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  • Manual printed paper checks, manually send via USPS stating "check enclosed" on the envelope?

    1 7.14%
  • Cash send via manually prepared envelope processed via USPS with the statement "cash enclosed" printed on the envelope?

    1 7.14%
  • Direct Deposit. Wire money from merchant bank account to affiliate bank account electronically?

    12 85.71%
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    What is the cheapest, fastest and safest way to pay affiliate commission?

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    Direct deposit is the safest anyway, but:

    Printing what's enclosed on the envelope is a GRAND INVITATION to thieves! Checks are a lot safer when they come unmarked.

    And CASH? The post office itself says not to send it--it's way too stealable. Identifying that it's cash on the envelope is a near-certain way to "donate" it to the first crooked postal employee who bothers to read. Even those who wouldn't think of stealing a check will eat easy, untracable cash!

    Plus, with cash, you have no proof that you paid the affiliate. It's important that you DO have proof (as a merchant), in case of bogus non-payment claims! With DD and checks, the banking system is involved at BOTH ends--and the payee cannot get their money without giving you proof that you paid.

    Direct deposit is safest, checks are pretty good under the right conditions, and as I noted, cash is very risky even when there's nothing written on the envelope.

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    For pure simplicity and efficiency in any transaction, there is no substitute for cash. Cash cuts out the meddling institutional middlemen (bankers), leaving only the payer and the payee in the transaction. Cash is not subject to computer downtime, account number glitches, banking hours or typographical errors.

    The notion that the Post Office urges people not to send cash through the mail is largely an urban myth. The USPS actually profits from handling cash; it takes 37 cents to mail a quarter. However, Mail carriers generally don't like to handle cash for several reasons. Mail Carriers must stop their appointed rounds whenever change breaks through the corner of an envelope to retrieve the money and re-insert it and tape the hole shut. Large sums in small denominations and change add to the weight of their mail sacks. And, the noise made by coins when bouncing around in the delivery vans makes it hard for mail carriers to concentrate on driving.

    As for the concerns of security, a simple bold red inscription on the outside of the envelope warning, " ONLY ADDRESSEE IS AUTHORIZED TO SPEND THE ENCLOSED CASH" is sufficient because, not only is it illegal to open another's mail, it is just plain rude.


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    Something about that strikes me as belonging in the category "humor"...(maybe it's the idea of a postal worker actually bothering to reinsert coins and tape up the envelopes?)

    As if a thief is going to care that it's illegal to open that envelope nobody but them and one other person know about! [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img]

    But just in case it wasn't humor, a search on "do not send cash" reveals plenty of places that don't want it--including an order form from the post office itself.

    And my local post office does indeed discourage it--it was on a sign there. Whether that was put up by the local workers or is a national policy I can't say for sure, but it's at least the opinion of the Branch that it's not a hot idea.

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>
    ...And my local post office does indeed discourage it--it was on a sign there. Whether that was put up by the local workers or is a national policy I can't say for sure... <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    Yes, you are correct. Those signs in the Post Office were put up by the employees. Sending cash makes a lot more work for them. Envelopes overstuffed with wads of cash and bundles of coins don't fit in the machinery so the postmarks must be applied with a hand stamp.

    Cash is a big headache for postal workers.

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