Official: $1.5 Million Sale of Cameras.com Clears Escrow to Complete
the 2nd Biggest Domain Sale Reported in 2006
by Ron Jackson
Cameras.com attracted the highest
bid in the live domain auction conducted by Moniker.com
at the recently concluded T.R.A.F.F.I.C.
East Conference in Hollywood, Florida. The
winning bidder, Sig Solares (the CEO of Parked.com),
wasted no time ponying up the $1,500,000 due, making that
domain the first from the live auction that we have seen change
hands. Dozens of others will complete the escrow process over the
next few weeks and will take up positions on our weekly Top 20 chart
as they are successfully closed (payments made and domains
transferred to the new owners).
(at $7.5 million) has sold for a higher reported price than
Cameras.com this year. The amount paid for Cameras.com was far more
than the total for all of the other 19 domains on this week's
leader board, which underscores what a great domain it is.
accounted for the #2 domain, Bloc.com, sold for $35,000.
In fact, Afternic rang up for three of the top six sales, also
scoring with #4 You.net at $23,000 and #6 Honey.net
also had a big week, putting four domains on the top half of the Big
Board, including #3 Celsius.com at $26,000. Overall,
BuyDomains had six charted domains, a number equalled only by Sedo.com
(and Sedo's six were all on the second half of the elite list). Sedo
accounted for both country code domains on the all-extension chart,
#11 CheapTickets.de (German ccTLD) at €9,000 ($11,494) and
Lenders.us (American country code), tied for 18th at $7,500.
put a third .net on the board with #8 Age.net at $15,800,
but everything else went to .com (15 of the 20 positions
overall). Here's a look at the complete Top 20 for the week ending Sunday,
DN Journal Top 20
Domain Sales - Mon. Oct. 30, 2006 - Sun. Nov. 5, 2006
Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based
on Rates in Effect Tue. Nov. 7
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 supplemented their two Big Board
entries with dozens of solid four-figure sales including MiniScooter.com
($6,988), CatholicBibles.com ($6,766) and a pair at $6,600
each; USCU.com and Sirrius.com. MathFlashCards.com
added $6,300 while another trio of names; NCADD.com, Lonnie.com
and Fertighaus.com, yielded $5,800 each.
TrademarkProtection.com provided $5,355,
Eco-Portal.com eked out $5,300 and ValueBuy.com
brought $5,299. Animatronics.com kicked in $5,000
and TexasUSA.com tallied $4,444. Varget.com and
Rolle.com rocked for $4,104 each while eAccountant.com
penciled in $4,100. SnapNames had another 30 sales ranging from $2,000
to $3,900 that you can check out in the table below:
Additional SnapNames Sales
Back at Sedo, Facias.com fetched $6,000,
Steveo.com stacked up $5,000 and Evertech.com
tacked on $4,000. OSCommerceTemplates.com contributed €3,000
($3,832) while ParkPlatz.com ("Park Place" in
German) generated €2,500 ($3,193). ERMB.com clicked
for €2,000 ($2,555) and Atalho.com commanded €1,750
At BuyDomains, Dockets.com delivered $5,500,
Viewpoints.com posted $5,000 and FirstLaw.com
landed $4,500. Three others; GoldGuide.com, PrecisionInc.com
and UnsignedArtist.com, drummed up $4,000 each. SmartEyes.com
spotted $3,900, SauvignonBlanc.com uncorked $3,700
and OutOfTime.com clocked in at $3,688.
BuyDomains also scored with Localism.com ($3,500),
CafedoBrasil.com ($3,388) and SecurityAdvisor.com ($3,288).
SportSoftware.com and CustomCreations.com captured $3,200
each while CourtDockets.com drew $3,100 and
iJoin.com claimed $3,088. BuyDomains had 51 more .com sales ranging from $2,000
to $3,000. Those are listed in the table below:
To keep the length of our weekly report manageable
(and to focus on notable sales) we normally list only those of
$2,000 and up in .com. However, in looking over the sales data from
BuyDomains this week, I was struck by how many additional sales they
had under $2,000 - more than 300of them in .com,
ranging all the way down to the mid three-figure range. With an
inventory of hundreds of thousands of domains they are able (and
obviously willing) to cut some very reasonable deals for the small
and medium size business clients they target.
In other sales, Afternic pulled in $3,500 for
PortVision.com, $2,500 for EternalForces.com, $2,250
for TeachAid.com and $2,000 for ClickCatalog.com.
VerizonMobiles.com sold for $5,200 at Enom's Club
Drop and FitnessHotels.com checked in $3,400
You may have seen a press report saying that 1800YellowPages.com
sold for $1.32 million in an OceanTomo.com auction
October 26th, however that price covered a lot of
intellectual property that included several other domains names and
a 1-800 phone number that comprised a substantial part of the value
of the package.
(.biz, .info, .mobi, .net & .org)
A trio of five-figure .nets reigned
over the Global Contenders chart this week. You saw all
of those on the all extension leader board earlier and those,
coupled with six others, gave .net nine of the 20 entries on
the new GC Top 20. .Org was next with six slots, but
none of those were on the top half of the GC ladder.
.Mobi put three names on the chart, all
in the top ten, while .info scored twice, with both of
those landing on the upper half of the chart as well. #4 Leads.mobi
led the way for the new extension designed for mobile devices,
drawing $7,000 at Afternic.
FantasyBaseball.mobi was right behind
after going for $6,250 in a private sale. That domain
was bought by Jeremy Padawer, a long time domainer who
told us he spent close to $30,000 on .mobi domains this
week (and he had the receipts to prove it). Padawer, who sold Act.com
for a reported $500,000 in 2000, told us he had gotten
out of domaining for awhile but saw enough potential in .mobi
to jump back into the water this year.
The top .info this week was #6 Webhoster.info,
sold for €4,000 ($5,109) at Sedo. Here's how
all of the
leaders stacked up for the week ending November 5:
Global Contenders Top 20
Highest Reported Non .Com Global
(.Net, .Org, .Biz & .Info) Mon. Oct.
30, 2006 - Sun. Nov. 5, 2006 Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based
on Rates in Effect Tue. Nov. 7
There were dozens of additional four-figure
sales just off the chart in the Global Contenders category.
BuyDomains.com had the largest chunk of those, 26 in all,
ranging from $1,000 to $2,000. You can check
those out in the chart below:
BuyDomains Four-Figure Global Contenders Sales
SnapNames accounted for 14 more; seven .nets,
six .orgs and a .info. Their list included Proteins.net
($2,073), Sleepy.net ($2,000), Johnnys.net
($1,413) and BWO.net ($1,155). ResumeWriting.net
added $1,125, Parkinsons.net pitched in $1,111
and an IDN, xn--t60br3pd4fo4fprnj5f.net,
On the .org side of the ledger, SnapNames sold HOS.org
($2,052), Ecstacy.org ($1,940) and USTibet.org
($1,732). They also banked $1,350 for USAAFCU.org,
$1,250 for Veris-Online.org and $1,053
for Estme.org. 2007.info increased the SnapNames
total by another $1,653.
At Afternic ArtBox.net booked $1,500,
CrownPoker.net raked in a $1,375 pot and
NetMovie.net reeled in $1,000. Elsewhere, WebLeon.net
went for $2,000 at Enom's Club Drop and Starz.org
lit up £625 ($1,191) at Sedo.
Back on the .mobi front, Padawer added Collect.mobi
($1,800), SmartPhones.mobi ($1,000) and Hispanics.mobi
($1,000) to his collection through private transactions.
At Pool.com, Lease.mobi brought $1,320, Reservas.mobi
returned $1,300, Jesus.mobi attracted $1,250
and FAO.mobi bagged $1,175.
Germany's .de led the country code race
this week, with CheapTickets.de ascending to the
top spot on the strength of that €9,000 ($11,494) sale
at Sedo that also earned a spot on the all extension Top 20.
Overall, .de took five of the 14 spots on our new ccTLD leader
board. The runner-up slot went to America's extension
with the $7,500 sale of Lenders.us at Sedo, a
venue that swept 13 of the 14 chart entries.
#3 HeatPress.co.uk at €4,250
($5,429) was one of two British domains on the
chart. The European Union's .eu was the only other
extension with multiple entries, claiming three led by #5 Tajin.eu
at €1,800 ($2,299).
Other countries represented this week included
India (.in), Belgium (.be) and the Cocos
(Keeling) Islands (.cc). Here's a look at the complete
Country Code chart for the week ending November 5:
Code Top 25
ccTLD Sales: Mon. Oct. 30, 2006 - Sun. Nov. 5, 2006 Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based
on Rates in Effect Tue. Nov. 7
€9,000 = $11,494
€1,800 = $2,299
Gesundheitsinformation.eu ("health information" in German)
€1,750 = $2,236
€1,650 = $2,108
€1,500 = $1,916
Kosmetik24.de ("cosmetics 24" in German)
€1,400 = $1,788
("handicapped travel" in German)
€1,300 = $1,661
Kapitalanlageimmobilie.de ("real estate investment" 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.