After it just published a story about Nuts.com selling for $700k, it was great to see Inc. magazine’s post today entitled Landmark Deals: A Timeline of Whopping URL Prices.
Inc reports an estimated 500+ domain names have sold for at least $1,000,000.
Highlighted in the post are:
Business.com – $7.5 million in 1999 (Today: In use, and now owned by online marketplace Resource Nation)
Beer.com – $7 million in 2004 (Today: Belgium-based Interbrew is the world’s largest brewer. And, oddly enough the URL is for sale!)
Diamond.com – $7.5 million in 2006 (Today: sells diamonds as it was purchased by Ice.com)
Fund.com – $10 million in 2008 (Today: the site is blank)
FB.com – $8.5 million in 2010 (Today: it redirects to Facebook.com who purchased the domain from the Farmers Bureau)
PrivateJet.com – $30 million in 2012 (Today: the domain is now rented by JetSmarter, which bills itself as the Uber for private jets)
Of course there are many, many multi-million dollar domain name sales missing from the timeline but most readers should get the point!
In 2014 alone, there has been at least 10 domain name sales that went for more than $1 million. I say at least because these are ‘reported’ sales versus countless sales that are private and not reported.
Multi-million dollar sales in 2014 include:
Z.com – $6,784,000
MI.com – $3,600,000
Whisky.com – $3,100,000
Sex.xxx – $3,000,000
Youxi.com (“games in Chinese” – $2,430,000
37.com – $1,960,000
Power.com – $1,261,000
MM.com – $1,200,000
Check.com – $1,000,000
BTC – $1,000,000
QNB.com – $1,000,000
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