Developers have now received their money, the non-payment alert can be revoked. The store has been taken over by MobiHand.
A MyTreo executive has responded to this article – his response can be found at the URL below:
Longterm Palm OS developers are experienced to ESD bank busts and the associated consequences – after all, the now-”defunct” PalmGear had a similar problem some years ago.
We have received reports indicating that the ESD MyTreo.net does not pay its royalties for quite some time, and now – finally – have a developer willing to stand up and tell us about his experiences. Let’s look at what Anastassiya from Mobile-Stream has to say(highlighting my /me):
I represent Mobile Stream, we are a Developer Partner of MyTreo.net – an online software reseller.
They have not paid our royalties for more than a year.
I have been e-mailing them for four months and the only thing I got was the royalty report (so they admit they owe money to us, but simply do not pay) and promises like “soon”, “this week”.
But no wire-transfers have been made yet.
The same has happend to at least one another non-USA Windows Mobile/Palm developer – Deluxeware (www.deluxeware.com) .
They have not received their royalty payments from mytreo.net
Many other developers from Palm Entrepreneurs Forum also complained about spotty payments, some of them managed eventually to get their royalties, others – did not.
The only person who handles accounting is Tadd Rosenfeld, all other mytreo.net employees can only forward e-mail requests to him. The last e-mail I got from Tadd Rosenfeld was from June 6th, where he promised to pay “that week”. Almost two months passed, nothing was done, no other e-mails to him (sent personally to him or forwarded through other mytreo.net employees) have been answered.
Even though I am very hesitant when it comes to posting accusations against other analyst colleagues, this IMHO can be interpreted in only one way. The folks at MyTreo’s have determined that forced debt collection is extremely difficult when having to do so over continental borders…and now play this trump card.
They can either pay the money in a belated fashion, or not pay it out at all – I am sure that most developers can/will not be able to have their debt encashed by force.
In the end, the best thing that developers can do is retract their applications from MyTreo and get in touch with an attorney/lawyer…
P.S. A copy of this article has been forwarded to MyTreo – please stay tuned for the unlikely event of us receiving a response!