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Old 10.01.2013, 11:14
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When I was in Slovakia 2 years ago I was able to compare a half litre of beer and wages.

Although a beer was 11 times cheaper in Slovakia - the average wage was also, wait for it, 11 times lower.

Sod the Mars bar test

thats what i said so many times! compare the %age of spendings "back home" and see the %age here. i say its roughly the same with an advantage on the saving side here.
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Old 11.01.2013, 08:08
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Duvet UK 30chfs Switzerland 800 chfs what a joke
Sorry, but the 30 pound Duvet that I bought in the UK has been relegated to guest duties and the 800 chf duvet that I bought in CH is still on my bed here in the States all year round. Yes they are awful expensive but "WOW" a real feather duvet is stunning in its quality.

Oh, and they are washable, if you have a good front loader.
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Re: Absurd Swiss prices

True quality is good here, but you don't always want something of such high quality, not everything has to last a lifetime (unlike swiss watches)
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Old 17.01.2013, 09:44
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Re: Absurd Swiss prices

Did my annual visit to Orell Fussli English with a 50 franc xmas book voucher.

Always good for a giggle:

Ned Beauman The Teleportation Accident (paperback) - 29.90 (£20)
Hardback edition, Amazon UK £10.87.
Michael Ondaatji The Cat's Table (compact paperback) - 15.90 (£11)
Amazon, same edition - £5.99

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Old 17.01.2013, 14:43
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Re: Absurd Swiss prices

As part of my general New Years health drive, I picked up 120 Omega 3 fish oil tablets in the local Apoteke:

80 chfs for 120 capsules

Have never bought them before but thought it a bit steep. Price online in Germany for the same thing... 12 Euros

When will I learn !
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Old 17.01.2013, 15:37
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Have never bought them before but thought it a bit steep. Price online in Germany for the same thing... 12 Euros
...or just buy them across the border. I don't remember what I paid in Germany last time, but it was certainly far less than the Swiss price you quoted.
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Old 17.01.2013, 19:46
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...or just buy them across the border. I don't remember what I paid in Germany last time, but it was certainly far less than the Swiss price you quoted.
Indeed... I'm getting to the point where I just will stop shopping in Basel all together for 'Lebensmittel' ... a 10 to 20% increase is 'OK' .. but stuff like this is ridiculous.
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Re: Absurd Swiss prices

This is what a local US food market price:

$9.99/per pound of lamb rack
http://shop.mywebgrocer.com/shop.asp...D-7134E245CB56

I hope I didn't understand wrong, but looks like it costs over CHF 5.00 for every 100 gram here:

CHF5.60 per 100 gram
http://www.coopathome.ch/b2c_coop/co...ry&isQuery=yes|

How much cheaper the price will be over the border?
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sorry the links didn't work, try one more time
http://shop.mywebgrocer.com/shop.asp...D-7134E245CB56
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$9.99/ lb
http://shop.mywebgrocer.com/shop.asp...D-7134E245CB56

CHF5.60 per 100g
http://www.coopathome.ch/b2c_coop/co...y&isQuery=yes|
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Old 18.01.2013, 00:50
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Re: Absurd Swiss prices

Comparing US and Swiss food prices is rather disingenuous. The US lanb will have been raised and processed there, probably, while the Swiss version is probably from New Zealand -- and there's a whole lot of other factors. Not that I am defending Swiss pricing AT ALL, but this particular comparison is not very relevant. Unless the origin of the lamb was the same, and well away from the US.

You can buy all meat much more cheaply over the border, especially in Germany, but the wily Swiss have very strict personal duty-free importation limits which in the case of lamb (actually, all red meat combined, with quite a few other meat products included too), is 500g per person per day. You can bring more in but you need to pay duty plus sales tax (VAT). Even with the duty paid, though, it's sometimes still cheaper to buy in Germany!
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Re: Absurd Swiss prices

Thanks for the information. I am trying to get an idea of how much meat cost in CH. (in Costco here the imported Australian French rack of lamb costs I believe less than $15.00 per pound though). Anyway 500g per week is enough for me, so the German shopping will do.
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Did my annual visit to Orell Fussli English with a 50 franc xmas book voucher.

Always good for a giggle:

Ned Beauman The Teleportation Accident (paperback) - 29.90 (£20)
Hardback edition, Amazon UK £10.87.
Michael Ondaatji The Cat's Table (compact paperback) - 15.90 (£11)
Amazon, same edition - £5.99

The joke is that you even expect any store to compare with Amazon even the overpriced book shops in the UK cant do that. At least use a like with like comparison
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Re: Absurd Swiss prices

Another example:

Cyclonic vacuum cleaner in Switzerland (toppreise.ch): ~169CHF + more than a week of waiting time

Same vacuum cleaner in Germany (via Amazon): 77EUR + 45EUR (shipping) + 15EUR (Amazon import fees) = ~172CHF with next day delivery. Not to mention having EU customer protection.
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Another example:

Cyclonic vacuum cleaner in Switzerland (toppreise.ch): ~169CHF + more than a week of waiting time

Same vacuum cleaner in Germany (via Amazon): 77EUR + 45EUR (shipping) + 15EUR (Amazon import fees) = ~172CHF with next day delivery. Not to mention having EU customer protection.
This thread works best where you show that the price in Switzerland is more than that elsewhere.
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This thread works best where you show that the price in Switzerland is more than that elsewhere.
Well, in fact for me it is. If I had to count more than a week waiting time. And if I lived near the border I would have gone and transported the damn thing myself. The vacuum cleaner itself is only 96CHF in Germany, while 169 in Switzerland!
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As part of my general New Years health drive, I picked up 120 Omega 3 fish oil tablets in the local Apoteke:

80 chfs for 120 capsules

Have never bought them before but thought it a bit steep. Price online in Germany for the same thing... 12 Euros

When will I learn !

take them back if not opened.......

i checked for some vit C tablets in my local friendly apoteke.. 20 chf for a tube was the answer with a glint in her eye.

€2 euro at the apoteke in germany
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thats what i said so many times! compare the %age of spendings "back home" and see the %age here. i say its roughly the same with an advantage on the saving side here.
half a litre of beer ? here at COOP and ALDI and LIDL it is CHF -.50
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half a litre of beer ? here at COOP and ALDI and LIDL it is CHF -.50
And how much do you think that crap costs in Slovakia?
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take them back if not opened.......

i checked for some vit C tablets in my local friendly apoteke.. 20 chf for a tube was the answer with a glint in her eye.

€2 euro at the apoteke in germany
Sadly I'd already necked half a cod's backbone juice before I thought to check.

Hopefully fish oil will improve my cognitive function and I'll remember to get everything I need when I'm in Marktkauf.
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