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A Quartet of 6-Figure Sales Top This Week's Chart as Domains Remain Hot Commodities

As we near the end of a boom year for domains, the aftermarket is continuing to run at full throttle. Just as we were publishing our previous bi-weekly report, we were able to break the news that IT.com had been sold in a $3.8 million deal. No details were available at the time but we were able to gather them over the following days and provide the full story in our Lowdown section last week. IT.com will be paid for over a 24-month period so it is not eligible for charting yet, but the dollar value of the transaction is the highest that has been publicly reported so far this year. 

Over the past two weeks, we continued to see solid sales daily, including a quartet of six-figure 

sales that lead our latest all extension Top 20 Sales Chart. A big 3-letter .com sale set the pace with TBC.com attracting $375,000 in a private transaction. Portugal.com completed a powerful one-two punch after Sedo Senior Broker Dave Evanson closed a $350,000 sale of that top tier geo domain (the latest in a long string of high end 2021 sales for Dave who already had one the year's biggest in Angel.com at $2 million).

 

Sedo filled the #3 spot as well with a solid $250,000 sale of Laced.com.  The six-figure group was completed by James Booth (the seller's broker in that $3.8 million IT.com deal), who added another feather to his cap with #4 Chronic.com at $150,000.  James also charted a second top ten sale this week wit #10 Vartana.com at $33,000

 

The week's biggest non .com sale was #5 ETH.paris, a name that DomainSmoke.com Founder Dennis Tinerino sold for $50,000 through DAN.com. That's the highest known sale in the .paris extension to date. Dennis shared the full story behind the transaction in a NamePros interview with Bob Hawkes that was published today. That was one of three non .com gTLDs to earn spots on the Big Board. The others were DNGear's $34,888 sale of #9 Squid.xyz and Sedo's $32,000 sale of ShopLocal .org.

The ccTLDs had their usual strong outing as well, placing four names on the elite list. Three of those are .co domains, led by the $35,000 sale of #8 Novo.co via Epik.com. The fourth was IT.com's purchase of #16 (tie) IT.kz at $25,000 in a private transaction. That was one many ccTLD versions of "IT" that the new owners of IT.com have acquired this year to be part of their new domain registration platform.

Everything else went to the .coms who got a boost from three SnapNames sales, led by #7 eCigarette.com at $39,788. The owners of Skand.fi also aided the .com cause by acquiring #13 Skand.com for $27,000 in a private transaction and Braden Pollock at LegalBrandMarketing.com weighed in with a $20,000 sale of #20 Gaining.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

           By Ron Jackson

Some other interesting domain sales information came to our attention this week thanks to Igor Furdyk, a veteran domain broker who is also the Project Manager at Intis Telecom (the buyer of IT.com) and Head of Sales for IT.com's  new domain registration service. Igor told us about three big .ru sales he was aware of - two from earlier this year - Dom.ru at $1,676,400 and Games.ru at $1 million.  He said Market.ru had also been sold last year for approximately $1 million. Igor did not broker those sales so we don't have the documentation we would need to chart them but I do consider him to be a very reliable source. These sales were also reported by Russian language media outlets.

Of course, when you talk about historical domain sales, George Kirikos's name is almost always part of the conversation and that is the case again this week. On his Twitter feed, George reported finding two six-figure sales while examining a 2020 SEC filing. Those were IHSAdvantage.com at $250,000 and EventConnect.com at $100,000. The filing described those as approximate numbers so we don't have an exact number to chart but they are obviously well worth noting. The price for IHSAdvantage.com might look high but a previous use as a hotel booking site that George pointed out may have played into that valuation.

Now on to the immediate business at hand. Here is how all of the sales leaders stacked up for the two weeks ending Sunday, November 7, 2021:

The DN Journal Top 20 
Highest Reported Domain Sales - Mon. Oct. 25 -  Sun. Nov. 7, 2021
(Foreign currency to U.S. Dollar Conversions Based on Rates in Effect Nov. 10, 2021)

 

Domain

Sold For

Where Sold

1. TBC.com $375,000 Pvt Sale
2. Portugal.com $350,000 Sedo
3. Laced.com $250,000 Sedo
4. Chronic.com $150,000 James Booth
5. ETH.paris $50,000 DomainSmoke/DAN
6 CPartner.com