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February 11, 2016

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Slower Week in the Domain Aftermarket - Chalk it Up to the Chinese New Year?

The past week was a slow one for aftermarket domain sales, but perhaps not a surprising one given the outsized role Chinese buyers have had in domain sales for many months now. A couple of weeks ago several sources told me to expect a slowdown as festivities surrounding the Chinese New Year arrived. Las Sunday night was their NewYear's Eve, Monday (February 8) was New Year's Day and many offices in China are closed all of this week (which means we can likely expect another slow sales week next week). 

Against that backdrop only one reported sale reached high five figures. That was Zandibot's $87,000 sale of Scripts.com to the Stands4 Network (known for Acronyms.com and Abbreviations.com). 

Sedo filled out the rest of the top five with a quartet of .coms. #2 StarSelect.com commanded $21,660, #3 VacationUSA.com yielded $20,000, #4 Sexkontakte.com tallied $18,240 and #5 4820.com drew $14,251. The latter domain was the only one on this week's all extension Top 20 Sales Chart that fit the mold Chinese buyers typically pursue - short .com domains consisting of 2-4 numbers or letters (other than those containing vowels and the letter "V"). 

By Ron Jackson

With the nature of the charted names indicating Chinese buyers are taking a holiday break, the big question now is will they be back in the dominating fashion we have seen before this month ends? 

The .coms wound up sweeping 15 of 21 entries on the Big Board (a tie for the final spot accounting for the extra position). SnapNames contributed to the .com onslaught with #6 Tesila.com at $14,000.

All of the remaining slots were filled by non .com gTLDs with five of the six in that group representing new gTLD .Club who released their list of premium sales for January. Those sales were made through a variety of channels, including registrars and the RightOfTheDot/NameJet live domain auction staged at NamesCon. The two biggest sales in this category came from the auction - #7 (tie) Strip.club at $10,000 and #12 Athletic.club at $9,000. The only non .club name in this "club" was #20 (tie) ThoughtLeaders.net, sold for $5,500 via SnapNames.

The ccTLDs were shut out for the second week in a row with all reported sales from that category coming in below $5,000. Here is how all of the sales leaders stacked up for the week ending Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016:

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The DN Journal Top 20 
Highest Reported Domain Sales - Mon. Feb. 1, 2016 - Sun. Feb. 7, 2016
(Foreign currency to U.S. Dollar Conversions Based on Rates in Effect Feb. 11, 2016)


Sold For

Where Sold
1. Scripts.com $87,000 Zandibot
2. StartSelect.com €19,000 = $21,660 Sedo
3. VacationUSA.com $20,000 Sedo
4. Sexkontakte.com €16,000 = $18,240 Sedo
5. 4820.com €12,501 = $14,251 Sedo
6. Tesila.com $14,000 SnapNames
AirTrack.com $10,000 Sedo
ChilliSauce.com $10,000 Sedo
Strip.club $10,000 RightOfTheDot/
NameJet Auction
10. EnergyHouse.com $9,985 Sedo

11. Purefy.com $9,600 SnapNames
12. Athletic.club $9,000 RightOfTheDot/
NameJet Auction
13. Plusstrom.com €7,000 = $7,980 Sedo
14. Green.club $7,000 GoDaddy
15. DIY.club $6,334 Chengdu West
16. Arciel.com $6,000 Sedo
17. Rutte.com €5,001 = $5,701 Sedo
18. Tokyo.club $5,692 Gandi SAS
19. BusinessPlus.com €4,900 = $5,586 Sedo
Edencrete.com $5,500 Sedo
ThoughtLeaders.net $5,500 SnapNames

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 Top Sales Charts

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The All-Time Top 20 All-Cash Domain Sales Reported By DNJournal.com
 (2003 to Now)

.Com Supporting Cast

Sedo led the .Com supporting cast of additional four-figure sales with Beyoux.com at $5,415. 44S.com fetched $5,079 and three others - DeepHarbour.com, OpenWebGame.com and OpenWebGames.com - went for $5,000 each.

Canna-Tech.com tacked on $4,980, ChannelD.com tuned in $4,950 and Xerolan.com landed $4,888. HomeSprint.com spawned $4,500, Vilor.com captured $4,250 and 888733.com dialed in $4,044.

Sedo had 32 more four-figure sales ranging from $2,000 to $3,990 that are listed in the table below:

Additional Sedo .com Sales Between $2,000 - $3,990
poissonnerie.com $3,990   openmessenger.com $2,700
e-waiter.com $3,900 ibcm.com $2,550
bkcn.com $3,876 cinepod.com $2,500
gggo.com $3,752 gunclass.com $2,500
inkify.com $3,750 wefamily.com $2,500
lkglobal.com $3,591 flexmotors.com $2,495
bostonselfstorage.com $3,500 z105.com $2,495
londonrecords.com $3,300 svacation.com $2,480
scenton.com $3,285 jkch.com $2,456
nanosquare.com $3,000 appclinic.com $2,250
stemwinder.com $3,000 skaha.com $2,196
tax-plan.com $2,995 whfr.com $2,100
concreteprotection.com $2,900 tmjp.com $2,050
tastylife.com $2,890 canvasclub.com $2,000
narrativa.com $2,850 justicecloud.com $2,000
hydesquare.com $2,799 pekon.com $2,000

Back at SnapNames StockCheck.com found $5,099, PotLocker.com secured $4,444, Megabits.com made $3,450 and TedTalk.com attracted $3,433. Aandd.com added $3,120, NewState.com notched $2,609 and QFWM.com corralled $2,240

Elsewhere, TheDomainAgency.co.uk sold CourierDirect.com for $4,255 and Webcraft Domains sold LUUU.com for $2,610 via Flippa

Country Codes

While the aftermarket had a slow week in general it was doubly slow for the the ccTLDs with only a dozen sales reported in that category and all of those were below $5,000. That left the door open for Sedo's $4,446 sale of BestBaby.de to take the top spot on our  latest Country Code Top Sales Chart.

A pair of sales at Golem.eu - QTG.de at $3,420 and SoftPro.eu at $3,419 - filled the next two slots with III.co ($3,000) and Meinplakat.de ($2,964), both at Sedo, rounding out the first five. 

Sedo accounted for 9 of the 12 reported sales. DomainLore.co.uk had the one that did not go to Sedo or Golem - that was #12 G7.co.uk at $1,208

Here is how the country code leaders stacked up for the week ending Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016:

Country Code Top Sales Chart
Highest Reported Domain Sales - Mon. Feb. 1, 2016 - Sun. Feb. 7, 2016
(Foreign currency to U.S. Dollar Conversions Based on Rates in Effect Feb. 11, 2016)


Sold For

Where Sold
1. BestBaby.de €3,900 = $4,446 Sedo
2. QTG.de €3,000 = $3,420 Golem.eu
3. SoftPro.eu €2,999 = $3,419 Golem.eu
4. III.co $3,000 Sedo
5. Meinplakat.de €2,600 = $2,964 Sedo
6. Clara.co $2,500 Sedo

7. CareerChoice.co.za $2,400 Sedo
IndustrieJobs.de €2,000 = $2,280 Sedo
Mantel.at €2,000 = $2,280 Sedo
Umwandeln.de €2,000 = $2,280 Sedo
11. Utopia.co $2,000 Sedo
12. G7.co.uk £4,839 = $1,208 DomainLore.co.uk