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Premium renewals create headaches for domain buyers

Figuring out if a domain has a premium renewal price can be confusing.

There’s a bit of a quarrel going on right now between two domain name brokers over the sale of a domain with a premium renewal.

One person bought a .TV domain name through the other, only to find out later that it has a $1,000 annual renewal.

It can be nearly impossible to independently verify if a domain has a premium renewal. You need to know if some of the domains in a particular TLD have premiums, then you have to figure out if the specific domain does, and then how much it is. Some TLDs renew at a premium equal to the initial registration fee while others renew at a lower fee but still higher than standard registrations.

Perhaps the “best” way to figure out the renewal fee is to start a domain transfer somewhere and see how much the registrar says it will charge you. Many require a domain authorization code in order to do this.

Of course, the typical non-investor domain buyer isn’t even aware of premium renewals and won’t think to check.

And then the registry for certain types of domains can always change the price later, so that’s another risk.

.TV is particularly confusing since it has had an on again, off-again relationship with premiums.

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Author: Andrew Allemann

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