An American’s guide to Amazon in Finland
When I lived in the states I used Amazon Prime a lot. Probably too much. It was super easy, and super fast.
Things are a little different here in Finland. First of all, your American Amazon Prime won’t work, so go ahead and cancel it. Oh yeah, and if you have other family members using your account, they will lose access. No, not when it expires, as soon as you cancel it. Yeah, it annoyed me too.
The main perk of Amazon.co.uk is that it is in English, so you understand the item descriptions and the reviews. But the down sides are that it’s priced in GBP instead of EUR, and more importantly, you’ll have to pay shipping which can get quite expensive.
I have chosen to go with Amazon.de because they offer free shipping to Finland on orders over €29. Well… for some things. It seems like most of the items that would be Prime in Germany are free shipping to Finland if over €29. So things from independent sellers usually don’t qualify. You can filter items by “free shipping over €29” but just because it says that it qualifies for that price doesn’t mean the item actually ships to Finland. Some items do, and some don’t… so your selection is more limited then what you’re use to in the USA.
Also, you can set Amazon.de to use English, but it mostly just translates the titles. Sometimes it translates the descriptions, and sometimes it doesn’t. It never translates the reviews. So you probably want to have Google Translate open in another window if you are buying things you aren’t familiar with.
Then there is the shipping. Sure, it’s free, but its slooooooooow. If you’re lucky it will be a week, if you’re unlucky it will be almost two. You can expedite the shipping and then it’s only a couple days, but you pay for it.
Also, depending on who they ship it with it may not be delivered to your door. If it comes UPS then it will come to your door, but if it comes by Posti you’ll be making a trip to the post office to pick it up. So, depending on the size of your order this could be kind of inconvenient.
If you aren’t in a hurry, and you’re spending over €29, I guess Amazon is still usefully. But I certainly won’t be using it the same way I did in the USA 😃🇫🇮