WARNING: The best online shopping in Holland may not actually be in Holland!
It’s easy to assume when you move to the Netherlands, that your online shopping is going to be limited to just Dutch retailers. Others may realize you can do it, but the cost is going to be prohibitively high with all the taxes and import duties that will be charged. Neither scenario is true.
The Netherlands is a member state of the European Union. Such membership entitles those nations within it to have a free flow of goods. This means one member country cannot charge import fees on shipments coming from another member country of the EU.
This is good extremely helpful when it comes to English-speaking expat residents in the Netherlands who cannot understand the majority of local websites and online shops which are only offered in Dutch. These residents are able to shop the websites of retailers from other EU member countries and have it shipped to them without any additional charges, such as those which get applied to goods coming from countries outside the European Union.
In addition to the lack of English-language websites from Dutch retailers, there is also the consideration that other member states in the EU are far more respected when it comes to designer brands. Countries such as Great Britain, France, Italy and Germany have established themselves as style leaders not just in the EU, but worldwide.
What all of this leads to is an understanding that the best online shopping in Holland, may not actually be in Holland.
Here are some retailers from other EU states which offer online shopping in English and ship to/deliver in the Netherlands…
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