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Another 6-Figure 3-Letter .Com Set the Pace on This Week's Domain Sales Chart but All Categories Had Reasons to Be Happy

We have some catching up to do this week. I was away last week covering the 5th annual NamesCon conference in Las Vegas so there was no sales report last Wednesday. This week I will bring you fully up to date on all completed sales reported since our last time around the track two weeks ago.

It seems like just about any time we look at a chart of sales leaders there is a 3-letter .com at the top of it - and that is once again the case. Sedo leads our latest all extension Top 20 leader board with HPX.com after moving that domain for $130,000. They filled the next two spots on the elite list as well, collecting $82,500 for runner-up CarStore.com and $44,268 for #3 Antrieb.de ("drive" in German), the top ccTLD sale.

Rounding out the first five were BQDN.com's $30,000 sale of #4 Withdraw.com and NameJet's $27,000 sale of #5 PY.net, the top non .com gTLD sale on the Big Board. Like Sedo, James Booth's BQDN.com and NameJet both collected multiple chart entries. BQDN scored four times, including two more of the top ten sales - #7 (tie) Numb.com at $23,000 and #9 IYB.,com at $22,000. NameJet, who reported all of their top January sales this week, also charted four sales. After selling over $1.5 million worth of domains in last week's live domain auction at NamesCon (with partner RightOfTheDot.com) you will be seeing NameJet often on upcoming charts as those sales close, including a $900,000 blockbuster - Great.com - that topped their auction results.

By Ron Jackson

The .coms swept 15 of the 21 entries on this week's chart (the extra sport resulted from a tie for the final position). Our long time friend, Marcia Lynn Walker, helped the .com cause with her $18,000 sale of #12 (tie) LocalReviews.com in a private transaction. Marcia was one of the first women to enter the domain business and was already well established in the field when we first showed up over 15 years ago.

The remaining six chart positions were evenly split between the ccTLDs and non .com TLDs. Along with Antrieb.de the country codes rang the bell with #6 Live.us at $26,000 via Sedo and #14 PS.co.uk at $17,920 (also at Sedo). In addition to PY.net, the big non .com gTLD winners were a pair of .orgs, #10 (tie) Beat.org at $20,000 and #20 (tie) Nano.org at $14,000 - and again, both of those sales came from the Sedo ledger.

Before we go to the latest charts, I also want to tell you about two previously unreported sales that George Kirikos (Leap.com) just brought to light through more of the relentless digging through corporate SEC filings that has allowed him to uncover countless sales of note over the years. The latest (from just last month) involves THC.com. The domain was sold along with some other assets, so can't be charted as an individual cash domain sale, but in the filing George found that the domain was valued at $1.25 million - even more than the company trademark (sold with it) which was valued at $1 million - proof, as George noted, that "elite domain names can be more valuable than trademarks." As a defining term in the burgeoning cannabis industry, THC.com is obviously a very high value domain and I doubt many would argue with the valuation in the SEC filing.

George found a second previously unreported sale, dating all the way back to 2003, in this UDRP decision in a case involving Glory.com that came down last month. The details in the filing revealed that the respondent (who won the UDRP case) had paid $115,000 for the domain 15 years ago. Normally, when older sales come to light we place them on that year's Top 100 Chart (if they are big enough) - but in this case Glory.com pre-dates our charts! We started tracking aftermarket sales in the fall of 2003, so our annual Top 100 Charts started with 2004. Still, we appreciate George sharing this information so we can put it on record here.

Now, back to the immediate task at hand - here is how the sales leaders stacked up for the two weeks ending Sunday, February 4, 2018:

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The DN Journal Top 20 
Highest Reported Domain Sales - Mon. Jan. 22, 2018 - Sun. Feb. 4, 2018
(Foreign currency to U.S. Dollar Conversions Based on Rates in Effect Feb. 7, 2018)

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. HPX.com $130,000 Sedo
2. CarStore.com $82,500 Sedo
3. Antrieb.de
("drive" in German)
€35,700 = $44,268 Sedo
4. Withdraw.com $30,000 BQDN
5. PY.net $27,000 NameJet
6. Live.us $26,000 Sedo
7.
tie
Numb.com $23,000 BQDN
7.
tie
UserAcquisition.com $23,000 Sedo
9 IYB.com $22,000 BQDN
10.
tie
Beat.org $20,000 Sedo
10.
tie
HomeAV.com $20,000 Sedo