You may recall that I actually moved the registration of this particular domain for reasons having to do with the desire to save a few bucks, and by “a few” I mean twenty-five over the course of a year.
Which doesn’t stop some enterprising operation with manifest contempt for its customers from offering me a far more expensive deal:
Domain Name Registration Price Term
DUSTBURY.COM Dec 20, 2010 – Dec 20, 2011 $75.00 1 Year
Turns out that this really isn’t a domain-name registration at all. From the finer print down the page:
This letter is to inform you that it’s time to send in your search engine registration for DUSTBURY.COM.
Failure to complete your search engine registration by Jan 4, 2011 may result in the cancellation of this offer (making it difficult for your customers to locate you using search engines on the web).
Your registration includes search engine submission for DUSTBURY.COM for 1 year. You are under no obligation to pay the amount stated above unless you accept this offer by Jan 4, 2011. This notice is not an invoice. It is a courtesy reminder to register DUSTBURY.COM for search engine listing so that your customers can locate you on the web.
Their links go to something called domregistrat.com, which evidently hoovers up email addresses from actual registry lists and then hopes to hit on someone who isn’t paying attention.
Incidentally, I’m probably easier to locate on the Web than they are. PageRanks, per Google: dustbury.com, 6; domregistrat.com, zilch. I would get better results holding my wallet open over the toilet. (How do I know it’s better? The wallet contains only $51 at the moment.)