Hello and welcome to the forums. Would you mind sending us soe screenshots (with private info hidden, of course) of your Paypal config ? Let's see what we can do to help. In the mean time, be sure to follow the above steps. I don't know what special settings you might have, i'm just one of the many and i don't suppose i have any special account type. So, here it is for me : (this works for paying by credit / debit card) Otherwise, if you intend to convert currencies inside your paypal account (which looks like this) : you cannot escape that pesky 2% charge. These **bleep** gotta make a livin' 🙂 Cheers !
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Amazing answer. I would have never figured this out for myself.... Shame they hid this option, though. Probably made this on purpose to increase earnings.... Gr8 answer ! Thanks a million. Hope this is helpful for everyone else who has this problem !
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I'm just a regular Joe, buying & selling on Ebay. I do more buying than selling - and i'm a member since 2011.
There is this strange behaviour of the Paypal / Ebay checkout system. In the past, i used to see an on-screen option in which Ebay / Paypal would allow me to select my preferred currency conversion option. For example, if i buy something in US $ (USD) and my card account is in Romanian LEI (RON) i can either use Paypal's conversion and get invoiced in RON or get invoiced in USD and the conversion will be made with Masterdard's / Visa's conversion. Paypal's conversion is around 5% higher that Mastercard's and i always chose to pay using the card issuer's conversion - because it's to my advantage.
The point is i used to have a choice. Now i do not. Let me explain...
This is how the old checkout boxes used to look like :
And this happened when i clicked "Other conversion options" :
This allowed to choose the conversion option - and PayPal actually remembers it, each time i use that card.
Now, the new dialog looks like this :
... and there's no more option to choose what currency exchange to use, anymore :
As you can see, all my cards are listed - old ones and new ones. The ones where i could do the currency exchange switch in the past, still.. work the old way - i'm billed in the foreign currency and i get the card issuer's exchange rate - even if i get this new dialogues.
However, if i pay with a newly added card and the above dialogue pops up, i pay at paypal's exchange rate and i don't get a choice, anymore.
I think this is unfair... the options to choose the conversion rate used to be available in the old Paypal account interface too - but, since they switched to this new, fancy, giant button & heavy multimedia loaded interface, that option quitely dissapeared.... and no-one seems to know anything about it.
How about you - have you encountered something similar ?
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