: My local bank, Maybank has a Singapore division. But when I called them to find out about it they were puzzled. Apparantly they've
never heard of PayPal
Same deal with my HSBC account.
Reading the PayPal instructions further it seems that if I want to withdraw from a Singaporean bank I have to open a Singaporean PayPal account. A
Malaysian account can only withdraw money from a US bank.
Opening a bank account in Singapore would be yet another problem. Going there is one -- it takes 6 hours by bus which would cost about RM20 (US$5.43),
I'm not sure how much an airfare costs. Then I'd need at least SingDollar $500 which is RM1139.50 (US $309.50) -- sigh... that's quite a lot here..
the bus fare alone can buy me a 3 good meals...
Then to register a Singaporean PayPal account I must enter a Singaporean address. I do not have any relatives living there, so that's a bit of a
porblem there as well.
I did find out something interesting. A service called E*Trade Financial ( www.EtradeBank.com...
). They say that I could open an account with
them, which would be a US account. All I need to do is fill out two forms and send them a photocopy of my passport. I don't even need to put any
initial deposit. They will even provide a check book and a Visa Debit Card but in order to receive these items I need to put in a US $1000.00 deposit,
or just open the account and build up the amount to that requirement.
I will look into this further, but if that fails, I'd like to know what other options I can pursue. Would it help that I have a US passport?
: I'll be sure to pass the message to my mom. She'll be delighted to hear it
And thank you for the tip
: My mom does do special orders, but for Malaysian locals. We're just starting to venture into the internet markets and as you can see
we've run into some hiccups -- I'll let you know how things goes
Meanwhile if you want to see her other works which are either sold or not for
sale, her photoblog is at this address: ribbonrysue.fotopages.com...
As for selling it to a retailer or bulk dealer, she told me earlier that is out of the question. She's doing this as a hobby so she puts in a lot of
effort in producing one piece. If it becomes a bulk item, the quality would not be as it is now. She also said she has no desire to be somebody elses
worker, so it won't happen.
I checked the rates for Western Union and the rates appear to be quite high. I still hope I can sort something out with PayPal.