Community images

Web Marketplace, Books, Movies & Music

> Show product information

97% positive

6 reviews from the community

Review of ""

published 26/03/2001 | sharkli
Member since : 25/02/2001
Reviews : 24
Members who trust : 5
About me :
I play guitar and drums
Pro Excellent source of foreign-language items.
Cons can't think of any
very helpful

"Not just good for German things"

I find the German Amazon site excellent for all sorts of European publications that are difficult or expensive to obtain from UK book or music sellers; for example, I'm a big fan of the Italian rock group "I Pooh" who have been around for at least as long as the Rolling Stones but are virtually unknown in Britain. I can buy their CDs easily on
It's also excellent for classical music and opera.
Last time I ordered a DVD it took 6 days to arrive.

Germany is also in Region 2 for DVD, and uses the PAL standard for videos, so unlike there's no problem with compatibility. has recently improved its coverage of English-language books. In the Books (Buecher) category there's a radio button to select a search for "Deutsche Buecher" (German) or "Englische Buecher" (English).

The site is often much faster than the UK or US Amazon sites - maybe because the volume of traffic isn't as high.

I speak German, so I have no difficulty whatsoever in understanding any of the messages and instructions, however anyone familiar with the workings of the and websites will find everything works in exactly the same way and it's pretty intuitive.
Actually, the translation of the site into German is extremely good and professional, which makes a welcome change.

When you order something, you will get a confirmation e-mail in German. If you don't speak German don't panic - it says exactly the same as the confirmations you get in English when buying from one of the English-language Amazon sites.

Here's a short glossary for non-German speakers:
BELLETRISTIK - Fiction, Literature
BESTELLEN - place an order
BESTELLUNG - an order
EINKAUFEN - Shopping
EINKAUFSWAGEN - Shopping cart
GESCHENKE - Gifts (The German word "Gift" means "poison"!)
GUTSCHEIN - Voucher, gift token
KINDER - Children
LOS - Go
MEIN KONTO - My account
MwSt (Mehrwertsteuer) - VAT (when you reach the checkout they'll tell you that VAT is added to all EU purchases where applicable, and itemise it on your statement, but the German rate is lower than ours in the UK)
SPIELE - Games
SUCHE - Search
VERSAND - Postage & packing
WAEHRUNGSUMRECHNER - currency calculator (Step 1: log in; Step 2: choose your currency; Step 3: continue shopping)
WEITER - continue/next
ZEITGESCHICHTE - Current affairs

And I'll translate the opening statement for you:

Willkommen bei Sind Sie schon Kunde? Bitte melden Sie sich hier an, um Ihre persönlichen Empfehlungen zu erhalten.
Hier erfahren Sie, wie Sie bei uns einkaufen.

Welcome to Already a customer? Please log in here to receive your personal recommendations. Find out here how to shop with us.

Community evaluation

This review was read 3123 times and was rated at
93% :
> How to understand evaluation of this review
very helpful

Comments on this review

  • doktorpepper published 29/09/2002
    Da du ja deutsch sprichst, kommentiere ich diesen Bericht der Einfachheit halber auch auf deutsch. Du beschreibst die Seite sehr gut und für die Britischen Leser bleiben kaum Fragen offen. Du hättest aber noch etwas über die Versandkosten und Bezahlweisen, vor allem auf die Insel, sprechen können. Schöne Grüße aus Deutschland! Oliver
  • phil22 published 29/04/2001
    wow you can very good translate from german to english... phil22
  • ace2k published 27/03/2001
    It's good for buying Leningrad Cowboys stuff too.
  • Did you find this review interesting? Do you have any questions? Sign into your Ciao account to leave the author a comment. Log in

Most popular similar products

Product Information :

Manufacturer's product description

Web Marketplace, Books, Movies & Music

Product Details

Type: Books, Movies & Music; Web Marketplace

Domain Extension: .de


Listed on Ciao since: 10/01/2001