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20 more end user domain sales

October 17, 2012Afternic, Domain Sales, Domaining, Domainnamewire, sedoComments Off on 20 more end user domain sales

20 more end user domain sales to report.

It’s bonus week for Domain Name Wire readers…two end user sales reports in one week!

OK, maybe it’s not that exciting. But there are a couple big names on this week’s list, including Starwood (not it’s first trip to the aftermarket) and The Guardian.

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Atlantic Central Bankers Bank bought ACBB.com for $4,999. Its web site is Atlantic Central.

Starwood Hotels & Resort bought AlohaGuide.com for $2,688.

Idealshape, LLC owns IdealShape.com. They just bought IdealShake.com for $4,100.

The Guardian bought GuardianBookShop.com for $2,595.

Powerful Signal, LLC, maker of cell phone repeaters and boosters, bought PowerfulPower.com for $1,356.

All Makes Collision in San Marcos, TX bought AllMakesAuto.com for $1,294.

The Millionaire Mentor, Inc bought SecretofHappiness.com for $2,500.

Western Automotive Supplies Limited in Alberta, Canada bought PartEngine.com for $1,788.

The company behind ServicePower.com paid $6,500 for ServiceRatings.com.

Worthington Federal Bank bought FreedomFederal.com for $1,200.

Post snc, owner of PostDesign.co.uk (but based in Italy) bought PostDesign.com for $1,750.

Sedo

Polar Wireless paid $10,000 for Roamly.com for its international SIM service.

UK bed retailers Sterling Beds Ltd bought Sterling.co.uk for $12,000

World of Gambling Ltd. picked up Keno.co.uk for 9,000 GBP

Digital Recruitment Limited is back…it bought JobsIreland.co.uk for $2,500

Connecticut mattress seller Sleep Etc. bought OrganicSleep.com for $1,501.

Globalization alert! XGAP Pty Ltd owns xgap.com.au and bought xgap.com for $4,000.

Hillcrest Media paid 1,200 GBP for BookDistributor.com.

Patterson Nissan in Longview, Texas paid $2,800 for PattersonCars.com.

MidFirst Bank in Oklahoma City bought MoneyMoments.com for $1,108.


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SnapNames October no reserve auction ends tomorrow, .ca auction kicks off today

October 16, 2012domain auction, Domain Sales, Domaining, Domainnamewire, SnapNamesComments Off on SnapNames October no reserve auction ends tomorrow, .ca auction kicks off today

Two auctions worth a look.

SnapNames has an “October Deals” auction that ends tomorrow, and I think it’s worth a look.

There are 61 domains and it appears none of them have a reserve — just a minimum bid of $199 or more.

Many of the domains are ones that you might see sell for $1,000-$3,000 to the right end user, such as AllMBA.com, DebtReductionService.com, DietLogs.com, and SoccerLounge.com.

So far 12 of the 61 domains have bids. LBS.org leads the pack with 8 bidders, but the domain is still only $375 at the time of writing.

BadHumor.com also has multiple bidders and currently sits at $211.

It’s definitely a good auction to review if you like to invest in lower priced domains.

SnapNames also has a .ca auction that kicks off today.

The .ca auction has reserve prices ranging from no reserve to $250,000. Top domains include Loans.ca, Casinos.ca, and Dating.ca.

Just make sure you’re eligible to own .ca domains before you bid.


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Poll: How much will 1 and 2 letter .org domains sell for?

October 12, 2012.org, Domain Sales, Domaining, Domainnamewire, eNom, go daddy, public interest registryComments Off on Poll: How much will 1 and 2 letter .org domains sell for?

What will domains sell for at auction?

This week Public Interest Registry, the non-profit that runs .org, announced auctions for 85 one and two character .org domain names. The domains will be auctioned through Go Daddy and eNom in what the company dubs “Project94″.

Although basically anyone can bid on the domains, PIR’s pitch to ICANN to release the short domains said that bidders will have to be “committed to building out the domain name with a sound marketing and branding strategy, including a strong focus on quality, creativity and the desire to launch the site in a timely manner.”

(It’s worth noting that in all auctions I’m aware of with this sort of restriction, the rules were never strongly enforced.)

A domain industry colleague just emailed me asking how much I expect these domains to sell for. It’s a good question. I think there will be a wide range based on the character combinations.

But why not tap the wisdom of the domain crowd? Please answer the two questions below: what will the typical price be for a 1 letter .org? 2 letter .org? For the purpose of these polls, consider only one and two letter .org domains, not ones with digits in them.

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TRAFFIC domain auction was the most exciting in years

October 10, 2012Domain Sales, Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off on TRAFFIC domain auction was the most exciting in years

Auction was high energy despite low sales prices.

If you didn’t attend the domain auction Monday at TRAFFIC, you’ve probably read a bit about:

The domains didn’t sell for much.

Some people lost money selling domains for less than they bought them for.

One of the auctioneers couldn’t read or pronounce most of the domains.

A lot of 100 domains sold for below registration fee.

These are all true. But there’s something else:

This was the most exciting TRAFFIC domain auction in years.

This may seem counter intuitive given the results. But when I walked into that auction room at the start of the auction there was an incredible energy. The (albeit small) room was packed. There was a buzz in the air.

I think this has a lot to do with people knowing that domains would sell. With many domains like Tumors.com at no reserve, there was sure to be action.

Of course, that action resulted in sales prices that were 10% or less of what they would have been at the 2007 auction. In 2007 you had to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on a domain to get an applause. This week it took nothing more than a five figure bid.

And some of the no reserve domains didn’t sell at even $100.

While the auction certainly wasn’t good for many people, it sure was fun to attend.


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PIR taps Go Daddy to auction 1 and 2 character .org domain names

October 10, 2012Domain Sales, Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off on PIR taps Go Daddy to auction 1 and 2 character .org domain names

.Org registry teams with Go Daddy for auction of short domains.

Public Interest Registry (PIR) will auction 42 one and two character .org domain names through Go Daddy, the companies announced today. [Update: it appears eNom is involved as well for a total of 94 domains to be auctioned.]

The release of these previously reserved domain names was made possible by a registry amendment and plan approved by ICANN earlier this year.

Unlike some other top level domains that have opened up one and two character domains for registration, PIR opted to auction domains off to the top bidders rather than make registrants submit a proposal for how they’d develop the domains.

Still, auction winners will have to meet certain requirements. PIR’s plan submitted to ICANN said that bidders will have to be “committed to building out the domain name with a sound marketing and branding strategy, including a strong focus on quality, creativity and the desire to launch the site in a timely manner.”

PIR’s proposal to ICANN stated that it would reinvest the proceeds from auctions into the .ORG brand through marketing and discount programs. However, the press release issued today says that PIR “will forward its share of the proceeds to programs that enhance open development and Internet security, particularly in areas of the world where technology is lagging.”

Names to be sold in the auction include I.ORG, S.ORG and TS.ORG. A full list is available here.

This auction is announcement is a big win for Go Daddy. The company historically hasn’t been selected to run many specialty and premium auctions.


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Afternic scores huge domain sales partner with Endurance

October 8, 2012Afternic, Domain Sales, Domaining, Domainnamewire, sedoComments Off on Afternic scores huge domain sales partner with Endurance

Endurance joins Afternic domain sales network.

Afternic officially announced today that Endurance International Group has joined the company’s AfternicDLS program.

That means customers of Endurance’s various businesses will now see AfternicDLS domain inventory when they search for domains. They’ll also be able to list their domains in Afternic’s system.

Endurance is one of the biggest shared hosting and domain registration companies in the world, but it’s possible you haven’t heard of it before. That’s because it’s a rollup of many of the largest hosting companies. When you add up all of the registrations made at its hosting companies and registrars, it ranks as the third largest domain registrar.

Some of Endurance’s big brands include domain registrars Domain.com and Dotster and hosting companies HostGator, BlueHost, and Fatcow.

Domain listings are already live on Domain.com and will be rolled out to other Endurance brands in the coming weeks.

The exclusive deal was made public at a joint Afternic/Domain.com party at the TRAFFIC conference in Florida last night.


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$4M+ GiftCard.com seller is no stranger to big ticket domain sales

October 4, 2012cashback.com, Domain Sales, Domaining, Domainnamewire, giftcard.com, maynard smallComments Off on $4M+ GiftCard.com seller is no stranger to big ticket domain sales

Seller also sold CashBack.com to Microsoft.

GiftCard.comYesterday Gift Card Lab announced that it had acquired GiftCard.com for over $4 million in cash and equity.

The purchase was not just a domain name; it came with a long running business that also included the 1-800-gift-card vanity number.

I confirmed with Gift Card Lab that it paid $4 million in cash and the equity was on top of that. But I also wanted to check in with the seller, Maynard Small.

He confirmed that the sale included a $4 million cash component plus the equity.

As I talked to Small this morning I began to have a sense of de-ja-vu. Then it hit me: I had talked to Small many years ago when he made another big sale.

Small sold Microsoft the CashBack.com domain name in 2008 when the company released its cash back search promotion.

Although Small could not tell me how much he sold CashBack.com to Microsoft for, he did say he sold CashBack.net to a different company for six figures.

According to his LinkedIn profile, Small got his degree from the University of Nebraska back in the 1950s. He has been at the helm of his company Creative Marketing Associates for nearly forty years after a fifteen year stint at another company.

So you might assume that the GiftCard.com sale is Small’s last hurrah before he goes off to buy a beach home. But you’d be mistaken. Small has many ideas for new business ventures, and he’s actively working on the next ones.

Don’t be surprised if you see another story about Small on Domain Name Wire in the future.


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Huge week for end user domain sales: UFC, USPS, Nuance, etc.

October 3, 2012Domain Sales, Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off on Huge week for end user domain sales: UFC, USPS, Nuance, etc.

Big names buy domain names this week.

All I can say is “wow!”. This was a huge week for end user domain name purchases. I honestly don’t recall a week with this many big names on the list.

Many of the buyers are huge companies, ranging from Nuance to Enterprise. There are some other notable names such as United States Postal Service, Ultimate Fighting Championship, and Keith Ferrazzi’s company Ferrazzi Greenlight. It doesn’t stop there, but I can’t mention every big name here…so read on!

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Law firm Rothgerber, Johnson & Lyons LLP bought RJLlaw.com for $2,395.

Branding and advertising company Amarcor shortened its domain name from Amarcorvma.com to Amarcor.com for $1,995.

Tri CAD CAM Systems paid $3,288 for RequirementsManagement.com

Designer Diane von Furstenberg Studio, LP, which already owns DVF.com, added DVF.net for $12,888.

Aero Instruments, LLC switched from Aero-Inst.com to AeroInstruments.com for $2,450.

Full Kit Gear Inc shortened from FullKitGear.com to FullKit.com for $2,000 (a no-brainer purchase)

ICLUBcentral, Inc, which makes software and tools for investors, bought MyStockPortfolio.com for $1,400.

Cumberland Manor Nursing paid $1,500 for CumberlandManor.com.

Small World Cable, which owns SmallWorldCable.com, paid $1,300 for MySmallWorld.com. (SmallWorld.com is already owned and used by an unrelated company.)

Lead gen site StopAddiction.com bought StopAddiction.net for $3,788.

Los Angeles home services company Cam Services bought CamConstruction.com for $2,250.

Minnesota ice rink company Spice Sports, Inc., which owns SpiceonIce.com, bought SpiceSports.com for $1,260.

Keith Ferrazzi’s company Ferrazzi Greenlight paid $4,000 for the short domain FGLT.com.

The United States Postal Service bought PostalInspector.com and PostalInspectors.com for $2,000 each.

Independent Educational Consultants Association, a trade group for consultants who help people with college planning, paid $2,988 for CollegeAdmission.org.

Online teaching company Frog bought Frog.me for $6,880. Its web site is FrogTrade.com.

Canadian publicly traded company Data Group, which uses DataGroup.ca, bought Datagroup.net for $1,357.

Document management company Databank IMX bought DatapointConsulting.com for $1,795.

eCareer, Inc already owned eCareer.com. Now it owns eCareer.org after buying it for $2,100.

Newell Rubbermaid paid $2,088 for OneBlade.com.

Investment company Actium Partners bought LeasingClub.com for $2,488.

Prudential bought PrudentialMalaysia.com for $1,895.

The owner of FutureManagers.net bought the .com for $1,500.

Face Forward Medical Aesthetics, LLC paid $1,422 for FaceForward.net

TechnoBuffalo bought TheAppleCore.com for $3,688.

LoanDepot.com bought LoanDepot.net for $2,400.

First Hope Bank in New Jersey paid $2,195 for FirstHopeMortgage.com

Sedo

Collectorz.com, creator of database software to organize collections, bought BookOrganizer.com for 2,000 EUR.

SiliconTower, S.L. bought SiliconHosting.com for $900. It is forwarding silicontower.net to the new domain.

Nuance, maker of PaperPort software and various PDF software programs, bought PDFPro.com for $6,300

Leisure Finance Ltd upgraded from .net to LeisureFinance.com for $795.

Comparison shopping company NexTag, Inc. paid $1,100 for PriceMachines.com.

Monster Cable Products, Inc. bought PureMonster.com for $1,995.

SportsDirect.com Retail Ltd paid $1,900 for Flannels.com (can someone explain why this was so cheap?).

Ultimate Fighting Championship bought UFCfit.com for $1,800. It owns UFC.com, too.

IdeaLab, the company that launched what became a major driver of domain parking (GoTo) and still owns some excellent domain names, bought Radar.me for $1,000.

US Foodservice returned to the domain aftermarket to pick up ChefStore.com for $7,500.

Enterprise Car Rental bought eCarDealers.com for $1,190.


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Go Daddy Auctions sells 30,000+ domains in September

October 2, 2012Domain Sales, Domaining, Domainnamewire, go daddy auctions, godaddy.comComments Off on Go Daddy Auctions sells 30,000+ domains in September

Another month of over 30,000 domain name sales in Go Daddy’s aftermarket.

Go Daddy Auctions is reporting over 30,000 domains sold last month.

The ticker shows 30,839; the number is typically adjusted upward as final tallies come in.

The top reported sale for last month is CashLady.com at $36,000. The domain name was purchased by PDB UK, a payday loans broker in the United Kingdom.

Other top sales include:

safetygloves.com $22,000
chinaindustry.com $20,540
democraticcapitalism.com $20,000
82.net $17,905
startime.com $15,000 (registered in 1996)
chickenscratch.com $15,000
chinatime.com $14,000 (seller was BuyDomains)
liveinstyle.com $13,500 (buyer is co-founder of Experience Commerce in India)
gogomobile.com $12,500

Just over 50% of the domains were sold in auctions. About 47% were sold at fixed prices. 451 were sold through negotiations; I expect this number to increase over time now that both Afternic and Sedo are syndicating “make offer” listings through Go Daddy.

As usual, “home” “online” was the most common word in the domains sold.


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Go Daddy Auctions sells 30,000+ domains in September

October 2, 2012Domain Sales, Domaining, Domainnamewire, go daddy auctions, godaddy.comComments Off on Go Daddy Auctions sells 30,000+ domains in September

Another month of over 30,000 domain name sales in Go Daddy’s aftermarket.

Go Daddy Auctions is reporting over 30,000 domains sold last month.

The ticker shows 30,839; the number is typically adjusted upward as final tallies come in.

The top reported sale for last month is CashLady.com at $36,000. The domain name was purchased by PDB UK, a payday loans broker in the United Kingdom.

Other top sales include:

safetygloves.com $22,000
chinaindustry.com $20,540
democraticcapitalism.com $20,000
82.net $17,905
startime.com $15,000 (registered in 1996)
chickenscratch.com $15,000
chinatime.com $14,000 (seller was BuyDomains)
liveinstyle.com $13,500 (buyer is co-founder of Experience Commerce in India)
gogomobile.com $12,500

Just over 50% of the domains were sold in auctions. About 47% were sold at fixed prices. 451 were sold through negotiations; I expect this number to increase over time now that both Afternic and Sedo are syndicating “make offer” listings through Go Daddy.

As usual, “home” was the most common word in the domains sold.


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