when I was working in taiwan , id have a coworker take me to the post office and transfer some money to my mom every month and I believe it was something like that 30nt or so. Perfectly normal. Its a buck US whats the beef man? Your life must be pretty ok to worry bout a buck.
Means you dont have other (actually serious) things to concern yourself with
Our bum fee (minimum money bums ask for) here in calif is a buck !
p.s. what kinda gets my goat is when i came back from my trip and I was looking over my Amex and Visa fees. In the past they used to just give you an exchange rate that was a bit less in your favor as a service charge for bills run up overseas.
But nowadays Visa charged me 3pct service fee for every transaction abroad , but gave me a rate that was quite good. The rate that i wouldve gotten changing usd into indo rupiah at an indo bank in indonesia.
And at the same time Amex gave me a rate that was about 3pct less then Visa gave me adn i thought well thats their way of getting their service charge.
Then my monthly statement came and I saw that Amex had given me a 3pct less rate and then ALSO charged me a 3pct service charge on top of it !!
Dang. Im not using that card overseas again.
One has to compare benefits of diff cards. I found my other Visa card with another bank gives me one point per dollar spent just like this Visa card but....
Although they charge less interest when you owe them money their points are not worth much
whereas this one Visa u get money back . One percent for every 100 spent. THe other visa card only gets you a 50 dollar gift card when you spent 15,000 dollars!! Plus this Visa gives you 5pct cash back on gasoline purchases !
So one has to compare credit cards and decide which to use for what.
So hey getting ripped off on exchange rate and then getting charged a 3pct service fee on top of that. And not to mention you ARE giving Amex money when you use their card to buy things (they get 3pct from the merchants) means they are charging YOU money to help THEM make money.
Now thast something so get ripped bout.
a buck transfer fee to send YOU money? Thats not something to spill your coffee on :P