of July 4th Brings An Explosion of Sales in the Domain
Things are supposed to slow way down
in the middle of the summer, especially during a major holiday week
like the one just past. Last Friday was July 4th, America's
Independence Day, and just about everyone in this country spent
a three-day weekend firing up the backyard grill, going to the beach
or catching one of the thousands of fireworks displays around the
nation (quite a few did all three, especially where we are based
here in Florida).
Despite Americans supposedly kicking back
and forgetting work for half the week, there was a remarkable number
of notable domain sales over the past seven days - so many that we
are expanding our usual Top 20 chart to 40 positions so we can list
all of the five and six figure sales (there are actually 42 names on
the Big Board due to a five-way tie for the final
By Ron Jackson
While America celebrated its independence
from England, our friends across the pond were busy claiming
the week's top domain sale with a British ccTLD blockbuster, Phones.co.uk,
selling for £175,000 ($344,710) in a private
transaction. James Dale was the man who made the big sale,
one that ranks as the fourth biggest country sale reported so far in
Latona has been off traveling much of the past month but
he was obviously taking care of business while on the road. He has
seven of the week's top 20 sales and eight overall on the elite
list. His $115,000 sale of EdistoBeach.com ranks
number two and he also claimed the fourth spot with Jake.com
at $100,000. Sedo.com
completed the quartet of six-figure sales by moving #3 Sevilla.com
Sedo wound up with more chart entries than
any other venue, piling up 19 charted domains, including the biggest
.info sale so far this year, #7 Manucure.info
(French for "manicure") at a stunning €29,500
($46,217). That will buy a lot of emory boards! Sedo also placed
five ccTLDS on the all extension list including #11 LegalJobs.co.uk
at £20,000 ($39,392). MyID.caalso had anice country code sale with #13 Interview.ca
(Canadian ccTLD) attracting $30,933.
While .com enjoyed its usual chart
dominance, three .nets also managed to crash the party, led
by RickLatona.com's $25,000 sale of #15 (tie) JP.net.
We are also happy to report that one of the
industry's big private players, Nokta.com,
began sharing their sales data with us this week and they landed
four names on the Big Board right out of the box, including one in
the top ten - #8 DollDressup.com at $45,000. The AfternicDLS
also have four representatives, with #24 (tie) LuxuryItems.com
leading the way for them at $17,000.
Here is how all of the top sellers stacked up for the
week ending Sunday, July 6:
DN Journal Top 40
Domain Sales - Mon. June 30, 2008 - Sun. July 6,2008 Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based
on Rates in Effect July 8
Manucure.info (French for "manicure")
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.
continues to close sales from the T.R.A.F.F.I.C. East live
auction in May. In addition to the two names they put on the
Top 40, they wrapped up deals for FreeCosmetics.com ($9,500),
Masturbators.com ($5,890) and BirthRecord.com (also
$5,890). Moniker also sold MagicBra.com for $3,000 through
their web platform.
also had a nice list of four-figure sales to supplement their two
chart entries, dispatching EquityTrading.com for $9,200
and two others; XXVideos.com and Franky.com for $7,600
each. Megafiles.com fetched $6,900, Connaught.com collected
$5,400 and Medisys.com secured $5,226.
NameJet had 20 more .com sales ranging from
$2,000 to $4,400 that you can check out in the table
NameJet .com Sales Between $2,000-$4,400
Nokta notched $9,000 for Arababul.com
and $4,000 each for HalloweenCostumeStores.com and Dijit.com.
ShowerStool.com doused $3,000 while FinancialServiceCareers.com
and Notenbuch.com brought $2,600 each. Salairenet.com
sold for $2,300 and RobotReviews.com revealed $2,000.
Nokta also sold KissCostumes.com through Network Solutions
Back at Sedo, Ahamoment.com clicked for $9,000,
EnergyManagement.com conserved €5,600 ($8,775) and
FUQ.com kicked in $8,100. YouHot.com and Prompter.com
each posted $8,000 while JUA.com added $7,600. FinanzPortal.com
provided €4,800 ($7,521), CountdownTimers.com
clocked $6,250 and DiscountCabinetHardware.com went
for $5,800. Another pair, DiabeticMedicalSupplies.com
and Coures.com collared $5,500 each.
Sedo had 31 more .com sales ranging from
$2,000 to $5,000 that are listed in the table below:
Sedo .com Sales Between $2,000-$5,000
The AfternicDLS had their usual big week. Who3.com
drew $5,488, EcoManager.com earned $5,188 and
two others; Iedge.com and HandsFreeKits.com
contributed $4,500 apiece. BizFax.com transmitted $4,488,
AllOnSale.com racked up $4,388 and ConvertibleSecurities.com
returned $4,300. NetFin.com and eGazette.com grossed
The AfternicDLS had 90 more .com sales ranging from $2,000 to
you can check out in the table below.
AfternicDLS Sales Between $2,000 - $4,000
was hit by a multi-day service outage last week but still took in $5,250
for MNSN.com, $3,900 for NineInchNails.com and $3,600
for CoCast.com. Reflexes.com displayed $2,250,
Choca.com choked up $2,155, HushPuppy.com pulled $2,150
and DrinkWell.com washed down $2,050.
Elsewhere, RickLatona.com landed $5,000 for Venetia.com
tacked on $3,000 for SignatureGalleries.com.
(.biz, .info, .mobi, .net & .org)
OurGlobal ContendersTop 20 chart was led by that big $46,217.info
sale of Manucure.info ("French" for manicure) at
Sedo. That was one five .infos on the GC Leader board, the best
showing for that extension in quite some time. However, as it almost
always does, .net had the most chart entries with 10, led by
#2 JP.net at $25,000.
.Org appears four times with #7 Jewellery.org
leading the way for that extension at £2,900 ($4,544) via
Sedo. The last opening went to a .pro sale, also through
Sedo; #6 Clasificados.pro at $5,000.
Here's how all of the Global Contenders stacked up for the
week ending July 6:
Global Contenders Top 20
Highest Reported Non .Com Global
(.Net, .Org, .Biz & .Info) Mon. June
30, 2008 - Sun. July 6, 2008 Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based
on Rates in Effect July 8
There were dozens of additional four-figure sales
just off the chart. At NameJet TravelDeals.org drummed up $2,650,
Sox.org sold for $2,000 and Aihydro.org
generated $1,900. Busy.org bagged $1,555, Kayaking.org
paddled to $1,433 and HHP.org penciled in $1,316.
At the AfternicDLS Visionary.net spotted $2,600,
Crossover.org cranked out $2,500 and Afghans.net
rounded up $2,188. The AfternicDLS had 18 more four-figure GC sales
ranging from $1,000 to $2,000. You can check those out
in the table below:
AfternicDLS Global Contenders Sales Between $1,000-$2,000
At Sedo the roster included MySoccer.org ($2,500),
Sally.net ($2,250) and MobileCasino.net ($2,000). They
also sold CNA.net for $1,950 while Portimao.org
plucked $1,742 and Hooikorts.info hauled in $1,567.
ClassicialMusic.info and Yuliya.info yielded $1,500 each,
TTF.net tallied $1,450, 471.net counted off $1,025
and Milpa.net marked up $1,000.
At SnapNames, Videothek.net nabbed $1,600 and
CheapCar.net sputtered to a $1,575 stop.
The country codes continue to enjoy a big year. Of
course the big news this week is that $344,710 sale of Phones.co.uk,
the fourth biggest ccTLD sale so
far this year. That domain and the next six on the
Country Code Top 20 all made the all extension leader board you saw
earlier. The highest ranking ccTLD you haven't seen yet is #8 InternetShopping.co.uk,
sold via Sedo for $9,000.
This was a huge week for British domains as .co.uk
names walked off with 11 of the 20 chart positions. Canada
was next with four .ca names on the elite list. Other
countries represented this week included Germany (.de),
Italy (.it), Australia (.com.au) and France (.fr).
Here is how all of the ccTLD top sellers stack
up for the week ending July 6:
Code Top 20
Reported ccTLD Sales: June 30, 2008 - Sun. July 6, 2008 Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based
on Rates in Effect Tue. July 8
There were dozens of additional four-figure ccTLD sales just off the
chart and Sedo accounted for 33 of those including BuyHouse.co.uk
($4,727), FurniturePackages.co.uk ($4,570) and a trio at $3,939
each that featured KitchenCollection.co.uk, Involve.co.uk
and ArchitectJobs.co.uk. AlgarveProperty.co.uk added
Sedo had 27 more 4-figure country code sales ranging
from $1,000 to $3,000. You can check those out in the
Sedo Country Code Sales Between $1,000-$3,000
MyID.ca closed a number of nice Canadian .ca sales
from one of their recent premium auctions (prices have been
converted to US dollars). Bite.ca chewed off $4,124,
OnlineSingles.ca connected for $3,093 and MontrealDentist.ca
drilled out $2,578.
Rashes.ca scratched $2,062, HumanResourcesJobs.ca
reaped $1,910 and PharmaceuticalJobs.ca dispensed $1,856.
CanadianTravelInsurance.ca covered $1,546, SummerSchool.ca
admitted $1,392 and OntarioCondos.ca drew $1,073.
StockTips.ca turned $1,032 and LegalConsultants.ca
Nokta also notched some more nice ccTLD sales
including AsianFurniture.co.uk ($3,348), NorthCyprusProperty.co.uk
($2,750) and RoomDividers.co.uk ($1,970). DomainFinance.co.uk
closed at $1,300 while StainlessSteelSink.co.uk and ImprovingHealth.co.uk
added $1,000 each.
sold PozycjeSeksualne.pl ("sexual
positions" in Polish) for 3,010 PLN ($1,434).
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
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.