With the Internet today you can do a simple search that won’t cost anything but a little time. Google search the company and see what comes up. Look for things like legal problems and ways to verify they are for real. Many bankruptcy filings will show up with a simple Google search. Look for things that indicate years in business, current news and company size. Then verify the phone number and the location with one of the many on-line phone book sites. Just simple things like this will give you an overall feeling if you should extend them credit. There is nothing that will be fool proof, even if you pay for a credit check. But if a free search turns up nothing, bad or conflicting information, it is time to ask for cash up front. I think this would work for this thread because the product being sold will make people feel guilty if they don’t pay for it. It is a little different that many others.
I will admit that nothing is guaranteed in today’s government messed up business environment. The influx of foreign business people in the US is changing what we considered ethical behavior in years past. This why I think Renee will ultimately need to make the decision.
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