.US domain names are some of the cheapest domain names to register and renew. Yet somehow GoDaddy, a US company, has decided that .us domains are a good choice so it can rip off customers and make an extra $10+ a pop.
.US domains cost $19.99 to register and renew at GoDaddy. They are one of the most expensive registrars for .us domains.
Yes, I know. I can choose a different cheaper registrar. And I do. But in this case I can’t as I won a bunch of expired auctions and in order to purchase the domains I need to pay a year of renewal on top of the auction price for each domain. And yes it is $19.99 to renew a .us domain at Godaddy even though you will rarely find a .us renewing for more than $12 at popular registrars.
At Dynadot .us domains cost betweem $7.25 and $7.99 to renew depending on how much you are spending there. DomainCostClub has them at $6.50.
GoDaddy = $19.99 flat
I even tried to find a coupon code. Nothing.
I finally tried to see what discount the GoDaddy Discount Domain Club has for .us domains. Nothing! 0% discount for .us domains!
See what discount they have for .com domains. 53%:
GoDaddy even has a good discount for .uk domains:
I then thought that maybe GoDaddy has an expensive price on .us domains because they just bought Neustar so they are now the .US registry. But that is not the case as GoDaddy has a big discount on .biz domains (that Neustar, now owned by GoDaddy, is also the registry for). And the .biz discount price is a lot closer to the Dynadot price that ranges from $13.75 up to $14.99.
So .us domains ultimately cost more on GoDaddy than .biz domains even thought the .us wholesale price is a lot cheaper than the .biz wholesale price.
I have no idea why GoDaddy, a US company and now the .US registry, is actually discouraging people from registering .us domains and renewing .us domains at GoDaddy.
Only thing I can think off is that they kept prices expensive because of the .US nexus requirement that don’t allow .US domains to be behind WHOIS privacy. So GoDaddy is not earning as much from .us domains as it does from other domains.