I hate getting my cell phone bill each month. In addition to the price the phone company quoted me, they tack on regulatory charges, taxes, and other fees. It really adds up.
I’m afraid that domain name registrations might be headed in the same direction. It started with GoDaddy, which decided to advertise its domains for $8.95, but then tack on the $.25 ICANN-imposed tax on most registrations. Most other registrars simply include this cost in their advertised price. This might not seem like a big deal, but what happens when it’s taken to the next level? Heck, GoDaddy could advertise its domains for $2.95, and then tack on the $6.00 Verisign fee and $.25 ICANN fee!