I placed an order yesterday for Synthroid from New Zealand and the order confirmation came through and said that I can either take the form to my bank or to my favourite money transfer service. On the form is specifically asks to send the payment in GBP and 'not to convert'. Last night, I went along to my local Tesco store and thought I would see if I could pay by MoneyGram as I had done a calculation online and it was only going to cost £4.50 to send over the £24.18 for my order. I got to the store and the lady there checked and confirmed that it would cost £4.50. That was great, however, MoneyGram would not allow the payment to be sent in GBP, and converted it into New Zealand Dollars. I was then advised to go along to my bank, which I did today as it was open. When I got to the bank, I asked what the bank charge would be the other end, but the assistant did not know. She signposted me to the online facility at the bank and said to call her over when I reached the currency part. Anyway, I did not get that far because on the form I had, there was no postcode - and as that bit had a red asterik next to it, it would not allow me to go further to check if the payment could be sent in GBP, and not convert to Dollars.
I would prefer to pay by MoneyGram but the other issue that Tesco gave was that there is no first name and surname for the receipient, only a company name, and whoever is collecting the payment would need to take proof of ID, so Tesco were unsure of how this could be overcome.
Please could anyone advise?