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August 27, 2012


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Thanksgiving Break Slows Domain Buying A Bit But For Many It Was Business As Usual 

by Ron Jackson
  

The Thanskgiving holiday essentially cut the work week in half in the United States last week. With most Americans spending Thursday through Sunday focused on family events, a domain sales slowdown was a certainty, but business wound up being better than we expected. While there were no blockbuster deals this week, there were eight solid five-figure sales led by #1 RapidRefund.com which went for $52,945 at Moniker.com/DomainSystems.com. We also saw the second highest .biz sale ever reported with Car.biz changing hands for €11,900 ($14,027) at Sedo.com


Last week we noted an unusually broad range of extensions in our Top Ten and that trend continued again this week with four country code domains (from four different countries) and that .biz sharing the Big Board with five .coms. The other big storyline this week was an overwhelming dominance of the chart by one venue. That was Sedo.com who took 8 of the 10 slots on our new list. Sedo's charge was led by a high traffic typo, #2 Mypsace.com (2,976 with the extension in Overture) which went for $35,100

Sedo also accounted for all of those charted ccTLD sales, a quartet that included #3 DebtConsolidation.co.uk at £14,000 ($24,071), #5 XXX.at (Austrian country code) at €12,000 ($14,145), #9 BriefStation.de (German ccTLD) at €8,000  ($9,430) and #10 PerfectMatch.ca (Canadian country code) at $8,700.

Afternic.com was the only venue besides Moniker.com to break Sedo's stranglehold on our leader board. They scored with #8 FreeAgent.com at $10,100. Sedo also took half of the positions on our New TLD chart where .info turned in a strong showing by claiming six of the eight entries. We'll talk more about that in our new extension section a little later on. We also have dozens of other sales in the mainstream extensions to tell you about, but first let's take a look at the complete Top Ten for the week ending November 27:

Domain Name Journal's Top 10 
Reported Domain Sales - Mon. Nov. 21, 2005 - Sun. Nov. 27, 2005
Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. Nov. 29

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. RapidRefund.com $52,945 Moniker / DomainSystems
2. Mypsace.com (typo) $35,100 Sedo
3. DebtConsolidation.co.uk £14,000 = $24,071 Sedo
4. BingoGame.com $18,000 Sedo
5. XXX.at €12,000 = $14,145 Sedo
6.  Car.biz  €11,900 = $14,027 Sedo
7. ForeverFriends.com £8,000 = $13,753 Sedo
8. FreeAgent.com  $10,100 Afternic
9. BriefStation.de €8,000 = 9,430 Sedo
10. PerfectMatch.ca $8,700 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.

In addition to the domains we already discussed, Sedo sold #4 BingoGame.com ($18,000) and #7 ForeverFriends.com (£8,000 = $13,753) to come the closest any venue has ever come to sweeping the entire chart.  

SnapNames.com also had a very strong week, led by a a group of domains that finished just off the chart. AutoTrading.com and TamilRingtones.com dialed up $8,600 each, WebPerformance.com redlined at $8,200 and Biletler.com landed $8,000. PublicLibrary.net booked $7,300, PhotoFactory.com focused on $7,000 and MiniKlip.com got a $6,600 cut. ByeBye.com said hello to $6,400, LinenAndThings.com toweled off $6,313 and CarrierBuilders.com (424 with the extension in Overture) brought $5,655

The SnapNames roster also included DebtReliefUSA.com at $5,600, HondaFinacialServices.com (typo) at $4,777 and BelugaCaviar.com at $4,511. SpiritualGrowth.com sprouted $4,488, NationalWeatherChannel.com forecast $4,000 and BuyMP3.com kicked in $3,655. Snap had another 29 sales ranging from $2,000-$3,600:

Additional SnapNames Sales from $2,000-$3,600
Reflectoporn.com $3,600 EyeWeb.com $2,607
Grenadine.com $3,519 Geicho.com $2,502
WrongfulDeathLawsuit.com $3,434 xLoan.com $2,500
Depilation.com $3,430 InjuryLawFirms.com $2,494
DisplayBooth.com $3,211 BackToTheBasics.com $2,372
HalloweenCostoms.com $3,100 BridalShowerGiftIdeas.com $2,338
ComBank.com $3,100 HavingAnAffair.com $2,272
FreeMousepads.com $3,088 AWZ.com $2,272
Cristallo.com $2,978 Minicilip.com $2,259
Prompter.com $2,856 TahoeProperty.com $2,200
RZB.com $2,766 PokerRoomCasino.com $2,150
OilAnalytics.org $2,700 ACF-FR.org $2,145
ComputerTrainingCenter.com $2,700 TradingStandards.net $2,050
CatCollars.com $2,700 GlobalPost.com $2,050
MyLoanNewCentury.com $2,655    

In addition to having the week's top sale, Moniker/DomainSystems added $8,000 for OptimumRealEstate.com. Moniker CEO Monte Cahn told us they also sold a portfolio of 30 adult domains for $172,475 that included Vibrator.com among others. 

Enom's Club Drop attracted $7,100 with SouthernCharm.com, hit a $4,200 jackpot with CasinoCard.com and tuned in $3,200 with SexPartyTV.com.  

Back at Afternic.com, ChristmasCatalog.com unwrapped $5,500, Outcall.com called in $4,000 and a trio that included No-Dairy.com, Meatrix.com and PokerInvest.com raked in $2,500 each. PortraitPhotographers.com snapped $2,300 while NDSports.com and Actela.com kicked in $2,000 each.

Sedo also had some odds and ends in their sales bin. Medoc.com delivered €5,075 ($5,982), 0311.com commanded $3,750, GUI.net notched $3,500 and ProjectYou.com pitched in $3,000.

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Our Year To Date Top 60 Chart currently has a $60,000 entry fee, so there were no newcomers this week though RapidRefund.com came close. Here is a look at the complete 2005 YTD leader board through Nov. 27: 

Domain Name Journal's Year-To-Date Top Sales 
Highest Reported 2005 Domain Sales through Sun. Nov. 27  
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.  Fish.com $1,020,000 Afternic 11/15/05
2.
tie
Website.com $750,000 Sedo 7/26/05
2.
tie
Property.com $750,000 Pvt Sale 8/9/05
4. Refinance.com $706,850 Moniker / DomainSystems 11/8/05
5. Local.com $700,000 Pvt Sale 3/8/05
6. VIP.com $600,000 (+ 400K in stock now & 400K in additional stock in 1 year) Pvt Sale 9/27/05
7. Chat.de  €360,000 = $470,848 Sedo 1/18/05
8. WhatIsMyIP.com $386,100 Ebay 7/26/05**
9. ShoppingCart.com $285,000 Moniker / DomainSystems 8/9/05
10. Bird.com $200,000 Afternic 11/15/05
11. Consulting.com $181,000 Moniker / T.R.A.F.F.I.C. East 11/8/05
12. Uruguay.com $175,000 Sedo 7/12/05
13. Bogota.com $159,500 SnapNames 11/22/05
14.
tie
King.com $155,000 Sedo 10/11/05
14.
tie
Porker.com $155,000 Sedo 5/31/05
16.
tie
News.net $150,000 Sedo 9/13/05
16.
tie
Vuelos.com
("flights" in Spanish")
$150,000 Pvt Sale 8/16/05
16.
tie
Paraguay.com $150,000 Pvt Sale 6/21/05
16.
tie
CheapGas.com $150,000 Pvt Sale 6/21/05
16.
tie
GED.com $150,000 Sedo 1/18/05
16.
tie
GospelMusic.com $150,000 GreatDomains 3/22/05
16.
tie
Mathematics.com $150,000 Sedo 11/15/05
23. MyPremierCard.com $135,250 SnapNames 11/15/05
24. Photographer.com $133,000 Pvt Sale 8/23/05
25. Bachelor.com
*(sale included Bachelor.net and Bachelor.org)
$125,000* Moniker / T.R.A.F.F.I.C. East 11/1/05
26. Dominio.com
("domain" in Spanish)
$120,000 Pvt Sale 9/6/05
27. Voyuer.com $112,100 SnapNames 2/1/05
28. PartnerCash.com $110,000 Sedo 7/19/05
29. Innovations.com $108,000 Pool 5/24/05
30. Erickson.com $101,200 Moniker / DomainSystems 11/8/05
31.
tie
Lofts.com $100,000 Pvt Sale 9/20/05
31.
tie
EQ.com $100,000 Afternic 9/6/05
31.
tie
Mueller.com $100,000 Sedo 9/6/05
31.
tie
Lunch.com $100,000 Pvt Sale 7/26/05
35. OLT.com $93,000 Sedo 5/3/05
36. 123World.com $85,000 Sedo 11/1/05
37.
tie
Publicidad.com $80,000 Sedo 11/8/05
37.
tie
Medicine.org $80,000 Moniker / DomainSystems 11/8/05
37.
tie
NetPoker.com $80,000 Pvt Sale 6/7/05
40. NetCash.com $75,800 Moniker / DomainSystems 11/8/05
41.
tie
Hanover.com $75,000 Sedo 9/6/05
41.
tie
GLU.com $75,000 Sedo 5/31/05
41.
tie
PetSupplies.com $75,000 Afternic 4/5/05
44. Car.de €58,000 = $72,296 Sedo 9/6/05
45. Empleo.com
("jobs" in Spanish)
$70,000 Pvt Sale 6/21/05
46.
tie
Downlaod.com $68,000 Pvt Sale 3/1/05
46.
tie
Donwload.com $68,000 Pvt Sale 3/1/05
46.
tie
Dawnload.com $68,000 Pvt Sale 3/1/05
49. Lottery.org $66,667 Sedo 3/22/05
50. VideosGratis.com $66,204 NameDrive 10/18/05
51. Annonces.com
("Classifieds in French)
€55,000 = $65,554 Sedo 10/4/05
52. Travel.tv $65,000 GreatDomains 9/6/05
53. Fights.com $62,000 Pvt Sale 7/12/05
54. Medikamente.de
("drugs" in German)
€50,000 = $61,747 Sedo 8/16/05
55. FreeCellPhone.com €50,000 = $61,419 Sedo 6/7/05
56. PhoneFree.com $61,361 SnapNames 9/13/05
57. GolfResorts.com $60,800 Moniker /
DomainSystems
6/14/05
58. YO.com $60,000 Pvt Sale 10/4/05
59.
tie
eBaby.com $60,000 Sedo 9/27/05
59.
tie
Line.com $60,000 KuwaitNET 9/6/05

*Date column (month/day/year) shows date 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 $10,000 or more
2005 (First 3 Quarters) - Every sale of $10,000 or more

New TLD Section

After posting the three highest .biz sales ever reported last week, that extension could be found basking in the limelight again this week with two of the top three domains on our New TLD chart. The headliner this time out was Car.biz, a domain that replaces Cards.biz as the second highest .biz sale reported to date after going for €11,900 ($14,027) at Sedo (the highest .biz sale ever reported was Meningitis.biz at $15,000 just a week ago). .Biz also claimed the #3 slot with a German IDN domain, Holzhäuser.biz at €1,500 ($1,768). Holzhäuser translates to "wood houses" in English. 

While .biz continued to rack up the higher valued sales, .info was busy booking the largest number of deals. That extension swept all six of the remaining positions on our new list and three of those sales hit four figures, led by #2 Costumes.info at €2,625 ($3,094). Sedo posted that sale which gave them a sweep of the top 3 spots and half of the overall positions on our new extension leader board. SnapNames had a pair of entries including #4 Wifi.info at $1,400.

A trio of three-letter .infos graced this week's list. Two of those were domains I sold privately, including #5 WGA.info at $1,250 and #7 RPT.info at $900. Here is a look at the complete New TLD leader board for the week ending Nov. 27:

 

Domain Name Journal's New TLD Great 8
 
  Reported .info, .biz & .us Domain Sales  Nov. 21, 2005 - Nov. 27, 2005
Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. Nov. 29

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. Car.biz €11,900 = $14,027 Sedo
2. Costumes.info  €2,625 = $3,094 Sedo
3. Holzhäuser.biz
("wood houses" in German)
€1,500 = $1,768 Sedo
4. Wifi.info $1,400 SnapNames
5. WGA.info $1,250 Pvt Sale
6. Briefkästen.info
("mailbox" in German)
€800 = $943 Sedo
7. RPT.info $900 Pvt Sale
8. ANT.info $525 SnapNames

As you can see above, Sedo completed their quartet of charted domains with a second German IDN name, #6 Briefkästen.info ("mailbox" in German) at €800 ($943). SnapNames got the second half of their Daily Double with #8 ANT.info at $525. Afternic reported three sales that finished just off the chart. PKR.us and Jurist.biz went for $500 each while DVDWorld.biz banked $475.

Car.biz drives onto our Year-To-Date New TLD Top 50 chart this week after that $14,027 sale at Sedo. The domain parks at #7 and accounts for one of the two .biz sales ranked among the year's ten biggest deals. .US continues to hold the most high dollar sales with five while .info has three of the first ten. Here are 2005's highest reported new extension sales through Nov. 27:

Domain Name Journal's Year-To-Date Top 50 New TLD Sales
Highest Reported 2005 .info, .biz & .us Domain Sales through Nov. 27 
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. Foods.us $20,000 Sedo 10/4/05
4. Industry.us $17,000 Pvt Sale 3/15/05
5.
tie
Meningitis.us $15,000 Pvt Sale 11/22/05
5.
tie
Meningitis.biz $15,000 Pvt Sale 11/22/05
7. Car.biz €11,900 = $14,027 Sedo 11/29/05
8. Musical.info €10,440 = $13,936 Sedo 3/8/05
9. SantaClaus.info €10,500 = $12,307 Sedo 11/15/05
10. CellPhones.us    $12,250 Moniker/
DomainsSystems
1/4/05
11. Cards.biz $11,750 Sedo 11/22/05
12. GourmetFoods.us $10,750 Sedo 10/11/05
13. Find.biz €9,000 = $10,630 Sedo 11/22/05
14.
tie
OrganicFoods.us $10,000 Sedo 10/11/05
14.
tie
WholeFoods.us $10,000 Sedo 10/18/05
16. Auto.biz €6,000 = $7,966 Sedo 1/4/05
17. Maschinenbau.info
("building engines" in German)
€5,950 = $7,772 Sedo 4/19/05
18. Connect.us $7,500 Sedo 4/5/05
19. BES.biz €5,500 = $7,139 Sedo 4/26/05
20. Wetten.info
("bet" in German)
€5,750 = $6,895 Pvt Sale 10/11/05
21. Offshore.biz €5,500 = $6,500 Sedo 11/22/05
22. TravelNet.info €5,000 = $6,231 Sedo 9/6/05
23. Leather.info €5,000 = $5,861 Sedo 11/15/05
24. Dad.info $5,556 Sedo 11/1/05
25. Chinese.info $5,500 Pvt Sale 11/22/05
26. Safe.biz €4,000 = $5,189 Sedo 1/25/04
27.
tie
Manhattan.biz $5,000 Afternic 8/9/05
27.
tie
AMA.us $5,000 Afternic 4/26/05
27.
tie
Broker.info $5,000 Sedo 5/31/05
30. WhitePages.biz $4,995 Afternic 7/5/05
31. Golfreisen.info
("golf travel" in German)
€4,000 = $4,906 Sedo 9/13/05
32. Marketing.biz €3,900 = $4,748 Sedo 6/21/05
33. Adventure.info £2,500 = $4,708 Sedo 5/10/05
34. Pauschalreisen.info
("package tours" in German)
€3,500 = $4,507 Sedo 5/10/05
35.
tie
GourmetFood.us $4,500 Pvt Sale 10/25/05
35.
tie
OrganicFood.us $4,500 Pvt Sale 10/25/05
35.
tie
MyHouse.biz $4,500 Pvt Sale 6/28/05
38. Physician.info $4,150 Pvt Sale 1/18/05
39. Honolulu.us $4,000 Pvt Sale 7/19/05
40. Degrees.info $3,800 Pvt Sale 8/16/05
41. ChurchOfChrist.info $3,750 Pvt Sale 10/4/05
42. Piercing.us €3,000 = $3,680 Sedo 9/13/05
43. Pauschalreise.info
("package tour" in German)
€2,800 = $3,606 Sedo 5/10/05
44. GEP.info €3,000 = $3,576 Sedo 7/5/05
45. Attest.info €2,700 = $3,559 Sedo 3/1/05
46.
tie
Suez.info $3,500 Afternic 11/1/05
46.
tie
Forum.us $3,500 GreatDomains 3/8/05
46.
tie
New-York.info  $3,500 Sedo 5/10/05
49. Science.info $3,272 Ebay 5/3/05
50.
tie
Geschichte.info*
("stories" in German)
€2,500 = $3,266 Sedo 4/19/05
50.
tie
Nostrum.info* €2,500 = $3,261 Sedo 2/1/05
50.
tie
Musicals.us* €2,550 = $3,255 Sedo 2/8/05
*Last 3 domains all sold for €2,500 but due to different exchange rates at the time of sale the $ value varied slightly.

**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 (First 3 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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