Where do you buy your electronics? Do you head to the store and buy them in person, or do you prefer to order them online?
While many prefer the “traditional” way, e-commerce is trending like never before, and online shopping has become the new normal.
Regarding buying electronics, Germans are surprisingly keener to buy electronics online rather than going to physical stores.
Moreover, electronics is the third most popular product category among Germans, right after fashion and consumer media like movies, video games, and books.
In Germany, you have plenty of good options for trustworthy electronics dealers.
In Germany, the best physical stores for electronics are Mediamarkt, Saturn, Conrad, and Medimax.
And the best online shopping websites for electronics are Amazon, eBay, Otto, and Mediamarkt.
This article will find the best electronics shops in Germany and answer the most commonly asked questions about electronics shopping in Germany.
Whether you choose to shop online or plan to pay a visit to the store, here, you will find all the necessary information you need to know about shopping for electronics in Germany.
Where can I buy electronics in Germany?
Germany is a highly advanced country and one of the leaders in technology in the world.
The electronics industry in Germany is also booming with many electronics suppliers.
You have no problem finding the latest version of any technological device, whether televisions, computers, laptops, mobile phones, home appliances, or other gadgets in Germany.
The question is, from where should you buy them?
In Germany, the most famous physical electronics stores are Mediamarkt and Saturn.
Other trustworthy electronics dealers include Conrad Electronic, Cyberport, Alternate, Notebooksbilliger, and Mindfactory.
I also recommend German online giants Otto and Quelle, which offer an abundant range of high-quality electronics.
Other than that, you can always go to Amazon or eBay and check over there for your desired electronic item.
Are electronics in Germany expensive?
To be fair and real, I wouldn’t say that electronics in Germany are cheap.
Most of the time, electronics in Germany are more expensive than in the USA or Canada because of heavier consumer taxes.
Yet, the competition is fierce, it is always best to compare prices from more than one company.
Try to compare prices before purchasing any item to get the best deal possible. No electronic store is ALWAYS cheaper than the other one.
The best way to compare prices in Germany is by using comparison sites. Here are the most used price comparison websites in Germany.
- Idealo – Click here to check
- Check24 – Click here to check
- Preisvergleich – Click here to check
- Billiger.de – Click here to check
- Guenstiger.de – Click here to check
Click to check my other articles on Germany. I also linked them all at the end of this article.
Top stores in Germany to buy electronics
Whether you’re looking for a brand new TV, the latest smartphones, or new home appliances, these stores in Germany will cover your needs.
Does this one really need an introduction? Probably not.
Amazon is the most popular online store in Germany. You get exposed to a huge variety of each and everything regarding electronics.
Moreover, you can find plenty of discounts and tons of different brands and categories under one roof.
It’s super easy to shop on Amazon, you do not need to create a new account.
You can sign in with the Amazon account with an account which you created in another country.
On top of that, they offer international shipping and a comfortable return period of 30 days.
Shop at Amazon.de
Mediamarkt is one of Germany’s and Europe’s largest retailers, and every German child knows it.
You will find everything from branded consumer electronics like phones, tablets, home appliances, computers, laptops, cameras, and game consoles to movies, music, games, and DIY & garden maintenance items.
The company has over 850 physical stores in 13 countries.
Each section in their store has its individual supervisor and specially trained staff that can advise you on any related matter and answer any of your questions.
You can also shop through their website or mobile app from the convenience of your home.
Shop at Mediamarkt.de
Right after Mediamarkt, there has to be Saturn.
Saturn is an extremely popular chain of German electronics stores known by everyone in the country.
Although Saturn and Mediamarkt are separate brands, they belong to one head company.
Any Saturn store is usually pretty big in size and well lighted, making it easy to spot from far away.
I think Saturn stands out from other electronics stores in Germany because it has a special agreement with Apple.
Yes, you can get Apple products from other retailers on this list too, so where’s the difference?
Other retailers sell Apple products simply off the shelf, whereas Saturn has a whole section dedicated to Apple with its products put up for demonstration and trying before buying.
This section is further designed similar to the iconic Apple stores. This was made possible due to Saturn’s “store-in-store policy” and I think that’s Saturn’s cutting edge.
You can stop by Saturn at its numerous stores located throughout the country or scroll through its gigantic variety on its website or through its App.
Shop at Saturn
Conrad Elektronik is one of Germany’s most famous electronics retailers and store chains.
Born in 1923, the company has amped up its range with products ranging from multimedia items to computers, electronic parts and components, and other relevant electronic products.
Besides regular users, Conrad is particularly popular among “hobbyists and freaks” due to their wide assortment of electronic-related parts as well as great expertise and advice given through their Sales Assistance.
At Conrad, you can find a range of more than 750,000 products with global shipping, a 30-day money-back guarantee, and a 2-year warranty.
Conrad has 36 branches located throughout Germany, a massive online shopping website, and a mobile app.
Shop at Conrad
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Otto is not only a German online giant but also one of the world’s biggest e-commerce companies.
Originally selling shoes, Otto has become a major online store where you can buy high-quality electronics from top brands.
Whether it be home appliances, multimedia items, smartwatches, or gaming consoles, Otto sells it all.
I suggest keeping an eye on their daily discounts and big sales, especially during major annual occasions like eastern, women’s & men’s day, Christmas, the end of the season, and other events.
Shop at Otto
Quelle is identical to Otto offering similar products, including a wide range of electronics for multiple purposes.
From all sorts of household items and appliances to an impressively large selection of multimedia items electronics, and there’s hardly anything you can’t find at Quelle.
Focusing on the online market, Quelle offers a return period of 30 days along with a “Flexikonto” or Flexi account, which allows you to pay in installments and even delay your payment up to 4 months.
Shop at Quelle
Many Germans visit the world-famous eBay website where you can find the electronic item of your choice at a really good price.
You can buy any used or new product from private sellers or companies.
On eBay, you can shop internationally, though additional shipping and customs costs may apply.
Most commonly, eBay works through bidding in which the highest bidder gets the item at the end of the auction.
But depending on the seller, you can also buy it immediately if there’s a “Buy Now” button.
Used electronics are usually in good shape, and detailed product information is usually given.
If you reside in Germany, I highly recommend checking out the “Kleinanzeigen”. Here, you don’t bid and only sell/buy or exchange. Plus, it shows you local offers.
How does Kleinanzeigen work?
Once an item of interest is found, the buyer and seller establish contact via email or phone and negotiate the price.
Upon making a deal, it is recommended to hand over the money and item in person as eBay Kleinanzeigen doesn’t provide buyer protection.
Shop at eBay
Check out ebay Kleinanzeigen
Similar to Mediamarkt and Saturn, Medimax offers an abundant selection of electronics.
You can get multimedia items like DVRs, game consoles, and DSLR cameras, household appliances like TVs, refrigerators, speaker systems, laptops and computers, and lots more.
Medimax is also known for its regular discounts and promotions on its website as well as in its stores.
Moreover, the company often initiates certain campaigns allowing customers to avail of discounts on bundle purchases.
As the name already tells, Notebooksbilliger (“Notebooks cheaper” in German) offers a wide range of notebooks, making itself a name as a leading German supplier of laptops.
Besides a huge selection of notebooks, Cyberport expanded its variety with even more consumer electronics.
Visit their online store or shop through their Mobile App to avail of appealing discounts on multimedia items, gaming products, smartphones, and more.
You can also go to Notebooksbilliger stores located in major cities of Germany.
Shop at Notebooksbilliger
Alternate is a splendid option to shop for all sorts of electronics at good rates.
The German mail-order business counts among the best ones in the country and has been rewarded with many awards throughout the past years.
The online store is extremely popular among PC hobbyists due to its wide range of computer components.
Alternatively, you browse through more than 85,000 products that are sold by Alternate throughout Germany and Europe.
Shop at Alternate
Looking for a store that has it all? Try out Mindfactory.
Mindfactory sells a massive variety of all kinds of computer components in two categories, Hardware and Software.
Furthermore, not only does the company specialize in PC parts, but it also offers other consumer electronics like PCs, laptops, tablets, phones, entertainment items as well as home and garden appliances.
At Mindfactory you can get vouchers, computer services, and other assistance. Other highlights include midnight shopping, fast delivery, and the option to pay in monthly installments.
Shop at Mindfactory
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written by Asma Schleicher and edited by Efe Genit. Asma is a creative writer with German and Pakistani roots. She is an analytical writer with a degree in business administration. In this blog, she mostly writes about cultural, travel, and fashion-related topics reflecting her real-life experiences. You can also check Asma’s profile in Upwork.