Originally Posted by whland
HAHAHAHA. WOW. After seeing those prices, I'd have to agree that it's not worth it.
The prices is not really that much. You don't pay ICANN $70,000 (just have to prove you have it), you don't have to pay $500,000 to anyone (just have the minimum insurance).
In reality, you're paying $3,500 for an application fee then $4,000 per year for ICANN status. Just doing very quick match here, around 2000 domains should cover the $4,000 annual fee which takes into account the $7.85 fee (not any additional fees such as ICANN's 18c fee) and based on you charging $10 per domain.
Now if you have the 'recommended' 10,000 domains, you can see how this would start to become worth it when taking into account ALL associated costs (registrar, ICANN fees, $4k fee etc).
But sure, for smaller companies it will cost you more than it would with a reseller. Once you have enough volume, it will actually pay for itself.