With the close of the transfer window, two months of frenzied speculation, cloak-and-dagger wheeling-and-dealing and much coveting of thy neighbour's 15-goal-a-season striker has finally - and thankfully - ended.
Summer sales are generally synonymous with people buying things they already have at cheap prices, but the Bundesliga clubs have shown themselves - by and large - to be somewhat smarter than your average shopper by bulking up their squads in quantity and quality. To this observer's mind there have been a quintet of particularly astute buys.
As any self-respecting consumer knows, 37 million euros can burn a rather large hole in your pocket, but Dortmund didn't waste too much time in wisely splurging their Mario Goetze pocket money. Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Sokratis will strengthen competition for places at both ends of the pitch, but their top investment could prove to be Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. 'He's hardly sticking his neck out', you say after PEA scored a debut hat-trick. Fair point, but 13m euros for the former Saint-Etienne man is good business.
Though his father has broadband-quality connections at AC Milan, the Rossoneri did not just take Pierre-Emerick into their youth academy as a courtesy to papa. Having shown that potential in last season's contribution in Ligue 1 (19 goals, second only to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and eight assists), he was a medium-sized fish needing a much larger pond in which to flourish.
He has it at Dortmund where his Usain Bolt-esque pace - a scorching 3.7 seconds for 30 metres - will be a major boon, and if he can prove a touch more clinical than he was in France, where he sometimes gave the impression of taking hard chances and fluffing 'gimmes', he will prove a steal.
Son Heung-Min cost Leverkusen around 10m euros, half of what they recouped from Chelsea for Andre Schuerrle, and while the South Korean may not prove twice the player, he could soon be on a par with the Germany international.
Son has consistently impressed since starting to play a bit-part role at Hamburg in the 2010/11 campaign, becoming a mainstay last season where he contributed 12 of the team's 42 goals; Schuerrle, by contrast, chipped in with 11 of Leverkusen's 65. Though Leverkusen might not have Hamburg's history, success has been a word long-since forgotten at the Imtech Arena whereas the team Bayer built have the Champions League to look forward to. Son, still only 21, should star.
The Felix Magath II legacy still lives on at Wolfsburg where the list of arrivals and departures puts to shame those of a major international airport. Notably, however, the 'ins' include one significant name: Luiz Gustavo.
Since Josue in his pomp of the title-winning season of 2008/09, Wolfsburg have struggled with their defensive midfield positions, and consequently their defence. Not only does the former Bayern Munich man bring top European pedigree with him, but he is - unlike so many of those shuttled into the Volkswagen Arena under Magath - a player Dieter Hecking's team actually needs.
The same could be said of Dennis Aogo, who gives Schalke the top-drawer left-back they have been rummaging about for for some time. Marauding as well as menacing from set-pieces at Mainz, Christian Fuchs has never consistently scaled those heights in Gelsenkirchen. Aogo - who matched the Austrian's six assists and further enhanced his stats with two goals at mediocre Hamburg last season - should provide much-needed forward impetus in wide positions and quality crossing from which Adam Szalai and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar can profit.
Surprises last season, Freiburg have not started the campaign well, but they have moved smartly in the transfer window to bring in Czech duo Vaclav Pilar on loan and Vladimir Darida on a permanent basis in a club record deal.
Having provoked not entirely ridiculous comparisons to Lionel Messi at Euro 2012, the impish Pilar's momentum was almost immediately halted by injury when he moved to Wolfsburg, and he is yet to make his Bundesliga debut.
Darida made his maiden senior competitive international appearance in the Euro 2012 quarter-final against Portugal, showing remarkable poise for the occasion. Whether he can now step up from Viktoria Plzen to the Bundesliga and whether Pilar can recapture his form remain question marks. If the pair accomplish that, however, Freiburg's cheques for the Czechs will not have been wasted.