Privacy when shopping online

I use technology in a relatively private manor, and on top of that, I use mostly open source software (I know this isn’t directly beneficial to privacy, but I like the freedom. I use only proprietary banking apps I need for a secure experience, and ofc the websites of banking services, carrier services, government services - the stuff you need to use).

But, what about shopping online? We don’t exactly have an alternative to something like Amazon? And it’s not like other e-commerce sites will respect your privacy to much higher degree?

So, what is the best solution to this? As far as I understand, the only truly private way of using a site like Amazon, would be to use a VPN or Tor, a private payment service, AND, crucially, a PO box?

This is obviously not a very convenient or accessible solution. Are there any other options, or recommendations, that would improve privacy when shopping online?


Well, there’s no getting around the fact that you have to physically receive your delivery right? I’m assuming the most inconvenient aspect for you is getting a PO box, because a VPN and private payment service aren’t too challenging to use.

Ironically the most accessible private option—at least in the US and a couple other countries—is probably Amazon Lockers. There are other parcel locker solutions from other companies, and of course regular PO boxes are available virtually everywhere.

To be honest, using a PO box or (probably even better) a private/virtual mailbox consistently is probably one of the most beneficial things you can do to protect your physical privacy from people online. It’s worth the inconvenience.