Malaysian AdSense Publishers are being offered payment options thru Western Union as reported in Ades blog here. Before this, payment options for publishers are limited to regular registered* mail which takes around 20 days, DHL** which is about 5 to 7 days but costs $24 or electronic fund transfers***.
Adding Western Union money transfer might be a good alternative especially for countries where bank wire transfers are not supported could be a better idea. Besides, they have over 250,000 Western Union Agent locations in over 200 countries and territories.
However, we’ll have to look into the fees with this option:
From $100 to $300 : $16 fee
For $500 : $32 fee
For $600 : $50 fee
For $750 : $56 fee
For $1,000 : $68 fee
Looking at the chart above, I guess the 2-day transfer thru Western Union might be good for Publishers earning from $100 to $300 a month. Upwards of $500, the fees are a bit more expensive that the 5-day DHL delivery of $24 would be a reasonable option.
*Standard Delivery checks are sent by regular mail and should arrive within 2-3 weeks of the mailing date.
**Secured Express Delivery checks are sent via courier and should arrive within 1 week.
*** Takes 4 to 10 days to clear with the bank with code ‘Google’ or ‘BFS’.