I live in Finland where Supplements are available, but super expensive. I know that in the US we can order them online and have them shipped much cheaper than at the store.
Any suggestions on this here in Europe/Scandinavia?
Many Finns, myself included, order their supplements from http://www.iherb.com. It's best to keep the price of your orders under $80 so you can avoid your shipment getting stuck in the customs office in Finland. (Not 100% sure about the price limit though, somewhere I read it's 50€, other sites say 75€...) International Airmail shipping is $4 for orders weighing max. 1 lb and costing max. $80.
I'm a Finn living in the Netherlands. I get all my supplements from myprotein.co.uk. I don't have to worry about customs, shipping is reasonably priced, as are the products, some of them independently tested for quality. For example, they sell a package of 5,000 (yes, five THOUSAND) fish oil caps for the price of a few hundred caps from a local "health" food store.
I buy a lot of stuff online. Packages outside of EU will get stuck in customs if shipped to Netherlands or Finland - and most likely other EU countries - most of the time if the value is 50-100 EUR or higher. It has become a big boost in tax income for EU governments due to the popularity of the web and ease of shipping, so they are understandably quite vigilant about it.
Marking a package "gift" when it's not is fraud, so few companies do that. Customs officials are not idiots: they know that a package from a company is not a gift. Besides, gifts are not exempt from customs and duties.
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