.Net and .Org prices jump to $15.19.
Just a few days after we swallowed the news that GoDaddy increased .net and .org prices to 13.19, and a few weeks after the company claimed Yahoo “Jumped the Shark” by raising its domain prices to $35, GoDaddy has hiked prices again.
.Net and .Org domain names will now set you back $15.19. It’s not as big of a deal as Yahoo’s (NASDAQ: YHOO) hike to $35, but it seems odd to call out a competitor for drastically raising prices when you also decide to jack up your price 50% or so.
Domain investors that own large portfolios are stuck with a few options: join the discount domain club, spend your time looking for coupon codes, or transfer your domains to other companies.
The discount domain club offers .net and .org domains for $7.19. As for coupon codes, there are a multitude out there on the web. One reader pointed out a coupon that was working as of yesterday: TEST99 gives you .com domains for only 99 cents.
If you want to transfer your domains to a lower cost provider, be sure to not change your registrant name in whois.
It appears that GoDaddy’s pricing strategy is to advertise $9.99 .com domains (really $10.19 when adding the ICANN fee) and then sell customers alternative extensions priced 50% more than many competitors. It may boost GoDaddy’s bottom line — but the company needs to message it correctly to big portfolio holders.