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I'd like to ask about your experience with shopping in Germany, concerning the tax refund: is there a minimal amount of purchase that is required to receive the refund, or specific items that are excluded from this? do I get it back from the Zoll point, or in a future visit at the shop? Thanks a lot for answering!
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Haha, exactly what I was going to say... questions about shopping in Germany are asked at least once a month
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Thatís a lot of reading though...and some posts may be obsolete
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Yeah right, even the 10 threads started in 2012 or the 15 started in 2011 ?
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Hi all,

I'd like to ask about your experience with shopping in Germany, concerning the tax refund: is there a minimal amount of purchase that is required to receive the refund, or specific items that are excluded from this? do I get it back from the Zoll point, or in a future visit at the shop? Thanks a lot for answering!
Some shops have a minimum amount for you to get the tax refund form, some dont. For some shops you can get the refund when you shop next (or after stamping go back to the shop and claim the refund) while for some you need to collect it another point like for instance for C&A you have a tax refund point at Zurich and Basel. Hope this helps.
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Hi all,

I'd like to ask about your experience with shopping in Germany, concerning the tax refund: is there a minimal amount of purchase that is required to receive the refund, or specific items that are excluded from this? do I get it back from the Zoll point, or in a future visit at the shop? Thanks a lot for answering!
First you must read the regulation about shopping out of Switzerland,
you may find it via below link:http://www.ezv.admin.ch/zollinfo_pri...x.html?lang=en
wish it can help you.have a good shopping in Germany.
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Re: Shopping in Germany

I am amazed that people put in the effort to get the tax back! I guess if you lived near the border and went back often, it would be worth it. I have yet to start my German shopping on a regular basis, apart from when we go visit my MIL
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I am amazed that people put in the effort to get the tax back! I guess if you lived near the border and went back often, it would be worth it. I have yet to start my German shopping on a regular basis, apart from when we go visit my MIL
The difference is indeed dependent on distance to border.

I live 1 km from the French border and 30 min drive from Germany. It takes about the same time for me to drive into Basel. OK, if I'm honest, it takes 25 min to get into Basel.

So if I can get cheaper goods (nevermind the greater range - at times, not in all cases to be fair) in Germany, then factor in a favourable exchange rate and a 20% discount... still amazed?

Another factor may be family size. I have 6, so I can get 6 X 300 allowance through the border in one go - relevant exceptions etc. apply.

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I am amazed that people put in the effort to get the tax back! I guess if you lived near the border and went back often, it would be worth it. I have yet to start my German shopping on a regular basis, apart from when we go visit my MIL
You are not far away from us about 15 mins drive if you want to go shopping in Germany let me know we can go together. Germany as things you can't buy in Switzerland eg domestos bleach cadburys chocolate and other things plus it's a lot cheaper to buy meat cosmetics shampoo in Germany well worth to go plus you get the tax back
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I am amazed that people put in the effort to get the tax back! I guess if you lived near the border and went back often, it would be worth it. I have yet to start my German shopping on a regular basis, apart from when we go visit my MIL
Ya, i guess its different for me, I live 25 minutes from a border town so I go once a week.
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