Couldn't Give A Forex

It seems the banks still cannot accept online foreign currency orders weeks after the Travelex hackers managed to get into their system.

We need to order some cash for our travels so went along to one of the remaining branches to order it over the counter.

Sorry. We don't hold any in stock and cannot order any because of the Travelex problem. Try the Post Office.

The website said we can order online before 3p.m. and it will be delivered by Signed For post the next working day. 

Great. Duly ordered on Wednesday 2 p.m.  The web confirmation screen said Delivery on Thursday. 

Waited in all day Thursday for it to arrive.  Our mail deliveries can arrive any time between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. these days.

Nothing.

An email arrived at 3 p.m. confirming that my order was now going to be processed and will be dispatched the next working day.

Great.  So it will be arriving on a day when we are both due to be out so nobody at home to sign for it.

Thanks Post Office.   We would have made a special trip into town if we had known.


10 comments:

  1. Ironically, you don't need to change currency when you are simply spending a week in a boarding house in Blackpool. We accept Isle of Man money over here! What a silly billy you are JayCee!

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    1. Oh but we do Mr P! The UK doesn't accept Manx currency. Can't think why as we are such nice people over here.

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  2. Now there's a problem we don't have to worry about anymore. Any 'overseas' travel is going to be in the euro zone for a few more years. Not that we are anticipating any of that either.
    When we did travel to NZ or Australia we just used the ATMs in each country.
    Hope you get your hands on the cash without any more hassle...is that possible?

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    1. Oh, it will arrive eventually. We are not in a hurry (planning ahead) but wanted to make sure we would be at home to sign for it.
      If we use an ATM abroad or pay by credit card in a foreign currency we get stung with outrageous bank charges, hence the need for cash.

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  3. I never seem to bother to get currency in advance these days, I have a useful float of euros in the house which I take with me and then end up bringing home. Travel in Europe has for me accepted contactless card for small transactions just like being at home,
    and credit card for bigger (rare with me) and no need for cash. Any outside Europe currencies I pick up at the airport. I am not fussy.

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    1. We would use our cards more when travelling if we did not incur such outrageous bank charges. As we live outside the UK for banking purposes we are not eligible for the very useful currency cards that are available.

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    2. I have never had a currency card.

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  4. I've still got some Manx notes from my last TT trip.
    The banks here in Germany either won't change them or give a terrible exchange rate AND charge huge fees :-
    So I'm keeping them for my next trip to IOM.

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    1. Good idea. Next time, try to change your Manx notes for UK notes in the Post Office before you leave, unless you are coming back again?

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  5. Yes, the bank charges are ridiculous. I solved the problem by first having a Post Office Travel Card - you load the money onto the card in your preferred currency and use it like a debit card. Then I found I could open an Irish bank account and transfer money from my UK current to it which is what we both do now.
    xxx

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