Withdrawing your funds from PayPal to a debit or credit card can be annoying if you have significant funds. The reason is that you can only withdraw up to $2,500 at one go, and every time you make a withdrawal you are charged $2,50.
So let’s say you need to withdraw $50,000. You will need to go through the withdrawal process 20 times for a total cost of $60. This sounds ridiculous; a time-wasting activity and also a money-grab by PayPal. It is, there’s no other way of looking at it.
The other way of withdrawing is to send the funds directly to your bank account. There are no limits when compared to withdrawing to a card. Sounds like we solved our problem right?
Well, not so fast.
If your bank account is in a different currency than the funds you have stored on PayPal, be prepared to lose a significant amount of money due to PayPal’s horrible exchange rates. PayPal does not let you send, say, USD directly to a EUR-denominated account. This is a limitation on their end, and I suspect an intentional one to fleece their users. There are no such limitations when using other payment gateways such as 2Checkout.
So let’s get back to the $50,000 example. Let’s see what PayPal is ready to offer us in Euros:
So for $50,000 PayPal will offer us €43,338. On the other hand, using the rate from a local bank, I get a significant difference: €43,775. And that’s just a local old-fashioned bank, not one of the dedicated currency conversion companies like TransferWise.
TransferWise would, in fact, give us €44,378, more than a €1,000 difference compared to PayPal, while Currencyfair would give us ¢44,332, which is also significantly better than PayPal.
I personally find it unacceptable to drop a thousand euros like that. This is why I will continue to withdraw using the silly method of withdrawing $2,500 at a time, simply because the total cost is still much lower. Using that method, as I showed you in another post, you can get PayPal to send USD directly to your credit card, whatever its currency.
Have you managed to find a better solution to this problem? Let me know in the comments section.