My registrar, 34sp.com, wants to charge for changing nameservers for a domain.
The domain is a .cc domain. If this matters.
Is this normal? I've never heard of this before. Almost $30 US for a nameserver change?! Surely this is just a text file?
Some smaller registrars that don't provide an automated end-user control panel do charge for DNS changes. Some of these registrars only sell domains as an additional service and often entice you in with low (or even free) initial registration costs. Another thing to watch out for is that if they are charging for DNS changes then they are also likely to charge you if you transfer your domain away.
These companies are best avoided in my opinion for your domain registration as it can only cost you more or give you hassle in the long term.
There are many other (larger?) registrars that provide a fully automated service, so you can edit the DNS zone and change NAMESERVERS whenever you like and not incur any additional cost. Ideally, there should be no cost if you wish to transfer to another registrar in this case.
AFAIK there are no additional charges for specific TLDs? Apart from the registration/renewal costs. Or maybe the larger companies absorb these charges into their renewal costs??
34sp.com - a little puzzling since they advertise:
I can't see anything in their T&Cs that relate to additional costs, however, they do state:
Also, they do not appear to offer
Never happened to me, most known registrars give you this option for free. However, if they do it to everyone and that is their pricing?! Transfer your domain elsewhere.