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Several bitcoin commentators claim that transferring money to non-western countries costs 5-10%. I can believe this is this case with the most expensive options. But what is the most convenient way (except from bitcoin) that most people use?

Would be interesting to learn some real examples.
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Use local money changer and carry cash abroad is actually cheaper in many countries in Asia.
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I would say the next cheapest method to send money to non-western countries would be an e-mail money transfer
Depending on the country as it would depend on what banks you use and what country you want to send too.
http://www.investopedia.com/financial-edge/0411/7-low-cost-ways-to-transfer-money.aspx
https://www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree/forums/middle-east/Iran/online-banking-in-iran-or-safe-bank-that-manages-iranian-currency?page=1
http://www.niacouncil.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=10897
But to my knowledge countries like Iran which are pretty much disbarred from the global banking economy due to international sanctions are not allowed to use SWIFT so sending any money to them is incredibly difficult.
In reality Bitcoin is pretty much the only real way to send it practically at a decent speed or we end up with Western Union and the 10% quote that you are mentioning in your OP when comparing speed of delivery.
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Several bitcoin commentators claim that transferring money to non-western countries costs 5-10%. I can believe this is this case with the most expensive options. But what is the most convenient way (except from bitcoin) that most people use?

Would be interesting to learn some real examples.

Even bitcoin is not that much of an option sometimes.
Let's assume somebody buy some bitcoin right now at 500$ and sends them to me.

To use them I would have to go to localbitcoin , no point in going again to an exchange , right?
The best price I could get via cash (right now) is ~430$ and for national bank transfer is 420$.

So , not that cheap.
Plus the drive to the city would cost me an additional 30 euros.

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May 21, 2014, 12:19:02 PM
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Use local money changer and carry cash abroad is actually cheaper in many countries in Asia.

This is actually what some people do in Asia now that Singapore has an exchange.
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May 21, 2014, 12:27:26 PM
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Several bitcoin commentators claim that transferring money to non-western countries costs 5-10%. I can believe this is this case with the most expensive options. But what is the most convenient way (except from bitcoin) that most people use?

Would be interesting to learn some real examples.

Where one is transferring money from would probably be an important factor too, not just the destination.
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May 21, 2014, 05:21:31 PM
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Sending $100 to wife in Kenya (from Hawaii):

$7 via Western Union
$9-11 via ATM card, fees vary from time to time, occasionally get I get hit with an extra $4 fee pushing up to about $14.

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Several bitcoin commentators claim that transferring money to non-western countries costs 5-10%. I can believe this is this case with the most expensive options. But what is the most convenient way (except from bitcoin) that most people use?

Would be interesting to learn some real examples.

Unfortunately I think Western Union is one of the most common ways people send remittances back home. My buddy sends $300 a month back to Vietnam and it costs her 9% including the transfer fee + the currency conversion fee on her mother's side.

As far as cash couriering goes, Anytime you carry fair amounts of cash into a "third world" country or a country that has very strict import laws, you're risking the possibility of off-record "taxation" or confiscation.

This is even true with goods. IE taking 2 laptops into Argentina if you look like your a native, they will instantly have 1 of the laptops confiscated or you will have to pay a "tax" of over $1000 (usually worth more than the good so you just give up the good to their customs officer). This is also another real world example from one of my colleagues, who did not look like a tourist when entering Argentina.

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May 22, 2014, 04:28:25 AM
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Unfortunately I think Western Union is one of the most common ways people send remittances back home. My buddy sends $300 a month back to Vietnam and it costs her 9% including the transfer fee + the currency conversion fee on her mother's side.

If you send smaller amounts (such as $100), then the fee increases to more than 15%. This is daylight robbery. They are charging as much fee as they wish, because they are having an absolute monopoly in the money transfer sector.

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May 22, 2014, 09:47:02 AM
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Unfortunately I think Western Union is one of the most common ways people send remittances back home. My buddy sends $300 a month back to Vietnam and it costs her 9% including the transfer fee + the currency conversion fee on her mother's side.

If you send smaller amounts (such as $100), then the fee increases to more than 15%. This is daylight robbery. They are charging as much fee as they wish, because they are having an absolute monopoly in the money transfer sector.

They don't have monopoly in the money transfer program.There are plenty of services for money transfer and a lot of alternatives like Moneygram , the one my relative use.

The problem with WU is when you send small amount but on larger sums , bitcoin is not a solution either.
Indeed WU is taking 10- to even 20% of small amounts like 100$ but when it comes to 10 000 the percentage is much smaller.For example 100$ it costs me 10$ , for 1000 only 25$.


In case of bitcoin , if you want cash from those bitcoins you're going to deal with the rates dealers have and in my humble case (living in eastern europe) with only 4 or 5 active traders in the whole country I'm losing 10% on any amount.


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Unfortunately I think Western Union is one of the most common ways people send remittances back home. My buddy sends $300 a month back to Vietnam and it costs her 9% including the transfer fee + the currency conversion fee on her mother's side.

If you send smaller amounts (such as $100), then the fee increases to more than 15%. This is daylight robbery. They are charging as much fee as they wish, because they are having an absolute monopoly in the money transfer sector.

They don't have monopoly in the money transfer program.There are plenty of services for money transfer and a lot of alternatives like Moneygram , the one my relative use.

The problem with WU is when you send small amount but on larger sums , bitcoin is not a solution either.
Indeed WU is taking 10- to even 20% of small amounts like 100$ but when it comes to 10 000 the percentage is much smaller.For example 100$ it costs me 10$ , for 1000 only 25$.


In case of bitcoin , if you want cash from those bitcoins you're going to deal with the rates dealers have and in my humble case (living in eastern europe) with only 4 or 5 active traders in the whole country I'm losing 10% on any amount.



If you're in Europe couldn't you just use Bitstamp and take the SEPA withdrawl for the flat fee of 0.9 euro? The "local traders" exchange rates only become a problem when there are no banks in your area that take SEPA/ACH, bank wires etc.

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May 23, 2014, 06:51:59 AM
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They don't have monopoly in the money transfer program.There are plenty of services for money transfer and a lot of alternatives like Moneygram , the one my relative use.

There are not many alternatives, for people living in the developing / under-developed world. Moneygram is not very popular in Asia and Africa. Also, the fee charged by Moneygram is comparable to those being charged by the WU.

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May 23, 2014, 01:48:31 PM
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Unfortunately I think Western Union is one of the most common ways people send remittances back home. My buddy sends $300 a month back to Vietnam and it costs her 9% including the transfer fee + the currency conversion fee on her mother's side.

If you send smaller amounts (such as $100), then the fee increases to more than 15%. This is daylight robbery. They are charging as much fee as they wish, because they are having an absolute monopoly in the money transfer sector.

They don't have monopoly in the money transfer program.There are plenty of services for money transfer and a lot of alternatives like Moneygram , the one my relative use.

The problem with WU is when you send small amount but on larger sums , bitcoin is not a solution either.
Indeed WU is taking 10- to even 20% of small amounts like 100$ but when it comes to 10 000 the percentage is much smaller.For example 100$ it costs me 10$ , for 1000 only 25$.


In case of bitcoin , if you want cash from those bitcoins you're going to deal with the rates dealers have and in my humble case (living in eastern europe) with only 4 or 5 active traders in the whole country I'm losing 10% on any amount.



If you're in Europe couldn't you just use Bitstamp and take the SEPA withdrawl for the flat fee of 0.9 euro? The "local traders" exchange rates only become a problem when there are no banks in your area that take SEPA/ACH, bank wires etc.

Sorry but we were talking about:

"Cost of Money Transfer to Russia, China, Uganda etc"  not between European countries.

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http://currencyfair.com/

get KYC/AML done, then deposit any currency and get any other out with very little fees

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Sorry but we were talking about:

"Cost of Money Transfer to Russia, China, Uganda etc"  not between European countries.

Actually we can't even compare money transfers in Europe / North America to those in Africa / Asia. There are a lot of alternatives in the former region, and therefore the rates are more competitive.

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I live in China.

The cost to transfer money from the US to China is 0%. I get money out of an ATM in China using my debit card using a US bank account. No fees from both ends.

The cost to transfer money from China to the US is about 3%. I walk into a bank and purchase a demand draft denominated in USD and pay with CNY.
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I live in China.

The cost to transfer money from the US to China is 0%. I get money out of an ATM in China using my debit card using a US bank account. No fees from both ends.

The cost to transfer money from China to the US is about 3%. I walk into a bank and purchase a demand draft denominated in USD and pay with CNY.

The question was about sending money to a person in China from your us account to his Chinese account.
Not withdrawing funds from your own cc while you're on a trip in a foreign country.

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I live in China.

The cost to transfer money from the US to China is 0%. I get money out of an ATM in China using my debit card using a US bank account. No fees from both ends.

The cost to transfer money from China to the US is about 3%. I walk into a bank and purchase a demand draft denominated in USD and pay with CNY.

The question was about sending money to a person in China from your us account to his Chinese account.
Not withdrawing funds from your own cc while you're on a trip in a foreign country.

The question simply asks about transferring money between countries, something which I do frequently, even if the money is always mine.

If you want to send money to someone overseas, you can put money into their US bank account for free, and they can use their debit card at a foreign ATM. If they unable to open a bank account in the US, you can open an account at no cost, deposit money there, and mail them a debit card. You need to pay for the stamp and envelope and have them wait maybe a few weeks in the developing country for the debit card to arrive. ATM surcharges and bank fees may vary, but for me fees remain at zero.
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I live in China.

The cost to transfer money from the US to China is 0%. I get money out of an ATM in China using my debit card using a US bank account. No fees from both ends.

The cost to transfer money from China to the US is about 3%. I walk into a bank and purchase a demand draft denominated in USD and pay with CNY.

The question was about sending money to a person in China from your us account to his Chinese account.
Not withdrawing funds from your own cc while you're on a trip in a foreign country.

The question simply asks about transferring money between countries, something which I do frequently, even if the money is always mine.

If you want to send money to someone overseas, you can put money into their US bank account for free, and they can use their debit card at a foreign ATM. If they unable to open a bank account in the US, you can open an account at no cost, deposit money there, and mail them a debit card. You need to pay for the stamp and envelope and have them wait maybe a few weeks in the developing country for the debit card to arrive. ATM surcharges and bank fees may vary, but for me fees remain at zero.

Being caught with a foreign debit card owned by a foreign person means usually prison in my country.

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Being caught with a foreign debit card owned by a foreign person means usually prison in my country.

Good, then don't show the police the card and your photo ID that doesn't match.
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