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Re: cross border shopping destination?

Swiss Border Patrol official: "We can't check everybody if they're taking too much Salami or Grappa over the border"
http://www.tagesanzeiger.ch/schweiz/...story/26671213
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Ate in Il Boccone Italian restaurant in Konstanz this week, food was very good but prices around 20% more than the Italian restaurants that I usually go to in Germany.
Still half Swiss prices of course

We, a Group of aviation journalists, had a nice meal in the Restaurant of the Dornier Museum at Friedrichshafen Airport and then a very nice dinner in a Hotel Restaurant in Meersburg after a Spanish apero in Meersburg dtwn and yesterday a nice meal in the Zeppelin Museum in Friedrichshafen
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Mulhouse! Mulhouse! Mulhouse! My favorite place to go to shop for design furniture, kids stuff and food at super huge Carrefour! And before that, have a great Elsass lunch!
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Re: cross border shopping destination?

Rewe (Waldshut, Germany) https://www.rewe.de/marktseite/?wwident=840195

will close this afternoon at 4 p.m.

for refurbishments/shop refit

and will reopen on Tuesday 1st December 2015 at 7 a.m.

ready for you to do your regular and Christmas shopping at normal and bearable prices!
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Old 14.11.2015, 10:34
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Rewe (Waldshut, Germany) https://www.rewe.de/marktseite/?wwident=840195

will close this afternoon at 4 p.m.

for refurbishments/shop refit

and will reopen on Tuesday 1st December 2015 at 7 a.m.

ready for you to do your regular and Christmas shopping at normal and bearable prices!
Are they selling things off at reduced prices in preparation for the refit? You should get yourself over there and bag a few bargains if they are.
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Are they selling things off at reduced prices in preparation for the refit? You should get yourself over there and bag a few bargains if they are.
Normally I don't go on a Saturday, as Waldshut and her shops are always absolutely heaving with cross-border shoppers. You should see when the train doors open upon arrival in Waldshut, if you don't stand well back you risk getting knocked over. The Swiss go bananas every Saturday (hardly surprising with the exchange rate still so favourable and the utterly ridiculous prices in Switzerland). We call them 'gannets'! Gannets with trolleys! It's simply never-ending!
I'm surprised the Zoll guys aren't all off work with repetitive strain injury from stamping Ausfuhrscheins all day long!
However, in Rewe this week yes they seem to be reducing a lot of stuff, particularly goods with a short shelf life, I guess today they have to entirely clear the fridges and bakery sections. So I'll make an exception and get myself along too!
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I'll be living in Dubendorf soon, can anyone recommend a cross border destination to buy food stuff for me?

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I'll be living in Dubendorf soon, can anyone recommend a cross border destination to buy food stuff for me?

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Probably:
https://www.google.ch/maps/place/Jes...1f6bb7a5df7830


Do you have a car?
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Old 22.02.2016, 11:25
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Re: cross border shopping destination?

Depends on where you live and what you want, need or is available to buy.

Unless you live somewhere like Kreuzlingen, on the border, you need to make a business case to cross over. I live in Winterthur, so a day trip would cost me 23.40 CHF (16.80 CHF with Supersaver) with Halbtax, which while an outlay is not very high.

Once there, while there is a 300 CHF limit on what I can bring back, there's no limit on services consumed there. So with a hair cut (which can be as cheap as 8 Euro, versus 29 CHF here) and I've already covered my trip, without even denting that 300 CHF limit.

As to meat, it is cheaper, but I'll have to admit, with some types (such as beef) I'd actually rather pay extra in Switzerland than the pink rubber that often gets sold in Germany. Given this, there's plenty of savings to be made of decent goods, and even some goods you just don't get in Switzerland - like canned soup (anyone else notice how canned soup isn't a big thing here?). Pharma or any kind is another area of major savings (evidenced by the fact that every second shop in Constance is a pharmacy); when I was quitting cigarettes, a week's nicotine patches was about 25 Euro there, and 45 CHF here.

All before you consider that you can get your VAT back (a whopping 19%) or that, if you wanted to run the risk, your chances of being stopped and checked are pretty low, in my experience.

So it can be worth while financially, IMHO. Most I suspect don't because of the time involved (two-hour round trip from Winterthur). As such it's probably best to treat it less as a money saving exercise (though you will likely save) and more as a day trip.
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No I dont, guess I'll try car pool though
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Re: cross border shopping destination?

"All before you consider that you can get your VAT back (a whopping 19%) or that, if you wanted to run the risk, your chances of being stopped and checked are pretty low, in my experience."

Could you please explain to me what this means?
How can I claim VAT back and from where?
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No I dont, guess I'll try car pool though
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You can also take the train.
Ex co-worker usually did that on Thursdays.

He took a very big suitcase....

Not sure if it's worth the effort if you don't have your own car.
What do you want to buy?
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Old 23.02.2016, 18:08
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Could you please explain to me what this means?
How can I claim VAT back and from where?
VAT (Value Added Tax, in English) is essentially a tax added to goods and services. In Switzerland it's called Mehrwertsteuer (MwSt.) and is quite low at 8%, by European standards, where you can get as high as 27% (Hungary).

German VAT is 19% and can be claimed back out if you are taking the goods out of the country to a non-EU nation. There's a few threads on how to go about doing this, such as the following:

Trip to Konstanz - getting the VAT back?
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Re: cross border shopping destination?

I'm thinking food and toiletries?
Also some warm clothes as these are expensive to buy in India
would you recommend this?
I'm Indian and have read that Indian food stuff is easily cheaper in Germany so thats one of the main things

Thanks so much for your help
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VAT (Value Added Tax, in English) is essentially a tax added to goods and services. In Switzerland it's called Mehrwertsteuer (MwSt.) and is quite low at 8%, by European standards, where you can get as high as 27% (Hungary).

German VAT is 19% and can be claimed back out if you are taking the goods out of the country to a non-EU nation. There's a few threads on how to go about doing this, such as the following:

Trip to Konstanz - getting the VAT back?
Thanks so much for explaining and the link
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Re: cross border shopping destination?

We got most of our furniture from here: http://www.xxxlutz.at/
The one in Lauterach is about 1.5 hour driving from Zug.


Karl-Höll-Straße 11
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Mo-Do: 9.00 - 18.00, Fr: 9.00 - 19.00, Sa: 9.00 - 18.00
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Re: cross border shopping destination?

Ok sorry just read you were asking about household stuff not furniture.


You can go to Konstanz which is about 1.5 hour drive from Zug. There is a Supermarket called Kaufland there very good for grocery shopping.
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