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Buying from abroad, but paying from UK

edited 30 November -1 at 12:00AM in Credit Cards
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edited 30 November -1 at 12:00AM in Credit Cards
Hi all,

Quick question. I'm looking to buy an item from abroad (reputable vendor and really good comms). I need to make a deposit so they can work on it.

I have 2 credit cards:

One is the halifax card I got a few years ago as it's great for transactions abroad (well it was at the time). The other is a sainsburys 0% card for 30 months which I recently got for this purpose.

For the deposit am I best off using my Sainsbury's 0% card as I am making the transaction in the UK? Or should I use the halifax one?

When I'm abroad I plan to use the halifax one to pay the final bill.

So I could be using two different cards to pay for the item. If anyone could help with a quick reply that would be really appreciated as time is running out. I just want to know the best way to make the purchase. I don't have time to apply for another card as I fly next week! ha

Thanks in advance!
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  • eDickyeDicky Forumite
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    Regardless of where you are when the transaction takes place, are you paying in pounds or in a foreign currency? If the latter, and your card is the Clarity, that will give the best exchange rate without fees.
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  • typeractivetyperactive Forumite
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    They will send me a price in AED. I will pay deposit in the UK, so (I know I sound really thick here) I thought I would be paying £'s?

    lol - this should be simple!
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  • VortigernVortigern Forumite
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    They will send me a price in AED. I will pay deposit in the UK, so (I know I sound really thick here) I thought I would be paying £'s?

    lol - this should be simple!
    You pay the deposit in AED using your Clarity card. Halifax pays the merchant in dirhams, converts the amount to pounds at the best possible rate, and you pay your statement, when due, in pounds.

    Simple enough?
  • typeractivetyperactive Forumite
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    Vortigern wrote: »
    You pay the deposit in AED using your Clarity card. Halifax pays the merchant in dirhams, converts the amount to pounds at the best possible rate, and you pay your statement, when due, in pounds.

    Simple enough?

    Got that - so I’m best off using the Halifax card?
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  • eDickyeDicky Forumite
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    Got that - so I’m best off using the Halifax card?
    Yes, if the vendor is billing you in AED. The ideal MasterCard rate will be used by Halifax, whereas Sainsburys would charge an added 2.75%.

    It seems unlikely in this case, but when some large online vendors detect a UK card being used they try to charge you in pounds and impose their own unfavourable exchange rate, adding to your cost and their profit. So beware of this and always reject it.
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