Today Godadday charged me automatically for my domain name when it is expired but seem with $18.17 for renewing a .com domain, this price is so high, right? any comments? should I enable auto-renew in my Godaddy acccount?
Was that with Whois protection or their business protection I think they call it? We have been receiving a lot of domain business as a result of their high prices so I agree there are better options out there.
Easy solution is move to Cloudflare Domain Registrar for free whois privacy/redaction + cost priced domain transfers. I wrote a guide on how you can do bulk domain transfers to Cloudflare Domain Registrar via Cloudflare API at https://community.centminmod.com/threads/16038/.
I have heard it said, that a little spin-off businesses was for premium domain name sales... people would search for a domain name using what appeared to be an independent (and free) web-based whois search engine, then when they found the domain (still available) that they wanted and jumped to a registrar to make their purchase, they would be surprised to see it was already registrar locked (seemingly on the same day the search took place) but - and here is the good bit, already available to buy as a premium domain several times more expensive than the original price... now how interesting is that?