.com $30,000 Pvt Sale 2/1/05
60.
tie
RodeoDrive.com $30,000 BuyDomains 2/1/05

*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

For the third week in a row, .biz heads our new extension sales chart. This week's leader is a real beauty, Marketing.biz, which went for 3,900 ($4,748) at Sedo. .Biz is enjoying a breakout year and it doesn't look like it is going to end any time soon. I had dinner with Afternic's Michael Collins Friday night and he told me they currently have a $5,000 .biz in escrow. I also have a report that a $15,000 private sale of a one-word .biz has been completed. However, I am waiting for the seller to provide documentation of the price paid before putting that one in the ledger. 

.Info still has more charted sales than .biz this year and that extension racked up three more in four figures this week, including #2 Tunis.info at $3,250 and third ranked 123.info at 1,800 ($2,192). #4 Vers.info added another 1,250 ($1,522). All four of the top sales were made at Sedo and they had 6 of the 8 chart entries. Pool took the other two with a pair of .biz domains that were auctioned after the drop.

Here's a look at the complete new extension leader board for the week ending June 19: 

Domain Name Journal's New TLD Great 8 
  Reported .info, .biz & .us Domain Sales  June 13, 2005 - June 19, 2005
Euro to Dollar Conversion ( to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. June 21

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. Marketing.biz 3,900 = $4,748 Sedo
2. Tunis.info $3,250 Sedo
3. 123.info 1,800 = $2,192 Sedo
4. Vers.info   1,250 = $1,522 Sedo
5. Jixy.info 500 = $609 Sedo
6. Corporations.biz $553 Pool
7.  Calendar.biz $450 Pool
8.  V4U.info 350 = $426 Sedo

Jixy.info opened the second half of the chart after going for $609 at Sedo where V4U.info also went for $426. The two Pool entries, Corporations.biz ($553) and Calendar.biz ($450) were sandwiched in between those two .infos. Pool also sold Beyonce.us for $365 and Merchants.biz for $300. Sedo sold DomainHosting.info for 325 ($396) and Esteban.info went for $350 in a private sale.

Our New TLD Year-To-Date chart gets three new members this week, led by Marketing.biz whch settles in at #12 after going for $4,748. We bumped our entry level up to $1,950 this week which gives us a Top 50 chart at this point in 2005. Here are your New TLD leaders through June 19:

Domain Name Journal's Year-To-Date New TLD Top 50 
Highest Reported 2005 .info, .biz & .us Domain Sales through June 19 
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. VOIP.us $25,000 AllNetServices 5/24/05
2. Industry.us $17,000 Pvt Sale 3/15/05
3. Musical.info 10,440 = $13,936 Sedo 3/8/05
4. CellPhones.us    $12,250 Moniker/
DomainsSystems
1/4/05
5. Auto.biz 6,000 = $7,966 Sedo 1/4/05
6. Maschinenbau.info
("building engines" in German)
5,950 = $7,772 Sedo 4/19/05
7. Connect.us $7,500 Sedo 4/5/05
8. BES.biz 5,500 = $7,139 Sedo 4/26/05
9. Safe.biz 4,000 = $5,189 Sedo 1/25/04
10.
tie
AMA.us $5,000 Afternic 4/26/05
10.
tie
Broker.info $5,000 Sedo 5/31/05
12. Marketing.biz 3,900 = $4,748 Sedo 6/21/05
13. Adventure.info 2,500 = $4,708 Sedo 5/10/05
14. Pauschalreisen.info
("package tours" in German)
3,500 = $4,507 Sedo 5/10/05
15. Physician.info $4,150 Pvt Sale 1/18/05
16. Pauschalreise.info
("package tour" in German)
2,800 = $3,606 Sedo 5/10/05
17. Attest.info 2,700 = $3,559 Sedo 3/1/05
18. Forum.us $3,500 GreatDomains 3/8/05
19. New-York.info  $3,500 Sedo 5/10/05
20. Attest.info 2,700 = $3,478 Sedo 5/3/05
21. Science.info $3,272 Ebay 5/3/05
22. Geschichte.info
("stories" in German)
2,500 = $3,266 Sedo 4/19/05
23. Nostrum.info 2,500 = $3,261 Sedo 2/1/05
24. Musicals.us 2,550 = $3,255 Sedo 2/8/05
25. Tunis.info $3,250 Sedo 6/21/05
26. Altabadia.info
(Italian resort area)
2,300 = $3,069 Sedo 3/8/05
27. Lyrics.info $3,000 Sedo 2/22/05
28. Ultraschall.info
("ultrasound" in German)
2,250 = $2,996 Sedo 3/15/05
29. Dividends.us 2,277 = $2,943 Sedo 3/29/05
30. Eintrittskarten.biz
("entry tickets" in German)
2,200 = $2,865 Sedo 2/15/05
31. Calories.info $2,750 Sedo 3/8/05
32.
tie
LondonEscorts.biz 2,000 = $2,655 Sedo 1/4/05
32.
tie
MusicalTheater.info  2,000 = $2,655 Sedo 1/4/05
34. Snowboard.info 2,000 = $2,640 Sedo 3/22/05
35. Diving.info $2,630 Dot.us 3/29/05
36. Sense.info 2,000 = $2,573 Sedo 4/5/05
37.
tie
Oregon.info $2,500 Ebay 1/25/05
37.
tie
Farming.info $2,500 Sedo 2/1/05
39. Antispam.biz 2,000 = $2,461 Sedo 5/31/05
40. HolzPellets.info
("wood pellets" in German)
1,800 = $2,402 Sedo 3/8/04
41. Bruderschaft.info
("brotherhood" in German)
1,750 = $2,271 Sedo 4/26/05
42. Socrates.info 1,750 = $2,262 Sedo 3/29/05
43. Dot.us  $2,200 Pvt Sale 1/4/05
44. 123.info 1,800 = $2,192 Sedo 6/21/05
45. Anwalt.biz
("lawyer" in German)
1,650 = $2,163 Sedo 1/11/05
46. SportTicket.info 1,600 = $2,123 Sedo 2/22/05
47. Ride.info 1,600 = $2,084 Sedo 2/15/05
48. DGA.info 1,550 = $2,046 Sedo 3/22/05
49. Nutrition.biz $2,000 Pool 1/18/05
50. GMG.biz 1,500 = $1,998 Sedo 3/15/05

*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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