For Direct to Seller payment, funds are released to the merchant from the smart contract once the order status is 'In Transit'.
For Escrow payments, funds are only released to the merchant after the order status is 'Completed'.
Buyers who pay via Escrow have 3 working days after delivery of item to raise a dispute. You can release funds during this period by marking your order as 'Complete' from your orders page, or it will be automatically paid out 3 working days after delivery of item. Opting for an Escrow payment at checkout gives you a peace of mind about your purchase, ensuring you'll have a pleasant shopping experience.