originally posted by: Painterz
Yeah, Paypal's foreign exchange rate has never been good. Although it does tend to be better than what you'll get from a bank or post office.
And often I find it's about the same level of gouging I'd get from my credit card company, who also set their own exchange rate.
Blame Brexit though, the drop in sterling that occurred after Brexit made this really painful, and brought us down to near parity with the Euro on
exchange rates in shops and online.
No, Paypal is not better than a bank. The exchange rate was €1.08 with Paypal at EXACTLY that time and they were charging me an exchange rate on top
of charging the seller for using them when I was making a purchase. My bank did not charge me ANYTHING on my debit card to buy the item in terms of
currency exchange fees that I am aware of. I did not have to pay the exchange rate and exchange the currency BEFORE I was allowed to buy the item.
That is the difference here.
It is NOT Brexit to blame. It is unscrupulous European business practice capitalizing on Brexit and taking total advantage of the UK. The European
energy companies tried to hike their prices for the British consumer, too. What they were proposing was extreme. The British Prime Minister had to
threaten the industry with CAPPING and they then backed off some.
You are right about exchanging money. Paypal is ever so slightly better. However, they are being totally unscrupulous to make me pay them to exchange
the currency BEFORE the purchase and are capitalizing BIG TIME on that. I bet they are making millions every week out of this where banks don't.
Paypal are in a sense actually getting free currency from me that XXXXXXXBank are currently buying at approx €1.22 and are charging me an exchange
rate at the same time as though I am the one buying from them, all disguised as a consumer purchase. Banks do not do this as far as I am aware. Paypal
could feasibly be buying Sterling this way for nothing and actually charging the seller by using a consumer goods transaction to extract a currency
exchange fee from the buyer on top of charging a fee to the seller of the goods for using their site and money gathering service, perhaps? Win, win,
win, win for them and lose, lose, lose, lose for the consumer.
I want to know what is going on here. Does anyone know because there is something very fishy about all this. Ebay are huge as an international
company. My goodness, think of all the easy money they are making via all the world's exchange rates.
That is why I wrote the other day about encouraging real investment because these leeches are destroying us all. They play with exchange rates and do
no real trading. They just charge everybody fees for their distribution network. This will be the ruin of true capitalism. They are the enemies of the
world. It is not the banks. Civilization needs the banks and they are its financial back bone. These companies are not civilized and are no backbone
(they are a "boner" of a different kind)
. They contribute almost nothing to the nations in which they trade; leeches all! How can we have modern
societies amd social standards when we are taken advantage of like this? No wonder we have no money for health and welfare, for infrastructure and
education development. These companies just take and give nothing in return other than a bloody self perpetuating website that anybody could code into
being. Most could code better graphics than that utilitarian blandness, too, lol.
edit on 5-11-2017 by Revolution9 because: (no reason given)