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Three of the Year's Four Biggest ccTLD Sales (Including a New #1) Headline a Solid Week of Domain Sales 

We're coming to you a little later than usual this week as I was away covering the Domain Roundtable conference in Washington, D.C. until returning home Wednesday night (I expect to publish our comprehensive Roundtable review article Monday evening). 

Earlier this month I was in Amsterdam for the T.R.A.F.F.I.C. ccTLDs conference, an event that celebrated county code domains. This week, ccTLD fans have three more reasons to party down. The country codes dominate the top of our new weekly all-extension Top 20 chart, sweeping the first three spots. That trio (each of which easily cracked the six-figure barrier) also ranks among the year's four biggest ccTLD sales.

Leading the charge is a new 2009 country code king of the hill, Spel.se ("games" in Swedish), a name that changed hands for a whopping €190,000 ($266,000) at Sedo.com. A knowledgeable Swedish domainer told me this is the biggest sale ever publicly reported for a  .se domain (Sweden's country code).

  

By Ron Jackson

If Sweden had not claimed the top spot, Great Britain's .co.uk would have and that extension would have done it in duplicate. OnlineCasino.co.uk and HorseRacing.co.uk  attracted £100,000 ($165,000) each (again via Sedo) to tie for the #2 spot on the Big Board.  Those sales also tie for the third position on our Year-To-Date Country Code Top 100 Chart

In another banner week, the ccTLDs took 8 of the 20 chart entries. Sedo accounted for six of those country code sales and wound up charting 13 domains overall to easily win the high end race among venues. The two charted ccTLDs Sedo did not sell were #12 SexToys.com.au (Australian ccTLD sold for $20,655 by Netfleet.com.au) and #15 Dongles.co.uk (sold by Registrars.co.uk for $18,150). 

.Com made its first appearance at #4 thanks to RickLatona.com's $150,000 sale of French.com. Latona also claimed the #5 spot, ringing up $35,000 with PinballMachines.com. RickLatona.com was the only venue besides Sedo to score multiple chart entries (Latona had three overall). 

One of Sedo's sales, #14 RailEasy.com at $20,000, gave its seller a tremendous return on investment. The name has originally been purchased for just $1,688 in October 2006 at BuyDomains.com.

Only one non .com gTLD made the elite list this week - #8 (tie) Snowboards.net, a name that Sedo sold for $30,000. Here is how all of the leaders stack up for the week ending Sunday, June 14:

 

The DN Journal Top 20 
Reported Domain Sales - Mon. June 8, 2009 - Sun. June 14, 2009
Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based on Rates in Effect June 19

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. Spel.se
("games" in Swedish)
€190,000 = $266,000 Sedo
2.
tie
OnlineCasino.co.uk £100,000 = $165,000 Sedo
2.
tie
HorseRacing.co.uk £100,000 = $165,000 Sedo
4. French.com $150,000 RickLatona.com
5. PinballMachines.com $35,000 RickLatona.com
6. Schutzfolien.de €23,800 = $33,320 Sedo
7. EducationDegree.com $32,500 NoktaDomains
8.
tie
Snowboards.net $30,000 Sedo
8.
tie
Directories.com $30,000 Sedo
10. GamesFreak.com €18,500 = $25,900 Sedo

11. AnimalDoctor.com $20,750 Sedo
12. SexToys.com.au 25,500 AUD = $20,655 Netfleet.com.au
13. MWC.com $20,525 Sedo
14. RailEasy.com $20,000 Sedo
15. Dongles.co.uk £11,000 = $18,150 Registrars.co.uk
16. Optic.co.uk £8,500 = $14,025 Sedo
17.
tie
BrandSpace.com €10,000 = $14,000 Sedo
17.
tie
Alkoholfrei.de
("alcohol free" in German)
€10,000 = $14,000 Sedo
17.
tie
36O.com
(last character is the letter "O")
$14,000 DomainsNext
20. EastLyme.com $13,700 RickLatona.com

 

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.

For the many newcomers entering the domain industry we also want to point out that the reasons why a domain name sells for a certain price can be varied and are not always clear to those who are unfamiliar with the domain market. If you do not understand why specific domain names command the prices they do, you are likely to make unwise domain registrations or purchases. We highly recommend that you do some basic research before you buy anything! As a starting point we have built a sister site specifically for you at NameNewbie.com.

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.

There were eight more five-figure sales just off the chart and Sedo accounted for five of those; Cabal.de ($13,300), Zilver.com ($11,000) and a trio at $10,000 each that included Skoop.com, MobileTrading.com and Plus.org.

Moniker closed the $11,000 sale of Filet.com, a name that was auctioned off at T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Silicon Valley in April. The AfternicDLS booked a pair of five-figure sales, scooping up $10,500 worth of DooDoo.com and adding $10,000 for Earthwards.com

.Com Supporting Cast

Sedo led the .com supporting cast of four-figure sales with SexTank.com at $8,889. VIP-Casino.com raked in $7,840 and two others; PokerStare.com and PSPGo.com kicked in $7,000 each. WAE.com went for $6,600, Plenish.com plucked $6,400 and ChicagoMLS.com clicked for $5,650. Aperderpeso.com and GayNation.com notched $5,600 apiece and RDIO.com drew $5,001

Sedo had 26 more .com sales ranging from $2,000 to $5,000 that you can check out in the table below.

Additional Sedo .com Sales Between $2,000 - $5,000
goingoutofbusiness.com $5,000   autocheapinsurance.com $3,000
ideaswanted.com $4,500 domaindesk.com $2,940
annu-grossiste.com $4,200 escommesse.com $2,800
grindr.com $4,000 goudenhanddruk.com $2,800
metapace.com $4,000 10tons.com $2,560
madchenspiele.com $3,750 1poll.com $2,450
foodwiki.com $3,500 hkpages.com $2,400
happyd.com $3,500 mypriority.com $2,250
jever.com $3,500 studentsupermarket.com $2,250
uzy.com $3,499 arison.com $2,000
rockz.com $3,333 omnem.com $2,000
brum.com $3,220 rakeline.com $2,000
grassfish.com $3,150 yomoy.com $2,000

Sedo also sold BellyRing.com for $2,867 through their GreatDomains premium auction site.

Back at the AfternicDLS Bioplast.com bagged $8,000, MyMosh.com mined $7,700 and Domeinnamen.com downloaded $6,870. AllAboutAutos.com found $5,688 under the hood, Elina.com landed $5,500 and OnlineFun.com fetched $5,000. ePods.com produced $4,500, Creez.com cracked $4,388 and Aceso.com coaxed $4,188

The AfternicDLS had 78 more .com sales ranging from $2,000 to $4,000. Those are listed in the table below:

Additional AfternicDLS .com Sales Between $2,000 - $4,000
goldlabel.com $4,000   sodhi.com $2,500
iminds.com $4,000 srdirect.com $2,500
keywesttravel.com $4,000 waterinjection.com $2,500
nextmile.com $3,988 crazyinc.com $2,488
ecofridge.com $3,800 fairyroom.com $2,488
webhex.com $3,450 pharmabox.com $2,488
bevusa.com $3,288 thestrategists.com $2,488
e-hosting.com $3,216 blueblanket.com $2,400
artsbusiness.com $3,188 writeclub .com $2,400
islandlink.com $3,188 appletrade.com $2,388
itbuy.com $3,188 avitamin.com $2,388
koolsite.com $3,188 heartwoodconsulting.com $2,388
your-health.com $3,100 igxm .com $2,388
aisoft.com $3,000 pooltools.com $2,388
auvents.com $3,000 thecapsule.com $2,388
g-vi.com $3,000 wingdinger.com $2,388
tidusa.com $3,000 wowalliance.com $2,388
unitalk.com $2,991 eurowax.com $2,300
toneit.com $2,988 golfdoc.com $2,300
toolparty.com $2,988 packtrade.com $2,300
cameraone.com $2,800 expressionsphotography.com $2,200
affordablefreight.com $2,788 premiumnetworks.com $2,200
campaigndirector.com $2,788 mixmarketing.com $2,170
gasproviders.com $2,788 ownyourtime.com $2,100
marksoft.com $2,788 designinitiative.com $2,088
canvasdirect.com $2,700 familybridges.com $2,088
innbox.com $2,688 lakeart.com $2,088
stealthedeal.com $2,688 patrickkelley.com $2,088
ourl.com $2,625 shindigevents.com $2,088
homestaff.com $2,600 vitaminclinic.com $2,088
broadsense.com $2,588 weddingface.com $2,088
brokenworld.com $2,588 askdeals.com $2,070
instantagent.com $2,588 ecocomfort.com $2,000
nlogic.com $2,588 nordicsports.com $2,000
stoneside.com $2,588 protectmycar.com $2,000
surgery-centers.com $2,588 sustainableworks.com $2,000
2sports.com $2,500 vinto.com $2,000
lesson1.com $2,500 vividwhite.com $2,000
lvba.com $2,500 worldclasscruises.com $2,000

Moniker's supplemental roster included 1800BuyGold.com ($6,675), UnixCentral.com ($6,025), MusicVillage.com ($5,149) and 17Dou.com ($3,125)

In additional completed sales from their T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Silicon Valley auction, Moniker closed Freightlines.com at $5,000, Respected.com at $3,500 and BackgammonSets.com at $3,000.

At SnapNames.com, PhotoSwap.com swept up $4,100, ForeclosureRealEstate.com returned $3,615 and OnlinePokerTournament.com dealt out $3,533. SnapNames also moved Overclock.com ($3,001), CashIsKing.com ($2,304), DietPillReview.com ($2,151) and StopDiabetes.com ($2,088)

Elsewhere, DeliciousNames.com sold DatingPartners.com for $4,425 while Fabrications.com drew $3,900 for RickLatona.com.

 Afternic Domain Auctions

Country Codes

This was a monster week for the surging country code category. As we noted in the all extension section of this report, three of the year's four biggest ccTLD sales were reported this week with each of those names crashing through the six-figure barrier. There were also a half dozen five-figure ccTLD sales that you also saw earlier. 

The highest ccTLD sale you haven't seen yet is #10 Jeux-Flash.fr (French country code) at $8,820 via Sedo, a venue that swept 16 entries on our new ccTLD Top 20 chart. 

Great Britain's .co.uk extension had a big week piling up eight chart entries. Two of those, LandForSale.co.uk and MobilePhoneDeals.co.uk, led off the second half of the leader board at $8,250 each. Here is how all of the country code top sellers stacked up for the week ending June 14:

Country Code Top 20
 Highest Reported ccTLD  Sales: June 8, 2009 - Sun. June 14, 2009
Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. June 19

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. Spel.se
("games" in Swedish)
€190,000 = $266,000 Sedo
2.
tie
OnlineCasino.co.uk £100,000 = $165,000 Sedo
2.
tie
HorseRacing.co.uk £100,000 = $165,000 Sedo
4. Schutzfolien.de €23,800 = $33,320 Sedo
5. SexToys.com.au 25,500 AUD = $20,655 Netfleet.com.au
6. Dongles.co.uk £11,000 = $18,150 Registrars.co.uk
7. Optic.co.uk £8,500 = $14,025 Sedo
8. Alkoholfrei.de
("alcohol free" in German)
€10,000 = $14,000 Sedo
9. Cabal.de €9,500 = $13,300 Sedo
10. Jeux-Flash.fr €6,300 = $8,820  Sedo

11.
tie
LandForSale.co.uk £5,000 = $8,250 Sedo
11.
tie
MobilePhoneDeals.co.uk £5,000 = $8,250 Sedo
13. Nortia.es €5,191 = $7,267 Sedo
14. Bad.nl €4,999 = $6,999 Sedo
15. Reporting.de €4,900 = $6,860 Sedo
16. TheStudio.se €4,690 = $6,566 Sedo
17. EveryDrop.com.au 7,000 AUD = $5,670 NetFleet.com.au
18. AllRecipes.cn $5,000 Sedo
19. MikeMartin.co.uk £3,000 = $4,950 Sedo
20. LOL.co.uk £2,500 = $4,125 RickLatona.com/
T.R.A.F.F.I.C. ccTLDs

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There were several dozen additional four-figure sales off the chart, with Sedo booking the highest of those, CarInsurance.eu at $3,800. Rugby.eu also scored with a $3,600 sale. Wizzan.de went for $3,402, Sapo.fr secured $2,800 and DesignerLampe.de lit up $2,450.

Reyalurbis.es added $2,274 and Autos24.de braked at $2,240. Sedo had 32 more .com sales ranging from $1,000 to $2,100. Those are listed in the table below.

Additional Sedo ccTLD Sales Between $1,000 - $2,100
casinoblackjack.co.uk $2,100   studierende.de $1,399
ibond.ca $2,000 duplicate-content.de $1,330
materialprόfung.de $1,848 sensu.co.uk $1,318
brockhaus.eu $1,680 handyreparatur24.de $1,260
creartec.de $1,680 trusty.de $1,260
natur-camp.de $1,680 onlinecasinogames.co.uk $1,238
printmax.de $1,680 englischerosen.de $1,225
suesskraut.de $1,680 housetrade.co.uk $1,155
herenfietsen.be $1,666 makeupstore.co.uk $1,155
cerritos.us $1,550 sz-dresden.de $1,155
costagolf.co.uk $1,510 koolstuff.co.uk $1,119
nummer1.de $1,400 gartenprodukte.de $1,053
ontv.de $1,400 wellness-apotheke.de $1,050
pornturbo.fr $1,400 zόgeln.ch $1,050
tarifchecker.de $1,400 beyond.co.nz $1,042
saalekurier.de $1,399 whitecard.cn $1,000

Elsewhere, MyID.ca sold ManitobaJobs.ca for $3,770 and RickLatona.com captured $3,465 for Nom.co.uk at their recent T.R.A.F.F.I.C. live auction in Amsterdam. Registrars.co.uk sold SafeHosts.co.uk ($3,300) and CashFlowProblems.co.uk ($1,650) and NetFleet.com.au offloaded a pair of nice two-letter domains; LL.com.au ($3,240) and WX.com.au ($1,215)

If there are country code extensions you are not familiar with, you can look up the nation each extension goes with here.

Global Contenders (.biz, .info, .mobi, .name, .net & .org)

The Global Contenders category was paced by the pair of five-figure sales we told you about at the top of this report. Next in line were a trio of .orgs; #3 CDO.org at $8,400, #4 SocialMedia.org at $8,000 and #5 YBP.org at $7,000. Sedo handled all of the top five sales and had a hand in 12 charted sales overall. The AfternicDLS  swept all the rest. 

Despite that hot run for the .orgs, .net wound up with the most chart entries with 12, including the #1 domain, Snowboards.net at $30,000. .Org charted seven domains and the last opening went to a hyphenated .biz, #17 Air-Max.biz at $2,800.

Here's how all of the Global Contenders stacked up for the week ending June 14:

Global Contenders Top 20
 Highest Reported Non .Com Global TLD  Sales 
(.Net, .Org, .Biz & .Info) Mon. June 8, 2009 - Sun. June 14, 2009
Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based on Rates in Effect June 19

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. Snowboards.net $30,000 Sedo

2.
Plus.org $10,000 Sedo
3. CDO.org €6,000 = $8,400 Sedo
4. SocialMedia.org $8,000 Sedo
5. YBP.org $7,000 Sedo
6.
tie
TheScore.org $5,000 AfternicDLS
6.
tie
TUR.net $5,000 AfternicDLS
8.
tie
Zeugnis.net €3,400 = $4,760 Sedo
8.
tie
Frankly.net $4,388 AfternicDLS
10. Turismorural.net €3,000 = $4,200 Sedo

11. CCBN.net $3,788 AfternicDLS
12. FPC.net $3,749 Sedo
13. RollerSkates.net $3,500 Sedo
14. Wiil.net $3,188 AfternicDLS
15. YourStuff.org $3,000 AfternicDLS
16. Igea.net $2,805 AfternicDLS
17. Air-Max.biz €2,000 = $2,800 Sedo
18. Zonaconsolas.net €2,000 = $2,800 Sedo
19. Patricia.net $2,750 Sedo/
GreatDomains
20. Messiahs.org $2,588 AfternicDLS

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There were several dozen additional four-figure GC sales off the chart. The AfternicDLS had the highest of those with Renewal.org at $2,500. They added $2,000 for Trafic.net and $1,900 for AuctionTime.net.

The AfternicDLS  had 18 more four-figure GC sales ranging from $1,000 to $1,888. You can check those out in the table below.

Additional Afternic GC Sales Between $1,000 - $1,888
halvorsen.net $1,888   ayie.net $1,264
expressconnect.net $1,688 localproduce.net $1,188
ibri.net $1,650 nurserysupplies.net $1,188
epatient.net $1,609 outdoorfun.net $1,088
freeland.org $1,500 theeuropean.net $1,088
HMB .info $1,500 istudio.net $1,000
pageplus.net $1,500 lighthousechurch.org $1,000
psychicreadings.org $1,500 lightsaver.net $1,000
cisi.org $1,400 unitedsports.net $1,000

The AfternicDLS also sold eFace.net for $1,791 through an expanded promotion listing at Sedo.

Meanwhile Sedo rang up 16 solid four figure sales ranging from $1,000 to $2,100. Those are all listed in the table below:

Additional Sedo GC Sales Between $1,000 - $2,100
arcaffe.net $2,100   playblackjack.org $1,400
teatros.net $1,890 umtsflatrate.net $1,400
chaussures-sports.net $1,868 francais.net $1,399
chaussure-sport.org $1,866 militaryclothing.net $1,280
montpellier.info $1,750 cacaniqueis.mobi $1,200
stromanbieter.net $1,680 hautkrebs.net $1,190
businessintelligence.info $1,484 ticketnet.net $1,120
schrankwand.net $1,470 bestbc.net $1,000

Sedo also sold Jean.net ($2,000) and Round.net ($1,716) through their GreatDomains site.

Elsewhere Snapnames banked $1,769 for MortgageRelief.org and $1,215 for TMM.org

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 Charts page.

*****

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 who share their sales information with us to help everyone in the business get a handle on current domain values. Richard Meyer of Domain Sales Center also provides invaluable help in collecting data for these sales reports each week.

Every Tuesday night or Wednesday morning we publish the highest reported domain name sales for the previous week. On Mondays and Tuesdays our contributors send us their sales data for the previous 7 days. We then compile that information and write this article to give you the most comprehensive sales report in the industry. 

Editor's Note: If you wish to review previous Domain Sales columns, they are available in our Archive.

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