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Re: You've been Switzerlanded - what does it mean for you?

Been ordering shirts online from Brooks Brothers in the US for years. Shipped, landed & tax paid about CHF 90-100 each.
Now they have a special Swiss site (can't escape it if you have a Swiss delivery address) and they charge CHF 145 all costs included for the same shirt. Everyone is getting in on the act and the noose is tightening!
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Old 03.05.2014, 17:52
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Been ordering shirts online from Brooks Brothers in the US for years. Shipped, landed & tax paid about CHF 90-100 each.
Now they have a special Swiss site (can't escape it if you have a Swiss delivery address) and they charge CHF 145 all costs included for the same shirt. Everyone is getting in on the act and the noose is tightening!
I've noticed that same problem on a lot of US sites that offer international shipping. As soon as you change your shipping location to CH and the currency changes to CHF, the prices go up a lot more than they should. I've even e-mailed companies about it -- that their exchange rates were way off. One company even revised their exchanged rates afterward. So you could try to email Brooks Brothers.
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Old 03.05.2014, 18:28
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Re: You've been Switzerlanded - what does it mean for you?

Is it the individual company, or the firm they use to process the sale - in many cases it's borderfree.
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Re: You've been Switzerlanded - what does it mean for you?

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if you're talking under 25, then gleis 7 will get you travel throughout switzerland for around £7.40 a month.
From 19h00 to 5h00 sure.
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Old 03.05.2014, 19:21
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Re: You've been Switzerlanded - what does it mean for you?

I sort of knew what to expect when I moved here. The first perusual of meat prices in the supermarket took me back a little however.

Also why does The Economist cost 11chf here?
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Old 03.05.2014, 19:24
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Re: You've been Switzerlanded - what does it mean for you?

Went to the hardware store at 12:15 today, but they were closed for lunch (my mistake). Guy saw me at the door and opened up, nice and friendly.

Said I wanted some long nails (10" as it turned out), 20. He counted them out, weighed them, packaged them nicely in some newspaper.

Only CHF 8 for the lot, I was expecting much more.

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Also why does The Economist cost 11chf here?
A subscription to the digital edition of the Economist is £1 per week - and CHF 5.33.

The very definition of being Switzerlanded.
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Went to the hardware store at 12:15 today, but they were closed for lunch (my mistake). Guy saw me at the door and opened up, nice and friendly.

Said I wanted some long nails (10" as it turned out), 20. He counted them out, weighed them, packaged them nicely in some newspaper.

Only CHF 8 for the lot, I was expecting much more.

Tom
20 10" nails!! What are you making?
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Old 03.05.2014, 20:52
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20 10" nails!! What are you making?
Attaching a gazebo to the ground for some friends, and I didn't like the flimsy aluminum stakes that came with it.

The are also useful for camping, as the normal aluminum stuff will bend if you hit a rock, these won't (7mm diameter)

Anyway, they're actually only 9 5/8" long (245mm)

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Re: You've been Switzerlanded - what does it mean for you?

When asked those who have been living for a while in Switzerland on why the food prices are so high, the most frequent reason given was the food has higher standard of quality. I honestly cannot tell whether the meat, eggs, milk or fruits that I consume are of any higher quality. They don't seem to be tastier or juicier to justify their high prices.
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Re: You've been Switzerlanded - what does it mean for you?

It's not all about taste- but about husbandry, safe feeds, local slaughter, less antibiotics, higher salaries and social payments, etc. Also both Coop and Migros have signed charters to check on living conditions, etc, of staff used both here and abroad for their producers (be it strawberries in Spain, etc)- with regular visits to check. Same for palm oil and other products which have been proven to severely damage environment, communities and wildlife, both here and abroad.
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It's not all about taste- but about husbandry, safe feeds, local slaughter, less antibiotics, higher salaries and social payments, etc. Also both Coop and Migros have signed charters to check on living conditions, etc, of staff used both here and abroad for their producers (be it strawberries in Spain, etc)- with regular visits to check. Same for palm oil and other products which have been proven to severely damage environment, communities and wildlife, both here and abroad.
how can we know if these rules are strictly complied with?
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Re: You've been Switzerlanded - what does it mean for you?

saying food is according to "swiss standards" and therefore more expensive is probably just like saying food is "organic" and therefore more expensive.



charging a higher price makes people assume it is better even though all you have to do is change the price tag. people want to pay it because it confers higher status (or other imaginary benefits) to them. also goes for e.g. wine and Apples.
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saying food is according to "swiss standards" and therefore more expensive is probably just like saying food is "organic" and therefore more expensive.



charging a higher price makes people assume it is better even though all you have to do is change the price tag. people want to pay it because it confers higher status (or other imaginary benefits) to them. also goes for e.g. wine and Apples.
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Old 04.05.2014, 18:03
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When asked those who have been living for a while in Switzerland on why the food prices are so high, the most frequent reason given was the food has higher standard of quality. I honestly cannot tell whether the meat, eggs, milk or fruits that I consume are of any higher quality. They don't seem to be tastier or juicier to justify their high prices.
I can tell the difference and my kids could too, and they do.
And anyway, with which country are you comparing prices/quality?

You can get quality in other countries too but you pay for it there too.
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I can tell the difference and my kids could too, and they do.
And anyway, with which country are you comparing prices/quality?

You can get quality in other countries too but you pay for it there too.
Germany and Austria
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Old 04.05.2014, 18:06
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how can we know if these rules are strictly complied with?
Inspection.

You can read all about it here
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Re: You've been Switzerlanded - what does it mean for you?

There are always regulatory bodies in supervising the food safety.
The Germans are always proud of their strict regulations and high standard of quality. However lest not forget that even them had experienced food scandals such as egg fraud, horse meat scandals and so on.

http://www.dw.de/german-food-scandals/a-16600917
http://www.dw.de/egg-fraud-scandal-h...any/a-16625982
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It's not all about taste- but about husbandry, safe feeds, local slaughter, less antibiotics, higher salaries and social payments, etc. Also both Coop and Migros have signed charters to check on living conditions, etc, of staff used both here and abroad for their producers (be it strawberries in Spain, etc)- with regular visits to check. Same for palm oil and other products which have been proven to severely damage environment, communities and wildlife, both here and abroad.
There have been accusations that Swiss schoggi is linked to child labour
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Old 04.05.2014, 19:04
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There have been accusations that Swiss schoggi is linked to child labour
Accusations? How do you think Nestlé makes so much profit? The chocolate industry is rife with child slavery/trafficking. They did sign some papers saying they would stop however all investigators who have come back alive has confirmed they have not. Fair trade is a label and nothing more.
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