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2018 Domain Sales Season Begins with a Bang as Sharjil Saleem Closes $220,000 Deal 

...and they're off! The 2018 domain sales season is now underway with sales reports from the first week of the new year now in. It is always good to get off on the right foot and broker Sharjil Saleem, assisted by Ali Rajpoot, made sure than happened by closing a $220,000 sale of DXB.com that heads our first weekly all extension Top 20 Sales Chart of 2018. With that Sharjil picks up where he left off in 2017, a year in which he had three of the 12 biggest sales reported, including #2 (tie) ETH.com at $2 million.

Sedo filled the opening week's runner-up slot with their $75,000 sale of Publica.com in a deal closed by their Senior Broker Dave Evanson. They went on to sweep 14 of the 22 chart entries (the extra spots resulted from a three-way tie for the final position) including #4 Mega-Sena.com at $35,000 and #5 (tie) Block-Chain.com at $30,000.

The new gTLDs also got off to a good start with Michael Berkens selling Talk.show for $50,000. Michael had reported the sale on his Twitter feed (@thedomains) Monday but did not release the price as he had accepted a non disclosure agreement with the buyer, Roberto Bourgonjen from Amsterdam, Holland. Bourgonjen apparently changed his mind though because today he replied to Michael's tweet by saying the price paid was $50,000. Roberto added that his first offer (in May 2017) was $5,000 and he went on to tell Michael that he should have accepted the advice he said he made at the time - take the $5,000 and put in Ripple cryptocurrency.  Bourgonjen said that amount would be worth $197,000 today. Of course, hindsight is 20/20 and everyone seems to be happy in the end. Bourgonjen said he will make good use of the domain as well as his cryptocurrency gains.

By Ron Jackson

Talk.show was one of two non .com gTLDs to make the Big Board. The other was Flippa's $30,000 sale of #5 (tie) Homes.net. Flippa, who released their top sales for 4Q-2017 for the first time today, wound up with five spots on the elite list.

The ccTLDs also took two places on the leader board with #17 TraumJob.de at $9,600 at #18 CMR.co at $9,449. Sedo posted both of those sales. 

Everything else went to the .coms who piled up 18 of 22 entries overall. DomainsNext.com helped the .com cause with their $20,000 sale of #8 (tie) B91.com. That was one of three 3-character .coms to make the Top 20, along with a pair of 3-letter .coms. For newcomers, 3-character .coms include a mix of letters and numbers. They were overlooked for many years but the continually growing demand for ultra-short .com domains has increased their value dramatically in recent years. 

Here is how the sales leaders stacked up for the week ending Sunday, January 7, 2018:

HealthInsurance Services, Inc
eHealthInsurance Services, Inc
eHealthInsurance Services, Inc

The DN Journal Top 20 
Highest Reported Domain Sales - Mon. Jan. 1, 2018 - Sun. Jan. 7, 2018
(Foreign currency to U.S. Dollar Conversions Based on Rates in Effect Jan. 10, 2018)

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. DXB.com $220,000 Sharjil Saleem/
Ali Rajpoot
2. Publica.com $75,000 Sedo
3. Talk.show $50,000 Pvt Sale
4. Mega-Sena.com $35,000 Sedo
5.
tie
Block-Chain.com $30,000 Sedo
5.
tie
Homes.net $30,000 Flippa
5.
tie
HVY.com $30,000 Flippa
8.
tie
B91.com $20,000 DomainsNext
8.
tie
Editors.com $20,000 Flippa
10. GroupPay.com $19,999 Sedo

11.
tie
D69.com $12,000 Flippa
11.
tie
XRAI.com €10,000 = $12,000 Sedo
13. Conciergerie.com €9,999 = $11,988 Sedo