Post office rip off on euros

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  1. slobadoberbob

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    This morning I said to Sue.. pop in the post office .. want a few more Euros as I will run half tank to France on Tuesday and take on fuel over there... taking advantage of the exchange rates....

    I looked on line at Travlex was doing 1.218 and post office was 1.215 .. so I said just get me another £100 and I will use that to put in the tank rather than top off here on the way to the tunnel... only have to do a total of 202 miles all told to the site we use.

    So the rip off...........


    Sue hands over the £100 and on checking they only give 1.15 .. challenged they say .. oh that rate is if you pay on line......


    So be aware... the post office will take you for a ride.


    What makes me mad is Sue fell for it...



    Bob:Angry:
     
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    A rip off Bob? Just the market forces beloved of so many isn't it?
     
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    Caxton card for me, good rates, don't need to carry cash and load when rates are favourable.
     
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    Bob

    I have always been wary of the post office and use the order and pick up service of Thomas Cook where the rate today is 1.20 euros to the pound.


    They probably gave her the buying rate and not the selling rate.


    Sonja
     
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    that is what bugs me most

    That is what bugs me most I have a euro card from Caxton FX... but as this was not a through the night run which we do when we head south I just drew euros from the travel agents I normal use.. getting just over €1.20 .. but it was just that following JIM's remarks about the price of fuel in France I decided to jus add a few more euros to top of the tank over there...

    I should have just loaded the money on to the Caxton card.. a far better rate than the post office...

    Just Sue did not check the rate before she purchased them... hind sight and all that.

    Bob
     
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    I think Tescy`s are givin 1.21 at the mo and we paid 1.32 a litre for diesel last week at the Intermarche:Cool::Cool:
     
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    I need normal petrol

    I need the normal petrol prices.... anyone seen what they are in the Normandy area?


    Bob
     
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    We nipped over to Belgium a couple of weeks ago also only got €1.15 from Postoffice not too worried as it was only a small amount changed

    Also used HSBC debit card in Belgium @ €1.218
     
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    I am thankful it was only a £100

    I am thankful it was only £100.. would have been a bit more upset if it had been the £1,500 I previously changed.

    Caxton FX card is €1.22 at the moment.. I suspect I will load some money on to it to do the fuel with... at least it is 7 points more than the post office.

    Bob
     
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    i have always used my nationwide debit card when abroad i normally get the bank exchange rate although there is a small charge i still get a better exchange
     
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    Seeing further responses on this thread I looked at the Post Office web site.

    Rates displayed are for Online orders only, terms & conditions apply

    Hardly a rip-off when they tell you up front is it Bob? :Smile:
     
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    Whenever I find people fretting about the exchange rate it always reminds me of motorists stuck in slow moving traffic... there are those who are constantly changing lanes to try to gain a few yards (often losing out in the end) and those who calmly wait in their lane and move forward when able to do so...

    I have to use both sterling and euros... normally I would usually use my euros in Europe and my pounds in Blighty but quite often I have a need to get euros for pounds and vice versa...

    I just do it... I have no idea what the exchange rate is... I put a bit of plastic in the wall... press some buttons and notes come out...

    Now I dare say I might lose the odd centime here and there (and probably gain a few sometimes too) but what I save in stress reduction more than makes up for any short fall...

    Money? It is only figures on a computer screen... :restmycase:

    JJ :Cool:
     
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    I'm guilty of not reading the small print when ordering some USD a few weeks ago. Unless pre-ordered, the rate is not competitive. I simply declined to buy any and ordered online with Travelex and picked up USD at the airport on the way out the following day. Now, I check the exchange rates but refuse to get hung up over decimals of who is better than the other as life is simply too short to becomes stressed over a few quid on exchanges. Same argument applies to buying diesel. I like to buy cheap, but not going to spend all day hunting for it, either online or physically.

    Edit - just read the above post....... Yep! :)
     
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    Got 1.2259 euros/£ from Travelex on Monday, No commission charges.

    This is by using the Thomas Cook "Passport" cash card.

    Have used it for about the last 3 years and find it very useful when abroad, saves having to carry large amounts of cash around.
     
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    Tut Tut Sundance, our learned friend not reading the small print.... :shout:
     
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    very useful site - thanks

    Very useful site... thank you... means fuel is £1.24 ltr i.e €1.54 a bit cheaper than here but not a load less if you use a discount coupon from a supermarket ... based on petrol.

    Bob:thumb:
     
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    Try this link. It's in French but easy to use. Select fuel type first then roll over and click on the department. :Smile:


    http://www.prix-carburants.economie.gouv.fr/index.php
     
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    it was SWMBO

    I deny it, demand proof and lie if I have to... it was SWMBO .... she decided to go to the post office and not our usual travel agent..... be honest shifty would I admit it:Wink:


    Bob:Blush:
     
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    Isn't the over-riding duty of a lawyer to provide all the evidence known to him to the court? :Laughing:
     
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