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Old 26.02.2009, 14:46
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Absurd Swiss prices

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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Old 26.02.2009, 14:51
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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?

Cheers

Jim
Never seen that big of a difference anywhere - mind sharing the names of the 2 places in question?
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Old 26.02.2009, 14:56
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Re: Absurd Swiss prices

I bought a leather chair in the US and had it shipped here. The price for
everything was about 1580 CHF.

The equivalent here in Switzerland was about 3500.
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Old 26.02.2009, 14:56
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Re: Absurd Swiss prices

Sure, the Zürich company are called Imperial Interiors, and the German company, based in Starnberg, west of Münich are called Mediterranes Wohnen.

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Old 26.02.2009, 15:02
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Re: Absurd Swiss prices

i have bought new furniture worth 25k CHF in january and checked 1000 of sites n addresses but found when checked currency rate €/CHF nearly the same price in GER and CH. i can only rec to travel to starnberg if thats the case. with VAT deduction it gets even cheaper.

are you 100% sure its the same model, same period? not that germany offers a replica and you buy here a 100% vintage sofa (for example)
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Old 26.02.2009, 15:05
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Re: Absurd Swiss prices

Hmmm well on the lower end of the scale I would say any kind of designer clothing and also any cut of Beef!!
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Old 26.02.2009, 15:10
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Re: Absurd Swiss prices

i bought some BOSS jeans for 160CHF, GER would have charged 130€.
i think its a 10-20% topping in overall but i dont find that worth calculating.
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Old 26.02.2009, 15:52
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Re: Absurd Swiss prices

Quite honestly this thread is up my street at the moment. Being that I live here and that if you want a community to thrive I've always been of the opinion to buy locally. May I refer you to my glasses thread.
If I was better equipped to offer a direct link I wouldn't have to acuse myself of being a lazy bitsch and admit that things that don't interest me seldom get a look in.
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Old 26.02.2009, 15:59
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Re: Absurd Swiss prices

A brand of soaking solution for semi-hard contact lenses here costs CHF19.50 for a 150ml bottle.

In Malaysia, it's CHF8.

(Both are imported from the US. Exactly the same product.)
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Old 26.02.2009, 16:02
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Re: Absurd Swiss prices

Not that I would come across such enormous price difference as per OP's example, but all the sport equipment that I buy online in Germany is way cheaper even after paying custom.
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Old 26.02.2009, 18:09
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Re: Absurd Swiss prices

Only because I was looking into this again recently...

http://www.1800contacts.com/lens/soflens-toric.htm
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http://www.nettolinsen.ch/en/Toric-l...ly-lenses.html

thats $30 per box against 70chfs ($60) for the identical product (all come out of a factory in Ireland apparently)

x2 for each eye x12 for a year... save ... well you can work it out

... oh .. and golf clubs.. .I know a couple of fellas who've bought 'high end' sets from the States over the web and saved a fortune on local prices for exactly the same thing
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Old 26.02.2009, 18:23
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A brand of soaking solution for semi-hard contact lenses here costs CHF19.50 for a 150ml bottle.

In Malaysia, it's CHF8.

(Both are imported from the US. Exactly the same product.)
I have a question on that to somebody (any retailers out there?) who might know more about it.... Does a Swiss business, say Migros / Coop or a bit smaller, buy goods at the same net price as say a big chain in Germany or France? Not counting in the different duty amounts... thx
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Old 26.02.2009, 19:00
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Re: Absurd Swiss prices

We are looking to buy an new pendant light for our living room. After many months of looking we found a nice on here in CH for 758chf, but as it was by a Polish designer I decided to see if we could buy direct. That wasn't possible, but I found it for 217euro from German retailer including shipping and dealing with customs.... it is a no brainer
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Old 26.02.2009, 19:16
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Re: Absurd Swiss prices

I allways do that, for sports, musical equipement etc.

Buy it from the US or Germany, get it shipped.

All in all, including shipping and taxes is cheaper than here, and in many cases you can get things that are not avaliable locally and if you want it locally it would involve your local shop to order it specially and then have to pay full retail for it.

But on the other hand, I am thinking more and more that was once told me by the swiss is about right.

"If you live here and benefit from a higher salary compared to the US or the EU, then you should consume also locally, because the local shops and workers also need to earn a good salary for a good living, buying from outside undermines the local economy and indirectly also yours."
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Old 26.02.2009, 19:33
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But on the other hand, I am thinking more and more that was once told me by the swiss is about right.

"If you live here and benefit from a higher salary compared to the US or the EU, then you should consume also locally, because the local shops and workers also need to earn a good salary for a good living, buying from outside undermines the local economy and indirectly also yours."

It would be interesting to know if the Swiss buy locally or do they look at getting a cheaper deal in another Country?
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It would be interesting to know if the Swiss buy locally or do they look at getting a cheaper deal in another Country?
No doubt about it that one should feed the system in order to prosper and be able to benefit out of it. Salaries are market related and earned relative to cost of living index in a particular country.

Nonetheless, I think there is a point here. I had an opportunity to hear or once even participate in conversation between locals who discussed how their strong currency works in their favour when they go overseas to low cost countries. The Swiss companies target production in low cost countries as well.

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Re: Absurd Swiss prices

Hmm have to say that all the Swiss on my street shop in Germany!!!
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Old 26.02.2009, 22:33
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Re: Absurd Swiss prices

Surely somebody must shop here or they would all go bust?
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Old 26.02.2009, 22:48
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Re: Absurd Swiss prices

Ever wondered why, - when you go to a quaint village over here the shops are always shut or many main-line ones in the smaller towns are shut for two hours over lunch when people like me have the time to part with my money? I used to find it an abstract way of doing business - when exactly can the buyer meet the seller? But that's just cultural. My Swiss friends tell me it's because they charge twice as much and so have only to work a half-of-the-time. They laugh but they aren't joking. Alot of it is outrageous, but we are OFT well-paid tax-dodgers too, so I don't bang on about it. The 20CHF or so I give to the Church every month had better keep me in Sirloin Steak if I'm ever on my uppers over here. I'm going to stake that claim for sure.
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Old 26.02.2009, 23:35
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Re: Absurd Swiss prices

Well, the answer I got here is that the employees at the local shops the same as you want to have a break at lunch, hence all they close when is lunch break.

Don't complain that much.

We all are enjoying a high standard of life here and it is because the very reasons you are complaining. High salaries and respectful time schedules.
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