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Poll: What is your preferred payment method?
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Yasutomo Kanazawa  Identity Verified
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Should have included Nov 2, 2009

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Michael Harris  Identity Verified
Germany
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Bank transfer Nov 2, 2009

within Europe where no charges are allowed to be made and Monebookers for the rest of the world

 

Antonio Tomás Lessa do Amaral
English to Portuguese
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How or when? Nov 2, 2009

In this day and age, often when is more important than how, imvho

 

Sandra Petch
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No charges for bank transfers in Europe? Nov 2, 2009

Michael Harris wrote:

within Europe where no charges are allowed to be made and Monebookers for the rest of the world



Really? My French bank charges me 16 euros for transfers to/from European accounts (including to French accounts).


 

Melanie Wittwer  Identity Verified
New Zealand
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Depends Nov 2, 2009

Bank transfer within New Zealand and in Germany (where I still have an account) and paypal internationally .

[Edited at 2009-11-02 09:24 GMT]


 

Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
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Check (cheque) Nov 2, 2009

I'd say bank transfer, for the simplicity of it, but I've been paying as much as US$35 in bank fees. I don't like the PayPal charges, either. However, those are the methods used most often by my clients.

 

xxxInterlangue
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Other continent other ways Nov 2, 2009

Muriel Vasconcellos wrote:

I'd say bank transfer, for the simplicity of it, but I've been paying as much as US$35 in bank fees. I don't like the PayPal charges, either. However, those are the methods used most often by my clients.


On a cheque of 127 US$, my bank in Europe gave up some of the charges: they amounted to 132 EUR, not including the conversion charges. On a bank transfer, I deduct from my invoice the 25 US$ my client in North America complains about, and am charged here a flat rate of 35 EUR. Conversion costs come later.
Within Europe there are no charges for transfers. Cheques are no longer garanteed and charges to cash them have become very expensive.

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ikeda45  Identity Verified
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Paypal Nov 2, 2009

Bank transfer within Japan (no charge), and paypal for the rest of the world. The good point with paypal is that you can choose when you draw money (when the rate is better).

 

neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
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If by bank transfer Nov 2, 2009

... you mean via internet, I can send and receive transfers by my online account with no charges. This is how I prefer to receive payment nowadays.
One of the banks I use is IngDirect, which operates mainly online and I'd recommend. I don't know about charges outside of Europe though.
As someone else mentioned already, prompt payment is a big plus...
BTW, to the best of my knowledge most French banks "take the piss" even when transferring between their own branches, for example between France and Spain. My advice is to close your accounts with money-grabbing banks like these and move to an online service.

[Edited at 2009-11-02 10:26 GMT]

[Edited at 2009-11-02 10:26 GMT]


 

Michael Harris  Identity Verified
Germany
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German to English
Change the bank Nov 2, 2009

Sandra Petch wrote:

Michael Harris wrote:

within Europe where no charges are allowed to be made and Monebookers for the rest of the world



Really? My French bank charges me 16 euros for transfers to/from European accounts (including to French accounts).


I would change your bank because this against European laws!! (at least from Germany)
Check it out.


 

Maria Drangel  Identity Verified
Sweden
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Bank transfer within EU Nov 2, 2009

Although I have notieced that the EU laws doesn´t seem to apply to English banks, so bank transfers from England cost me the equivalent of about 20 Euros to receive.

PayPal I try to avoid as much as I can, esp if the sum is large, Moneybookes I accept when the payment is cheaper with them than with bank transfer depending on how large the sum is and which country my client is in. Xoom I am very happy with, the cheepest option I have found for transfers from the US. One of the VERY few advantages with PayPal is that I can have different currencies as once there so I withdraw whenever the exchange rate is favourable.

Checks are impossibly expensive in Sweden, we haven´t used them generally for decades and depending on what kind of check it is, it costs at least 50 Euros to cash it, and never less than 25% of the total sum so I never accept that payment method.

Very interesting question, this one by the way!


 

John Rawlins  Identity Verified
Spain
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No bank charges on incoming transfers Nov 2, 2009

I regularly receive bank transfers from Spain, the UK, Belgium, and Japan - and my Spanish bank has never charged me a euro cent.

However, the bank once charged me 35 euros for depositing a Canadian cheque. Sorry - but no more Canadian clients.


Added: In fact, now that I think about I realise that only one European client has ever paid me by cheque. And these cheques stopped after the company went bankrupt last year.




[Edited at 2009-11-02 11:06 GMT]


 

Sandra Petch
Local time: 14:40
French to English
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Charges Nov 2, 2009

Sandra Petch wrote:

Michael Harris wrote:


Really? My French bank charges me 16 euros for transfers to/from European accounts (including to French accounts).


I would change your bank because this against European laws!! (at least from Germany)
Check it out.



Hi again

I just found this on a forum. It says a bank cannot charge more for transfers between EU countries than for a transfer within the same country.

Fabien wrote:
J'ai entendu parlé d'une "directive" europeen qui interdit de prendre des frais lors de virement d'un pays zone euro vers un autre. Est ce que quelqu'un a déjà entendu parlé de cette directive? Ou trouver le texte?

Non, aucune gratuité n'est imposée:

http://europa.eu.int/eur-lex/pri/fr/oj/dat/2001/l_344/l_34420011228fr00130016.pdf


RÈGLEMENT (CE) No 2560/2001 DU PARLEMENT EUROPÉEN ET DU CONSEIL
du 19 décembre 2001 concernant les paiements transfrontaliers en euros

Article 3
Frais applicables aux opérations de paiement électronique transfrontalières et aux virements transfrontaliers

1. À compter du 1er juillet 2002, les frais facturés par un établissement pour les opérations de paiement électronique transfrontalières en euros d'un montant maximum de 12 500 euros sont les mêmes que les frais que cet établisse-
ment prélève pour des paiements en euros de même montant effectués à l'intérieur de l'État membre dans lequel il est établi.

2. À compter du 1er juillet 2003 au plus tard, les frais facturés par un établissement pour les virements transfrontaliers en euros d'un montant maximum de 12 500 euros sont les mêmes que les frais que cet établissement prélève pour des paiements en euros par virement de même montant effectués à l'intérieur de l'État membre dans lequel il est établi.

3. À compter du 1er janvier 2006, le montant de 12 500 euros est porté à 50 000 euros.


 

Marie-Hélène Hayles  Identity Verified
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Transfer charges Nov 2, 2009

John Rawlins wrote:

I regularly receive bank transfers from Spain, the UK, Belgium, and Japan - and my Spanish bank has never charged me a euro cent.



That might be because your clients have chosen to pay all charges relating to the transfer (as indeed they should), not because your bank doesn't charge any fee for it. I've made international bank transfers within Europe myself (and in Italy at least they certainly are subject to charges): I was given the choice among all fees charged to payer, all fees charged to recipient and fees split between payer/recipient (i.e. payer pays charges at payer's end and recipient pays at recipient's end).


 
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