Buy Clothes Online Germany
In recent years, the ease of ordering online from our own homes has made e-commerce one of the most popular ways for EU consumers to purchase goods. When you buy goods online that are already located in the EU at the time of sale, there are no customs formalities and Value-Added Tax (VAT) is already included in the final price you pay at checkout. However, consumers should be aware that ordering goods online that are located outside the EU at the time of sale, will result in a customs declaration being made and may result in customs duties and handling fees being incurred. Furthermore, import VAT may be charged to the consumer on delivery if the seller of the goods has not already charged VAT on the product and remitted it via the EU Import One Stop Shop.
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When you buy online from a non-EU country, VAT must also be paid, just as if you ordered goods that are already located within the EU. The VAT is either paid at the point of purchase on the website (for example, when you buy from a seller who is registered to use the Import One Stop Shop for VAT), or the postal operator or courier may collect the VAT from you on delivery.
One easy way to check if VAT has been included in the price or not is to check whether the website is signed up to the EU Import One Stop Shop for VAT. If they are, VAT will already have been included in the price you have paid at the moment of purchase. Most of the biggest online platforms have signed up to the Import One Stop Shop.
If that seems like a lot, then keep in mind that this number also includes millions of people in extreme poverty who struggle to make ends meet, let alone buy any new clothes. Then you start to realise that in reality a far smaller amount of people are actually buying much, much more.
In 2020 e-commerce sales globally jumped to $4.2 trillion and the global trend continued in 2021, causing online sales to culminate in an estimated 2.14 billion online shoppers worldwide, and $4.9 trillion in revenue.
In 2021, e-commerce accounted for nearly 20 percent of retail sales worldwide. Forecasted is that in 2022 that share will be 21%, and in 2025 the online segment will make up close to 25% of total global retail sales.
Statista estimates that the online clothing and apparel industry will reach a value of 1.2 trillion U.S. dollars by 2025, Research and Markets expects the e-commerce fashion industry will grow to $1.1 trillion dollars in 2026.
In 2021, the top-visited websites for purchasing apparel online were reportedly Amazon and Shein. Asos also topped the popularity chart in the UK, while Target closely followed Amazon in the US. In Germany, online-only retailers Zalando and Zooplus were among the most used.
The most popular category for online purchases is clothing (including sportswear), shoes and/or accessories. That has been the case for years, by the way. 68% of all online shoppers bought clothes, shoes and accessories online in 2020.
Price (68%) is the most important criterion for European consumers when choosing and buying clothes, followed by quality (61%) and fit (56%). After that, the most important criterion is product life (30%), fabric (24%), production location (16%) and brand (16%). The environmental impact of a product is only important for 15% of European consumers, the [current] fashion trends only for 11%.
The most important eco-friendly elements when buying clothes are sustainable fabrics and materials (39%), less or no chemicals (36%) and cruelty free (i.e. products or activities that do not harm or kill animals anywhere in the world) (36%).
Europeans give the clothes they no longer wear to charity (69%), or to those around them (34%) or sell them online (21%). 15% leave the items in the closet and 13% say they throw them away in the trash. 041b061a72