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Poll: Which payment method do you prefer?
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Mary Worby  Identity Verified
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Bank transfer ... Jan 9, 2010

Virtually all my customers pay me by transfer. It incurs no fees throughout the EU and is quick and simple.

A couple of my UK customers still pay by cheque, but they're pretty antiquated now (cheques, not the customers).


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Abdulvahed  Identity Verified
Iran
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Best and easy Jan 9, 2010

wire transfer is the best way ignoring extra charges of course banks ask for

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Alexander Kondorsky  Identity Verified
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Cash Jan 9, 2010

Why is cash not in the list?

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Anne Carnot  Identity Verified
Belgium
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Bank transfer Jan 9, 2010

It's fast, easy, and most of the time there is no fee...
Enjoy the weekend


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Yasutomo Kanazawa  Identity Verified
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Gold pieces Jan 9, 2010

Why aren't gold pieces included?

Jokes aside, I believe there was exactly the same poll a few months ago asking the same question with the same options.


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Gianluca Marras  Identity Verified
Italy
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Exactly Jan 9, 2010

Yasutomo Kanazawa wrote:

Why aren't gold pieces included?

Jokes aside, I believe there was exactly the same poll a few months ago asking the same question with the same options.


I remember that!
anyway preferred: wire transfer
used wire transfer, paypal, moneybookers


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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
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This question was asked very recently Jan 9, 2010

There was a long discussion about countries that charge for bank transfers and others that do not. I didn't pick "bank transfer" because the fees here in the US are hefty. Otherwise it would obviously be the easiest.

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Teresa Borges
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Bank transfer Jan 9, 2010

or cash (sworn translations)

Teresa Borges


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Ward Whittaker  Identity Verified
Brazil
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Paypal is best for Brazil I think Jan 9, 2010

For me anyway, banks charge like wounded bulls to receive money into Brazilian accounts. PayPal is painless and its easy to transfer the funds to any type of account here, and I can also leave money in PayPal to make purchases from overseas.

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xxxInterlangue
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Because... Jan 9, 2010

Alexander Kondorsky wrote:

Why is cash not in the list?


... it is illegal, here, to pay an amount exceeding three thousand (3,000) Euro all taxes included in cash. Fines may go as high as 15,000 Euro. This is the law in Belgium and I would not be surprised the same applies in other EU member states.
I do not expect my customers to come to my place anyway nor am I going to spend time going over to their premises (especially if they are abroad) to collect the money. If they or I did for smaller amounts, the price of transportation and time waisted would make it more expensive than any other means of payment. Besides, what would I do with the cash afterwards? Take it to the bank, during banking hours, wait for my turn and deposit the lot on my account!


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Elías Sauza  Identity Verified
Mexico
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Paypal Jan 9, 2010

My preferred method used to be bank transfer. All of my clients are from abroad, and most of them used to pay the transfer fees. But I have recently switched to Paypal. The reason: somebody abused my bank account and tried to buy airplane tickets to travel from X to Canada, for an amount of several thousand US dollars. Now I'm using Paypal, which is safer because I don't have to provide any bank details to anyone. I used to hate using Paypal for the fees, but I have learned that if my clients use eCkeck, I only pay USD $5 for receiving the funds regardless the amount. One of my clients was surprised that, having extensively used Paypal for other translators, nobody had ever told them about eCheck.

HTH

Elías


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Emin Arı  Identity Verified
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it depends Jan 9, 2010

If the amount is below 500 usd, I prefer paypal as fee is lower than bank transfer but if more than 500 usd, I use bank transfer. Most of times, client determines payment method.

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Paul Dixon  Identity Verified
Brazil
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Cash Jan 9, 2010

I would definitely prefer cash, particularly from clients abroad. I know in some places it is illegal to send cash by post, but maybe there is some other way, like international postal orders. Moneygram is another excellent method.

My clients in Brazil pay me by depositing in my Brazilian bank account. When I get work abroad the usual method is wire transfer, which suits me fine, but charges are high.

I don`t like using PayPal because my wife (and business partner) finds the idea of virtual money a bit strange and unsafe.


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Steven Capsuto  Identity Verified
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Depends where the client is Jan 9, 2010

A check drawn in dollars on a U.S. bank is always best for me since there are no fees.

For clients abroad, it depends. A few of them have U.S. checking accounts, so that simplifies things. Bank transfers are fine if the client is willing to cover the fees. Otherwise I prefer Moneybookers or, as a last resort, Paypal. The last time I looked into this, Moneybookers' fees were lower than Paypal's.

[Edited at 2010-01-09 14:57 GMT]


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