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Domain renewal price increases again at Yahoo

from $10 to $13 to $35 year

   
12:22 am on May 26, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Just got this notice saying that Yahoo!'s annual domain renewal price is going to increase to $34.95 per year from July 1, 2008.

What can possibly warrant such a price hike, anyone know? Are other registers also raising their prices or is Yahoo perhaps trying to get out of this business by strategically driving customers away?

[edited by: encyclo at 4:44 pm (utc) on May 26, 2008]
[edit reason] paraphrased email quote [/edit]

12:50 am on May 26, 2008 (gmt 0)

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What can possibly warrant such a price hike, anyone know?

I'm guessing, but it looks like they need some quick cash for a war chest.

If a million customers prepay for ten years at 13 bucks per year they raise $130 million.

That'll buy a lot of eggs to throw at Steve Ballmer.

4:41 pm on May 26, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Are you sure it is from Yahoo?

A while back we got a similar email (suspicious because we do not have any domains registered with Yahoo :D).

Turned out to be some outfit trying to "steal" registrations from other places.

5:07 pm on May 26, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Yes I'm sure it's yahoo, I compared the email with other I've got in the past.
I sent a query to ask why the price hike and got a reply that said I was such a valued customer they would only talk to me over the phone. Checked if I could renew my domains now for the next ten years but that does not seem to be an option.
My guess is that they are trying to force those who only register their domain at Yahoo to also host with them, incidentally $35 is the exact price of domain name plus starter hosting.
2:12 pm on May 27, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I would say it is time to move on then to another register.
8:35 am on Jun 3, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I won't ever register a name with yahoo anyways, I had this domain name I was hyped about getting. I checked if it was available in yahoo, a week later when I went to purchase it, boom, a company that sells domain names scooped it up. And its a name no domain name selling company would think of buying.
1:59 pm on Jun 4, 2008 (gmt 0)

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It's a high-end business model because Yahoo sells domains to Ma & Pa businesses and other non-domainers who do not even realize the price is extremely high.

If they do they probably do not care since they may only have 1 or 2 names and trust the Yahoo brand vs the little known registrar names domainers deal with (well known GoDaddy is a big exception and a reason GD is #1).

A Realtor I dealt with some time ago had a few names with Y (I believe she was paying approx $30 at the time) and when I pointed out she could pay far less (plus get good cust service and better control panel features vs Y) she really could care less about that and brushed it off as totally insignificant.

7:12 pm on Jun 4, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Register.com has bumped their prices back up too. I think they are realizing that it is too much of a hassle to switch out all your domains.