Buying goods online in other countries can be a real money saver. It is for instance pretty easy for Europeans to buy in countries of the Europe Union without the fear of having to pay additional taxes which would have to be paid if goods were bought in the US or Asia.
Many central Europeans for instance like to shop in the UK, because the prices there are often cheaper even if additional shipping costs have to be paid. Check out the article How Customers Can Benefit From A Global Economy for additional information and recommendations.
One problem that customers encounter is that prices in other countries are often displayed in different currencies. It is possible to do a quick calculation to find out how much those goods are worth in their own currency but a tool that converts currencies automatically can be a real time saver.
Chrome Currency Converter is such a tool. The Chrome extension will automatically convert foreign currencies on web pages into a selected one. Supported are 37 different currencies that can be converted with one currency being the base currency that all others are converted to.
The extension detects prices in different formats, updates the currency rates every hour and can display the original prices next to the converted ones.
The Amazon UK website looks for instance like this with the extension set to convert prices automatically to Euro.
Chrome Currency Converter is setup to work on all websites by default. It is possible to change this behavior so that it will only convert currencies on whitelisted domains.
Additional available options include displaying the origin price next to the converted one, rounding prices, selected the decimal separator and using a thousands separator.
A mini currency converter is available by pressing Alt-Shift-Ctrl-C, useful to convert prices that are not displayed on a web page.
Chrome Currency Converter is an excellent extension for the Google Chrome browser, especially for users who like to buy goods in other countries, or work with web pages that show currencies.
Update: The browser extension contains adware now and is no longer recommended because of the way it is implemented. We have removed the link and suggest you check out the Currency Converter extension instead which offers the same functionality but without the adware.
If you prefer an extension that converts currency automatically on websites you visit, try autoConvert instead for Chrome.
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