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Domain Cost Club Review: A Scam or Worth the Money?

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In This Domain Cost Club Review, I Reveal if Domain Cost Club is a Scam or Worth the Money. Can You Save Money With Domain Cost Club? Let’s Find Out.

Domain Cost Club is a fully ICANN-accredited domain registrar with a number of differences. Like most if not all domain registrars they allow you to register domains, renew domains and allow you to transfer your existing domains to them. There is a huge difference in potential costs for paid up members of Domain Cost Club.

Paid up members of Domain Cost Club get this at the price that Domain Cost Club paid with no mark-up. This is completely unlike most if not all other domain registrars.

The accompanying image show promos which were available to Domain Cost Club Members which may have changed in the meantime. Domain Cost Club members have access to the current special Domain Cost Club Member only promotional pricing which usually contains some really good promotions.

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What is Domain Cost Club?

This is a domain registrar that allows their members to register domains, renew domains and transfer domains at huge cost savings.

In order for you to purchase domains at-cost price with them, you become a paid up member of their club. This is a small membership fee paid yearly and in a lot of cases, is well worth it.

I love the fact that I, as a Domain Cost Club Member, know that I am getting my domains using At-Cost pricing. I don’t have to waste time going to a number of domain registrars to see what their current special deal is or look around for crazy coupons that are only valid for the first domain that you buy with that registrar for just the one year. Crazy.

You pay an annual membership fee based on the number of domains that you estimate you will purchase using your Domain Cost Club membership that can result in good savings. With this sort of arrangement the more domains you purchase with your membership, the more money you will typically save.

You can also upgrade your membership type during the year should you discover that you want to buy more domains at-cost than what your current membership type allows you to.

What are the membership types?

There are currently 4 different membership types:

  • Lite: Buy up to 5 domains at-cost. Membership costs $9.99 per year.
  • Basic: Buy up to 19 domains at-cost. Membership costs $29.99 per year.
  • Plus: Buy up to 49 domains at-cost. Membership costs $49.99 per year.
  • Unlimited: Buy unlimited domains at-cost. Membership costs $99.99 per year.

Domain Cost Club added the Lite, Basic and Plus Membership types a while back. This now makes their offer way more attractive to people who have up to five domain names.

For this reason, the price comparisons mentioned later in this post use five or less domains in that pricing comparison.

Domain Cost Club Review in 2019 – Huge Cost Savings For Domain Cost Club Members

Domain Cost Club have determined that their average domain price per name per year is $8 while their competitors average domain price per name per year is $13. This is explained more in the accompanying image.

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For the purposes of this, I will compare their costing with Hostgator who also have a domain offering.

You should know that many domain registrars do charge extra for domain privacy on a per domain per year basis. GoDaddy.com charge extra for domain privacy per domain per year. So does NameCheap.com, as well as Name.com.

HostGator Prices In March 2019

For a domain using the popular .com extension, the domain registration fee for one year is $12.95 per domain name per year and the domain privacy fee for one year is $14.95 per domain name per year. They absorb the mandatory $0.18 ICANN fee per year per domain. This brings their cost (excluding any applicable taxes) with domain privacy to be $27.90 per .com domain name per year.

Domain Cost Club Prices In March 2019

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For a domain using the popular .com extension, the domain registration fee for one year is $7.85 per domain name per year and the domain privacy fee for one year is $0.00 (Zero) per domain name per year. Plus the mandatory $0.18 ICANN fee per year per domain. There may be a processing fee for payment processing. For these calculations, I am assuming this is $0.41 which brings their cost (excluding any applicable taxes) with domain privacy to be $8.44 per .com domain name per year. Plus the price of the applicable DCC Membership type. Most likely the Lite membership as that allows you to buy 5 domains at-cost and membership costs $9.99 per year.

Comparison – For One Domain Ending With The Popular .com Extension

Costings for 1 domain ending with the popular .com extension including the cost of domain privacy and cost of membership where applicable.
Hostgator comes in at $27.90
Domain Cost Club comes in at $18.43 (8.44 per .com domain plus $9.99 for Annual Lite Domain Cost Club Membership)
Saving $9.47

Buying just one domain name ending with the popular .com extension with domain privacy for one year is $18.43 with Domain Cost Club (Including Lite Membership fee) with $27.90 with Hostgator, resulting in a saving of $9.47

Even with just one domain name including the cost of membership it is way more cost effective.

Let’s see what happens when we compare the prices of two domains ending with the popular .com extension and also let’s see what happen when we compare the prices of five domains ending with the popular .com extension.

Comparison – For Two Domains Ending With The Popular .com Extension

Costings for two domains ending with the popular .com extension including the cost of domain privacy and cost of membership where applicable.
Hostgator comes in at $55.80 (27.90 per .com domain)
Domain Cost Club comes in at $26.87 (8.44 per .com domain plus $9.99 for Annual Lite Domain Cost Club Membership)
Saving $28.93

Comparison – For Five Domains Ending With The Popular .com Extension

Costings for five domains ending with the popular .com extension including the cost of domain privacy and cost of membership where applicable.

Hostgator comes in at $139.50 (27.90 per .com domain)
Domain Cost Club comes in at $52.19 (8.44 per .com domain plus $9.99 for Annual Lite Domain Cost Club Membership)
Saving $87.31

These are huge savings on buying between one and five domains ending with the popular .com extension. My understanding is that domains ending with the popular .com extension account for over 40% of domains out there.

Before you ask, my understanding is that domains ending with the popular .net extension account for over 4% of domains out there and domains ending with the popular .org extension account for over 3% of domains out there. So based on those statistics, domains ending with .com account for the major share of domain names out there today.

Although there are now many other extension names I think that it is important to bear in mind that dot com is still the major extension name used today.

Domains ending with .com are still important. Businesses are still prepared to spend big money on the right domain name with the .com extension. Here are some examples:

  • Zoom may have spent $2 million for Zoom.com
  • Elon Musk may have spent $11 million for tesla.com

Once a business is well known in a certain sector, people expect that business to be using the appropriate domain name ending with the .com extension.

I don’t flip domain names myself however with these type of figures, and the right domain name, maybe I should consider it. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

I prefer to “stay in the real world” and use my domain names to build up websites. That for me is “surer” than flipping domains. However, each to their own is what I say. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

In my own case, I have active websites against each of my active domain names. Of course, there are people out there who make money flipping domain names, however that is not the route I have chosen. Of course, there is nothing stopping you from buying domain names and then flipping them. Of course, you will need to find buyers for those domain names.

It is all very well speculating that the previous owners of those two domain names (zoom.com & tesla.com) make a lot of money. Both those previous owners had to register those domains, know that they were worth renewing, keep them current, and be able to find a prospective buyer for the domain name that was willing to pay so much. And be in a position to negotiate such attractive sums of money.

Have you ever registered a domain name and then have second thoughts?

Domain Cost Club is the only domain registrar that I am aware of that allows you to cancel your domain registration within 5 days after purchase to get a refund. Read that last sentence again.

Many people misspell their new domain names by accident during the purchasing process and only afterwards realise the error. If you buy your domain using your Domain Cost Club Membership and you ask them, they will delete and refund your domain name up to 5 days after purchase. This is awesome.

Oh, and I know that they do, because I brought a domain name a while back that I had second thoughts about and wanted them to do this for me. They did and my payment was reversed, so all good. Happy days. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

With other domain registrars there is no come back even one second after the domain is paid for. That used to hurt me however no more. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

Regularly in online chats I see people saying that they just brought a domain name and only realised after they registered the domain that the domain name has a typo. They then go back to their domain registrar expecting it to be fixed. And only then find out that their domain registrar does not offer this “please delete that domain I registered and refund my money” facility. Instead they are left with a domain name that they no longer want.

That is crap customer service in my opinion. Even worst in my opinion is if they opted to registrar that domain for say ten years along with chargeable domain privacy for each of those ten years and the domain registrar will not allow that person to cancel that deal. That is really bad customer service in my opinion and would leave a really bad taste in my mouth if it happened to me.

As I say, I am only aware of just one domain registrar who will delete the domain and give you your money back provided you ask them within five days of purchase.

How Domain Cost Club Membership Works

Basically you purchase a Domain Cost Club Membership package which allows you to register domains, renew domains and allow you to transfer your existing domains to them. You purchase these domains at what Domain Cost Club calls at-cost price which is usually way cheaper than the cost of domains with other domain registrars.

Pros of Domain Cost Club Membership

  • Over 400 different domain extensions to choose from, including the usual familiar ones of .com, .org and .net. Not all domain registrars have this extensive range of different domain extensions. My previous domain registrar for instance did not back in 2014/2015 when Domain Cost Club did.
  • At-Cost Domain Name Registration, Renewal and Transfers. Some domain sellers will give you a really good price for the first year however when it comes to renewal the following year, the price is hugely overpriced. This is not the case with Domain Cost Club. Domain Cost Club will charge you the wholesale price at the time of renewal. There is peace of mind knowing that the price is always the at-cost price that it costs Domain Cost Club. There is no need to go looking around which is a time-saver.
  • Special Member-only Promotional Pricing.
  • Free Domain Privacy Service.
  • Referral Program Available. If you know people who would purchase Domain Cost Club Memberships using your referral code, this is one way you could make money with domain names. This is one potential way for you to get involved in the Domain Name business.
  • Refund Your Domain Registration Within 5 Days After Purchase If You Have Second Thoughts.
  • Refund Your Domain Renewal Within 5 Days After Purchase If You Did Not Want That.
  • They Make It Easy For You To Transfer Your Domain To A Different Provider.
  • Easy To Work With. Support Is Very Responsive.
  • The “Control Panel” To Manage Domains Is Slick, Clean And Easy To Work With. Or at least I find this, especially when I compare it with the “Control Panel” used by my earlier domain registrar.
  • Domain Cost Club is a fully ICANN-accredited domain registrar. This is not always the case with other businesses offering domain registrations. Some are domain resellers who then deal with a fully ICANN-accredited domain registrar to register your domains for you.

Cons of Domain Cost Club Membership

  • The small cost of Domain Cost Club membership.
  • There is no interaction with other Domain Cost Club Members, so I have no idea about figures, like how many members are there and how many domains have they registered for their membership. More a curiously thing that anything else. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
  • A lot of people find their business model hard to understand:
    1. They sell memberships to Domain Cost Club: You become a member and get all your domains (subject to membership type) at the exact same low price as it costs them and every other ICANN-accredited registrar. You basically get your domains at the “wholesale” price (the exact same low price as it costs every ICANN-accredited registrar) instead of the retail price. You also do not pay for domain privacy services which others charge as much as $14.95 per year per domain name for.
    2. They do not email upsells to their membership: Or at least they haven’t sent me any since I joined in late 2014. They do have subscribe/unsubscribe email preferences for a few different types of emails, for example “Notify me of new TLD releases”. I don’t consider them as “upsells”.

Not All Domain Registrars Are The Same

Back in July 2015 when I was doing some research with another domain registrar, their on-line interface did not even recognize the new .SITE top level extension that had come out earlier that month.

I couldn’t even purchase any .SITE top level extension domains from them, yet they have been available from Domain Cost Club from the middle of July 2015 when they were released.

That surprised me as that particular domain registrar is a big player in the domain name business. Just saying.

The Wrap-up Of This Domain Cost Club Review In 2019

I became a paid up member of Domain Cost Club in November 2014. Overtime I moved all of my domains over to them. I usually have between five and fifteen domain names active at any one point in time so being able to register domains, renew domains and move domains at-cost makes good sense. It costs me less than $9 to register a .com domain for a year and get domain privacy for it as well. I am of the opinion that if a good domain name jumps into your mind and you can do something about it, you should consider registering it before someone else does.

Naturally you do need to be sensible about it. You do need some sort of outline plan of what you are going to do with that domain name. For instance, I registered this AffiliateWonders.com domain and did not really do anything with it for over nineteen months, apart from putting up an almost empty secure WordPress Hosted website a day or two after I registered the domain. I just had the idea I was going to build up this website. If I had waited nineteen months before registering the domain, it is possible I would have forgotten the name or it is possible that someone else would have purchased the domain in the interim.

At this stage, I have been with Domain Cost Club for over 4 years. It is easy to contact their support on the internet. This involves completing an online form and once you submit that, you can expect to hear back from them within a timely manner. Any time I used this online form, I have heard back from them in a timely manner. I find them good.

I think that they have a good offering and they are good value for sure. And as already mentioned, I find their support team to be good.

They are not a scam, that is for sure. I am able to manage my domains using their “Control Panel”. I like it. I find it slick, clean, modern and easy to work with.

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Domain Cost Club is a fully ICANN-accredited domain registrar. This is not always the case with other businesses offering domain registrations. Some are domain resellers who then deal with a domain registrar to register your domains for you. Domain Cost Club is typically nearer to the top of the domain name food chain than a lot of other businesses offering domain registration services.

If you register a domain name and look up its whois record, you might notice that your registrar details are not what you expected. One possible reason for this is that your domain “registrar” is in fact a domain reseller, which is usually perfectly fine. It just raises unnecessary questions and unnecessary concern.

Below is a screenshot of a whois search on this AffiliateWonders.com domain and you can clearly see that Domain Cost Club is listed as the ICANN-accredited domain registrar domain registrar associated with this domain:

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I think that if you are going to register a domain, that it should be a domain ending with the .com extension. I ask these questions.

  1. Why do domain names ending with the popular .com extension account for over 40% of the domain name market?
  2. Why do domain names ending with the popular .net extension account for over 4% of the domain name market? They have been around for a long time and they have not got anywhere near the .com extension.
  3. Why do domain names ending with the popular .org extension account for over 3% of the domain name market? They have been around for a long time and they have not got anywhere near the .com extension.
  4. Why haven’t domain names with “new” general extensions in the last few years reached a “decent level of success”? From what I can figure out, they account for less than 13% of the total domain market with over 1200 “new” general extensions eg .top, .xyz and .loan. It also appears that a lot of these domain names are simply being parked for the moment.
  5. Why did Zoom, Inc apparently spend $2 million to purchase the zoom.com domain?
  6. Why did Elon Musk apparently spend $11 million to purchase the tesla.com domain?

As they say on television in jury related stories: I rest my case.

If your market is country specific, then you may want a domain name that uses the domain extension specific for that country. It really depends on who your target market is, where they are located and what they reasonably expect. By the way, my understanding is that about 35% of the domain name market is taken by domains ending with a two letter country extension.

When people are “guessing” the name of your domain, they may use your company name followed by .com first and after that, they could type in anything looking for your domain.

My suggestion is simple, register domains ending with the extremely popular .com extension and registrar them with Domain Cost Club who is a fully ICANN-accredited domain registrar. This is not always the case with other businesses offering domain registrations. Some are domain resellers who then deal with a domain registrar to register your domains for you.

If you are registering domains with Domain Cost Club, you will most likely save money when compared with other Domain Registrars as explained earlier in this article.

Domain Cost Club is not a scam. They are a domain name registrar who offer at-cost pricing for domain registrations, domain renewals and domain transfers for current active Domain Cost Club Members with the appropriate membership type. And Domain Cost Club allow you to upgrade your membership type to a higher type should you discover you need the higher type during the year.

As shown earlier in price comparisons, their price for even one domain name ending in .com, purchased with domain privacy is more cost effective with them than with another well known domain seller.

As also shown earlier in price comparisons, their price for three domain names ending in .com, which includes domain privacy is more cost effective with them than with my second choice.

These price comparisons and others mentioned earlier in this post allow me to conclude that they are worth the money and that you can save money with them. You should do similar price comparisons yourself, making sure to include domain privacy costings and membership costings as appropriate to see would you also make good savings.

Be aware that the domain industry is known for “poison pills” when it comes to renewals. This is not the case with Domain Cost Club.

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I hope that you found this educational, informative and practical.

If you have any related questions or thoughts regarding this, please be sure to leave a comment below.

4 thoughts on “Domain Cost Club Review: A Scam or Worth the Money?”

  1. This is definitely a good value, considering the cost-effectiveness. Domain Cost Club is definitely looking like a real steal, especially for those bloggers who own domains. I honestly wouldn’t mind becoming a paid member of them, myself, considering the fact I already own three domains and would love to come up with more in the future. 

    • Hi Todd,

      With three domains currently and more potentially in the future you should consider moving your domains to Domain Cost Club. As you say, it is a real steal.

      You can usually transfer domains from one domain registrar to another before the current term expires provided you satisfied some rules and conditions. In those cases, you usually pay for another period of time with the new registrar, the domain is moved, and the expiry date is expended by the new period that you registered, so all good there.

      Happy Domaining,
      Peace,
      David

  2. Thanks for sharing this review!

    I haven`t heard of Domain Cost Club, and as you`ve mentioned you have been using it for over 4 years now.   So, it has been around then, not new.

    It is kinda interesting to note that being a member will allow you to register, renew, and transfer.  But what is more interesting is that you are allowed to cancel a domain and your payment will be reversed (which i often wonder if it is even ever possible).

    I will look into this!

    All the best!

    • Hi Hanna,

      Domain Cost Club has been around for over 4 years. They started during 2014. They are a fully ICANN-accredited domain registrar. This is not always the case with other businesses offering domain registrations. Some are domain resellers who then deal with a fully ICANN-accredited domain registrar to register your domains for you.

      Yes, being able to cancel a domain name within five days of purchase with them and getting your money back is an interesting feature for sure. I don’t know how often I have seen in chats that people misspell their new domains, register them, pay for them and then discover the typo. With other registrars, tough luck. With Domain Cost Club, complete an online form, submit it and wait a while for that to be processed, and for the domain to be cancelled and you refunded. It works very well.

      Happy domaining,
      Peace,
      David

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