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I get my income in euros. I need to pay for stuff in USD because I use shops like Dealextreme where the base currency is USD. I have a Visa Debit card (so not a real Visa) since I am a student but have stable income streams monthly. I get the following spread-costs with my card:

  • Dealextreme, 9.59%, when paying in euros - the payment is in euros and the base currency is USD [1]
  • Dealextreme, 2.06%, when paying in USD - the payment and the base currency are both USD [2]

I get the current course of one euro in USD from Google.

The spread-cost, 2.06%, is huge. I would like to get it even smaller. Which credit-card minimizes the given spread-cost even more?

2. Is there any other ways to minimize the given spread-cost even more?

I did not use Paypal in buying my merchandise. I am not sure about Paypal's spread-cost, but it's probably worse than paying directly with the given credit card.

Appendix

[1]
>>> 24.10/18.74                  
1.2860192102454644
>>> de = 24.10/18.74                # one euro in USD when paying with euros
>>> right = 1.4155
>>> diff = right - de
>>> ave = (right + de)/2
>>> diff / ave
0.09585775978455527

[2] 
>>> 24.10/17.38
1.3866513233601843
>>> de = 24.10/17.38                     # one euro in USD when paying with dollars
>>> right = 1.4155
>>> diff = right - de
>>> ave = (right + de)/2
>>> diff / ave
0.020590377399905716
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Have you looked into doing the currency transfer outside of the credit card transaction? Perhaps if you opened up a bank account intended for international use you would be able to move money into USD and spend it in USD. –  duffbeer703 Oct 30 '11 at 19:13
    
@duffbeer703 Thank you for your point! I knew that there is a more efficient way to do the thing. Need to find out now the most efficient bank account for the given purpose. –  Masi Oct 30 '11 at 19:46
    
@duffbeer703 I opened a new thread about an international bank account which has only USD for a student: money.stackexchange.com/questions/11824/…, to minimize spread-costs in online shopping. –  Masi Oct 30 '11 at 20:13
    
Is there a way for you to get income in USD? –  sunk818 Jan 2 '13 at 19:12
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I live in Canada. My discount brokerage charges me a spread of only about 1.5% each way for CADUSD and USDCAD. The large international discount broker Interactive Brokers charges even less for foreign-exchange transactions (though they do charge a monthly fee to inactive traders). Do you have some investments, such as mutual funds? Is your net worth high enough that it's worth opening a brokerage account to hold your investments? (Note that many brokerages charge all sorts of fees to customers with small accounts.) –  unforgettableid Sep 4 '13 at 19:57

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Simply, pay in the same currency as registered in the market - normally the native currency is the cheapest and options are with 2.5% spread cost. If you cannot do it, simply pay the standard 2.5% spread cost directly to your bank or to the shop if possible.

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+0. The answer was impossible for me to understand. Dear readers: please edit the answer so that it is more grammatically correct and so more understandable. Dear Masi: Please edit your answer to include both a full answer in English and a full answer in your native language. This will help us fix the English version. –  unforgettableid Aug 29 '13 at 22:11
    
Edited. Simpler better. Not any magic science there. I do not cover those little details here because every person is individual and needs special care and planning depending on many factors like country of residence, age and so on. –  Masi Aug 31 '13 at 8:29

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