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Old 04.05.2014, 19:08
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Re: You've been Switzerlanded - what does it mean for you?

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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.
Coming from Cali I can say the food here is as bland as cardboard. That's why I have my own garden. And what about variety? Where's my gluten free hemp pasta? God I miss Whole Foods.
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Old 06.05.2014, 11:50
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Re: You've been Switzerlanded - what does it mean for you?

One of the surprises about Switzerland is the trust companies here have of the people who live here.

A few days ago I ordered some stuff online from a company I've never had dealings with before. On checkout I was asked how I wanted to pay. Credit card, bank transfer or .... invoice. I chose the latter.

The stuff has arrived along with an invoice for me to pay at my leisure. Nice.
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Old 06.05.2014, 12:08
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One of the surprises about Switzerland is the trust companies here have of the people who live here.

A few days ago I ordered some stuff online from a company I've never had dealings with before. On checkout I was asked how I wanted to pay. Credit card, bank transfer or .... invoice. I chose the latter.

The stuff has arrived along with an invoice for me to pay at my leisure. Nice.
Alternatively:
Go to restaurant
Bill >400chf
Leave business card and request invoice
Pay at leisure
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Old 06.05.2014, 12:12
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Re: You've been Switzerlanded - what does it mean for you?

I'll remember to leave your business card next time I'm at a restaurant, thanks for the heads up
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Old 06.05.2014, 13:43
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Re: You've been Switzerlanded - what does it mean for you?

Adobe Systems are a very special company with regards to Switzerland.

To license Acrobat XI Pro software in the USA, Canada or Mexico costs USD $ 19.99 per month.

Obviously the product is much better in Switzerland as it retails at CHF 70.00 per month.

Same product, same download.

Go screw yourselves Adobe Systems and the horse you rode in on.
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Re: You've been Switzerlanded - what does it mean for you?

For me this week, being Switzerlanded was seeing a price difference in curtains:

Curtains 1

Imported from UK
100% Cotton Italian Chenille Velvet
Hand-made
Lined and Interlined
Price: 600chf (including postage and import fees)

Curtains 2

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Synthetic Chenille-style Velvet
Hand-made
Lined
Price: 2300chf

Almost 4x the price for a massively inferior product. Ouch.
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I'll remember to leave your business card next time I'm at a restaurant, thanks for the heads up
I'd be careful with this. I know for us it only works at restaurants that have prior agreements with our company.

Save yourself embarrassment
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Old 06.05.2014, 14:32
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I'd be careful with this. I know for us it only works at restaurants that have prior agreements with our company.

Save yourself embarrassment

can you send me some of your cards, and a list of restaurants, ta

(is booze ok?)
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Re: You've been Switzerlanded - what does it mean for you?

Buying a coffee for 7 CHF - get a 2nd one and continue thinking: It still tastes "right"!
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Old 08.05.2014, 09:11
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can you send me some of your cards, and a list of restaurants, ta

(is booze ok?)
As mentioned, usually ANY restuarant will do it if you ask ahead of ordering - and you know the bill will be large. I have yet to find a restaurant which wouldn't do it.

Switzerland's proliferation of KMUs (small and medium companies) means the practice is normal. When you are running your own books it is easier to deal with invoices than expenses.
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Old 08.05.2014, 10:09
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Re: You've been Switzerlanded - what does it mean for you?

I went to the Strudelhaus in Waffenplatzstrasse the other day and had a proper jawdropper when they charged me CHF14 for a normal-sized piece of savoury Strudel (Spinach and Ricotta). That's hideous - I asked even twice if she doesn't mean CHF4.10 instead - but she insisted it was 14, and so I insisted that I just must've gotten Switzerlanded!

Ps. It was tasty, but still not worth all the CA$H!
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Old 08.05.2014, 10:51
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I went to the Strudelhaus in Waffenplatzstrasse the other day and had a proper jawdropper when they charged me CHF14 for a normal-sized piece of savoury Strudel (Spinach and Ricotta). That's hideous - I asked even twice if she doesn't mean CHF4.10 instead - but she insisted it was 14, and so I insisted that I just must've gotten Switzerlanded!

Ps. It was tasty, but still not worth all the CA$H!
Some people are just suckers for punishment... they will go to great lengths to feel included, a.k.a. "Switzerlanded"!
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Old 08.05.2014, 18:33
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Re: You've been Switzerlanded - what does it mean for you?

not sure if anyone saw/posted this yet but the Local just did a piece on this too http://www.thelocal.ch/20140428/expats-ripped-off-youve-been-switzerlanded
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not sure if anyone saw/posted this yet but the Local just did a piece on this too http://www.thelocal.ch/20140428/expats-ripped-off-youve-been-switzerlanded
that's hilarious. They left out economisto's name
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Old 08.05.2014, 18:56
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We're being watched!

(Kinda makes me wanna be even naughtier... )
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WTF is a "woman user"?

You've been "lolcaled" whomever you are
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not sure if anyone saw/posted this yet but the Local just did a piece on this too http://www.thelocal.ch/20140428/expats-ripped-off-youve-been-switzerlanded
pff this stuff is not funny anymore.

"switzerlanded" is now the new "poop"

ooooooh hihihi he said poop! so dirty!
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Old 09.05.2014, 11:15
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Re: You've been Switzerlanded - what does it mean for you?

Our old neighbourhood pizzeria in Zurich Wiedikon where the average cost of a pizza was chf 25.

They even had one's at 29, 31.50 & 33.50

They were damn good, but still, they're bloody pizzas.
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Re: You've been Switzerlanded - what does it mean for you?

I got badly Apothekelanded© today. No matter how much you avoid that place they will eventually get you.
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Our old neighbourhood pizzeria in Zurich Wiedikon where the average cost of a pizza was chf 25.

They even had one's at 29, 31.50 & 33.50

They were damn good, but still, they're bloody pizzas.
So you were not Switzerlanded- you were Zuricked- just as anyone in London who buys a pizza in Covent Garden ... is Covent Gardened - and extrapolate that prices in the UK are similalrly outrageous everywhere in UK, which we all who've lived there for a significant period of time know not to be the case (although must say prices all over UK have gone up a lot over last couple of years).

Our local pizzeria makes superb home-made pizzas, price from 14CHF50 to about 20CHF for lots and lots of toppings. And giant 45cm family one for about 30. I'm sure it must be hard for anyone who lives in Zurich or Geneva to realise prices are very different depending on location, location, location- here, there or perhaps even anywhere (and certainly in the UK). Swiss friends who go to London or Bath as tourists cannot believe how expensive Hôtels and restaurants are.

Just looked at average price pizza for Pizza Hut in our local market town in Midlands- £14.50 (and that is before they have pestered you 3 times to ask if you want olives, or garlic bread, or this or that or the other...which adds significantly to the cost) so it looks like our local pizzeria here is much better value- and probably better quality (we've had both and I would recommend our local Swiss one defo- especially as the owners are there always and ensure excellent and friendly service always.).

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