[conspire] domain registrar recommendations?
Eric De Mund
ead-conspire at ixian.com
Sat Dec 1 22:08:27 PST 2007
Don Marti <dmarti at zgp.org>:
] Stay away from GoDaddy: http://nodaddy.com/
Christian Einfeldt <einfeldt at gmail.com>:
] Like the plague.
] Domainsnext is good.
Much appreciated. Does this following 2004 post that I found via a
Google search apply to your domain at DomainsNext? Would you need to pay
a transfer fee to them to change registrars away from them? I found
their Terms of Service at <http://www.domainsnext.com/termsofservice.htm>,
but not the Price Schedule that it references.
Warning! Anti-competitive practice
frank hagan -- 01-06-04, 08:49 AM
I've been pretty happy with DomainsNext.com, and was considering
becoming an affilliate with them (in fact, I signed up). Then, in
doing my research on affilliate programs, I decided to change the
registrar on one of my domain names to track the progress of the
I found out that DomainsNext, sometime in the last 6 months, has
changed their Terms of Service to include restrictive requirements
and fees to change registrars. I don't believe this is legal and
binding, although they have not responded yet to my inquiry.
They now require a $15 fee to change registrars, plus a notarized
letter ($10) and the payment must be by cashier's check or money
order (another $2 or so). You must include the last 4 digits of your
credit card used to originally register the domain, or a picture ID.
Besides the time invested, if I wanted to transfer all 11 of my
domain names from them, it would cost me nearly $300.
I believe these policies are not intended to prevent transfer fraud,
but simply are a means to prevent customers from leaving. As such,
they are anti-competitive and may be illegal under the laws of the
state of California.
If you registered a domain name before 6/5/2003 with domainsnext
.com, you registered under the old TOS, which did not have these
fees. I don't know when they changed their TOS, but the 'Net Wayback
Machine at http://web.archive.org has the 6/5/2003 copy archived
(and does not yet have the new version archived). That leads me to
believe this is a very recent change.
In the interests of fairness, domainsnext.com is a reseller for the
accredited registrar ITSYOURDOMAIN.COM, but itsyourdomain.com does
not have the fees in its TOS. I suspect this is something being done
just by the reseller, domainsnext.com.
Also, this paragraph from their Terms of Service is a bit worrying. Is
this loss of ownership of one's domain to the registrar common practice?
1.3 Credit Card Charge Backs.
In the event of a charge back by a credit card company or other
non-payment by you in connection with your registration, renewal, or
registrar transfer fee, you acknowledge and agree that the domain
name registration shall be transferred to DomainsNext.com, that
DomainsNext.com shall be deemed the entity that paid the registra-
tion, renewal, or transfer fee, and that DomainsNext.com shall have
all rights regarding such domain name including, but not limited to,
the right to sell the domain name to a third party. DomainsNext.com
may, in its sole discretion, reinstate your domain name registration
upon its receipt of the registration or renewal fee and a US $200
Regards and thank you,
Eric De MUND | Ixian Systems | Jab: eadixian at jabber.org/main
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