Wholesale cost for .org domain registrations increases next year.
The wholesale price for registering a .org domain name will increase in April 2011.
In a short letter to ICANN dated yesterday, .org registry Public Interest Registry said it will increase the annual price to $7.21 beginning April 1. This does not include ICANN fees.
As a point of reference, GoDaddy’s retail price for .org is $14.99 plus the 18 cent ICANN fee each year. So a registrar with a healthy margin already baked in may not pass the cost along to consumers.
VeriSign has already increased .com and .net prices this year and is likely to do so again next year. Last time VeriSign increased prices we saw several other registries issue their own price hikes, often times citing other registries’ moves as justification for increasing their own.