I’m quite new here with 2 names in Marketplace, so this is pretty much just my reflections on this matter, which I don’t know is a good thing or not from a Creative’s standpoint since I haven’t been affected one way or another. Yet.
It just seems to me that when you’re talking about domain sales that net a Creative only $200-$300, the installment plan kinda blows because really, 6 months or more is a long time to wait for a little bit of money that trickles in — especially if you’re not one of those rare Creatives with a whole mess of domains in Marketplace.
Compounding the issue is that when you submit a name and give SH the option to set the price, you don’t know what price SH is going to set until it shows up in Marketplace. So at that point, I really have no idea if I’d even want to agree to installments. If I was able to know beforehand that SH was going to list my domain name for some huge money that only a Big Business can afford, then yeah, i’d consider installments. But only maybe, because Big Business can afford that kind of expense in one lump upfront. If they can’t, when then perhaps either they should reconsider their choices, or SH should reconsider that particular price point at the outset. And yeah, if the buyer bails, it becomes a major de-motivator for us.
Maybe if we Creatives had the choice of installments after we see/know the listing price, it would be a different story. But I don’t recall seeing that option presented.
In all, IMO if a client can’t afford to pay the cash upfront so SH and Creatives get paid upfront, then tough nuts —let them do all the creative and administrative chores themselves and see what it costs them in time and aggravation. Personally, I’ll opt to have my domain names languish as long as they need to until a buyer pays the freight upfront.