Poll: Who generally covers transfer fees?
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May 14, 2009

This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Who generally covers transfer fees?".

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nordiste  Identity Verified
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Client in Euro zone May 14, 2009

I live en France and most of my clients are in the Euro zone, where bank transfer fees are low. From them I always receive the exact amount of my invoice. For me it is common business practice, as I had never to ask specifically for it.

I have one client outside Europe who pays in USD using Paypal. In this case I have to pay the transaction fees, but generally the client rounds the amount so that I don't pay all of it.


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Gianluca Marras  Identity Verified
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only sometimes May 14, 2009

Payments by paypal are subject to the transaction fee, that I pay, but the client usually increases the amount in order to lower my part of fees.

[Edited at 2009-05-14 08:48 GMT]


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Parrot  Identity Verified
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Clients outside the euro zone May 14, 2009

Clients outside the euro zone generally cover their part of the fees. However, there are costs on the receiving side beyond their control. Paypal transaction fees for large amounts can make a bank transfer more advantageous, for example.

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Alexandra Speirs  Identity Verified
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on payments May 14, 2009

The poll is not clear, it should have specified transfer fees on payments.

I at least interpreted it as the expenses for travelling to/from any translating/interpreting jobs away from home, or from my immediate vicinity.


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Mrs.Rouyer
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I never managed to ask for it May 14, 2009

... but will definitely do from now on, as I'm always upset how much I have to pay, especially cause rates from my US clients are comparatively low anyway.

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Yasutomo Kanazawa  Identity Verified
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Agree May 14, 2009

Parrot wrote:

Clients outside the euro zone generally cover their part of the fees. However, there are costs on the receiving side beyond their control. Paypal transaction fees for large amounts can make a bank transfer more advantageous, for example.


I once had 3000 USD transferred by Paypal from the US, and the handling charge which I had to bear was 128 USD. Since then I ask my clients to pay me via Paypal only when the amount is small.


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Diana Arbiser  Identity Verified
United States
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How about... May 14, 2009

... an answer like "none of my clients pays me via bank transfer"? All my clients pay with checks. Very convenient

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Parrot  Identity Verified
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The other kind of transfer May 14, 2009

Er...

Alexandra Speirs wrote:

I at least interpreted it as the expenses for travelling to/from any translating/interpreting jobs away from home, or from my immediate vicinity.


I understand this as "transportation/travelling expenses" (ticket and reimbursement of expenses or per diem). In this context, "transfer" is the part from the airport to the hotel and vice-versa. Or have I missed out something?


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xxxNMR
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I ticked "other" May 14, 2009

I don't have transfer fees, all my clients pay per bank transfer (in most cases) or by check.

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xxxInterlangue
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Other continent, other ways May 14, 2009

Diana Arbiser wrote:

... an answer like "none of my clients pays me via bank transfer"? All my clients pay with checks. Very convenient


Checks are hardly in use in Europe nowadays and no longer garanteed, nor free!

When I get a check from North American clients, I pay a fixed fee of 114US$, whatever the amount + exchange fees and taxes, and the transaction takes about 3 weeks.
Wires are cheaper, even if I cover all costs (my rates take this into account anyway)

[Modifié le 2009-05-14 15:23 GMT]


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Alexandra Speirs  Identity Verified
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checks? no thank you May 14, 2009

Interlangue wrote:

Diana Arbiser wrote:

... an answer like "none of my clients pays me via bank transfer"? All my clients pay with checks. Very convenient


Checks are hardly in use in Europe nowadays and no longer garanteed, nor free!



Exactly, hardly anyone pays me by check/cheque now and I prefer it that way, as it would mean wasting time going to the bank and standing in a queue when I could be doing something either more profitable or more agreeable!


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Helen Shiner  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Years ago May 14, 2009

I used to have to insist that clients paid for bank transfer fees. Nowadays it never seems to come up for discussion - they all pay them as a matter of course wherever they are in the world. But I do tend to avoid Paypal and other such outfits as much as possible, since they are expensive and I find fees then always fall to me.

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Greg Butler
United States
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Which transfer service is best? May 14, 2009

Do any of you prefer a particular transfer service? We work with people in countries in Africa and Central Asia which some transfer companies do not serve. Have any of you had experiences which cause you to avoid certain transfer companies?

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Erzsébet Czopyk  Identity Verified
Hungary
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strange question May 14, 2009

Another unclear poll.

If you mean the remuneration of the translators - of course, I cover the transfer expenses.

If you mean the client's payment to me as a freelance translator/agency - this is his/her problem to solve, I think.

Anyway, in my country my bank charges 1 500 HUF (=approx. 5,20 euros) for the transfer on my side too. So, the clients pays his charges and I pay my charges.
Only once I faced a problem this year, with my best customer in 2007. The big-big-big and very famous Japanese company placed a medium size (and, of course, veryveryurgent) order, the payment was late (as always) and finally, I got a significantly reduced amount.

When I made a complaint, they said, it is my bank's fault. I visited my bank to clarify the details and finally the picture was clear: all bank transfer costs they laid on me.
I sent a short letter to notify my client and told him on the phone if you are the 9th richest and biggest company in the world, and moreover, you are late with the payment without any sorry for it, please, be so kind, cover your own expenses from your own budget. I sent them an additional e-mail with the certificate from my bank and got the compensation in 5 days.

I think I don't have to be sorry for that.


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