12-30-2008, 11:10 PM
item. No paypal. so I'm trying to communicate with a german seller who speaks no english. He gave me some numbers : konto: (numbers)
Volksbank Rems Murr
but I don't know what this means. Is this a bank account number. is this safe to pay this way. anything would help. German anyone.?
12-30-2008, 11:15 PM
Konto = account
BLZ = routing number (Bankleitzahl)
Volksbank = name of the bank
Rems Murr = location(s) of the bank
It can be done - go to your bank (brick & mortar) and you can set up a wire with this info. Will take a few days, and will set you back a few extra bucks. They MAY insist on some more info, like SWIFT codes and stuff like that; you can either get it from the seller (who would have to ask his bank, only needed for international transfers), or beat on them (your bank) to do it without it: it CAN be done, but many US banks will play / act stupid when it comes to this. (It's the same as with a check: by law, you can write a check on a piece of toilet paper, as long as it has account, routing, amount, and signature on it. You may have a hard time depositing it, but by law, they HAVE TO do it).
I once needed to wire some money to Germany, like, today. You would think that in the 21st century you could do something like that, but that's only in movies. I had to call my dad in Switzerland, where banking is the way it should be, and got it done that way. But again, if the seller can wait a week for the dough (esp. painful now with holidays), you should be fine.
Did I mention that banking in the US is totally retarded?
12-31-2008, 05:33 PM
...check his feedback first.
I have done this without issue before with Germany sellers.
01-01-2009, 07:19 AM
This is the way business is done in Germany, nothing necessarily fishy about it.