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Yahoo Small Business is raising its domain renewal price from $12.95 per year to $34.95 per year effective July 1, 2008. The announcement was made through emails sent to account holders with domains set for renewal before the effective date. This is Yahoo’s second price increase […]

Yahoo Small Business is raising its domain renewal price from $12.95 per year to $34.95 per year effective July 1, 2008. The announcement was made through emails sent to account holders with domains set for renewal before the effective date.

This is Yahoo’s second price increase in under a year.

The $22.00 increase is a hard pill to swallow for web workers who have used Yahoo to register domain names for their web projects. Competing registrars are reacting. GoDaddy, for example, is offering a 30% discount on domain registration this week.

  1. How can Yahoo! constantly make so many mistakes?

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  2. Who in the world pays more than 12.95 for a domain anymore?

    I haven’t paid more than $9.00 since 2004

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  3. I think the real problem is that Yahoo! Domains are Yahoo! in name only. I believe that the Yahoo! Domains was a wrapper around the registrar Melbourne IT. I registered a couple via Yahoo! (since moved luckily) because of the low prices they always advertised. The service was easy to use, but it bugged me that you couldn’t transfer domains into the service.

    I love Yahoo and Yahoo services but I think a refocus is definitely needed. If they need to charge that much to have a branded domain name service, this is something they need to drop. Despite what any registrar says, there is no service that a registrar can provide that should make a domain renewal cost more than $10.

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  4. Maria Garcia Tuesday, June 24, 2008

    I only pay $8.95 and same price for registration. How is Yahoo justifying this increase?

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  5. Non Specifie Tuesday, June 24, 2008

    About a year ago I began to tire of inefficiencies in Y!’s email and hosting services. Several months ago I took all my business from Y! and gave it to another company.

    What finally got me was not the margin of mediocrity in the services per se, but Y!’s disingenuous treatment of me as a paying customer. Months before the MSFT takeover bid, I concluded that Y! didn’t care anymore, and that the erosion of their service culture was a symptom of their having given up the fight.

    With this price increase, Y! demonstrates publicly its incomprehensible intent to commit suicide.

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  6. [...] Web Worker Daily is the latest to report that Yahoo! is going to increase domain renewal costs to $34.95/year effective July 1. Can you blame them? They need to raise revenue somewhere. If I were Jerry Yang, I’d start charging $20/Yahoo! search. That should bring in revenue, and give the DIY Yahoo! Resignation Letter generator more material. [...]

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  7. I think its a shame that they are falling over. They used to be *the* web resource and obviously didnt try too hard to hold onto that title when Google came along. I hope they can float themselves again without too many cheap tricks like this.

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  8. This is a stupid decision on Yahoo’s part. All that needs to happen now is have Google buy GoDaddy and the game’s over for Yahoo. I guess I better start publishing my gmail account more.

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  9. Like AOL, it would seem that Yahoo is trying to position itself as the internet service most likely to fleece the people who don’t understand how the internet is supposed to work and frustrate the people who do.

    I’ve been disgusted with AOL for a good fifteen years now as a result, and I’m well on my way to a new lack of regard for Yahoo for similar reasons.

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  10. $12.00? I only pay 7.00/yr with http://godaddy.com

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