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Lionie

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Cannot bank cheques in South Africa, cannot receive EFT, any advice.
Posted: Nov 1, 2015 12:42 AM
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I live in South Africa and recently received my first Cheque from amazon digital services, I we t to three of our reputable banks and they all said "sorry we cannot help you" so now I have a cheque but it seems worthless, what are my options?
Notjohn

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Posted: Nov 1, 2015 1:20 AM   in response to: Lionie in response to: Lionie
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That doesn't seem likely. I doubt that ZA banks are any worse than those in the US, and we can cash a foreign check -- for $35! Is it valued in US dollars? You might email Support, using the Contact Us link at the bottom of this page.

There is an outfit that provides a US bank account routing number and issues you a cash card. Search on this forum for references to Payoneer -- it seems to be legitimate, but it does cost something to maintain.

Good luck! -- NJ

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Lionie

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Re: Cannot bank cheques in South Africa, cannot receive EFT, any advice.
Posted: Nov 1, 2015 12:46 PM   in response to: Notjohn in response to: Notjohn
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hi thank you Notjohn
it's a numbers thing here really, the cheque is in USD so the banks have to "send it for clearance" they say that they have to send it overseas ie; to USA to have it cleared and it takes up to 6 weeks, they will not do this for cheques that are less than 25 000 $US or something like that, the value on the cheque is $103.00 something.
I have a paypal acount is there any problem to use that?
okay so I took 2 days off work to try to get this resolved and I have hit a dead end, one thing is for sure, amazon digital services will have to cancel the cheque, "credit my total" and find some way to pay me.
i sugest paypal,
any ideas from you ?
cdalebrittain

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Re: Cannot bank cheques in South Africa, cannot receive EFT, any advice.
Posted: Nov 1, 2015 1:17 PM   in response to: Lionie in response to: Lionie
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I'm afraid paypal won't work--they're a rival company. Have you investigated the Payoneer folks NJ suggested?

This sounds like a big pain. It's hard to believe you can't cash a check in a foreign currency in South Africa. I wonder if GBP would work? You might be able to get paid that way--you'd have to check with Amazon.
Liliana Dobre

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Posted: Nov 2, 2015 1:22 AM   in response to: Lionie in response to: Lionie
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I am from eastern Europe and had the same problem.

I have been using Payoneer for about 18 months and things are going on very well. Check Payoneer site or their Facebook page for all the details. It is pretty easy and it works very well to get your royalties - I can testify for that.
joan adams

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Posted: Nov 2, 2015 6:42 AM   in response to: Notjohn in response to: Notjohn
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Hi. I am also a South African author. Has the problem been solved and how do South Africans get their money with the least schlep? Has someone checked out the cash card which was suggested or found out something more???

Thanks
Joan
joan adams

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Posted: Nov 2, 2015 6:44 AM   in response to: Liliana Dobre in response to: Liliana Dobre
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Okay I am going to check out Payoneer....
joan adams

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Posted: Nov 2, 2015 6:45 AM   in response to: Liliana Dobre in response to: Liliana Dobre
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Okay I am going to check out Payoneer....
lexi

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Posted: Nov 5, 2015 9:29 AM   in response to: Lionie in response to: Lionie
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You'd think Amazon would actually be aware of this, but alas, they don't...
Or they simply don't care.

I'm a South African author, but I haven't uploaded any work to Amazon for this exact reason.

Our postal services DO NOT WORK. Everyone here knows that you never send valuables, especially (archaic) checks or money to them. Ever.
It will never reach you.
If, by some miracle it does, you cannot deposit it in the bank. South Africa is phasing checks out, so why would Amazon even consider sending them here?

It's very frustrating and disheartening, to say the least.
I'm questioning the legality of Payoneer for us, as it is.

The original poster isn't exaggerating. It is in fact, that bad.
The greatest question is, will Amazon ever do anything, to make it simpler for those of us in developing countries?
Are other (limited) platforms our only other option going forward?
Notjohn

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Posted: Nov 5, 2015 12:50 PM   in response to: lexi in response to: lexi
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If your postal service can't deliver a check, that's a ZA problem, not an Amazon problem.Jeff Bezos is only all-powerful in retailing. He can't fixed broken societies.

Good luck! -- NJ

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lexi

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Posted: Nov 6, 2015 12:35 AM   in response to: Notjohn in response to: Notjohn
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Edited by: lexi on Nov 6, 2015 1:55 AM
Gbenga Oladosu

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Payments Issues
Posted: Nov 14, 2015 2:03 AM   in response to: Lionie in response to: Lionie
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Dear Authors,

I'm a Nigerian and Brazilian author and I have written more than 18 ebooks on amazon kindle direct publishing platform and I just saw my royalty report on my author's account but there is no payment details. So please what can I do? please anybody who like to help me out can contact me on my email address:gbengaezekieloladosu2015@gmail.com

Edited by: Gbenga Oladosu on Nov 14, 2015 2:04 AM
Tawanda Murimirwa

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Posted: Mar 10, 2016 6:49 AM   in response to: Lionie in response to: Lionie
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Very big problem indeed here in South Africa. I don't know why they can't EFT to my bank in Rands. And for that reason I can't publish African stories. Someone notify me once they start EFting to RSA.
usbankcard

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Posted: May 11, 2016 6:08 AM   in response to: Tawanda Murimirwa in response to: Tawanda Murimirwa
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This should not be a problem at all. I am in Ghana, and get paid promptly via ACH / EFT. All I do is visit the ATM.

I use a SERVICE called Payoneer. Surprised you have not heard of them. They are a legit company and helping those who wan to be paid via a US Bank account as non residents.

They gave me a MasterCard and a US bank account free. I only pay a small charge to them. With the US bank account, I am now able to get paid by ACH / EFT and then cash out via ATM in my country ^Ghana in Africa).

If you like, you can sign on free with them via the link below. This will give you $25 free after your first $100 deposit. I also get same amount for telling you about them.

http://bit.ly/2dXnXFh

Otherwise google PAYONEER

Regards

Edited by: usbankcard on Oct 12, 2016 3:19 PM
Penge

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Re: Cannot bank cheques in South Africa, cannot receive EFT, any advice.
Posted: Nov 21, 2016 9:03 AM   in response to: Lionie in response to: Lionie
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Hi, have you found a bank willing to cash your check?
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