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Re: Absurd Swiss prices

For all those obsessive compulsive types - you may wish to visit the HoernliHuette at Arosa.

The food might not scale Michelin 3 star peaks - but each table has its own (free) mayonnaise and ketchup bottle.

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It might be naff to you and I but to a company it is good business sense.

I just had a quick look on Amazon and it is approx 11chf for a bag of 50 sachets. 0.50chf per sachet = 25chf now I have not even considered buying in bulk or buying at cost price etc and I have more than doubled my money already.

Oh and in the UK you will struggle to find anywhere (outside of restaurants) that you get sachets for free and if i remember correctly all BK's and McD's to give them away fro free either.
Well as for the business sense they have lost my family as customers. I argue it makes better business sense to let customers feel welcome - if need be that the customers are so grasping then police the dispensing of free sachets - ie have the server dispense them. Good business sense is not the pure domain of accountants - good marketing and sales can lead to an increase in the top line but here there is way too much focus on the bottom.

I do not understand your point about finding it hard to find sachets for free in the UK outside of restaurants - I was talking about a restaurant.
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For all those obsessive compulsive types - you may wish to visit the HoernliHuette at Arosa.

The food might not scale Michelin 3 star peaks - but each table has its own (free) mayonnaise and ketchup bottle.

Cheeky devil! I'm not OCD - honest! but I do get sick fed up of the appalling attitude to customer service at some 'average' establishments.
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Old 25.01.2012, 17:55
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Which version?

I've got a tube of 660 "Press Fit Repair" in front of me that was a LOT cheaper in the US than getting it here ($10 or $20 as I recall, 50 ml)

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638. You sure that wasn't a 6ml tube you had at that price ?!
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638. You sure that wasn't a 6ml tube you had at that price ?!
$17.89, actually!

And $39.14 for the 638.

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Can we include Swiss salaries in this compared to other countries such as UK, US or Europe in general ?
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Can we include Swiss salaries in this compared to other countries such as UK, US or Europe in general ?
No - we don't want to include a fair baseline - that would distort the fiction - I mean facts.
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Old 25.01.2012, 18:17
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$17.89, actually!

And $39.14 for the 638.

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Good grief, gotta love Amazon. He got the price from MSC, probably the biggest industrial supplier in the country. Usually competitive prices. Just checked and they've dropped it to $90something, still way out there, and WAY more than here . $65 for something from a brick and mortar Helvetic retail shop is pretty competitive with Amazon actually!
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Old 25.01.2012, 18:19
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Good grief, gotta love Amazon. He got the price from MSC, probably the biggest industrial supplier in the country. Usually competitive prices. Just checked and they've dropped it to $90something, still way out there, and WAY more than here . $65 for something from a brick and mortar Helvetic retail shop is pretty competitive with Amazon actually!
Who did you buy it from? I can order that stuff through work, or go to the industrial supply shop, don't recall their prices but not bad.

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Re: Absurd Swiss prices

This coffee talk has got me wondering... how much do you pay for an expresso on those coffee vending machines?

In Portugal the cheapest I got was 0.30€ and it was not bad at all, though much cheaper then in some cafe's

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Re: Absurd Swiss prices

The FAIR baseline is the AVERAGE disposable income AFTER tax, deduction and AVERAGE accommodation costs - for set groups (typically - single person, family unit with 2 children (how inclusive of me), retired couple).

You then compare a typical basket of goods in a typical location for each country.

The ABSOLUTE price of many things in Switzerland is high - but the RELATIVE price may not be.

HOWEVER I recently bought a video camera in a high street store in Zurich - this cost 179chf - the cheapest I could find in the UK was 175.

ABSURD UK PRICES

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Can we include Swiss salaries in this compared to other countries such as UK, US or Europe in general ?
Funny enough, I got groaned when I came up with the proposal below. Image EF without the eternal complains about high prices. It would be heaven!

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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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Funny enough, I got groaned when I came up with the proposal below. Image EF without the eternal complains about high prices. It would be deserted
Corrected that for you
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And $39.14 for the 638.

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ooohh i have a big tube of that on my desk - it was free
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Re: Absurd Swiss prices

My turn to rant.
My son is in fifth grade. Every kid at his school has a locker with a built-in lock. At the beginning of the school year, they each receive a key for their locker. My son lost his key. I figured in Canada it would cost 3 to 5$ for a replacement. I figured in crazy Switzerland it would be 10 to 15 chf. Wrong! The fee to replace a lost key is 25 chf. Insane!
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Take it out of his pocket money he won't lose too many. Just like ketchup or mayo- if waste costs you, most will stop wasting.
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My turn to rant.
My son is in fifth grade. Every kid at his school has a locker with a built-in lock. At the beginning of the school year, they each receive a key for their locker. My son lost his key. I figured in Canada it would cost 3 to 5$ for a replacement. I figured in crazy Switzerland it would be 10 to 15 chf. Wrong! The fee to replace a lost key is 25 chf. Insane!
Explain built in lock...
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My turn to rant.
My son is in fifth grade. Every kid at his school has a locker with a built-in lock. At the beginning of the school year, they each receive a key for their locker. My son lost his key. I figured in Canada it would cost 3 to 5$ for a replacement. I figured in crazy Switzerland it would be 10 to 15 chf. Wrong! The fee to replace a lost key is 25 chf. Insane!
Do you give him the same pocket money here as you did in Canada?
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Do you give him the same pocket money here as you did in Canada?
No pocket money. He is 10 years old. He does not need pocket money.
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Explain built in lock...
As opposed to a padlock.

The locking mecanism is part of the locker door. So there is no padlock. Just a key.
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