Online Shopping in Germany
If you lived in the US or UK or elsewhere in the world you are probably very used to do most of your shopping online.
Luckily online shopping is becoming more and more common in Germany as well.
In order to go shopping online you will need to have either a German bank account (for Lastschrift, which is still the most popular payment option in Germany), a German credit card or a PayPal account.
Furthermore you will need a German address where your order can be shipped to. If you are at work or travelling a lot it might be useful to have a Paketbox, which is a very useful service offered by Deutsche Post.
You can let your parcels be delivered to these boxes and after work you just pick them up there. No more missed deliveries ever again.
Probably the most famous online shopping website in Germany is Amazon.
No matter if you are looking for a book or a TV or a new phone, Amazon most probably has the biggest selection for you.
If you already have an account from abroad you can still use your login data to sign up for Amazon Germany. Once you are used to Amazon’s fast delivery and great customer service you don’t want to give up on that.
If you are a heavy online shopper at Amazon it is definitely worth considering paying 69€ for Amazon Prime which includes faster delivery and access to many movies and songs online.
Especially if you don’t own a car it is very convenient to buy your furniture online.
Imagine the stress to take public transport to a furniture store on a Saturday and fight your way through stressed couples and crying kids. This is exactly how you don’t want to spend your Saturday, right?
Better check out the IKEA website and order your furniture online. Usually delivered within a couple of days and with a very fair return policy shopping furniture can’t get more convinient anymore.
The newest trend in big cities like Berlin is online groceries delivery. Especially REWE has made shopping groceries online a great experience.
Prices are the same as in their local supermarkets and they even deliver drinks right to your doorstep.
No more heavy lifting and carrying your groceries up 4 flights when your lift is broken down yet again.
When it comes to shopping clothes online there is no other player than Zalando.
Founded in 2008 in Berlin Zalando quickly became the most important online fashion retailer in Germany.
Zalando is most famous for their ingenious TV ad campaign and for 100 day return policy.
Whatever doesn’t fit you or you don’t like just send it back and Zalando will give you your money back – no questions asked.