Hey, cabron! Puerto Rican Domain Registry charges $1,000 bucks!

Puerto Rico might be a US “unincorporated territory” without a state status, but it has several benefits that stem from this unique relationship:

  • No federal income tax. Puerto Rican residents don’t pay Uncle Sam a penny.
  • Nice women. If curvy Latinas with at-ti-tu-de is your thing.
  • Nice beaches.
  • Great food.

Recently we took a look at the pricing of .pr – the ccTLD regulated by the Puerto Rican Domain Registry.

While one can register .com.pr, .net.pr and .org.pr domains for $100 bucks plus $50 per year thereafter, we chocked at the sighting of the registration and renewal fees for .pr domains.

Oh Dios mio! $1,000 bucks a year.

Looks like an insane price to pay for all these benefits listed above. Those ingenious Puerto Ricans sell their virtual land with a hefty price tag.

Potential .pr investors should either stick to .com or start looking for a Puerto Rican girlfriend! – they are as expensive to maintain as a .pr !

Would you spend $1,000 on a .pr domain?

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5 Responses to “Hey, cabron! Puerto Rican Domain Registry charges $1,000 bucks!”
  1. Jose says:

    Hey its ridicules the amount of money the Puerto Rico registry charges us to register a domain. What this does it forces us to register any domain with a pr at the end example DOMAINGANGPR.COM. I think those cabrones want to keep all of those domains for themselves.By they way I think its cheaper to buy a pr. domain then maintain a lovely Puertorican girlfriend.

  2. Lucius "Guns" Fabrice says:

    Jose – nice grab there with PuertoRico.me πŸ˜€
    I’m glad you “share the pain” of the ridiculous pricing for a national ccTLD
    That’s the price to pay when monopolies rule, unfortunately.

  3. Bob says:

    Hey —

    Just heard on the radio the other day that NPR (National Public Radio) bought the domain n.pr and is going to use it for a url shortener… pretty sweet domain and good business sense on the part of NPR.

    Way better to use a url shortener that maintains branding power, IMO.

    .pr rocks!

  4. Cha says:

    Jose – you are completely right the price is “ridiculous”! “I think those cabrones want to keep all of those domains for themselves.”

    Lucius – you are also completely right “That’s the price to pay when monopolies rule”

    FYI the people of NIC.PR have a complete monopoly, which in fact is illegal since they don’t have the authority to monopolize the registry given the fact that the license to operate the registrar was issue to the University of Puerto Rico and not to Gauss Research Laboratory (which manages NIC.PR). There is a big movement by Puerto Ricans domainers to take this issue to court against Gauss Research. Why? Well, suppose that you are willing to pay $1,000 bucks for a .pr domain. Then suppose that you are at the NIC.PR shopping cart. If the domain you are trying to register is premium they will not allow you to register it. Try yourself to register for example medicos.pr (which means physicians.pr). You will notice that the system says “can not be registered!” They are reserving the best/premium names for themselves or for “some deep pocket enterprise”. I have a friend that tried to reserve clasificados.pr (in english classifieds.pr). The system said that “can not be registered!” and he called to nic.pr and they said the same thing. However, 2 months later clasificados.pr was bought by El Nuevo Dia, the largest newspaper in Puerto Rico! Can you believe that! Is a complete monopoly. A class action against Gauss Research Laboratory is in the planning process. Hope this solve the problem.

  5. Liz says:

    Apparently, the University of Puerto Rico has sent letter of complaint to ICANN regarding the .pr domains. Apparently some guy named Oscar Moreno unlawfully took over the management of the .pr using come loopholes; it’s criminal and I have covered it on my blog http://domainsafrica.blogspot.com/2011/07/how-to-steal-cctld-dr-oscar-moreno-and.html

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