Are you using PayPal in your business to pay or get paid internationally for goods and services? If so, you could save a bundle by opening a business account with Wise. That’s according to independent research agency Consumer Intelligence. The details of the research, including the raw transfer data, is available below.
The research was carried out on the 16th January by market research agency, Consumer Intelligence, in conjunction with Wise. The data was ascertained via a series of transfers carried out by Consumer Intelligence and partners in various geographies.
There are three types of fees recorded for this price comparison:
- Fee 1: an upfront international money transfer fee
- Fee 2: the markup PayPal added to their exchange rate
- Fee 3: the recipient fee PayPal charged when business receive international payments
Research took place on 5 routes within the same day. Date and timestamps are provided.
- Route 1: Sending 2000 USD to GBP
- Route 2: Sending 2000 USD to EUR
- Route 3: Sending 2000 GBP to USD
- Route 4: Sending 2000 GBP to AUD
- Route 5: Sending 2000 GBP to EUR
As part of the research, Consumer Intelligence made a GBP 2,000 payment from a UK PayPal business account to a US PayPal business account.
This business payment incurred sending fees of GBP 65.80 with PayPal, and only GBP 8.76 with Wise.
Wise saved the sender GBP 57.04.
PayPal charged the US business who received this payment a recipient fee of USD 117.47 Transferwise charged no recipient fee.
Wise saved the recipient USD 117.47
The total amount that arrived at the US business via PayPal was USD 2,545.50. Via Wise the amount was USD 2,738.35.
Using Wise meant the US business got an extra USD 192.85
Here’s the raw data:
|Amount sending (in GBP)||£2000||£2000|
|Rate quoted by provider (Reuters’ exchange rate = 1.3752)||£1 = US$1.3752||£1 = US$1.3314|
|Provider exchange rate markup (in %)||0%||3.18%|
|Provider exchange rate markup (in GBP)||£0||£65.80|
|Upfront transfer fee (in GBP)||£8.76||£0|
|Total sender fees (in GBP)||£8.76||£65.80|
|Amount sent to recipient (in USD)||$2,738.35||$2,662.97|
|Recipient fees applied (in USD)||$0||$117.47|
|Recipient fees applied (in %)||0%||4.41%|
|Total recipient fees (in USD)||$0||$117.47|
|Final recipient amount (in USD)||$2,738.35||$2,545.50|
|Total cost of transfer (in GBP + USD)||£8.76 + $0||£65.80 + $117.47|
All data was obtained independently by market research company Consumer Intelligence Ltd on January 16 2018, 11:12 UTC.
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