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Who paid $500,000 for, the top-selling domain so far in 2011?

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One thing is for sure: Bill Kara of Hallpass Media didn’t pay $500,000 USD for the casual games domain name, 

While the buyer may not be known as of yet, the seller is.  As pointed out by Jamie Zoch over at DotWeekly, what is known, is that the domain name was sold by Garry Chernoff, of NetIncome Ventures Inc, an established domain investment and web development company.

Casual gaming domain sales create buzz

Like the buzz the domain industry had in early 2010 after sold for $350,000 to Bill Kara, the price paid for in early 2011 is sure to be the topic of many discussions after the owner is revealed.

I contacted Bill Kara, the CEO of Hallpass Media, which operates one of the largest networks in the United States ) including (a site roughly estimated by Compete to receive nearly 400,000 unique visitors per month), to see if he was the buyer – after speculation by many that he may have purchased the domain despite owning 

And the answer was as I expected: No.   

So who paid $500K for

At the time of this story, the domain name still remains in Sedo’s Domain Transfer Escrow Service according to Whois, so we won’t know anything until the name is in the hands of the new owner. 

But you can bet after the new owner or website is revealed, it’ll be reported quickly.

Readers: Who do you think purchased the domain?


Top domain sale of 2011 blown out of the water by sale of for $270,000

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It wasn’t like the sale of was expected to stay at the top of DNJournal’s year-to-date domain sales charts at $100,000., which sold at AfternicDLS for $100,000 in early January has now been blown out of the water by the sale of over at GreatDomains for $270,000.

In 2008, the domain sold at Moniker for $230,000.  By the time the New Year rang in for 2009, it finished at #36 among the top sales of 2008, the same year sold for $9,999,950.

But you can’t expect to enjoy its reign at the top too long in 2011 either, with domain names like and  up for sale. is expected to fetch a price tag in the millions.

Though billionaire Calvin Ayre has no comment on whether he’ll bid on, some think he’ll be the new owner by the beginning of February. 

At the time of this story, is parked at Sedo.  The registrant’s information is hidden by Moniker’s Privacy Services.


EUROBOTS GmbH goes on a buying spree for robot domains


EUROBOTS GmbH, an internet retailer based in Germany that is authorized to sell autonomous robot helpers like the Roomba, has been on a robot domain name shopping spree. 

The company which used as its home page, acquired this month for 22,000 Euro (or about $29,000 USD) through Sedo GreatDomains. 

Before that acquisition, the company paid $3,239 USD in 2010 for, a different company than EUROBOTS GmbH,  which buys and sells used industrial robots,  currently owns the top spot in the search engines for Eurobots.

EUROBOTS GmbH owns a number of “bot” domain names and online properties including and 

Small robots are making a move

You might not see them on store shelves everywhere you go, but small, autonomous robots like the Roomba are doing well when it comes to sales.  iRobot reports that in 2009, the company, “generated more than $298 million in revenue and employed more than 500 of the robot industry’s top professionals, including mechanical, electrical and software engineers and related support staff. iRobot stock trades on the NASDAQ stock market under the ticker symbol IRBT.”

According to CNET: “iRobot demoed its updated line of robot floor cleaners at CES 2011, showing off a more powerful Roomba vacuum bot and a much more compact Scooba floor scrubber.”

While you can watch a video of iRobot showing off their robots at CES, if you really want to see one of the coolest videos that has to do with robots and domain names, watch this video of robots working in the warehouse.

(Hat tip to Hallpass Media’s Bill Kara)

News sells for $14,000; Food domains enjoying several five-figure sales over the last year

Cat Food

Over the past year, food-related domain sales have been enjoying some of their strongest sales.  According to Sedo’s GreatDomains, is the latest in the group, selling for $14,000 USD. 

2010, appears to be the strongest year for food domain sales, with the majority being brokered by Rick Latona, according to publicly reported sales records.

In early 2010,, a name that sits parked at Sedo, sold at for $49,000 T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Las Vegas. also sold during the auction for $41,000, according to DNJournal, another five-figure sale, sold in June for $70,000 at 

Other notable sales in the last year include two sales brokered by Sedo – for $13,000 and for $15,000. was purchased by, the same company that recently purchased the Canadian domain for $75,600.00.  Based in Santa Barbara, California, SurfMyAds is heavily involved in buying and developing domain names.  Some of its leading projects include:, (a name it purchased for $18,000 in May 2010), and


Next Navigation putting several category-killing domain names up for auction at GreatDomains

feline for $1,000 USD?  Some very highly valued, category-killing domain names are being put up for auction at the next Sedo/GreatDomains auction starting January 20, 2011.  And it looks like Sedo, has one company in particular to thank for making the auction so great – Next Navigation Pty Ltd, the Australian web development and online advertising company.

Among the domain names being offered by Next Navigation include,,,,,, and

Just how much money will Next Navigation make?

The shortlist of names mentioned previously, is valued at over $1 million by, but the auction listings combined have a significantly lower reserve price., which appraises at $840,000 is currently listed with a reserve range  of 5,000 – 9,999 USD., which appraises for $117,000 is only listed with a reserve price range of 1,000 – 4,999 USD, as are names like and

While has a low reserve price, it’s final auction price will be much higher with the bidding action it’s likely to draw.  In 2005, sold for $15,000 at GreatDomains and sold for $22,000, so you know Next Navigation is looking to make a deal.

The company owns hundreds of category-killing domain names, not included in the auction as well.  Names like, and 

It’s unknown why the company is putting up so many names at once, but these kind of reserve prices will certainly attract bidders early, and create some bidding wars right up until the very last minute.