Pizza.com :: Sorry, You Don’t Cut It

by derek on April 16, 2008 · 17 comments

Sedo, the domain name broker, recently sold the domain pizza.com for a nice little chunk of change – well, little as in $2.6 million little.

While there aren’t too many people that would complain about pocketing $2.6 million for selling a domain name, unfortunately pizza.com doesn’t quite cut it in terms of the most expensive domains ever sold.

According to this article at Yahoo! Tech, you will need to sell your domain name for more than $3 million if you hope to crack the top ten list.

The Top Ten Most Expensive Domains Ever Sold

  • Sex.com, $12.5 million
  • Porn.com, $9.5 million
  • Diamond.com, $7.5 million
  • Business.com, $7.5 million
  • Casino.com, $5.5 million
  • AsSeenOnTV.com, $5 million
  • Korea.com, $5 million
  • Wine.com, $3.3 million
  • CreditCheck.com, $3 million
  • Vodka.com, $3 million

Personally, I am always amazed to see domain names selling for this type of money but can also understand the appeal of short, quality domain names and how difficult it can be to find one for your business.

As a side note, does anyone else feel that some domains are visually more appealing when typed in mixed case than in all lower case?

Looking back to the top ten list above, I find AsSeenOnTV.com much more appealing than asseenontv.com – and it isn’t just because the latter jumps out with the word “ass” at the beginning.

Have you ever tried to sell a domain name?

There have been a few that I have that I listed at Sedo at one time but never really made a serious effort to sell, although I would certainly part with for the right offer – hint, hint. Here are two of the domains that I registered shortly after getting started with blogging that are available:

If anyone knows Joel Comm, be sure to let him know that these domains are available as they would make a great site for his expertise with AdSense – don’t you think? ;)

How much would it take to part with your domain?


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Damien Riley April 16, 2008 at 11:43 pm

imo pizza should be up there with sex as a basic human pleasure! Interesting list Derek.

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Furniture Store April 17, 2008 at 12:06 am

I had heard that ‘sex’ is the most googled word, but i had no idea that domain names sold for that kind of money. I find it amazing that people can make so much money by selling a domain name. Here, obviously, a rose by another name is not a rose!

Kelvin Kao April 17, 2008 at 2:14 am

Dude, seriously, all short, easy to remember domain names are taken. And it’s not just .com. A lot of times, .net, .org, .biz, .info or .cc are taken as well.

Nowadays you probably have a better chance making money this way if you go register something nonsense like pakasu.com and then convince people to start using the term “pakasu”.

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Banago April 17, 2008 at 7:34 am

I have bought too a couple of domains with the intention to resell, but have not had the time to really get into the domain market.

One thing that surprised me is the fact that almost half of the most expensive domains are about sex and alcohol.

Futon-Matt April 17, 2008 at 7:48 am

That doesn’t surprise me at all, sex sells. Especially on the internet.

Home Recording Studio April 17, 2008 at 11:32 am

What a whacky post! Amazing really.

No my domain is not for sale. At least not yet.

low calorie beverages and drinks April 17, 2008 at 3:56 pm

Wish I had been smart enough to get in on that game in the beginning. Can you imagine being set for life; simply for spend 15 minutes and a few books to register a domain? Wow.

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Home Furniture April 17, 2008 at 7:10 pm

Good domain names are getting harder and harder to find these days. Lots of good domain names were bought in the early 90′s and these people are just squatting on them until someone makes an offer they simply cant refuse.

knupnet April 17, 2008 at 10:39 pm

I personally own a bunch of domains. None I consider “gems”. But I just don’t know how to go about even trying to sell this stuff. It’s hard to imagine someone paying that type of money for a domain. It pays to be on the cutting edge though for sure.

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Nicole Price April 18, 2008 at 3:21 am

Sex and porn were almost expected to be at the top. The enterprising ones who booked these lucrative domains when it wasn’t such a big deal are now enjoying the fruits. Wish I had booked something good too. Noting seems to be available these days. Which is why all the social networking sites are coming up with the most ridiculous names I guess.

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Ling April 18, 2008 at 5:27 am

I’ve sold a few domains in my time. Best I got was about $3000. Only three zeros more and I would have got the same as what pizza.com got. :)

Joel April 18, 2008 at 9:35 am

It’s the big boys playing the bragging game, about the same what is happening in the art. It’s also about speculation, looking for another sucker to buy it, I doubt we’ll see a great pizza.com web site anytime soon..

Asia'h Epperson April 19, 2008 at 2:38 am

It make me crazy sometimes looking at the sales price of those domain. How I wish I could grab one of those in the much earlier day.

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Steve Elliott April 19, 2008 at 11:15 am

Mixed case seems to grab the attention but I can’t quite see why anyone would pay $5 million for AsSeenOnTv.com.

What is dereksemmler.com worth do you reckon?

pauletet April 19, 2008 at 9:34 pm

I think generic name websites are very well search specially those which became vices such as liquor, cigarettes, etc.

Jayson April 25, 2008 at 3:26 pm

Nice – 2.6 million is a huge chunk of money. I think the appeal is the credibility along with the short, easy to remember name.

I’ve tried selling a few domains but I think you have to actively market them or they’ll get pushed to the back of the bus and never be seen.

Nicole Price April 28, 2008 at 2:22 am

I once tried to buy a domain name for my firm. It was on sale for USD 15000. Too much for me. But its still unsold. I keep getting reminder mails every month asking me to consider buying – at discount every time. But I’ve already purchased a similar new domain name and done with it.

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