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Spider Point - do they want our business?

Spider point have a wood hand brake grip that appears to be unique to them so I attempted to order one. Their system appeared to be like EB Spares in that they send you an email with a quote. They stated that I could pay by bank transfer or I could call or fax a credit card number - not by email. So I figured that I would call them. When the quote arrived it stated that they would only accept payment by bank transfer. Maybe European banks are set up for this kind of thing but it is a PITA for me. I decided that my need was not so great. It is a strange business model that makes potential customers jump through hoops.

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I would think bank transfers are common practice, outside the US. Our banking fees make it far too expensive to send money that way.

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I've done a few purchases from small places internationally and have even purchased cars this way. The problem seems to be that these small vendors don't want to pay for a credit card processing system because they don't do enough volume. Many small banks sit on international cashiers checks for days or weeks. So they want a wire transfer.

In the EU, wire transfers appear to be very common and don't cost much. In the US, banks charge a ridiculous amount of money for them and the system often charges the recipient, too. (I once had a vendor ask me to cover the amount his bank charged him for the wire.) What's worse, the tracing process is really bad so if an account is entered improperly at any step of the way, it may take a week or more to get your money back and there will be MORE charges for the service of returning your money to you. (I can get texts telling me exactly where my Amazon shipment is, but that $30,000 wire transfer from Chase or PNC to Deutschebank? Oh, that will take weeks to trace....) The US banking system is pretty broken, it seems.

Fortunately, I've seen a lot of foreign places picking up PayPal now. You may think of PayPal is a tool for people who don't have money, but if you do have money, it is a pretty good way to transfer funds to people, often for free. It also protects you and keeps all your bank and credit stuff private. Suggest it the next time you need to purchase something and can't agree on how to pay.

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I ordered some parts from Highwood Alfa in the UK today and they use a third party "retailmerchantservices.co.uk" to handle internet credit card transactions. My guess is that individual retailers have difficulty making credit card transactions secure.

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Paypal is a blessing as it protects the buyer with little complications.
I try and use it exclusively for that reason.
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My foreign customers like it as well.


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within EU you can transfer money (online too) for almost free using SEPA (Single euro payments area)...but it has to be a EURO-land and you can only transfer euros, as the name infers.
Transfers outside the EU are probably as expensive as you guys in the US have.

There is, imo, no excuse really for any business not to set up paypal, it is secure and so far pretty safe.
(though you do have to watch out for a scam mails that look exactly like the paypal emails! Any suspicious paypal email I get I just forward to spoof (at) paypal (dot) com and let them work it out!)

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Hi All,

I agree that so far PayPal has been a saviour for me, even on other car transactions. Every one should set up an account so when/if I sell some of my bits n pieces all I have to do is send a request for money to the email account of the buyer and when the money hits my account I ship the goods. I have no tie up with PayPal.

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