So you're looking to buy a domain name or two. This post will give a balanced guide to help you decide which is the best place to register your domains.
Let's open with GoDaddy. The biggest positive with GoDaddy is trust. On 2 counts – 1) you can trust GoDaddy to look after your domain 2) If you want to sell your domain, buyers like GoDaddy, buyers trust GoDaddy. Price-wise GoDaddy is relatively cheap – that is – if you can find a GoDaddy coupon. $7.15 for a .com, don't get suckered in to buying for $10.15! Other good aspects with GoDaddy are their help desk and support team. It's a big company and they are well structured to offer sound support.
Moniker is reputed as the most secure domain registrar. Personally, I found it an annoyance and hassle having to phone the company in order to verify my account. A simple email would have been sufficient. I like Moniker for registering .net, prices range from $5-6, that's cheaper than most places. Potential buyers like Moniker also.
DirectI & resellers – decent prices, ugly interface and hit-and-miss customer support.
The shining light out of all domain registrars is Name.com. $5.99 and cheaper .com registrations! Plus, their interface is actually enjoyable to use!