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Old 29.08.2012, 12:52
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Swiss people work too, you know...

And Switzerland has always been an immigration country, which is great. I just don't like folks that come here and have nothing but complaints. That the bill in a restaurant was too high, and this and that sucks and bla, bla.
but you do realize that this is a thread about some of the crazy prices in Switzerland. If you have ever ventured outside the borders of this beautiful little country, maybe you have noticed some extreme discrepancies yourself?

We were shopping online yesterday looking at beverage fridges. In Germany it cost 1500€, here I found it for 4000 CHF. Luckily, it wasn't the type we are looking for. Or maybe it would be if I could afford it

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Old 29.08.2012, 12:55
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I guess in general I understand British humor since I love Monthy Python and from time to time even watch Little Britain on Swiss TV...
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Old 29.08.2012, 13:42
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but you do realize that this is a thread about some of the crazy prices in Switzerland. If you have ever ventured outside the borders of this beautiful little country, maybe you have noticed some extreme discrepancies yourself?

We were shopping online yesterday looking at beverage fridges. In Germany it cost 1500€, here I found it for 4000 CHF. Luckily, it wasn't the type we are looking for. Or maybe it would be if I could afford it
I know the situation. I once had an apartment in Berlin and nearly collapsed when I realized how much cheaper Aldi was compared to Migros. Gee, a great pizza there for not even ten bucks and here in Switzerland it's twice the money and so on!

But in general you also make much more money here in Switzerland. In the end you have to look at the big picture.

And regarding beverage fridges you just go to the internet and find the best solution. Where's the problem?
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Old 29.08.2012, 13:55
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And regarding beverage fridges you just go to the internet and find the best solution. Where's the problem?
Well, I didn't say it was a problem, but just pointing out that there is a big difference in price. After all, that is the point of this thread.
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Old 29.08.2012, 14:23
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I would say it's obvious there's a big difference. Because huge beverage fridges are not very common in Switzerland and therefore the market will probably suck and prices might be higher...
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Old 29.08.2012, 15:38
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But in general you also make much more money here in Switzerland.
Falsch -- at least in comparison to close-by areas of neighbouring countries. This has been debated (and explained) at great length on EF, numerous times.

Fact is, prices in Switzerland for most items are outrageously high -- completely out of step with any minor income differentials.

QED.
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The 'close-by' areas in neighbouring countries are probably those where most of the inhabitants work in CH every day...
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Old 29.08.2012, 16:25
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Falsch -- at least in comparison to close-by areas of neighbouring countries. This has been debated (and explained) at great length on EF, numerous times.

Fact is, prices in Switzerland for most items are outrageously high -- completely out of step with any minor income differentials.

QED.
You are absolutely right and this also explains why so many Swiss are desperate to go to Germany, Italy and so on to have a decent life!

(Could not find a sarcasm smiley.)
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Old 29.08.2012, 16:28
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(Could not find a sarcasm smiley.)
Supposedly that's it, but I prefer or
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Old 29.08.2012, 16:33
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Supposedly that's it, but I prefer or
Thanks! I guess I will use the third one in the future!
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Old 29.08.2012, 16:40
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I would say it's obvious there's a big difference. Because huge beverage fridges are not very common in Switzerland and therefore the market will probably suck and prices might be higher...
not really huge and the pic is just for you to get an idea of what I am talking about, but it doesn't matter... The reason the prices are higher is because they can be! I don't think very many Swiss think to shop around for things, they just shop at the closest shop, are happy with what is available and that is that. At least the ones I know
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Old 29.08.2012, 16:50
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You are absolutely right and this also explains why so many Swiss are desperate to go to Germany, Italy and so on to have a decent life!

(Could not find a sarcasm smiley.)
No, I think it's more that they find it impossible to be understood in German-speaking countries. (Speaking of course for those from the north, east and centre of Switzerland.)
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Old 29.08.2012, 16:54
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not really huge and the pic is just for you to get an idea of what I am talking about, but it doesn't matter... The reason the prices are higher is because they can be! I don't think very many Swiss think to shop around for things, they just shop at the closest shop, are happy with what is available and that is that. At least the ones I know
Judging by the nose-to-tail cars and overflowing car parks with mainly Swiss number plates in any of the German border towns on a Saturday afternoon, I would say a fair few have familiarised themselves with the "shopping around" concept.
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Old 29.08.2012, 17:39
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Falsch -- at least in comparison to close-by areas of neighbouring countries. This has been debated (and explained) at great length on EF, numerous times.

Fact is, prices in Switzerland for most items are outrageously high -- completely out of step with any minor income differentials.

QED.
Not compared to Italy, salaries are much lower there, even close to the border, but prices are not much lower for most things (and more expensive for others).

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Old 29.08.2012, 17:50
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Judging by the nose-to-tail cars and overflowing car parks with mainly Swiss number plates in any of the German border towns on a Saturday afternoon, I would say a fair few have familiarised themselves with the "shopping around" concept.
Oh, yes... And this shopping tourism is great because it forces Migros/Coop and so on to lower their prices again and again.
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Old 29.08.2012, 17:55
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Scroll up to post number 805 if you need any convincing that it is not due to purported higher costs.
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Old 29.08.2012, 18:00
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Scroll up to post number 805 if you need any convincing that it is not due to purported higher costs.
Stuff like that is discussed without end here. Nothing new if you follow the Swiss press.
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Old 29.08.2012, 18:01
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Oh, yes... And this shopping tourism is great because it forces Migros/Coop and so on to lower their prices again and again.
Not if you live near one of the major roads that lead to the border which used to be very quiet on Saturdays & are now so busy they are almost impossible to cross..
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Old 29.08.2012, 18:11
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Yes, if Zurich would be closer to Germany Migros and Coop here would be toast within weeks, that's for sure...
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Old 29.08.2012, 18:37
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Scroll up to post number 805 if you need any convincing that it is not due to purported higher costs.
… not due to high(er) labor costs but mainly due to high costs for imports. Coop and Migros are cooperatives anyway and they other retail chains in Switzerland are not very profitable either. Many high prices for products in Switzerland are simply caused by international companies skimming the relatively high spending power.
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