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Old 14.04.2010, 23:17
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I use one of these.
That, my manly Sir, is truly inspiring. You use it with Fr 2.95 shaving foam?

I'm keen, pun there, to give it a go. Any tips or recommendations on purchase? How does one keep it sharp.. the old leather strap?

As for 'safety' razor blades, I've got a wifes tail for you, you rest the razor between shaves on a magnet, so that the blades lie paralleled to the north to south poles. The magnetic field keeps the razor edge real sharp

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Old 14.04.2010, 23:25
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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.
The taxes in Germany clearly are higher than in Switzerland, this is true. But the actual costs, for example for real estate in general are lower. But here we have to differentiate as living costs in affluent cities like Munich, Stuttgart and Cologne/Köln are as high as in Switzerland. Many goods are less expensive in towns some 100 kms away. But if you consider importation either via Hamburg Seaport or Frankfurt Airport (etc) you easily can see that the transport costs are not the difference really, which means that the city dwellers ARE cheated. Another aspect is that big companies like Coop and Migros subsidize their network in remote countryside areas via their prices in the big cities, which in reality means that people in places like Zurich and Geneva on a daily basis subsidize the countryside.
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Old 14.04.2010, 23:40
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That, my manly Sir, is truly inspiring. You use it with Fr 2.95 shaving foam?

I'm keen, pun there, to give it a go. Any tips or recommendations on purchase? How does one keep it sharp.. the old leather strap?

As for 'safety' razor blades, I've got a wifes tail for you, you rest the razor between shaves on a magnet, so that the blades lie paralleled to the north to south poles. The magnetic field keeps the razor edge real sharp

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Shaving foam, soap, soap mixed with hand cream (actually works great!).

If you want to try, I suggest buying new and getting the leather strop and a stone at the same time. The strop is used before each shave, and the stone is used just a little bit once or twice a year. Buying an old razor you risk having to reform the cutting edge due to wear or more often small nicks. If you are already adept at sharpening normal knives to a razor edge then OK, but if not then buy new.

There are loads of Youtube vids on shaving and sharpening, and even a forum http://www.straightrazorplace.com/. A lot of folks go off the deep end but you really only need the razor, strop, and stone. My stone is an 8000 grit Japanese water stone. I think the last time I needed to use it was two years ago, but I only shave once a week .
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Re: The price of consumables such as light bulbs

Conrad electronics sells light globes for up to 1/3 of the price of Coop. I believe that my husband also found the cheapest HDMI cable there as well.
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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 !
In general, the perception of a product is more important in the customers' buying behaviour than the quality of the product - if the customers pay for the purchase themselves!

In pharmaceuticals it is usually the insurers that pay for (prescription) medicines, which redefines the marketing approach. That, and a sheer endless list of laws & regulations demand different pricing than consumer products like OTC (= over-the-counter) medicines.

In (federal) controlling organisations a lot of lobbying is done, not just in pharma. Besides, a background in chemistry is not necessarily an advantage when working in or controlling the pharma industry. There is an overlap with marketing here, but indeed it is NOT marketing.

Your example about the air operators shows, imo, that even Swiss can make mistakes in their administrative organization . That's another discipline, NOT marketing... (and so I agree with you in the end ).

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Old 15.04.2010, 02:42
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Well, another option is to go with facial hair...




... of course, depending upon style, that does not entirely preclude the need for or use of some type of razor system.
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Re: Absurd Swiss prices

I was shipping HHG from London to Switzerland and added a Liebherr wine fridge. Made in Switzerland? I paid £997 from a supplier found on Kelkoo. Price in Switzerland CHF 3,000 although discounts can be found. Both prices include VAT.
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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.
These days they just call it "campaigning".
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Old 15.04.2010, 08:20
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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.
Me too. I just saw red when I got to the checkout and had to pay CHF19.80 for 2 little lightbulbs which I had only replaced 6 months earlier. I felt sure this was way over the odds. Both lightbulbs went - they were supposed to last 2 years but managed 6 months - and I needed replacements. It is certainly not worth travelling anywhere for 2 lightbulbs, and neither could I wait for them to be shipped in from another country. Instead I went to Coop, then tried Migros (who didn't have any in a G9 fitting) and went back to Coop. When I got back from the shops I did a quick Google search and found they sell for a third or a quarter of the price in other countries. A quick check on top-preise.ch showed they could be bought for 6.50 each instead of 9.90 from an online Swiss retailer - but then postage and packing were of course not free but added a further CHF 6 or something to the price.

In other words my rant was at the price of these small items where you just need them now and it is not worth jumping in a car/ on a train/ ordering from abroad and the retailers/importers take extreme advantage of this. They can do this because there is little competition, there also seems to be great inertia on the part of the local consumer. That's all.
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Re: The price of consumables such as light bulbs

alternatively, buy in bulk once the stuff in on offer (everything seems to come for sale with an hefty discount sooner or later, even for a short period of time...), yesterday I got myself a year long supply of toothbrush heads because they were half price...

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I just paid CHF 9.15 for a paltry (sorry) couple of chicken breasts at Spar
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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..."
Coop Bau und Hobby sells them loose, take what ever amount you need, enter a code and out pops a ticket for the price that you present at the check-out register for payment.
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Re: The price of consumables such as light bulbs

Two points.

One.
If you drive around enough, with the price of petrol the way it is, you will spend more money than you could possibly save.
This alone has stopped me from comparison shopping like I used to do in the States.

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If you are looking for G9 lamps, try Hornbach. But, not just in the light bulb section. The G9 lamps are also in the lighting section next to the Lamps and lighting fixtures that use them.

Also, if you can save your receipts and the lamps are warranteed for a certain number of years, you can usually get a replacement if you return the lamp with the receipt and original packing. 6 months is pretty poor life for a lamp unless it is left on all of the time or is in a ceiling fan or in some other location that is subject to physical abuse.

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Don't worry. In Matla they'll be cheap but 40% sand.
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3.90 each for small 25W, E14 size lightbulbs (not even long life ones) & 46.50 for a (single) windscreen wiper. Both Coop Home yesterday.

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Me too. I just saw red when I got to the checkout and had to pay CHF19.80 for 2 little lightbulbs which I had only replaced 6 months earlier.<snip>
Many bulbs/lights have a guarantee. Philips for example print on the packaging of their halogen bulbs "Guaranteed 2 Years".

I staple the receipt to the packing card and shove them in a drawer. Twice now halogen bulbs have failed within a few months of purchase and Coop, somewhat surprised that someone kept the receipt and package, replaced the failed items free of charge...
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Don't worry. In Matla they'll be cheap but 40% sand.
Thanks for that - can't wait!! The other 60% being water, I presume?
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Thanks for that - can't wait!! The other 60% being water, I presume?
No silly...40% sand and 60% Maltese
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No silly...40% sand and 60% Maltese
dooohhhhh ...
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Many bulbs/lights have a guarantee. Philips for example print on the packaging of their halogen bulbs "Guaranteed 2 Years".

I staple the receipt to the packing card and shove them in a drawer. Twice now halogen bulbs have failed within a few months of purchase and Coop, somewhat surprised that someone kept the receipt and package, replaced the failed items free of charge...
Yes.

Complain if you like about certain things Swiss, but I am impressed with the fact that the words "Guaranteed" on light bulb packages actually mean just that. As long as you have the paperwork (yes, more paperwork) the shops will replace short lived lamps.

If you tried to do this in the USA, I am afraid they would look at you as if you were mental.

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