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Re: Swiss rip-offs

I'm not a person who normally would talk about Swiss Rip-offs but now that old age is making its mark a few things have to be helped along a bit. In this case it's my feet - a mixture of symptoms all causing pain.
So, Prof....... a specialist in such cases gave me a prescription for in-sets (Einlagen) ... you know, to put in the shoes.... Fr465.00!!!!!!!!! All that otherwise was needed was a photo of my feet from underneath...
I'm still breathing deeply.
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These Prof have no sole!
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Old 06.05.2016, 19:18
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Re: Swiss rip-offs

This one kills me: we go to Les Bergues bar at The Four Seasons in Geneva from time to time. If you order the hot chocolate, you get a lovely pot of it for 12CHF. Yeah, pricey, but it's only about double paying for two 'hot chocolates' in cafes which are sachets of powder you are expected to stir into UHT milk. So, I'm totally not complaining.

But if you order for two, you get one pot - I dare say it has more in it - and they charge you full price x 2. I've never been anywhere other than Switzerland where they do that. Les Bergues isn't the only offender.
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Re: Swiss rip-offs

150 ml of cleaning benzine cost at the local pharmacy 6.90sfr, at a german
DIY Store (Like Hornbach) you pay 6 Euros per Liter.
Coop Bau&Hobby does not sell 1Liter Containers.
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Old 06.05.2016, 22:16
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150 ml of cleaning benzine cost at the local pharmacy 6.90sfr, at a german

DIY Store (Like Hornbach) you pay 6 Euros per Liter.

Coop Bau&Hobby does not sell 1Liter Containers.

A liter of benzine is a lot! How long does it take for you to use it?
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Old 06.05.2016, 23:01
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Re: Swiss rip-offs

When you have to clean a lot of space from oil sprinkles(in the kitchen) , you will need the big quantity .
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150 ml of cleaning benzine cost at the local pharmacy 6.90sfr, at a german
DIY Store (Like Hornbach) you pay 6 Euros per Liter.
Coop Bau&Hobby does not sell 1Liter Containers.
The pharmacy probably sells "Wundbenzin" which is usable to clean bodily wounds, that's not at all the same as "Putzbenzin" or ordinary Benzin.

Make sure you don't compare apples to oranges.
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Old 07.05.2016, 13:08
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One way ticket from Basel Bad Hf to Franfurt is 61CHF Via SBB

One way ticket from Basel SBB to Frankfurt is 118CHF via SBB

Tram ticket from SBB To Basel Bad Hf is 2.10 CHF

Ergo, track between Basel SBB and Basel Bad Hf is gold plated.

Therefore, I bought my ticket from DB Bahn instead because of this gouging- so SBB gets NADA!
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The pharmacy probably sells "Wundbenzin" which is usable to clean bodily wounds, that's not at all the same as "Putzbenzin" or ordinary Benzin.

Make sure you don't compare apples to oranges.
Even when you buy at migros "Reinigungsbenzin" or "Feuerzeugbenzin", you will pay around 40sfr per liter(you only get small cans or bottles).
That will be around 6 times the amout youm pay in germany.
I think they sell only small cans/bottles , because some people are addicted to it.
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Old 08.05.2016, 00:04
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Even when you buy at migros "Reinigungsbenzin" or "Feuerzeugbenzin", you will pay around 40sfr per liter(you only get small cans or bottles).
That will be around 6 times the amout youm pay in germany.
I think they sell only small cans/bottles , because some people are addicted to it.
Stop whining its easy to go to germany so this item doesnt even count as a rip off
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Old 08.05.2016, 00:32
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Stop whining its easy to go to germany so this item doesnt even count as a rip off
What an odd thing to say. You can say that about most things in this thread. Are you suggesting that nothing in Switzerland is overpriced because you can buy it cheaply in a neighbouring country?

Or are you just being an attention seeking arse?
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Re: Swiss rip-offs

We must not forget that the wages, rents and energy are much higher than in neighboring countries.

My feeling is that many Swiss usually work with more margin than in neighboring countries. The doctors in Switzerland need more competitors, the price performance ratio is very bad
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Old 08.05.2016, 10:19
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We must not forget that the wages, rents and energy are much higher than in neighboring countries.
I started out thinking believing in this idea. I like to live in places where everybody is paid properly. But I no longer believe that this is an adequate explanation.

It has also been pointed out here and there that the Swiss actually get good deals for businesses, so it isn't altogether clear to me that the expenses are particularly high. Presumably tax, for a start is lower.
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Even when you buy at migros "Reinigungsbenzin" or "Feuerzeugbenzin", you will pay around 40sfr per liter(you only get small cans or bottles).
That will be around 6 times the amout youm pay in germany.
I think they sell only small cans/bottles , because some people are addicted to it.
I don't know if it is the same stuff as I don't use it but I saw benzin in 5 litre containers in Jumbo yesterday for about 25 CHF.
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150 ml of cleaning benzine cost at the local pharmacy 6.90sfr, at a german
DIY Store (Like Hornbach) you pay 6 Euros per Liter.
Coop Bau&Hobby does not sell 1Liter Containers.
Comparing prices at a local (small/independent) pharmacy with a huge company like Hornbach is kind of odd.

If you want to clean oil sprinkles in your kitchen you can buy "Putzsprit" probably costs around 5 CHF per liter. Alternatively you can buy "Terpentinersatz" which is probably a bit more expensive, around 10 CHF/liter.
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Even when you buy at migros "Reinigungsbenzin" or "Feuerzeugbenzin", you will pay around 40sfr per liter(you only get small cans or bottles).
That will be around 6 times the amout youm pay in germany.
I think they sell only small cans/bottles , because some people are addicted to it.
In what country, and for what products, do you not pay more when buying in small quantities, especially for something bit exotic like Reinigungsbenzin?

CHF 10.20 per litre, less 10% rebate for physical pick-up as you live in Basel.

It's really hilarious to see people whinge about high prices, yet they can't even be bothered to use the very medium they're voicing their whingeing on. Time invested including finding out about pickup: 1-2 minutes, less than it took me to write this post.
https://www.toppreise.ch/index.php?search=Waschbenzin
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Re: Swiss rip-offs

Went to Media Markt to buy a projector screen for the "beamer" for the footy and the watching orf. Price quoted 299 Chuffs.


Went on Amazon.de. 100% the same model cost, with post, 116 Chuffs.


Ordered and it came within three days


Oh happy meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee


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Went to Media Markt to buy a projector screen for the "beamer" for the footy and the watching orf. Price quoted 299 Chuffs.


Went on Amazon.de. 100% the same model cost, with post, 116 Chuffs.


Ordered and it came within three days


Oh happy meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee


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Sorry, Greg, I don't think this is at all an example of Swiss rip-offs. It's more an Amazon ripoff. Amazon is cheaper all over the world and we all know the reasons, tax avoidance being a major one, and all the other anti-community methods. One of the nice things about Switzerland is that it is still full of small businesses that are part of the community. The day where that is replaced by the UK model of highstreets dominated by Oxfam, and out in the countryside monstrous Amazon warehouses surrounded by guard dogs is a day I will greatly regret.
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Sorry, Greg, I don't think this is at all an example of Swiss rip-offs. It's more an Amazon ripoff. Amazon is cheaper all over the world and we all know the reasons, tax avoidance being a major one, and all the other anti-community methods. One of the nice things about Switzerland is that it is still full of small businesses that are part of the community. The day where that is replaced by the UK model of highstreets dominated by Oxfam, and out in the countryside monstrous Amazon warehouses surrounded by guard dogs is a day I will greatly regret.
Sorry, run that by me again... High streets dominated by charity shops?

As for Amazon, economies generated by operating an online model do not explain a 160% mark-up (on retail price, no less!). That would be largely down to pure profiteering on the part of the Swiss store. And by the way, Media Markt is not exactly short of buying power itself.
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Sorry, run that by me again... High streets dominated by charity shops?

As for Amazon, economies generated by operating an online model do not explain a 160% mark-up (on retail price, no less!). That would be largely down to pure profiteering on the part of the Swiss store. And by the way, Media Markt is not exactly short of buying power itself.
I am generalising about charity shops in the UK, maybe there are highstreets in which they aren't such a feature, but the ones I see, even in the posh parts of towns are depressingly covered in charity shops...and chain shopping, of course. And some of them - Oxfam does spring to mind - are quite predatory. Small businesses contribute to local communities. I am very happy to pay extra to support that. However....as you say....

True Media Markt is a big company too - I guess electrics/electronics is an area where businesses have to be large. Except for specialist audio shops I confess I would not think of going to a small place for these sorts of things.
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