Friday, February 7, 2014

Top 10 Highest Prices Paid for Domain Names


Domain Names

 1. VacationRentals.com  Price : $35 million  Transaction Year: 2007
Vacation rentals is the renting out of a furnished apartment or house on a temporary basis to tourists as an alternative to a hotel. The term vacation rental is mainly used in the US. Wikipedia

2. PrivateJet.com Price: 30.18 million  Transaction Year: 2012
Atlanta based Nations Luxury Transportation, LLC acquired the domain name http://www.PrivateJet.com, from privately held Don't Look Media.com, a leading intellectual property holding company, for $30.18 million in cash and stock.

Nations Luxury Transportation is an aggregator of business models that service the luxury consumer. By rolling private jet charter, limousine and catering services into one unit, the group has managed to do what few others have done in the industry and that is to create a truly seamless end-to-end experience for the consumer. At a lower entry point to other jet card programs, the Nations Luxury Transportation group’s “Carbon Fiber is the New Black” concept, (an actual carbon fiber all access card to nationwide jet charter flights at cost) has completely eliminated broker fees and other superfluous surcharges for members.

 3. Insure.com  Price : $16 million Transaction Year: 2009
Insure.com provides a comprehensive array of information on life, health, auto, and home insurance. They offer a vast library of originally authored insurance articles and decision-making tools that are not available from any other single source.

Insure.com has been independently verified as the “No. 1 most-cited independent consumer insurance website” by News Group International, which examined media citations of Insure.com vs. competitors. Media citations include news websites, TV and radio.

4. Sex.com Price: $14 million Transaction Year: October 2010
Sex.com allows you to gather, organize and share all the free porn you find on the web! People create pinboards to bookmark all their favorite porn videos & pictures. You can pin porn from anywhere on the web and add it to one of your pinboards. You also get to browse pinboards created by other users! Pinboard surfing is a great way to discover new pictures, videos, porn sites and pornstars from people who share your taste. (18SX)

5. Fund.com  Price: £9.99 million Transaction Year: 2008
Fund.com Inc. (OTC Pink: FNDM) is a publicly traded Internet company operating in the financial services, product development, licensing and publishing sectors, based in New York City, New York. The company serves the needs of financial institutions, investors and the general consumer seeking information regarding investment fund options, including hedge funds, mutual funds, exchange-traded fund (ETFs), index funds, etc. Fund.com considers itself the sole company comprehensively focusing on the fund market for all potential investors.

In March 2008, Clek Media announced that it had brokered the sale of the domain name “Fund.com” for nearly $10,000,000 in an all-cash transaction, to the company Fund.com Inc. Fund.com Inc never put out a press release on the transaction. Currently the website is labeled as "Under construction" and register under Directnic.com

6. Porn.com  Price: $9.5 million Transaction Year: 2007
Porn.com is free mega site.  This website is not available in Malaysia as it violates the National law. ( 18SX )

7. Fb.com Price: $8.5 million Transaction Year: 2010
Facebook acquired the domain from the American Farm Bureau Federation, which uses fb.org as its primary domain.

The last high-profile domain purchase by Facebook was for Facebook.com, all the way back when it was known as TheFacebook. The company paid $200,000 in August 2005 to acquire the domain, 42.5 times less than what Facebook spent to acquire fb.com. While the Facebook.com purchase was expensive for the company back then, it’s an investment that has clearly paid off. Clearly the company’s hoping that fb.com will fall in the same camp.

8. Business.com Price: $7.5 million Transaction Year: 1999
Business.com is a business advertising network which offers various performance marketing products, including pay per lead and pay per click services, directory listings, and display advertising.

The domain name was purchased from Marc Ostrofsky by Winebaum's eCompanies Ventures for a then record $7.5 million. This represented a tidy profit over the $150,000 price tag of the domain in 1997, also a record in its own time. Wikipedia

9. Diamond.com Price: $7.5 million Transaction Year: 2006
Online diamond and jewelry retailer Ice.com bought the domain from Odimo Inc. and both parties agreed that the $7.5 million was for the domain name and associated intellectual property only. Ice.com paid another $2 million for Odimo's jewelry inventory.

10. Beer.com Price: $7 million Transaction Year:2004
Interbrew acquired the domain beer.com from Andrew Miller and Michael "Zappy" Zapolin the year after they had acquired it for $80.000. Timing is everything. There are some conflicting reports saying that they got the $7 million in stock, which was later claimed to be only $2 million. Currently, the domain domain is featuring for resale on www.aftermarket.com.



Other Highest Prices Paid for Domain Names

  •     Casino.com 2003 $5.5 million
  •     Slots.com 2010 for $5.5 million
  •     Toys.com: Toys 'R' Us by auction for $5.1 million in 2009
  •     Asseenontv.com 2000 for $5.1 million
  •     iCloud.com by Apple for $4.5 million in April 2011
  •     GiftCard.com by CardLab for $4 million in October 2012
  •     Yp.com by YellowPages.com for $3.8 million in November 2008
  •     AltaVista.com for $3.3 million in August 1998
  •     Candy.com for $3.0 million in June 2009
  •     Loans.com by Bank of America for $3.0 million in February 2000
  •     Investing.com by Fusion Media Limited for $2.45 million in December 2012


Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_most_expensive_domain_names