Choosing a European site to shop at could be a budget-friendly experience for both non-EU and EU citizens, so it's worth it to take a look at some great Europe based online shops. Living in Europe and ordering an item from a site that is either based in Europe or has a branch or a partner there could save you a decent amount on cash you’d normally have to spend on shipping and import taxes. For the ones residing outside the EU, online shopping in it has the benefit of not having to pay the VAT, which, depending on the EU member, can go anywhere from 15 to 28 percent. Now, in case you’ve ever done some online shopping, you know that sometimes all costs involved in this experience can exceed the value of the shipment, which pretty much means “a special sale” wasn’t really so special for you. So, let’s go through the list of some of my most economically friendly, great Europe based online shops:
This famous brand has its network of partners all around the globe so, once you hit the “online store” button you’ll be asked to choose your country first and get it all over with right at the beginning. The downside of this site is the fact that you can’t do any shopping if your country is not on their list but, if you’re lucky enough to see it on there, you can rest assured your items will be in your hands just a couple of days upon placing the order. No extra VAT for European residents either as it is already integrated in the price of all items so the price you see is the price you’re going to have to pay in the end. Shipping is a little bit tricky, though, because the price of it can go anywhere from as little as 10 Euros for standard shipping to 30 Euros for shipping via UPS. It’s definitely a good one to check out and, who knows, maybe you’re one of those lucky ones who can choose to have their items shipped for a very low fee! P.S: Hurry up because the big winter sale is still on!
The biggest collection of all brand name stuff you could possible wish for, great offers and free shipping anywhere in the world! They don’t call it the best European online store for nothing! I love Asos and I just don’t understand why all those standard sizes get sold so quickly! Why don’t they re-stock occasionally? It’s so, so, so unfair because I’ve been checking it out and dying to place an order for such a long time now, and still, size S is nowhere to be seen!
You can shop Mango, another great Europe based online shop, in their regular online store but then again, why all go through all that fuss when you can visit a “material” shop and actually try things on before you make a purchase. Outlet, on the other hand, is something totally different. I always appreciate hearing this term and when it involves Mango dresses, sunglasses and purses at prices that go as low as 10 Euros…well, that’s just music for my ears! No PayPal option, I’m afraid, but an experienced online shopper certainly has a credit card issued for shopping purposes only. Right?
I’m not sure shopping designer clothes for kids really pays out but, in case you happen to think it actually does, here’s one great UK site for kids. Don’t worry moms and older sisters, there is something in there for you too. If you check out their Gorgeous section dedicated entirely to designer handbags, jewelry and accessories, you’ll realize their prices and sales are not bad at all! I’m thinking about ordering Miss Sixty Sharin Bag, so I’ll definitely let you know how it turned out.
If you are living in Greece, being a member of this small but great Europe based online shop community could be a real treat! Just this last week they had a big sale on DKNY goods so you could buy a very trendy dress for like 60-80 Euros while guys could get great knitted blouses for 40 Euros and regular ones for 25! Ladies living in Italy should check saldiprivati.com because the principle is the same and the only thing different is the country itself. These sites have really great offers but they don’t ship outside the borders or sell their goods in ways every potential shopper could run into them. You either have to have an invitation or sign up for the waiting list. Good news? I can send you an invite for brandsgalaxy and saldiprivati approves all member requests after a day or so.
This shopping paradise is based in Germany, so, if you are residing in one of the EU member countries, no import duties apply. You will have to pay the VAT though, but it’s included in the price so shipping costs are all you need to worry about. The site calculates everything before you make a purchase, which is totally cool because you don’t end up being disappointed – if the shipping costs are higher than you expected, you won’t have to wait until you’ve almost finished your shopping to find about that.
No need to say anything about Amazon – we all know they have everything anybody could ever remember to ask for, which makes them a great Europe based online shop as well. What I want to point out are some huge benefits for EU shoppers – like free delivery, for example! This could save you 10-20 Euros and I’ve heard Amazon sometimes does its customers a favor by sending the items via express mail, totally free of charge. The site is rather confusing because it says only UK is eligible for free, super saver delivery when in fact, other EU members are too. Definitely check it out, I’ve checked for Greece and yes, I can use super saver and have my items shipped for free too.
Have you ever shopped on these sites before and what is your overall experience? I had a good shoe site to suggest up until last week but, now, I’m not quite happy with them – they didn’t have my size and I’m still waiting for a refund- no shoes, no cash. How unprofessional! So, definitely let me know about some other great Europe based online shops!