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It's Official: $1.5 Million Sale of Cameras.com Clears Escrow to Complete the 2nd Biggest Domain Sale Reported in 2006

by Ron Jackson

Cameras.com attracted the highest bid in the live domain auction conducted by Moniker.com at the recently concluded T.R.A.F.F.I.C. East Conference in Hollywood, Florida. The winning bidder, Sig Solares (the CEO of Parked.com), wasted no time ponying up the $1,500,000 due, making that domain the first from the live auction that we have seen change hands. Dozens of others will complete the escrow process over the next few weeks and will take up positions on our weekly Top 20 chart as they are successfully closed (payments made and domains transferred to the new owners).

Only Diamonds.com (at $7.5 million) has sold for a higher reported price than Cameras.com this year. The amount paid for Cameras.com was far more than the total for all of the other 19 domains on this week's leader board, which underscores what a great domain it is.

Afternic.com accounted for the #2 domain, Bloc.com, sold for $35,000. In fact, Afternic rang up for three of the top six sales, also scoring with #4 You.net at $23,000 and #6 Honey.net at $20,000.

BuyDomains.com also had a big week, putting four domains on the top half of the Big Board, including #3 Celsius.com at $26,000. Overall, BuyDomains had six charted domains, a number equalled only by Sedo.com (and Sedo's six were all on the second half of the elite list). Sedo accounted for both country code domains on the all-extension chart, #11 CheapTickets.de (German ccTLD) at 9,000 ($11,494) and Lenders.us (American country code), tied for 18th at $7,500. 

SnapNames.com put a third .net on the board with #8 Age.net at $15,800, but everything else went to .com (15 of the 20 positions overall). Here's a look at the complete Top 20 for the week ending Sunday, November 5:


The DN Journal Top 20 
Reported Domain Sales - Mon. Oct. 30, 2006 - Sun. Nov. 5, 2006
Euro to Dollar Conversion ( to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. Nov. 7


Sold For

Where Sold
1. Cameras.com $1,500,000 Moniker/Traffic
2. Bloc.com $35,000 Afternic
3. Celsius.com $26,000 BuyDomains
4. You.net $23,000 Afternic
5. AlphaBay.com $20,370 Moniker/ DomainSystems
6. Honey.net $20,000 Afternic
7. GoldNews.com $16,000 BuyDomains
8. Age.net $15,800 SnapNames
9. Jetsetters.com $13,500 BuyDomains
10. SlideGuitar.com $13,210 BuyDomains

11. CheapTickets.de 9,000 = $11,494 Sedo
12. Greenhill.com $10,098 SnapNames
13. Rexia.com 7,900 = $10,091 Sedo
14. CargoCarriers.com $10,000 BuyDomains
15. RealtyCheck.com $8,888 Sedo
16. Arqana.com $8,217 Pvt Sale
17. ZDZ.com $8,000 Sedo
Veri.com $7,500 BuyDomains
Lenders.us $7,500 Sedo
ExportBrazil.com $7,500 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

SnapNames supplemented their two Big Board entries with dozens of solid four-figure sales including MiniScooter.com ($6,988), CatholicBibles.com ($6,766) and a pair at $6,600 each; USCU.com and Sirrius.com. MathFlashCards.com added $6,300 while another trio of names; NCADD.com, Lonnie.com and Fertighaus.com, yielded $5,800 each.

TrademarkProtection.com provided $5,355, Eco-Portal.com eked out $5,300 and ValueBuy.com brought $5,299. Animatronics.com kicked in $5,000 and TexasUSA.com tallied $4,444. Varget.com and Rolle.com rocked for $4,104 each while eAccountant.com penciled in $4,100. SnapNames had another 30 sales ranging from $2,000 to $3,900 that you can check out in the table below:

Additional SnapNames Sales Between $2,000-$3,900
chastitybelt.com $3,900   newboots.com $2,373
islandtrips.com $3,743 greatbearlodge.com $2,350
xn--on3b11zvjh.com (IDN) $3,500 saja.com $2,251
olde.com $3,433 ultrapages.com $2,250
scifiweb.com $3,330 quiltmaking.com $2,221
absearch.com $3,311 herbalsensations.com $2,216
thecage.com $3,202 aplan.com $2,173
meryl.com $3,111 houseoftherisingsun.com $2,161
buildersbooksite.com $3,104 visa4uk.com $2,150
flashfun.com $3,100 partitionsystems.com $2,050
nute.com $2,900 cjis.com $2,050
usasf.com $2,850 askamechanic.com $2,050
watertable.com $2,700 drywallsupply.com $2,025
guerreros.com $2,548 lonewolves.com $2,000
eanindia.com $2,501 learningtopics.com $2,000

Back at Sedo, Facias.com fetched $6,000, Steveo.com stacked up $5,000 and Evertech.com tacked on $4,000. OSCommerceTemplates.com contributed 3,000 ($3,832) while ParkPlatz.com ("Park Place" in German) generated 2,500 ($3,193). ERMB.com clicked for 2,000 ($2,555) and Atalho.com commanded 1,750 ($2,235).

At BuyDomains, Dockets.com delivered $5,500, Viewpoints.com posted $5,000 and FirstLaw.com landed $4,500. Three others; GoldGuide.com, PrecisionInc.com and UnsignedArtist.com, drummed up $4,000 each. SmartEyes.com spotted $3,900, SauvignonBlanc.com uncorked $3,700 and OutOfTime.com clocked in at $3,688.

BuyDomains also scored with Localism.com ($3,500), CafedoBrasil.com ($3,388) and SecurityAdvisor.com ($3,288). SportSoftware.com and CustomCreations.com captured $3,200 each while CourtDockets.com drew $3,100 and iJoin.com claimed $3,088. BuyDomains had 51 more .com sales ranging from $2,000 to $3,000. Those are listed in the table below:

Additional BuyDomains Sales Between $2,000-$3,000
urbanmodels.com $3,000   yourdinner.com $2,250
shoesplus.com $3,000 countycollege.com $2,237
savingscenter.com $3,000 laughster.com $2,188
lifetherapy.com $3,000 buychocolates.com $2,188
greatwork.com $3,000 statesecurities.com $2,100
flightlog.com $3,000 tagconnect.com $2,088
akademia.com $3,000 rfidit.com $2,088
taxdepartment.com $2,824 realmeal.com $2,088
fidonet.com $2,688 giftsquad.com $2,088
weddingringsdirect.com $2,550 experienceunlimited.com $2,088
voipnetworks.com $2,500 englishspace.com $2,088
tgps.com $2,500 worldpet.com $2,000
swingsation.com $2,500 waterhomes.com $2,000
remixmedia.com $2,500 traderchat.com $2,000
industryforum.com $2,500 tradealert.com $2,000
improveyourself.com $2,500 thefastlife.com $2,000
hotelspot.com $2,500 oceanmedical.com $2,000
collaborativecommunications.com $2,500 mlsrealestatelistings.com $2,000
cadaveres.com $2,500 lawdigest.com $2,000
buytech.com $2,500 knoxvilleattorney.com $2,000
assetbuilder.com $2,500 kidstudio.com $2,000
ustia.com $2,488 japanesegalleries.com $2,000
petroleumonline.com $2,488 impactnews.com $2,000
pacifictourism.com $2,488 friendlyfood.com $2,000
industryforums.com $2,470 dcdining.com $2,000
californiaparks.com $2,400   

To keep the length of our weekly report manageable (and to focus on notable sales) we normally list only those of $2,000 and up in .com. However, in looking over the sales data from BuyDomains this week, I was struck by how many additional sales they had under $2,000 - more than 300 of them in .com, ranging all the way down to the mid three-figure range. With an inventory of hundreds of thousands of domains they are able (and obviously willing) to cut some very reasonable deals for the small and medium size business clients they target.

In other sales, Afternic pulled in $3,500 for PortVision.com, $2,500 for EternalForces.com, $2,250 for TeachAid.com and $2,000 for ClickCatalog.com. VerizonMobiles.com sold for $5,200 at Enom's Club Drop and FitnessHotels.com checked in $3,400 at Pool.com.

You may have seen a press report saying that 1800YellowPages.com sold for $1.32 million in an OceanTomo.com auction October 26th, however that price covered a lot of intellectual property that included several other domains names and a 1-800 phone number that comprised a substantial part of the value of the package. 

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

A trio of five-figure .nets reigned over the Global Contenders chart this week. You saw all of those on the all extension leader board earlier and those, coupled with six others, gave .net nine of the 20 entries on the new GC Top 20. .Org was next with six slots, but none of those were on the top half of the GC ladder.

.Mobi put three names on the chart, all in the top ten, while .info scored twice, with both of those landing on the upper half of the chart as well. #4 Leads.mobi led the way for the new extension designed for mobile devices, drawing $7,000 at Afternic. 

FantasyBaseball.mobi was right behind after going for $6,250 in a private sale. That domain was bought by Jeremy Padawer, a long time domainer who told us he spent close to $30,000 on .mobi domains this week (and he had the receipts to prove it). Padawer, who sold Act.com for a reported $500,000 in 2000, told us he had gotten out of domaining for awhile but saw enough potential in .mobi to jump back into the water this year.

The top .info this week was #6 Webhoster.info, sold for 4,000  ($5,109) at Sedo. Here's how all of the leaders stacked up for the week ending November 5:

Global Contenders Top 20
 Highest Reported Non .Com Global TLD  Sales 
(.Net, .Org, .Biz & .Info) Mon. Oct. 30, 2006 - Sun. Nov. 5, 2006
Euro to Dollar Conversion ( to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. Nov. 7


Sold For

Where Sold
1. You.net $23,000 Afternic
2.  Honey.net $20,000 Afternic
3. Age.net $15,800 SnapNames
4. Leads.mobi $7,000 Afternic
5. FantasyBaseball.mobi $6,250 Pvt Sale
6. Webhoster.info 4,000 = $5,109 Sedo
7. iCare.net $4,888 BuyDomains
8. TaxReturn.info 2,200 = $4,193 Sedo
9. Guardian.net $3,850 BuyDomains
10. Save.mobi $3,200 Pvt Sale

11. TeachersGuide.org $3,099 SnapNames
12. IBSFC.org $2,900 SnapNames
13. CAMLS.org $2,853 SnapNames
14. NAPFSC.org $2,828 SnapNames
15. DNATesting.net $2,800 Afternic
16. Comsys.net $2,680 BuyDomains
17. Visual.org $2,488 BuyDomains
18.  LawStudents.org $2,400 BuyDomains
19.  Highered.net $2,288 BuyDomains
20. ResearchResources.net $2,272 SnapNames

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.

There were dozens of additional four-figure sales just off the chart in the Global Contenders category. BuyDomains.com had the largest chunk of those, 26 in all, ranging from $1,000 to $2,000. You can check those out in the chart below:

Additional BuyDomains Four-Figure Global Contenders Sales  
newcars.org $2,000   chineserestaurant.net $1,200
komp.org $1,688 concurrent.org $1,188
democracyworks.org $1,688 testnet.net $1,100
rockradio.org $1,670 citiesonline.net $1,100
steamboat.net $1,600 networksecure.net $1,088
vesti.net $1,500 ncet.org $1,075
commonwealthfund.org $1,500 zenspa.net $1,000
africanet.net $1,500 weddingstore.net $1,000
pooperscoopers.net $1,352 knowledgemanagement.net $1,000
technicians.org $1,350 housepainting.org $1,000
freeshare.org $1,350 housepainting.net $1,000
interlocutor.net $1,235 diabetescentral.net $1,000
majortom.net $1,200 akademia.net $1,000

SnapNames accounted for 14 more; seven .nets, six .orgs and a .info. Their list included Proteins.net ($2,073), Sleepy.net ($2,000), Johnnys.net ($1,413) and BWO.net ($1,155). ResumeWriting.net added $1,125, Parkinsons.net pitched in $1,111 and an IDN, xn--t60br3pd4fo4fprnj5f.net, notched $1,051

On the .org side of the ledger, SnapNames sold HOS.org ($2,052), Ecstacy.org ($1,940) and USTibet.org ($1,732). They also banked $1,350 for USAAFCU.org, $1,250 for Veris-Online.org and $1,053 for Estme.org. 2007.info increased the SnapNames total by another $1,653.

At Afternic ArtBox.net booked $1,500, CrownPoker.net raked in a $1,375 pot and NetMovie.net reeled in $1,000. Elsewhere, WebLeon.net went for $2,000 at Enom's Club Drop and Starz.org lit up 625 ($1,191) at Sedo. 

Back on the .mobi front, Padawer added Collect.mobi ($1,800), SmartPhones.mobi ($1,000) and Hispanics.mobi ($1,000) to his collection through private transactions. At Pool.com, Lease.mobi brought $1,320, Reservas.mobi returned $1,300, Jesus.mobi attracted $1,250 and FAO.mobi bagged $1,175.

Country Codes

Germany's .de led the country code race this week, with CheapTickets.de ascending to the top spot on the strength of that 9,000 ($11,494) sale at Sedo that also earned a spot on the all extension Top 20. Overall, .de took five of the 14 spots on our new ccTLD leader board. The runner-up slot went to America's extension with the $7,500 sale of Lenders.us at Sedo, a venue that swept 13 of the 14 chart entries.

#3 HeatPress.co.uk at 4,250 ($5,429) was one of two British domains on the chart. The European Union's .eu was the only other extension with multiple entries, claiming three led by #5 Tajin.eu at 1,800 ($2,299).

Other countries represented this week included India (.in), Belgium (.be) and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands (.cc). Here's a look at the complete Country Code chart for the week ending November 5:

Country Code Top 25
 Highest Reported ccTLD  Sales: Mon. Oct. 30, 2006 - Sun. Nov. 5, 2006
Euro to Dollar Conversion ( to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. Nov. 7


Sold For

Where Sold
1.  CheapTickets.de 9,000 = $11,494 Sedo
2. Lenders.us $7,500 Sedo
3. HeatPress.co.uk  4,250 = $5,429 Sedo
4. Zoom.in $3,000 Sedo
5. Tajin.eu 1,800 = $2,299 Sedo
6. Gesundheitsinformation.eu
("health information" in German)
1,750 = $2,236 Sedo
7. Katie.eu 1,650 = $2,108


8. Facebox.be 1,500 = $1,916 Sedo
9. WilkinsonSword.co.uk $1,800 Sedo
("cosmetics 24" in German)
1,400 = $1,788 Sedo
("handicapped travel" in German)
1,300 = $1,661 Sedo
("real estate investment" in German)
1,000 = $1,277 Sedo
13. Buegler.de 900 = $1,150 Sedo
14. Attorney.cc $1,000 Afternic

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date 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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