Also don't forget that having a .nz name provides funding to InternetNZ to
do its broad range of work in promoting and protecting the Internet,
including its sponsorship of the NZNOG conference, and the forthcoming Best
Practices programme for the NZNOG community.
InternetNZ has successfully batted for a better Internet for NZ in a huge
number of ways over the years, including improvements in law, self
regulation, outreach, technical betterment etc etc. WHat has Verisign (the
registry for .com) done for NZ, apart from a) increasing the prices for .com
and .net names, and b) higher returns to shareholders?
Earlier in the thread there was reference to the economies of scale, of
300,000 names in .nz vs 50,000,000 names in .com. I would think if .nz only
3% of the .com numbers, it would probably offer similar prices to current
.com prices. .nz has a history of reducing the price to registrars, whereas
.com has a recent history of increasing prices, and has (under its agreement
with ICANN) the right to increase prices every year by about 7%.
Also worth noting is the competition for names in the .com space, where a
number of registrars are able to use their connection to the registry as an
advantage to pick up potentially useful expiring .com names and establish a
reseller service to sell these names for huge amounts of money - essentially
denying every day users from accessing the cute names at registry prices.
Furthermore some .com registrars are able to use the 5 days tasting service,
and keep rolling over names every 5 days to test their value for monetising
those names through serving click through adverts - again denying millions
of domain names coming available to the market. Through these sorts of
activities and additional monetisation processes, they can offer regular
domain name registry services for less than their cost of dealing with the
.nz has policies that current discourage registrars from participating in
such practices, and as a result (along with the fact that the .nz space is
relatively uncrowded) there is little cybersquatting or secondary market for
domain names in NZ, meaning everyone gets a fair "suck of the sav"
I think the fact that there is incredible diversity in pricing from .nz
registrars, I guess ranging from $20 per year through to $180 per year is
sufficient to give people real choice. I would also think that for most, the
difference in price is not usually going to be a compelling reason to change
registrars, as the domain name price when taken into account as part of
their overall Internet bill would be a tiny proportion.
If budget constraints are so critical, why not host a free Yahoo website and
run your email through a free hotmail service?
As with everything in life, it is worthwhile shopping around, but the
differentiation should be a balance of a number of factors rather than
merely the price?
Martin Kealey wrote:
Don't forget that the $30 buys not only DNS
delegation, but also an entry
in a title registry that doesn't subject you to a US-style "anyone with
enough money to buy a lawyer can DRP you and steal your domain", but
rather gives you a single, real person (Debbie Monahan) to talk to about
such problems without spending any lawyer-money at all.