In the past month the publicly traded company, Marchex (NASDAQ: MCHX), released a document that reported hundreds of previously unreleased domain name sales that were finalized in the past few years. With a portfolio of over 200,000 domain names, Marchex, is a leader in the domain name business.
The new document reveals over fifty six figure sales. It is interesting to see that many of these domain names ended up in the hands of not only large companies, but also start ups and mid-sized businesses. We have analyzed the top 10 domain sales on the list below:
Nowegian.com for $700,000 – Sold to Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA
Exterminator.com for $520,000 – Sold to a lead generation company who is using the website to collect leads for pest control around the US
Vuelos.com for $500,775 – Sold to Despegar.com, a leading Spanish travel site
LocalDeals.com for $500,000 – Sold to a start up company who is attempting a Groupon type model. It looks like they have partnered with Yelp to generate revenue.
Matrimony.com for $500,000 – Sold to Bharatmatrimony.com, a top matrimony site based out of India
BlockParty.com for $300,000 – Sold to an entity who is not identifiable and the domain name is not resolving
NA.com for $275,000 – Sold to North American Corporation, a company that manages other businesses’ non-core operations such as building maintenance.
Giggle.com for $250,000 – Sold to a start up company that sells baby supplies
UniversalSports.com for $250,000 – Sold to NBC
CalorieCount.com for $250,000 – Sold to About.com
The above sales show the diversity in the type of domain buyers, ranging from start ups to multi-billion dollar corporations. It should be noted that all of the above domain names were either one or two word .com domain names, which shows that .com is still king after 20+ years. In addition, the sale of domains such as “Giggle.com” show that one word brandable domain names are capable of selling for six figure prices and may be undervalued in today’s market.