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I remember when it was 1.70 and even then it was still a bargain to shop in Germany

The experts need to take a look at the euro zone closer and until there is an appreciable improvement in the trading and economies of these countries their prediction is pretty long term.
The realistic exchange rate is between 1.40 and 1.55, If the Euro goes up farther the SNB will have to sell EURO assets as anything like 1.70 is NOT desired.

There will always be things to be cheaper in Germany than in Switzerland as Germany is a slightly larger market as you possibly realize

And it is not the job of the SNB to support non-competitive Swiss companies, it only is their job to keep the competive part able to work. And this is to keep the Euro at between 1.20 and 1.60 .

When the DM was CHF 1.20, Migros was clearly much cheaper generally than the shops accross the border, with some known exceptions.

You mention the 1.70 rate which was a rate when the Euro was enroute downhill. Mr Hildebrand of the SNB did not find successful methods to intervene and only under the massive pressure of Nick Hayek via Edith Piaf .... sorry I mean Mrs Widmer-Schlumpf , reacted as required

YES, some of the expats here may DISlike the new developments. But this reminds me of my cousin in Geneva who for years worked for the UNO and was paid in US$ and felt pissed when the $ fell from 4.20 to only 3.50, when the actual merchandise value of the $ was below 1.50 . The pity of the wider family for her plight had its close limits
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I still remember how the aunt of a schoolfriend and her husband went shopping to Migros and then, as they wanted to get the stuff over to his grandmum, spent the half the evening by re-packing the Migros stuff into Marinello bags
Marinello bags are a bit too rich for me
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Old 27.01.2013, 18:06
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Marinello bags are a bit too rich for me
Marinello has bags of many sizes. And Marinello was acceptable to good old Mrs M... and Mrs P... realized the price difference and the point that packages of both companies had the --M-- in common . With some few items Marinello was good, so that Mrs P... and her husband first went to Marinello and took lots of bags with them and then over to Migros where prices generally were 30 to 50 percent lower.
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Old 27.01.2013, 18:13
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YES, some of the expats here may DISlike the new developments. But this reminds me of my cousin in Geneva who for years worked for the UNO and was paid in US$ and felt pissed when the $ fell from 4.20 to only 3.50, when the actual merchandise value of the $ was below 1.50 . The pity of the wider family for her plight had its close limits
The current developments simply mean you as always should know the value of items and when shopping you buy where it is best value. Even now there are things that are cheaper here in CH.

If the rate does return to the suggested levels you just need to know what is worth buying across the border and what is not. There will always be things that are cheaper in DE although in recent years the entrance of Aldis and Lidls as made significant inroads in the supermarket arena and it would be interesting to see how much the difference is if the rates do return, I suspect these stores would become perceived as a lot more competitive.
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Old 27.01.2013, 18:48
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The current developments simply mean you as always should know the value of items and when shopping you buy where it is best value. Even now there are things that are cheaper here in CH.

If the rate does return to the suggested levels you just need to know what is worth buying across the border and what is not. There will always be things that are cheaper in DE although in recent years the entrance of Aldis and Lidls as made significant inroads in the supermarket arena and it would be interesting to see how much the difference is if the rates do return, I suspect these stores would become perceived as a lot more competitive.
Exactly. People from both sides have done that for more than 100 years. This actually was the origin of the Swiss customs tariff, worked out by customs inspector Mr Schiess (Schaffhausen) . His tariff in the meantime has been taken over worldwide. His daughter already in the early 30ies was superb in finding out where to purchase what That girl was one of the favourite girlfriends of Mum
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I think Norway is even worse.

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I know this is probably an old topic, but it retains the power to shock. The wife and I have seen a large piece of furniture we wish to buy, from a particular furniture maker.

Price in Germany: 2,500 Euros (3,700 CHF or thereabouts).

Price in Switzerland: 9,000 CHF!!!!

It's currently looking like: Hire a van for 2 days, stay overnight in a fancy hotel, pay the customs, and still save 4,000 CHF!

Anyone else seen any other barmy examples?

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I think Norway is even worse.
Heeey! I thought you were Swedish?

Did you lie to me?
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Heeey! I thought you were Swedish?

Did you lie to me?
Don't you just hate it when people don't reply to your messages.
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Re: Absurd Swiss prices

Generic Hayfever tablets (10mg)

ASDA (UK): about 10 raps per tab

Sandoz Cet eco (Zurich chemists): about 77 raps per tab
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Old 01.02.2013, 22:41
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Generic Hayfever tablets (10mg)

ASDA (UK): about 10 raps per tab

Sandoz Cet eco (Zurich chemists): about 77 raps per tab
Why not compare a chemist in the UK with a chemist in CH? Sure you can get cheaper in CH if you try.
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Old 01.02.2013, 22:48
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Generic Hayfever tablets (10mg)

ASDA (UK): about 10 raps per tab

Sandoz Cet eco (Zurich chemists): about 77 raps per tab
So what is the point of the post? Just stock up from ASDA on your next visit we usually stock up on medications whenever in UK or locations that are cheaper. No point whining and comparing on discount supermarket provider with a chemist.
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Old 01.02.2013, 22:50
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Technology based items like tablet PCs or cameras in CH?

About 20-25% cheaper then the UK or Germany!
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Technology based items like tablet PCs or cameras in CH?

About 20-25% cheaper then the UK or Germany!
You've done it again -- wrong thread. You want Switzerland -- it's a bargain paradise!!!
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Why not compare a chemist in the UK with a chemist in CH? Sure you can get cheaper in CH if you try.
Okay, generic Galpharm hayfever tablets bought from my local chemist back home: 15 raps per tab. Generic Cet eco from a Zurich chemist: 77 raps.

If you do find them cheaper, please let me know... I use allergy tablets regularly.

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So what is the point of the post? Just stock up from ASDA on your next visit we usually stock up on medications whenever in UK or locations that are cheaper. No point whining and comparing on discount supermarket provider with a chemist.
Whining? What are you on about?

This thread is about bloated Swiss prices... so, now you know... a generic hayfever tablet costs almost 8 times more in Swissieland than in the UK.

Swiss supermarkets don't sell hayfever tabs so a supermarket comparison isn't possible.

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Technology based items like tablet PCs or cameras in CH?

About 20-25% cheaper then the UK or Germany!
So what is the point of the post? Shouldn't it be in the "Cheaper in Switzerland" thread?

Thanks for the tip but people tend to notice the competitive price of electronics after a few weeks living in Switzerland.

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Old 02.02.2013, 09:05
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This thread is about bloated Swiss prices... so, now you know... a generic hayfever tablet costs almost 8 times more in Swissieland than in the UK.

Swiss supermarkets don't sell hayfever tabs so a supermarket comparison isn't d.
Personally dont even need hayfever tablets they just make the problem worse more interested in regular medicines and maybe headache tablets. Agree there is a massive difference and people already know this but comparing something that is less then 1CHF a tablet is a waste, why not focus on things that actually cost a lot of money.

Why not simply tell people to stock up in the Uk when they visit.

By the why when you do want to stock up there the supermarkets think everyone is a drug addict and wont let you buy more then 3 packets in any single purchase so you will need to make multiple visits to get a decent amount.

Much more useful advice then pointing out the blantly obvious thing that medicine here is expensive. In case people dontknow Switzerland protects the Pharmacy industry rigorously so instead of pointint out the obvious work out how to either live with it or get around it. These items are cheap in places like the UK where Pharmacists have basically been screwed as a profession by the government allowing large supermarket chains to destroy small businesses and pharmacists are only oneofthe industries they have killed.
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Old 02.02.2013, 09:26
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Oh, found one more crazily overpriced item: 4 passphoto-pictures for CHF59 at Foto Ganz in Zurich! In any other country these cost about €15.
You went to the wrong place most photograhers in Winterthur charge about 30CHF for the same which is more then 15Euro butnot as high as photo ganz in Zurich. Get away from the center of Zurich for things like this.
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Personally dont even need hayfever tablets they just make the problem worse more interested in regular medicines and maybe headache tablets. Agree there is a massive difference and people already know this but comparing something that is less then 1CHF a tablet is a waste, why not focus on things that actually cost a lot of money.

Why not simply tell people to stock up in the Uk when they visit.

By the why when you do want to stock up there the supermarkets think everyone is a drug addict and wont let you buy more then 3 packets in any single purchase so you will need to make multiple visits to get a decent amount.

Much more useful advice then pointing out the blantly obvious thing that medicine here is expensive. In case people dontknow Switzerland protects the Pharmacy industry rigorously so instead of pointint out the obvious work out how to either live with it or get around it. These items are cheap in places like the UK where Pharmacists have basically been screwed as a profession by the government allowing large supermarket chains to destroy small businesses and pharmacists are only oneofthe industries they have killed.
While giving useful advice you might also want to advise that Switzerland does not like people importing medicines & large quantities might be confisticated; the rule is "one months supply" - whatever that means.
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So what is the point of the post? Just stock up from ASDA on your next visit we usually stock up on medications whenever in UK or locations that are cheaper. No point whining and comparing on discount supermarket provider with a chemist.

caeful as you are only allowed to bring 1 months suppy... customs pulled a guy at zurich with a bag full of all sorts, well over a months supply and it went into the bin
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Re: Absurd Swiss prices

A Bosch washing machine from Microspot.ch delivered at CHf512 and exactly the same model from Fust - Chf1500 + delivery extra!

Now Microspot must be making a profit at Chf512 so Fust's profit is obscene.

We have found the same with so many things - often between DE and CH but even within Switzerland by shopping around on the internet there are huge savings to be made simply because the Swiss are so conservative.

And following on re. pharmaceutcal - paraceutamol & Ibuprufen - about 10 times more expensive here than in the UK!

It really pays you to look around!

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You've done it again -- wrong thread. You want Switzerland -- it's a bargain paradise!!!
It would be good if someone started a new thread for that

tried searching without success

I mean a thread separate to people selling their stuff, nothing to do with marketplace
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