Online shopping in Montenegro

Hello everyone,

Shopping online can be far more convenient and offer greater choice than going into shops, be it grocery shopping or retail.

Are there options for online shopping in Montenegro? Which sites or apps do you use most frequently and are these local or international?

Are there particular products that are cheaper to buy online or that are perhaps not available in Montenegro?

What is the delivery process like — is it easy to receive deliveries and what are the costs of shipping? Are there any taxes to pay upon receipt?

Thank you for sharing your experience.

Priscilla

Montenegrin buy/sell anything Facebook page: https://m.facebook.com/groups/609109569245264
The name of the site is Kupujem Prodajem Crna Gora.
Plants, services, phones, clothes, furniture, jewelry...everything.

Hi Priscilla,

The online shopping is fairly limited in MNE, but is gaining popularity. I remember when I was looking for payment processors for e-commerce there were only 1-2 banks doing that last year, and even they had limited services available.

You will though that a lot of businesses are developing e-stores and it is increasingly becoming popular, albeit not as other countries.

You can have a look at https://eKupon.me for deals in MNE (like Groupon), which is one of my projects in MNE.

-Adil

Hi Adil,

Did you manage to source your payment processor for e-commerce and if so what has the service and costs been like?

I have been trying to source a payment processor from the main International providers for about a year and have had no joy due to the fact that I live in France and Montenegro is not considered part of Europe.

I was looking for the means of accepting card payments from around the world for my rental property here in Montenegro.

I would greatly appreciate any information regarding the local providers, as I have had no help from the central bank.

Kind regards,

Eric

Hi Eric,

Yes, my accountant/lawyer finally managed to obtain the merchant account with online gateway, although a lot of paperwork, business plan, and other documents were required.

You will need to have a company, business plan, previous e-commerce business history/experience and then some local connections to introduce you to the bankers (which can be your accountant/lawyer).

Also, do not expect it to be simple like EU countries, so there will be a few hundred euros setup fees, and some monthly fee in addition to 4-5% discount rate on cards.

I will be back in MNE next month for a few weeks, so if you are around, feel free to get in touch.

To advise you, I would need to know the number of properties, your volume, etc. If not a high number, partner with a local e-commerce portal or booking portal to process payments on your behalf. At eKupon.me we essentially do the same for our partners, but in a different way slightly.

-Adil

Hello Priscilla, I used Aliexpress for buying some products. If you choose free shipping products, it will cost you only 1 euro. I buy many things on that site.

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