[OSM-talk] Donations and bank accounts

Tom Hughes tom at compton.nu
Fri Feb 6 08:56:14 GMT 2009

Stefan Baebler wrote:
>>     > Gary68 wrote:
>>     >> I for sure won't sign on to PayPal. And I won't give my bank
>>     xxEUR for
>>     >> shipping a few bucks across the channel.
> Within Europe SEPA [1] transfers are probably the cheapest (for both
> parties, in some cases even free with certain bank accounts) way to make
> international money transfers.

SEPA rules do apply when transferring to the UK (though most UK banks 
will happily pretend they don't) but only when transferring to an 
account denominated in Euros, which most UK accounts aren't ;-)

> When I just tried to make such donation per instructions [2], i got an
> error: BIC code is either invalid or not in the list of codes for SEPA
> orders. (original slovenian: "Nepravilna BIC koda, ali BIC koda ni v
> šifrantu za SEPA naloge")

Because you're transferring to a GBP account not an EUR account, so even 
if it did work using BIC/IBAN the transfer wouldn't be subject to SEPA 
rules and there would be no restrictions on the charges that could be 


Tom Hughes (tom at compton.nu)

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