Rightside made an important comment regarding some questions there have been lately regarding the renewal pricing of New gTLDs.
There have been some accusations that some New gTLD registries are making domain name renewal rate changes without informing the registrant and that the registries change domain pricing from non-premium to premium pricing without notice.
I have to say that is not the “notice” part that worries me. Any increase in renewals in New gTLDs will be unjustifiable at this point. New gTLDs already have higher renewal rates than the legacy TLDs like .com, .net, .org and .info. And the current inflation in the US is at about 1%.
This is what Rightside said on the issue:
We’re posting to this thread in order to provide information about Rightside’s domain pricing.
We have never moved a registered standard domain to a premium price tier or raised the price of a registered premium domain. This type of activity is not part of our business model and therefore we have no plans to do so now or in the future.
Rightside also maintains a set of high-value premium domains that we call Platinums. These domains are available for negotiated prices. Our Registrar partners handle these domains in different ways. Some of them provide a ‘Make an offer’ option, others show a high retail price (greater than $55,000/yr) and some show them as unavailable. The WHOIS information for these domains will include the following info: “This premium domain is available for purchase. If you would like to make an offer, please contact platinums @rightside.co.”
The response was quite clear. I wonder what the other registries have to say about this matter. Donuts, Minds + Machines, Uniregistry, Radix, Afilias and the other smaller registries including all the Geo .city TLDs have to speak out.