Is PayPal trying to cheat Malaysian users?

So I decided last night that it was the time for me to withdraw my PayPal funds via the bank facility that they have provided. In case you didn’t know already, PayPal has now allowed direct withdrawal of funds to Malaysian banks. However, I noticed that the exchange rate for RM from USD in the PayPal system is significantly lower than the current currency exchange market rate.

Here is the currency rate as determined by PayPal when I used their internal currency converter from USD to RM.

Compare this with the current currency exchange rate as determined by the market rate at the time (using Google Calculator). The same amount was inputed for both currency exchange tools.

You will notice there is a significant difference between the two. The margin is really too significant to ignore. I do not think that banks in Malaysia will offer the very low exchange rates that PayPal offers currently to its users. Is PayPal trying to cheat its Malaysian users by marking up their exchange rates for the RM currency? Perhaps it would be a good idea to withdraw directly to a debit card from now on, as the exchange rate for a debit card is determined by VISA and not PayPal.

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    2. I’m selling something for the first time on ebay and I’m trying to figure out how i receive the payment. I know i can link my checking account to my paypal account but will paypal charge me for selling and if so how much? Any info on paypal and how it works would be useful.

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      Also, does paypal take any type of a commission when you sell something and the money goes into your paypal account?

    6. What is paypal exactly??? I got $100 gift card for christmas and I wanted to buy victoria secret exclusive clothing off of ebay. The girl that is selling it says she excepts paypal. But what is paypal? Can I use my gift card through paypal?

    7. What’s the difference between paying online through a checking account’s debit card and paying online through PayPal? What are the PayPal advantages over the internet paying methods existent before PayPal came along?

    8. What’s the difference between paying online through a checking account’s debit card and paying online through PayPal? What are the PayPal advantages over the internet paying methods existent before PayPal came along?

    9. Some publishers that wanted to publish my books only accept and pay with paypal. I tired to open paypal account as a Niegria but met the hurdle of rejections. Please, what can I do?

    10. What’s the difference between paying online through a checking account’s debit card and paying online through PayPal? What are the PayPal advantages over the internet paying methods existent before PayPal came along?

    11. I am a teenager and I just made a paypal account and I don’t have a bank account or a credit card. I have a website that gives free money and I have enough money to redeem it on paypal. I want to use paypal to buy things from ebay but to do that I have to verify my paypal account. Is their anyway to verify it without having a bank or credit card. I need it really badly please help me out.

    12. So I bought something on ebay but I wasn’t satisfied with my purchase so I returned it. I just got an email stating that my payment has been refunded through Paypal and was given the receipt number and everything. But the problem is, I don’t even have a Paypal account! So I decided to make a Paypal account but now I don’t know what to do to put the money in there because my balance still says $0.00. Can someone help me please?

    13. So I bought something on ebay but I wasn’t satisfied with my purchase so I returned it. I just got an email stating that my payment has been refunded through Paypal and was given the receipt number and everything. But the problem is, I don’t even have a Paypal account! So I decided to make a Paypal account but now I don’t know what to do to put the money in there because my balance still says $0.00. Can someone help me please?

    14. I made a paypal acount, i already did all this stuff at the website
      i gave my bank imformation and all that.
      but on my paypal website is says that my balance is 0

    15. I traveled and came back to the US, with a bunch of currency from Trinidad, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic. How can I get the best exchange to US Dollars, as close as possible to the going exchange rate?
      I traveled and came back to the US, with a bunch of currency from Trinidad, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic. How can I get the best exchange to US Dollars, as close as possible to the going exchange rate?

      I am exchanging the currency in New York.

      Also, compared to the listed exchange rates for these currencies, what percentage of the cash can I expect to get back when exchanging? for example, for one of the currencies the rate was approx. 34 units to 1 US$ on a particular day, yet a currency exchange place was offering 41 units to 1 US$. Is this a reasonable difference?

    16. Paypal’s moneymarket interest rate is around 5% right now, which is competitive, if not just better than, local savings and cd rates. My temptation is to use paypal as a place to store some savings, like up to $8000 over the next year or so. I’m curious if others are doing the same? Are there any reasons not to? It’s still relatively liquid, right?

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      I do know what a spec home is
      My rep at Indymac said that they only do owner occupied construction, but maybe there is another dept she’s unfamiliarr with? I’ll ask her again. Thanks!

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    22. The banks have been betting big on stocks, bonds, commodities and other assets. Trade gains will only last so long.

    23. Right now, the ball is in the major banks’ court. These banks could be and should be lending money to small business most importantly and to consumers secondarily with lower interest rates and fewer restrictions. But they refuse to.

      This is causing Congress, the White House and the federal reserve to continue their own “easy money” policies which will reverberate for years to come, likely causing (among other things) higher taxes.

      Why are the big banks doing this? And, what needs to be done (other than what is being done) to get the big banks off their “assets” and lend more money where most needed?

    24. I am trying to purchase a foreclosed home. I offered the bank the asking price for the home. The banks agent has yet to present the offer to the bank. He said he waits a week and then presents all offers.
      Isn’t that practice a little unethical? Is that the “norm” for foreclosure sales? How long does it usually take a bank to respond to an offer?

    25. Banks are going to scramble in figuring out how to make profits since they made almost 40 billion last year in overdraft fees.

      If people now can go to the ATM or use a debit card and it will be declined – banks are going to lose serious profits.
      Imagine a bank not making $36 bucks each time you overdraw for 2 bucks.

      Will banks start charging for checking accounts?
      How will they make up those fees?
      Banks are not just going to sit there and take this – I know banks.

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    30. The Bank of England is at odds with the Treasury over the future of commercial banks.The FSA wants bank to write living will. PM Brown wants banks to withhold their bonuses and use that money to lend it the citizens.

    31. My bank and paypal are already linked together, how would i deposit my paypal money in my bank checking account?

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    35. Hi,
      Instead for transfering money (abount $100)between two banks and bank accounts would it be better to take the money out using an eftpos machine and then go to the bank and have them put the money into your account, rather than transfering the money between 2 different banks oneline. Would it be cheaper?

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