You may gasp when you read the title of this piece, but bear with me, it has nothing to do with the time of year or even the contents of my bank account.
No, this is a post about the account itself, the services or I should say lack of services it gives me.
When I moved to The Netherlands just over 5 years ago, my wife still had her old account open, so we added me to it and Bob was my uncle. It was quick and easy. It is a good bank and I will be honest, they are very easy to work with. However, the one flaw is that I cannot use the card for make any payments online.
It sounds stupid, especially in this day and age, but I find myself stranded. I have to limit my online purchases to Dutch sites that accept IDEAL the dutch online transfer system, or Paypal.
Granted, this is a lot of shops, and what I actually buy online is next to nothing. The only place this really hinders me, is on Amazon.
I cannot buy my friends books, I cannot buy anything on Amazon. I cannot review books I have read because I haven’t made any purchases. I can’t even gift my own book to people. T be honest with you, it’s bloody frustrating.
I know that amazon is not the be all and end all point for book sales or publicity but it is a central figure. Especially as my cover art is still giving Smashwords Premium Status checks a problem, and my cover artist is not easily reachable at the moment, amazon is my main source of Sales at this current time.
The solution is simple. We need to change banks, but for all the great things about country, bureaucracy reigns supreme. They have a why fill out one form when thirty-seven do the job just as well. Plus notifying everybody of the change and ensuring it is at a time when no bills are scheduled to come out, make it quite the operation. I guess it comes down to how much I want to be able to use Amazon.