A while ago I got a domain renewal notice in the mail for Website-Building-4-Newbies. A company called Domain Renewal Group was kind enough to inform me that my registration for that domain name would expire on July 30, 2009.
Just one problem: My domain is not registered through them.
That didn't stop them from offering me the following deal:
Renew for 1 year for $30
Renew for 2 years (Recommended) for $50 (save $10)
Renew for 5 years (Best Value) for $95 (save $55)
Those parenthetical comments are theirs, not mine.
Now, you can register a domain name at namecheap for less than $10 a year.
So if you get a "bill" telling you you'll save $55 by paying $95 by renewing your domain name for five years through them - even if they are your real registrar, get a new one!
What makes me really angry about this notice is that it is indeed made to look like a bill.
Here's a paragraph from this "Domain Name Expiration Notice" as it is labeled:
"You must renew your domain name to retain exclusive rights to it on the web and now is the time ot transfer and renew your name from your current Registrar to the Domain Renewal Group. Failure to renew your domain name 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."
Never mind that it takes a day or two to renew a domain name, that this domain name doesn't expire until July 30, and that they requested a reply by March 30, 2009.
The moral: If you get a domain renewal notice in the mail, first, be sure it's from your actual domain registrar! Second, if you're paying more than $10 for your domain name, be sure there's a good reason why (for instance, you want several extensions - e.g., .com, .net, and .org).
Hope this was helpful.
Wishing you peace & prosperity,
Website Building 4 Newbies