VISA FEE 1%-2%

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VISA FEE 1%-2%

Today I looked at my bank statement. Every purchase I made in USD had a NON U.K COMMISSION Fee.

I have a VISA Debit card. I think VISA are Profiteering.

 

I have paid Visa £4.85 so farCry

Do any of you have this Fee on your card?



How do I avoid this?

 

** UPDATE  Nationwide Visa Debit Card charges 2% - Nationwide Credit Card Charge 1%**

Here is a link for all Debit and Credit charges for UK users

http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/travel/overseas-card-charges#debit

Edited by: how2 on 12/06/2010 - 10:51
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No, I just pay like 15€ a year for my Mastercard and thats it!

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Pay by credit card or use Paypal. I get hit for at least £1.50 each time I use my debit card to pay in something that isn't sterling.

 

The numbers from my light tests are always to be found here.

https://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=0ApkFM37n_QnRdDU5MDNzOURjYllmZHI...

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I did some research and found out:

Mastercard + paypal = 0% fee

Amercian express + paypal (my setup) 3% fee - very unhappy

Some reports for diners being the most expnsive.

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Brazilian taxes:

Every payment in dollar has 1.5% IOF (Tax over financial transactions) + The rate used is the conversion rate valid when you pay your credit card.

Paypal + Visa (My Setup): VISA is debited on BRL (Paypal converts to the national currency) so no taxes and the conversion rate is the rate of the day of the purchase. You get to pick better rate's, and the conversion rate is better than VISA's.

 

I LOVE paypal for international purchases.

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Note for AMEX users. Everything you buy which requires a currency exchange is made on a somehow not very lame daily quotation (like EUR to USD). Everything you buy with AMEX however gets charged addittionally by 3%. You have to login on amex page and click a bit to find the fee robbed by amex. It's the most expensive card to have!

Summary:

mastercard is the best online shopping companion usually.

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Paypal is the only way I go.

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fishinfool wrote:

Paypal is the only way I go.

I think we all use paypal, but depending on which credit card provider is associated different % is applied.

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Not sure what it's like outside the US but at least in my case, it's the credit card issuer (ie. bank, credit union, etc) and not the credit card company (Visa, Mastercard, Discover, etc) that ultimately determines what fees apply to foreign currency transactions. Visa and Mastercard typically charge 1%, flat and use a less favorable rate of exchange compared to mid-market rates. So unless your bank decides to eat that 1% which some do for particularly profitable customers, you're pretty much stuck paying 1% but on top of that, many banks tag on an additonal fee. For retail banking customers, that's often up to an additonal 2%. Some banks charge a flat fee in addition to the 1% "transaction fee". If you don't live in the US or in a country that uses the US dollar as its main currency but do a lot of online shopping, it's probably a good idea to shop around for a credit card because those fees do add up rather quickly.

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AFAIK, you can decide at payment verification whether PayPal debits the credit card in foreign or local currency. I usually go with foreign currency, as Paypal's exchange rates are always significantly (4-5¢/€) worse than the ones the credit card company will use.

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fishinfool wrote:

Paypal is the only way I go.

 

But paypal's exchange rate was not as go as VISA  exchange rate.  I have found a new card The post office Card (Royal Mail) which charges 0%.Smile

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i have had no such fees EVER charged on my Discover (which is not like Visa or Mastercard)

HOWEVER, they're current rates are just way too high (apparently they think my credit has gotten worse.  yet the scoring websites say exactly the opposite. bout to drop them and go with a more local visa)

 

also, i use paypal for ANY transaction overseas.   its just better to be protected by them!

shoot, even Newegg gets payed with paypal now!