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Old 06.01.2010, 09:26
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Most seafood in Switzerland comes from the grand market (les nouveaux halles) in Paris.
Do you mean Le Marché International de Rungis or as everyone calls it "Rungis"?

OT: we are currently living on ready made meals and I'm shocked by the prices: yesterday I spent 52chf on 5 of them incl. a bag of salad and tomatoes this will last us less than 2 days.
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Old 06.01.2010, 10:53
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Re: Absurd Swiss prices

Fact or fiction?

My sister says Iphones cost USD 120 in the States. Hubby says they cost around SFR 1,000 here.

Thanks EF KTipp specialists.
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Old 06.01.2010, 11:40
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Re: Absurd Swiss prices

My most recent experience with absurd prices was shortly before Christmas. I hadn't really been tracking the price of meat but, as I couldn't find any lamb chops in the chiller cabinet at Coop Sihl City, I went to the meat counter to ask for 8 of them.

The butcher plopped the package down in front of me and as I picked it up I caught sight of the label. "CHF 39.57" I dropped it back on the counter and said "I only asked for 8 chops." to which he replied, "Yes, there are 8 in there."

I gave him the package back and said thanks, but that's more than I am willing to pay. He called after me in a rather p*ssed off way, saying "This is Swiss quality!"

That worked out at CHF 5 per chop! Quality is one thing but that was a veritable rip-off. Plus if it was Swiss meat, there are bugger-all transport costs involved so how do they justify that level of pricing.

Ironically, just after Christmas, there was a shedload of lamb "on Aktion" in Coop for half price with a pretty short sell-by-date on it.

I got the last laugh...
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Old 06.01.2010, 15:37
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Re: Absurd Swiss prices

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Fact or fiction?

My sister says Iphones cost USD 120 in the States. Hubby says they cost around SFR 1,000 here.

Thanks EF KTipp specialists.
The 64GB iPhone costs around CHF 1000. However, every two years or so, you are entitled to a new cell phone, and you can opt to switch to an iPhone, then it costs around 150-200 CHF. Also, as a new customer to either Swisscom or Orange (who have the monopoly in Switzerland), you can get the same low price.
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Do you mean Le Marché International de Rungis or as everyone calls it "Rungis"?

OT: we are currently living on ready made meals and I'm shocked by the prices: yesterday I spent 52chf on 5 of them incl. a bag of salad and tomatoes this will last us less than 2 days.
Yes, Rungis is the place
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My most recent experience with absurd prices was shortly before Christmas. I hadn't really been tracking the price of meat but, as I couldn't find any lamb chops in the chiller cabinet at Coop Sihl City, I went to the meat counter to ask for 8 of them.

The butcher plopped the package down in front of me and as I picked it up I caught sight of the label. "CHF 39.57" I dropped it back on the counter and said "I only asked for 8 chops." to which he replied, "Yes, there are 8 in there."

I gave him the package back and said thanks, but that's more than I am willing to pay. He called after me in a rather p*ssed off way, saying "This is Swiss quality!"

That worked out at CHF 5 per chop! Quality is one thing but that was a veritable rip-off. Plus if it was Swiss meat, there are bugger-all transport costs involved so how do they justify that level of pricing.

Ironically, just after Christmas, there was a shedload of lamb "on Aktion" in Coop for half price with a pretty short sell-by-date on it.

I got the last laugh...
Some sheep in New Zealand would have been proud, had they known to be of "Swiss quality"
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Old 06.01.2010, 15:51
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Fact or fiction?

My sister says Iphones cost USD 120 in the States. Hubby says they cost around SFR 1,000 here.

Thanks EF KTipp specialists.
Not without an accompanying cell phone plan, they don't.
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Re: Absurd Swiss prices

Oh how i miss steak...

I've also recently come to the conclusion that running shoes must be made of 24 carat gold here.
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Re: Absurd Swiss prices

For Guys:

Hair Cut in UK:
13.47CHF (8pounds in average)

Hair Cut in Poland:
10.87 CHF + shampoo + nice head massage by cute polish girl

Hair Cut in Switzerland:
40CHF...

Hm, Having hairs in Switzerland is a privilege?
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Oh how i miss steak...

I've also recently come to the conclusion that running shoes must be made of 24 carat gold here.
Try Dosenbach on Bahnhofstrasse/Rennweg or in the centre of Oerlikon. Many running shoes between CHF 25.-- and 75.--
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Old 06.01.2010, 17:04
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For Guys:

Hair Cut in UK:
13.47CHF (8pounds in average)

Hair Cut in Poland:
10.87 CHF + shampoo + nice head massage by cute polish girl

Hair Cut in Switzerland:
40CHF...

Hm, Having hairs in Switzerland is a privilege?
If you're male and over 40, having hair is a privilege. No matter where.
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Old 06.01.2010, 17:16
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I gave him the package back and said thanks, but that's more than I am willing to pay. He called after me in a rather p*ssed off way, saying "This is Swiss quality!"
Swiss quality... yeah, right!

I'd be very surprised if that was indeed Swiss lamb. We eat lamb quite a lot and I don't remember a single piece of Swiss lamb in Coop or Migros. It's always from New Zealand or Australia.
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Old 06.01.2010, 17:18
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Re: Absurd Swiss prices

Continuing with the iPhone discussions,

Orange in CH ran an offer in Dec selling 16GB ones for 179 CHF deposit and 29 CHF/month for a contract period of 24 months (can vary depending on the scheme you take)

I compared a similar scheme from SFR , when I was in Paris recently and it was much more. They charged a one-time of 175 € and a monthly 35€ for a period of 24 months.

So, it is actually better sometimes in CH (though the instance might be once in a million times)
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Re: Absurd Swiss prices

I have been looking at Home Theater systems and just returned from the US. I found a Philips Soundbar system (HTS8100), that would fit well in my apartment. In the US, it is selling for less than 300 CHF. In CH, the same system (different power supply) is selling for 900+CHF.

Incredible...

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Re: Absurd Swiss prices

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For Guys:

Hair Cut in UK:
13.47CHF (8pounds in average)

Hair Cut in Poland:
10.87 CHF + shampoo + nice head massage by cute polish girl

Hair Cut in Switzerland:
40CHF...

Hm, Having hairs in Switzerland is a privilege?
Well in Chatel St Denis, it costs Chf 18.--....In the UK it may also cost £8.-- but i think in large cities in well appointed salons it may be a bit more.

We really should try and keep the comparisons to equal and similar products/services. Yes Switzerland is expensive but it's not as bad as some make out.
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Re: Absurd Swiss prices

I got a quote here for replacing 3 fillings to white ones (previous ones NHS finest...) 4,500chf with discount

While visiting my mum in Scotland I went to a private dentist for a quote - 250 gbp for the same work... I got them done there
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Re: Absurd Swiss prices

I made a small error of judgement in a car park and grazed the rear wheel arch of our car. Took it to the dealership here and they wanted 1750chf minimum for replacing various panels and painting and that was without the "extra damage" that may have been done to the chassis (by brushing past a pillar at a speed so slow it did not register on the speedometer!).

I was back in the UK for Christmas so took it to the local garage and they fixed it good as new for £170 the next day (CH garage wanted the car for a minimum of 3 days and could't do anything until the after the New Year)

Also got new glasses with lenses and fitting and full sight check up from of Specsavers for £100 (within the hour!!!!!!) Some things are just easier and cheaper done elsewhere....

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..Swiss lamb in Coop or Migros. It's always from New Zealand or Australia.
And we specially season the ones going to Switzerland.

/Joke: Tourist bus pulls up to a paddock to watch a farmer, in NZ, chasing a sheep around. The tourist get out and start snapping photos but after a few minutes one gets bored and yells to the farmer "Are you sharing?" Farmer replies "Bugger of, get your own." /end bad joke

Oh.. for lamb prices in NZ are expensive as we pay export prices perhaps less transport costs.. perhaps. When it gets good for NZers is when a large European shipment gets dropped/cancelled.. then the local market get flooded with the stuff for a week or so. Perhaps that happens with Swiss watches? *chuckle*

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Swiss quality... yeah, right!

I'd be very surprised if that was indeed Swiss lamb. We eat lamb quite a lot and I don't remember a single piece of Swiss lamb in Coop or Migros. It's always from New Zealand or Australia.
Maybe he was then referring to the Swiss quality and Swiss qualified way he had hacked each one off the rack for me then.

Whatever it was, for CHF40 I'd want them to have a platinum core running through them.

He was proper miffed that he had to unpack them and put them back in his counter.
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Incredible...
No...outrageous !!!
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