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April 10, 2019

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Snake .com Slithers to Top of This Week's Domain Sales Chart With 6-Figure Strike

BQDN.com broker James Booth booked his latest 6-figure sale this week, one that put him at the top of our latest weekly all extension Top 20 Sales Chart. Booth snared the honor by closing a $135,000 deal for Snake.com, a sale that also ranks among the ten biggest sales reported so far this year.

That sale and Sedo's $65,500 sale of #2 FusionBank.com helped the .coms sweep 15 of the 20 chart entries, but every category had reason to celebrate. The ccTLDs had their biggest sale of the year to date and two more that rank in the category's top five for 2019. The non .com gTLDs also got into the act with two sales that rank among the year's top five in that group, one of which was a new gTLD to essentially cover all of the bases.

All three of those country code sales landed in the top ten on the all extension list with the new ccTLD King of the Hill, #3 Smart.co, leading the charge at $52,820. The seller was Aishwin Vikhona (Aishwin.com) who used Uniregistry's brokerage services to get the deal done. UnicDomains.com put IG.ca in the #6 slot with a $34,000 sale at Afternic and Sedo rounded out the country code power trio with #8 Hampton.co.uk at $32,750.

By Ron Jackson

Sedo, who led all venues with nine chart entries, also accounted for both of the big non .com gTLD sales, moving #11 T.win for $22,500 and #12 Office.org for $22,000.

Everything else went to the .coms including five that NameJet.com put on the board after they and sister company SnapNames released their March sales. #5 4349.com led the NameJet roster. Among the other venues helping the .com cause were EmpireNames.com who sold #15 Fiku.,com through Afternic for $19,995, AbdulBasit.com with a $16,888 sale of #17 Avellino.com and Steve Orosz, who sold #18 BigM.com for $16,500 in a private transaction. 

In addition to all of these sales, there was a blockbuster $600,000 deal for Carrot.com, though it can't be charted yet because it involves a payment plan (a common structure for sales of this magnitude). An SaaS firm named Carrot bought the domain as an upgrade from their OnCarrot.com domain. The sale was facilitated by Name Ninja Bill Sweetman. Bill is based in Toronto as was the previous Carrot.com owner, the late great Toronto artist Michael Kupka who passed away last year. Kupka had registered the domain name in 1996 and used it for two decades to showcase his innovative stereoscopic (3D) paintings from his studio at Carrot Common, a popular Toronto arts and retail hub. Sweetman said he is especially pleased about one of the important conditions of the sale made by Kupka's estate, noting "Michael Kupka's creative legacy will live on because Carrot has promised to host a page on their website devoted to Michael's artwork." That's a win win all the way around.

Now let's take a look at how the sales leaders stacked for the week ending Sunday, April 7, 2019:

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The DN Journal Top 20 
Highest Reported Domain Sales - Mon. April 1, 2019 - Sun. April 7, 2019
(Foreign currency to U.S. Dollar Conversions Based on Rates in Effect April 10, 2019)


Sold For

Where Sold
1. Snake.com $135,000 BQDN
2. FusionBank.com £50,000 = $65,500 Sedo