.es Domain Names and the Secondary Market

Sedo logoFollowing liberalisation of the .es ccTLD, there were 800,000 .es domain names registered in 2007, and for the first time more .es domain names were registered than .com domain names says Sedo in a Spanish article on domain names.

The demand for registering .es domain names is following through into the aftermarket with prices going higher and higher with Sedo sales of .es domain names tripling in 2007. The average price of a .es domain name in 2007 was US$4,600. The highest Sedo sale of a .es domain name was viajes.es that sold for $97,500 while viajes.com sold for $300,000. However the name of the highest sale of a .es domain name cannot be revealed due to a confidentiality agreement, but the price can – $180,000.

The highest sale of a domain name in the Spanish language was trabajo.com, which sold for $370,000. However there were some unique conditions attached to this sale – the sellers wanted a paid for trip with expenses to the Boston branch of Sedo to meet those involved in the sale of the domain name. Another quirky sale was that of gibraltar.com, which sold to a resident of Malaga for $360,000 who wanted to reclaim the rocky island for Spain, although only in virtual form.

The above was translated from sedo.com/links/showhtml.php3?Id=1643&tracked=&partnerid=35425&language=es. If there are any corrections to note, please let us know.