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Your checks get on a plane immediately. Many of ours are driven by truck, and some of us live nearly as far from New York as, say, Londoners do.
If your checks fly 3500, and mine drive 3000, yours are going to get there sooner.
I prefer the Google way of sending out automatic cheques each month. I remember one business (in the next town just a few miles away) wrote out a cheque for one of my invoices, they then put it in a correctly addressed envelope, put a stamp on it and forgot to post it. :P I actually had to go there and pick it up.
Then a short time later they rang up checking to see if I'd cashed their cheque - I pointed out that I'd cashed it on the day I'd received it (their monthly bank account statement was a few days out of date) - and that cheques take three business days to clear.
Anyway - my policy now regarding payments is to collect it when I'm there - course it doesn't apply to Google as I trust them (and they're in a foreign country too).