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Six-Figure Sale of NudeTube.com Sheds the Competition in the Opening Week of the 2009 Domain Sales Season

2008 is in the books - now it is time to start seeing how 2009 will unfold for the domain aftermarket. The opening week of the New Year was a short one as the New Year's Day holiday kept people around the world away from work for at least one day - and in most cases multiple days - or even the entire week. With that scenario overall volume was understandably light but there were still some solid individual sales.

The best of those was Sedo.com's $167,500 sale of NudeTube.com. Sedo went on to sweep the first three spots on our debut Top 20 chart for 2009 and they piled up 10 of the 20 openings on the Big Board. Sedo also scored big with #2 Basket.com at $88,888 and #3 Gemaelde.de ("paintings" in German) at €42,510 ($57,389).


By Ron Jackson

Gemaelde.de (a German ccTLD) headlined a very strong opening week for the country codes. Eight ccTLDs elbowed their way onto the all extension leader board and four of those crashed the top ten. eWebs.co.uk sold #6 Northwest.co.uk to Think Local Marketing Ltd. for £27,600 ($41,124) in a private transaction and Sedo banked another €28,000 ($37,800) for #7 Telefonbuch.eu ("telephone book" in German). 

Aftermarket.com rang up five chart entries with completed sales from their live auction at T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Down Under in late November. Their list was led by #4 Saws.com at $52,000 and #8 Camera.co.uk at $35,000

The AfternicDLS also had multiple chart entries, hitting the trifecta with a trio of names led by LoanSolutions.com at $21,000

.Com accounted for half of the 20 charted domains. I mentioned that the country codes took 8 spots. That left just two places that went to a .net and a .org. Sedo sold a very nice geo domain,  #10 Poland.net for $27,777 while the AfternicDLS earned a $20,000 return on #14 Right.org

We got word of another six-figure sale this week but the exact price that Bhu Srinivasan paid for MunicipalBonds.com was subject to a non disclosure agreement. More details on that deal can be found here

Here is how all of the leaders stacked up for the week ending Sunday, January 4:


The DN Journal Top 20 
Reported Domain Sales - Mon. Dec. 29, 2008 - Sun. Jan. 4, 2009
Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Jan. 6


Sold For

Where Sold
1. NudeTube.com $167,500 Sedo
2. Basket.com $88,888 Sedo
3. Gemaelde.de
("paintings" in German)
€42,510 = $57,389 Sedo
4. Saws.com $52,000 Aftermarket.com/TDU
5. MySoccer.com $50,000 Sedo
6. Northwest.co.uk £27,600 = $41,124 Pvt Sale
7. Telefonbuch.eu
("telephone book" in German)
€28,000 = $37,800 Sedo
8. Camera.co.uk $35,000 Aftermarket.com/TDU
9. Season.com $28,302 Sedo
10. Poland.net $27,777 Sedo

11. Pokergratuit.fr
("free poker" in French)
€20,000 = $27,000 Sedo
12. IUS.com $25,000 Aftermarket.com/TDU
13. LoanSolutions.com $21,000 AfternicDLS
14. Right.org $20,000 AfternicDLS
15. iMode.com $17,001 SnapNames
16. Roentgen.de €10,000 = $13,500 Sedo
17. Jeweller.com.au $9,200 Aftermarket.com/TDU
18. Inseln.de
("islands" in German)
€6,500 = $8,775 Sedo
19. Consonance.com $8,600 AfternicDLS
20. 2O.com $8,500 Aftermarket.com/TDU

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.

For the 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 before you buy anything! As a starting point we have built a sister site specifically for you at NameNewbie.com.

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.


.Com Supporting Cast

Sedo led the .com supporting cast with GlobalBroker.com at $8,000. Eroy.com and AustrianWine.com followed at €5,000 ($6,750) each. 495.com counted out $6,500, Crunchy.com snacked on $6,000 and a pair of 3-letter .coms; IVV.com and SVJ.com kicked in $5,399 and $5,100 respectively. An IDN, Vφlkl.com, got into the act with a €3,400 ($4,590) sale. 

Sedo had 15 more four-figure .com sales ranging from $2,000 to $4,500. You can check those out in the table below.

Additional Sedo .com Sales Between $2,000-$4,500
politicsdaily.com $4,500   drbroker.com $2,500
schoerghuber.com $4,275 hypoteka.com $2,500
peepfly.com $3,600 nayati.com $2,350
regenschirme.com $3,510 cuteblonde.com $2,200
meinereifen.com $3,375 netrada.com $2,000
fitstart.com $3,350 systemsix.com $2,000
trendshow.com $3,240 webcammodeling.com $2,000
bankstreet.com $2,800  

The AfternicDLS picked up $6,930 for ParisGallery.com while SMSE.com drew $6,813 and ForexLive.com landed $6,500. BusinessKit.com contributed $6,400, AccessCash.com withdrew $5,888 and JetCore.com cleared $5,088

PhoenixEnergy.com generated $4,600 and NewKind.com discovered $4,588. The AfternicDLS had 41 more .com sales ranging from $2,000 to $4,000. Those are listed in the table below: 

Additional AfternicDLS Sales Between $2,000 - $4,000
linkable.com $4,000   forexcalculator.com $2,488
viljoen .com $3,520 geohosting.com $2,300
najd.com $3,288 rauchmelder.com $2,300
lobstersdirect .com $3,000 hollywoodshow.com $2,188
stressanalysis.com $3,000 paulstravel.com $2,188
stresshealing.com $3,000 uliana.com $2,100
breastmd.com $2,988 princesspea.com $2,088
upperhouse .com $2,961 techcatalyst.com $2,088
usenetwork.com $2,900 visagreencard.com $2,088
barhero.com $2,888 administrationjobs.com $2,000
londonreview .com $2,870 allegiancesolutions.com $2,000
serveamerica.com $2,800 askthebanker.com $2,000
salessite.com $2,788 baptistdating.com $2,000
simplyapparel.com $2,788 campusvision.com $2,000
spworld .com $2,750 happyjoe.com $2,000
hoststore.com $2,600 juchen.com $2,000
inter-view.com $2,600 safecycling.com $2,000
beverlyhillslimo.com $2,500 stresshelp.com $2,000
cesars.com $2,500 stresssupport.com $2,000
edasi.com $2,500 voyageworld .com $2,000
truex.com $2,500  

At SnapNames.com Slade.com corralled $6,258, Publics.com provided $3,526, BanglaFonts.com fetched $2,200 and EuropeanSex.com yielded $2,100

In additional completed sales from Aftermarket.com's live auction at T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Down Under, BlackCherry.com plucked $6,000, DownloadIt.com delivered $5,000 and Refrigerate.com chilled $4,500

Migrant.com harvested $3,700 while three others; Eternally.com, Exhilarating.com and Nightscape.com added $3,500 each. BikeRims.com braked at $3,000, ImageViewer.com screened $2,400, LandDownUnder.com captured $2,100 and ClearanceHouse.com hauled in $2,000

Moniker.com moved HallandaleBeach.com for $5,149 and PHPScan.com produced $3,360

At NameJet.com FreePornoTube.com tuned in $5,009, FloorPolisher.com took a shine to $4,600 and YogaGuide.com stretched out $4,140. SolarGuide.com and EasyParts.com plugged in $3,200 apiece, AccessMedia.com connected for $2,800 and WebhostingTop10.com tallied $2,550. CampingSite.com shoveled $2,300 and two others; AdvertisingSecrets.com and Narrowcasting.com notched $2,100 each. 

At TDNAM.com NationalGeography.com located $3,882, FogMachines.com blanketed $3,505 and BeautyPalace.com peeled off $2,905. Share2Flash.com sold for $2,105 and ErotikFurya.com found $2,005

Afternic Domain Auctions

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

Poland.net ($27,777) and Right.org ($20,000) easily led the Global Contenders race this week. Those two names also made the all extension Top 20 chart you saw earlier. The top GC sales you haven't seen yet are #4 Merijn.org, sold at TDNAM for $6,793, and #4 Tampa.info, a name that fetched $3,500 at Sedo. 

That was a surprisingly low price for Tampa.info. Back in April of 2004 that name changed hands for $10,000, so someone wound up taking a big loss to move that big city geo domain. 

As they usually do, the .nets had the most chart entries with ten. .Org followed closely with eight and .Info filled the final two openings. The AfternicDLS led the race among venues by sweeping 11 of the 20 chart positions.

Here's how all of the Global Contenders stacked up for the week ending January 4:

Global Contenders Top 20
 Highest Reported Non .Com Global TLD  Sales 
(.Net, .Org, .Biz & .Info) Mon. Dec. 29, 2008 - Sun. Jan. 4, 2009
Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Jan. 6


Sold For

Where Sold
1. Poland.net $27,777 Sedo
2. Right.org $20,000 AfternicDLS
3. Merijn.org $6,793 TDNAM
4. Tampa.info $3,500 Sedo
5. Hospice-America.org $3,334 Sedo
6. JobScout.net $3,288 AfternicDLS
7. TheCoolPics.net $3,004 SnapNames
8. PrivateLenders.net $3,000 AfternicDLS
9. Altenburg.net €2,000 = $2,700 Sedo
10. Centenarian.org $2,250 Sedo

11. Income.info $2,100 Aftermarket.com/
Warts.org $2,000 AfternicDLS
BachelorsDegree.org $2,000 AfternicDLS
14. Escinc.net $1,988 AfternicDLS
15. PreferredBusiness.net $1,888 AfternicDLS
16. DailyStock.net $1,805 TDNAM
Mabi.org $1,688 AfternicDLS
GlobalDistribution.org $1,688 AfternicDLS
19. INRS.net $1,609 AfternicDLS
20. OKSI.net $1,588 AfternicDLS

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.


There were 21 more four-figure GC sales just off the chart. The AfternicDLS had the majority of those scoring with Gwynn.net, SMGA.org and StudentSuccess.org at $1,500 each. SolidWaste.net and WashingtonWeek.org added $1,388 apiece while Puma.biz bit off $1,250.

Acquisti.net and RareCoin.net banked $1,188 each, LADM.net nailed $1,102 and  three others; Annonce.net, FunTest.net and TouchPanel.net pinched $1,000 apiece. 

Elsewhere TDNAM sold DSA.net for $1,405 while SnapNames rang up eBanking.mobi ($1,350), Ladder.net ($1,113) and Gambler.mobi ($1,005). Sedo's GreatDomains sold BLO.net for $1,350 while their main venue made $1,050 from Quotation.net and $1,013 for VAR.info.

Country Codes

The county codes got 2009 off to a great start with six five-figure sales and a total of eight domains that made the all extension leader board that you saw at the  top of this report. The highest ccTLD sales you haven't seen, EscortDate.nl ($6,426) and Rasenmaeher.eu ($6,075) round out the Country Code top ten. Sedo made both of those sales and accounted for 16 of the 20 ccTLD chart entries. 

Germany's .de claimed the most chart positions with six, followed by Great Britain's .co.uk with five. The European Union (.eu) and Australia (.com.au) each charted two domains. The other countries and regions represented on this week's ccTLD chart are France (.fr), the Netherlands (.nl), Asia (.asia), Sweden (.se) and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands (.cc)

Here is how all of the country code top sellers stacked up for the week ending January 4:

Country Code Top 20
 Highest Reported ccTLD  Sales: Dec. 29, 2008 - Sun. Jan. 4, 2009
Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. Jan. 6


Sold For

Where Sold
1. Gemaelde.de
("paintings" in German)
€42,510 = $57,389 Sedo
2. Northwest.co.uk £27,600 = $41,124 Pvt Sale
3. Telefonbuch.eu
("telephone book" in German)
€28,000 = $37,800 Sedo
4. Camera.co.uk $35,000 Aftermarket.com/
5. Pokergratuit.fr
("free poker" in French)
€20,000 = $27,000 Sedo
6. Roentgen.de €10,000 = $13,500 Sedo
7. Jeweller.com.au $9,200 Aftermarket.com/
8. Inseln.de
("islands" in German)
€6,500 = $8,775 Sedo
9. EscortDate.nl €4,760 = $6,426 Sedo
10. Rasenmaeher.eu €4,500 = 6,075 Sedo

11. AlloyWheelsDirect.co.uk £3,875 = $5,774 Sedo
12. INeedProperty.co.uk £3,850 = $5,737 Sedo
13. Fertig-Haus.de €3,750 = $5,063 Sedo
14. eStocks.asia €3,500 = $4,725 Sedo
15. MadeInSweden.se €3,370 = $4,550 Sedo
16. Sport.cc €3,000 = $4,050 Sedo
17. MensClothing.com.au $4,000 Aftermarket.com/
18. Beautifull.co.uk £2,600 = $3,874 Sedo
("entrepreneurial companies" in German)
€2,500 = $3,375 Sedo
Billigalu.de €2,500 = $3,375 Sedo

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.

Domain Name Industry Newsletter

There were 32 more four-figure country code sales off the chart. 13 of those were Australian .com.au sales from the Aftermarket.com/T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Down Under auction, including Pollution.com.au and Jackets.com.au at  $3,000 each. Camp.com.au cooked up $2,600, Branding.com.au brought $2,500 and SurfingLessons.com.au rode a $2,200 wave. 

JetSkiing.com.au, CDs.com.au and Broadcasting.com.au dialed in $2,000 each while Parasailing.com.au soared to $1,700 and Essays.com.au extracted $1,600. Enter.com.au added $1,550, Undergraduate.com.au attracted $1,500 and Shout.com.au hailed $1,000

Back at Sedo the winner's list included Die-Frau.de ($2,970) and four names at $2,700 each; Viaje.tv, Laptoptaschen.de, Krankenkassen-vergleich.de and CarRental.at. Hundehaftpflicht.at tacked on $2,565, OnlinePhysicians.eu dispensed $2,235 and Dungs.cn secured $2,025

A five-name logjam at $1,350 each included Meinmόsli.de (IDN), FMB.fr, Dr-Scheller, Body-Balance.de and Annuairedupoker.fr. Tonite.co.uk brought the curtain down on $1,192, ElTiempo.tv tuned in $1,080 and another IDN, Prδvention.de, provided $1,013

Elsewhere, Tourism.mn (Mongolian ccTLD) changed hands for $1,500 in a private sale and Fama.tv transmitted $1,100

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 editor@dnjournal.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 Domain Sales Center 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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