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08|08|2007 09:19 am EDT

Tucows introduces cost+ pricing model

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Registrars

Tucows LogoIn an email to their resellers, Tucows announced a change in their pricing model yesterday. As of August 4th, the billing is now based on a cost + maintenance fee model. That means that Tucows resellers will now be charged the registry fee, the ICANN fee and a “Tucows Maintenance Fee” of $3.00 separately.

So here are the current reseller charges at Tucows:

TLD registry cost ICANN Fee Tucows Fee Total
COM $6.00 $0.20 $3.00 $9.20
NET $4.25 $0.20 $3.00 $7.45
ORG $6.00 $0.20 $3.00 $9.20
INFO $5.75 $0.20 $3.00 $8.95
BIZ $5.30 $0.20 $3.00 $8.50

Considering that other registrars such as GoDaddy have also been charging the ICANN fee separately, I would expect other registrar to switch to a similar model over time.

Tucows stock took a plunge yesterday after the quarterly earnings call, which also announced a stronger focus on the aftermarket for the company.



Michele Neylon

August 8, 2007 @ 6:12 pm EDT


eNom has been listing the ICANN fee separately for quite some time.


Frank Michlick

August 8, 2007 @ 8:27 pm EDT


As I said in my article above “other registrars such as GoDaddy have also been charging the ICANN fee separately”. However this is the next step that introduces a transparent registry pricing as well. Probably the easiest way to deal with the accounting needed to run a registrar.

Of course the ICANN fee is not charged in realtime at the time of the registration, as far as I know but rather invoiced at a later time. So this gives the registrar some time to “play” with the advance payment.


Michele Neylon

August 8, 2007 @ 8:29 pm EDT


Apologies – I misread you.



August 9, 2007 @ 12:55 pm EDT

Does this mean that a registrar have to pay 9.20 for every domain they sell? what does tucows $3.00 fee represent?


Frank Michlick

August 9, 2007 @ 1:11 pm EDT

Victor, the cost for the Tucows’ resellers is $9.20. What exactly Tucows charges the $3.00 fee you have to ask them.

The cost for the registrar is $6.00 + $0.20 ICANN fee. And then there are some more fees for them, like the “variable ICANN fee”.

Also keep in mind that most of the registry fees will increase in October.



August 9, 2007 @ 1:15 pm EDT

Thank you!

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