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Ron Douglas
Expert Film Handler

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From: United Kingdom
Registered: Mar 2012


 - posted March 10, 2013 05:24 PM      Profile for Ron Douglas   Email Ron Douglas   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Dear Members,

It would be great if you could post details of robust and safe
methods of payment that you have been using to pay for international
orders, wherever in the world you are.

In the UK, we can post cash in a registered envelope, but this will cost anything from £8 to £15, hence why most payments made to international sellers are done by Paypal.
Fees vary, often dependent on the exchange rate at the time, costing the recipient up to 5%. Bank transfers from a UK bank to a European bank can cost from £8 to £30 per transaction. Do any US members have experience of bank transfers to European banks and costs involved?

It seems to be that most central European ebay users will happily accept bank transfers to one another, presumably as they are free? Can anyone verify this?

Moneybookers is a safe and reliable service, but, again, incurs a charge for currency conversion. I've never used a Western Union moneygram on the basis that it's got no back-up guarantee if the seller doesn't ship the item, or there is a problem with the film(s), which is where Paypal is a very useful tool.

It would be great to hear of alternatives to Paypal and what other members find works well, is reliable and is recommended.
Thanks!

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Michael O'Regan
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From: Essex, UK
Registered: Oct 2007


 - posted March 10, 2013 06:22 PM      Profile for Michael O'Regan   Email Michael O'Regan   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Paypal is easiest, I've found.

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Richard C Patchett
Master Film Handler

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From: Flint Mi 48506
Registered: Dec 2007


 - posted March 10, 2013 06:36 PM      Profile for Richard C Patchett   Author's Homepage   Email Richard C Patchett   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Greetings
Please do not use Western Union money gram or even a money order from them
Too much fake ones going on here and over there SPAM
I shipped a parts order to Spain a few years ago got a money gram
From customer and a confirmation and it Bounced
I shipped it United Parcel (ups) Did a tracking on it
Was told by (ups) sorry can’t help you it was delivered
Pay Pal is best even with the fee
RC

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Timothy Price
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From: Minneapolis, MN. USA
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 - posted March 10, 2013 07:05 PM      Profile for Timothy Price   Author's Homepage   Email Timothy Price   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Ron- I'm with Mick & RC ... Paypal is KING!

International transactions that DO NOT accept Paypal I've sent American Express Euros Travelers Checks and I've had NO problem with that either.

I've also wired payments through Western Union but as a BUYER only and it was a direct deposit into the sellers bank account. With the sellers codes it was pretty easy and only five bucks. But that's my only experience with Western Union.

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Adrian Winchester
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From: Croydon, London, UK
Registered: Aug 2004


 - posted March 10, 2013 08:42 PM      Profile for Adrian Winchester   Email Adrian Winchester   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
This may appall some but if I buy something from an apprently trustworthy US seller who doesn't accept Pay Pal, and it's not an enormous sum (e.g. $30), I can't be bothered to do anything other than get some $ bills from the PO and send them. In theory something could go wrong but in my case it never has, and if I had always gone to the expense of getting some sort of insurance, I would have spent so much extra over the years that it would have been cheaper to have the occasional envelope going astray!

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Paul Adsett
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I totally agree with Adrian. Whenever I buy from a private seller in the UK I send pounds sterling cash for anything up to $100.00. Never had a problem.

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Mike Peckham
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From: West Sussex, UK.
Registered: Jun 2003


 - posted March 11, 2013 06:54 AM      Profile for Mike Peckham   Email Mike Peckham   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
PayPal all the way, never had a problem, it's instant and yes there is a charge, but you're paying for a service so I certianly don't begrudge it.

I used to send cash, only once did it not turn up, but I wouldn't now that I have a PayPal account. It's unusual to come across sellers that don't accept PayPal.

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Lee Mannering
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 - posted March 11, 2013 07:07 AM      Profile for Lee Mannering     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I have sent US Doll in cash before now without a single problem.

Sending parcels within the UK is a nightmare using PARCEL FARCE and now use other means where possible.

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Michael O'Regan
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From: Essex, UK
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 - posted March 11, 2013 01:48 PM      Profile for Michael O'Regan   Email Michael O'Regan   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
quote:
Sending parcels within the UK is a nightmare using PARCEL FARCE and now use other means where possible.
PARCEL FARCE - aptly named, Lee.
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Osi Osgood
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 - posted March 11, 2013 02:25 PM      Profile for Osi Osgood   Author's Homepage   Email Osi Osgood   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
paypal is certainly the best ...

... it is right away and if your a smart cookie, (and not paying for ebay but going directly), you send or recive your payments in the guise of "gift", that way, paypal doesn't take that somewhat enormous "bite" of your payment!

Along with that, you also have a "paper trail" in case a person tries to say you never sent or recived money.

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David Kilderry
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From: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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 - posted March 15, 2013 10:37 PM      Profile for David Kilderry   Author's Homepage   Email David Kilderry   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Paypal. Safe fast easy.

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