How I saved money using the GoDaddy Discount Domain Club and the silent fix!

The GoDaddy website sucks. Anyone that deals with GoDaddy on a daily basis knows it. It is full of bugs, inconsistencies, old and new systems contradicting, etc.

On Saturday I complained about the crazy expensive .us renewals price of $19.99 and pointed out the fact that according to the GoDaddy website the Discount Domain Club offered no discount on .us domains. A few readers pointed out that they were paying $7.99 for .us renewals using the GoDaddy Discount Domain Club.

I believed them (and not the GoDaddy website that said $19.99) and bought a yearly membership for the GoDaddy Discount Domain Club. There is only the option to buy a yearly membership (no monthly option) and that costs $119.88. But I used a coupon code at checkout and paid $85.72 for the membership.

So I then clearly saw that the .us renewals were discounted to $7.99. So I paid for my 15 .us expired auctions and saved $94.28.

And I still have a year’s worth of the GoDaddy Discount Domain Club to save even more on expired auction renewals.

The truth that anyone that buys a lot of GoDaddy expired domains needs to have a membership on the Discount Domain Club. You only need to buy 9 .com domains per year to start saving. The .com domains are discounted from $17.99 to $8.29. (Or you need to buy 26 .com domains per year if you use a coupon code like I did.)

The silent fix

So today I checked and the GoDaddy website has been fixed to reflect the real .us renewal price: $7.99.



It is funny how no GoDaddy representative responded to my post or tweet and yet they made the change to their website over the weekend. They made what I call the silent fix.

They didn’t even try to inform me of what the real .us price was.

Oh well… You can be the judge of that.


About Konstantinos Zournas

I studied Computer Engineering and Computer Science in London, UK and I am now living in Athens, Greece. I went online in 1995, started coding in 1996 and began buying domain names and creating websites in 2000. I started the blog in 2012.


  1. Ah yes, “the hostage tax”

    Minimum oneyear commitment required!

    I too have acquiesced. Thanks as always, Stay safe


  2. Their website now lists the Discount Domain Club membership at $19.99 per month (with a year’s purchase required), or $239.88 per year.

    That seems crazy to me. Do you still think it’s worth the cost?

  3. Did Godaddy raise prices for Domain discount club recently? I just had a hefty renewal bill that was definitely not $7.99 per month.

    • Konstantinos Zournas

      The annual cost doubled. It went from $120 to $240! Existing customers were locked at the $120 price.

      • Thanks for the reply Konstantinos! I actually see the opposite – my renewal (existing customer) price was more than if I was getting a new subscription.

        I had to get the renewal refunded. They charged me €332 euros for 3 years renewal, while on site (Spain pricing) the monthly cost is €7.36 – which works out to be €88.32 per year or about €265 for 3 years period.

        You need to watch out with Godaddy as they charge you random amounts and Chat support had zero clue or explanation as to why is that, and when I challenged them.

        Any recommendation for alternatives to Godaddy where you would host a large domain portfolio safely with better prices?

      • Konstantinos Zournas

        Is it possible that the difference in price was because of a VAT tax?

      • no, there was no VAT charged

  4. Renewing what I have in Godaddy is incredibly expensive, but having the Discount Club is the same thing that Uniregistry started, I think that paying for this and when the price is better, buying more domains, this happened to me in Uniregistry.

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