You’ve been paying more at the pump. Now you’re paying more at the registrar.
I’m not sure when this happened, but a reader pointed out that GoDaddy has hiked prices on .net and .org domain names to $13.19 per domain. That’s a 30% increase.
This is probably just a business decision by GoDaddy to maximize profit. It can easily calculate how many .net and .org sales it loses and determine if the price hike is worth it.
When I asked GoDaddy about its high prices on Neustar offered domains back in June, a company spokesperson said “Our price points are a product of our internal research, testing and other market indicators.”
That’s fair. But registrars like GoDaddy can’t raise prices like this and then complain to congress about registry price hikes at VeriSign (NASDAQ: VRSN) and other registries. GoDaddy has done that in the past, despite the fact that it has charged more for .net than .com frequently in its history and VeriSign charges much less for .net than .com.
If you’re a GoDaddy faithful, I’d recommend signing up with the Discount Domain Club. It costs $89.99 to join, but then you pay $6.95 for .com and $7.19 for .net and .org. Given current GoDaddy prices, you’ll make up the membership fee with as few as 15 registrations. You can save an extra 2% by prepaying by check or wire transfer.