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Old 09.05.2014, 13:02
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Re: You've been Switzerlanded - what does it mean for you?

ahhh I've been Switzerlanded.

I have a new fire installed and one of the inflows for the heating does not work. The bloke tried for 5 minutes to fix it and then left.

But he's going to be Croatianed this afternoon.....my builder is a Croat and a brilliant guy. And when he has the bit between his teeth, there is no escaping.....there's now a hole in the wall and the chimney guy will be buried in there if he does not perform
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Re: You've been Switzerlanded - what does it mean for you?

Ate at a well-known fondue establishment. Two 26-franc portions of moitié-moitié, good stuff. When we finished, the waitress that had been really nice to us for the entire meal insisted that we have a bit more. I gave her a sly smile like, "mebbe". A little freebie, restaurants do it to get repeat clients all the time? Right?

Nope, an extra 18 francs on the bill at the end. Admittedly, the supplement was an extra full portion for half price, but she could have warned us that it was going to cost more. So, Switzerlanded.
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Way out of order- you were indeed doubly Switzerlanded, or rather Genevaed- best fondue 50/50 is 19.50 here- and she really should not have offered and then charged I'd have been furious. Quite common here to get offered another FREE helping of the day's menu though. Restaurant owner would get lynched here for less

Best fondue in Geneva is at the old inn in Grand Saconnex (always made my kids laugh, as it translates to 'big bag on the nose')- but not sure about current price, at least they have great cheeses.

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Ate at a well-known fondue establishment. Two 26-franc portions of moitié-moitié, good stuff. When we finished, the waitress that had been really nice to us for the entire meal insisted that we have a bit more. I gave her a sly smile like, "mebbe". A little freebie, restaurants do it to get repeat clients all the time? Right?

Nope, an extra 18 francs on the bill at the end. Admittedly, the supplement was an extra full portion for half price, but she could have warned us that it was going to cost more. So, Switzerlanded.
I think thats called upsetting... uhoh, upselling gets spellchecked to upsetting, whatever
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Old 10.05.2014, 02:02
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ahhh I've been Switzerlanded.

I have a new fire installed and one of the inflows for the heating does not work. The bloke tried for 5 minutes to fix it and then left.

But he's going to be Croatianed this afternoon.....my builder is a Croat and a brilliant guy. And when he has the bit between his teeth, there is no escaping.....there's now a hole in the wall and the chimney guy will be buried in there if he does not perform
So that you in reality got Croatia-landed
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Way out of order- you were indeed doubly Switzerlanded, or rather Genevaed- best fondue 50/50 is 19.50 here- and she really should not have offered and then charged I'd have been furious. Quite common here to get offered another FREE helping of the day's menu though. Restaurant owner would get lynched here for less

Best fondue in Geneva is at the old inn in Grand Saconnex (always made my kids laugh, as it translates to 'big bag on the nose')- but not sure about current price, at least they have great cheeses.

How about naming and shaming ?
The Gruyerien. It's too bad because the hostess was really nice and the extra charge left a sour note on the whole experience right at the end. The wife and I agree that there's a silver lining in that it's a new branch that just opened literally a minute from our place and we were afraid of going there too often, with the money drain and weight gain that follows. Now that definitely won't be the case. We can make our own fondue.
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Re: You've been Switzerlanded - what does it mean for you?

Wow, so many posts about prices. While I noticed that too, what stood out for me is the impression of freedom I have here, a lack of feeling "ruled". The pride the Swiss have to be Swiss. Those are definitely fond things I will remember Switzerland by when I leave here again.
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Re: You've been Switzerlanded - what does it mean for you?

Swiss is a quiet place where is good for escape from the busy life
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Re: You've been Switzerlanded - what does it mean for you?

Perhaps I had my first today... I noticed that the childrens' treat from the supermarket when I did the weekly grocery shop, a packet of strawberry shoelaces, were 3.50 each! We used to get THREE packets for £1 in the UK!!! What's that, over £2 for just one packet?! We know food is more expensive here but the first time I've felt disbelief over a food item price was today over these strawberry shoelaces! Haha. Is this what it means?!
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Re: You've been Switzerlanded - what does it mean for you?

Cinema alert: just in case you go with the kids, buy your goodies before you go if you do not want the same reaction.
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Re: You've been Switzerlanded - what does it mean for you?

I was on UKhotdeals today. I'm looking for an SSD for my computer

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Crucial-CT24.../dp/B00BQ8RM1A

I found this bad boy. Pretty good deal. If I deliver it to Switzerland I get the tax off and it is still a few pounds cheaper after delivery charges and a import duty deposit. Charging in CHF it's 125.63CHF

I went to digitec and it's 113CHF and I will get it next day.
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Re: You've been Switzerlanded - what does it mean for you?

Common hardware and electronics is the one area where we don't get shafted. I believe a BBC tech report a few years ago found out that the cheapest prices in Europe for many common appliances were in Switzerland.

Unfortunately most people's priorities don't revolve around building their own computer or setting up a home entertainment system.
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Perhaps I had my first today... I noticed that the childrens' treat from the supermarket when I did the weekly grocery shop, a packet of strawberry shoelaces, were 3.50 each! We used to get THREE packets for £1 in the UK!!! What's that, over £2 for just one packet?! We know food is more expensive here but the first time I've felt disbelief over a food item price was today over these strawberry shoelaces! Haha. Is this what it means?!
It's probably why there are less overweight kids here - the parents can't afford to keep their kids in sweets and treats.

I also get badgered into (not)buying those crappy kids' magazines with a cheap bit of plastic tat sellotaped to the front, which sell for peanuts in Germany but 3 times the price in kiosks here.
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Common hardware and electronics is the one area where we don't get shafted. I believe a BBC tech report a few years ago found out that the cheapest prices in Europe for many common appliances were in Switzerland.

Unfortunately most people's priorities don't revolve around building their own computer or setting up a home entertainment system.
Hey I'm one of the biggest critics of Swiss prices. I just added this post to show I'm not completely anti-Switzerland

I will miss cheap electronics and fast internet!
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Hey I'm one of the biggest critics of Swiss prices. I just added this post to show I'm not completely anti-Switzerland

I will miss cheap electronics and fast internet!
I know you were giving credit where it's due. Internet's plenty fast in the UK from my experience. Although admittedly I haven't made the jump to fiber.
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Internet's plenty fast in the UK from my experience. Although admittedly I haven't made the jump to fiber.
Negatron. I think the maximum speed you can get is 100meg in select areas. Here I live in the middle of buttsex nowhere and can get 250meg.

I know my parents place which is probably less rural than where I am now doesn't have more than 2 meg. It's painful

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Common hardware and electronics is the one area where we don't get shafted. I believe a BBC tech report a few years ago found out that the cheapest prices in Europe for many common appliances were in Switzerland.

Unfortunately most people's priorities don't revolve around building their own computer or setting up a home entertainment system.
Well I wish I had the skills. Is putting up stuff together from components cheaper here as well? I thought it was not..Bros do it all the time, if it is, I'd love to get them stuff here instead, they build n gut their pcs, etc. But it seems to me components are still pricier (if I look at a place we normally shop - alza.cz).
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Well I wish I had the skills. Is putting up stuff together from components cheaper here as well? I thought it was not..Bros do it all the time, if it is, I'd love to get them stuff here instead, they build n gut their pcs, etc. But it seems to me components are still pricier (if I look at a place we normally shop - alza.cz).
Well if you use Swiss per hour pay rates and factor in the cost of time it probably wouldn't be cheaper!

Saying that you can get some very good deals on ready made computers and laptops via Dell, Lenovo, or Apple.

I think Apple Switzerland has the cheapest prices in Europe
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Well I wish I had the skills. Is putting up stuff together from components cheaper here as well? I thought it was not..Bros do it all the time, if it is, I'd love to get them stuff here instead, they build n gut their pcs, etc. But it seems to me components are still pricier (if I look at a place we normally shop - alza.cz).
With assembly, definitely not. But while I'm not 100% sure about Eastern Europe, for basic components Switzerland has some of the cheapest prices west of Poland. Tell them to give toppreise.ch a look.

A little investigating reveals that it's cheaper here. For Porsch's hard drive for example:

In CH: http://www.toppreise.ch/prod_308056.html
In CZ: http://www.alza.cz/crucial-m500-240gb-7mm-d404328.htm

111 CHF vs approx. 130 CHF (with tax). Not much, but worth it for people who import en masse.

I know that whenever I travel and look at prices of computers, DVD players, etc. I'm always disappointed and find I can get better prices walking distance from home.
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Here I live in the middle of buttsex nowhere and can 250meg.
Wow, all the luxuries.
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