german_shopShopping is real fun, especially if you are in Germany. However, to get the most out of your shopping, there are a few important things you have to keep in mind and below are some of them.

The use of credit card

Never assume that all stores and dining places accept the use of credit card. Most German stores prefer cash. You don’t need to worry if you don’t have cash because you can find ATMs in shopping centers and stores.

Specialty stores/shops

Specialty stores and shops are very common in Germany and a significant number of people prefer small specialty stores because it gives them advice on what they really need.

Sales Tax/VAT

When shopping in Germany, what you see is what you actually get. Tax is already included in the price and you will see the actual price on your receipt.

VAT Refunds

There are instances wherein you will get a full VAT refund, especially for larger purchases. But to be able to avail VAT refund, you have to prove that you are going to purchase the items out of EU within three months. You also have to go through complex procedures, including forms that need to be filled out.

When is the best time to shop?

In Germany, the shopping hour is very limited. Most stores in Germany close at 8PM, but in Berlin shopping hour is most liberal.