Yesterday I came up with an idea for a website that I may want to pursue one day so I was searching for a place to buy a cheap domain name. I usually buy mine from Bluehost and I am very happy with them but since this was a future idea and it will be such a targeted niche I didn’t really care if it ended in .com, .net, or .crap. I just wanted to get it so I had it in case I decided to pursue my idea.
I did all kinds of searches for “cheap domains” and “free domains” and while I did find that I could get a free one that ended in .co.cc (weird) I also stumbled upon Go Daddy.com and they were offering a .info domain for 89 cents. I could not tell if that 89 cents was just for the first year and the price goes up or if it would be 89 cents always. So I chose my domain name and started to go through the checkout process to see if I could figure it out.
As I completed the steps through through the shopping cart, I came to a screen called “registration preferences” and there was a section to select the registration length in terms of years, from 1 year to 10 years. Right above the selection box was a link to “pricing” so I clicked on it and selected .info as my domain extension.
(click the pricing link above or here: Go Daddy domain pricing, for a “print screen” version)
Take a look at the enlarged chart below. It clearly shows that if you register 1-5 new domains that the pricing for 1 yr is 89 cents, 2 yrs is $5.44, and so on up to 10 yrs for $9.08 (for each domain). I was giddy when I saw that and figured I’d jump on the 10 yr pricing.
After reviewing the chart I went back to the registration page and I selected 10 yrs for my registration length for my new .info domain and hit “continue” to complete my registration and make payment. But when I reached the final checkout page of my shopping cart I was hit with a total of $90.80 rather than the $9.08 the pricing chart had indicated. I thought maybe I had done something wrong and selected some sort of add-on feature (their registration process is riddled with “extras”) but I repeated it twice and got the same results.
So I decided to call in and ask them why their pricing says it would be $9.08 but their shopping cart wants to charge me $90.80. They told me that the 89 cents is just for the first year and that it goes back up in price for the remaining years. They proceeded to offer me a 15% discount and tried to sell me other products to go along with my “new” domain. When I pressed them about the pricing sheet and how it shows the total would be $9.08 for 10 yrs, all the customer service rep did was duck the question and talk about how their rates were lower than others. He totally seemed to avoid the issue completely and was simply pushing their add-on products.
I did some more searching on the Go Daddy website for an explanation about the 89 cent pricing and in the fine print at the bottom of their home page under “shopping” is “offer disclaimers” that include this statement:
$0.89 .INFO Sale price will be reflected in your shopping cart at checkout and is not applicable to renewals or transfers. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or promotion. .INFO will renew at the standard price.
But then why does their pricing sheet indicate otherwise?
So I am left with the opinion that the 89 cent .info domain is either a scam or false advertising. Either way they need to change that pricing sheet.
If you need a domain name, I have heard positive things about Dynonames, and I’m sure there are plenty of other honest companies out there too. Also, I have not checked it out because the .co.cc extension was just a little too weird for me, but supposedly you can get a free domain at CO.CC.