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Property.com and ShoppingCart.com Sell For Big Bucks to Lead a Red Hot Week of Domain Sales   

by Ron Jackson
  

Last week we noted that reported domain sales were unusually light, but that there was no cause for concern because a number of big deals had closed quietly under Non Disclosure Agreements. In contrast, this week's heavy hitters went public, unveiling a couple of blockbuster 6-figure deals than rank among the top half dozen transactions reported in 2005. In fact one of them, Property.com, changed hands in a private transaction for a whopping $750,000 to tie Website.com for the top spot on our Year To Date sales list.  


As the buyer of Property.com, Florida's Rick Schwartz (AKA The Domain King) certainly added a crown jewel to his already impressive collection. Schwartz was among several investors who had been negotiating with the domain's previous owner in recent weeks. He first proposed a deal involving a series of payments, but finally decided to put an end to the chase by ponying up the full 750K in one shot. Schwartz said he has a simple development plan in mind for the domain (real estate related of course) that he expects will return his money many times over in the years ahead. Schwartz already owned the plural version, Properties.com, as well as other related gems like eRealEstate.com, RealEstateForSale.com, ModelHomes.com and VirtualTours.com.

The week's second knockout blow was landed by Moniker.com/DomainSystems.com who handled the $285,000 sale of ShoppingCart.com to MonsterCommerce (a Belleville , Illinois company that is a leading provider of online storefront systems and shopping cart technology). This domain was the first to sell from the At Home Liquidating Trust portfolio. The Trust is the successor to Excite@Home and is charged with selling the assets of the bankrupt company, including 119 prime domain names. Moniker CEO Monte Cahn said his company will be handling the sales for all of those domains, including gems like Home.net and Stuff.com

Those two monster sales overshadowed a sensational week at Sedo.com that would have been the lead item in just about any week but this one. They racked up so many solid sales they were able to single-handedly claim half of the positions on our new Top Ten chart including a sweep of numbers 3, 4 and 5. The Sedo assault was led by #3 Counseling.com at $45,500, #4 Reveal.com at $40,000 and #5 HardcoreSex.de at 18,500 ($22,877).

SnapNames.com followed Sedo's lead and swept positions 6, 7 and 8 to assure another big week for the Portland, Oregon based drop catching service. Their headliner was #6 Loyal.com at $18,755. We have a ton of other terrific sales to tell you about, but first let's take a look at the complete Top Ten list for the week ending August 7:

Domain Name Journal's Top 10 
Reported Domain Sales - Mon. Aug. 1, 2005 - Sun. Aug.7, 2005
Euro to Dollar Conversion ( to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. Aug. 9

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. Property.com $750,000 Pvt Sale
2. ShoppingCart.com $285,000 Moniker /
DomainSystems
3. Counseling.com $45,550 Sedo
4. Reveal.com $40,000 Sedo
5. HardcoreSex.de 18,500 = $22,877 Sedo
6. Loyal.com $18,755 SnapNames
7. DumbVideos.com $15,501 SnapNames
8. Decide.com $15,250 SnapNames
9. iStudio.com 11,000 = $13,603 Sedo
10. Spod.com 10,500 = $12,985 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.

SnapNames completed their run in the 6-8 positions with #7 DumbVideos.com at $15,501 and #8 Decide.com at $15,250. Sedo anchored the chart with #9 iStudio.com producing 11,000 ($13,603) and #10 Spod.com commanding 10,500 ($12,985).

Six more domains that cracked the 5-figure mark fell just short of making the A list. SnapNames had four of those and the other two went to Sedo. The SnapNames quartet included DSLSpeed.com at $12,450, StreetCustoms.com at $12,250, Transarc.com at $11,250 and Bloussant.com at $10,350. Sedo's tag team partners were Registro.com at $12,789 and Thumbprint.com at $10,500.

The sales list at Sedo sported a number of other winners led by a strong .net - Interact.net at $9,000. They also had an impressive .org sale, GoldenBridge.org at $5,000. Sedo's supporting case of .com sales included Experte.com at 7,000 ($8,657). The German country code version of that domain, Experte.de, topped our sales chart last week at 21,000 ($25,607). You don't often see a ccTLD topping .com for the same term, but as a German word, experte ("expert" in English) is a perfect match for .de.

Also at Sedo, BayBridge.com brought $8,333, Fakezilla.com caught $6,000, ChinaMall.com ran up $5,000 and Halon.com attracted 4,000 ($4,947). You can always count on Sedo to post a sale in at least one exotic country code. This week it was Hong Kong's .hk. Green.hk did the honors, earning a very respectable $3,000.

Back at SnapNames, ShortDresses.com peeked at $6,108, GDD.com sold for $6,100 and BondPrice.com returned $5,100. Dreadlock.com landed $4,722, LoneStarTexas.com tied up $4,288 and IndividualHealthPlan.com covered $3,576. PurpleOnion.com sliced $3,388, PsychicAdvisors.com channeled $3,311 and Echos.com heard $3,230. Others in that range were eType.com ($3,100), ElectronicComponent.com ($3,088) and InternetCardGames.com ($3,038).

Also popping at Snap were HollandVacation.com ($2,738), Jetsetters.com ($2,655) and GhostPhotographs.com ($2,633). JamaicaTravelAgency.com booked $2,555, BabyPlaypen.com gathered $2,538 and CanadianCoastGuard.com intercepted $2,449. UnitedDominion.com went for $2,438, NewYorkAutoDealer.com delivered $2,400 and SRS.net secured $2,350.

Travel agency names were in vogue this week. SnapNames sent WisconsinTravelAgency.com and PennsylvaniaTravelAgency.com packing for $2,300 each. AlzheimersDrugs.com and Love4OneAnother.com cuddled at $2,272 each. Also among the notables were FairTunes.com ($2,150), DomainNamePrices.com ($2,100) and BoyBBS.com ($2,060). Rounding out the SnapNames roster were Rssporn.com ($2,050), DenverFlorists.com ($2,038) and UniversityOfNewOrleans.com ($2,000).

In another nice sale at Moniker.com/DomainSystems.com (not that they needed another one after selling ShoppingCart.com), TailorMadeShirts.com went for $9,300.

At Afternic.com, OnTarget.net hit a $6,800 bulls eye. MegaVitamin.com produced a healthy $5,400 and Capsicum.com collected $4,600. DanceDepot.com waltzed away with $3,000, LucyInTheSky.com didn't come with diamonds, but the high bidder still paid $2,988. Afternic's other winners included HamptonRoadsTV.com ($2,500), Microdom.com ($2,288) and Net2Go.com ($2,200)

Pool.com had a deep list of desirable domains this week, led by LetraDeCanciones.com at $5,000. TravelSouthAfrica.com arrived with $4,105, BuildEasy.com put together $3,200 and TeethWhite.com chewed up $3,088. DarkBeer.com chugged $2,850 and QuoteFetcher.com found $2,650 while ClassicTruckPart.com and HoustonWeddingPlanner.com hooked up at $2,605 each. 

Pool also found buyers for a boatload of those popular travel agency domains that dropped this week. Their haul included NYCTravelAgency.com and CaliforniaTravelAgency.com at $2,555 each and four more at $1,955 each; WashingtonTravelAgency.com, OhioTravelAgency.com, GeorgiaTravelAgency.com and ArizonaTravelAgency.com.There was also a pair at $1,905 each; VirginiaTravelAgency.com and AlabamaTravelAgency.com

In addition to all of those agency domains, Pool wiped off WaterproofPhones.com for $2,383, rang up $2,250 for RenoShopping.com, fetched $2,150 with FKJ.com and dropped the gavel on VirginiaAuction.com at $2,050.

HLK Enterprises, Inc. got a good buy on NetGaming.com at Enom's Club Drop, picking up the domain for $3,600. A big Club Drop auction for Lottery.net ended at $40,000 but as of this writing the domain was still at Enom awaiting payment.

In a notable private transaction, Griggs & Company joined with GoBuyDomains.com to sell the matching set of BridalGiftCard.com and BridalGiftCards.com for a total of $15,000

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The banner week in domain sales allow us to induct four new members in our YTD Top Sellers club. Property.com and ShoppingCart.com went straight to the VIP Room after landing among the top six sales reported this year. Here is a look at the complete leader board: 

Domain Name Journal's Year-To-Date Top 60 Sales 
Highest Reported 2005 Domain Sales through Sun. Aug. 7  
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.
tie
Website.com $750,000 Sedo 7/26/05
1.
tie
Property.com $750,000 Pvt Sale 8/9/05
3. Local.com $700,000 Pvt Sale 3/8/05
4. Chat.de  360,000 = $470,848 Sedo 1/18/05
5. WhatIsMyIP.com $386,100 Ebay 7/26/05**
6. ShoppingCart.com $285,000 Moniker / DomainSystems 8/9/05
7. Uruguay.com $175,000 Sedo 7/12/05
8. Porker.com $155,000 Sedo 5/31/05
9.
tie
Paraguay.com $150,000 Pvt Sale 6/21/05
9.
tie
CheapGas.com $150,000 Pvt Sale 6/21/05
9.
tie
GED.com $150,000 Sedo 1/18/05
9.
tie
GospelMusic.com $150,000 GreatDomains 3/22/05
13. Voyuer.com $112,100 SnapNames 2/1/05
14. PartnerCash.com $110,000 Sedo 7/19/05
15. Innovations.com $108,000 Pool 5/24/05
16. Lunch.com $100,000 Pvt Sale 7/26/05
17. OLT.com $93,000 Sedo 5/3/05
18. NetPoker.com $80,000 Pvt Sale 6/7/05
19.
tie
GLU.com $75,000 Sedo 5/31/05
19.
tie
PetSupplies.com $75,000 Afternic 4/5/05
21. Empleo.com
("jobs" in Spanish)
$70,000 Pvt Sale 6/21/05
22.
tie
Downlaod.com $68,000 Pvt Sale 3/1/05
22.
tie
Donwload.com $68,000 Pvt Sale 3/1/05
22.
tie
Dawnload.com $68,000 Pvt Sale 3/1/05
25. Lottery.org $66,667 Sedo 3/22/05
26. Fights.com $62,000 Pvt Sale 7/12/05
27. FreeCellPhone.com 50,000 = $61,419 Sedo 6/7/05
28. GolfResorts.com $60,800 Moniker /
DomainSystems
6/14/05
29.  Trees.com  $58,000 GreatDomains 1/4/05
30. CashFlow.com $56,500 Sedo 4/19/05
31.
tie
Quilting.com $55,000 Pvt Sale 5/31/05
31.
tie
HotDate.com $55,000 Sedo 4/19/05
31.
tie
Free-Games.to $55,000 Sedo 3/1/05
34. CervicalCancer.com $50,750 Moniker/
DomainSystems
2/1/05
35. DrumSets.com $50,000 Sedo 6/21/05
36.
tie
Designs.com $50,000 Pvt Sale 4/26/05
36.
tie
MusicShop.com $50,000 GreatDomains 2/22/05
36.
tie
Neighbors.com $50,000 Sedo 2/15/05
36.
tie
Therapy.com $50,000 Sedo 2/15/05
40. League.com $48,000 GreatDomains 3/8/05
41. MyShopping.com $47,000 Pool 5/3/05
42. TiltPoker.com $46,000 Pool 3/29/05
43. Counseling.com $45,550 Sedo 8/9/05
44. Cow.com $45,400 Ebay 4/12/05
45. Tractor.com $45,000 Pvt Sale 7/12/05
46. Universidad.com
("university" in Spanish)
$45,000 Pvt Sale 6/21/05
47. ScienceFairProjects.com 33,500 = $44,614 Sedo 3/15/05
48. Dreams.co.uk 25,000 = $43,504 Sedo 7/19/05
49.
tie
Marble.com $43,000 Afternic 3/8/05
49.
tie
EOL.com $43,000 Sedo 5/17/05
51. AutoLine.com $42,250 SnapNames 5/10/05
52.
tie
Reveal.com $40,000 SnapNames 8/9/05
52.
tie
Tunisia.com $40,000 Sedo 6/28/05
52.
tie
Ventas.com
("sales" in Spanish)
$40,000 Pvt Sale 6/21/05
52.
tie
Telefonos.com
("phones" in Spanish)
$40,000 Pvt Sale 6/21/05
52.
tie
BBGuns.com $40,000 GreatDomains 3/15/05
52.
tie
Moma.com $40,000 Sedo 2/22/05
58.  LogoOnline.com 30,000 = $39,817 Sedo 1/4/05
59. Pasion.com
("passion" in Spanish)
30,000 = $39,552 Sedo 3/1/05
60.  Almousa.net 30,000 = $39,324 Sedo 1/11/05

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

Expanded Charts
2004 - Every sale of $10,000 or more
2005 (First 2 Quarters) - Every sale of $10,000 or more

New TLD Section

.Biz was back on the New TLD throne this week, resting comfortably atop our new extension chart after Manhattan.biz changed hands for $5,000 at Afternic. While it would seem to be a no-brainer to build a site devoted to New York City with this domain that might not be what happens. The new owners, International Business Investment, Inc., are based in Manhattan Beach, California.

Though .biz occupies the top spot, the next four positions on the chart belong to .info, including the runner-up slot which went to Piscine.info ("swimming pool" in French) at $1,500. Howard Hoffman of PPCIncome.com was the seller of that domain. Hoffman has done very well with .info domains in European languages like French and German. He was one of the first to spot the trend line showing northern Europe had the world's heartiest appetite for .info domains.

A French geographical domain, Nanterre.info finished at #3 after going for 800 ($989) at Sedo. A German term followed, StudentenJob.info ("student job") at 700 ($866). Both those domains changed hands at Sedo, as did #5 OnlineHotel.info at 690 ($853). Here is a look at the complete list for the week ending August 7:

Domain Name Journal's New TLD Great 8 
  Reported .info, .biz & .us Domain Sales  Aug. 1, 2005 - Aug. 7, 2005
Euro to Dollar Conversion ( to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. Aug. 9

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. Manhattan.biz $5,000 Afternic
2. Piscine.info
("swimming pool" in French)
$1,500 Pvt Sale
3. Nanterre.info 800 = $989 Sedo
4. StudentenJob.info 700 = $866 Sedo
5. OnlineHotel.info 690 = $853 Sedo
6. JMM.us $350 Pvt Sale
7.   Vacant  0  0
8.   Vacant  0

The only .us on this week's list was JMM.us which changed hands for $350 in a private sale. That was also the last new extension sale reported to us, leaving the final two chart positions vacant.

Manhattan.biz joins our New TLD Year-To-Date chart this week, creating a three-way tie in the 11th position. Here are 2005's highest reported new extension sales through August 7:

Domain Name Journal's Year-To-Date New TLD Top 50 Sales
Highest Reported 2005 .info, .biz & .us Domain Sales through Aug. 7 
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. Best.info 12,000 = $20,880 Sedo 7/19/05
3. Industry.us $17,000 Pvt Sale 3/15/05
4. Musical.info 10,440 = $13,936 Sedo 3/8/05
5. CellPhones.us    $12,250 Moniker/
DomainsSystems
1/4/05
6. Auto.biz 6,000 = $7,966 Sedo 1/4/05
7. Maschinenbau.info
("building engines" in German)
5,950 = $7,772 Sedo 4/19/05
8. Connect.us $7,500 Sedo 4/5/05
9. BES.biz 5,500 = $7,139 Sedo 4/26/05
10. Safe.biz 4,000 = $5,189 Sedo 1/25/04
11.
tie
Manhattan.biz $5,000 Afternic 8/9/05
11.
tie
AMA.us $5,000 Afternic 4/26/05
11.
tie
Broker.info $5,000 Sedo 5/31/05
14. WhitePages.biz $4,995 Afternic 7/5/05
14. Marketing.biz 3,900 = $4,748 Sedo 6/21/05
16. Adventure.info 2,500 = $4,708 Sedo 5/10/05
17. Pauschalreisen.info
("package tours" in German)
3,500 = $4,507 Sedo 5/10/05
18. MyHouse.biz $4,500 Pvt Sale 6/28/05
18. Physician.info $4,150 Pvt Sale 1/18/05
20. Honolulu.us $4,000 Pvt Sale 7/19/05
21. Pauschalreise.info
("package tour" in German)
2,800 = $3,606 Sedo 5/10/05
22. GEP.info 3,000 = $3,576 Sedo 7/5/05
23. Attest.info 2,700 = $3,559 Sedo 3/1/05
24.
tie
Forum.us $3,500 GreatDomains 3/8/05
24.
tie
New-York.info  $3,500 Sedo 5/10/05
26. Science.info $3,272 Ebay 5/3/05
27. Geschichte.info
("stories" in German)
2,500 = $3,266 Sedo 4/19/05
28. Nostrum.info 2,500 = $3,261 Sedo 2/1/05
29. Musicals.us 2,550 = $3,255 Sedo 2/8/05
30. Tunis.info $3,250 Sedo 6/21/05
31. Altabadia.info
(Italian resort area)
2,300 = $3,069 Sedo 3/8/05
32. Lyrics.info $3,000 Sedo 2/22/05
33. Ultraschall.info
("ultrasound" in German)
2,250 = $2,996 Sedo 3/15/05
34. Dividends.us 2,277 = $2,943 Sedo 3/29/05
35. Eintrittskarten.biz
("entry tickets" in German)
2,200 = $2,865 Sedo 2/15/05
36.
tie
Start.biz $2,750 Sedo 7/19/05
36.
tie
Scholarships.info $2,750 Sedo 7/5/05
36.
tie
Calories.info $2,750 Sedo 3/8/05
39. WireFly.biz $2,735 Afternic 7/12/05
40.
tie
LondonEscorts.biz 2,000 = $2,655 Sedo 1/4/05
40.
tie
MusicalTheater.info  2,000 = $2,655 Sedo 1/4/05
42. Snowboard.info 2,000 = $2,640 Sedo 3/22/05
43. Diving.info $2,630 Dot.us 3/29/05
44. Twisters.us $2,625 Pvt Sale 7/26/05
45. Sense.info 2,000 = $2,573 Sedo 4/5/05
46.
tie
TheCasino.info $2,500 Sedo 7/19/05
46.
tie
Oregon.info $2,500 Ebay 1/25/05
46.
tie
Farming.info $2,500 Sedo 2/1/05
49. Antispam.biz 2,000 = $2,461 Sedo 5/31/05
50. HolzPellets.info
("wood pellets" in German)
1,800 = $2,402 Sedo 3/8/04

*Date column shows the date (month/day/year) the sale was published in DNJournal.  
**In our 3/8/05 report, we noted an Ebay auction of WhatIsMyIP.com had ended at $386,100, however we could not verify that the sale was legitimate until our 7/26/05 report.

Expanded Charts
2004 - Every sale of $1,000 or more
2005 (First 2 Quarters) - 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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