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

Studied Computer Engineering and Computer Science in London, UK and now living in Athens, Greece. Love domains and building websites. Went online in 1995, learned about HTML in 1996 and about domains in 2002. Started publishing 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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