Should I be suspicious of an affiliate who refuses to get paid by PayPal?

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Hi folks -- I have someone who wants to sign up to my affiliate program but refuses to get paid by PayPal (that's easier for me as it's less admin).

I guess I don't mind paying him to his bank if he's making sales but I just wondered, should I be suspicious? Are there any scams that people posing as affiliates can pull?
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  • Profile picture of the author agmccall
    who cares what they want. you are the boss
    if they can not meet your requirements well then, too bad

    al
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    • Profile picture of the author natostanco
      Originally Posted by agmccall View Post

      who cares what they want. you are the boss
      if they can not meet your requirements well then, too bad

      al
      Indeed. You make the calls and that's it.
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  • Profile picture of the author savidge4
    It could be one of 2 things... they got banned from using PayPal OR they live in a country where PayPal is not available.

    Contrary to AGM's opinion here, I would bend ever so little. who knows this could be the persons on the other end big break and he may sell the crap out of your product.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
    I would think it depends on what you are willing to do - do you have a threshhold to meet before payment? How long after a sale are commissions paid?


    Do you pay immediately or pay twice a month or once a month? There are people who have lost paypal accts or in countries where full paypal options are not available. Sending a physical check once or twice a month would be one option - personally, I would not do direct bank deposits. The check would offer a 'non-paypal' option if that's what the person really wants.



    Exception: If this person has a provable track record of affiliate sales, you might work with him. My guess is that is not the case.
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  • Profile picture of the author DIABL0
    I wouldn't want to be paid by PayPal. They would charge a fee.

    I've always been paid via ACH and it costs zero to receive.
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  • Profile picture of the author depotgang
    PayPal can be a PAIN in the backside...end of day...its your business. If you say you only pay via PayPal they should not have signed up
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  • Profile picture of the author writeaway
    Actually, a lot of marketers have mixed feelings about Paypal

    As a program owner, I suggest you offer a more diverse payout system so you can attract potentially bigger and more productive affiliates
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  • Profile picture of the author IGotMine
    should I be suspicious?
    Always. With that said, if they actually make sales and the refund period has expired, why not pay them with any reasonable method?
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  • Profile picture of the author CyberHaggis
    Thanks folks. I'll be paying by bank transfer after the refund period expires. I just wanted to see if there was anything obvious I was missing. Let's give him a go
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  • Profile picture of the author Reddevil007
    As the affiliate program advertiser you should have options open when it comes to payment processors and relying only on Paypal is one of the most stupidest things one can do!
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  • Hi, hi. I honestly don't think so coz perhaps they prefer the money to be received more instantaneously and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. If you were to ask me, I would prefer my paycheck to be banked into my bank than to go to Paypal and to go through the hassle to get the money transferred from Paypal to my bank.

    I am not sure but I believe there is a minimum amount that one has to have in the PayPal account before it can be cashed out....
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  • Profile picture of the author wisecoach
    There can't be always the case of fraud..i know few good affiliate they don't like paypal because of their too much hold/catch policy. Although it is good for safety for all who use paypal but here is main problem with paypal. If you get one dispute...paypal will start keeping eye on you for next 6 month.Specially for big amount like $500+++

    Anytime they may hold payment for 14 days or 72 hrs and so so...Since affiliate spend on advertising they may need cash flow, so they want money fast. This may be another reason why they don't wann paypal.
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  • Profile picture of the author IMWealthMogul
    I think you're choosing the right path paying them after the guarantee period is over. You never know, you taking a chance on them could end up being worth thousands in profit if they're a good affiliate.
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  • Profile picture of the author gluckspilz
    I guess you can consider me one of those affiliates.

    My PayPal got shut down as I was running an affiliate program and had to deal with mass payments on a weekly basis.

    Either way, since my PayPal got shut down, I always preferred to get paid directly to my bank.

    So I guess to answer your question, no I don't think affiliates who rather get paid other methods besides PayPal are frauds. That being said, just hold the commissions until the refund period is over.
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  • Profile picture of the author ianternet
    first of all how are the leads and conversions. Maybe he doesn't like the paypal fees on his end. I opt to get paid by bank myself as there are no fees involved. There shouldn't be any suspicion as long as the leads are good.
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  • Profile picture of the author ChrisBa
    Originally Posted by CyberHaggis View Post

    Hi folks -- I have someone who wants to sign up to my affiliate program but refuses to get paid by PayPal (that's easier for me as it's less admin).

    I guess I don't mind paying him to his bank if he's making sales but I just wondered, should I be suspicious? Are there any scams that people posing as affiliates can pull?
    I'm not surprised that some people don't like PayPal. But at the same time you have the full right to tell them too bad. It depends on if they are worth the extra hassle.
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  • Profile picture of the author talfighel
    Seems fishy to me.

    Pay them with PayPal and if he/she doesn't want that then too bad.

    You don't need them as an affiliate.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
    Decision was posted by the OP in post #9 above. Problem solved.
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  • Profile picture of the author fullypak
    If your planning to pay him for his work in advance then Paypal will be a best option because worst case if he doesn't meet your requirement then you can request of refund.

    But if he/she asking you to pay after work done then you can consider his/her request to pay because your work is already done.
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