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Where is the catch with 99 cent domains ?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by WhitePassion, Mar 25, 2013.

  1. WhitePassion

    WhitePassion Elite Member

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    Hey,

    Ive been wondering.. Where is the catch with 99 cent domains at places like GoDaddy and register .com ?
    Why dont for example namecheap offer this, well more than twice a decade... Ive been considering getting some for a bulk project and it would really cut down my costs for the first year, and by next year theyd be earning already.

    Is it worth getting 99 cent domains instead of the usual namecheap reliable and tested solution ? :p

    Thanks
     
  2. addetpao

    addetpao Junior Member

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    namecheap does offer this but for new accounts only (you can create multiple accounts but i think that violates ToS). I just recently purchased 2 .com's for .99 with free whoisguard from namecheap this March. Just frequently check the domains forum here in BHW, got the link from there.

    AFAIK, in register.com, the catch is after a year it goes up to $30/year.
     
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  3. WhitePassion

    WhitePassion Elite Member

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    Thats what I was kind of expecting, what about godaddy ? They have these regularly and I think you can buy more than one, is it still reasonably priced for second year ? After a year most of them should be earning nicely and those that arent wouldnt be renewed either way...
     
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    Yes, Godaddy is reasonably priced. Godaddy lets those deals go is for three reasons:

    1. To increase the amount of domains clients who host with them own. They base their hosting prices on the number of domains hosted, so more domains = more money for them from hosting.
    2. Renewals and new customers, obviously.
    3. Their marketing budget is huge.
     
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    Register.com renewal price is overpriced imho, its $30/year

    In godaddy, you can have it renewed by $7/year.

    Register.com is f*cking retarded if you want to transfer your domain out. You will need to drop them a call to transfer your domain out of them.
     
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    Melbourne IT is the same scam as is NS. They make it very difficult to transfer out and charge up to 60 bucks for annual renewal.
     
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    Dont even try Melbourne IT, they are impossible.
     
  8. WhitePassion

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    Alright so I assume godaddy is good to use with coupons ? :)
     
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    Is there any registrar that does unlimited domains for 99 cents each? Or are they always limited to 1 per account? I have a huge list of domains I need to register and don't want to pay $XXX for the first year.
     
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    upsell upsell upsell.. Good luck navigating through the GoDaddy checkout process :)

    Usually what happens is in a year you'll end up searching through all the coupon websites for active coupons to keep your whois guard active and renewal price down , but it goes up to about $13-$14 per .com I've had experience with..

    Given that you'll have made much much more off of it thanks to BHW it's always a good investment :cool:
     
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    Higher renewal amount.
     
  12. Sunday Lunch

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    I buy all my domains through Godaddy. Always look for promo codes for purchases and renewals. You can find a dedicated thread on NamePros for this. Also if you want to purchase a domain goto G**gle and type in Godaddy and you will usually get an offer, if not simply refresh until you do. There is no set £30 renewal fee like some registrars and you will find vouchers for renewals too.

    Melbourne IT - oh dear. I drop catch a lot of domains so I end up with names all over the place even though I will only buy domains through GD. I recently sold a domain to a guy who wanted moved to his Network Solutions account. After agreeing a price with the guy he initiates the transfer and I get the transfer code from MIT, all good so far. NS then attempt the transfer and tell the guy the domain is locked. I check the status of the domain and it is unlocked so I call them up. First they say they cant help me for three days because they are having technical issues. Imagine calling a car breakdown service and they tell you their cars are not working and wont be for three days, thats how I see a registrar that cannot solve IT issues for 72 hours. The first 3 phone calls over the next 7-10 days that I called I am told the domain is unlocked. On the fourth call I got irate and then the support told me "Oh its unlocked but its not properly unlocked" What???

    The deal was £X,XXX and the guy was understanding of the situation so in the end it worked out. Someone could have a deal worth £XX,XXX or more and have it go pearshaped because of these mugs.

    Bottom line is never use Melbourne IT. GD's customer support is top notch, whatever issue I have with domains, hosting, email etc it gets sorted by people who are in the US and sound like they actually give a f***.

    Another registrar to avoid is eNom, $40 renewals. The best thing to do is once you catch a name try and transfer it to your favored registrar, it helps a lot to have all your domains in one place.
     
  13. deiwman

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    i just bought a 0.99 .com from namecheap...