For years GoDaddy had been my go-to source for registering cheap domain names using their $0.99 coupon codes.
And I regularly visited NamePros whenever I had a new idea for a brandable domain name. After all that’s all that’s left in .com, that I could cheaply register, with the dream of one day developing something that the world would surely love. And make me rich.
Such was the case a few days ago when I had an idea. And after a quick domain name search, I discovered the domain had never been registered before. By anyone. You mean I’m the brilliant mind that knows a shining star when he dreams of one.
I was salivating. As I’ve always done when getting ready to score the next million dollar domain — for only a buck!
I quickly added the domain to my cart (just in case my searches were being monitored) and anxiously proceeded to the check-out screen going through the ungodly plethora of products being pushed like junk to a junkie.
Finally, I arrived at the window that allowed me to enter the newly discovered code that had been passed around the NamePros Godaddy coupon code thread like a cheap trick.
Only, it was no trick.
GoDaddy Coupon Code Error
What’s happening, I asked myself as the error message continually appeared with each attempt to complete the registration. I checked the code, and tried others, but much to my dismay the dreaded GoDaddy coupon code error kept me from achieving my dream.
I was stuck. What should I do? I’ve always been able to try my luck — for just a buck.
Hmm. Let me try the buck forty-nine codes. Sure, it’ll cost me a few cents more, but what the heck. As the saying goes…it takes money to make money, right?
Wrong. Those codes didn’t work either.
In fact, I was even willing to go up to the $1.99 codes. Reluctantly. But GoDaddy wasn’t having any of it.
And nothing could keep the dreaded “red banner” with the words
“Some of our best offers are limited to one per customer and it looks like you’ve already used one. We’ve updated your cart with the best offer, if one is available.”
from hitting me in the face like…well like, the loser that I am.
Over the past few days this story has been covered by several of the domaining blogs, and I’ve been sitting on it while I lick my wounds of despair.
But perhaps Raymond Hackney said it best in his post “As Go Daddy Changes the rules on coupons, who are the winners and losers?”
“The new domainer (Winner and Loser) depends on how you look at it, it is a loss from a standpoint of needing a bigger budget to get started, it is a win if it saves a new domainer from themselves. .99 codes add up when you are talking 100’s of hand regs.”
Thanks Raymond. Perhaps I’m not a loser after all.
And thanks to you too, GoDaddy.