Where is this at?
Though I understand, I have seen this happen and even some hosts won't offer discounts unless you purchase annually or pay a year + in advance.
What sort of package are you looking for Tencloudchris?
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About the only way you're going to get a "cheap" plan with a good provider is by paying for a fair amount of time up front. There are providers out there that won't break the bank and will charge monthly but the majority of the larger players only give the good rates for longer terms.
I know what you mean, however you do tend to find its the main brand hosts that offer this, for example UK2, Midphase (and all the other UK2Group Brands), JustHosts.
Its annoying as they only let you in on the 36 month pricing when you go to checkout, then if you wish to pay for just 1 month of service its four times the advertised 36 month price. :@ grr
Companies will generally do whatever they can to bring in new customers. Marketing is a lot like politics
Yeah a bunch of lies
Nah only joking, the trick is too always do your research, marketing is all about pulling people in, as some people will jump at a big red or yellow word saying free in capitals and hapily hand over there credit card details without reading the small print saying youll be charged £10 etc.
I've seen this too, yes - they may advertise a "really low" price everywhere, but on looking deeper you can only get that rate after paying 12-36 months up-front; and paying per month will see quite a higher price.
It's definitely something I'm not a fan of - it certainly seems misleading. Best to be honest, IMO
Most companies that do this likely use many other deceptive marketing practices too. A common on is having a "special promotion" or "today only" promotion that really is not a promotion and seems to last forever. All of it is designed to trick people into thinking they're going to get a really great deal, and they have to buy now to get it.
but the majority of the larger players only give the good rates for longer terms.
Indeed. But, they pay a lot on their advertising, and it makes sense to have the customer sign-up for a longer time. It gives the host the money to cover the costs I mentioned, and also gives them a chance to be judged properly. If in month 2 the server has an issue, the customer may leave. But with the longer term pre-paid, they will stick around, and get to see that there are no other issues for a good number of months after that, so the service is overall quite stable.
That's the positive side of things. The other would be the desire to lock in the customer for 3 years, because they know the can't possibly convince him to stay that long once he gets a feel of the service.
Hosting companies are the only ones to do this. Our local DSL provider is advertising $14.95 rates for what the cable provider is charging $50/mo or more for. But the catch is, you have to bundle this with at least 2 other products they're peddling to get this low of a price.
This kind of marketing is everywhere. You need to read the fine print and realize that if it sounds too good to be true it is or there's a catch.
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