Dollar Sale of Bike.com Leads a Trio of Six-Figure Domains to the
Top of This Week's Sales Mountain
by Ron Jackson
In one of the five biggest domain
sales reported thus far in 2006, Stephen Sinatra's StepMedia
sold Bike.com for $500,000 this week in a deal
brokered by Sedo.com.
That blockbuster was one of three impressive six-figure sales
completed this week.
Next in line was WirelessPhone.com, a domain that dialed
up $355,000 at Afternic.com.
We referred to this sale in last week's column but could not release
the name due to a non-disclosure request. That was lifted this week
when Afternic president Roger Collins posted the name on his blog.
heavyweight on this week's card was Huge.com, a domain that
was auctioned off by Moniker.com
at the T.R.A.F.F.I.C.
West conference in Las Vegas last month and
finally closed this week at $106,050. Final payments and
transfers of two other big names from that auction were also
completed; #4 Promote.com at $70,700 and #11 CreditTips.com
at $12,250. Moniker/DomainSystems.com
also scored with two non-auction domains, #5 Flurry.com at $50,000
and #9 PinkLight.com at $14,870.
Sedo and SnapNames.com
have the most overall entries on the Big Board with six each. The
SnapNames roster was led by #6 WeddingParties.com ($19,250) and
#8 SMTV.com ($18,000). In addition to bagging the top domain,
Sedo sewed up #7 with TimePartner.com ($18,000) and #10 with 118247.com
.Com corralled 16 of the 20 chart
positions, with three slots going to country code domains (two co.uks
and a .de) and the last one taken by a five-figure .org.
That was one of 13 five-figure or higher sales this week, a few less
that normal, probably because our reporting period began with a
major holiday in the U.S. (Memorial Day). Here's a look at the
complete leader board for the week ending Sunday, June 4:
DNJournal Top 20
Domain Sales - Mon. May 29, 2006 - Sun. June 4, 2006
Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based
on Rates in Effect Tue. June 6
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.
Though the domain is ineligible for our chart, it is
also worth noting that the new owners of Branson.com
announced this week that they paid $1.6 millon to acquire the
site in February of this year. This has been a developed site and
ongoing business for many years and the price paid for the domain
only was not broken out of the total paid (something that was was
done in the 7-figure Diamond.com sale announced three weeks
ago). Still it's a domain that would attract big bucks on
its own and the new owners have given the site a spiffy new look
that should boost business.
.Com Supporting Cast
Sedo supplemented their six charted domains with a
bevy of additional .com beauties including FOAF.com at $6,300,
E-C.com at $5,500 and a trio that went for $5,000
each; DotMobi.com, ProViews.com and SponsoredSearch.com.
The latter domain was sold by DomainState
forum veteran NameThink. IndieMerch.com brought $4,410
and, in one of the best deals we have seen in a long time, a lucky
buyer got a prime 3-letter .com, ANC.com, for just $4,000!
Letter combinations like that have brought six figures on more than
one occasion so I'm sure some champagne corks were popped when that
domain arrived in the buyer's account.
Back at SnapNames, ModularFurniture.com seated $6,050,
BaseballAutographs.com collected $6,000 and Apacure.com
dispensed $5,500. Caco.com contributed $5,300, GlamourPhotographer.com
captured $5,150 and MidwayAir.com took off with $4,600.
Following close behind were Tammys.com ($4,411), GhettoBlaster.com
($4,342) and AAAWins.com($4,211). MuscleMax.com
lifted another $4,107, Slowakei.com kicked in $4,100
and Chariots.com rolled in at $4,099.
SnapNames had 44 more sales ranging from $2,000 to
$4,000. You can check those out in the table below:
Additional SnapNames Sales
Back at Afternic YouDirtyDog.com scratched
out $5,500, Marathong.com cracked $3,100 and ArchitecturalDrawings.com
drew $3,000. SinglesCity.com sold for $2,800
while SalesConX.com and LuckyKid.com commanded $2,500
At Enom's Club
Drop, PPCParking.com posted $3,300 and DietsAndHealth.com
trimmed off $2,100. In a private sale, VarietyDomains.com
sold NuclearFacilities.com for $5,688 with Moniker.com
handling the escrow on that transaction.
(.biz, .info, .net & .org)
.Net and .org battled on even terms
this week with each extension taking five spots on the top
half of our new Global Contenders chart. .Org drew
first blood, easily outdistancing the field with #1 UILondon.org
selling for $10,850 at SnapNames. The first .net was
several laps behind but 31.net led a parade of four
straight .nets across the line after going for $4,000
at Sedo. EuroTrips.net ($3,594), Tables.net ($3,199)
and WeddingBands.net ($2,900) followed close behind.
.Org answered by taking four of the next five,
including #6 Studio.org at $2,633. .Net
dominated the second half of the chart, sweeping 8 of 11
positions (the extra spot was created by a tie for the final
slot). .Info and .Biz were both shut out this
week though .biz did notch a four figure sale that fell just
short of making the chart. Here's a complete look at the Global
Contenders list for the week ending June 4:
Global Contenders Top 20
Highest Reported Non .Com Global
(.Net, .Org, .Biz & .Info) Mon. May
29, 2006 - Sun. June 4, 2006 Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based
on Rates in Effect Tue. June 6
There were 17 more four-figure just off the
chart with SnapNames claiming 13 of those. The other four went
to Sedo, including the highest one, Billion.org at $1,625.
Sedo also sold ComicBookCollector.net ($1,450), eTip.net
($1,350) and Kosmetik.biz (€1,000 = $1,284).
The SnapNames roster included SVT.net at $1,550,
511.net at $1,204, Andaman.net at $1,200
and Regulation.net at $1,000. Their .org line-up
included DMCN.org at $1,500 and a pair at $1,450
each; Treat-Your-Workers.org and EcoEcho.org. Chingmai.org
changed hands for $1,272, PWP.org provided $1,200
and Fondation.org fetched $1,159. AWRD.org
drew $1,150 while iMarketing.org and EconomicDevelopment.org
generated $1,050 each.
Great Britain's .co.uk occupied the top
two rungs on the Country Code ladder this week with #1 Pilates.co.uk
selling for £6,400 ($11,913) and #2 And.co.uk going
for £5,000 ($9,305). Germany's .de was next
with #3 UIM.de delivering €6,000 ($7,701). Germany
also scored with #8 Liebert.de drawing €3,000 ($3,851).
All four of those domains sold at Sedo, a venue that swept 11
of the 15 chart positions.
The European Union (.eu) and the United
States (.us) had the most entries overall with each of
those ccTLDs claiming three chart positions. The EU was led by
an unlikely champion, the double-hyphenated Urlaub-Mit-Hund.eu
("dog friendly vacations" in German) which went for €4,500
($5,776) at Sedo to finish 5th. #7 Webcams.us led
the American onslaught, attracting €3,750 ($4,813),
also at Sedo.
India's .co.in also had an impressive
sale this week with #4 Hollywood.co.in banking
$7,000. There was also an exceptionally high .cc sale
(Cocos Keeling Islands country code) with #6 Co.cc pulling
$5,000 in a private sale.
Other countries represented on this week's
chart included Antigua and Barbuda (.ag), Argentina
(.com.ar) and Samoa (.ws). Here's a look at the complete Country Code
list for the week ending June 4:
Code Top 15
ccTLD Sales: Mon. May 29, 2006 - Sun. June 4, 2006 Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based
on Rates in Effect Tue. June 6
£6,400 = $11,913
£5,000 = $9,305
€6,000 = $7,701
Urlaub-Mit-Hund.eu ("dog friendly vacations" in German)
Now that you're up to date on what happened over the
past week, check out how the leaders stand year to date in all
categories by visiting our Year To Date
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 email@example.com.
We truly appreciate the industry leading
companies who share their sales information
with us to help everyone in the business get a handle on current
domain values. Richard
Meyer of DotCom
also provides invaluable help
in collecting 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 night publication to give
you the freshest sales report in the industry.
Editor's Note: If you wish to review previous Domain
Sales columns, they are available in our Archive.