I have recently started to work with currency accounts, and having followed the orthodoxy I chose the former between the apparently only two options: Currencies Direct and World First.
However, my experience with CD has been abysmal. Being used to these type of services as an individual, I can confirm their exchange rate are a rip off compared to the likes of Revolut and Transferwise.
Consequently I’ve added a Revolut euro account as a beneficiary to a CD euro account in order to avoid the exchange rates. The very moment I’ve done that CD announced me that my fees have doubled. After making a complaint to them about this “coincidence”, they agreed to lower the fees, although not at the initial level. But surprise surprise, the payment to Revolut didn’t went though, because it is not a “real account”. This is the first time I’ve ever had any problems making payments to and from that account. What CD have done, is penalise me for not wanting to use their bloated exchange rate, then basically locked me into that exchange rate.
To give you an idea of CD’s exchange rate, it’s actually cheaper to pay the fee for a same currency transfer to a Transferwise account, and then pay Transferwsie’s exchange fees, than use CD’s exchange rate (which allegedly includes the same fee as the same-currency transfer). Not to mention that to make a same currency transfer costs 1-2% in CD, and just a fixed sum of 50p in Transferwise.
I’m really wondering, since there are alternatives to these two currency account providers (I don’t expect World First to be much different than Currencies Direct), are we sellers actually allowed to use them? Revolut has the best exchange rate I know of, while Transferwise’s fees are half or less than the minimum of those of CD, and they also offer native IBANs.
There are obviously much better alternatives that CD and WF, but for some reasons these two seems to have gotten under Amazon’s skin, and since sellers are so terrified of verification and suspension we’re stuck with them. I know one person here has previously asked about Revolut, but has anyone actually tried these alternatives? Or at least, are they safe to try?