Thursday, 11 September 2008

Aftermarket: top ccTLDs sales

Aftermarket is growing in surprising directions. I'm astonished by the high position of .fr names. French TLD was a "closed" registry with many restrictions. Today .fr names are frequent guests in secondary market auctions and the prices are following .nl or .de. I was rather convinced that the main factors of ccTLD aftermarket success are: number of domain names already registered and level of restrictions (more restrictions --> less attractive aftermarket). Now we can see boom of .fr names sold by domainers - it changes my perception of what makes aftermarket successful. But let's see the data.

The top 2008 ccTLD sales:
Cruises.co.uk $1 099 798
Casino.de $625 060
Jobs.ca $600 000
Phones.co.uk $344 710
Auto.es $173 682
Relatiegeschenk.nl $111 347
Deals.de $102 182
Apotheke.eu $81 070
Voitures.fr $78 935


Last week top ccTLD sales:
Domain.pl $45 000
Electromenager.fr $25 380


And the most interesting: last 3 months top ccTLD sales.
Phones.co.uk $344 710
Auto.es $173 682
Relatiegeschenk.nl $111 347
Deals.de $102 182
Apotheke.eu $81 070
Voitures.fr $78 935
Shoppen.nl $69 750
Nepal.de $59 153
CV.ca $54 977
Annonces.fr $47 361
Domain.pl $45 000
LegalJobs.co.uk $39 392
Taxi.us $35 000
Deser.pl $34 736
GMX.ca $31 200
Interview.ca $30 933
CFDS.de $27 341
Ideescadeaux.fr $27 242
Ideescadeau.fr $27 242
Income.ca $26 242
Electromenager.fr $25 380
Baseball.us $25 000
2in1.at $23 681
Core.de $23 500
FlirtExpress.de $20 280
ClassicCars.co.uk $19 897
Lotteria.it $18 800
Investimento.it $18 705
Fight.tv $18 000
FreeStuff.com.au $18 000
Diploma.ca $17 999
Open-Office.de $17 520
18.no $17 150
PetrolPrices.co.uk $17 028
Kinderwagens.nl $15 940
Monier.be $15 896
Flugmarkt.de $15 793
Charme.fr $15 667
Pharmacies.ca $15 663
Bingo.us $15 000
Series.eu $13 539
Jurist.de $13 388
TopModels.de $13 106
Planten.nl $11 676
Eyeglasses.ca $11 410
Snows.co.uk $10 890
Deals.de $10 218

If you look at the list of top ccTLD sales from the last three months, the most popular TLDs are .fr (France) .uk (United Kingdom) .nl (Netherlands) .de (Germany) and .ca (Canada). Names from .it .pl and .eu can be seen on the list too. I'm not surprised with populatity of .UK .DE .NL, registires with high number of registered domain names (more than few millions) and no restrictions for many years now. But I'm (very) surprised with .CA and (especially) .FR - registries with slighty more than 1 milion registrations and already mentioned restrictions in case of .fr. I'm also surprised (but in other way) with .EU - I expected much more .eu names to be sold due to the popularity of .eu (almost 3 million registrations). It's worth to notice that .es .at and .no domain names are on the list too.

The question is if this is a new trend - new European ccTLD visible in aftermarket with more than $ 20,000 sales.

Data on top sales are based on the DNJournal 2008 magazine(s)