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    I use Whois.SC instead, but that's just me
    by GideonsLastSon on Thursday September 30 2004, @04:01PM (#14247)
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    Looks like there are multiple options out there...
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    Re:Looks Like Verisign is the Big Winner Not Count
    by markht on Tuesday September 28 2004, @04:11PM (#14235)
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    Its is only people like us, who have a history of being part of the internet governance changes, that ever know and care what split of their domain name fees go to Verisign.

    Most people feel that $20 or $30 is a fair price to pay for their domain name per year, certainly it's a lot less than they pay for their hosting and/or email.

    Despite being involved in domain names since 1995 I have stopped caring about a few dollars a year going to Verisign. I first felt like a competitor to Network Solutions (helping create the largest domain registrar in europe at that time (before registrars officially existed)), then I went to work for then (in the hopes of helping make them a better company), then I left them and went to work for another registrar, then I got out of the domain business and stopped caring as much:

    In the past year I have paid over $100,000 to Google Adwords for promoting my domain (and made a nice profit from that advertising), so why should I care if I pay $7 or $20 or $30 for my domain in comparison? It is simply a cost of doing business. At the end of the day customer support and online tools mean a lot more to me than the price (even so, Network Solutions still loses my business :)

    If I was a person who just wanted a domain name for their home page I might be concerned about what I pay for a domain (or I might just go use a subdomain) but no legitimate business is really concerned: all the complaints I see come from agitators, registrars who want a bigger slice of the pie, or (mostly) from domain speculators with thousands or tens of thousands of domains, to whom the difference between $6.50 and $6.60 a domain actually makes a difference to their bottom line.

    Mark.

    P.S. First post here in a long time as I know that 80+% of the posts are just good old Jeffy Williams replying to himself.
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