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Old 11.01.2012, 16:59
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Re: Absurd Swiss prices

Truly true. Once Took a cablecar. When I saw the price, I asked my hubby whether he bought a monthly pass. I am not joking!! Phew..
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Old 11.01.2012, 17:10
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Some insurers charge higher premiums for foreign nationals. Don't know if Zurich is among them but I strongly suggest that you shop around. comparis.ch is a good starting point.
I use Zurich through a broker ( www.nvc.ch ) and they put me down as a Swiss National on the insurance policy.
I queried this obviously, and they replied it's an agreement they have with Zurich to get a cheaper premium for their customers. Not sure if it's related to them being the recommended broker for Novartis staff or not.
But anyway, they obviously do charge more for johnny foreigner.

This years cost, CHF1468 for a 2004 diesel Bora, full cover with all the recommended additions (parking damage, pine martins, old dears shopping trolleys etc etc).
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Living in Switzerland is expensive but the longer you are here the more you get get used to it. Its when you go overseas that you really notice it and realize just how expensive it is compared to other places. My husband and I joked about it one day whilst overseas saying that the Swiss and Swiss residents could have a sign over their head saying "rip me off, it doesn't hurt".
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Old 13.01.2012, 13:21
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Living in Switzerland is expensive but the longer you are here the more you get get used to it. Its when you go overseas that you really notice it and realize just how expensive it is compared to other places. My husband and I joked about it one day whilst overseas saying that the Swiss and Swiss residents could have a sign over their head saying "rip me off, it doesn't hurt".
Living in Switzerland gets one accustomed to buying food in airports and amusement parks*, where your normal consumer is aghast at the prices.

*But let's not consider Swiss airports or amusement parks.
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Old 13.01.2012, 18:00
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Living in Switzerland gets one accustomed to buying food in airports and amusement parks*, where your normal consumer is aghast at the prices.

*But let's not consider Swiss airports or amusement parks.

Plus, the Swiss Airports are much nicer than their amusement parks.
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Old 17.01.2012, 22:46
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The amount quoted here can merely pay for your monthly rent in Switzerland and in bottom end price range.
I lived on that salary for 1 year (in and around Zurich), though to be fair, I was splitting the rent. You'd be surprised how little you can live on, even in a country like Switzerland, and still eat well and be happy.
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Old 17.01.2012, 23:13
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1 tin Ambrosia custard: 3chf (Zug). Or 59p in the UK. Needless to say I imported 1 crate of it when I arrived...

Oh and yes, I *love* ambrosia custard...
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I am aware that the prices in Switzerland is more expensive than other countries but this was really too much. Recently I was looking to buy puzzle and found one(Ravensburger) for 185CHF in Franz Carl Weber. I found exactly same one for 63CHF in Amzon.de. I had them deliver it for free of shipping fee and no custom fee! I am used to the prices here but this time I really got angry at the hugh price difference.... I learned not to just buy at the stores here but use the internet and travel opportunity to shop abroad...
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Old 18.01.2012, 01:59
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I am aware that the prices in Switzerland is more expensive than other countries but this was really too much. Recently I was looking to buy puzzle and found one(Ravensburger) for 185CHF in Franz Carl Weber. I found exactly same one for 63CHF in Amzon.de. I had them deliver it for free of shipping fee and no custom fee! I am used to the prices here but this time I really got angry at the hugh price difference.... I learned not to just buy at the stores here but use the internet and travel opportunity to shop abroad...
Well then I would advise you to not compare the puzzle prices to those UK or the States. My wife and I had trouble buying puzzles or games of any kind whilst we lived in Switzerland.
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Re: Absurd Swiss prices

I totally agree with some of you, but still I was surprised that the prices for photo equipment are not that high.
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when I factor in how little our family eats out in Zurich relative to our routine in the States...

we're actually spending less and saving more. the fact that our kids aren't bombarded with 10,000 subliminal messages everyday to buy **** they don't need helps, as well. and, frankly, all of the stuff that we have found to be expensive relative to the States is stuff that we don't really need.

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Old 18.01.2012, 17:49
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when I factor in how little our family eats out in Zurich relative to our routine in the States...

we're actually spending less and saving more. the fact that our kids aren't bombarded with 10,000 subliminal messages everyday to buy **** they don't need helps, as well. and, frankly, all of the stuff that we have found to be expensive relative to the States is stuff that we don't really need.


the ubiquitousness and insidiousness of american advertising is absolutely disgusting. i feel like the frontal lobe of my brain is being raped every time i go back.
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Old 18.01.2012, 17:52
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when I factor in how little our family eats out in Zurich relative to our routine in the States...

we're actually spending less and saving more. the fact that our kids aren't bombarded with 10,000 subliminal messages everyday to buy **** they don't need helps, as well. and, frankly, all of the stuff that we have found to be expensive relative to the States is stuff that we don't really need.

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the ubiquitousness and insidiousness of american advertising is absolutely disgusting. i feel like the frontal lobe of my brain is being raped every time i go back.

I really miss the legal protections against advertising AT children that exist in Europe. The way that corporations literally assault the senses of children in the USA is really starting to wear on my sensibilities and I have only been back just over a year.
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Old 18.01.2012, 19:37
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I totally agree with some of you, but still I was surprised that the prices for photo equipment are not that high.
Electronics & camera equipment is priced lower here than elsewhere due to lower VAT, it's economies of scale selling a product costing 500-2500 CHF with a short shelf life. Very different to selling a 10 CHF item, when the shop assistant earns if they are lucky 25 an hour which costs the store 30chf an hour when holidays, pensions & AHV are accounted for. The lucky shop assistant earns approx 4000 gross a month in Geneva or Zurich, they have to live here as well!
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Coop Restaurant near IKEA - thought I was getting 2 small glasses of normal water. Turned out to be over 2.50CHF pp. Let me repeat - small glass! Sigh...
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Coop Restaurant near IKEA - thought I was getting 2 small glasses of normal water. Turned out to be over 2.50CHF pp. Let me repeat - small glass! Sigh...
How much do you earn a month? Is it really an issue!
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How much do you earn a month? Is it really an issue!
The point wasn't in earnings, but in general the cost of water that has some bubbles in it. Even for someone from NL it seemed waaaay too much.
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How much do you earn a month? Is it really an issue!
Why don't people moan about absurd high wages and about absurd high social insurances?
By cutting down these parts for around a 50 %, we could easily half the prices of the goods.

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Re: Absurd Swiss prices

Someone told me, a year ago, that a regular McDonald worker (entry-level, non-management) earns 21 ChF an hour, plus full benefits in Switzerland (or at least in Vaud). Does anyone know if this is a correct figure?
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1 tin Ambrosia custard: 3chf (Zug). Or 59p in the UK. Needless to say I imported 1 crate of it when I arrived...

Oh and yes, I *love* ambrosia custard...
Come on, be fair. Foreign products rarely eaten locally will always be much more expensive. If I'd insisted on living on Gruyères and Saucisson Neuchatelois in London, I would have starved for sure (especially in the 70s when the only place I could have bought them would have been the Swiss Centre in Leicester Square)
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