The original owner from Switzerland registered the domain name Top.Domains at the united-domains AG registrar on the 12th of March 2014. He paid $999 to buy it as this was/is a premium Donuts domain name. $999 (more or less depending on the registrar) is the annual renewal fee too.
I wrote about this registration last year here.
The owner tried to unload it several times but didn’t have much luck. Probably because of the renewal price.
He finally sold the domain after he renewed the domain until March 2016. So he paid about $2,000 in registration fees and renewals before selling the domain name. But what was the sale price?
According to Sold.Domains the domain name Top.Domains was sold for $750 three weeks ago at Sedo.
So the buyer of the domain name got what seems like a deal. He paid less than the registration fee of Top.Domains and got almost a year left of registration. I say it “seems like a deal” because such high renewal fees are almost never a deal for a domain investor.
But what about the seller? He paid about $2,000 in registration and renewal fees and got $637,50. ($750 minus the 15% sedo fee) So it would have been better for the seller to drop the domain after year one than to renew and sell.
I am not sure but the sale might have been a Sedo auction. So the seller had hopes of a higher auction price.
The Norwegian buyer transferred the domain name to Go Daddy thus paying another year of registration. I wonder if he knew the renewal fee when he was buying the domain name. I guess he knew as he is a domain investor.
Top.Domains now redirects to the domain name DomainName.Gallery that is the portfolio website of the buyer. He is currently selling hundreds of New gTLD domain names on the website like Chat.Today or House.Plumbing. The portfolio website has “The days of .com domains are coming to an end…” written at the top!
Is Top.Domains just a vanity domain name for the domain investor?