Maybe I was a bit too harsh.... hadn't slept well the night before and was a bit cranky last night. My comments above were directed to this specific situation. However, I really don't think that our customers (as a general rule) go into a business arrangement with the specific intent of screwing us. We've had some problems being paid by some big companies too.... but, more often than not we get our dough. In the particular case noted above, it sure sounds like the company is willing to pay, but just want their contract signed before hand. I've had that happen before too. I suppose there is some language that someone needs approved so payment can be made. It sounds like a sure bet that if he doesn't sign the paperwork he, for sure, is not going to see his money. So... for the sake of being paid this time around - I was simply stating that signing the contract may be in his best interest in order to get paid.