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Old 14.04.2010, 13:48
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Re: The price of consumables such as light bulbs

I guess I'm part of the problem here. If I need something I'll just go straight to the nearest place which I know will have it and buy it. I'm not the kind of person that will trapse around for 2 hours on the premise that I might save myself 20 Franks.

I'm pretty much like this for anything 50CHF or under. Over 50CHF there's the ouch factor, but I'll buy it anyway. Over 100CHF I might start thinking about shopping around. Over 500CHF I will shop around.

I don't often buy over the internet despite the vastly cheaper prices, because when I realise I need something, then it's a need it now situation. When I do use the internet, then it's pretty much the first reputable site I find that has it in stock that gets my business.

I don't enjoy shopping for anything and I'm a lazy shopper. Hence I have a get it over and done with attitude. I'm far happier paying a bit over the odds and saving myself time to be honest.
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Old 14.04.2010, 13:50
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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.
It's a digital cable (like a USB cable), so it either works or it doesn't, so get the cheapest functioning one you can. Don't look in the audio/video sections of large stores like MediaMarkt, look in the computer cable section, and even there, hunt for a bargain. There can be a 10x markup between equivalent cables in the same store.
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Old 14.04.2010, 14:42
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In Peru, if you need a needle, you can go to the corner shop and buy one needle. it would cost you some cents.

Here and in the whole Europe and in the whole western world you simply can't
The other day a wing nut fell from off my child's pushchair
So to the ironmongers I went to buy myself a spare
"One wing nut just like this", I said, I'd brought with me it's mate
"One wing nut?" said the ironmonger, "I fear you're rather late..."

They come in little plastic packs
in groups of five or ten
They haven't been sold singly
since I can't remember when
Inside the little plastic packs
they're easier for us to sell
And they cost you twice the original price
and they don't work half as well

My wife and I had bought six mugs, one each and four for friends
To hang them on the dresser I had promised this weekend
So to the home improvement shop I went to buy the hooks
"Six hooks," I said, and got cut dead by one of those, well, /looks/

They come in little plastic packs
in groups of five or ten
They haven't been in sixes
since I can't remember when
Inside the little plastic packs
they're easier for us to sell
And they cost you twice the original price
and they don't work half as well

I wistfully remembered in the happy days of yore
The ironmonger would keep a box of oddments in his store
Through nuts and rivets, screws and bolts, he'd rummage cheerfully
And find the thing you wanted and say "no, no charge, it's free".
The poor old bloke, alas, went broke in nineteen sixty-three.....

I thought, well it is sad that economics should be thus
And so to see my MP at Westminster took a bus
When I explained my errand to the policeman on the door
He smiled and said "we don't have MPs like that any more...."

They come in little plastic packs
in groups of five or ten
They haven't been seen singly
since I can't remember when
Inside the little plastic packs
they can still hear the division bell
And they cost you twice the original price
and they don't work half as well!

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The argument given to you by Sunstore shows that Swiss customers of them simply get CHEATED
No, it shows that they understand capitalism.
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Aldi are an absolute joke!

4.99 CHF for 3 spare rasor blades...unbelievable

If they were of some special make I'd understand (I wouldn't buy them but I'd understand) but they are the rubbish Aldi brand.

How dare Aldi communicate on cheap prices???

I pretty much stopped going to Aldi since I realised that they gradually increased the price of their fruit joghurts from 0.29 to 0.49 CHF.

But as I already had an Aldi rasor handle I went there this evening thinking I would find spare blades at a reasonable price...

I am pretty sure that that is the last time I go to Aldi!
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Re: Aldi are an absolute joke!

Wow, such vitriol. Just wait 'til you see the prices for meat at Coop!

I can see your head exploding now...
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Re: Aldi are an absolute joke!

"Sorry I asked for a pay rise... I won't do it again..."
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Re: Aldi are an absolute joke!

It's quite tricky with this kind of shops. Some items are generally cheaper than in local branches of Migros and Coop, some are radiculously overpriced like example above. If at least they were stainless steel. I like Lidl and I'm also aware the fact that for the price I pay, I cannot expect premium quality. Sometimes make me think how come these solid looking tools and clothes are radiculously cheap.
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"Sorry I asked for a pay rise... I won't do it again..."
Why did you post this on this thread and not on the "Absurd swiss prices" thread? Seems a bit pointless to me.

In the Westschweiz one would call this a little "démagogique". The word seems to exist in english:
http://www.thefreedictionary.com/demagogy
"The art and practice of gaining power and popularity by arousing the emotions, passions, and prejudices of the people. Also demagoguery."
...although I've never heard it being used.
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Why did you post this on this thread and not on the "Absurd swiss prices" thread?
Because this little boy works in a metal working shop and you're complaining about razor blades and because the opportunity presented itself and because I'm in a silly mood and...

... why do you give a ****?
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Re: Aldi are an absolute joke!

There are always loss leaders; special offers.

I always do a run through Migros and then Co-op checking the prices of Special Offer Items and the other thing that you always have to check is the quality of the fruit and vegetables which seems to change dramatically on each visit.
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Re: Aldi are an absolute joke!

Wouldn't it be better to check the price of razor blades before buying the handle?
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Wouldn't it be better to check the price of razor blades before buying the handle?
When I bought the handle they were in a pack of 6 (if I remember correctly) and might have been slightly more than CHF 4.99 but not much more.

...I did check.
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Re: Aldi are an absolute joke!

Having had the same dilemma with caveman's type Gillette blades fitting the only specific handle type, my wife came with solution on my 33rd birthday and my shaving process has been significantly modernized by triple action electric shaver. Easy to use and the cutters adjust to your skin profile. Ever since I won't touch old razor again.
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Re: Aldi are an absolute joke!

the razor blades only cost 0.49

4.50 is the cost of the packaging and handling.
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Re: Aldi are an absolute joke!

I use one of these:



That one is a new one, mine was made in Neuchatel sometime long ago. Haven't bought a razor in over a decade, and very few facial cuts (they heal right up anyway ). Plus you get that 'real-man' factor.
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Re: Aldi are an absolute joke!

The blades I use cost about 4.25 each (I was sucked in by the latest Gilette, and besides, I have woefully sensitive skin). My blades thus cost 2.5x what yours cost.

So you get 60% off shaving. Sounds like something of a saving to me.

What I don't like about Aldi is their current ad campaign, showing a family sitting down to dinner for a total of 6.23 CHF (or whatever it is) - where all the prices have been extrapolated back to portion prices. You still need to pay 2.99 for the smallest sack of onions, etc. so to sit down to the meal they show would cost about 20-30 CHF (still cheap for a group, but a little misleading)
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Most Swiss (85% of the people live in towns of more than 10'000 inhabitants) have so high costs to bear that in net-terms, Germans in conurbations like Munich or Cologne have a higher NET living standards than people in Zurich, Basel and Geneva.
But what about German taxes ? I am not well informed there myself but the daughter of an acquaintance of mine, a simple hairdresser who does not earn an excessive salary, ends up with 48 % of her gross salary in the bank. The rest goes for taxes, sickness insurance and I don't know what other charges. I have the impression that a Swiss person in similar circumstances doesn't have such high charges.

Cousins of mine, when I talked of the possibility that I might go back to Germany to live told me I was insane - because of taxes, etc.

Another thing. There was a time when practically everything was cheaper in Germany. But since the introduction of the Euro that is no longer the case. Sometimes one got the impression that the only thing on the price tags that was changed was the currency !

Also, as far as culture is concerned, I was horrified to learn recently that the municipal libraries all charged yearly fees, that was not the case during my childhood. In Freiburg this fee is € 12 annually but for every book you reserve you have to pay another Euro. In Geneva both are free.
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Re: Absurd Swiss prices

Books. I have here The Other, David Guterson. Great (that's not true, its a good book) but 17.90 CHF or, if you look at the GBP price 5.99! Available postage paid from the book depository (good prices, but slow service) for €7.43
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Welcome to the world of marketing!
Not really. The Federal Office in charge with medicines and pharmaceuticals is full of reps from the chemical industry in Basel. ICAO some years ago stopped something similar in case of the Federal CAA (BAZL) where heaps of department managers of air operators worked in the morning and in the afternoon prepared the reports which they acknowledged the next morning. It was a big scandal and some 60% of the top echelons of the BAZL left there.

This is NOT marketing to me !
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