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all of this is rubbish (apart from the cinema which is quite expensive).

can of Coke and Mars Bar is around £1. From a kiosk it's 4.50 CHF.

A gourmet burger, chips and a drink is around £12. Helvti Diner burger, chips and coke is around 32CHF.
Surely you wouldn't expect a kiosk to have the cheapest prices in town, would you?


I had quite the eye opening when I was in the US 2 Christmasses ago. Milk was much more expensive than I'd remembered, and candy bars weren't so different in price from what you'd find in the grocery stores here. Sure my shopping trip wasn't as expensive as if I'd done a weekly shop at Coop, but it wasn't anywhere near as cheap as I thought I'd remembered from before my move - 6yrs ago!
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Old 28.04.2014, 12:58
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Re: You've been Switzerlanded - what does it mean for you?

yes yes, we can quibble about a few marginal francs/dollars more or less here or there on random consumptions, but surely that is not what switzerlanding is all about?

switzerlanding is about moving to a new place and finding a 40chf bill from the rental agency in your mailbox because they ordered official name tags for that mailbox because otherwise the mailman wont deliver mail to that mailbox.
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Surely you wouldn't expect a kiosk to have the cheapest prices in town, would you?


I had quite the eye opening when I was in the US 2 Christmasses ago. Milk was much more expensive than I'd remembered, and candy bars weren't so different in price from what you'd find in the grocery stores here. Sure my shopping trip wasn't as expensive as if I'd done a weekly shop at Coop, but it wasn't anywhere near as cheap as I thought I'd remembered from before my move - 6yrs ago!
A quick comparison that I'd say is like for like. Go to Tesco.co.uk and leshop.ch

Milk at Tesco

£1 (1.50CHF )for 4 pints (~2.3L)

Milk at leshop

1.65CHF for 1L.

It's more than double!

Switzerlanded
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Old 28.04.2014, 13:00
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Re: You've been Switzerlanded - what does it mean for you?

In the UK, Mars Bar will cost you 60p in a supermarket, 75-80p in a corner shop. A can of coke will set you back around 50p if bought as part of a multipack, but again 75p from a local shop and closer to £1 from a vending machine.

Having just arrived in CH, I don't really find supermarket prices that much different - the more expensive items are balanced out by the cheaper ones, and a 5 chuff bottle of Swiss wine is significantly better quality than a 5 quid one back home.

I'm not buying meat, however, and I can see how that would push the cost of the weekly shop up significantly.

The prices that are really making my eyes water are paracetamol (all visitors have been instructed to bring as many 16p Boots packs as they can fit in their luggage), haircuts (can't work out how to get family to bring me one of those...) and cleaning products - although I have to admit that the 10 CHF bottle of laundry liquid that OH bought in December has only just run out.
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Re: You've been Switzerlanded - what does it mean for you?

True paracetamol or ibuprofen tablets are stupid money same for hayfever tablets. I was paying about 1.5fr per tablet. Germany 8euro for pack of 50! Both were generics.
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Re: You've been Switzerlanded - what does it mean for you?

yes haircuts lol. 45-50 chf for a "cheap" man's cut. and they still fkuc it up and do not speak a word english.

i actually started buzzing my own hair, after i had a couple of those sessions here. saving myself a cool 100 every 2-3 months
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I don't really find supermarket prices that much different
I just can't see how you'd say that.
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yes haircuts lol. 45-50 chf for a "cheap" man's cut. and they still fkuc it up and do not speak a word english.

i actually started buzzing my own hair, after i had a couple of those sessions here. saving myself a cool 100 every 2-3 months
I was ecstatic to find a barber who charges 20CHF for one here AND speaks English!

Then when I went back home it was £6 and they even offered a cold beer.
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A quick comparison that I'd say is like for like. Go to Tesco.co.uk and leshop.ch

Milk at Tesco

£1 (1.50CHF )for 4 pints (~2.3L)

Milk at leshop

1.65CHF for 1L.

It's more than double!

Switzerlanded
If you pop over the border to Germany you can pick up a liter of fresh milk for 55 cent
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True paracetamol or ibuprofen tablets are stupid money same for hayfever tablets. I was paying about 1.5fr per tablet. Germany 8euro for pack of 50! Both were generics.
Swiss Quality generics or dirty auslander generics?
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Re: You've been Switzerlanded - what does it mean for you?

Yep been called that also.
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What is the difference between Switzerlanded and Swissified?
Switzerlanded = When you have to pay a ridiculous sum for something you don`t really want. (?) or something along those lines.

Swissified = When you trim your lawn/hedges with a nail scissors, and/or clean house with a toothbrush, conversations consist of about ten different versions on the same theme with same result.
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Re: You've been Switzerlanded - what does it mean for you?

Years ago in Fribourg I bought a walking map of the Jura, not a popular area for most customers. The price was written in pencil, as CHF 9,--

I started counting out the Fr 9 and the owner took an eraser, rubbed out 9,-- and made the price Fr 10,50 saying "That was the old price..."

I was flabbergasted (I know now this is illegal) I said, "No thanks!" and walked.

To me, that was being extremely Switzerlanded.

(PS I have added Switzerlanded to my dictionary)
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In the UK, Mars Bar will cost you 60p in a supermarket, 75-80p in a corner shop. A can of coke will set you back around 50p if bought as part of a multipack, but again 75p from a local shop and closer to £1 from a vending machine.

Having just arrived in CH, I don't really find supermarket prices that much different - the more expensive items are balanced out by the cheaper ones, and a 5 chuff bottle of Swiss wine is significantly better quality than a 5 quid one back home.

I'm not buying meat, however, and I can see how that would push the cost of the weekly shop up significantly.

The prices that are really making my eyes water are paracetamol (all visitors have been instructed to bring as many 16p Boots packs as they can fit in their luggage), haircuts (can't work out how to get family to bring me one of those...) and cleaning products - although I have to admit that the 10 CHF bottle of laundry liquid that OH bought in December has only just run out.
Milk, Meat and Pharma all protected markets. I agree with the milk/meat prices without the protection most farming would be dead in CH and you'd be eating mass produced/farmed product of lower quality. I think they have this right.

Pharma is protected I guess due to the tax revenues they pull in and there's no excuse for simple drugs such as paracetamol being x5 the cost.
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let's just leave Hannah Sauntie to that task
None zapped so far today.
Trying to go cold turkey, but it's soooo hard.

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Smoky, I was cleaning the grout between our kitchen floor tiles the other day, I have been Swissified.
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Re: You've been Switzerlanded - what does it mean for you?

My doctor prescribed me Aspirin Cardio which are sugar coated small aspirin tablets, they cost about CHF 20,-- a packet.

He told me you can buy simple sugar coated Aspirin much cheaper, but the Swiss health insurance will only refund for the Cardio Aspirin.
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None zapped so far today.
Trying to go cold turkey, but it's soooo hard.
I got two today without even trying. I have no excuse for being on the computer today other than that the weather is dreadful so I couldn't go out for my walk and the other alternative is a huge basket of ironing.

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My doctor prescribed me Aspirin Cardio which are sugar coated small aspirin tablets, they cost about CHF 20,-- a packet.

He told me you can buy simple sugar coated Aspirin much cheaper, but the Swiss health insurance will only refund for the Cardio Aspirin.
I get my cardio aspirin over the counter when I'm back in the UK. You have to answer the pharmacist's questions about why you need them but they're only 75p for a hundred tablets which still makes than cheaper than getting them here even with the health insurance refund.
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Years ago in Fribourg I bought a walking map of the Jura, not a popular area for most customers. The price was written in pencil, as CHF 9,--

I started counting out the Fr 9 and the owner took an eraser, rubbed out 9,-- and made the price Fr 10,50 saying "That was the old price..."

I was flabbergasted (I know now this is illegal) I said, "No thanks!" and walked.

To me, that was being extremely Switzerlanded.

(PS I have added Switzerlanded to my dictionary)
That`s happened to me too!

I bought something, was counting out the money ..... and noticed the shopowner doing something to the bottom of the container. She was pulling off the price tab! "That was the old price" said she "New price is Chf2 more".

In my old primitive third world country the price may not be altered on old stock. I was shocked that this is done here. After all, the old retail price was also bought at a cheaper price than the new stock!
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I just can't see how you'd say that.
Because that's my experience so far.

A trolley full of shopping from Coop cost me 400 CHF on Friday. Three weeks ago, a trolley full of shopping from Waitrose in the UK cost me £400. The only major differences were that I didn't buy any toiletries/cleaning products, Quorn or bottled real-ales from Coop.

Being vegetarian no doubt helps as I said, but then I'd be buying organic free-range meat in the UK anyway so not sure if the price differential is all that great. Also the poor choice of Quorn products means I'm not spending on those, and I'm buying pulses which are much cheaper.

Swings and roundabouts.

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Because that's my experience so far.

A trolley full of shopping from Coop cost me 400 CHF on Friday. Three weeks ago, a trolley full of shopping from Waitrose in the UK cost me £400. The only major differences were that I didn't buy any toiletries/cleaning products, Quorn or bottled real-ales from Coop.

Being vegetarian no doubt helps as I said, but then I'd be buying organic free-range meat in the UK anyway so not sure if the price differential is all that great. Also the poor choice of Quorn products means I'm not spending on those, and I'm buying pulses which are much cheaper.

Swings and roundabouts.
Coop=Tesco not Waitrose.

And Coop is twice the price of Tesco on average.
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