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Old 21.08.2011, 17:03
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Just about everything here is a complete rip off - I just cannot understand how for eg something as simple can of beans can go up about 6 times in price just by crossing the channel. It really distresses me to see all the multi-billionaires sunning it up down by the lake, whilst the middle class workers are taxed to the hilt, and worked like its still the 11th century.

A very beautiful country without doubt, but the wealth distribution issue, and lack of competition in the market leaves a lot to be desired in 2011.
To James the englishman : I would suggest to you.Open up a all purpose superstore here in Switzerland . Sell the goods at the price from across the channel .I wish you luck ,hopefully you make the billionaires list soon
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Old 21.08.2011, 17:08
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I have a good one. After a night of heavy drinking i must have had a bad kebab or something, since i vomited on my friends carpet.

It was a crappy old carpet, allthough big, around 2x4 metres.

The next day i went to have it dry cleaned. The lady could not give me a price estimate, "es ist pro kvadratmeter" she said, but the price per square metre was not availible. Whatever, I though, hung over and cranky, just clean the damn thing.

I went to pick it up a week later and it was 179 CHF. I couldve bought 4 new similar carpets for that.

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I would suggest you do nothing; continue to pay outrageous premiums compared with neighbouring countries and ignore all this talk about profiteering, protection and lack of competition. Counter any arguements by reminding people that these food retailers deserve to be treated like charities, and you should help them at the expense of your time and effort rather than behaving merely like a consumer expecting value for money.

Maintain monopolies and protective practices wheresoever ye shall find them and be sure to avoid any deregulation or market liberalisation initiatives, because it holds an umbrella over high prices.

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To James the englishman : I would suggest to you.Open up a all purpose superstore here in Switzerland . Sell the goods at the price from across the channel .I wish you luck ,hopefully you make the billionaires list soon
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Old 21.08.2011, 22:09
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I would suggest you do nothing; continue to pay outrageous premiums compared with neighbouring countries and ignore all this talk about profiteering, protection and lack of competition. Counter any arguements by reminding people that these food retailers deserve to be treated like charities, and you should help them at the expense of your time and effort rather than behaving merely like a consumer expecting value for money.

Maintain monopolies and protective practices wheresoever ye shall find them and be sure to avoid any deregulation or market liberalisation initiatives, because it holds an umbrella over high prices.

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Canada/USA is cheaper ,whats holding you in Switzerland?
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International Commerce, efficient shipping, MWSt refund, low corporate tax rates. Why your interest from Canada ? Did you indeed "go back to where you came from " ? Which is another dull response to negative comment on swiss life.

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Old 21.08.2011, 23:29
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International Commerce, efficient shipping, MWSt refund, low corporate tax rates. Why your interest from Canada ? Did you indeed "go back to where you came from " ? Which is another dull response to negative comment on swiss life.

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Old 21.08.2011, 23:44
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International Commerce, efficient shipping, MWSt refund, low corporate tax rates. Why your interest from Canada ? Did you indeed "go back to where you came from " ? Which is another dull response to negative comment on swiss life.

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Old 21.08.2011, 23:49
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Cannut felt in love with winter, huge open space, friendly population and white socks.
And low Prices of "Canadian Club "/ "Crown Royal"with "Canada dry" and Canadian ice , Molson Candian ETC.ETC.
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Old 21.08.2011, 23:50
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And low Prices of "Canadian Club "/ "Crown Royal"with "Canada dry" and Canadian ice , Molson Candian ETC.ETC.
And Root beer my friend!
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Old 21.08.2011, 23:53
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Thats american!is it ?
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Old 22.08.2011, 00:17
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Thats american!is it ?
I grew up with it and Soda cream!
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Old 22.08.2011, 17:09
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Re: Swiss rip-offs

Rip-offs and scam prices are an old and well respected tradition in Switzerland. it's all about the culture.
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Old 22.08.2011, 17:28
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Just about everything here is a complete rip off - I just cannot understand how for eg something as simple can of beans can go up about 6 times in price just by crossing the channel. It really distresses me to see all the multi-billionaires sunning it up down by the lake, whilst the middle class workers are taxed to the hilt, and worked like its still the 11th century.

A very beautiful country without doubt, but the wealth distribution issue, and lack of competition in the market leaves a lot to be desired in 2011.
Hey, I am a wet blanket today, am I not, but you can find a giant can of baked beans in CH Aldi for not even a franc (885gr). So, I am sure the middle class workers have found their supplies, as did many others, last time Aldi was packed.

Today's biggest rip off was a sack for the kindy gym. Something pink and shiny, for 30 chufs

1st day of the school, or, la rentree as it is called here, is a major opportunity to have matching this and that uber expensively pushed on kids and parents.

Make your own, and write on it to personalize it with a permanent marker, sew some applications, or buttons, make it different. It will cost you 5fr of material.
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But, if you make your own, you might have to fake 'American Apparel' or whatever slogan is current here.
With my grandchildren in the UK, everything has to be some 'designer' or other, and that seems to start horribly early.
With any luck that isn't how it is here, which would certainly be one thing to be grateful for.
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Old 22.08.2011, 17:36
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Make your own, and write on it to personalize it with a permanent marker, sew some applications, or buttons, make it different. It will cost you 5fr of material.
If you don't mind your kid being called "Gypo".
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If you don't mind your kid being called "Gypo".
Naw...she was pretty proud and demanded I teach her to work the sewing machine, hahaha, like, NOW!
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Naw...she was pretty proud and demanded I teach her to work the sewing machine, hahaha, like, NOW!
She'll grow out of it



Actually, I hope she doesn't. Hopefully CH doesn't pick up the "Dress Code" competitiveness of UK schools.
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She'll grow out of it
Not sure, I tried to, as well, but once you start, and young on top, it's addictive. A tad granola, embarrassingly enough, but thankgod it's getting a little more chic these days.

(I grew up in matching outfits with moms' she made us )

Ok, back to rip offs. Fabric stores here. Ugh. Lyon is luring me.
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eBay's a good thing (in all fairness, I jsut can't be arsed to sign up).



However, it IS impossible without a car.



Also impossible without a car.



Not an issue without a car.



Lucky you!



I totally agree. I think you learn where you're likely to be ripped off and can normally adjust accordingly. In my the case of my OP, I just wasn't expecting to pay that much for something so simple!

living in lausanne i have found it still significantly cheaper to rent a car at the weekend (chf 170ish) and do a months shopping in Carrefour in France, spend EUR 400 for what would cost at least 900 chf in Migros/Coop....nice saving and still ahve use of a car for the sunday.
My favourite Swiss rip off is: 200g jar of nescafe (swiss product) 13chf in Coop, or 5.49 eur in france. Even before the currency shift it was 52% more in its home nation! And rice...the special 10% off that has seen Uncle Bens plummet to 3.50 a kilo here! Its still EUR0.71 a kg in Carrefour. Only 300% more in Switz then!
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Old 23.08.2011, 18:06
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Re: Swiss rip-offs

Food, food and food - in the grocery. We spend 200CH to eat at home a week for 2 people. Meat, poultry, fish - only deal is sometimes when produce is in season. Clothes - outrageously expensive for quality I think is poor (ugly cheap shoes), and items that say "swiss made" can be the worst in quality. When we go home to American we buy all essentials there. Try to avoid buying anything here.
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