I'm in the market for this exact same thing. I asked a similar question on SO, but had it closed.
Since then I've found a possible solution called BatchEx, but don't know how trustworthy it is. A while back I attempted to contact them, and got a response, but it was many days later, so it didn't leave a great impression. I haven't followed up yet.
I also found WebmasterChecks, but know nothing more about them yet besides what is on their site.
There are also these API mailing solutions, but it doesn't look like they will mail checks:
The lack of this type of service shocks me, and it seems there must be a solution out there for all of these affiliate marketing systems. Makes me think I should investigate the market some to see if such a solution would be a worthwhile venture.
If you learn more about any services, I'd love to hear about your experiences! Please share pricing information, reliability, and so forth with me.
I had a conference call with several specialists at my bank today (US Bank, usbank.com) and spoke in great lengths about doing ACH transactions. We also touched on the possibility of mailing checks. It sounds like they do have a service for this, but they did not know all the details and are researching it more.
What they did tell me is the following.
- US Bank does have a check printing service
- Can send payment information in a batch file via FTP (maybe SFTP and HTTPS as well)
- Can issue checks from any number of my own accounts, but not sure if there is a per account surcharge
- Checks must come from a US Bank account
- Unsure if they can issue checks from another organization's checking account number
- Fairly expensive
- $1250 setup fee
- $0.20 - $0.47 per check depending on quantity
- Minimum of $175 per month (will cost $175 for the first 373 checks)
- Unclear on if there are other costs, such as postage fees
- $12/transmission (per batch file)
I started looking into all this last June, so it has taken me months to even find out that my bank offers such a service. I would check with your bank and other banks you would like to work with and see what you can find. They might have something similar.