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Prepaid Mastercard for shopping abroad?

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7y, 5m agoPosted 7 years, 5 months ago
I've been looking at getting a prepaid mastercard and wondering if anyone has any suggestions or ideas as to which one is best to pay for stuff and withdraw money abroad (mainly in Saudi Arabia and UAE)? the charges seem a bit ridiculous on some of them, like £2 for each atm withdrawal etc.

or should I look at another form of payment altogether?
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7y, 5m agoPosted 7 years, 5 months ago
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#1
I use the MyCashPlus one, I find it best for my small needs :)
#2
I believe the Virgin one is the cheapest to run.
I just wish I knew that before I took the Talksport one :-\
#3
the Virgin Pay As You Go one seems quite good for a few transactions here and there, but £9.95 to buy is a bit steep...
#4
Get a Nationwide Flex Account. Used to be free for all transactions worldwide, now only free within Europe, but they still only charge 1% in other countries.
#5
I ended up going with a Caxton global card

free to buy, free to load, free to make purchases abroad, free to withdraw cash abroad, good exchange rates, got really good reviews everywhere. only downside is charges for use in the UK, but I just won't do that...
#6
These are good for shopping at less than reputable places on the internet. The most a retailer can take is what is on the card
#7
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I ended up going with a Caxton global card

free to buy, free to load, free to make purchases abroad, free to withdraw cash abroad, good exchange rates, got really good reviews everywhere. only downside is charges for use in the UK, but I just won't do that...


Seems a really good product there!
#8
not a lot of places in Saudi take credit cards unless its a large purchase,still very much a cash society
banned#9
boothy;5668100
not a lot of places in Saudi take credit cards unless its a large purchase,still very much a cash society

lend me a tenner :thumbsup:
#10
dog_cop
lend me a tenner :thumbsup:


you can have 10 Saudi Riyals if you want,still got some kicking around
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boothy;5668134
you can have 10 Saudi Riyals if you want,still got some kicking around

about 50p .. cheap skate :x
#12
Scribbles
I use the MyCashPlus one, I find it best for my small needs :)


Spot on.... Just scrapped my Virgin one this month....

Mycash offers free protection on transactions, one of the only few....

Best out there and at only a fiver to get....

maxmix
#13
maxmix
Spot on.... Just scrapped my Virgin one this month....

Mycash offers free protection on transactions, one of the only few....

Best out there and at only a fiver to get....

maxmix


It doesn't appear to be very useful for the OP - when he'd get charged £3 per withdrawal at an ATM.
#14
moob
It doesn't appear to be very useful for the OP - when he'd get charged £3 per withdrawal at an ATM.


There is hardly any variation on these charges.... They are all about the same on all cards...

maxmix

Nut at least if there is any fradulant use on the card abroad, you would have a better chance of a refund etc....

I think this outways a quid or 2....
#15
maxmix
There is hardly any variation on these charges.... They are all about the same on all cards...

maxmix

Nut at least if there is any fradulant use on the card abroad, you would have a better chance of a refund etc....

I think this outways a quid or 2....


Not really.

The OP wants to withdraw money from ATMs - the card you mentioned is pretty standard in that it's expensive for that purpose.

The card mentioned above, the Caxton Global Card is far superior in that respect in that there are no ATM withdrawal fees and they guarantee the best rate of exchange.

Say he made 10 withdrawals on the card you mentioned, that would risk him £30,
#16
moob
Not really.

Say he made 10 withdrawals on the card you mentioned, that would risk him £30,


And if he got the details of the card Skimmed (Nicked) at one dodgy ATM or Cafe / Market...

All funds gone with no comeback !

I do see your point if it was kept 100% only for cash withdrawals, not too much a risk, but if your stuck somewhere and need to use it for a transaction, it could be tough luck....

I just hate to see people lose their hard earned cash and the card I mentioned helps to stop that happening etc....

maxmix
#17
like boothy said, the country runs on cash, and only very few transactions will be carried out on the card. with the caxton, I can use it take out sums of cash every so often so I'm not worrying about taking cash with me or getting stung with extortionate charges using my normal debit card.

as for the protection aspect of mycash card, does that apply overseas too? I'm hardly going to be putting my life savings on this card, just £100-£200 spending money. the risk of something happening and me losing this money is lower than if I took cash with me so I'm happy...
#18
If we all thought that way no one would get on in life mate. Normal precautions taken when using a machine should safeguard against that. I've used my nationwide case for years with no problems. Most if not all credit cards would provide that protection whether in their t and c or otherwise.

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