How to buy in foreign online stores?

Good news: more and more online stores are sending goods to Poland. If you dream of a handbag, dress or shoes that Poland is looking for in vain, you have a chance to realize your dream.

I’m not going to write here about shopping on eBay – first, because there are a lot of such guides, and second, because buying on eBay, especially luxury items (or even a limited version of sports shoes), still requires some caution, and I don’t recommend it to those who don’t feel confident on the Internet.

And the mass of online stores, StyleBop, Net-A-Porter, or TheOutnet, where you can buy clothing brands from us, inaccessible or available, such as Valentino or Kenzo, but that stores where there are difficulties with the availability of goods. You can also shop at Nordstrom, Macy’s and Bergdorf Goodman – each of them offers delivery to Poland. But not everything will be sent, for example, Gucci or Prada are not available for customers from Poland to BG. How to buy in foreign online stores?However, this is visible immediately after entering the item page, so there are no uncertainties.

How to pay? The easiest way is to pay by credit card. Additional costs are then not taken (Stylebop offers payment via transfer, but the cost of a foreign transfer depending on the Bank can reach tens of gold, and the correct filling of all Windows on the Bank’s website is also a challenge).

Is my credit card safe?

In proven stores – Yes. Uczulam all on card purchases in stores of unknown origin, which are most often fakes; if the store name is „cheap”, „outlet” in combination with the brand name, or „wholesale”, it is better not to buy anything at all there. Buying a fake can prove to be really less of a concern.

Can I pay in cash on delivery? To my surprise, there are shops that offer this solution – for example, Stylebop. The rest require payment by card. As for the payment upon receipt-in my opinion, it only increases the cost (Stylebop counts 6.50 euros, that is less than 30 zlotys) and makes life difficult because you have to remember to have cash at home before the arrival of the courier.

How to protect yourself when paying by card?

Is my credit card safe?Probably, each Bank allows you to set a separate sub-account. Put them on, order a card to it, make sure that it is a debit card, not a credit card and immediately before the transaction, transfer to the account the amount that will cover the purchase price.

Will I have to pay duties and/or VAT? It depends on where the goods will be shipped from. For purchases in American stores-with a high degree of probability will have. Low cost packages are usually not a clone, but no one at Nordstrom will underestimate the shipping cost for you on shipping documents – also, you don’t want the parcel to be killed along the way. But we must add that, despite the higher cost, the parcel is not always customs. Some stores also include all additional costs in the purchase price-for example, the American J. Crew. In the case of shopping in stores with the EU, these costs are usually included in the shipping cost.

  • What if I change my mind?
  • Shops in EU are offered, usually free returns and has 14-28 days. In my opinion, it is a lot of time for fitting and reflections.
  • For a long period of time gives you are available as usual in Polish Zalando (100 days!), but there are not some desired brands. Harder, in the case of orders from the US – to be honest, for me, the potential inconvenience outweigh the profits here and I would just not want to order something complicated from the US.
  • Including J. Crew bought some little things like cardigan, pajamas, t-shirts – these are not things that should be super-fit. Shoes brand that I still do not wear, I would not buy from the United States, also because the sizes vary between brands.

In Poland, there are still companies that work to order individual products to order and deliver them to the address. I do not know any of these companies, I did not use their services and do not plan – English to the extent that allows a click on the site-this is really the level of FCE, and in the case of the above desire to return, too, no problems.

If you prefer not to use a foreign language when ordering online and you dream of a handbag with a top shelf, I suggest a trip to Prague or Berlin. Shopping in a boutique is always the best way – you can try everything, consider and decide on the purchase.