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Topic # 223551 5-Oct-2017 16:09
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Has anyone noticed that Freeparking are increasing the prices of .nz registration on the 16th Oct?

 

Interestingly the deadline for conflicted .nz domains ends on the 18th Oct, so maybe a flood of registrations then?

 

https://www.dnc.org.nz/cnp

 

Probably a clever move by Freeparking (for them).

 

 

 

I'm thinking it's time to price compare with other registrars - any recommendations on a no-fuss registrar that is easy to use to update DNS etc?

 

 


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  Reply # 1877966 5-Oct-2017 16:19
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Whats the price changing to? There prices was about $39 +gst when I last used them years ago, and I can see that the price is the same now apart for a few extensions which are $25+gst


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  Reply # 1878038 5-Oct-2017 18:33
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Freeparking are increasing the price of their .nz domains to the same price as the .co.nz domains ($39).  I think it's more the removal of a long-standing introductory discount.

 

http://umbrellar.cmail19.com/t/ViewEmail/d/927A8B5DAD7CF7F9/B8046AC3AAA9A8A06E86459A008B4B98 

 

I've used FreeParking wherever possible for the last 10 years as I like their admin portal, and the phone support has always been excellent.  I can't think of a single bad experience.  Yes I could save $10+ per year using a cheaper provider, but when something is going wrong with your domain you want top notch support.  They have been bought a number of times, but I've not seen this negatively impact their support.





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  Reply # 1878065 5-Oct-2017 19:44
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Dynamic:

 

Freeparking are increasing the price of their .nz domains to the same price as the .co.nz domains ($39).  I think it's more the removal of a long-standing introductory discount.

 

http://umbrellar.cmail19.com/t/ViewEmail/d/927A8B5DAD7CF7F9/B8046AC3AAA9A8A06E86459A008B4B98 

 

I've used FreeParking wherever possible for the last 10 years as I like their admin portal, and the phone support has always been excellent.  I can't think of a single bad experience.  Yes I could save $10+ per year using a cheaper provider, but when something is going wrong with your domain you want top notch support.  They have been bought a number of times, but I've not seen this negatively impact their support.

 

 

 

 

I've had no issues with them technically and used them for many years.  Just to have a price increase for .nz with 2 weeks notice for a mid-month seemed odd, especially with the conflicted name deadline straight after on the 18th - hence my thoughts they just taking advantage of it, especially as the email said new .nz domains price increase on 16th, and renewals price increase on the 30th.

 

It was the date that jumped out at me - if it was 30th for eveything I probably wouldn't have given it a second thought.

 

 

 

But like with everything, it's good to review services periodically - so might as well have a nosy about. :)   Just no idea where to start it's been that long. :(

 

 




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  Reply # 1878068 5-Oct-2017 19:45
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Whats the price changing to? There prices was about $39 +gst when I last used them years ago, and I can see that the price is the same now apart for a few extensions which are $25+gst

 

 

 

 

new .nz are $25+GST.  They are increasing to $39+GST for new.


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  Reply # 1878073 5-Oct-2017 19:52
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DarrenJ:

 

mattwnz:

 

Whats the price changing to? There prices was about $39 +gst when I last used them years ago, and I can see that the price is the same now apart for a few extensions which are $25+gst

 

 

new .nz are $25+GST.  They are increasing to $39+GST for new.

 

Honestly request your UDAI and move to a provider like Metaname. If you want some reasons then here it is. Also the parent company that owns Freeparking (Umbrellar) have been doing some dirty things lately like sending out spam to many people (Link) and wouldn't ever go near any of their products.

 

This is dirty and quite unacceptable.





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  Reply # 1878078 5-Oct-2017 20:00
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mattwnz:

 

Whats the price changing to? There prices was about $39 +gst when I last used them years ago, and I can see that the price is the same now apart for a few extensions which are $25+gst

 

 

 

 

new .nz are $25+GST.  They are increasing to $39+GST for new.

 

 

 

 

I think the normal price was $39, and they had them discounted down to $25, and it was that price for a long time. So people may have thought the $25 was the normal price. I found they provided good service when I used them.

 

Generally speaking I do wonder how  domain and host providers can sustain low prices, when there isn't a big margin in domain names, and they have staff to pay etc, and prices don't seem to rise  with inflation and wage cost increases. Although I have noticed that some providers appear to be using overseas support centres these days.


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michaelmurfy: .....If you want some reasons then here it is. Also the parent company that owns Freeparking (Umbrellar) have been doing some dirty things lately like sending out spam to many people (Link) and wouldn't ever go near any of their products.

 

Hmmmmm.....  that's really disappointing to hear after having so many good years with FP.  I might have a look at alternatives.





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