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August 27, 2012

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by Ron Jackson is the undisputed king of the ring this week, after throwing all of the competition over the top rope with a blockbuster $500,000 sale. Inc. let the domain go in a private transaction and there may be more where that came from. 

Company President David Jeffs said the firm might also put on the block and he expects that domain would command an even higher price than did. is the 7th domain to sell for at least half a million dollars this year.

That sale helped the heavyweight division stage a nice comeback this week after a rare downturn last week. .Com led the charge, sweeping 18 of 20 positions on the Big Board, and 13 domains sold for at least five figures this time out. After posting 3 of the top 5 domain sales last week, .Org had another strong outing, claiming the other two slots on the Top 20. One of those, #4, put the extension among the first five again after changing hands for $23,000 at GreatDomains was the hottest venue this week, racking up 8 of the 20 chart entries, including #2 at $34,000 and #3 at $25,000. put 5 domains  on the all-extension leader board while has 3. #5 produced a purrfect combination for SnapNames, selling for $20,500. Lucky #7 set the pace at Moniker. Cenkempus is the name of a well established Bali travel agency that finally acquired their .com name in this deal.

 Here's a look at the complete Top 20 list for the week ending Sunday, August 13:


The DNJournal Top 20 
Reported Domain Sales - Mon. Aug. 7, 2006 - Sun. Aug.13, 2006
Euro to Dollar Conversion ( to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. Aug. 15


Sold For

Where Sold
1. $500,000 Pvt Sale
2. $34,000 Sedo
3. $25,000 Sedo
4. $23,000 GreatDomains
5. $20,500 SnapNames
6. $17,000 GreatDomains
7. $15,600 Moniker/
8. $15,000 Sedo
9. $12,249 SnapNames
10. $11,999 Sedo

11. 8,000 = $10,228 Sedo
tie $10,000 Moniker/
tie $10,000 Moniker/
14. $9,000 Sedo
tie $8,500 Afternic
tie $8,500 Sedo
17. $8,350 SnapNames
18. $8,099 SnapNames
19. $7,800 Sedo
20. $7,000 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.

Those two Moniker sales at #13 were actually part of a single $20,000 deal. We split the value between the two evenly for charting purposes.

.Com Supporting Cast

As they so often do, SnapNames players filled the most roles among the .com supporting cast. cracked $5,955 and spit out $5,150. tacked on $4,962, brought $4,510 and kicked in $4,101

Also at SnapNames, sold for $4,051, the gavel on dropped at $4,021 and docked with $3,700 on board. drew $3,433 and an IDN, 鞋.com ( in puny code), which is traditional Chinese for, produced $3,400. put out $3,333, while and went for $3,200 each. SnapNames had 18 more sales ranging from $2,000 to just under $3,200. You can check those out in the table below:

Additional SnapNames Sales Between $2,000-$3,200 $3,110 $2,372 $3,101 $2,310 $3,000 $2,272 $2,900 $2,160 $2,749 $2,052 $2,555 $2,050 $2,450 $2,050 $2,383 $2,049 $2,383 $2,000 sold a pair of 3-letter .coms through their Marketplace; for $7,000 and for $5,000

At, generated $5,556, commanded $3,450 and two others; and added $2,500 each. pinned up $2,288 while three more;, and fetched $2,000 each. Afternic also sold for $1,500

Back at Sedo, racked up $5,300, tallied $5,000, contributed $4,500 and posted $3,838. Elsewhere, GreatDomains sold for $3,500 and went for $3,000 in a private sale with Moniker handling the escrow on that deal.

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

.Org was riding high again this week. After sweeping the top three spots on last week's Global Contenders chart, the extension claimed the top two this week and dominated the GC Top 20 with a dozen entries. Two domains you've already seen on our all-extension leader board held the top spots here, at $23,000 and at $8,500

With #3 leading the way, .net swept the next four positions. That name sold at GreatDomains for $7,500. .Net took 7 spots overall. .Biz also got on the board with #7 banking $3,548 at Moniker/DomainSystems. 

Here's the complete Global Contenders chart for the week ending August 13:

Global Contenders Top 20
 Highest Reported Non .Com Global TLD  Sales 
(.Net, .Org, .Biz & .Info) Mon. Aug. 6, 2006 - Sun. Aug. 13, 2006
Euro to Dollar Conversion ( to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. Aug. 15


Sold For

Where Sold
1. $23,000 GreatDomains
2. $8,500 Sedo
3. $7,500 GreatDomains
4. $5,175 Moniker/
5. $4,411 SnapNames
6. $4,108 Moniker/
7. $3,548 Moniker/
8. $3,500 SnapNames
9. $3,101 SnapNames
10. $2,151 SnapNames

11. $1,816 SnapNames
tie $1,650 SnapNames
tie $1,650 SnapNames
14. $1,588 Sedo
15. $1,512 SnapNames
16. $1,500 SnapNames
17. $1,406 SnapNames
18. $1,405 SnapNames
19. $1,400 Pvt Sale
20. $1,359 SnapNames

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.

Though .info missed making the Top 20 this week, the extension had the highest uncharted sale with going for 1,000 ($1,278) at Sedo.  Sedo also sold for $1,200

SnapNames dominated this week's GC chart with 12 entries and they added 5 more four-figure sales off the chart. Those included ($1,250) and ($1,200). On the .net side of the ledger, SnapNames sold ($1,250), ($1,161) and ($1,050).

In a private sale, changed hands for $700

Country Codes

America's country code, .US, continues to make inroads in the ccTLD competition. The extension claimed the top two spots on our new Country Code chart and 4 of the 12 entries overall, more than any other extension. A pair of 3-character domains led the way with and selling for $3,000 each at Sedo. E85 is a well-known ethanol based fuel while RE4 is shorthand for a popular game. 

.US also scored with #4, sold for $2,300 at Sedo, and #7 which went for $2,000 in a private transaction. The European Union's new .EU extension had three chart entries this week, headed by #3 ("ticket printer" in German). That domain drew 2,100 ($2,685) at Sedo, a venue that accounted for 9 of the 12 sales on the leader board.

Spain's .es was the only other extension with multiple entries, hitting the daily double with and  Other countries represented this week include the Cocos (Keeling) Islands (.cc), India (.in) and for the first time ever, Nauru (.nr). In an oddity, the world's two most popular country codes, Germany's .de and Great Britain's, both failed to chart this week.

Here's a look at the complete Country Code leader board for the week ending August 13:

Country Code Top 12
 Highest Reported ccTLD  Sales: Mon. Aug. 6, 2006 - Sun. Aug. 13, 2006
Euro to Dollar Conversion ( to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. Aug. 15


Sold For

Where Sold
1. $3,000 Sedo
2.  $3,000 Sedo
("ticket printer" in German)
2,100 = $2,685 Sedo
4. $2,300 Sedo
5.  1,200 = $2,272 Sedo
6. $2,250


7.  $2,000 Pvt Sale
("envelope of letters" in Spanish)
1,400 = $1,790 Sedo
9. $1,650 Sedo
10. $1,600 Pvt Sale
11. $1,395 Afternic
12. $1,090 Sedo

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.

In some smaller transactions off the chart, Afternic sold for $560 and for $500 while Pool sold (Canadian country code) for $559.

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

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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