That’s right. I’ve found a whole new level of ridiculous. I won a domain at Namejet recently and was awarded the name in a previously unheard of registrar named SpeedNames. It happens fairly regularly at Namejet. They represent quite a large group of registrars selling their expired names. It’s what makes them great, and at the same time sucks when you have to deal with these small guys. Normally the first thing I do when I find out I’m at these small registrars is mark my calendar 60 days out so I immediately get it out and transferred to a registrar that isn’t going to rip me off. I say rip me off because most of them charge ridiculous renewal fees and other fees like DNS change fees, etc. But this is a first. This is the first time EVER I have seen a fee to correct my address or phone number.
I simply wanted to update my who is info on the domain to make it correct. Something that ICANN REQUIRES. When I went to change it they put it into a cart and wanted to charge me $19. Nineteen frickin dollars to put in the right phone numbers!!!. And they were going to charge me a VAT and I don’t even qualify for a VAT (I don’t think I do but I could be wrong) I had never really thought about rules for registrars but this HAS to be against some rule. If not, the fact that they can charge for anything they want shows the state of our industry. There has to be some form of oversee that makes certain domain managerial acts free. Especially a change of who is.