Finance: What is Cash on Delivery (COD)?

What is Cash on Delivery (COD)? In transactions where buyer and seller are not physically in the same place, a Cash on Delivery transaction is one where the buyer pays upon delivery. If the buyer does not pay at delivery, the product is taken back to the seller. The seller assumes the risk of shipping costs while the buyer has assurance that they have not paid out unrecoverable money to an unknown seller.

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fish rather it stands for cash on delivery like you get cash when the good

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is delivered and it means that the postal person or UPS gal or FedEx dude

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has to collect the cash you are owed before they will actually leave the [Cash transfers to mail people]

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package being shipped at the warehouse on your doorstep or van parked you know

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down by the river if a client has such bad credit or has such a miserable

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payment record that they have to be put on COD status well you may really have

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to re-evaluate your relationship there COD also carries charges and often

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they're big because a postal worker may have to ring the door eight times before [Postal worker ringing door bell]

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finding the deadbeat at home and then even if he is home well it's uncertain

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whether or not he'll have the ready cash to pay for whatever goods he just

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ordered and sometimes you'd have better odds of getting money out of this thing [Pile of fish appear]