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A 3-Letter .Com Commands Seven Figures in a Stunning Deal Brokered by Guta.com

I almost never start this column with news of a sale we can't chart, but we have one this week that is so significant it is worth making an exception. As all regular industry observers know by now, Chinese buyers love short premium .com domain names. While it is not uncommon for the 3-letter variety to sell in the low six figures it is very rare to see a 3-letter acronym go for seven figures - but one  just did. 

George Hong at Guta.com has brokered the sale of OFO.com to a Chinese buyer for a figure in excess of $1 million. Both the buyer and seller wish to remain private and to keep the exact price confidential though they did give George permission to release what I noted above and  I have seen documentation showing the price paid. 

George Hong
Guta.com

The highest 3-letter .com sale price that has been made public this year was LEV.com at $200,000 earlier this month (it ranks 10th on our current Year to Date Top 100 Chart). If we could post the exact price paid in the OFO.com sale it would rank among the year's three biggest sales (the other two that reached seven figures were both two-digit numeric domains). George and Guta.com already had one of the year's top ten publicly announced sales, having moved 3W.com in a $280,000 sale we charted March 1st.

By Ron Jackson

Moving on to the sales we can chart, Michael Mann's DomainMarket.com led the pack with a $34,888 sale of BeAmazed.com and his company went on to claim four of the top seven sales and six entries overall on our latest all extension Top 20 Sales Chart. DomainMarket also sold two names that tied for #3 - SeaFoundation.com and TripleCherry.com at $19,888, as well as #7 CharityDay.com at $14,888.

Morgan Linton sailed into the #2 slot after brokering a $24,000 sale of Candidly.com and Sedo rounded out the first five with #5 NativeMedia.com at $18,000. Sedo went on to pile up 10 of the 20 entries overall.

.Coms swept 13 of the first 14 sales and 18 of 20 overall. The only exception on the top half of the leader board was the $12,000 sale of #10 (tie) Concert.io at .IO Domains. That was the only ccTLD on the elite list and the non .com gTLDs also had just one representative - that one a new gTLD - #15 (tie) Solar.global - sold by the .Global Registry for $8,000. The domain that shared the #15 slot was VirginIslandsYachtCharters.com - a name that Patrick Carleton sold on behalf of himself and his partner Josh Metnick (they had originally hand registered the domain).

Here is how all of the sales leaders stacked up for the week ending Sunday, April 23, 2017:

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The DN Journal Top 20 
Highest Reported Domain Sales - Mon. April 17, 2017 - Sun. April 23, 2017
(Foreign currency to U.S. Dollar Conversions Based on Rates in Effect April 26, 2017)

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. BeAmazed.com $34,888 DomainMarket
2. Candidly.com $24,000 Morgan Linton
3.
tie
SeaFoundation.com $19,888 DomainMarket
3.
tie
TripleCherry.com $19,888 DomainMarket
5. NativeMedia.com $18,000 Sedo
6. Zoko.com $14,900 Sedo
7. CharityDay.com $14,888 DomainMarket
8. Metalam.com $13,500 Sedo
9. LeadCenter.com $13,000 Sedo
10.
tie
Concert.io $12,000 .IODomains
10.
tie
PopBuzz.com $12,000 Sedo

12. Sushma.com $10,000 DomainMarket
13. PelicanGolfClub.com $9,888 DomainMarket
14. WPAI.com $9,500 Sedo
15.
tie
Solar.global $8,000 .Global Registry
15.
tie
VirginIslandsYachtCharters.com $8,000 Patrick Carleton
17. ImageNet.com $7,950 Sedo
18. Thankfully.com $7,700 Sedo
19.
tie
GoodSnacks.com $7,500 Sedo
19.
tie
ü.com (IDN) $7,500 Sedo

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 four figure sales with Smithery.com at $7,040 and Retag.com at $5,200. Vavada.com added $5,000, Brillian.com brought $4,900 and two others - NomadNews.com and WizPop.com went for $4,500 each

Cargem.com collected $4,347, CampusOnline.com landed $4,200 and PureControl.com commanded $3,900. AuthenticBooks.com bagged $3,499, OGCP.com secured $3,270 and LHCP.com posted $3,216

Sedo had 25 more four-figure sales ranging from $2,000 to $3,000 that are listed in the table below.

Additional Sedo .com gTLD Sales Between $2,000 - $3,000
mrmindful.com $3,000   datahire.com $2,495
autopaid.com $2,899 cloudhosts.com $2,450
propertyapps.com $2,875 dickeybird.com $2,200
cjcup.com $2,800 8biz8.com $2,180
chefsache.com $2,725 datalk.com $2,150
briqs.com $2,700 konichiwa.com $2,100
agtb.com $2,560 mycougar.com $2,100
dogrear.com $2,500 allpointsrewards.com $2,000
h265codec.com $2,500 design24.com $2,000
kulturgut.com $2,500 islandmed.com $2,000
leemont.com $2,500 loanspring.com $2,000
mydigital.com $2,500 pricee.com $2,000
b2bquotes.com $2,495  

Back at DomainMarket.com, SilkenTouch.com sold for $5,000.