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February 08, 2017

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3-Letter .Coms Dominate This Week's Sales Chart Sweeping 14 of 20 Positions - Two Reach 6 Figures

It's no secret how well 3-letter .coms have performed over the years but as popular as they are you still don't expect to see the kind of eye-popping performance they turned in this week. The group accounted for the four highest sales reported and swept 14 of the 20 entries on our latest weekly all extension Top 20 Sales Chart.

Two of those sales cracked the six-figure barrier with Sedo securing $115,000 for #1 OCS.com and BQDN.com banking $102,000 for DIL.com. BQDN also put SZD.com in the #3 slot with a $44,500 sale and NameJet rounded out the first four with TRM.com at $44,000. NameJet also had the first chart entry that wasn't a 3-lettter .com - and it missed by just one letter as #5 Timi.com attracted $40,666.

In the end Sedo, BQDN and NameJet were the only venues represented on the Big Board as they divided all 20 entries among themselves - and all 20 of those entries were .coms. BQDN led with nine spots (all 3-letter .coms), NameJet has eight places and Sedo three. In addition to the week's top sale, Sedo had the only other top ten entries that weren't 3-letter .coms - #9 MomsChoice.com at $31,500 and #10 Saucey.com at $29,.000.

By Ron Jackson

Alongside what you see on the charts, a lot of other major domain sales news broke this week. The latest example that we told you about earlier today, was SumoMe's acquistion of Sumo.com in a $1.5 million deal (in our story, SumoMe Founder Noah Kagan detailed how he spent seven years trying to get the name for his popular web services business. As is the case with many high end sales, financing was used in this one with Kagan putting $500,000 down with the remaining $1,000,000 to be paid out monthly over the next five years. We don't chart sales until names have been fully paid for and transferred but deals like this deserve their time in the spotlight too - the down payment alone was more than the week's nine biggest sales put together. 

In an even bigger deal that TheDomains noted, George Kirikos uncovered information in an SEC filing that strongly indicates that Snapchat paid $5 million for Snap.com last year (George details how he arrived at that figure in a comment he added to the post at TheDomains). What we don't know is whether or not any equity was part of the deal (something seller IdeaLab likes to have). If it comes to light that it was an all cash deal it would be added to our 2016 Top 100 Chart where it would be the year's biggest sale.   

George also pointed me to a report about a broker filing a lawsuit against automaker Faraday Future over a commission the broker said he was due for helping Faraday acquire FF.com for $1.4 million in 2015. The information in that story and the legal documents filed in the case is, I believe, sufficient proof that the price is accurate, so we have added it to our 2015 Top 100 Chart where is ranks as that year's 3rd biggest sale.

We also learned this week that InstallmentLoans.com was sold in 2013 for $500,000 and that sale has been added to our 2013 Top 100 Chart. That documented information came to me from seller Jon Schultz of BlueStringVentures who credited broker Derek Giordano for making the sale happen. 

Thanks to Noah Kagan, George Kirikos and Jon Schultz for providing these great reminders that there is always a lot going on in the aftermarket beyond what we see on the charts! 

Back to the business at hand, here is how all of the sales leaders stacked up for the week ending Sunday, February 5, 2017:

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The DN Journal Top 20 
Highest Reported Domain Sales -
Mon. Jan. 30, 2017 - Sun. Feb. 5, 2017
(Foreign currency to U.S. Dollar Conversions Based on Rates in Effect Feb. 8, 2017)


Sold For

Where Sold
1. OCS.com $115,000 Sedo
2. DIL.com $102,000 BQDN
3. SZD.com $44,500 BQDN
4. TRM.com $44,000 NameJet
5. Timi.com $40,666 NameJet
6. NFR.com $39,000 BQDN
7. PXN.com $37,000 BQDN
8. HAA.com $36,000 BQDN
9. MomsChoice.com $31,500 Sedo
10. Saucey.com $29,000 Sedo

11. 777Me.com $28,974 NameJet
12. OIR.com $24,950 NameJet
13. OFH.com $24,500 NameJet
BEZ.com $24,000 BQDN
EUC.com $24,000 BQDN
16. Dongying.com $23,600 NameJet
17. UFT.com $23,000 BQDN
18. YIL.com $22,200 NameJet
19. Comments.com $22,100 NameJet
20. KUL.com $22,000 BQDN

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.

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

There were 21 more five-figure sales off the chart led by BQDN's $21,000 sale of IXA.com

NameJet had 10 more at this level including another big group of 3-letter .coms - AJF.com ($19,299), VYY.com ($18,000), ZYE.com ($17,188), OPY.com ($17,001), OZX.com ($17,000) and IGJ.com ($17,000). They also scored with BuyShares.com ($15,100), SelfieStick.com ($15,000), Robby.com ($11,211) and Handango.com ($10,000).

Back at Sedo Gr8FX.com grossed $18,000, 1784.com sold for $16,500 and Papa.de delivered $15,515. VXE.com drew $15,000, Contacton.com captured $15,000 and new gTLD G.rich rang up $13,750. Solize.com commanded $12,840, Robo.io returned $12,500 and No18.com notched $12,450

.Com Supporting Cast

Sedo led the .com supporting cast of four figure sales with ZingWireless.com at $9,000. Externer-datenschutzbeauftragter.com kicked in $7,918, Alpavit.com produced $5,550 and LisaPage.com landed $5,500.

iSofia.com sold for $5,437, Value2Go.com went for $5,350, Supro.com provided $5,349 and MessengerMarketing.com made $5,300. Sedo had 37 more four-figure sales ranging from $2,000 to $5,000 that are listed in the table below:

Additional Sedo .com Sales Between $2,000 - $5,000
alliancesoftware.com $5,000   quixotry.com $2,899
earthfire.com $5,000 organixx.com $2,800
thestartupway.com $5,000 embalaje.com $2,675
richardsaghian.com $4,500 heroloans.com $2,650
nrg4.com $4,400 ghaziabad.com $2,600
digitalex.com $4,280 selfieguys.com $2,500
idraulico.com $4,280 vrinside.com $2,500
hashflare.com $4,069 yessheis.com $2,500
callforstartups.com $4,000 hawaiiaerospace.com $2,400
hypel.com $4,000 sheti.com $2,300