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Are registries allowed to charge different prices for different domain names?

E.g. can they ask google.com for $1B to renew and mygrandmascookiecompany.com for $20 to renew?

In the case of .org, non-uniform renewal pricing is only allowed if "the applicable registrant expressly agreed in its registration agreement with registrar to higher Renewal Pricing at the time of the initial registration of the domain name following clear and conspicuous disclosure of such Renewal Pricing to such registrant"

So Ethos wouldn't be able to screw over existing registrants with non-uniform renewal pricing.

Source: Section 2.10(c) of https://www.icann.org/sites/default/files/tlds/org/org-agmt-...

This depends on the TLD (top level domain) in question.

For .com, .net, .org it has historically not been possible to price discriminate like this.

For the "new TLDs" (the explosion of new extensions we have seen in recent years), the registry contract is different and they are indeed allowed to do this. They call it "premium pricing".

Part of the big outcry about the recent changes to .org is that it brings it closer to the "new TLD" model, which disfavors the registrant.

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