buying the euro/pound

Feb 9th, 2011, 01:19 PM
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buying the euro/pound

My bank will very kindly sell me the Euro before I go to Paris -- at .07 cents more than the current exchange rate. I suppose I can just wait and use the atm at CDG but I'd like to have some cash. Ditto the pound.
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Feb 9th, 2011, 01:24 PM
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Don't amuse your bank. Use one of the ATMs at CDG. Bring some greenbacks as reserve.
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Feb 9th, 2011, 01:50 PM
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"at .07 cents" - Do you mean $0.07 - which is 100 times as much. And what "current exchange rate" are they using?

I'll also point out that exchanging $ to € to £ or $ to £ in France will cost you a lot of money as 2 sets of fees will be applied - $ to € & € to £ even if you don't see the €
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Feb 9th, 2011, 02:06 PM
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Your best exchange rate will be at an ATM. You need to negotiate the charge over the exchange rate with your bank to avoid excessive fees for withdrawal.
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Feb 9th, 2011, 02:06 PM
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$.07 is close to a 5% charge on the exchange rate.
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Feb 9th, 2011, 02:59 PM
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absolutely use your ATM card once you get there. If you simply must have some cash in your pocket first--just take $100/$200 cash to the Bureau de Change in your departure airport. No need to pre-purchase.

But even that is unnecessary unless you are super nervous about things
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Feb 9th, 2011, 04:14 PM
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If you want a little cash then change $100 at the Bureau de Change at your departure airport.. the rate will be awful - but it doesn;t matter for $100 and it's lot less trouble than dealing with a bank. Then just pull money from your checking account at the first ATM you see in your arrival airport.

We have about that in euros and pounds and bring it back from one trip and save it for the next. Other than that we do credit cards, ATM for walking around money and $200 is US $ in 20s - in case of emergency. (Haven;t had a financial emergency in more than 70 trips to Europe though.)
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Feb 9th, 2011, 06:08 PM
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ATM, ATM, ATM
Anytime you use the money lenders they will get you for 7 to 12%--it is in their DNA.
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Feb 10th, 2011, 04:34 AM
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Ditto NYT
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Feb 10th, 2011, 05:34 AM
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A 'kind bank', how nice

I can see getting a few pounds and euros in order to get from airport to hotel, or in case ATM at airport is out of commission.

Otherwise thank them for their kindness and move on.
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Feb 10th, 2011, 06:13 AM
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Try out the various prepaid foreign currency(EURO) travel cards that can be bought (online?) for free - it basically acts as a debit card at your holiday destination and you can even top it up if it runs out by going online & through phone. Look out for the ones that have zero charges for atm withdrawls and online/phone topping. I've been using them for a few years without any trouble.

Your debit card from home is bound to attract bank charges if you use it at an atm while on your holiday.
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Feb 10th, 2011, 06:22 AM
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So, innocentspirit, do you have a link? I'm suspicious of travel cards that are "free." No upfront charge? No conversion fee? No ATM fee?

I have debit/ATM cards from 2 credit unions that charge no ATM fees and only the system 1% over the interbank conversion rate.
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Feb 10th, 2011, 06:50 AM
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Look up for Travelex - The particular card used to be called Cash Passport or something similar when I used to use it around 4 - 5 years back, but then I think these days they charge for online topping or was that for atm transaction (not sure - haven't checked in a while now).

Now a days since I'm more locally based I use Caxton which gives me the the aforementioned qualities.

Hope this helps.
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Feb 10th, 2011, 06:50 AM
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Innocentspirit, are you in the US or elsewhere? I ask because what you describe is absolutely contrary to all I know about US banking practices, but I have no doubt it could be true in another country.
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Feb 10th, 2011, 06:54 AM
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@ kayd - I'm currently based this side of the pond.
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Feb 10th, 2011, 06:56 AM
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Now if the original poster is outside the US, all the advice we are giving here ( ATM all they way) may not apply. The only thing that I'm sure is accurate for everyone is that banking practices and regulations vary greatly from one country to the next.
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Feb 10th, 2011, 06:57 AM
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innocentspirit -- where in the US are you getting these banking products at no cost?
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Feb 10th, 2011, 07:06 AM
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@ kayd - my bad - should have been more specific in my earlier reply - am currently based in UK
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Feb 10th, 2011, 07:21 AM
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all these responses and the OP has YET to return and they didn't even ask "should I?" Trolls are getting easier and easier around here
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Feb 10th, 2011, 07:28 AM
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Sorry, but no card you can load is "free". It reminds me of the Currency exchanges that advertise' no fees"!!! Wow, I am getting currency for free.

Unless they are a currency charity

EVERY currency transaction has two potential costs to you: the fee and the exchange rate. You need to know about BOTH before you can decide what is a deal.

There was along discussion last year about prepaid VISA cards. Once you dug into the fine print, it was an atrociously expensive option

It can also be like a Seinfeld episode...they can "take your card and load it for free" they just can't 'give it back to you" for free.

Buyer beware
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