Just looking for opinions on the general costs involved in transfering a domain name.
I am currently trying to transfer a domain name away from a company who appear to be the most unhelpful bunch I have ever come across. On top of that they want £40 plus a written letter confirming the transfer request. I asked them to justify the £40 transfer fee and their response was "compared to 99% of other companies £40 is extremely cheap for this service". Now, I haven't transferred 100s of domains but I have transferred quite a few previously and to date I've never been hit with anywhere near £40 transfer fee. Is it just me or are their rates way above the norm.
The company I'm transferring into is charging £20 (includes registration for a further year) which I'm happy to pay but £60 in total just seems a bit too much. As I understand it most of the work involved is done by the company you are transferring to not away from?
I'm transferring into 123reg.co.uk and transferrig away from iomart.co.uk
To be honest, I don't mind paying the £20 to transfer in as I have found the 123reg services to be reliable and they do seem to give me a high level of config options. I'm sure I could find a company that would transfer in free of charge but previous experience has taught that although price has no reflection on service most of the cheap ones I have come across tend to be a bit flaky. I just figured that I would stick with a 'known quantity' that I have been happy with in the past.
iomart on the other hand just seem to give me grief. They recently transferred all domains from nicnames (I assume some sort of sister comapany) to iomart. As a result the first problem I encountered was the fact the domain has now been flagged with a 60 day restriction, even though the domain has been registered since 2000. I can only assume during their transfer (which we didn't ask for and were not informed about until afterwards) has be deemed a new registration.
Originally posted by Bashar
[B]transfering domains is FREE 100% and the gaining company should charge you only the free of domain registration, usually $8 - $15 as the market pricing.
transferring *out* is only free if
(a) you're time is worth nothing
(b) the customer does *all* the work and is the admin contacts etc
(c) the systems you have written/implemented cost you nothing to design, code, manage, maintain
(d) the business model makes it's money upfront, rather than ongoing
*you* might view it as free simply because the registry *may* not charge for it, but like everything else a business does, it certainly isnt at zero cost ....
transferring *in* is only that sort of pricing depending on what you get - i agree that simply holding the domain and *maybe* providing DNS at those prices is possible, but I certainly have no idea what else the poster gets for their £20 from HostEurope.
registrar transfers are automated only the registrant have to approve the transfer request from both registrars (ofcourse keeping in mind they developed systems like most registrar i.e enom / godaddy etc..)
i transferred domains from godaddy and from enom and from bulkregister to other registrars and it costs nothing at all, unless they are greedy like most companies are doing just to not lose their customers they are rainsing their prices.
if the domain is not in REGISTRAR-LOCK status and you are the administrative contact i'd say try transfering it out and see if it works without their confirmation.
I am not personally the admin contact however the admin contact is outside of iomarts control. I did try initiating the transfer without going through them but I came up against this 60 day restriction. They say that as an email is sent to both the admin contact to confirm/decline the transfer and to the current registrar to inform them of the transfer, they will block the transfer until the £40 transfer has been paid.
I'm not opposed to people making money, and I wouldn't mind paying a nomial fee to transfer away but £40 is (in my mind) just rediculous.
What makes it even more annoying is the domain name is for a small charity who quite simply cant afford to just throw money at problems until they go away.
just wait for the 60 days and then try transfering it out and use some cheap domain registration providers like namecheap.com or registerfly.com the if the domain is not LOCKED then if you approve the transfer the domain will be transferred without anyone's confirmation (if they are resellers) if they are regitrars which i doubt it they can nack back the transfer request if its not automated procedure.
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