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Expensive broccoli

There's a small organic shop at my local station which sells Broccoli at 11 CHF per kilo and tomatoes at 9 CHF per kilo.

What fascinates me is that people actually buy this stuff! While I'm waiting for the train I see people looking at it, and instead of laughing, they actually buy the stuff.

Am I missing something?
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Re: Expensive broccoli

I don't really like broccoli.
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There's a small organic shop at my local station which sells Broccoli at 11 CHF per kilo and tomatoes at 9 CHF per kilo.

What fascinates me is that people actually buy this stuff! While I'm waiting for the train I see people looking at it, and instead of laughing, they actually buy the stuff.

Am I missing something?
That they want it and can afford it. That's what you are missing
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Re: Expensive broccoli

Money is what you're missing. If you could afford it you'd buy it
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Re: Expensive broccoli

I can pay 4 CHF for it in Migros...and I get free pesticides!!
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Money is what you're missing. If you could afford it you'd buy it
Not necessary, money doesn't automatically erase common sense.
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Re: Expensive broccoli

Probably misread the label and thought they were buying orgasmic broccoli. I imagine they will be very disappointed when they get home.
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Not necessary, money doesn't automatically erase common sense.
You say this after five years in this forum? That's truly positive thinking
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Not necessary, money doesn't automatically erase common sense.
I beg to differ.
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There's a small organic shop at my local station which sells Broccoli at 11 CHF per kilo and tomatoes at 9 CHF per kilo.

What fascinates me is that people actually buy this stuff! While I'm waiting for the train I see people looking at it, and instead of laughing, they actually buy the stuff.

Am I missing something?
Yeah, you are missing the part where you asked people who were actually buying it, why they were paying so much, and then came here, to ask us, the people not buying it, why we think the people you could have asked directly what they were thinking...
Seriously...what were you thinking?

Another example of swiss keeping to themslevesness. Honestly how do you think you would ever get along with people locally if you don't try to interact with them, and instead run on to here, part of your expat community,and go into "your" group. You do exactly what you complain about the Swiss doing to you, except of course it seems that you initiate it the stand offishness.
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Re: Expensive broccoli

Have you tried growing broccoli and tomatoes in Zurich? I assure you it is difficult, and if your salary is over CHF 50 per hour, these veggies are very cheap, compared to the time and cost of growing your own.

I never buy bio products, any fool can see they are a rip off.

As you are newish here I will repeat a personal experience.
I live near the vegetable fields of Switzerland, and I was talking to two farmers about bio products, eg: are they worth the extra price? They are brothers, one farmer is dairy and one grows animal feed.

They told me a story of a local packing company in Galmiz: a vegetable packer was dismissed from his job as he refused to put normal potatoes in bags marked "bio"

So does that tell you something about the moralities of people? Do you think he will ever get another job in this area?
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Re: Expensive broccoli

There's a lot of shops around the world, especially at train stations where people trade in their barely used mobile phones for the latest model.

What fascinates me is that people actually buy this stuff! While I'm waiting for the train I see people looking at it, and instead of laughing, they actually buy the stuff.

Why aren't they spending their spare money on good quality fruit and vegetables instead?

Am I missing something?
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Have you tried growing broccoli and tomatoes in Zurich? I assure you it is difficult, and if your salary is over CHF 50 per hour, these veggies are very cheap, compared to the time and cost of growing your own.

I never buy bio products, any fool can see they are a rip off.

As you are newish here I will repeat a personal experience.
I live near the vegetable fields of Switzerland, and I was talking to two farmers about bio products, eg: are they worth the extra price? They are brothers, one farmer is dairy and one grows animal feed.

They told me a story of a local packing company in Galmiz: a vegetable packer was dismissed from his job as he refused to put normal potatoes in bags marked "bio"

So does that tell you something about the moralities of people? Do you think he will ever get another job in this area?
BIO isn't just about packaging. The farms have to be certified. Are the potatoes shipped to an independent packer, and they have to sort them? That seems like a strange way of opening the system up for being suspectable to sabotage. In any case, BIO only means certain kinds of pesticides are not used. That does not mean they don't use alternatives that are deemed more "healthy" on the enviroment.

These vegetables, fruits, tubers, etc still have to be washed. Alot more people are getting sick because they aren't washing, and forgetting that their are still aniamls in nature, and field pickers that have to take care of their nature, when working 2 kilometers from the nearest toilet.
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Re: Expensive broccoli

It gives me a business idea....importing normal Wellington boots from a Wallmart/Asda (the kind I had as kid). Stick a fancy label on them with a name like 'Royal' or 'Horsey', set up at stall in Kusnacht or Herrliberg and sell them for 150 CHF. That would be approx 130 CHF profit on each pair.

I think that would work quite well...unless 150 CHF would be considered too cheap?
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There's a lot of shops around the world, especially at train stations where people trade in their barely used mobile phones for the latest model.

What fascinates me is that people actually buy this stuff! While I'm waiting for the train I see people looking at it, and instead of laughing, they actually buy the stuff.

Why aren't they spending their spare money on good quality fruit and vegetables instead?

Am I missing something?
Maybe they are starved for time expats, who prefer convenience over quality...where have I heard that argument before?
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It gives me a business idea....importing normal Wellington boots from a Wallmart/Asda (the kind I had as kid). Stick a fancy label on them with a name like 'Royal' or 'Horsey', set up at stall in Kusnacht or Herrliberg and sell them for 150 CHF. That would be approx 130 CHF profit on each pair.

I think that would work quite well...unless 150 CHF would be considered too cheap?
That's already been done before, it's called Bananna Republic, the Gap, Old Navy, Express, Armand Thierry, Celio, and so on
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I can pay 4 CHF for it in Migros...and I get free pesticides!!
You compare a small single Bio-shop with one of the two leading retailer-chains here. Specialty shops tend to be more expensive than discounters.
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You compare a small single Bio-shop with one of the two leading retailer-chains here. Specialty shops tend to be more expensive than discounters.
Migros and Co-Op are discounters? That's news to me.
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Migros and Co-Op are discounters? That's news to me.
It's Swiss humour. I don't get it either.
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There's a small organic shop at my local station which sells Broccoli at 11 CHF per kilo and tomatoes at 9 CHF per kilo.

What fascinates me is that people actually buy this stuff! While I'm waiting for the train I see people looking at it, and instead of laughing, they actually buy the stuff.

Am I missing something?
Yes - the bottles of Appenzeller beer inside (behind the till on the right hand side).


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