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I'm shopping for a wildcard SSL certificate. I found the following one from a reseller for $84/year:

http://www.namecheap.com/ssl-certificates/comodo/positivessl-wildcard-certificate.aspx

Just out of curiosity, I went straight to Comodo to see how much it would cost straight from them.

http://ssl.comodo.com/wildcard-ssl-certificates.php

Their website says, "starting at $334". Why the huge difference, if the first one is (supposedly) from Comodo as well? Am I missing something?

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Not really a constructive question for this site. Ask Comodo. –  HopelessN00b Genius of network Feb 19 '13 at 15:10
    
Is there a better SE site I should ask this on? –  loneboat Feb 19 '13 at 15:13
    
I doubt it. Why would anyone on SE know better than the vendors in question? –  HopelessN00b Genius of network Feb 19 '13 at 15:16
    
Check en.wikipedia.org/wiki/… (it's not up-to-date) –  ott-- Feb 19 '13 at 15:25
    
I was rather hoping for an answer like, "Oh, the first site is offering a certificate of type XYZ, while the other site is of type ZYX. Type ZYX certificates usually cost a lot more because ABC." –  loneboat Feb 19 '13 at 15:25
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Some reasons I can see:

  1. The expensive one is a wildcard certificate. It works for all subdomains of example.com. The cheap one only works for a single domain. The Comodo equivalent of the NameCheap one is http://ssl.comodo.com/comodo-ssl.php which is $41.
  2. It's not stated whether the Comodo one is domain-validated or organisation-validated but the NameCheap one is listed as being domain-validated. Domain-validated SSL certs are cheaper because less effort goes into issuing them.
  3. The NameCheap one has a $10,000 warranty. The Comodo one has a $250,000 warranty.
  4. 99.3% browser compatability from NameCheap is comparatively low. 99.9% is more common.

For SSL shopping advice in general, SSLShopper is the best place to go.

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Good points about (2) and (3). Thanks. I'm still not sure of (1), though, since the cheaper one says it's a wildcard certificate as well. (that's what confused me so much.) –  loneboat Feb 19 '13 at 15:28
    
Oh... just realised that there was nothing about your link that made the third certificate bordered in blue. You were looking at the wildcard in both cases. This would be a better link or this one for what is probably the equivalent organisation validated product. –  Ladadadada Feb 19 '13 at 15:32
    
Thanks! I've updated the initial post. –  loneboat Feb 19 '13 at 15:35
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