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Let's see how long it takes for them to actually arrive to publishers.
If this is the case, this is a very smart move on their part. One that will likely generate significant good will at very little actual economic cost.
that's about average.
Exactly. Not fantastic, just average.
My experience has been that "payment sent" does not mean "payment sent". It's misleading. I would interpret "payment sent" as "it's in the post".
That is not the case with google, and that I think is wrong.
They should put "payment sent" in the control panel when payment has been sent. Not before.
That was my only point. In general, apart from the odd glitch, I've found google to be good payers.
But it's critical that any company using self-imposed credit terms plays fair, and gets payment out fast. This is not "hey, aren't google fantastic" more a case of "glad to see you're doing the right thing".
On the other hand, I am also eagerly awaiting direct deposit.
Lets hope that when it says "deposit has been made", that really means that the deposit has truly already been made.
It's one thing watching for the postal carrier, but checking with the bank 10 times a day to see if the money has been deposited will lead to insanity;)
In addition, I think that starting the February payments this early goes beyond doing the right thing and deserves recognition.
That all depends on how long the payment process takes this month. If they don't take weeks doing that, then I agree, and it will deserve recognition. I will be the first in the queue to give that recognition if that is the case.
The point is, the time between that tag going up in the payment sent box, and the cheque actually being put in the post, is the key element.
Saying "Payment Sent" is clearly wrong though. It hasn't been sent! I wouldn't mind if they said "Payment now being processed". It is misleading, until people come to this forum and learn what it actually means.
I'm a great believer in clarity.
I don't mind them putting the payment in the "payment sent" category whenever they start the process. I don't think it is misleading.
I'm with TJ on this one. I think Google should change the phase. The payment has not been sent, the payment process has simply been started. I know, my wife claims I'm too literal also ;-).
Now, I do agree that Google is to be commended for the improvements that seem to have been made in getting the payments out quickly. I love it.