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Clearing check in foreign banks...how long?

Started by pkelly, 05/16/2009 05:21PM
Posted 05/16/2009 05:21PM Opening Post
I've sent a certified bank check, from a major US bank, to an AM seller in Canada in late April. Word is that they don't recognize this as bank check, don't recognize the name of the bank (BB&T) and are handling it as a personal check. I know stuff takes time to clear, which is cool, but I'm told the funds are "frozen" til possibly June 11 or so...a month or bit more to clear.

What's a reasonable amount of time for a certified check to clear foreign banks? With the US banking in so much turmoil are they suspicious I'm good for the $$...just curious. I'm a patient sort but never had a situation like this.

Thanks

Pat in maryland

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Posted 05/16/2009 05:30PM #1
Dont have an answer to this.....but it is another example of why I only use paypal.....I only pay with it and I only accept it. USPS has too many pitfalls of delays and lost mail to suit me......while paypal does cost a minor percentage it has been 100% reliable for me and I have used it a LOT and not only here.....Missed out on more than one deal I really would have liked because the seller wouldnt accept paypal......Oh well smile

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Posted 05/16/2009 07:40PM #2
I've never had to wait more than about ten days.

Alex