People always expect sales activity to
in the 4th quarter and, for the domain business at
least, the early returns certainly look good. We just finished the
first full week of the final quarter of 2006 with the strongest
slate of sales in more than four months. For the first time since
late May, every domain
on our weekly Top 20 Chart
at least five figures.
FunGames.com led the charge,
changing hands for $350,000 in a private transaction that
ranks among the top dozen sales reported this
year. The high traffic domain (that scores 3,218 with
the extension in Overture)
was put up for sale by the Atari Corporation and Murat
Yikilmaz of Istanbul, Turkey managed to outbid several
competitors to land the coveted name.
claimed the runner-up spot with the $70,000
sale of Prize.com
It was a prize-winning week all the way around for Sedo as that
popular venue enjoyed one of their best outings of the year,
sweeping 10 of the 20 entries on the Big Board. 15 of the charted
domains are .coms
, while .net
claimed two positions
and three others went to country code
domains. Sedo accounted
for one of the .nets and all
of the ccTLDs, including #5 FreeMail.co.uk
at €20,000 ($25,074).
They also put two Chinese
domains on the top half of the leader board; #9 eFax.com.cn
at €15,000 ($18,806)
and #10 (tie) Hentai.cn
Drop secured the #3 slot with Servidores.com ("servers"
in Spanish) at a healthy $54,100. Moniker.com/DomainSystems.com
followed with the first of four domains they placed on the Top 20, BestOfTheWeb.com
at $45,000. SnapNames.com
were the only other venues with multiple chart entries, bagging two
each and each company put a name on the top half of the list.
SnapNames scored with #7 OutlookExpress.com at $20,000,
while BuyDomains counterpunched with #10 Deutsch.net at $18,000.
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