rdgill wrote:............ but I still consider that the event should be freely available to all and not just for those able to pay for tickets using the Dutch banking system ie the Dutch. ..........
Firstly it is freely available for all to attend but the method of paying is just something you have to get used to. Dutch & German retailers work this way alot and it is their prerogative to use traditional methods of doing business (It appears that accepting absentee credit cards is not a wide spread practice) . May not be an up to date method from our point of view but you need to respect local customs (so to speak) and not expect them to change just because it does not suit you.
I have dealt with many German, Dutch & French vendors that require payment through their Bank accounts. At first I too thought it was weird and annoying. However once you get used to it, it is a simple procedure. It may take a bit of time (Usually 5 days to clear) but all you have to do is send a written instruction to you bank branch instructing them to make a credit transfer from you account to the Dutch or German account using the IBAN details and the bank takes care of the rest. Once your money is transfered the transaction will be completed by the vendor. If you get any grief from your bank you need to let them know that British banks are required under EU law to accommodate you.
The Instruction should look like this .....
Please pay Roy Van De Malt the sum of €40.00
: My HouseBank
: England BankA/C No
: UK08 098765 12345678 (You should be able to get your IBAN number on a bank statement otherwise call your branch)
: Roy Van De MaltAddress
: Dike Straat 123, Amsterdam, HollandBank
: Holland BankA/C No
: HL08 098765 12345678
Hope this helps ......
If anybody knows different please feel free but this is how I do it anyway and I have no problems ever.