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How to avoid rip-off bank fees??

Old Feb 15th 2011, 6:03 am
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Default How to avoid rip-off bank fees??

Hi,

I have a westpac debit/credit card which I used to purchase something from ebay.com (as it is linked to my paypal account). I noticed that I got charged a foreign currency, as the item was listed in US dollars. Is there any way to avoid these types of fees?

Any tips much appreciated. And don't say use trademe I use that as well...

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Old Feb 15th 2011, 11:41 pm
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Did they hit you with the 2.50% foreign currency charge AND the poor exchange rate? I'm not sure of a solution for you, I've checked most of the banks and the charges are similar. For large amounts (+$4,000) contact the currency dealers (HIFX).
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Default Re: How to avoid rip-off bank fees??

Originally Posted by donnynz View Post
I have a westpac debit/credit card which I used to purchase something from ebay.com (as it is linked to my paypal account). I noticed that I got charged a foreign currency, as the item was listed in US dollars. Is there any way to avoid these types of fees?
You did a currency exchange so got charged for it, even if you had a US bank account so could Paypal in USD you would still get charged (by someone), when you send funds to the US account (assuming it was still funded from NZ). They'll get you somehow
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Old Feb 20th 2011, 2:43 am
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Default Re: How to avoid rip-off bank fees??

Thanks for the info. Looks like there's no way around it.
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