For about three years in the early 2000s, there was a lot of talk in the mainstream music press about a garage rock revival centered around four bands with prominent hits at the time: The Strokes, The White Stripes, The Vines, and The Hives. The cover of Rolling Stone for the September 2002 issue…
Yep it’s true. The Hives = the most consistent band and still touring with their high calibre rock show.
New merchandise now The Hives’ official store!
Here is a quick FAQ since people always ask these when the band posts a link to the Euro store.
Q: Does it ship worldwide?
Q: Will it cost me more if I don’t have an address in Europe?
A: You won’t have to pay the value-added tax. It will take off the VAT (value-added tax) once you pick your country. Postage is based on the amount of stuff you buy. You can check by adding the items you want in the cart and picking the country you want it delivered to. “Post Varubrev” is the cheaper postage option without the tracking number.
Q: I can’t read the language the store is in.
A: In the top-right corner you will see flags. Pick the British flag if you want it in English, German flag for German, Swedish flag for Swedish… or use Google Translate.
Q: … but why can’t the US store have these? (There is always that one guy who asks this)
A: The band is from, and lives, in Sweden. When they create a new product they will be available in the European store first since it is their main store. They will only be able to take the items over to the United States when they tour there and even so, there are baggage restrictions for the amount they bring over. You won’t see the glass wear stuff brought over that easily (it is also Swedish glass, made-to-order, so why not purchase it direct from them?). You can still buy from the European store. There are hardly any disadvantages besides the wait time. See above.
Q: I still don’t want to pay postage.
A: Go to a live show. You can buy it there.
Q: What can I pay with?
A: Credit card or Paypal. It will add a fee for Paypal since the company acts as a “middle man” and takes a part of the transaction. If you have a Paypal account, then you can use your own bank account to transfer money to the Paypal account. See the Paypal site if you don’t have a credit card and to see if it’s applicable to you.
Hope that helps.