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2nd-Sep-2008 02:36 pm


I'm returning to Japan! In the end of October! Again with Sam and Lolo, but this time also Hugo. And this time not only Tokyo, but Osaka as well and probably Kyoto. Two weeks! La la la :)

Thank you everyone who left me comments yesterday. I won't reply to everyone individually, but still I appreciate :)

OK so I just made a Pay Pal account but it is all very confusing to me. I thought as it is a popular system then maybe I can just ask here and people might help me understand. Here are the stuff I am confused about:

What should I do to pay for things online? Should I link Pay Pal to credit card or bank account?

What do I need to have people transfer money to me? I guess I need to link a bank account for that?

How is transferring money in Pay Pal vs doing it in the banking system? Easier? Harder? More expensive?

What about international transfers?


All help appreciated! :D
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2nd-Sep-2008 12:50 pm (UTC)
it's his name.

sorry i'm not sure what you are asking :p
2nd-Sep-2008 01:45 pm (UTC)
Hugo? Dunno who that is. Samuel's the only important one.. I mean apart from you of course :D

I have Paypal but I have no idea what those questions are lol. I just use it for eBay and stuff! XD

Aww Japan misses Sam! <3
2nd-Sep-2008 09:22 pm (UTC)
We all miss Japan ^^
2nd-Sep-2008 02:55 pm (UTC)
What should I do to pay for things online? Should I link Pay Pal to credit card or bank account?

I link to my bank account, as I have a second way to track when the money comes out/goes in right away. The CC takes longer to show me. But then, I don't use my CC much anyways. But it doesn't matter except for the following question part:

What do I need to have people transfer money to me? I guess I need to link a bank account for that?

Just need the link to a bank account.

How is transferring money in Pay Pal vs doing it in the banking system? Easier? Harder? More expensive?

So much easier! You click a couple buttons and *poof* transfered. I think it is cheaper too (not counting gas/stamps/etc.) because its just the processing fees for paypal. Which I think are a percentage of the total you are shipping....

What about international transfers?

I don't think there is any problem with this. I haven't done it, but don't see a problem, as I know through the Tower they've taken payments by Pay Pal from different countries with different currency and it may have a little bit higher charge, but otherwise I don't think it is any different.

YAY Japan! I'm super excited for you, if only cuz it means kick ass photos!
2nd-Sep-2008 09:24 pm (UTC)
Ooooh very helpful thank you!
2nd-Sep-2008 03:02 pm (UTC)
Paypal is just easier because it is linked to your bank account without people knowing the details.

To buy things with it, you need to link it to your bank account (I find it easier than linking to credit card) and verify it (they make a little deposit into your account and then you tell them how much they sent you). Then you select an amount of money to transfer from your account to your paypal (kind of like topping up). It usually takes a bout a week for paypal to move money from your bank to your paypal account but then once it is through you can buy things instantly.

Then for other people to pay you with paypal, link them to your account and then they click a button to pay you and once paypal confirms they have paid, you can send them whatever they wanted.

When people transfer money to you, it goes into your paypal and then you can chose to move it into your bank account.

& I'm sure it says somewhere that it can be used with all major countries (like 36 of them or something?).

Good luck with it all ^-^

Its just all round easier but it confused me to death the first time I used it.
2nd-Sep-2008 09:27 pm (UTC)
OK OK OK thank you very much!
2nd-Sep-2008 05:28 pm (UTC) - pay pal
I just have my credit card info down, not quite sure I feel comftable with putting my bank info.

Have fun in Japan again :) Did you just go to Tokyo last time?
2nd-Sep-2008 09:27 pm (UTC) - Re: pay pal
Yes last time only Tokyo :)
2nd-Sep-2008 05:32 pm (UTC) - PayPal and Japan
Anonymous
Hi Markus, we can explain you how to do things but the best answer will be always here: https://www.paypal.com/us/cgi-bin/helpweb?cmd=_help

Please tell us more about the trip, why are you going back to Japan

I recommend you to associate the PayPal account to your credit card. I use PayPal quite often to buy and transfer to different countries. It´s safe and practical.



-What should I do to pay for things online? Should I link Pay Pal to credit card or bank account?

Both. You decide.

-What do I need to have people transfer money to me? I guess I need to link a bank account for that?

To receive a transfer the other person need a PayPal account.
To receive donations go to: for donations go here: https://www.paypal.com/us/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_donate-intro-outside

-How is transferring money in Pay Pal vs doing it in the banking system? Easier? Harder? More expensive?

Easier. It shouldn´t be more expensive. It really depends on the person who sends and receives the money and their banks. If both share the same bank, it would be cheaper a traditional transaction.

What about international transfers?

PayPal is part of eBay Inc., an international company. No problems at all, the change of currency is done automatically.

The alternative to PayPal is "Google Checkout" but you need to be American to try it. Probably is cheaper but is less popular.

If you have more questions try "Yahoo Answers".

Lazy boy :-)

2nd-Sep-2008 10:03 pm (UTC) - Re: PayPal and Japan
That was very confusing, but thanks anyway!
2nd-Sep-2008 05:53 pm (UTC)
I've spent a lot of time at the dragon well and temple!

Not far from Tokyo you will pass through Kamakura, the City of Flowers. October will have a great deal of fall color but little blossom, still worth a day walk from the eki.

Exit the shinkansan again in Nagoya. Enjoy Nagoya castle.

Osaka will be crowded and dirty, it is an industrial city. Try nearby Nara to see the Great Buddha Temple, a remarkable structure. The buddha was the largest sand cast of its day and sits in the larges wooden building of its day.

In Kyoto there are a number of must see temples and gardens. You'll most certainly see places where I served as a gardener, studied as a student, dressed in kimono and learned the arts of the willow world. See Daisen-in, subsect of Daikoku-ji. Visit Kiranomizu, an absolute must. Teh temple in the western mountains, Tenryu-ji will be lovely that time of year.

I should send you a list and map.

Kyoto is otherworldly.

Be well, friend.

Did Steve and Michael get together with you?
2nd-Sep-2008 10:07 pm (UTC)
Asakusa! ^^

Sam is really close to Kamakura, and the only reason we didn't go last time was because it was raining those last days. We will probably go this time :)

Advice on Kyoto would be really cool! Thank you :)

It looks like I'm seeing them tomorrow some time. I don't really know what to expect, but I'm sure it will be nice.
actually - Anonymous Expand
2nd-Sep-2008 08:59 pm (UTC) - hmmm...
Anonymous
how can you effort all this travel..? ;)

greetz
H
2nd-Sep-2008 10:08 pm (UTC) - Re: hmmm...
i cant!

but it always happens anyway...
Re: hmmm... - Anonymous Expand
2nd-Sep-2008 09:29 pm (UTC)
wow! two weeks? Fantastic: we will have many photos! evviva!
2nd-Sep-2008 10:08 pm (UTC)
:D
4th-Sep-2008 06:40 am (UTC) - Pay Pal
Anonymous
Markus, thanks for the e-mail you sent.
Here are some answers based on my experience with PayPal -

What should I do to pay for things online? Should I link Pay Pal to credit card or bank account?

When I need to pay for something using PayPal I use the credit card option through PayPal simply because of the credit card "insurance".
For example, when money is taken out of your checking account for payment, when it's gone, it's gone, PERIOD. With credit card, you have recourse.

What do I need to have people transfer money to me? I guess I need to link a bank account for that?

You will link your bank account at PayPal with your unique e-mail of choice.
When you do, PayPal will make two small deposits to your checking account via your e-mail. You will confirm these two (very)small deposits and voila! you will then be ready to receive payments using your bank account.

How is transferring money in Pay Pal vs doing it in the banking system? Easier? Harder? More expensive?

I'm not entirely sure regarding this question.
The bank might be less expensive and less involved.
While in Europe, I often used bank ATMs with NO surcharge fees. As my domestic bank also doesn't charge a fee for a foreign transaction, there were no extra charges.
Of course, the exchange rate is to be considered.

What about international transfers?
I've not had to do international transfer. However, I believe using credit card through PayPal is a relatively safe payment option.

Japan, huh? Take lots of pics and have a great time.

Regards,
(the other) mark
4th-Sep-2008 06:50 am (UTC) - Re: Pay Pal
Anonymous
oh, I neglected to mention the comment is anonymous simply because I'm not on live journal - yet.
(the other) mark