Epik escrow or Escrow.com?

When is an escrow service really Escrow?

I’ve been reading a thread on NamePros that got pretty heated when Jackson Elsegood from Escrow.com, Matt Barrie (Freelancer CEO – Escrow.com’s parent company) and Rob Monster from Epik became involved. I don’t normally like to get involved in these types of squabbles, but I thought for this one I’d make an exception.

I would like to first state a disclaimer, I use Epik as a registrar and have been very positive in posts about the services they provide. I also use Escrow.com and Escrow.com has been a long-time sponsor of Whizzbangsblog. Now for this blog post….

There is a BIG difference between saying you provide escrow services and being approved by a governmental authority to provide Escrow services. Why is this? The governmental body has the authority and mandate to audit a fully licensed escrow service to ensure they are not only behaving in a correct manner but have the resources to backup any problems. There are incredibly large penalties for companies that don’t abide by the rules.

Anyone can put a shingle out and claim to provide an escrow service….I could be wrong but I would think that it’s only a matter of time before the governmental authorities stop them from doing this. If the authorities don’t stop it then it makes a bit of a mockery of governmental oversight.

That being said, my understanding is that Escrow.com does have governmental approval while Epik is not approved by any governmental authority. Regardless of whether it makes sense for the government to be involved or not these seem to be the facts.

When Matt Barrie (Freelancer CEO) challenged Rob Monster (Epik) on the state of the cash in Epik’s balance sheet it was a very relevant question. The only thing that can back-up a failed Escrow transaction is cash….not lots of other assets as claimed by Rob. For a start, the other assets take time to sell and may not be enough to back up a failed transaction.

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Guest — Rob Monster
Michael, I suggest you read the entire NamePros thread. On Friday, there was a completely unprompted and unsolicited provocatio... Read More
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mgilmour
I did read the entire NamePros thread and I think that Jackson asked a really important question that was in the interest of both ... Read More
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Epik
The entire thrust of this special edition article is that you apparently think domain marketplaces should be licensed. They are n... Read More
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Interview with Jackson at the Escrow.com Offices

After NamesCon I headed over to San Francisco and the offices of Escrow.com. While there I had a chance to check out the Escrow.com offices, chat with the team and interview the CEO, Jackson Elsegood.

In the short interview we discuss NamesCon, the new Escrow.com API and the problems of clawbacks with payment systems such as paypal and credit cards.

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Wolftalker
Good interview Michael. Before I go, ever considered posting transcripts to accompany videos?
21 February 2018
mgilmour
I've thought about doing that but it's actually quite a lot of work and times a premium.
22 February 2018
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What’s New With Escrow.com?

As domain investors know, for many years Escrow.com has been providing a critical part of the domain industry ecosystem. The trusted independent link between buyers and sellers have enabled many investors to complete secure transactions for their domain sales. So what’s new with Escrow.com?

While I was traveling through Europe at the end of October I received an email from Escrow.com announcing that they have now released a completely updated API for public beta. I knew this major upgrade was clearly going to be the platform upon which other products and services could be built.

For example, the new API potentially means websites, marketplaces, classifieds sites, shopping carts, and mobile apps can have escrow services built directly into them. This opens up a huge range of potential new clients for Escrow.com that is much broader than their traditional business clients.

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