Avoid PayPal's high foreign exchange rates

When you use PayPal to pay for purchases from an international website they will use their own internal exchange rate to convert the international currency to UK £ and then also add about 3% commission on top for doing so!

You can avoid both of these by setting PayPal to bill you in the international currency instead; you then pay this off using your bank or payment card who will use the fair market exchange rates. And with many banks and payment cards offering 0% commission on international currency exchanges you will be better off.

To set this up in PayPal, go here https://www.paypal.com/uk/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_profile-merchant-pull-funding&buyer_hub and choose "Conversion Options" next to your funding source. Then, on the following page choose "Bill me in the currency listed on the seller's invoice". (see attached screenshot).

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