Nearly fell for this and paid 2x more on domain renewal ...

by Big Al
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I got an email from a company that renews domains ... it's an old domain I have a review site on and haven't touched for sometime.

Anyway ... get the letter charging me £20 to renew (now that I think about it - that's about $30). Nearly go through with the paperwork and decide to have a look online.

Anyway ... realise that the company I bought the domain through is a) different and b) only asking $8.95 to renew it.

... I was one step away from sending that $30 cheque off!

Moral of the story ... if you've bought your domain ONLINE and get a LETTER 4 months before it's due to expire ... ask yourself why they'd be sending you a letter when you bought online, double check where you actually got the domain and if you can renew it online.

It's only $21 but when you got loads of domain names ... it adds up!!

Al

P.S. The company I used to buy the domain wanted an extra $0.99 per month for the privacy and I think Namecheap offer it for like $2 ... so in future I'll be using them ALL THE TIME.
#domain #fell #paid #renewal
  • Profile picture of the author John Henderson
    I got one of those! Was yours from "Domain Renewal Group"?

    [Edit: Just found this -- http://www.eukhost.com/forums/f27/do...oup-scam-7086/ -- and I love the last post]
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  • Profile picture of the author Terry Crim
    godaddy sends snail mail letters and email's 90, 60 and 30 days before renewal is up. I also get snail mail letters from other companies that want to charge $30.00 to transfer the domain and renew it at that low fee.

    I have several clients that pay $30+ for domain registration, they are offline businesses and do not consider this any large expense in any stretch of the imagination. If they had tens or hundreds of websites they would go with namecheap or godaddy etc... but for their 3 to 5 domains it really doesn't matter as they make actually good money in their business and few hundred dollars on domains a year is nothing to them.

    The mindset here about this kind of stuff is interesting. If you have a plan for developing the domains, building websites and making money the price for the domain whether it is 10, 30 or 60 is such a small small fee it really isn't worth the time to complain about it, just pay it and get to work.

    Namecheap is really good registrar and with their monthly coupons you can get domains for less than 8.00.

    A lot of people complain about the costs of fees associated with online business. Compare to offline business fees and there is no comparison.

    I don't think that these marketing letters from 3rd party companies wanting you to renew your domain with them is a scam or misleading at all. Everyone I have seen discloses exactly what it is they are doing, fees and procedures you have to go through to transfer.

    If you just glance at the letter and don't pay any attention then I suppose you could end up transferring your domain away to one of these companies. Spend more time and pay attention to your bills, read through the fees and charges and make sure it is what you expect. That way when you open one of these letters you will quickly realize it is an ad.

    I think that the issue is more not really paying attention to what you receive in the mail and in email. If you don't pay attention and respond to one of the many nigerian emails from FBI you could end up losing money to nigerian mafia as well.

    Most of us get all sorts of ads, junk mail etc... If you live in the U.S. there is an opt-out through the FTC.gov website that allows you to remove your name and address from junk mail lists and there is a seperate opt-out for the same for your phone number as well. I rarely get junk mail anymore and those I do goes in the recycling pile, often unopened.

    I guess my point was that this is really a small fee and nothing to get worked up about. If you are used to getting $1.00 or less for domains then going up to $30.00 would be a shock I guess but if you are making money it is such a small fee. I spend more than $30.00 on food and entertainment a week so to me it isn't a big deal.

    Though if you are investing in hundreds of domains you obviously wouldn't go with a company like that. Most here in this forum pretty much know where to get best deals on domains and hosting I imagine so would not go with a company like this. Though if you did, the price by itself isn't really that big of a deal is what I am saying.

    - T
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    • Profile picture of the author Dan C. Rinnert
      Originally Posted by Terry Crim View Post

      godaddy sends snail mail letters and email's 90, 60 and 30 days before renewal is up. I also get snail mail letters from other companies that want to charge $30.00 to transfer the domain and renew it at that low fee.
      GoDaddy sends renewal letters? I don't think I've ever seen one of those. I get snail mail renewal notices from Network Solutions as well as assorted "fake" renewal notices from various companies, but nothing from GoDaddy.

      I feel left out now.
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      • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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        Originally Posted by Dan C. Rinnert View Post

        GoDaddy sends renewal letters? I don't think I've ever seen one of those. I get snail mail renewal notices from Network Solutions as well as assorted "fake" renewal notices from various companies, but nothing from GoDaddy.

        I feel left out now.
        I've had as many as 300 domains through Godaddy and I've never gotten any mail from them for anything.
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  • Profile picture of the author Big Al
    ~ John ... yup you're right it was.

    ~ Terry ... you're dead right about it not really being a major cost (compared with labour etc) and that it's not a scam.

    Between myself and my business partner I think we've got about 100 domains in online and offline niches ... so it definately adds up per yer!
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  • Profile picture of the author kcgclove5
    Probably another important reason to get Proxy By Domains, or some other privacy service. I bet there are companies that are fishing for information from WHOIS sites.
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    • Profile picture of the author j0s3
      I get the same letter for a lot of my domains... the b******s try it on with thousands of people.

      If you read the small print... when (if) you renew the domain with them, you're agreeing to transfer your domain to them.

      It's unbelievable that this company operates at all... and sick that nobody that can, does anything about it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Owen Smith
    I have received letters asking for $99 for reneweal
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    Ughhh ... I get those all the time. I almost sh*t when I received the first one. This scam has been around a long time.
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  • Profile picture of the author Melanie Crouse
    I was reading something this morning about a "company" in Toronto that was charged for fraud for a slightly different scam. They were sending out notices to register the .net of your .com or some such thing. I think they were charged $4 million or so for it.

    Here's the link Toronto 'domain name slammers' fined for fraud by FTC

    A different scam, but still.
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    • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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      Originally Posted by Melanie Crouse View Post

      I was reading something this morning about a "company" in Toronto that was charged for fraud for a slightly different scam. They were sending out notices to register the .net of your .com or some such thing. I think they were charged $4 million or so for it.

      Here's the link Toronto 'domain name slammers' fined for fraud by FTC

      A different scam, but still.
      Glad to see the crack down on this kind of scam. $4 fine ought to put a stop to at least that company.
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