How to avoid Paypal currency conversion / foreign exchange fees on eBay for international purchases

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By default, Paypal really wants to do the foreign exchange for you because they make a few percent off your purchase like most other banks and credit cards. Below I explain the steps required to avoid these fees.  In summary, it involves you signing up for a credit card with little to no forex fees, and following some steps to make sure that when you add a credit card to your Paypal account, you are being charged in the seller’s currency, not your local currency converted by Paypal at a fee.
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How to get instant notification on your cell phone when an item you want is posted up on ebay, kijiji, craigslist, buysell… Even if you don’t have a smart phone.

If you want to have the highest chances of getting an item at the best deal, you have to be the first person to see the deal.  Problem is, people are very busy these days and don’t want to be bothered spending hours and hours checking online sites like ebay, kijiji, craigslist, autotrader, cycletrader or the many other public selling sites.  There is hope for you!  All you need to do is make technology do the work for you. Continue reading “How to get instant notification on your cell phone when an item you want is posted up on ebay, kijiji, craigslist, buysell… Even if you don’t have a smart phone.”

How to contact an ebay seller who does not allow contact.

can't contact an ebay seller Often an ebay seller can block you from sending messages, and you can’t contact the ebay seller.  You get a message that says “We’re sorry we couldn’t find an answer for you. Unfortunately, this seller is not able to respond to your question. We suggest reviewing the item again to see if your answer is in the seller’s listing.” There are various reasons for this, but I found an easy workaround. Continue reading “How to contact an ebay seller who does not allow contact.”