Before moving to Mexico, I was an absolute online shopping addict. Especially when I was living for a bit in the UK. I would spend free time scrolling Asos and my Amazon cart always had something in it (not much has changed). I was worried that there wouldn’t be much online shopping in Mexico, but there was nothing to worry about.
All I had to do was learn about some new websites where I could do my online shopping. This is especially fantastic for those living in Mexico City and the metro area like me. You’ll no doubt start to get very irritated by the traffic issues. Simply popping out to the shops to pick things up turns into an affair that takes several hours.
So I am pretty grateful that I can still order food, clothes, and pretty much anything else I want while online shopping in Mexico!
Where You Can Go Online Shopping in Mexico
These are a few of my most frequently used websites for online shopping in Mexico. Some of them are Mexican-based companies while others are international companies that ship to Mexico. More and more brands are shipping to Mexico, especially to Mexico City, so be sure to check your favorite fashion websites if you’re concerned.
Amazon has its own website in Mexico, Amazon.com.mx and there are plenty of great things on there from companies around Mexico and the US. However, I’ve actually had more success using Amazon.com and simply shipping to my address here in Mexico.
If it’s sold by Amazon, they will ship it to Mexico and as long as you’re not purchasing expensive items like cameras and TVs (I do not recommend online shopping in Mexico for electronics), then you won’t pay high import fees.
I love Mercado Libre. It’s like the Mexican equivalent of eBay and Craigslist sort of rolled into one. Individuals can sell things on here and so can companies.
It’s best for homewares – furniture, lamps, kitchen stuff. But they also have books, toys, sports equipment, and electronics. It’s like an online departments store (except they don’t really do clothes). The prices are incredibly reasonable and the shipping costs are minimal.
If you’re moving to Mexico and you want to kit out your new home with some cheap, but nice looking furniture and accessories, I highly recommend checking out Mercado Libre first.
No, not the city in the UK. Liverpool is a popular mid-range department store here in Mexico and pretty much everything that you can find in-store, you can also find on their website.
They have clothes for everyone – kids and adults. They have shoes, handbags, cosmetics, perfumes, toys, video games, furniture, and jewelry.
If you want to get your fashion fix on Mexico’s equivalent of Nordstrom or Lord N Taylor, then Liverpool is where you should do your online shopping in Mexico.
Oh, the relief when I discovered I could still shop online at Asos while living here in Mexico. I probably don’t shop with Asos that much anymore simply because the returns don’t work the same as they do back in the US or UK (posting things is a huge hassle around where I live), but if I’m planning a beach vacation, I’ll always grab a few pieces on Asos to take with me.
Something to note about using Asos here in Mexico is that it will take much longer to arrive than it does in the US and the UK. I live in the metropolitan area of Mexico City and when I order something off of Asos it takes between 6 and 8 weeks. I know, insane.
However, I have friends that live in the center of Mexico City and it only takes 4 weeks (haha only). They have never had a package not arrive. Other friends who live in the Yucatan get it even quicker, so it really depends on where you live and what your local postal service is like.
While I’m pretty sure the only city in Mexico that has a Sephora is Mexico City (correct me if I’m wrong, please). That doesn’t mean that they don’t ship all over the entire country!
Sephora.com.mx has pretty much all of the same makeup as they have at US-based Sephora and it’s roughly the same price.
It usually takes 10 days or less for things from Sephora here in Mexico City, which I think it pretty quick compared to other experiences I’ve had online shopping in Mexico.
This is a cool website which I’m pretty sure works in several other countries around the world.
With Borderfree, you basically choose the country that you want to have things delivered to (in the top right corner as of last use) and then the website calibrates all of the brands that can ship to your location.
It’s mostly a fashion website with designers from around the world selling clothing and shipping it as though there are no borders, hence the name. It allows you to track your orders, which is huge here in Mexico (things always seem to lose their way for me!). It also helps you cover all import taxes when you place your order so there are no surprise fees later on.
I recently discovered this gourmet/organic food service and am totally in love. I’m not 100% certain if they deliver to other places besides Mexico City and the metro area, but I can speak for this area of the country – it’s amazing.
Ingredienta have grass fed and organic meats. They have superfood powders that I otherwise struggle to find (cacao, maca, matcha, acai, etc). They have different types of tea and flours for those that are avoiding gluten.
It’s definitely not cheap compared to buying the regular stuff at the grocery store, but I don’t eat much meat anyway, so the stuff I do eat, I’m happy to make sure it’s the best it can be.
I have been using iHerb since I was living back in South Korea in 2015. Friends of mine introduced me to it and I haven’t looked back. They deliver to tons of different countries around the world and they are also some of the cheapest for what they sell.
I love to get my health foods from here like natural nut butters, different types of non-dairy milk, natural deodorants and toothpasteand I even buy my bamboo toothbrushes from here sometimes.
It’s also a popular place to get vitamins that you maybe won’t be able to find in regular shops around Mexico. If you are used to a certain brand, it is likely you will be able to find it or something very similar to it on iHerb.
Don’t Speak Spanish?
If you’re still learning the language and don’t feel confident making the purchase in Spanish, many of the websites allow you to switch into English in their menu bar (or near the bottom).
If you don’t see those options, open the website in the latest version of Google Chrome. You will then see a popup asking you if you want the website to be translated. This will translate it into English (or whatever language you set Chrome to). The translations are literal and sometimes aren’t the best, but it should be good enough for you to make your purchase with confidence.
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