Black Friday 2021: Buy online abroad, how much does it cost you, how is it done

Shopping online is easy, fun and even addicting, and do it in the midst of Black Friday Black Week, a madness with so many offers and discounts. If you’re a veteran of e-commerce sites and marketplaces like Amazon or eBay, you know you can shop in other countries, and even on other continents.

Today, maritime services cover virtually the entire world, and to facilitate customs procedures, Amazon and eBay have additional prices, a price added to shipping for international transport which ensures that what you bought in the United States or Japan will arrive in Spain without customs charging you too much.

Black Friday 2021 on Amazon and eBay

A service that divides because depending on the product / size it can even double the final price, there are those who are not afraid to pay this extra in the final price and who do not have a single problem with the shipping, or those who prefer to “play” and see if customs will stop them. or not the package and it arrives with an ‘order’. But Black Friday is not limited to large online shopping and selling sites, but also applies to physical stores, businesses in many countries that also sell online.

But there may be times when you see something you want in a third party store that sells in the Amazon USA marketplace and does not ship to Spain. Or that an English store web page won’t let you in because you’re trying to access it from outside UK territory.

What can be done? Well, use current technology:

Apps to create a VPN and buy in the United States

Of course, sometimes there is the problem of Regional restriction, than deleting some websites like Amazon or eBay prevents us from buying in the United States because we do not reside there and we do not have a physical address to send the product to.

how can we solve this? Well if we don’t have a friend there to send what we buy we can choose to go down applications that hide our position when using the mobile – yes, just like when Pokémon GO is released – and therefore allow us to opt for these discounts and / or products exclusive to the American market by purchasing from the smartphone.

A VPN is a virtual private network that keeps your location a secret and allows access to websites that have been blocked or censored so as not to be in your geographic area. By installing an app that creates them, we can bypass websites and online trackers while still accessing US sites that offer Black Friday discounts. And also to other websites around the world, also having tools that allow us to ccheck our internet connection to protect the IP address, browsing history and other personal data when we are online, use apps or connect to a WiFi.

Here are the links to three of those apps that allow you to easily and quickly create VPNs with which to bypass the regional protection that a shopping website outside of Spain can have:

Tunnel Bear

Download for Android

Download for iOS

StrongVPN OpenVPN client

Download for Android


Download for Android

International shipments via third parties

Now that we have managed to bypass the regional blockade, we are faced with another problem: shipping, since we do not have a US address and there are a lot of sellers who unlike Amazon USA they do not ship out of the country. Fortunately, on the Internet we can find several companies that take on this task, receive the parcel from the store at their own mailing address and deliver it to us at home.

For example Shipito, whose slogan invites us directly to buy “on any American Internet page”. To the register for free on your site, the service will provide us with a US address that we can use to shop anywhere. The parcel will arrive in the warehouses of Shipito and Shipito will send it to us at our place through the courier company of our choice. As we can see from their pricing table, we have shipments from $ 10 from agencies such as Airmail Economy over $ 50- $ 76 billed by FedEx or UPSP.

An address in the United States and ViaBox are other options that provide similar services. In fact ViaBox is one of the best appreciated by users around the world for its rates, convenient amount calculator and customer service. This way you can bypass the regional blockade, take advantage of Black Friday USA deals and have it delivered to your doorstep.


European user who buys from other countries like USA, China or Japan may find things as unpleasant as this your package is stopped at customs and therefore they will inspect it – even more in the pandemic crisis that we are living – and ask us for an additional sum of money in taxes.

Services like Amazon Global Shipping or those that include eBay sellers solve this problem, but if you shop outside of these stores, you need to be careful.

New regulations: everything has to be paid for even if it’s worth less than 22 €

According to a new European regulation this entered into force on July 1, 2021, “Regardless of the value of the merchandise you purchase, if you are residing in the Peninsula and the Balearic Islands from July, you must pay import VAT for all online purchases you make outside of the United States. EU or the Canary Islands, Ceuta or Melilla. Therefore, the VAT exemption on importing shipments with a value of up to € 22 will be removed and from July 1, shipments below € 22 will also pay VAT ”.

Therefore, if you buy something that is only worth 5 euros, it is also subject to VAT. The general rate of VAT for imports into Spain is 21%. The general VAT rate for importing products into Spain is 21%, but reduced (10%) and super-reduced (4%) VAT is applied to some products. It is calculated on the value of the goods.

Goods over 150 € are subject to payment of customs duties on importation (Community tax of the European Union). As a general rule, we do not have to pay tariff for goods with a value of less than 150 €, although they may be subject to the payment of import VAT and special taxes.

Customs procedure

Some products are free of rights and some are subject to additional duties, depending on the country of manufacture and the product. In countries like China, bicycles made in the country are subject to an additional tax. The ordinary payment procedure looks like this:

Payment for products with a value of less than 150 €

  • Payment of VAT to the Post office on arrival of the goods.
  • Payment of VAT to the electronic platform at the time of purchase.

Payment for products with a value greater than 150 €

For shipments with a value greater than 150 € euros, this new regulation will not imply any change.: “All the recipients of the goods of this modality will have to pay the VAT and the corresponding tariff as they currently do”.

“Correos will contact you so that you can decide if you want us to carry out the customs procedures on your behalf or if you prefer to use other channels.

Remember that this procedure also includes shipments subject to Special Taxes (tobacco, alcohol, etc.) or additional security checks (pharmacy, health, etc.) or that the National Fiscal Administration Agency (AEAT) considers for any other reason. “.

  • Use couriers as an indirect representative: the cost would be € 19.19 plus € 4.41 (invoicing – storage in warehouse) plus VAT.
  • Carry out the procedure personally: You will have to pay the Correos the invoice (4.41 €) and carry out the procedure by going personally to customs or via the “simplified form for individuals” of the Tax Agency from the web if we have a document. electronic identity.
  • Hire a customs broker or freight forwarder: You will also have to pay the invoicing of the Post office and the transfer of the documents to another agent who does the work for us, ie 12.84 euros plus VAT.


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