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Old 27.08.2015, 16:39
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support local shops

I always try 8 years that I am in CH and have it as a rule to support local businesses, the local community overall.
But lately is becoming really difficult, take the example of my local tennis shop, bought a racket for 240 CHF and the same exactly racket cost with shipping 135 EUR from the internet.
In this case I am willing to support 30-40 CHF more for service, higher local cost, but it is becoming a very expensive activity to support retails shops at least, in this case it costed me 100 CHF more for a single item.
If I was a millionaire, no problem, but not been one, sometimes I feel that I am taken for a ride.
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Old 27.08.2015, 17:02
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Re: support local shops

Many others feel the same. See the cross-border-shopping-thread
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Re: support local shops

have a threshold, like no more than 50% extra
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Re: support local shops

For me it depends. Generally I save clothes and shoe shopping for when I'm in the UK as generally there is better choice (and often service) than I have found after 14 years in Basel and Zurich.

But there are some real gems of local business - for example the Messerschmied [cutler] on Spalenberg in Basel is a great little family run shop where we bought our good-quality kitchen knives. They have a forge at the back of the shop where they hand-make stuff and they know their stuff.

You can order stuff over the internet, but sometimes I prefer to go to a shop and see the item first hand even if it does cost more. For example with books, yes they are far cheaper on Amazon, however. I sometimes prefer to go to a book shop and be able to flick through the different books before buying. Last year we bought my son a children's dictionary. They were all there on Amazon, but in the end we went to Orelli and it helps to be able to look at the format of content and the level if detail of word definitions - which you don't so easily get a sense of on Amazon.

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Re: support local shops

This is often a difficult choice, even when it comes to small items. We live part-time in VS and then high up in the mountains. A new supermarket opened up in the village last July - very clean, very amenable personnel, but oh the prices! Passing through Sion, we tend to shop there at one of those two well-known German supermarkets, where the prices are sometimes 75% less expensive than our local shop.
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Old 28.08.2015, 13:10
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My threshold is whether they add value worth the difference, such as in ability to return items, get appropriate accessories, give advice, or just offer a product that is different enough.

If a shop I'm in are friendly, offer advice, and give me the chance to compare products "in the flesh" I'll pay a few francs more. If not then I feel no guilt in going and buying online.

50% more in this case would be 120 CHF - there's no chance they could offer me good enough service to justify that for a racquet. Maybe 20 CHF would be my limit.
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Re: support local shops

Depends on how friendly and helpful they are! If they are, paying some more won't be a problem. If not, then I turn to online options..
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Re: support local shops

I can't be bothered to be honest. It's incredible the amount of times my business has been turned away by the local shops.

I was looking for a pair of cycling shoes recently. Was heading into work one morning and saw the local bike store was open.

I had time so I went in and asked the guy if he could help me.

He tells me he's not open for another 15 mins and to come back later.
I said "yeah, I'll come back allright"

Just went to Migros and got a pair there instead.
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Old 02.09.2015, 23:50
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Re: support local shops

I try and use our local shops but they don't make it easy.

So many times I've had the answer - "We don't have one of those but we can order one and it will be here in a week or so."

No thanks. Helpful but I'll order it via the web for a lot less and it will be here in a couple of days rather than a week.
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Old 03.09.2015, 07:56
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Re: support local shops

You are not comparing like with like. What is the price using an internet shop here? What is the price in euros in a similar local shop?
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Old 03.09.2015, 08:08
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I try and use our local shops but they don't make it easy.

So many times I've had the answer - "We don't have one of those but we can order one and it will be here in a week or so."

No thanks. Helpful but I'll order it via the web for a lot less and it will be here in a couple of days rather than a week.


Well, let's be fair, if a local shop had everything it'd be a big store.
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Re: support local shops

I too find it difficult to support local shops. Apart from the price, they often do not have the item i'm looking for or suit me...

So I support local farms instead... I'm not that picky about eggs, veggies, and berries..
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Old 03.09.2015, 09:26
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Well, let's be fair, if a local shop had everything it'd be a big store.
I wasn't talking about everything - it was more things they usually sell or things they really ought to sell considering the type of shop they are.

Some shops manage it.
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Re: support local shops

I ama huge supporter of a local Swiss business - Die Post. They deliver (and make a profit from) all the things I purchase online from retailers abroad.
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I thought that local shops were only for local people.
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You're clearly still too foreign.
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For me it depends. Generally I save clothes and shoe shopping for when I'm in the UK as generally there is better choice (and often service) than I have found after 14 years in Basel and Zurich.

But there are some real gems of local business - for example the Messerschmied [cutler] on Spalenberg in Basel is a great little family run shop where we bought our good-quality kitchen knives. They have a forge at the back of the shop where they hand-make stuff and they know their stuff.

You can order stuff over the internet, but sometimes I prefer to go to a shop and see the item first hand even if it does cost more. For example with books, yes they are far cheaper on Amazon, however. I sometimes prefer to go to a book shop and be able to flick through the different books before buying. Last year we bought my son a children's dictionary. They were all there on Amazon, but in the end we went to Orelli and it helps to be able to look at the format of content and the level if detail of word definitions - which you don't so easily get a sense of on Amazon.

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Easy.. look at it in the shop then buy on amazon
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Re: support local shops

I shop locally as much as possible for my everyday needs like bread, eggs, meat, fruit and veg etc. but for other things it really depends on the item.

I get all of my books online as there just isn't the choice here ( the English section in the bookshop here runs to about 20 books) and the prices are
I get clothes when I see things I like that fit and won't cost me an arm and a leg. Sometimes that can be in local shops but can equally well be elsewhere too.
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Old 03.09.2015, 10:58
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Re: support local shops

My local shop is a Denner, so I shop there pretty much every day.

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