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New payment method - TransferWise**

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Andrei C Member Since: Jun 23, 2015
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Yep, I tried PayPal. In fact, I use only PayPal. The process is like this: Upwork -> PayPal -> Bank, which in turn transforms USD into EUR which then transforms EUR into RON. In this transformation process I lose over $200 per month. Unfortunately, PayPal doesn't offer me currency exchange from USD to RON when I use the Withdraw functionality. PayPal simply transfers the money with no exchange involved.

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Andrei C Member Since: Jun 23, 2015
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From PayPal website:


"PayPal will always provide information on transactions that include a currency conversion. The currency conversion rate will be displayed each time you:


  • Withdraw funds in a non-local currency to your local bank account"

"There is no currency conversion for transactions where you:


  • Withdraw funds in local currency to your local bank account"
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Petra R Member Since: Aug 3, 2011
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Do you have your main currency on PayPal set to US §?


That way you only lose on one currency exchange between PayPal and your bank

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Andrei C Member Since: Jun 23, 2015
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Yes, USD in my main currency. Unfortunately, USD is always first converted to EUR before it gets converted to RON. Probably since I'm in the European Union.

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Mihai O Member Since: Nov 10, 2015
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Would love to have TransferWise as a payment method. Hope Upwork will find a way.

Kind regards,


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Claudia S Member Since: Sep 25, 2015
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It may also depend on the bank used. I am using that exact process: Upwork - Paypal - bank account in RON and the exchange rate I get is quite good. I am definitely not losing money.
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Kieran C Member Since: Aug 21, 2015
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You definitely are losing money. If you're using Paypal to convert ANYTHING, you're losing a fair bit.


Any update on this? Selfish bump. 

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Andrei C Member Since: Jun 23, 2015
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@Claudia S

Cool! What bank are you using?

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Heaven H Member Since: Nov 24, 2015
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What about using the Paypal debit card instead of transferring to a bank account? Is that feasible in Romania?

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Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
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Been reading about TransferWise... It actually seems pretty great. I can see why some contractors are asking for it.