I had successful experience in shopping for Britax/Römer car seat in Germany. So when I needed a baby stroller and a trike (bicycle with 3 wheels) I decided to check prices in German shops. As previously I was looking for German online stores with prices lower than in Russia. And of course I wanted a shop shipping outside the European Union and excluding VAT. I’ve reviewed baby strollers and bicycles before making my purchase, so I knew I wanted the Hartan Buggy IX1 baby stroller and the PUKY Ceety bicycle. I will show the shop I’ve made purchase from and compare prices below. And I will also show some useful tips.
Comparing prices onto Hartan Buggy IX1 and PUKY Ceety in Germany and Russia
According to Yandex.Market Hartan Buggy IX1 costs almost 500 EUR:
Compare with 239 EUR (including shipping to Russia) at KidsRoom:
Click onto the Hartan Buggy IX1 at KidsRoom link, add it to the shopping cart and choose your country to see for yourself).
Puky Ceety bicycle is new, so I wasn’t able to find its prices on Yandex.Market. The lowest price I was able to find was 9500 RUB. Of course it was cheaper on KidsRoom.de (200 EUR), but not twice cheaper as with Romer/Britax car seat or Hartan Buggy IX1 baby stroller:
Saving even more
I’ve bought 2 Puky Ceety bicycles and the Hartan Buggy iX1 stroller. As a new year gift I got Puky Wutsch (50 EUR) for FREE. Shipping for all these items was only 60 EUR:
This purchase was sent in 3 packages by DHL.
So you can bundle your purchase to save on shipping. But make sure not to exceed 1000 EUR to avoid any customs fees and duties in Russia.
Mistake by paying with Paypal
This time I tried to pay for my purchase with Paypal instead of my debit card. My Paypal account is in USD, and Paypal has charged almost 4.5% for USD to EUR conversion. When I pay with my debit card, the conversion is usually only 0.5 – 1.0%. So I don’t recommend to use Paypal in German shops when you purchase from outside the European Union.