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Name recognition has alot to do with it, register.com and networksolutions have been around a long time, they have good SE rankings and a big advertising budget, people feel more secure with them although alot will soon find price, support and services are alot better elsewhere
Actually the first big guys were the Federal government, who handled domain registrations through the Internic, which was a government body who regulated how domain names were used. When the government decided to get out of the domain name game, they turned the task over to ICANN, who struck up a deal with Network Solutions to have an exclusive agreement to handle the task.
Eventually lobbyists who wanted to sell domain names too pressured the government enough to force the deregulation of the domain name business, and Network Solutions was forced to give up its monopoly. That's when well-funded players like Register.com got into the business. Eventually, their success allowed more deregulation, which made it easier and easier for everybody and their mother to get cheap domain names. Eventually Network Solutions lost so much of their marketshare, they were sucked up by Verisign, who now owns them.
So, yes, part of the reason NetSol and Register.com are so expensive is that they have name brands, but they were also important parts of domain history, and paved the way for the lower prices you are seeing elsewhere. Their innovation, their lobbying costs and their early marketing pushes established the market and no doubt cost a lot, raising their overall cost of business. You don't need to go with them, but a) without them, there would BE no 'Ed's bait, tackle and DomReg,' and b) unlike the DomReg your cousin runs out of his basement for $4.99 a year, they will be around next week, next month and next year.
godaddy serve a discount market, their clients are people who value price before anything else, network solutions would have more corproare type clients I would say, and people you aren't concerned about moving for the sake of saving $20 per year.
Originally posted by mrcjdawson without them, there would BE no 'Ed's bait, tackle and DomReg,' and b) unlike the DomReg your cousin runs out of his basement for $4.99 a year, they will be around next week, next month and next year.
You got me chuckling with that one, I pictured domain registration right next to containers of worms