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Online payments for Swiss chalet

Hi there,
I own a chalet in Valais which I rent out. I have a website where I want to be able to take payments securely, and I want to be able to take payment into my Swiss bank account.
Does anyone know the best and cheapest way of doing this (with low fees)?
Ideally I would want the transactions to be in English. I have read that PayPal in Switzerland defaults to German when making payments (even though half the country speaks French), and the fees are quite high.
Many thanks,
Phil
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Re: Online payments for Swiss chalet

Hi
Moneybookers is rather cheap they charge about 1.5%.
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Old 16.05.2011, 18:37
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Re: Online payments for Swiss chalet

I hate PayPal with all my heart! But it seems to be the best option as it's the most popular. You don't want someone to have to sign up for a new pay system to rent your place. I certainly wouldn't.

I dont' know what you mean that PayPal.ch defaults to German. When I go on PayPal.ch it is in English with the language menu on the side. Maybe you could just make a note to look for the change language option on the top right.
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Re: Online payments for Swiss chalet

Personally, I would just email the booker your bank details (I saw one web shop that had a PDF of a bank credit form that could be downloaded direct from the site). I run a web shop and most Swiss customers are not comfortable making credit card payments over the net (expats are though) and we send out parcels with an invoice. In over 3 years we have had one late payment .

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EDIT: We do take online payments with Paypal and I'm pretty sure the default language depends on who is making the payment, not where the shop is based
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I echo grumpies method. I have holiday homes in France and give guests the option to pay in CHF, Euro or GBP, and haven't had a problem. IBAN, BIC/Swift is all you need. It makes our tax return a little complicated with 3 currencies though, but the payments go through no problem. I don't like Paypal as they are a pain and I stopped using them in favour of this method.
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