Andee Hill from Donuts explained what the New gTLD registry’s business plan is, regarding pricing on its 200 new extensions.
Uniregistry’s planned price increase put all New gTLD registries in a tough spot. I wondered how they felt and asked a few people from the registries while some made comments on blogs and forums.
Here is what Andee Hill said on gtld.link:
“Donuts isn’t in a position to comment on a competitor’s pricing decisions. Speaking for ourselves, however, we have no plans to increase prices for existing registrants — this is not part of our business plan. We voluntarily entered into agreements with our registrars that dramatically limits our ability to increase prices for existing registrants. Case in point, in the only instance to date of an upward price adjustment (effective last October 1), we increased our prices for only unregistered names and exempted existing registrations.
We understand the negative impact that unexpected price increases have on domain investors, and we want to underline again how much we appreciate the value that domain investors bring to Donuts and to the industry.”
(BTW the forum is located on a Uniregistry extention: .link.)
Colin Campbell, CEO of .Club that “.CLUB has voluntarily signed a price protection clause with the registrars for the first 5 years which limits to inflation or 15%.”. You read all about .Club’s pricing strategy here.
Here is what GoDaddy (“Regardless of the economics, it’s an extremely poor customer experience.”), Rightside (“I want to reassure our valued customers who have invested in our TLDs that we will not be following suit.”) and Radix (“We have no immediate plans to increase our wholesale prices.”) said about this issue on DomainInvesting.com and TheDomains.com.