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August 27, 2012

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Country Codes & Global Contenders Corner Most of This Week's Top Domain Sales

by Ron Jackson

Maybe it's the Valentine's Day effect. As a group domainers are comprised primarily of men who spend an inordinate amount of time in front of the computer. Many spouses have been known to complain about never seeing their partners (of course others have been thankful for that, but that's another story). Valentine's Day is probably one of the few times the "better half" gets full attention from their mate. Perhaps having all of the guys out shopping for boxes of chocolate this week accounted for the unusually low number of high dollar domain sales over the past 7 days.

Don't get me wrong. There was a boatload of solid mid-range sales, but only 9 of the Top 20 sales reported this week hit 5 figures (recently it's been common for all of the chart entries to break that barrier). With cupid presumably pre-occupying all of those high end .com buyers, the country codes and global contenders (non .com gTLDs) ran rampant this week. In fact, for the first time more than half of our Top 20 chart was held by non .com domains.

A nice,, led the hit parade after going for €20,000 ($23,830) in a private transaction. Many of you know seller Rob Morrison by his forum handle, Rob, at That was one of four's on this week's all-extension leader board. had the other three including #9 at £6,495 ($11,334). All told, there were 6 ccTLDs on this week's chart with .net and .org splitting five more positions to give the non .com team an 11-9 win over the usually dominant .com crew. scored a big blow for the non-coms, tying for the #2 slot at $20,000 each. Joshua Pelissero, who sold another nice two-letter domain,, last week for $15,100 was the seller of Joshua sent the domain to Scott Richter of and thanked for bringing the them together.

In what may have been the deal of the week, Rick Latona of acquired in a private transaction for the 20K noted above. Latona intends to develop the domain as a lead generator in the red hot field of contract manufacturing (where top PPC advertiser bids currently top $18 per click).

Another big country code sale, ("job market" in German), hit the #4 spot after going for €12,000 ($14,293) at Sedo. followed with #5 ("watch" in Spanish) at $14,250. That was one of 8 entries placed on the Big Board by SnapNames. Their winners also included #7 at $13,850 and #10 at $9,333

Sedo also walked away with an armload of Top 20 trophies (7 in all). Their haul included #6 at €11,800 ($14,055) and #8 at $12,500. Here's a look at the complete leader board for the week ending Sunday, Feb 12:

The DNJournal Top 20 
Reported Domain Sales - Mon. Feb. 6, 2006 - Sun. Feb. 12, 2006
Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. Feb. 14


Sold For

Where Sold
1.  €20,000 = $23,830 Pvt Sale
tie $20,000 Pvt Sale
tie $20,000 Pvt Sale
("job market" in German)
€12,000 = $14,293 Sedo
("watch" in Spanish)
$14,250 SnapNames
6. €11,800 = $14,055 Sedo
7. $13,850 SnapNames
8.  $12,500 Sedo
9. £6,495 = $11,334 Sedo
10. $9,333 SnapNames

tie £5,000 = $8,725 Sedo
tie £5,000 = $8,725 Sedo
13. $8,650 Afternic
14. $8,500 Sedo
15. $8,100 SnapNames
16. $8,088 SnapNames
17. €6,500 = $7,742 Sedo
18. $7,600 SnapNames
19. $7,600 SnapNames
20. $6,721 SnapNames

Keep in mind that these are the highest value 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.

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts. took a place on the Big Board with a very nice 3-letter .org sale, at $8,650. A 3-letter .at (Austrian ccTLD), #17, put another point on the board for the country codes. KFZ is a popular abbreviation for "cars" in Germany. In another chart highlight, (sold for $7,600 at SnapNames) giving that extension a rare pair of two-letter sales in the same week.

.Com Supporting Cast

While .com had a smaller share of the Top 20 than usual, there was no shortage of strong mid-range sales for the world's most popular extension this week. At Sedo, served an ace at €5,500 ($6,551), posted $6,000 and pulled in €4,500 ($5,360). went for $4,300 while and muscled their way to €3,000 ($3,573) each. 

Also at Sedo, and commanded $3,490 each while booked $3,200. found $3,000, added €2,200 ($2,620) and sold for $2,599.

Afternic also had some healthy .com extras including at $6,000, at $5,000 and at $4,000. sported $3,800 and cost $3,500. Four other domains;,, and went for $2,500 each (the latter three went in one package for $7,500 so the prices are averaged out for that trio sold by Scott Haven, a forum regular known as Capiche).

Back at SnapNames, earned a $5,400 commission, rounded up $5,360 and made $5,301. brought $4,988, swept up $4,888 and saluted $4,750. was worth $4,588, desposited $4,200 and corralled $4,133. and revved up $4,100 each, drew $4,088 and closed at $3,988.

SnapNames had another 3 dozen .com sales ranging from $2,000 to just under $3,800. You can check those out in the table below: 

Additional SnapNames Sales Between $2,000-$3,800 $3,754 $2,333 $3,700 $2,316 $3,655 $2,261 $3,588 $2,250 $3,550 $2,250 $3,511 $2,228 $3,299 $2,171 $3,106 $2,150 $3,106 $2,150 $3,100 $2,150 $3,100 $2,105 $3,088 $2,100 $3,000 $2,100 $2,875 $2,070 $2,655 $2,050 $2,650 $2,050 $2,526 $2,050 $2,352 $2,048

In a couple of nice private sales, Rick Latona picked up for $6,000 and sold for $4,100. At Enom's Club Drop, ("condoms" in Spanish) approved $3,100, while and found $2,000 each.

Global Contenders (.biz, .info, .net & .org)

The Global Contenders had a bang-up week, booking 33 sales of at least four figures. Two cracked the five-figure mark, including which also ranks as the highest GC sale of the Year-To-Date at $20,000. #2 also took a bite out of five-figure fruit, swallowing $13,850

.Org turned the tables on .net this week. The nets have been dominating this chart, but this time around, .org took 7 of the top 10 and went 1-2-3 at the top of the leader board with #3 completing the run at $8,650

.Info also came off the sidelines this week to claim two chart entries; #11 ($3,325 at SnapNames) and #20 ($1,499 at .Biz also got on the board with #15 going for €1,500 ($1,787) at Sedo.

#4 was the top .net, going for $8,100 at SnapNames, a venue that led this chart with 10 of the 20 entries. The SnapNames roster also included #5 at $7,600 and #6 at $5,001. Here's a look at the complete Global Contenders Top 20 for the week ending Feb. 12:

Global Contenders Top 20
 Highest Reported Non .Com Global TLD  Sales 
(.Net, .Org, .Biz & .Info) Mon. Feb. 6, 2006 - Sun. Feb. 12, 2006
Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. Feb. 14


Sold For

Where Sold
1. $20,000 Pvt Sale
2. $13,850 SnapNames
3. $8,650 Afternic
4. $8,100 SnapNames
5. $7,600 SnapNames
6. $5,001 SnapNames
7. $5,000 Afternic
8. $4,000 Sedo
9. (typo) $3,500 Sedo
10. $3,436 SnapNames

11. $3,325 SnapNames
12. €1,990 = $2,370 Sedo
13. $2,000 Afternic
14. $1,850 SnapNames
15. €1,500 = $1,787 Sedo
16. $1,667 Afternic
17. $1,550 SnapNames
18. $1,549 SnapNames
19. $1,507 SnapNames
20. $1,499 TheNameStore

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.

There were 13 more four-figure sales in action off the GC Chart. The .org hot streak continued at SnapNames where netted $1,400, hooked $1,261, cuddled with $1,251 and added $1,150. SnapNames also got $1,250 for, $1,151 for and $1,074 for earned $1,400 at Afternic and dinged someone for $1,100 at Enom's Club Drop. Sedo had the rest of the four figure sales, filling their satchel with at £650 ($1,134), at $1,100, a 2-letter IDN .net, Kφ.net at €850 ($1,012) and at an even $1,000. Sedo also sold for €750 ($893) and (German spelling of "Spanish") for €700 ($834).

Country Codes

Like the Global Contenders, the Country Codes enjoyed a breakout week, racking up 14 sales of at least four figures. Three of those topped five figures and as you saw earlier, six ccTLDs crashed the mainstream Top 20 chart. The deluge prompted us to expand our Country Code Chart to 15 entries this week.

Following the six heavyweights led by ($23,830) was another IDN domain, #7 Fitnessgerδ  ("fitness equipment" in German) at €4,500 ($5,360). Germany's .de placed five domains on the leader board and was right behind with four.

America's country code, .us, also did well with three chart trophies led by #11, sold for $2,225 at Sedo. Sedo always dominates the ccTLD list and this week was no exception as they accounted for 13 of the 15 entries, including an odd duck, #13 at $2,000. .vc is the rarely seen ccTLD for Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Here's a look at the complete Country Code chart for the week ending Feb. 12:

Country Code Top 15
 Highest Reported ccTLD  Sales: Mon. Feb. 6, 2006 - Sun. Feb. 12, 2006
Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. Feb. 14


Sold For

Where Sold
1. €20,000 = $23,830 Pvt Sale
("job market" in German)
€12,000 = $14,293 Sedo
3. £6,495 = $11,334 Sedo
tie  £5,000 = $8,725 Sedo
tie £5,000 = $8,725 Sedo
6. €6,500 = $7,742 Sedo
7. Fitnessgerδ (IDN)
("fitness equipment" in German)
€4,500 = $5,360 Sedo
("power tools" in German)
€3,800 = $4,526 Sedo

("rebates" in German)
€3,000 = $3,573 Sedo
10.  €2,500 = $2,978 Sedo
11. $2,225 Sedo
12. $2,150 Sedo
13. $2,000 Sedo
14. $1,000 Afternic
15. €800 = $953 Sedo

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.

A Spanish ccTLD, anchored the chart at $953, giving the new list representatives from six different countries this week. 

Now that we've run down the action from the last seven days, check out the year's 40 biggest sales in all three of our tracking categories on 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 [email protected].

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. Individuals like Richard Meyer of DotCom Group, LLC and Gordon Martin of also provide invaluable help in collecting data for these sales reports each week.

Every Tuesday we publish the highest reported domain name sales for the previous week. On Monday our contributors send us their sales data for the previous 7 days. We then compile that information and write this report for Tuesday night publication to give you the freshest 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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