It’s a sign of tough economic times. As a business owner and domainer I am seeing this more and more. Rather than paying their vendors or their customers immediately, they are holding the money from sales to meet cash flow needs that their bank used to provide. It’s become very tough to get an operating loan to fill in the gaps between sales so they are delaying payments to meet payroll and bills.
Credit card payments have made life so easy for today’s business. Most businesses receive credit card payments in 24 hours and many wholesalers are even starting to take credit cards as payment for large amounts. They figure its better to take a 2% hit that the credit card companies charge and get their money immediately than wait for a check. Yet I am seeing more and more people taking that money and waiting to pay their vendors because they are having trouble getting an operating loan.
Relate that to domaining. I’ve heard and been part of very slow pay from some brokers. I know for a fact that the buyers of the domains have paid but I don’t seem to get my money for weeks, even months. If a broker has been paid, he/she should immediately pay out the domain seller. This is why I will only buy through escrow.com and use brokers that do the same. If the broker wants to escrow the transaction then they should do what an escrow company does. Get the domain, get the money, and disperse. There should be very little time between receipt of domain, buyer payment and actual payout.
I have heard personally and on forums of people waiting weeks for their domains after money was removed from their account or waiting for payment after their domains have been pushed. This is bad business and I would be skeptical of working with any company or person that used their customers money as an operating loan. If one thinks that this is typical for a domain transaction one merely needs to do business through escrow.com and you’ll see that it never takes more than a week or two and that is fully dependent on two willing parties to make sure things move along. If both sides want it to move it can take days. This isn’t a plug for escrow.com. It is merely showing how normal transactions should take place. We’re not talking small change either. Friends have had $10,000 plus transactions take over a month to complete. And it wasn’t because of a name transfer problem. All monies were paid, domain in hand, but no monies disbursed.
In my opinion I would insist my deals go through an escrow unless their is a personal relationship set up with all sides. I am not a bank. My business depends on moving money, not having it sit. Domain investing is hard enough without worrying about how long a done deal will take to get done.