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> I recon some of these providers are going under soon?

I really hope so.

The cost to providers is exactly the same for a wildcard and a standard certificate, and yet they costs hundreds of dollars. It's unbelievable it's lasted this long

It’s not that unbelievable, what software service are you aware of that is sold at only it’s marginal cost?

It's not "software" in the historic sense, like buying Photoshop or a paying for hosted Slack service. It's literally a command to generate a certificate from their root CA chain.

Yes there's obviously business costs, and they have to employ people to do verification, etc (which they often do a terrible job at), but I think you see what the parent is getting at..

Why hasn't competition reduced the price?

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