Deal for Dollars.com Tops This Week's Domain Sales Chart
This week's big winner, Dollars.com, scored a first
round knockout, changing hands for nine times more money than the
nearest competitor. Rick Latona of DigiPawn.com, who has long been associated
with this domain, decided to let it go when buyer Virtual
Network SA of Switzerland weighed in with a $650,000
offer. This is the 6th biggest sale reported so
far this year. Latona has now had a hand in three of 2007's
fifteen biggest sales. In addition to selling Dollars.com, he bought Iran.com
for $400,000 last month and Buckhead.com (the name of
the upscale Atlanta neighborhood he lives in) for $250,000
in March. The total he paid for those two nice geo domains is
exactly what he got back by cashing out Dollars.com.
By Ron Jackson
The buyer, Virtual Network SA, has now
been involved in a pair of the year's 20 biggest transactions. Two
weeks ago they sold Masculin.com ("masculine" in
French) to a magazine publisher for $201,792. They've now put
the proceeds right back to work with their big investment in
Another private transaction produced this
week's #2 sale, a $75,000 deal for Cushion.com
engineered by seller Derek Giordano who made it happen with a
series of cold calls to potential new owners. He finally struck gold
when he found a willing buyer at CustomCushions.net, a well
established company in the replacement patio cushion market.
We saw another wave of completed sales
from last month's Moniker/T.R.A.F.F.I.C.
Auction in New York this
week. To make room for all of them we expanded our usual Top 20
chart to 30 positions. 16 of those spots were taken by auction sales
including 9 on the top half of the Big Board. Their string of hits
began with Glamorous.com and Camping.net, a pair of
names that tied for the #3 slot at $60,000 each.
still managed to shine amid the flood of auction sales, piling up
nine chart entries of their own, including #8 Periodico.com
("magazine" in Spanish) at €25,000 ($34,347). SnapNames.com.
all have representatives on the elite list as well.
Considering that there was a hiatus last week for one of America's
biggest holidays (Independence Day - July 4th) the number of
sales booked this week was quite solid.
.Com again took the lion's share of
rungs on the sales ladder, but .org showed well with four
charted domains. .Net also bowed twice and .mobi got
into the act with the final entry on the all-extension leader
board. Here is how all of the top sellers stacked up for the week ending Sunday, July
DN Journal Top 30
Domain Sales - Mon. July 2, 2007 - Sun. July 8, 2007 Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based
on Rates in Effect Tue. July 10
Periodico.com ("magazine" in Spanish)
Hoteis.mobi ("hotels" in Portuguese)
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. Our procedure for verifying the
accuracy of domain sales reports is available here.
Back at Sedo, Mainstays.com marched off with $9,900,
Autofacil.com fetched €7,000 ($9,616) and GreenConferencing.com
cultivated $8,000. XBB.com brought $7,601, PayLife.composted $7,400 and Guapa.com deposited $7,000.
CXV.com kicked in $6,400, Wosm.com went for $6,000
and AsiaPacificPokerTour.com dealt out $5,300.
SnapNames put together another powerhouse roster with SwissDiamonds.com
($8,722), EmployeeDevelopment.com ($7,805) and Kittys.com
($7,200) among the standouts. Cerebrum.com thought up $6,307,
UnlockedPhone.com dialed up $5,985 and Tradesmart.com
tacked on $5,878. WebEdu.com graded out at $5,101,
XKiss.com captured $5,100 and GreenBooks.com bagged
Also at SnapNames, GetawayWeek.com left town
with $5,000, Soverign.com returned $4,659 and HeartMedicines.com
dispensed $4,599. WestSussex.com was worth $4,245,
GourmetDogFoods.com wolfed down $4,106, NextHouse.com
welcomed $4,100 and TobaccoBarn.com inhaled $4,000. SnapNames had 24 more four-figure .com sales ranging
from $2,000 to $3,540. You can check those out in the
Additional SnapNames Sales
TDNAM.com had some nice sales with PaintballShop.com
hitting a $9,893 bulls eye and MusikDesire.com
cranking out $5,006. WoolyThinking.com ($4,006), Greece4Vacations.com
($3,505), Celebrities-Site.com ($3,270) and ZimobServer.com
($3,025) were also among the winners there.
NameMedia's dynamic duo, Afternic/BuyDomains
continued to roll with hits like GlobalEngineering.com ($7,000),
WebComponents.com and Fundusze.com ($5,000 each). TelekomShop.com
and LuxuryKitchens.com cooked up $4,888 each, Dial411.com
connected for $4,800 and LeaseFinancing.com located $4,700.
IEBP.com added $4,415, LYPP.com
pulled $4,300 and AboutFaceSpa.com spawned $4,288.
YourNYC.com yielded $4,245 and RockExpress.com
presented $4,100. OCUN.com and Chat-Online.com
contributed $4,088 each while Miza.com and Gaar.com
clicked for $4,000 apiece. Afternic/BuyDomains had 55 more .com sales ranging from $2,000 to
$3,950. You can review those in the table below.
Afternic/BuyDomains had over 250 more .com sales below $2,000.
Elsewhere, ShakeMyMelons.com sprouted $3,600
at Enom's ClubDrop.comand Pool.com
sold JRun.com for $2,600 and Herco.com for $2,111.
In other completed Moniker/T.R.A.F.F.I.C. auction sales, SoundEngineer.com
sold for $8,000, RadioPersonality.com racked up $7,000
and GXD.com drew $5,000.
(.biz, .info, .mobi, .net & .org)
With another big group of sales from the Moniker/T.R.A.F.F.I.C.
auction closing this week we also expanded our Global Contenders
chart from 20 to 30 positions. The Moniker auction accounted for the
top five sales, including Camping.net at $60,000. That
is the 7th biggest sale in the GC category so far this year.
The .nets dominated our latest list, piling
up 20 of the 30 entries, however .org reeled off three
straight wins in positions two through four and charted eight
domains overall. .Mobi and .info also got into the act with one name
each on the GC leader board. #6 Hoteis.mobi
("hotels" in Portuguese) checked out with €7,537 ($10,355)
at Sedo. Words.info took the #7 slot with a $5,200
sale at Afternic/BuyDomains.
Here's how all of the GC
leaders stacked up for the week ending July 8:
Global Contenders Top 30
Highest Reported Non .Com Global
(.Net, .Org, .Biz & .Info) Mon. July
2, 2007 - Sun. July 8, 2007 Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based
on Rates in Effect July 10
There were 29 more four-figure sales in the
Global Contenders category this week and Sedo secured four of those
with SinglesNet.org ($1,600), 677.net ($1,250), HKS.mobi
($1,200) and DomainPortal.net ($1,000).
However it was Afternic/BuyDomains that claimed the
bulk of the bonus GC sales, racking up 19 more in the four-figure
range. Those are listed in the
Additional Afternic/BuyDomains GC Sales
SnapNames sold Horoscope.biz ($1,438) and PoliceAcademy.org
($1,109) while TDNAM moved Sontalaatikko.net ($1,404) and
Eye-Lasik-Surgery.net ($1,116). Meanwhile back at the Pool.com, Farmacias.org
Considering how thoroughly Sedo.com dominates
the Country Code category we knew that sooner or later they
would sweep every single position on one of our weekly ccTLD
charts. Well it happened this week, and it is especially impressive
because a 7-way tie for the final position meant they had to take 23
of 23 sales rather than the usual 20 to pull off this first-time
Sedo was founded in Germany so it is
appropriate that that country's popular .de extension helped
them dominate so thoroughly this week. 11 of the chart entries were
.de including four of the top five. The leader of the band was wwwPreisvergleich.de
("price comparison" in German) at €3,220 ($4,423).
The European Union's .eu also had a strong
outing with 7 charted domains. Other countries represented this week
included Spain (.es), Seychelles (.sc), the Cocos
(Keeling) Islands (.cc), Tuvalu (.tv) and Austria
(.at). Here's a look at the complete Country Code Top 20 for the week
ending July 8:
Code Top 20
ccTLD Sales: Mon. July 2, 2007 - Sun. July 8, 2007 Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based
on Rates in Effect Tue. July 10
wwwPreisvergleich.de ("price comparison" in German)
€3,220 = $4,423
€3,201 = $4,397
€2,500 = $3,435
€2,500 = $3,435
€2,290 = $3,146
€2,150 = $2,953
€2,000 = $2,747
Gratis-kleinanzeigen.de ("free classifieds" in German)
€1,800 = $2,473
€1,500 = $2,061
Langzeitmiete.de ("long term" rental in German)
€1,300 = $1,786
Fahrschuleonline.de ("driving school online" in German)
A sale at Afternic/BuyDomains just missed making the
chart. MyLawyer.ca (Canadian country code) sold for $930.
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.