James Iles

Million Dollar Sales, Part Four: Where Are They Now?

By James Iles, May 15, 2017
  1. James Iles

    James Iles NamePros Writer PRO Business Account VIP Trusted Blogger

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    Million Dollar Sales is a sporadic series in which we take a look at every single seven and eight-figure domain name sale that has been listed on DNJournal since its inception in 2003. In our previous three editions, we explored the current status of domains such as Sex.com, We.com and Z.com.

    In our fourth edition of this series, we will look at eight seven-figure sales from Photo.com to Call.com.

    Photo.com - $1.25 million - 2010

    This is an extremely interesting name with a recently checkered history. After being sold for $1.25 million in 2010, the domain looks to have then been resold in 2012 for a seven figure fee. Andrew Alleman of DomainNameWire wrote in 2015 of how photo.com had been saved in a UDRP filed by the owners of Foto.com. Fortunately, the domain was saved in the UDRP, but is now parked at Sedo.

    Jade.com - $1.25 million - 2016

    Another recent seven figure domain name sale is that of Jade.com. As with many sales in our list, this sale was brought to light thanks to the investigative skills of George Kirikos. Jade.com was acquired by CDN Jade Mine Resources, a jade mining and exploration company in Canada.

    Mr Shao Long Li, CEO of the company said: “[jade.com] could significantly expand our customer reach by developing a strong platform for the global trade of jade.” The name currently redirects to jademineresources.com.

    MM.com - $1.2 million - 2014

    In June 2014, Dave Evanson of Sedo announced the sale of MM.com for $1.2 million. This extremely rare domain was owned by Minnesota MicroNet and sold to Hangzhou Duomai E-Commerce Co., Ltd, the company behind Chinese marketplace 4.cn. Since there are only twenty-six double-repeating two-letter .COM’s in existence, the name was always going to attract a high price. Considering the Chinese domain-boom that occurred during 2015, it’s likely that the value of this type of domain increased substantially.

    According to a post on TheDomains by Jamie Zoch in June 2015, the domain resold but a price was not revealed. As of writing, MM.com is still owned by a Chinese investor and is currently not resolving.

    LA.com - $1.2 million - 2016

    Another two-letter .COM domain name and another sale found by George Kirikos. In September 2015, it was announced that GoDaddy secured exclusive rights to broker the sale of LA.com and SV.com. Sometime later LA.com was confirmed as sold, but it wasn’t until May 2016 when we learned the sales price.

    LA.com was acquired by Tronc Inc, formerly Tribune Publishing, owners of the Los Angeles Times newspaper. The LA Times have failed to do much with the domain name at all, with a coming soon page still active.

    Scores.com - $1.18 million - 2007

    Moniker’s silent auction at the Casino Affiliate Convention Amsterdam in 2007 produced one of the largest sales of that year. Scores.com attracted a price of $1.18 million. The domain looks to have been acquired by VegasInsider.com Inc, a self-proclaimed global leader in sports gaming information.

    The scores.com website is probably due a makeover since its style doesn’t look to have been updated at all over the past ten years.

    Kredit.de - $1,169,175 - 2008

    Kredit.de was sold by Sedo in 2008 for a figure that was record breaking at the time. The buyer was Unister GmbH, a German company that owns and operates several high profile .DE domain names including auto.de, shopping.de and news.de. In July 2016, Unister filed for insolvency and according to DomainIQ, Kredit.de was transferred to a new owner in March 2017.

    Interestingly, Kredit.com sold for $271,000 just eighteen months after Kredit.de.

    Chinese.com - $1,120,008 - 2007

    Ten years ago, Sedo completed the sale of Chinese.com. Since then, there doesn’t look to have been much happening with the domain at all, with a generic GoDaddy parked page being displayed for many years. Now, however, there is a coming soon page on Chinese.com so it’s possible that a website will be launched at some point.

    The domain now looks to be owned by Pear Technologies, a company that owns a number of other properties including Brazil.com, Turkey.com and Tokyo.com.

    Call.com - $1.1 million - 2009

    Interestingly, call.com was sold twice by the same company. In 2006, it looks like a company called Live Current sold call.com along with a number of other premium .COM domains. However, it later reacquired call.com before selling the domain for $1.1 million in 2009.

    The domain has been parked since then and is currently for sale at Sedo. However, it looks as though the name may have sold again in 2015 as the name moved out of WHOIS privacy protection, listing Avatar Invest Inc as the new owners. Avatar Invest Inc was founded in 2013.

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  4. James Iles

    About The Author — James Iles

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  6. kandyan

    kandyan Established Member

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  8. elevator

    elevator Active Member VIP

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    @James Iles. This is another nice compilation. Thanks for sharing
  9. Bros

    Bros Active Member VIP

    May 12, 2014
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    It is such a shame that on average even these super-premiums are not put into better use by their buyers.
  10. Smiles76

    Smiles76 Established Member

    Apr 12, 2017
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    Names don't make the business, the business makes the name. Google.com is valuable because of the business behind the name. Many people purchase an expensive domain name thinking that it will automatically make their business a success only to find out it doesn't. The previous owners of Beer.com learned that the hard way when they went out of business despite having a premium name.

    DOMAIN ILLUMINATI Owner of ▲ the most expensive domain of all time. Business Account

    Jun 23, 2015
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    Interesting, thx.
    It's a bit 'ET' but I am waiting for a sale of my chinest.com domain.
    But unfortunately an 'E' isn't a 'T'.


    Well said, nevertheless there are exceptions.

    Last edited: May 16, 2017
  12. WatchDogue

    WatchDogue Active Member VIP

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    Always enjoy the updates on these top selling names, thanks!
  13. summertechno

    summertechno New Member

    May 22, 2017
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    I heard summertechno . com almost hit 1MM mark. Domain listed for auction again - think it expired and back online: bit . ly/2rNc4Xw
  14. Cathe2525

    Cathe2525 New Member

    May 16, 2017
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    great article - yes I updated :)