Dollar Domain Sales Pile Up As Dozens of Live Auction Purchases Are
During the brief (and completely
expected) sales slowdown we saw after Labor Day last
month, I mentioned things would soon be heating back up as sales
from live auctions at the Domain
Roundtable and T.R.A.F.F.I.C.
Eastconferences were completed. The first big wave of
auction sales came ashore this week, including several from Moniker.com's
T.R.A.F.F.I.C. East auction two weeks ago and nearly all of those
from the Roundtable conference in August.
While Moniker reports sales as they are
completed over a period of several weeks following an auction, we
got confirmation of all of the completed Roundtable sales in one
huge group this week. As a result our new chart is loaded with names
that changed hands at that event. To make room for all of the
auction sales we have tripled the size of our Top 20
chart to 60 positions this week - making it the biggest
weekly all-extension chart we have ever run.
By Ron Jackson
Four sales from the Domain Roundtable live
auction share the top spot at $500,000 each; Rebate.com,
Rebates.com, Invention.com and AZ.com (Rebate.com
and Rebates.com were sold in a single lot for $1 million but were
valued equally at $500,000 each). Another DRT sale, Event.com
at $165,000, took the next spot. The highest non-auction
transaction on the elite list was Sedo.com's$150,000 sale of #6 Guy.com. Sedo also put RCS.com
in the top ten after commanding $95,000 for that prime
Manufacture.com led the first group
of Moniker/T.R.A.F.F.I.C. East sales that were completed this past
week. That name went for $90,000 to tie for tenth. Moniker
has some much bigger sales still to come from their latest auction,
including Computer.com at $2.2 million. While auction
results occupy most of the high rungs on the new ladder, SnapNames.com
managed to break through the logjam on the top half of the chart
with #17 Fleming.com at $44,261.
47 of the 60 charted domains were .coms.
The top-ranking non .com domain was #8 Army.org, sold at the
DRT auction for $99,000. That is the biggest .org sale
reported this year and it ranks as the 6th biggest sale in our Global Contenders category
(all non .com global
TLDs). That was one of nine GC domains on the list with .mobi
taking five positions, .net three and .info one. There
were also three country code domains on the Big Board, led by
#14 Poker.in (India's ccTLD), a name that sold for $60,000
at the DRT auction.
Here is how all of the top sellers stacked up for the
week ending Sunday, October 28:
DN Journal Top 60
Domain Sales - Mon. Oct. 22, 2007 - Sun. Oct. 28, 2007 Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based
on Rates in Effect Tue. Oct. 30
Personalberatung.de ("personal advice" in German)
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. Our procedure for verifying the
accuracy of domain sales reports is available here.
Forthe many newcomers entering the domain
industry we also want to point out that the reasons why a domain name sells for a certain price can be varied and are not always clear to those who are unfamiliar with the domain market.
If you do not understand why specific domain names command the
prices they do, you are likely to make unwise domain registrations or purchases.
We highly recommend that you do some basic research beforeyou buyanything! As a starting point we have
built a sister site specifically for you at NameNewbie.com.
If that isn't enough for you, there were nine more
five-figure sales just off the expanded chart. Sedo
sold TeeTimes.mobi and FSGI.com for $10,000
each. SnapNames sold SpainTour.com for $10,249 and PowerTrip.com
for $10,000 and in additional sales from the DRT auction,
posted $10,100 and two others; LuxuryGift.com and cMail.com
delivered $10,000 each.
.Com Supporting Cast
There were also hundreds of solid four-figure .com
sales this week and as they usually do, the AfternicDLS
accounted for the largest number of those, including SatelliteViews.com
($9,000), NetChefs.com ($7,500) and ControlC.com
($6,800). TelevisionRepair.com and CasualApparel.com
slipped into $6,000 each, BNIT.com brought $5,995
and two others, Gehalt.com and Back-Up.com booted up $5,500
The AfternicDLS also had a six-pack at $5,000
apiece that included YouFax.com, SoulPurpose.com, Rofo.com,
FranklinSquare.com, DirectHD.com and Ciento.com.
AmericanFarmers.com harvested $4,688, IndustryIntelligence.com
pondered $4,250 and another pair; Womenco.com and AGOL.com
drew $4,088 each. Afternic DLS had 83 more .com sales ranging
from $2,000 to $4,000 that
are listed in the table below.
Additional AfternicDLS Sales
The AfternicDLS had more than 300 additional .com
sales under $2,000.
Back at Sedo, Funder.com found $8,101,
JPV.com pulled $8,000 and Verpeliculasonline.com
kicked in €5,200 ($7,503). MusicMusic.com drummed up
$7,100, XDG.com generated $6,600 and DZZ.com
clicked for $6,311. Visited.com dropped off $5,100 and
Progenix.com provided $5,000.
SupplyNetwork.com distributed $5,759
at SnapNames where eBrokerage.com banked $5,750 and BestStock.com
returned $4,400. SpanishGirl.com spawned $4,200,
CollegeLoanCorporation.com collected $4,100 and
ClevelandProperties.com produced $4,000.
SnapNames had 16 more .com sales ranging from $2,000 to $4,000 that you can
check out in the table below.
Additional SnapNames Sales
At TDNAM.comiBob.com bagged $5,107, NewTorrent.com
tacked on $4,719 and Eaindex.com added $3,005.
At the new NameJet.com
exchange, HomeDepotJobs.com paid $5,500 and FertilityDrug.com
In more completed auction sales, FuneralArrangements.com
cost $9,500 in the DRT auction where LaserPens.com lit
up $9,000 and BudgetProperty.com booked $8,450.
Three other names; PrisonGuard.com, FigureSkater.com
and BridalRegistries.com brought $8,000 each, TaxRefundLoans.com
landed at $7,600 and FinancialCounseling.com claimed $7,550.
Also from the DRT auction, CareerResource.com
and ChinaWare.com went for $7,500 each, DomainList.com
displayed $7,100, LoanProperty.com sold for $7,050
and DirectorySearch.com located $7,000. There were 65
more completed sales from the Domain Roundtable auction ranging from
$2,000 to $6,900. Those are listed in the chart below:
Roundtable Auction Sales
In more complete sales from this month's Moniker/T.R.A.F.F.I.C.
East auction, Cosmetician.com brushed up $8,140, CardStores.com
greeted $8,000 and EnergyCompanies.com flipped the
switch on $5,000. RemodelingServices.com and PublicOpinionPolls.com
penciled in $4,000 each, PleasureYachts.com cruised to
$3,750, LouisvilleDoctors.com prescribed $3,530
and TalkToTheHand.com tallied $2,950. In a sale at the
everyday Moniker site, AnswersAndSolutions.com secured $3,888.
(.biz, .info, .mobi, .net & .org)
As we did with the all extension leader board
above, we expanded this week's Global Contenders chart to
make way for the extra sales produced by recent live domain
auctions. The usual 20-position leader board doubles to 40 spots
this week. We've already talked about the first 11 names on this
list as they all cracked the five-figure mark and nine of them
landed on the all-extension chart you saw earlier. The highest sale
we haven't told you about is #12 Locals.org, a name that went
for $9,100 in the Domain Roundtable auction.
It was a big week for .Mobi asdomains
in that extension claimed 10 of the first 20 positions on the GC
chart and 17 of 40 entries overall. The .mobi winners included #13 Cricket.mobi
($8,100) and #14 Domain.mobi ($7,100) with both of those
sold at Sedo. Here's how
the Global Contenders stacked up for the week ending October 28:
Global Contenders Top 40
Highest Reported Non .Com Global
(.Net, .Org, .Biz & .Info) Mon. Oct.
22, 2007 - Sun. Oct. 28, 2007 Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based
on Rates in Effect Oct. 30
There were were several dozen additional four-figure
Global Contenders sales just off the chart. The AfternicDLS had the
highest of those with Tinhoctre.net at $2,600 and Othographe.net
at $2,500. PetRX.net and AdventureTours.net
notched $2,388 each, Astrophysics.net soared to $2,200
and TechnoFan.net fetched $2,149.
The AfternicDLS had 19 more four-figure GC
sales on their global platform, ranging from $1,000 to $2,000. You
can see those in the table below:
Afternic DLS Global Contenders Sales
SnapNames sold SkateShoes.net ($2,450) and
two others; Webb.net and RXM.net for $2,150
each. They added $1,509 for SWP.org and $1,450
Sedo banked $2,400 for BillConsolidation.net
while Hausbau.net and FreeHoroscope.info each returned
$2,164. Solarfoil.net added another $2,053.
Sedo had 16 more sales ranging from $1,000 to just over $1,700
that you can check out in the table below:
Sedo Global Contenders Sales
TDNAM sold EnlacesBrasil.org ($1,500) and
iAttire.net ($1,465) while Moniker raked in $1,500 with Irazoo.net
and wolfed down $1,320 worth of Fajitas.org in a
T.R.A.F.F.I.C. East sale.
Our Country Code chart expands from 20 to 30
positions this week but only three of those were auction sales. We
still needed to stretch out the ccTLD list because of the large
number of four-figure and up sales. You saw the first three domains
on the all extension leader board earlier, but you haven't seen #4 XYZ.co.uk
at £3,000 ($6,200) nor the IDN in the #5 position, Versandhäuser.de
("shipping houses" in German) at €3,333 ($4,810).Both of those domains were sold at Sedo.
As it often does, Germany's .de had the most
charted domains with 11. Also, as usual, Sedo dominated the ccTLD
race among venues, claiming 25 of the 30 chart entries.
One major oddity this week was the first .je
sale we have ever seen - #8 DE.je for €2,125 ($3,067) at
Sedo. .je is the country code for the tiny nation of Jersey.
Another unusual one was #16 Wills.ab.ca, sold for $2,150
at Pool.com. The second level in this domain .ab represents Alberta,
a province of .ca's Canada.
Here is how all of the country code
leaders stood for the week ending October 28:
Code Top 30
ccTLD Sales: Mon. Oct. 22, 2007 - Sun. Oct. 28, 2007 Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based
on Rates in Effect Tue. Oct. 30
Personalberatung.de ("personal advice" in German)
€11,500 = $16,596
£6,600 = $13,640
£3,000 = $6,200
Versandhäuser.de (IDN) ("shipping houses" in German)
€3,333 = $4,810
Lebensmittelzeitung.eu ("grocery newspaper" in German)
€2,500 = $3,608
Devisenrechner.de ("foreign currency calculator" in German)
There were three more four-figure ccTLD sales just
off the chart. Sedo sold VClips.tv for $1,000 while two
others; ForeignCurrencies.eu and Customers.eu went for
$1,000 each in the DRT auction.
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
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@example.com.
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
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.