I see this mentioned in the newsletter.
For my campaign, I distribute (digital) rewards after payments have cleared for the month. Normally that means a lot of work on the 1st-2nd, and a straggler or two thereafter. My cut-off is currently the 5th, after which I punt until the next month. I distribute outside Patreon, so having access to my feed does not give access to previous rewards.
It would be feasible for me to handle this at any time during the month. I don’t especially want to be processing rewards many times during the month, because, you know, it’s work to do it and track it, even if the rewards are digital and there’s no overhead to create additional copies. But if you figure the new patrons normally wouldn’t be billed at all until the following month, it would be extra income to me, and instant gratification for them. On that basis, it seems like maybe I should just deal with the annoyance of processing multiple times per month?
Can someone recap the problems with charge-up-front, in case I’m overlooking something?