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Old 27.01.2010, 20:55
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I don't get this

If for you price is so important why buy an ipod (or anything Apple) in the first place?

Don't you think that buying one of the most expensive fashion accessories on the market and then bitching about price is a bit absurd?


Per Gigabyte Apple tends to be among the cheaper options.

Don't get your reasoning either. But anyway the major reason for the price difference is the crash of the pound. Not to long ago the pound used to be CHF 2.5 the english prices are still tend to be around the ratio only the pound is about 1.6

£350 x 2.5 is CHF 875 which isn't that far off the swiss price
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Old 27.01.2010, 21:02
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Jelmoli salad counter prepared Greek salad: 4chf/100grams

that means a meal sized plate is 24 chf and it's a takeaway!

Oh and for those of you who say yeah but it's Jelmoli, take a visit to Harrods food hall.
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Re: Absurd Swiss prices

There was a puffer jacket by Ralph Lauren/Polo that I saw at Macy's in Chicago over the holidays-- on sale for 60 CHF .

Was at Globus yesterday in Basel, and SAW the EXACT same one for 499 CHF!!!!!!!!!
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Old 28.01.2010, 20:33
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There was a puffer jacket by Ralph Lauren/Polo that I saw at Macy's in Chicago over the holidays-- on sale for 60 CHF .

Was at Globus yesterday in Basel, and SAW the EXACT same one for 499 CHF!!!!!!!!!
holly sh!&t! time to visit my mama in Chi Town..I miss Marshalls, TJMaxx or even Macy's (especially during sales season)
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Old 28.01.2010, 20:48
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Which Orange plan is this? The least expensive I can see is X-treme Surf at CHR35 a month and for this the 16gb 3GS costs CHF 379.
substract 50 chf for ordering online and 10chf/per month for christmas promotion (which is still valid i think, at least i see it on their page)
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Old 29.01.2010, 15:59
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holly sh!&t! time to visit my mama in Chi Town..I miss Marshalls, TJMaxx or even Macy's (especially during sales season)
We destroyed Ross and Burlington Coat Factory over the X-mas holidays. Don't need clothes for another 2 years now. Went the US with 2 bags, came back with 8.
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Old 13.04.2010, 11:16
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The price of consumables such as light bulbs

Just got back from Coop where I bought 2 Philips G9 42W Eco halogen lightbulbs for CHF 9.90 each. Freely available in the US for $2.99 and the UK for GBP 2.49. The margin on this is ridiculous. It is a tiny item so cannot be justified by the prime Swiss real estate space used stocking the item, I received no help in the purchase so the Swiss salary costs cannot really enter into it. It is just blatant profiteering from the local retail oligopolies. I'm fed up of being screwed left right and centre for silly items such as this. Another example is cabling - ever bought a BluRay/DVD player/TV here then been asked if you want an HDMI cable then been charged CHF30 for a very basic one that they'd never get more than a quarter of that for outside CH.

All these items typically retail in Switzerland for c.3x the price of more free markets.

Grr. I expect better from a Cooperative retailer.
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Old 13.04.2010, 11:20
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Re: The price of consumables such as light bulbs

Same as I wouldn't buy light bulbs in Selfridges (although they still wouldn't match coop prices ...), next time buy them in Jumbo.

A kind of trick with Jumbo is to find what you want, then look at the bottom shelf where they often sell the same thing, inferior quality, for much cheaper.
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Old 13.04.2010, 11:21
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Just got back from Coop where I bought 2 Philips G9 42W Eco halogen lightbulbs for CHF 9.90 each. Freely available in the US for $2.99 and the UK for GBP 2.49. The margin on this is ridiculous. It is a tiny item so cannot be justified by the prime Swiss real estate space used stocking the item, I received no help in the purchase so the Swiss salary costs cannot really enter into it. I'm fed up of being screwed left right and centre for silly items such as this (and cabling for another example - ever bought a BluRay/DVD player/TV here then been asked if you want an HDMI cable then been charged CHF30 for a very basic one that they'd never get more than a quarter of that for outside CH.

All these items typically sell for c.3x the price of more free markets.

Grr. I expect better from a Cooperative retailer.
I am with you on that. I bought sippy cup here for 12.99 chf and found the exact same brand in the US for 1.95$

This is just insane... And no, our salary doesn't justify this, because at the end of the month, what is left here is not much!
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Old 13.04.2010, 11:22
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Just got back from Coop where I bought 2 Philips G9 42W Eco halogen lightbulbs for CHF 9.90 each. Freely available in the US for $2.99 and the UK for GBP 2.49. The margin on this is ridiculous. It is a tiny item so cannot be justified by the prime Swiss real estate space used stocking the item, I received no help in the purchase so the Swiss salary costs cannot really enter into it. It is just blatant profiteering from the local retail oligopolies. I'm fed up of being screwed left right and centre for silly items such as this (and cabling for another example - ever bought a BluRay/DVD player/TV here then been asked if you want an HDMI cable then been charged CHF30 for a very basic one that they'd never get more than a quarter of that for outside CH.

All these items typically retail in Switzerland for c.3x the price of more free markets.

Grr. I expect better from a Cooperative retailer.
I agree with the HDMI cables---ridiculous prices!
Finally I found some dude with a little private electronics shop, sold me a 3 m cable for 9 francs. There are decent deals in Zurich, you really have to hunt though
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Old 13.04.2010, 11:49
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Re: Absurd Swiss prices

OK, I've been here long enough not to be that suprised at absurd prices anymore - esspecially at places like Marinello - but one the other day genuinely had my jaw on the floor for the 1st time in a while.

I went to buy a bottle of Talisker single malt for a friend as a present & stopped off on the way to him at B'hof Stadelhofen to pop into Coop to get one, but with it being the smaller B'hof store, I stuck my head into Marinello to see if they had it just in case Coop didn't.
Coop had it : 48.50 for a 70cl 10 yr old
Marinello, 20 metres away - exact same bottle: 84.50 !!!
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OK, I've been here long enough not to be that suprised at absurd prices anymore - esspecially at places like Marinello - but one the other day genuinely had my jaw on the floor for the 1st time in a while.

I went to buy a bottle of Talisker single malt for a friend as a present & stopped off on the way to him at B'hof Stadelhofen to pop into Coop to get one, but with it being the smaller B'hof store, I stuck my head into Marinello to see if they had it just in case Coop didn't.
Coop had it : 48.50 for a 70cl 10 yr old
Marinello, 20 metres away - exact same bottle: 84.50 !!!
are you sure it wasn't a typo?!
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are you sure it wasn't a typo?!
No, I rubbed my eyes hard & triple checked - they also had a bottle of Oban next to it for 89
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No, I rubbed my eyes hard & triple checked - they also had a bottle of Oban next to it for 89
Cripes .....
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Re: Absurd Swiss prices

I wanted to buy a standard bed for my son, madde out of wood and not laminate like you mostly see here in switzerland for the price I wanted to pay. So since I couldnt find it at any furniture store in Switzerland, I printed a picture of what I wanted and sent it to the schreiner (furniture maker)
It was going to cost me 4000 CHF for the bed and another 1000CHF for the bedside table, 2000 CHF for a chest of drawers. This in a cheap, birch wood.

In Germany I got the lot for 2000 euros in solid Oak...so as I would have liked to keep my money in Switzerland, I am not a millionair so I decided to give my money to the Germans...sorry.

As for clothes, My husband just opened a MyUS address account and I have been currently buying my son clothes from Ralph Lauren. Price for Polo Tshirt...(well HM prices) prices in Switzerland....60 - 100 chf

The only problem with that is, I am going on regular online shopping sprees, and my husband is not happy
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I wanted to buy a standard bed for my son, madde out of wood and not laminate like you mostly see here in switzerland for the price I wanted to pay. So since I couldnt find it at any furniture store in Switzerland, I printed a picture of what I wanted and sent it to the schreiner (furniture maker)
It was going to cost me 4000 CHF for the bed and another 1000CHF for the bedside table, 2000 CHF for a chest of drawers. This in a cheap, birch wood.

In Germany I got the lot for 2000 euros in solid Oak...so as I would have liked to keep my money in Switzerland, I am not a millionair so I decided to give my money to the Germans...sorry.

As for clothes, My husband just opened a MyUS address account and I have been currently buying my son clothes from Ralph Lauren. Price for Polo Tshirt...(well HM prices) prices in Switzerland....60 - 100 chf

The only problem with that is, I am going on regular online shopping sprees, and my husband is not happy
How are you dealing with Swiss customs and taxes?
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Old 13.04.2010, 20:41
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Re: The price of consumables such as light bulbs

Regarding HDMI cables.

'Which' magazine recently tested cheap ones against the expensive gold plated ones and found no real difference so go for the cheapest you can find.
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yes prices are crazy. i order quite a few things from ebay. apart from the prices, i don't have to contend with shop opening times and things get delivered to my door.
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How are you dealing with Swiss customs and taxes?
See at the customs tariff here

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Datum: 13.04.2010 Land: Deutschland Verkehrsrichtung: Einfuhr D.4 D.6 Tarifnummer: 9403.5000 ZC: Schlüssel: Anmerkungen Bemerkungen Tarifnummer ZC ZAR Text 9403
Andere Möbel und Teile davon: 9403.5000 - Möbel aus Holz, der in Schlafzimmern verwendeten Art Zollansätze:
Normal 0.00 Fr. je 100 kg brutto
EU 0.00 Fr. je 100 kg brutto
Mehrwertsteuer: 7,6 % Gegenstände nach Art. 55 Abs. 1 MWSTG (siehe "Bemerkungen", "MWST")........................................... ....................................

which shows that the customs rate is ZERO. The VAT is 7,6%, but on export from Germany you can get the reimbursement of the German VAT of 19%, so that you even save more than 10%. When making sizeable purchases in Germany, always get full documentation and find out about the reimbursement. Most German businessmen will support you as they make lots of business thanks to this.

The only point is the transport, as trucking in Germany and Switzerland is upto 50% more expensive than let's say in France, Italy or the U.K. . For trucking imports from Germany (frequent example the city of Kassel) we here use Schenker DB whose trucking rates at present are some 30% below the competition (Lamprecht, Agility, MAT, EXTRA (for imports ex U.K. consult EXTRA, for imports ex France Agility).
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