Cheap or free moneywire service to Italy
Thread poster: Karl Archbold
Karl Archbold  Identity Verified
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Oct 2, 2007

Dear Colleagues,
We need to send some money to Italy from New York City. What
will be the cheapest way to send money besides paypal? I went to the postal office and they don't sell International money orders to Italy and Western Union and Moneygram are expensive to Italy.
The problem of the American Check or Money order can not be used in Italy.

All your suggestions are welcome.
Karl Edwin Archbold


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Harry Bornemann  Identity Verified
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Moneybookers? Oct 2, 2007

From the U.S., you will have to upload the money from your credit card, otherwise it should be cheap and Ok.

If you want to do me a favor, you can open your Moneybookers account from my profile page.


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Karl Archbold  Identity Verified
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How much will be the fee with the credit card? Oct 3, 2007

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Karl Archbold  Identity Verified
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Suggestions Oct 3, 2007

Hi Harry
Thank you for your answer.I would like to know how much will be the fee paying the person in Italy with a credit card.
The person doesn't has paypal or monybookers.

I was thinking buying an American Express because I'm member of American Express and is a free charge buying the Travel check but the minimum checks they have are $150 US dollars.
We have to send a small amount of money only.
Please let me know.
Karl Edwin.


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Jan Sundström  Identity Verified
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Xoom: no account required Oct 5, 2007

Karl Archbold wrote:
I would like to know how much will be the fee paying the person in Italy with a credit card.
The person doesn't has paypal or monybookers.

We have to send a small amount of money only.


I agree that the easiest would have been to convince the recipient to open a Paypal or Moneybookers account. It's not that complicated, really! And it doesn't cost him anything.

But if you don't want to inconvenience him, your best option is Xoom: no account required on the recipient side, and fee as low as 2-5%.

I made extensive research about this in an earlier thread:
http://www.proz.com/post/634700#634700

best,

Jan


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Karl Archbold  Identity Verified
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Xoom website Oct 6, 2007

Hi John
Thank you so much for the information. I couldn't find it in the other thread.
Please e-mail me the website of Xoom.
Thank you
Karl Edwin Archbold


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Karl Archbold  Identity Verified
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XOOM not for Italy Oct 7, 2007

Hi Mr. Doe
I think I found the website for Xoom but I don't see Italy in the list of countries that you can send money.
Please let me know If is other cheap or free way to send money to Italy.
Thank you


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Jan Sundström  Identity Verified
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Sorry! Oct 8, 2007

Hi Karl,

You're absolutely right, I'm sorry!

I presumed Xoom was a global player, but it seems that they are more geared for transfers to third world countries, alas.

Since it seens that transfer to bank account is prohibitively expensive, I see the following other options:
- One-time ATM card (iKobo)
- Register account at online service (Paypal, Moneybookers)
- In-person collection (Western Union, Moneygram)
- Cash in registred letter

For your recipient, what ways of collecting the cash is OK?

/Jan


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Karl Archbold  Identity Verified
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Other options Oct 8, 2007

Hi John
Thank you for your information. I check it with Western Union and money Gram is expensive to Italy. She doesn't has paypal or moneybookers and Ikobo takes long time.
Do you know other options besides this one?
Thank you
Karl Edwin


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Jan Sundström  Identity Verified
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Convince the recipient! Oct 16, 2007

Karl Archbold wrote:

Hi John
Thank you for your information. I check it with Western Union and money Gram is expensive to Italy. She doesn't has paypal or moneybookers and Ikobo takes long time.
Do you know other options besides this one?
Thank you
Karl Edwin


Hi Karl and all,

Right now, I see no other options than nagging and convincing the recipient to open a PP or MB account. It's not that difficult!

Otherwise, the stone-age "cash in registrered letter" is still your cheapest option.

/Jan


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Sergei Tumanov  Identity Verified
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they certainly exist Oct 16, 2007

Karl Archbold wrote:
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Do you know other options besides this one?
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Find somebody going to Italy for vacation. I do not think it is so much complicated.

or

Find someone living at the same community, who does not refuse to open Moneybookers account, and who will pass your money to the lady in question.


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Karl Archbold  Identity Verified
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American Express Gift Checks Oct 24, 2007

Dear Colleagues,
I called American Express and they told me they sell some Gift checks and they are $2.50 US dollars each one and they could be cashed in Banca Popolare de Milano, Empresa Sao Paulo and Banca di la Campana located in Naples for no charge.

Is this true? I just want to be sure,She doesn't get charged to cash these checks. American Express told me this. I just want to be completely sure.
Please let me know If you know something about this.

Karl Edwin


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Angie Garbarino  Identity Verified
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Update (Italy included) Jul 28, 2008

Now Italy is included, it seems that Xoom is a global player.

www.xoom.com

Bye bye all!

Angio


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