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In the good old days, they were free.


So, yahoo.com
godaddy aplus and all those other registrars get em for free too?

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So, yahoo.com
godaddy aplus and all those other registrars get em for free too?


Don't know about all of them but i think it wasn't until about '95 that they started charging for domain names. I remember getting wasted a couple times in college around 94-95 and just collecting domain names. Even around '98 they were only $0.99 =)

-me

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ICANN controls the domain names, and allows Verisign to control most TLDs.

also, not all amazing domain names are taken, ie recently picked up cagedancemonkey.com


that's not an amazing domain
edit:) unless the name of your game is cage dance monkey [lol]

[Edited by - Tradone on April 4, 2006 1:02:19 PM]

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Back in the days only one company was allowed to sell domain names, and they did so for around $30. Then the monopoly was removed, and anyone was allowed to register and sell domains. This increased competition forced the price right down.

A domain is not a physical thing, its mearly a single line of text on a server that says something like "domain.com = 192.168.0.1". Thats an expensive line of text at $2 a year.

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