5 useful tips for shopping on Amazon stores in Europe

Curiua Team

Shopping across different European Amazon stores can provide you with a range of advantages and cost savings if done correctly. In this article we share 5 tips that should guide you in the right direction when purchasing from the e-commerce giant within the borders of Europe.

1. Navigation and general use

Contrary to popular belief, you don't have to use a different account when shopping on another European countries' Amazon store – you can do it all with a single account.

Amazon provides a practical translation-menu on some of its sites, but don't worry if you don't speak Spanish, French, German, Dutch, or any other language which the site can be displayed in. As long as you're using a modern web browser such as Google Chrome, it's possible to translate the site into your preferred language.

2. Finding the best price

So why bother shopping from a different European Amazon store? Because prices fluctuate and can be different for each one! By using our website, you're able to quickly compare prices across the different European stores, saving you from having to check the price on each site.

3. Buying from Amazon vs. a marketplace seller

When you buy a product directly from Amazon or an FBA (Fulfillment by Amazon) seller, Amazon will handle the entire shipping process using their cutting-edge system. With FBA delivery, you can also take advantage of things like Amazon Prime (i.e. same-day or next-day delivery). However, the longer the stock sits on Amazon's warehouse shelves, the more you're likely to be charged in delivery fees.

On the other hand, a third-party MFN (Merchant Fulfilled Network) marketplace seller runs an independent business through Amazon. This means that your items are coming directly from their home, office, or warehouse. Since MFN sellers know their products well, they're able to package your items securely and to their own standards.

Marketplace sellers also handle their own customer service, so if you're ordering from a country where you don't speak the language and problems occur with your order, you may have trouble communicating with a local MFN seller.

4. Free shipping from the German Amazon store

If you find something you like from the Amazon.de store, it may be eligible for free shipping depending on where you're having it delivered.

The German Amazon store advertises free shipping (for certain items) if delivered to Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, The Czech Republic, and Poland.

As you might imagine, there's a few exceptions and asterisks attached to this free shipping policy, so feel free to take a look the Terms and Conditions to see what is and isn't eligible for free shipping.

5. Buying electronics

When buying electronics from European Amazon stores, be sure to bear the plug types and voltages in mind, as these can vary. All EU countries, including the UK, use 230 Volts as standard, but this may not be compatible if you're shipping to countries which run on different voltages.

While most of Europe use the standard European 2-pronged plug, The UK, Ireland, and Malta use their own 3-pronged plug. Furthermore, Denmark, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and other regions use their own unique plugs too.

Thankfully, within Europe, an inexpensive adapter-plug is usually enough to make the electronic device compatible.

We hope you'll get some use out of these tips when shopping across the different European Amazon stores. If you have any questions or something you'd like to contribute to this list, feel free to get in touch!

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