PayPal Payment to Ukrainian Subcontractor

Posted on 2009-04-22
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
I lived in Ukraine for a couple of years and have a buddy that just did some work for me.  I tried to pay him using PayPal, but ran into the following message:

"Currently PayPal accounts in Ukraine are only able to send payments. This recipient is not eligible to receive funds."

Does any know of a reputable electronic service that will allow me to pay him?
Question by:jdana
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    Thanks for the suggestion.  $22 in fees to send $137.50.  Not exactly a bargain.  Other ideas?
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    I understand the problem.  Transferring small amounts of money is hard to do cheaply.

    PayPal withdrawal fees in areas like Bulgaria, Romania are 2 euro for 10 euro minimum = 20% (flat rate, so it's better at larger amounts).

    In China, it's $35 on $150 minimum = 23.4%

    So, even if/when Ukraine PayPal users are given withdrawal access, they will probably still be paying higher fees.

    Hope someone else can chime in with a better alternative.

    Author Closing Comment

    I use ODesk all the time.  Worst case scenario, I could ask Victor to sign up as a provider and pay him via ODesk for a 12% fee.  Thanks for the advice.
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    I suggest you add that comment about ODesk, then accept your own answer as the correct one:

    It will be good for people in the future who are looking for the same solution.

    Also, since 12% is a lower fee than PayPal and Western Union, it _is_ the better solution for now.


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