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Old 28.04.2014, 18:48
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Re: You've been Switzerlanded - what does it mean for you?

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this has been discussed ad nauseum on this forum - it has been efed
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Old 28.04.2014, 18:48
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call me old fashioned but id rather have 100 mars bars than a 16yo hooker in zurich.

i can resell the mars bars for a profit.
you can resell the hooker for a greater profit
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Old 28.04.2014, 18:51
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Old 28.04.2014, 18:52
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Re: You've been Switzerlanded - what does it mean for you?

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And don't start on cake supplies!!

100 mini-cupcake cases are 3chf in Switzerland (online). They are £2.50 in the UK

Come on girl - learn to "Switzerland"!

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Old 28.04.2014, 18:54
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Re: You've been Switzerlanded - what does it mean for you?

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you can resell the hooker for a greater profit
The thing is Phil, if you buy a 16yo hooker for 250chf you are likely having to import her - and as we mentioned earlier we are unsure which custom tarif would apply.

For 250chf you are only renting - so maybe the Swiss treat sex like housing
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Re: You've been Switzerlanded - what does it mean for you?

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No-one is saying "everything" grocery-related is the same price, it's obviously not, but it's certainly not so bad overall as some people try to make out.

As for such vague and wishy washy general statements like: "Things are significantly more expensive in Switzerland than they are in the UK", lets not forget that Switzerland is also the cheapest place in Europe for many consumer electronics and computing items.


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I think some people in this thread are trying to say or at least imply that that is the case.

Yes it was a wishy washy statement...but was intended to apply to groceries. I agree electronics are quite reasonable here although this is mostly down to the 8% VAT instead of them actually being cheaper...but who cares why it's cheaper it only matter that it is!
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Old 28.04.2014, 19:03
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And this is why you can't have nice things in some areas of the UK - the divide between the haves and the have nots is so much more marked. My uncle had to stop owning a convertible because he had to replace the roof three times in the same year; it kept getting slashed by random yobs, despite him being careful about where he parked it. Here, you will find Aston Martins with the roof down parked in the street. I'm sure the owner isn't far away and that you see the same in the centre of London but it's not unusual to see the same scene outside of the centre here. Apart from a few exceptions, the instinct here does not seem to be "that person has something I don't have, let's break/steal it", unlike in the North East of England, where you sometimes find your tires have gone over night.
Don't need to tell me that. My parents recently had they ride on lawn mower stolen along with all their power tools in the garden shed. To top it off they stole some oil for heating the house from the oil tank.

Bastards.

Certainly one thing I will miss about Switzerland is the low crime rates. But it will be made up with unlimited KFC and pizza hut (and a lot of decent reasonable priced halal restaurants)
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Old 28.04.2014, 19:10
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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 saw a place in Langstrasse ZH today charges 20CHF for a many cut.
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Old 28.04.2014, 19:13
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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.
Thats due to health insurance, the insurance a price they will pay & voila thats the price in CH.
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Old 28.04.2014, 19:25
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hmm...well, if those are the only two options, im screwed.

I'm a single male who travels (and travelled, in the UK) a lot. 1-3 weeks out of the month spent abroad, living off the company card (same situation here, btw). Im actually quite tubby too, so no way is my appetite simlar to that of a mouse (who has ever measured the appetite of a mouse anyway?). Being a foodie, i like to think i dont eat, as you say cr*p stuff.

In my opinion, people choose not to see the difference, or make unrealistic comparisons (eg, Migros/waitrose, branded/unbranded) until they find a way costs are roughly equal, and convince themselves things cost the same in the UK.
Then your post was misleading. If you are travelling for around 50% of the time then technically it's only three months and not six. That being said I don't believe that you can be eating 'quality' food on £130 a month even at Tescos.
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That being said I don't believe that you can be eating 'quality' food on £130 a month even at Tescos.
This will depend only on the quantity of meat and fish you eat. Vegetarians can certainly eat very high quality food for £130 a month.
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Old 28.04.2014, 19:39
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Order your own parts!! There are a number of Swiss sites from which you can order - not at UK prices - but a lot cheaper. I supplied brake discs to a main dealer to save myself hundreds.

Sachs clutch kit for a 2002 Subaru Impreza 2.0
UK: £136.79 - lets say 200chf
CH: 314.77chf
Your looking at todays exchange rate & consumer prices are not linked to the exchange rate. @2.60 CHF to the £ the UK price would have been far more expensive, which was true of many things 7 years ago. Salaries were also higher in the UK at the time. IK economy is booming expect the £ to rise, possibly a very long way.
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Old 28.04.2014, 20:56
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What's with the $ after the CH? Have you been paying with those new-fangled Swiss Dollars?
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Old 28.04.2014, 21:14
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This will depend only on the quantity of meat and fish you eat. Vegetarians can certainly eat very high quality food for £130 a month.
That's true. Pulses and carbs are pretty cheap everywhere.
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Re: You've been Switzerlanded - what does it mean for you?

Switzerlanded: paradox of foreigners/expats/ex-foreigners with swiss salaries wishing to buy things with homeland prices from someone who should live on homeland salary in switzerland to satisfy them.
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Switzerlanded: paradox of foreigners/expats/ex-foreigners with swiss salaries wishing to buy things with homeland prices from someone who should live on homeland salary in switzerland to satisfy them.
Hehe

My boss is American and probably earns some 300k p.a. He is constantly complaining that a book (paperback) costs around 20CHF and a hardcover 40CHF, as opposed to some 10$ and 15$ respectively at B&N in the US. And he refuses to buy a book here. I find it funny

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Old 29.04.2014, 04:00
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but you... you... pick Zuri prices for comparison- same thing .. sublime to ridiculous.
Price with rice, vegetable and nan btw.
That's like someone in flyover country moaning about New Englanders bitching about how expensive everything is...only, there's a lot of truth in the pinch considering how much more expensive housing and food costs in cities, particularly cities where there are jobs. Sure, folks could live in nowhereville, but the commute could be prohibitive. I'd love to live in the midwest where $300k would get me a near mansion, but I'm not going to commute 1500 miles a day/week for that bargain. Depending on the job sector you're in, your choices may not always be your own.
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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.
Wow, mine only cost 35chf. I now feel like I have an extra 5chf to spend on something, but what?
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Old 29.04.2014, 05:45
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Wow, mine only cost 35chf. I now feel like I have an extra 5chf to spend on something, but what?
coffee.
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Old 29.04.2014, 09:02
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That's like someone in flyover country moaning about New Englanders bitching about how expensive everything is...
Actually, my last trip to NE made me appreciate Swiss food prices, as I was spending MORE there than here (wine being twice the price as here was part of the reason)!

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