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Make It A Double! TWO Multi-Million Dollar Sales Take Over Top Spots on Our Weekly and YTD Sales Charts

By now most of you have probably read our latest Cover Story that came out last week featuring Michael Castello's astonishing account of  how he turned a free domain name - Whisky.com - into a $3.1 million payday (if you didn't read the story, which has already become one of the most widely read stories in the 11-year history of DN Journal, do yourself a favor and read it now). 

The Cover Story came out the day after our last weekly sales report, so Whisky.com enters the charts for the first time this week, with the Castello Brothers sale topping both this week's all extension Top 20 Sales Chart and our 2014 Year to Date Top Sales Chart. Whisky.com also became the first seven-figure sale reported this year. 

While Whisky.com is the first to hit seven figures it wasn't the last as we learned of a second blockbuster at that level this week. George Hong of Guta.com who has been helping us keep an eye on the Asian market, relayed the news that the Chairman and CEO of Gamewave Group Limited, Mr. Hong Yu, announced the purchase of Youxi.com ("games" in Chinese) for $2,430,000 (CNY 15,000,000) Tuesday (March 4).  Gamewave's website describes the company as "China's largest web game provider, the leader of the Chinese web game industry and the professional provider of interactive entertainment services."

By Ron Jackson

Those two seven-figure sales were part of a .com onslaught that gave the world's most popular extension 17 of the 20 entries on this week's Big Board. Clearly, if the massive wave of new gTLDs now coming ashore is scaring off .com buyers, we're not seeing it yet. In fact no non .com gTLDs qualified for the Big Board this week (and no reported sales from that category - which includes traditional favorites .net and .org - reached even five figures). The three spots .com did not claim all went to ccTLDs, led by the $26,250 sale of #4 Bonus.ca by DomainNames.ca. The others were #15 Offertes.nl ($15,070) and #19 LaptopScreen.co.uk ($13,600), with both of those sales handled by Sedo

Sedo also wound up with the most chart entries overall, taking eight spots on the elite list, including #3 with Footmarseille.com at $34,250. NameJet filled out the first five with #5 eCoupon.com at $23,388, one of four charted domains for them. Go Daddy/Afternic also staked out four slots with a group led by #7 LaughOutLoud.com at $20,800. In a notable private transaction, Chris Thompson of  SpeakLanguages.co.uk acquired #10 SpeakLanguages.com for his company for $20,000

One other note before we go to the leader board. George Kirikos has turned up yet another major previously unreported sale while going through company reports. He was able to determine that AO.com sold for an estimated $550,000 to $575,000 last year. The exact amount couldn't be pinpointed because the company (AO World PLC) logged the purchase of two domains under one total - about $594,000 at the pound/dollar conversion rate when the 2013 sale was made. Though not named, the other domain was believed to be AO.co.uk as it changed hands at about the same time. The latter name likely cost under $50,000, leaving the 550-575k balance for AO.com. While we can't chart those, George has added another important piece to the historical domain sales picture, which we always appreciate.

Now, returning to the latest sales activity, here is how all of the sales leaders stacked up for the week ending Sunday, March 2:

The DN Journal Top 20 
Reported Domain Sales - Mon. Feb. 24, 2014 - Sun. March 2, 2014
Euro/Pound to Dollar Conversions (€/£ to $) is Based on Rates in Effect March 5, 2014

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. Whisky.com $3,100,000 Castello Brothers
2. Youxi.com
("games" in Chinese)
CNY 15,000,000 = $2,430,000 Pvt Sale
3. Footmarseille.com €25,000 = $34,250 Sedo
4. Bonus.ca $26,250 DomainNames.ca
5. eCoupon.com $23,388 NameJet
6. TeamShirt.com $23,000 Sedo
7. LaughOutLoud.com $20,800 Go Daddy/Afternic
8. Amame.com €15,000 = $20,550 Sedo
9. AnimalRescue.com $20,400 NameJet
10. SpeakLanguages.com $20,000 Pvt Sale

Domain Escrow

11. FWRD.com $17,500 Go Daddy/Afternic
12. XFJ.com $17,000 Sedo
13. BoatTransport.com $16,000 Go Daddy/Afternic
14. EHB.com $15,800 NameJet
15. Offertes.nl €11,000 = $15,070 Sedo
16. 1357.com $15,000 Sedo
17. 1186.com $14,345 NameJet
18. Eaco.com €10,000 = $13,700 Sedo
19. LaptopScreen.co.uk $13,600 Sedo
20. KidKare.com $13,000 Go Daddy/Afternic

Keep in mind that these are the highest value cash only 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.

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.

There were 12 more five-figure sales off the chart led by the $12,500 sale of Bolbol.com at NoktaDomains. They also moved CanliRadyo.com for $11,500.

NameJet notched $11,803 for Minjian.com and $10,000 for MensGifts.com while Go Daddy/Afternic sold SpeedKing.com for $11,000 and banked $10,000 each for HealthShield.com and MedShop.com.

Meanwhile Sedo was busy ringing up $10,800 for MyBuild.com and $10,000 apiece for FileSpace.com, Storg.com and Hi.TV.com.

.Com Supporting Cast

Sedo led the .com supporting cast of four-figure sales with EasySquare.com at $9,999. Geneba.com and MyOffer.com added $7,000 each and Froogler.com contributed $5,999. GameBaby.com brought $5,900, OKCard.com commanded $5,350 and Alchemyai.com drew $5,343.

Aventon.com was next at $5,206 followed by a seven name logjam at $5,000 apiece that included 7726.com, AroraGroup.com, BenchmarkApartments.com, CoinZone.com, JobInsider.com, MarketingUnited.com and VitasOnline.com

Sedo had 41 more four-figure .com sales ranging from $2,000 to $4,999 that are listed in the table below:

Additional Sedo.com Sales Between $2,000 - $4,999
findescorts.com $4,999   nudeandnaked.com $2,500
sugarplum.com $4,500 ovronnaz.com $2,500
cartage.com $4,000 yoursport.com $2,500
clios.com $4,000 variasi.com $2,499
wellensiek.com $3,836 bookapedia.com $2,495
backies.com $3,600 createhealthy.com $2,495
hkcd.com $3,600 frostedge.com $2,495
doctorcoach.com $3,550 cirugialasik.com $2,429
cookacademy.com $3,500 jorte.com $2,400
reutech.com $3,500 6409.com $2,388
restant.com $3,261 ukdietpills.com $2,377
ringtel.com $3,216 steuersoftware.com $2,329
curemed.com $3,200 worldwidetrademarks.com $2,295
sternhagen.com $3,124 mchome.com $2,200
andpay.com $3,000 casinospins.com $2,195
sebir.com $3,000 mamakats.com $2,195
affiliatepolice.com $2,795 massageinsurance.com $2,150
whatsintown.com $2,595 instantstock.com $2,095
crowdventure.com $2,500 france-obseques.com $2,055
forex-academy.com $2,500 partyhunters.com $2,000
funmiiyanda.com $2,500  

Back at NameJet CompositeDecking.com dusted off $9,889, BuyHerePayHere.com hauled in $8,600 and PropertyGuide.com produced $8,002. Procrastination.com put off $7,877, EWK.com corralled $7,700 and Homoeopathy.com posted $7,100

3213.com dialed up $7,003, SoccerEquipment.com kicked in $6,900 and MercantileBank.com deposited $6,857. Thrombosis.com bagged another $6,333 and 2369.com sold for $6,295

Namejet had 44 more four-figure .com sales ranging from $2,001 to $6,000 that are listed in the table below:

Additional NameJet.com Sales Between $2,000 - $4,999
girlstore.com $6,000   photobay.com $3,009
skinart.com $5,433 bigpeople.com $2,770
travelking.com $5,100 appix.com $2,703
bodysculpting.com $5,000 e98.com $2,702
hotcity.com $5,000 caishun.com $2,700
transcriptionservices.com $4,544 buylobster.com $2,689
kawana.com $4,450 biciclette.com $2,645
easysw.com $4,400 birthdayflowers.com $2,616
buysoftware.com $4,252 agenciadigital.com $2,500
elitemarketing.com $4,210 southamericatravel.com $2,500
noreaster.com $4,200 cameradeals.com $2,455
bajan.com $4,055 tennisequipment.com $2,400
skistore.com $3,569 cemax.com $2,380
visitvenice.com $3,534 missouricity.com $2,358
h-q.com $3,336 ktech.com $2,350
adopciones.com $3,300 dramaturgy.com $2,347
snatchit.com $3,269 underhill.com $2,325
amfi.com $3,166 cplay.com $2,300
moonshadow.com $3,157 adaptiveblue.com $2,250
3dprintservice.com $3,100 freshcutflowers.com $2,100
stickfigure.com $3,023 runqi.com $2,013
socialforum.com $3,020 ipsg.com $2,001

At NoktaDomains the hit list included Vitaminler.com at $9,500, HuzurEvi.com at $9,015 and PersonelSaglik.com at $4,900. ColdFusionJobs.com earned $2,610, LifeInsuranceLead.com landed $2,500 and PACV.com provided $2,430

 At Go Daddy/Afternic WebsiteHostingCompanies.com uploaded $9,000, OneTechnology.com went for $8,500 and CNPM.com captured $8,200. Chimeric.com and FunSocks.com collected $7,500 each and TechCentralStation.com closed at $7,105.

Thejang.com clicked for $7,020, BoatApp.com docked at $7,000 and two others - AdventureTrips.com and SalesContracts.com - called in $6,500 apiece. PropertyAssociation.com pulled $6,000 and SiteAlerts.com secured $5,300

Go Daddy/Afternic had 107 more four-figure .com sales ranging from $2,000 to $5,000 that are listed in the table below:

Additional Go Daddy/Afternic .com Sales Between $2,000 - $5,000
dreamcams.com $5,000   englishjapan.com $2,688
hiddenjobs.com $5,000 klang.com $2,600
hookupwithme.com $5,000 crystalzone.com $2,588
magnific.com $5,000 equityplan.com $2,588
mintcoin.com $5,000 fooddish.com $2,588
pokerstats.com $5,000 lakesideproductions.com $2,588
poseit.com $5,000 skycentral.com $2,588
ticketvalue.com $5,000 snapandstyle.com $2,588
7805.com $4,975 adivino.com $2,559
inspekt.com $4,900 adok.com $2,500
wevy.com $4,900 bidirect.com $2,500
10018.com $4,888 blueroyale.com $2,500
genesisart.com $4,800 citycarting.com $2,500
socotra.com $4,800 personalizedcandles.com $2,500
videochatgirls.com $4,800 roadmapforsuccess.com $2,500
fondationbeyeler.com $4,750 roomasia.com $2,500
dconceptos.com $4,500 coastpartners.com $2,488
oceanstore.com $4,500 unitymall.com $2,488
prysma.com $4,500 africasport.com $2,485
18in.com $4,288 classicmodern.com $2,470
gravityzero.com $4,188 sors.com $2,425
grandmastercapital.com $4,000 unixprime.com $2,390
multipool.com $4,000 localalarm.com $2,388
studentloanblues.com $3,988 unclenicks.com $2,350
sagese.com $3,900 theprankstore.com $2,325
bigrip.com $3,888 bayconstruction.com $2,301
brooklynmarket.com $3,800 kolega.com $2,300
montecillo.com $3,800 chicagoblack.com $2,249
infinityjewelers.com $3,788 onlinefreeads.com $2,188
geektech.com $3,750 tilelight.com $2,188
souldevotion.com $3,688 akmed.com $2,160
michelleobama.com $3,550 cloudlaboratory.com $2,145
alliancebuilders.com $3,500 konduct.com $2,059
canvasfactory.com $3,500 nonforprofit.com $2,050
qatarsolar.com $3,500 365safety.com $2,000
seedfeed.com $3,388 allwind.com $2,000
solarpage.com $3,288 guitarworkbench.com $2,000
hamptoncreek.com $3,250 hurontactical.com $2,000
californialoancenter.com $3,200 lighthousestorage.com $2,000
greatmagazines.com $3,200 liveluxe.com $2,000
capitoltowers.com $3,000 metaldecks.com $2,000
dermatruth.com $3,000 pheasanthunter.com $2,000
elreto.com $3,000 rawradio.com $2,000
loool.com $3,000 reggiechambers.com $2,000
lucidium.com $3,000 salesindicator.com $2,000
sponsormatch.com $3,000 s-guard.com $2,000
beyondskin.com $2,950 sptd.com $2,000
8o8.com $2,900 strawberryfieldsforever.com $2,000
dkan.com $2,900 thecellstore.com $2,000
iweddingbands.com $2,877 trulyorganic.com $2,000
charliewilliams.com $2,800 visitin.com $2,000
onlinelivechat.com $2,800 washingtonprime.com $2,000
pxfc.com $2,800 williamandhenry.com $2,000
autoinventory.com $2,750  

Elsewhere U92.com changed hands for $5,015 in a private transaction and Flippa.com sold BestAndroidApps.com ($5,000) and Concerning.com ($3,050).

Country Codes

For the second week in a row, a Canadian ccTLD leads our weekly Country Code Top 20 Sales Chart. Last week it was Dental.ca at $22,600. This week it is Bonus.ca at $26,250 in a sale made by DomainNames.ca (they also sold Dental.ca last week, but made that sale through Sedo).  

That was one of four four-figure ccTLD sales reported this week (all listed in the all extension section above). The highest sale from this category that you haven't seen yet is #5 Dao.cn at $9,316 via Sedo, who swept 18 of the 22 chart entries (the extra spots resulted from a three-way tie for the final position). 

Germany's .de won the extension race with five charted sales. Great Britain's .co.uk had three while Colombia's .co and France's .fr had two each. Here is how the country code leaders stacked up for the week ending Sunday, March 2:

Country Code Top 20
 Highest Reported ccTLD  Sales: Mon. Feb. 24, 2014 - Sun. March 2, 2014
Euro/Pound to Dollar Conversions (€/£ to $) is Based on Rates in Effect March 5, 2014

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. Bonus.ca $26,250 DomainNames.ca
2. Offertes.nl €11,000 = $15,070 Sedo
3. LaptopScreen.co.uk $13,600 Sedo
4. Hi.TV $10,000 Sedo
5. Dao.cn €6,800 = $9,316 Sedo
6. W3.co $9,000 Go Daddy/Afternic
7. WID.fr €6,500 = $8,905 Sedo
8. OnPage.ru €5,000 = $6,850 Sedo
9. Badoo.mx €4,800 = $6,576 Sedo
10. NextDirect.cl €4,500 = $6,165 Sedo

11. PermanentMakeup.co.uk $5,000 NoktaDomains
12.
tie
GameTwist.com.br €3,000 = $4,110 Sedo
12.
tie
Serverbilliger.de €3,000 = $4,110 Sedo
14.
tie
Ignition.co $3,500 Sedo
14.
tie
Peel.in $3,500 Sedo
16. Stadtnetz.de €2,499 = $3,424 Sedo
17. Rev.me $3,000 Sedo
18. GolfTest.de €2,100 = $2,877 Sedo
19. GiveUpSmoking.co.uk £1,650 = $2,756 DomainLore.co.uk
20.
tie
 Pferdo.de €2,000 = $2,740  Sedo
20.
tie
Stempelo.de €2,000 = $2,740 Sedo
20.
tie
Sunday.fr €2,000 = $2,740 Sedo

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.

There were several dozen additional four-figure ccTLD sales off the chart led by Sedo's sales of DebtGuard.co.uk at $2,672 and LoyaltyCard.co.uk at $2,055.  

Sedo had 23 more four-figure ccTLD sales ranging from $1,000 to $2,000 that are listed in the table below:

Additional Sedo ccTLD Sales Between $1,000 - $2,000
localoffers.co.uk $2,000   xxl-immo.de $1,232
rolic.cn $1,999 arboretum.co.uk $1,226
gtd.eu $1,918 chukoh.cn $1,200
qay.de $1,781 pille-danach.eu $1,165
pns.co.za $1,750 blue-group.co.uk $1,151
horeca.gr $1,644 oho.es $1,028
schoonmaakpersoneel.nl $1,507 poltronesofa.fr $1,028
bauzaun24.de $1,506 schoolvideo.nl $1,028
cloak.me $1,500 albemarle.fr $1,000
valentino.com.es $1,370 chimpanzee.co $1,000
dankedeutschland.de $1,369 hacker-pschorr.cn $1,000
fotolia.co.za $1,369    

Elsewhere Go Daddy/Afternic sold CapitalAmerica.us ($1,995) and NMC.TV ($1,200), NoktaDomains moved AutoKey.co.uk ($1,600) and AdultClassifieds.co.uk ($1,500), Flippa unloaded TXT.io ($1,499) and MesotheliomaCancer.us ($1,105) and DomainLore.co.uk sold MSC.co.uk ($1,196)

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

Non .com gTLDs (.biz, .info, .mobi, .net, .org, .asia, .pro & .tel)

As I noted at the top of the report, this was another tough week for the Non .Com gTLDs. For the second week in a row no sales reach five figures in this category. That left the door open for TFI.net to take the top spot in our latest weekly Non .Com gTLD Top 20 Sales Chart with an $8,804 sale through Go Daddy/Afternic. 

Go Daddy/Afternic swept the first  three spots on the leader board and piled up 12 of the 20 chart entries overall. Their haul included #2 HorseRacing.tips at $8,200 (nice price for a newly released gTLD) and #3 Outages.net at $7,500

Rounding out the first five were #4 BestCasino.info ($7,050 at Sedo) and #5 Financing.net ($6,655 ay NameJet). 

The .nets easily won the extension race with 10 chart entries. The .orgs followed with 6 leaving two spots for .info and one each for .tips and .today. Here's how all of the Non .Com gTLD leaders stacked up for the week ending Sunday, March 2:

Non .Com gTLDs Top 20
 Highest Reported Non .Com Global TLD Sales 
(.Net, .Org, .Biz & .Info) Mon. Feb. 24, 2014 - Sun. March 2, 2014
Euro/Pound to Dollar Conversions (€/£ to $) is Based on Rates in Effect March 5, 2014

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. TFI.net $8,804 Go Daddy/Afternic
2. HorseRacing.Tips $8,200 Go Daddy/Afternic
3. Outages.net $7,500 Go Daddy/Afternic
4. BestCasino.info $7,050 Sedo
5. Financing.net $6,655 NameJet
6. Mermer.net $6,310 NoktaDomains
7. Anorexia.net $5,000 Go Daddy/Afternic
8. Spunk.net $4,888 Go Daddy/Afternic
9. Invoice.net $4,600 NameJet
10. EIP.org $4,599 Sedo

11. Willpower.net $4,200 Go Daddy/Afternic
12. Self-Determination.org $4,077 Go Daddy/Afternic
13. Pizza.Today $4,005 Go Daddy/Afternic
14. OperationMobility.org $4,000 Go Daddy/Afternic
15. HealthInternetwork.org $3,750 Go Daddy/Afternic
16.
tie
NetParents.org $3,500 Go Daddy/Afternic
16.
tie
TME.org $3,500 Go Daddy/Afternic
18. Opt-in.net €2,359 = $3,232 Sedo
19. Laundry.net $2,999 NameJet
20. BestOnlineCasino.info $2,900 Sedo

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.

Domain Name Industry Newsletter

There were several more four-figure sales off the chart with Go Daddy/Afternic getting the bulk of those with a roster that included AssetLock.net ($2,500), TexasDental.org ($2,495) and StockMarket.tips ($2,075)

Go Daddy/Afternic had 23 more four-figure non .com gTLD sales ranging from $1,000 to $2,000 that are listed in the table below: 

Additional Go Daddy/Afternic Non .C om gTLD Sales Between $1,000 - $2,000
theu.org $2,000   shrp.org $1,126
headline.today $1,886 thegreatgive.org $1,100
pufferfish.org $1,850 prcompany.net $1,088
seeitnow.org $1,596 neo.technology $1,077
palestine.today $1,525 links.directory $1,055
healthdata.org $1,500 focusontheuser.org $1,036
istanbul.today $1,325 umslce.org $1,025
independentcontractors.org $1,277 industry.directory $1,011
xforms.net $1,277 myhistoricla.org $1,000
cut.info $1,188 servicedogcertification.org $1,000

 NameJet scored with RTNDA.org ($2,500), Occupy.mobi ($2,499) and MadisonCounty.org ($2,100)

Sedo also added five more in this range led by HerbShop.net at $2,300 and BAP.info at $2,192. SteuerSoftware.net notched $1,200 and two others - Cinvizesi.net and Euromillionen.net - went for $1,000 each.  

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. 

Every Wednesday 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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