I need to know who and where is the best place to buy a domain name from.

I'm not really familiar with buying domain names. So any help would be appreciated. Recently I checked to see if a certain domain was available, and it is. But I don't know where or who to purchase it from. Are there better companies to buy domains from? One of my friends said use godaddy.com. I went there and saw that it would be only around $12.00 for a year to own the domain name. Is this the only charge that most places have? are there any hidden things I should look for?
   Oh also...This is just something I've been curious about. Who actually owns domain names? If I bought the name from godaddy.com, how could they own it if I can buy the same domain name from another company? And then, how do THEY own the name? Who did they buy it from? And then so on? Thanks
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mcrosslandCommented:
godaddy.com is fine for registering a domain.
There are many different "registrars"
They do not buy domains, they simply register them for YOU.
When you buy a domain name such as mydomain.com, YOU are the owner and godaddy.com is just the place where it is registered.
Keep in mind that this is just to register the domain NAME.  If you want web hosting, you can do that at the registrar site OR anyplace else you choose.  Even on one of your own servers if you had a web server.
Simply stated, if a domain is available, then nobody owns it till it is registered and bought through any of the many registrars.  I use Network Solutions for all of my domains and if you call them instead of registering online, you can ask for a break in price.  I pay around 8 bucks a year for each domain that I manage.  They are at www.netsol.com 
They are one of the original registrar services and to me are very reliable, stable, and have great customer service.  Give em' a call and see.  
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GoatmetalAuthor Commented:
Thank you. That's exactly the info and advice I was hoping for.
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mcrosslandCommented:
Your welcome.

Take care,
Mike
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