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Cheddar Report: Monaco Paid $12 Million for Crypto.com

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An article by Tanaya Macheel on Cheddar has pegged the sale price of the Crypto.com domain name at $12 million. According to the article, “Monaco, a Swiss payments and cryptocurrency platform start-up, paid $12 million for the URL as part of a rebranding strategy, Cheddar has learned.” I am not sure whether or not this has been confirmed by the buyer or seller.

If the sale price was $12 million, it would easily be the largest domain name sale of the year, well ahead of the $1.2 million sale of Super.com, as charted by DNJournal. The sale of Crypto.com would also rank as the 9th largest public domain name sale of all time, according to GoDaddy. A $12 million sale would rank below the $13 million sale of Sex.com and above the $11 million sale of Hotels.com.

Interestingly, although

BitcoinCash.org Sold for Nearly $50k, Already Developed

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In last week’s DNJournal weekly sales report, BitcoinCash.org was reported as sold at a $48,888 sale price via Rupii/GoDaddy. This sale ranks on DNJournal as the 56th largest public domain name sale of the year, and it is the seventh largest public non-.com domain name sale of the year so far.

Interestingly, it looks like the BitcoinCash.org domain name was hand registered in March of this year. Based on a DomainTools Whois Historical Whois search, it looks like the domain name had previously been registered to someone else, but it expired and was re-registered in March. Obviously, this is a fantastic return for the seller (identified by Ron Jackson as Rupii’s Christina Thorpe).

This morning, Mike Berkens retweeted a tweet from Bitcoin News, which discussed “Bitcoin Cash:”

When I saw the tweet, I immediately thought about Ron’s sales report and

Sales Reports May Not Tell the Whole Story

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I was chatting with a friend at The Domain Conference, and I congratulated him on a deal that I recently read about. Coyly, he told me that I shouldn’t believe all that I read. After chatting with him for a couple of minutes about it, I think I understood what he meant, although he wouldn’t share any details with me!

The vast majority of domain name sales are all cash. In some instances, in addition to a cash component, a company may give the domain seller additional compensation. Some types of compensation that I can think of off the top of my head include shares in the company, an earn out opportunity (% of sales for example), or some type of stock options. I am sure there are other types of compensation I am not thinking about.

Domain sales platforms and brokers that report transacted sales tend to only

Report: Ice.com Was Sold for $3 Million in 2014

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In March of last year, Mike Berkens reported on the sale of Ice.com, although he did not mention the sale price. According to an article in TechCrunch about the new company operating on Ice.com, the domain name was sold for $3 million.

Here’s the relevant excerpt from the TechCrunch article about the price of the domain name:

Exact Match .com Domain Names Making News

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During the last couple of weeks, there have been news reported about several exact match .com domain names and the companies that operate them. While news about these individual companies might not directly produce residual value for our domain names, I think reports about these businesses with exact match .com domain names is good for the domain name resale market.

Here are four news stories from the last couple of weeks I have been tracking pertaining to exact match .com domain names. Keep in mind that some of these news reports are related to the companies who use EMDs and is not simply “domain name news.” You should also keep in mind that I am biased because my portfolio is almost exclusively made up of EMDs, and my developed brands are built on EMDs.

I am sure I missed additional articles, and if so, I invite you to share them with all of us.

JD.com: Was it Acquired for $5 Million USD?

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jd.comAccording to a SEC filing shared with me and highlighted by George Kirikos, the JD.com domain name may have been acquired for around $5 million US Dollars in 2012. JD.com is one of the largest Chinese online retailers, and the company is in the midst of prepping for a very large initial public offering.

George Kirikos shared the following information about why he believes the JD.com domain name may have been acquired by the company, which is also known as Jingdong Mall but is now JD.com, Inc.

According to Kirikos:

“I was browsing through EDGAR,

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