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  1. Probably true.. considering the US doesn't have...

    Probably true.. considering the US doesn't have an official language.
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    I didn't realize weight was a factor.. I thought...

    I didn't realize weight was a factor.. I thought it was simply anything opened by customs got the fee. What I had shipped was a usb stick and some wire, not much heavier than 6 or 7 sheets of paper....
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    Cost of receiving a package in Belgium

    I thought VAT was the only obstacle to getting a package. It was shocking to discover that the Belgian International Post charges a 10€ fee to "act as an agent on behalf of the recipient" when...
  4. I recently discovered European consumers have...

    I recently discovered European consumers have more protection in one case: price mistakes. From what I've been hearing, if a European vendor accidentally underprices a product, they are legally...
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    Finding out wire fees

    Suppose you want to wire some money. Is there a way to definitively find out how much money will arrive at the destination, prior to sending it?

    Assume the currency is the same.. I know...
  6. The fact that brewing temperature need not be the...

    The fact that brewing temperature need not be the same as the serving temperature is not a detail in the slightest. That single fact makes the whole difference in the case - the difference between...
  7. Perhaps, but conventional wisdom and appeal to...

    Perhaps, but conventional wisdom and appeal to common practice are not a valid arguments.

    That's both an excessive safety risk (spilling) and a health risk. 80 degree tea is a carcinogen for...
  8. Americans have decided that having ethical...

    Americans have decided that having ethical trustworthy vendors is worth something. It's an expense that more than pays for itself. The beneficiaries includes everyone not trying to run a scam.
  9. Americans have many tools to use against...

    Americans have many tools to use against unscrupulous companies, including the government. The attorney general keeps tabs on trends of scams, and directly goes after offenses that affect many...
  10. Americans would agree, although I'm not sure that...

    Americans would agree, although I'm not sure that any American would take it as far as to conclude that careful handling guarantees no spills. The real difference here is that Americans believe...
  11. I responded to this, but was apparently logged...

    I responded to this, but was apparently logged out while I was writing, so my lengthy response was lost after the login screen interruption. I'm not sure I want to take the time to rewrite it. Is...
  12. The article you referenced that indicates a 60%...

    The article you referenced that indicates a 60% failure rate on consumer tests actually puts a different spin on the story than the article I read. I think it was BBC that said the failures weren't...
  13. Belgian credit card holders get burned- undelivered Skyeurope purchases not protected

    Did anyone out there foolishly use a Belgian credit card to book a Skyeurope flight before they went bankrupt?
    Even though Skyeurope publicly advises consumers to dispute airfare charges with credit...
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    Indeed, pure luck is what's needed to...

    Indeed, pure luck is what's needed to successfully complete a wire transfer. Read this thread where I've detailed scams and problems with wires: http://www.eupedia.com/forum/showthread.php?t=24241
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  15. Belgian banks cannot protect you. If you wire...

    Belgian banks cannot protect you. If you wire money from a Belgian bank to CMC Markets in the UK, Natwest bank will grab an undisclosed amount of money, and there's nothing the Belgian bank can do...
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    FX accounts that can be funded by eurocheque

    Does anyone know of any forex brokers that will fund an account from a cheque in euros?

    I suspect perhaps an FX broker in France would, but my searching has failed me so far.
  17. I've found European wires to be such a scam -...

    I've found European wires to be such a scam - damaging to the consumer. You would think wires are the way forward because they're electronic, but I've seen wires take longer to complete than the...
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    Government sponsored immigration sites will...

    Government sponsored immigration sites will sometimes enumerate the industries where they have a skills shortage. You should look to see if your skills are in short supply somewhere, and target your...
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    Some get lucky, and live by a convenient store...

    Some get lucky, and live by a convenient store that has become a Belgian post outlet, so packages are held there, and available as late as the store is open (6 or 7pm), and there's no line.
  20. One of the tricks Fortis uses in Belgium is to...

    One of the tricks Fortis uses in Belgium is to put on the EU wire form a check box marked "urgent", and then to put a date field somewhere else on the form. If you do not tick the box marked urgent,...
  21. How to send a wire and prevent the banks from skimming money

    Sending and receiving banks can always guarantee how much they will charge for a wire transfer, but refuse to say anything about what intermediate banks will charge.

    Since checks are not practical...
  22. Belgian citizenship is deceptively out of reach

    There's a big gotcha that I wanted to point out. I was quite mislead by Belgium's short residency requirement for naturalization.

    It turns out that getting a resident ID card and a residency visa...
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    Nationality is purely philosophical, no? I mean,...

    Nationality is purely philosophical, no? I mean, there's no documentation to prove that someone is a national AFAIK, only citizenship. If someone becomes naturalized in a country (ie. acquires...
  24. Google just lead me to this thread, and I thought...

    Google just lead me to this thread, and I thought it should be bumped to correct for some changes.

    There have been some changes to Belgium's immigration policy. Naturalization in Belgium is now...
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