The company will charge you $20 if you transfer the domain name before the first year renewal.
.Com domain names for a dollar!
That seems like a pretty good deal, even if Network Solutions’ Cyber Monday special is limited to one domain name.
But if you read the fine print sent in an email to customers today, you’ll find that this is a horrible deal.
*$1 promotional pricing applies to the first year and is valid for 1 new purchase only. Domains transferred out prior to the first renewal will incur a $20 service fee per domain. Services will automatically renew until cancellation or until auto-renew is turned off within Account Manager. After one year the services purchased will renew at then pricing. Domain and Backorder offers are only valid for the following extensions: .com, .net, .org, .info or .biz (.co also available or an additional fee for domain registration only). Offer does not apply to premium domain names or renewals. DEP and Private Registration are only available for certain domain extensions; please see the product pages for more details. Domain names are registered on a first come, first served basis. No guarantees that domain name will be available or accepted by registry. Offer cannot be combined with any other offer, service upgrade or free trial. Please see our Services Agreement and any applicable supplemental service agreements for additional terms and conditions. Offer is valid only on November 27, 2017.
Did you catch that second sentence? If you don’t renew your domain at Network Solutions and decide to transfer it elsewhere, you have to pay $20!
Not only is this buried within the fine print in the email promotion, but it’s very hard to find on the website. As far as I can tell, the only way to see the $20 penalty notice is if you hover over the i symbol in this graphic:
That’s some very fine print.