"You must renew your domain name to retain exclusive rights to it on the web, and now is the time to transfer and renew you name from your current Registrar to the Domain Registry of America. Failure to renew your domain by the expiration date may result in a loss of your online identity making it difficult for your customers and friends to locate you on the Web". "Act today!"
Ooh! Scary stuff. :p
Now, that domain doesn't actually expire for another 4 months, but they want me to act by March 29the to "take advantage of their best savings". And what are their "best savings"? Yep, $30/yr or 2 years for $50. They also offered me the .net and .info version of that domain name for $50 for 2 years (no one year option). There is no hosting or anything involved, just the name renewal.
I honestly don't know what they are trying to accomplish with this. It looks kind of official, and kind of looks like a bill, but who is going to fall for it? It's a renewal. People have already paid for their domains and know how much they cost. Who would ever got through the hassle of changing registrars for a 300% cost increase? It's an actual paper notice mailed out too. That has to cost them a bit. I can't imagine that they can make a profit that way.
Maybe there are people out there that have no clue what their domains cost. <shrugs> If you are one of them..let this be a warning to you.
Have a good day.