Bank Wire Transfers vs. FedEx Delivery. I went to the bank this morning to initiate a wire transfer for the remaining amount due on the plane (pics) and was surprised at how unpredictable the process is. My goal was to give them all the paperwork, ensure I had sufficient funds, and schedule the transfer such that the money arrives in the sellers' account on a particular date next week. But they can't do that. They cannot hold the paperwork for any amount of time. They'll process it the same day I turn it in. I guess I can understand that. They're a bank, not a scheduling service.
However, they can't tell me which day to drop of the paperwork to
ensure that the funds arrive on my target date. The teller informed me
that “it usually takes 48 hours, but that doesn't mean the funds will
be available on the other end.”
Seriously, this is 2006 and we can't know how long it takes money to
get from point A to point B? And they charge $30 for the transfer.
Contrast this with another option: FedEx.
I can get a FedEx envelope, stuff it with $100 bills (or a certified
bank check), and send it overnight with a signature required for less
than $30 (without insurance). In this scenario, I get to track the
progress of my package remotely and am fairly certain that it will
arrive on the right day.