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Old 04.01.2015, 14:16
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Re: Supermarket best buys

As we don't have an Aldi or Lidl anywhere near us, I'll offer a few tips for the big three:

Coop - The Naturaplan (bio/organic) Espresso Marimba Coffee (beans or grounds) is excellent and often on sale for about 6.50 per 500g bag. Yes, you can buy loads of cheaper coffee but I really like the taste of this one. It is bold but not acidic. Store-brand fruit yogurt is available in 6 packs of 125g pots. Perfect size for me, instead of the normal 180g pots.

Migros - The store brand bio/organic teas are very good and often less than 1.50 per box when on sale. My favorite is the peppermint. The store brand Hausmachernudeln (wide egg noodles) are also excellent, and when on sale are just 80 rappen per 500 g bag.

Denner - Of the stores near us, it's the best value for wine, toiletries, TP, paper towels, laundry soap, and cleaning supplies. The have the best sale price on Granini orange juice and Lindt chocolates. They also have a store-brand coffee with Ethiopian beans that we like. It's a drier bean than the coffee listed above, which means it's great to switch products now and then to prevent our machine from getting gummy. The store brand dark chocolate is inexpensive and works well for cooking.

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Old 05.01.2015, 09:54
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We haven't discussed bread: The LIDL and ALDI bread are way ahead of Denner, Migros and Coop on both price and quality.
Not around here, Denner has the best by far.

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Re: Supermarket best buys

May be a silly question

Is the quality of the same product different in Lidl and Migros, for example?

I mean if I buy razor blades of Gillette in Lidl, will it be the same quality, as if I buy it in Migros?
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Old 02.03.2015, 17:09
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May be a silly question

Is the quality of the same product different in Lidl and Migros, for example?

I mean if I buy razor blades of Gillette in Lidl, will it be the same quality, as if I buy it in Migros?
Yes, of course it will.
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May be a silly question

Is the quality of the same product different in Lidl and Migros, for example?

I mean if I buy razor blades of Gillette in Lidl, will it be the same quality, as if I buy it in Migros?
Of course they will. If you buy the same brand the quality will be the same irrespective of which store you buy them in.

There may be differences in some branded products if you buy them over the border in Germany for example due to country specific variations but not if you buy both products here.
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May be a silly question

Is the quality of the same product different in Lidl and Migros, for example?

I mean if I buy razor blades of Gillette in Lidl, will it be the same quality, as if I buy it in Migros?
That is possibly one of the dimmest question I have ever read on EF. Congrats.
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Old 02.03.2015, 17:18
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No such thing as a silly question. Some people would assume that more expensive = better quality. Quite a common belief around these parts.
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That is possibly one of the dimmest question I have ever read on EF. Congrats.
One of?

Don't hold back Rich, give us your Top 10 (or is it bottom 10?)
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May be a silly question

Is the quality of the same product different in Lidl and Migros, for example?

I mean if I buy razor blades of Gillette in Lidl, will it be the same quality, as if I buy it in Migros?
I expect them to be of the same quality but would not say it for 100% because I noticed some while ago that some same brand products in different shops are produced in different countries. Cars are famous to have different qualities depending on country, not sure if the same could hold for razors
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May be a silly question

Is the quality of the same product different in Lidl and Migros, for example?

I mean if I buy razor blades of Gillette in Lidl, will it be the same quality, as if I buy it in Migros?
Of course not the same product; the ones in Migros are coated with a micro thin layer of gold to justify the price.
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Old 02.03.2015, 19:46
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Yes, of course it will.
Would not vouch for that. Notable example:
Ovomaltine, compare protein and energy.

Migros:
https://www.leshop.ch/leshop/Main.do.../?chlanguage=2

Coop:
http://www.coopathome.ch/coop/deepli...roduct=3030883

It is already interesting that that Coop and Migros version seam to be different.

But, whereas the real Swiss version has only malt sugar.

The international versions has no eggs, less vitamins, and added sugar:

Amazon:
http://www.amazon.de/Ovomaltine-Getr...ne+ohne+zucker
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Re: Supermarket best buys

I thought this was a silly question at first too. Definitely some things produced for the Swiss market specifically have better ingredients.

Cadbury's chocolate tastes better here, as it has more competition. I may be dreaming but I seem to recall that Fiat build Swiss bound cars with more care and put extra gasket seal on their oil sumps, as Switzerland is more strict on oil leaks.
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I may be dreaming but I seem to recall that Fiat build Swiss bound cars with more care and put extra gasket seal on their oil sumps, as Switzerland is more strict on oil leaks.
You've been talking to a Swiss Fiat dealer, haven't you.
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Re: Supermarket best buys

Funny thing. The man in front of me in the Migros today was buying a pack of three bell peppers. I noticed there was a label on them saying Only 99p.

He was charged 2.50 for them!!
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Funny thing. The man in front of me in the Migros today was buying a pack of three bell peppers. I noticed there was a label on them saying Only 99p.

He was charged 2.50 for them!!
Happens a lot.
In defense of the cashiers, there are also a lot of "Actions" and discounts and whatnot and it might become tedious after a while to track them in your head all the time (in addition to the various other stuff like ensuring the various minimum ages for different alcohol-purchases etc.)
But when I buy something discounted, I make sure to check if I wasn't charged the full price anyway.
I don't think they get a bonus if they charge you full price for a special...
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You've been talking to a Swiss Fiat dealer, haven't you.
No actually. A few years back I picked up a Fiat for 300chf, it lasted me a few years before the clutch wore out. Before the control test I checked it underneath and was shocked it wasn't leaking oil! I was then told that story (about extra effort put into Swiss bound cars), but never sure if it was true.
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Re: Supermarket best buys

I remember watching a TV programme on the subject and they were discussing instant coffee.
Nescafe Gold blend jar looks the same in the UK/France/Italy etc but the taste is totally different due to country preferences.
For example they were saying how a shopper from the UK might visit France and buy, but it is much much stronger than the bean used for the UK market.
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Re: Supermarket best buys

Lindt chocolate in the U.S. uses much cheaper ingredient (less cocoa beans) than the European versions.
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Happens a lot.
In defense of the cashiers, there are also a lot of "Actions" and discounts and whatnot and it might become tedious after a while to track them in your head all the time (in addition to the various other stuff like ensuring the various minimum ages for different alcohol-purchases etc.)
But when I buy something discounted, I make sure to check if I wasn't charged the full price anyway.
I don't think they get a bonus if they charge you full price for a special...
No, i am not disputing the 2.50. But to have written on the package - Only 99p. As in British pence.
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No, i am not disputing the 2.50. But to have written on the package - Only 99p. As in British pence.
The cheap pre-packaged peppers here from Spain have no taste just like the ones from supermarkets back in the U.K.
We just pay more for them here.

I once saw, on the packaging of vegetables in Co-op here, the wording "Part of your five-a-day" in the font that Sainsbury use.
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