We're in the middle of the fabulous holiday season. We want your typically Dutch holiday food and gifts to arrive in time. Since all of our products are shipped from the Netherlands, please take the following order deadlines into consideration to ensure delivery by Christmas:

Europe (TNT): Order by December 14
Europe (UPS): Order by December 17

International (TNT): Order by December 9
International (UPS): Order by December 14

We recommend using UPS for your holiday orders, because the regular postal services are often delayed during the holidays.
We're now officially an exhibitor on the annual 'i am not a tourist' lifestyle fair for internationals (October 25, 2009 in the Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam). Look, we're listed under Dutch Culture!

Feel free to drop by and say 'hi'! We have lots of goodies to give away, you can win prizes, and we'll have typically Dutch snacks for you to sample!

We hope to see you there!

(PS: tickets are free when ordered online: click here)
Come and visit us at the Expatica Lifestyle Fair on October 25th, 2009 in the Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam! You can find Lian and myself in stand 68. Hope to see you there!

Don’t miss the “i am not a tourist” Fair on Sunday, 25 October. It’s all an expat needs to make the most of life in the Netherlands.

Whether you have lived here for 10 days or 10 years, make sure you keep Sunday the 25 October free on your calendars for this once-a-year opportunity.

“i am not a tourist” 2009 will be an interactive extravaganza of experts and companies specialising in expatriate life, workshops, networking, and entertainment.

We’ve invited 90 exhibitors to offer you a helping hand. Have a chat with a recruitment agent, get a word of advice on house hunting, compare universities for your master’s degree, join a group or club and mix with thousands of other internationals.

Get invaluable information about surviving abroad, attend seminars on meditation, landing that perfect job or pubic speaking, and enjoy superb entertainment and networking opportunities. The programme includes workshops on whiskey tasting, salsa, improv comedy, and chocolate and sushi making as well as on-stage performances by standup comedians and salsa dancers. Bring the family along, as we have a dedicated kids corner!

Tickets are FREE when ordered online at: www.expatica.com/iamnotatourist.
Yes, I've managed to negotiate even lower shipping rates for packages within Europe. For example, for a package to the UK, France, Sweden, or Germany that weighs around 10kg, you now pay €10.00 less than you would with the regular TNT rates! If you order a package that weighs around 20kg, the difference increases to €20.00 less!

And, what's even better: the packages will be shipped by UPS, who will deliver the package within 2 business days to most countries. They have a very advanced tracking system, so it's very easy to locate your package.

All in all, I am really happy about this. You pay much less for shipping, but get far better and faster service!

Here's an overview of the costs:

Up to 20kg: €8.25 (TNT rate: €34.10 )

Up to 10kg: €8.75 (TNT rate: €25.20 )
Up to 20kg: €10.75 (TNT rate: €34.10 )
Up to 30kg: €17.75 (TNT rate: €40.58)

Up to 5kg: €12.75 (TNT rate: €24.50)
Up to 20kg: €15.00 (TNT rate: €39.80)

We have also added UPS as a shipping method to the United States and Canada. It is not always cheaper to select UPS, but it is much, much faster. Shipping with TNT can take up to 2 weeks, while UPS will deliver the package within 2 days!

United States & Canada
Up to 10kg: €81.50(TNT rate: €57.10)
Up to 15kg: €95.00 (TNT rate: €106.60)
Up to 20kg: €110.00 (TNT rate: €106.60)

*Listed prices exclude 19% VAT
I'm really happy to announce that we're able to process credit cards again! We now use the services of the Rabobank and Paysquare to safely process your VISA and MasterCard payments. We have been accepted by Verified by VISA and MasterCard SecureCode, which ensures the highest level of protection possible.

Our Dutch customers (or those who have a Dutch bank account) can also use iDeal, which is a safe way to pay with your bank account.

We no longer need the services of Paypal. Paypal's business practices clash with ours and I do no longer want to be associated with this company. I really think it's a big step forward to be able to process credit cards this way.

Hope to see you soon!
Hi guys!

Long time no see! Well, that's not entirely true: although the blog has not been updated in a while, I have been active on Twitter and Linkedin.

The reason why I am updating the blog is simply because I felt bad for neglecting it. I also feel it's a great way to let everybody know what exactly is going on behind the scenes of TDS.

First things first. I have a big announcement to make: we are no longer accepting Paypal payments. We have been a customer for over six years with them. Although I heard the horror stories about them, I never really encountered any serious problems. Until this week. The way they treated me, convinced me to simply STOP using them. I do not want to be associated with their business practices anymore. Luckily for all of us, I will be able to accept credit cards directly within a week (fingers crossed). The contracts have been signed, sealed, and delivered. In the meantime, you can pay for your order with Moneybookers, iDeal, or a bank transfer.

I am also very proud to say that we are accepting frozen goods orders! This means that we are able to ship kroketten, frikandellen, bitterballen and more to selected countries* However, I did encounter a few bumps along the road, but I hope to be able to have everything sorted this week, so we can finally send out all the pending orders!

I think a user-friendly website is extremely important. I try to keep the site as simple as possible: prices are now displayed with and without VAT and in both Euros and US$. Nevertheless, if you do want help with the site, check out our newly created 'How to Use Our Site' page.

Did you do something with your hair? Not quite. In fact, we redid our entire website! So, what do you think? We really think it is an improvement. This new design boasts some great new features in addition to its new look. You will find it much easier to find what you are looking for. You are now able to create an account, keep track of all your orders and download them in .pdf format. We have improved the search function on the site and we have also streamlined the account and checkout processes to make your shopping experience even more pleasant.

So tell us, what do you think of the new design?

New Products

We have added a whole bunch of new products to our selection over the past few months. We now have an extensive selection of Delfts Blue goodies; Ingrid of Sunflowerjewels has added new designs to her exclusive Jewelry line.

We now also offer various brands of Baby Milk Powder, such as Nutrilon, Friso, and Bambix.. These are high quality Dutch milk powders. We have tested and finetuned the shipping process of these products over the past months. We also have Organic Baby Milk Powder available.

Our selection of Dutch books has been expanded as well. We now also offer Bulk Packages of many of our most popular products. Buying in bulk often saves you quite a lot of money: not only on the products themselves, but also on the shipping costs!

Moreover, we have reduced the price of our gift-wrapping service and added a touch of Dutch as well!

Dutch Biking Style

Opting for your bike instead of your car is not only a healthy choice, but also an environmental one. In a hectic time like ours, when most people have to cut back on expenses, the bike is THE perfect form of transportation, as it does not slurp up liters of expensive gas, speeding tickets belong to the past, no need to pay road tax, plus the exercise is good for you!

We have added loads of stylish accessories to add that touch of Dutch to your bike! Want to give someone else a bike upgrade? We have created several kits that suit your (or their) bicycle needs: from the 'Essentials' to the 'Supreme'.

Typical Dutch Stuff Bike Accessories

Aha! You have made it to the blog! And as mentioned on the home page, it's time for a change! What is this change you may wonder? Well, read on and you'll find out. As a 'thank-you-for-reading-this-blog' you will receive a discount code of €5.00; easy deal eh? You will find the voucher code at the bottom of this blog entry.

I have not been giving this blog the attention it deserves, but it is time for a change! I have been working hard on a new version of Typical Dutch Stuff. The new website will hold over 1500 of the best typically Dutch products and next to all the well-known products such as stroopwaffles, licorice, and coffee, I want to focus more on unique products as well. So, the new site will contain much more special and unique products, such as Delfts Blue and jewellery.

Also, the new site will allow you to create an account, log in, and follow the progress of your order. You will also be able to view your order history. I personally think this is a great improvement, and it was something that I have wanted for a long time.

Another change will be the payment method. Next to Paypal and bank transfers, you will also be able to use your credit card directly and the payment solution Ideal will also be available. If you have a Dutch bank account, you can easily pay for your order using this method.

One thing, TNT Post NL has changed (raised) their shipping rates. This means that we also have had to increase our prices, unfortunately. Moreover, (and I really, really dislike this change) they have decided to 'eliminate' Economy shipping. This means that orders that are shipped outside Europe and weigh more than 2kg can ONLY be shipped Priority. I am looking for alternatives though..

I almost forgot: here's the special voucher code: 5EUROFF. Enjoy!

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