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Scrooge is Cheap? Bah, Humbug! Sells For More Than  $75,000 at SnapNames

by Ron Jackson

Scrooge McDuck was known for pinching his pennies, but the new owner of broke open the piggy bank to buy the domain for $75,200 this week at SnapNames. That sale tops our latest weekly Top 20 chart, more than doubling the $35,000 brought in by #2 at Sedo.

Just last week we mentioned what a strong year Great Britain's country code ( was having. This week the extension had it's best outing yet, placing six domains on the Big Board, including #3, sold for $24,160 at

NameDrive accounted for five of those six sales and placed two others on the top half of the chart, #7 ($16,874) and #8 ($12,144). The only other ccTLD on  the mainstream leader board was #18, sold for $8,000 at Sedo. .ae is the country code for the United Arab Emirates and this is the first time a UAE domain has appeared on our Top 20.

Another highlight this week was the $20,000 sale of #5 at Sedo. That ranks among the four biggest .info sales of 2006. The sale also helped Sedo rack up eight chart entries, more than any other venue this week. 

.Com controlled the rest of the action, claiming 12 of the 20 names on our elite list, including #4 which sold for $23,000 at SnapNames. Overall, the number of high dollar sales reported this week was lighter than usual with just a dozen cracking the five-figure mark. However, NameDrive said they had two six-figure sales they were unable to release due to non-disclosure agreements.

We also got wind of a potential blockbuster deal that is in the works. has agreed to sell to John Gotts of for $2,860,000. The contract (which we have seen) calls for Gotts to make six monthly payments of $10,000 each, followed by a huge balloon payment of $2.8 million before the domain is transferred. Gotts made the first 10K payment this week and Dynamo has pointed the nameservers to his host to allow Gotts to start using the domain. Gotts could walk away from the deal before making the balloon payment, but would forfeit all payments made if he does so before the deal is completed. 

 Here's a look at the complete Top 20 list for the week ending Sunday, July 30:


The DNJournal Top 20 
Reported Domain Sales - Mon. July 24, 2006 - Sun. July 30, 2006
Euro to Dollar Conversion ( to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. Aug. 1


Sold For

Where Sold
1. $75,250 SnapNames
2. $35,000 Sedo
3. $24,160 NameDrive
4. $23,000 SnapNames
5. $20,000 Sedo
6. $19,138 SnapNames
7. $16,874 NameDrive
8. $12,144 NameDrive
9. (typo) $10,099 SnapNames
tie $10,000 Sedo
tie $10,000 NameDrive
("detective agency" in German)
$10,000 Enom's Club Drop

13. 5,000 = $9,378 Sedo
14. $9,200 NameDrive
15. $9,000 Sedo
16. $9,000 NameDrive
(Spanish for "Tourism Castilla La Mancha," a state in Spain)
6,960 = $8,918 Sedo
18. $8,000 Sedo
19. $7,700 Snapnames
20. 4,500 = $5,766 Sedo

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.

.Com Supporting Cast

In addition to five domains on the Top 20, SnapNames piled up a nice stack of solid four figure sales including ($5,300), ($5,200) and ($5,100). added $4,605, extracted $4,600 and brought $4,400 dialed up $4,399, commanded $4,100 and posted $3,858. provided $3,501, notched $3,188 and peeled off $3,101. SnapNames had another 22 sales ranging from $2,000 to $3,000. You can check those out in the table below:

Additional SnapNames Sales Between $2,000-$3,000 $3,000 $2,083 $2,865 $2,051 $2,801 $2,051 $2,755 $2,051 $2,651 $2,050 $2,600 $2,050 $2,600 $2,050 $2,501 $2,050 $2,350 $2,010 $2,138 $2,000 $2,100 $2,000

One of the more interesting sales in that table has to be the triple-hyphenated at $2,050. Very rare to see a domain with that many dashes in a notable deal.

At, went for $5,000, drew $2,900 and returned $2,890. dispensed $2,500, tithed $2,288 and sacked $2,000 sold for $5,000 through their domain marketplace. Meanwhile back at the Sedo ranch, contributed $5,000, rated $4,450, kicked in $3,500 and cranked out $2,500. At Enom's Club Drop, booted up $2,600 and captured $2,500.

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

.Info rose to the top of the Global Contenders chart this week with that big $20,000 sale of at Sedo. That was one of three .infos on our new GC Top 20, with also appearing on the top half of the chart after selling for $2,500 (also at Sedo). That tied for the 9th position. Tariq Ghafoor sold both of those #9 domains. nailed down the #2 position after pulling $6,750 at Afternic. It was an unusually slow week for the .nets though as only five of them made it to the leader board. .Org was the big winner in overall numbers this time out, piling up a dozen chart entries including #3, a domain sold for $6,088 for SnapNames. #4 added another $5,688 at Afternic.

The enduring popularity of 3-letter domains was demonstrated yet again with six of them landing on the new list. Five of those were .orgs. Here's a complete look at the complete Global Contenders chart for the week ending July 30:

Global Contenders Top 20
 Highest Reported Non .Com Global TLD  Sales 
(.Net, .Org, .Biz & .Info) Mon. July 24, 2006 - Sun. July 30, 2006
Euro to Dollar Conversion ( to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. Aug. 1


Sold For

Where Sold
1. $20,000 Sedo
2. $6,750 Afternic
3. $6,088 SnapNames
4. $5,688 Afternic
5. $4,475 SnapNames
6. $4,200 SnapNames
7. $3,450 Afternic
8. $2,833 Snapnames
tie $2,500 Sedo
tie $2,500 Pvt Sale

11. $2,150 SnapNames
tie $2,000 SnapNames
tie $2,000 Sedo
tie $2,000 SnapNames
15. $1,630 SnapNames
16. $1,538 Snapnames
17. $1,350 Sedo
18. $1,305 SnapNames
tie $1,250 Sedo
tie $1,250 Sedo
tie $1,250 Snapnames

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.

There were five more four-figure sales just off the chart, with SnapNames accounting for three of those (all .orgs). sewed up $1,200, went for $1,052 and generated $1,050

At Sedo, and provided $1,000 each.

Country Codes

Great Britain's turned in a dominating performance this week sweeping the first six positions on our new Country Code leader board. Those six were so strong they all made it onto the mainstream leader board you already saw above, as did #7 (United Arab Emirates extension). It's the first time we've seen so many ccTLD's on the all extension Top 20.

The highest ranked domain you haven't seen yet is #8, sold for $6,300 at Sedo. Italy (.it), Canada (.ca), the United States (.us) and Germany (.de) also have places on the chart. The American domain, #14, was sold by Tariq Ghafoor at Sedo, giving him a nice sales week as he also had the .info and .biz sales we noted on the Global Contenders list. added three more entries on the second half of the chart and wound up taking 9 of the 15 positions overall in a very impressive outing. Here's a look at the complete Country Code leader board for the week ending July 30:

Country Code Top 15
 Highest Reported ccTLD  Sales: Mon. July 24, 2006 - Sun. July 30, 2006
Euro to Dollar Conversion ( to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. Aug. 1


Sold For

Where Sold
1. $24,160 NameDrive
2.  $16,874 NameDrive
3. $12,144 NameDrive
4. 5,000 = $9,378 Sedo
5.  $9,200 NameDrive
6. $9,000


7.  $8,000 Sedo
8. $6,300 Sedo

9. 4,000 = $5,126 Sedo
10. $5,000 Sedo
11. 2,250 = $4,220 Sedo
12. 1,000 = $1,876 sedo
13. 1,000 = $1,876 Sedo
14. $1,750 Sedo
("emergency phone" in German)
1,250 = $1,602 Sedo

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.

In a couple of other sales at, brought $892 and attracted $825.

We were also just notified about the sale of for $7,000 at NameDrive several weeks ago. Since it occurred more than 30 days ago it is not eligible for our weekly charts.  

Now that you're up to date on what happened over the past week, check out how the leaders stand year to date in all categories by visiting 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. Richard Meyer of DotCom Group, LLC also provides 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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