Just bought a domain for 50 cents

Last Update: January 31, 2013
I was searching for where to buy a domain for cheap last night, I usually buy all my domains at go daddy. I have never had any problems with them, but here lately I have realized that they have raised their prices, then they offer you so much percentage off, making you think you are saving money when your really not.

I started doing a search on some promo codes, when an ad came up at the very top of the page that said 50 cent domains get yours today. I clicked on it and it took me to register.com, I typed in my keyword for the domain I wanted and it was available. It was only 50 cents, compared to go daddy they don't have hardly any up sells.

It was a straight forward sell and it only costed me 50 cents, I never even heard of register.com before, but I might start buying all my domains from here. I'm not sure If there's a limit on how many you can buy at this price or what, but I just thought I would share this with everybody in-case you are looking for a good cheap place to buy domains at. You should definitely check them out!!


I just want to update this In case you didn't read the comments below, whatever you do don't make the same mistake I did In thinking this Is a good company. I would highly advice you to avoid this company, do business with go daddy they might have a bunch of up sells, but at least you won't get ripped off In the long run. Thanks
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Kyle Premium
Welcome to the unethical industry of domains. There is a lot of stuff like this going on.

One of the biggest scams is a company here in Canada that sends you mail saying that your domain is about to expire. Renewal for your domains is $35, you need to send them mail back with a check to renew and transfer the domains. I can only imagine how many people this fools out of $25 per year (the difference on what a domain should actually cost).

Domains from ICANN are around $7, so the profit per year for a company charging around $10 is $3 or so (plus upsells). Just something to remember when buying domains. If you understand the business model, you can understand if there is some sketchy stuff going on.
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fol8 Premium
Hi Kyle, based on what you mentioned, should domain prices be in the range of US10 dollars each? As I bought some from Godaddy at US 4.17 dollars each, how is that so? Hope they don't clobber me with high renewal rates!
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Kyle Premium
Renewals at Godaddy should be a normal price. You should be OK.
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IveTriedThat Premium
Yeouch, wish you would have posted about this beforehand.

I highly recommend staying far away from Register[.]com. It costs "only" fifty cents for a reason. Their renewal fees START at $38. Nearly 4x the cost of most other registrars. Plus, I've read it's really hard to transfer domain names away from them.

To anyone reading this, do yourself a favor and research your registrar before buying domain names. Also, don't use Register[.]com.
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slayton1s Premium
I had a feeling... That's why I said do a background check on the company. Thanks for the expert point of view on this.
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scottdogg187 Premium
Damn I guess I should have researched them before I bought From them, what can I do now? Do you think my Information Is safe with them for the time being or should I be worried. I kinda wondered why they were so cheap
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When it's time to renew, move it to a different registrar, like GoDaddy. Actually, it's a good way to save money, but you MUST move it, and get the full term with them before you do. Read the TOS to be sure there isn't anything that would prohibit you from moving it (like agreeing to a choice of paying at regular pricing next year. or cancel it)I read down further. Rich has a good point about keeping track of when you purchased and start early on the transfering process.. Always read the stipulations before you jump into anything like this. There's almost always a catch.
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welshy Premium
I fell for this with Yahoo domain's, paid $1 but renewal was about $35 or around that much. Always forget to transfer and have been hit with the $35 twice now. (My own fault)
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dazzlefish Premium
Guess you wouldn't want to read the reviews on Yelp then, right?
http://www.yelp.com/biz/register-com-new-york-2 They call it a "fraud company"
among other things. Severe warnings about the 50 cent rate. But it's your nickel.
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@RICH. Premium
Congrats. on paying just 50¢! There might also be an advantage in using a smaller registrar especially those that specialise in business or corporate hosting as I've seen several reports that suggest search engines favour them above the majors such as GoDaddy, Namecheap, 1&1 et al. There's also speculation that domains that are registered for more than a single year do better. However, do make an alert or a note in your diary 9 months from now to check their renewal prices so as to give yourself time to transfer your domain(s) to another registrar in case they try to clobber you then. You usually need a clear 60 days to do so. GoDaddy for example are known not only for their upsells but for charging above the *market* rate for renewals. Note that you can't transfer domains here to WAU as they are not a registrar. Rich.
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scottdogg187 Premium
Yea I got 3 domains getting ready to expire within the next 90 days with go daddy and that's all I get Is a bunch of emails from them telling me how much I can save If I renew early with them. I just hope this company Is good and everything goes good. Thanks for the comment Rich.
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IveTriedThat Premium
They aren't good. At all. Transferring your domains there is a BIG mistake.
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slayton1s Premium
These other companies make there prices as low as possible to compete with these larger places. I guarantee you GoDaddy has better support, strong customer support, and a stronger team in the background. Whatever works though!
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scottdogg187 Premium
I have no idea how their customer support Is or nothing like that, I just found them last night. I figure If I can get a domain name for 50 cents, then what have I got to lose. I just hope I don't have any problems down the road that I need to call them for.
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slayton1s Premium
Well, it's good to do a background check on the company before buying for sure. I think register.com's been around for a while. I believe you can actually transfer your domains to a different company and renew them elsewhere if you want. Like I could renew my domains by moving them to Wealthy Affiliate later on from Godaddy. Just an ideal. gl with your new domain!
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