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Re: Lidl

My wife is the ultimate spendthrift, but even she is not a fan of Lidl, much prefering Aldi (as I do) for that type of store.

I always liked Migros salami, but since we go to Italy a couple times a month to visit the relatives, whe get that and most other processed pork there, as well as fresh beef and veal.

The new limits suck, however.

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My wife is the ultimate spendthrift, but even she is not a fan of Lidl, much prefering Aldi (as I do) for that type of store.

I always liked Migros salami, but since we go to Italy a couple times a month to visit the relatives, whe get that and most other processed pork there, as well as fresh beef and veal.

The new limits suck, however.

Tom
Do you really mean spendthrift? If your wife was one you'd be getting express deliveries from Harrods twice a week.
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My wife is the ultimate spendthrift, but even she is not a fan of Lidl, much prefering Aldi (as I do) for that type of store.

I always liked Migros salami, but since we go to Italy a couple times a month to visit the relatives, whe get that and most other processed pork there, as well as fresh beef and veal.

The new limits suck, however.

Tom
anybody here doing regular shopping in germany?
the other day i had a talk with a friend about it and we couldnt agree on how much people are doing that, as well as is it only/mostly the migrants doing it or native Swiss too.
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anybody here doing regular shopping in germany?
the other day i had a talk with a friend about it and we couldnt agree on how much people are doing that, as well as is it only/mostly the migrants doing it or native Swiss too.
You are joking right.??? In basel area there is the rhein center with 800 car spaces, on a weekend I would say 60-70% are swiss cars. A bit further away is heiber. 50% swiss cars.
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Re: Lidl

I shop in Lidl all the time, find huge savings on fish, meat, fruit, veg & other items such as cereal bars are half the price than those in Coop or Migros & alot nicer!
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Old 10.07.2015, 13:25
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Re: Lidl

Aldi and Lidl are fine for most things and well priced. What they lack is variety -- which may or may not matter to you.

I shop at all the big chains, and they all have pros and cons. So Aldi and Lidl tend to be cheaper, but you have to take what you can get, especially in fruit & veg, and wine and dairy products. A bit hit and miss. That said, their meat is always well priced and the range pretty good, as long as you're looking for the mainstream stuff.

Migros and Coop, particularly the bigger branches, are usually excellent for fruit and veg, and dairy, but can be pricey. Denner is excellent for wine and other random bargains.
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You are joking right.??? In basel area there is the rhein center with 800 car spaces, on a weekend I would say 60-70% are swiss cars. A bit further away is heiber. 50% swiss cars.
No, not joking really, mostly I was wondering WHO is coming with all those Swiss plates.
I think native Swiss people do it equally as non-swiss, but my friends thought it's only the non-Swiss. I also spoke with some native Swiss people and they were kind of - "I dont know why would people go shopping there, ruining their economy etc" - but those were Swiss not really living near the border.

BTW, I'm living right off the border, on German side and I'm very well aware of the queues on the border.
Actually I'm starting a wrong topic here..

But here is something to add to *this* topic: I like chocolates in Aldi a bit better. I shop in Rheinfelden and there Lidl seems to have a bit better offer than Aldi, but... as mentioned - I like the Choceurs better.
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I am new in Zurich did my first shop in Lidi this week (exciting stuff). I found most products very good value and good quality, similar to Lidi in the UK. Worth a trip to stock up on things once in a while. But the big difference from UK Lidi is that they do not take Visa, which I found out after my chf 200 + shop had been scanned. Very embarrassing but they were very nice about it, keeping my trolley in the back while I dashed around trying to find a cash point. Maybe not taking visa is not unusual here? I'm still learning!!
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Lidl don't need to pay any credit card fees. It's cost saving that passed on to you with cheaper prices.

I've done the cashpoint run - twice!
I can't understand though why Denner, Aldi and Lidl still don't accept credit cards. It takes so much longer to process cash transactions in general. Card transactions are safer, quicker and easier. It costs those supermarkets as well as the economy so much more to support all of these cash payments.
At least in Aldi and Denner you can use a Postcard, but all of them are still simply decades behind the rest. In Coop, Migros and in other normal supermarkets abroad I haven't used cash for 20 years.
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Old 10.07.2015, 14:59
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I can't understand though why Denner, Aldi and Lidl still don't accept credit cards. It takes so much longer to process cash transactions in general. Card transactions are safer, quicker and easier. It costs those supermarkets as well as the economy so much more to support all of these cash payments.
At least in Aldi and Denner you can use a Postcard, but all of them are still simply decades behind the rest. In Coop, Migros and in other normal supermarkets abroad I haven't used cash for 20 years.
Because credit cards are only now becoming more popular here in Switzerland. When we moved over 17 years you were hard pressed to find any company that would take one and if they did it was usually their own store one only. Debit cards and cash are the norm here. All stores will take all Swiss debit cards not just PostFinance. I use my Maestro card if I don't have enough cash on me to pay at Aldi, etc.
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I can't understand though why Denner, Aldi and Lidl still don't accept credit cards. It takes so much longer to process cash transactions in general. Card transactions are safer, quicker and easier. It costs those supermarkets as well as the economy so much more to support all of these cash payments.
At least in Aldi and Denner you can use a Postcard, but all of them are still simply decades behind the rest. In Coop, Migros and in other normal supermarkets abroad I haven't used cash for 20 years.
because credit cards take around 2.7% up to 3.5% as a fee from the purchase amount. This is a huge amount in the business where margins are thin.

It doesn't cost them so much more to process cash payments, quite the opposite - credit cards are the most expensive method of payments for them. On the other hand, people spend more (at least theoretically) when they have credit card.
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Re: Lidl

I discovered the cheese 'fiore dell' alpi' in Aldi, it is very tasteful.
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because credit cards take around 2.7% up to 3.5% as a fee from the purchase amount. This is a huge amount in the business where margins are thin.

It doesn't cost them so much more to process cash payments, quite the opposite - credit cards are the most expensive method of payments for them. On the other hand, people spend more (at least theoretically) when they have credit card.
I didn't realise that the commission was so high for credit card transactions for shops. Those ought to be brought down somewhat, 3.5% is simply scandalous.

I still feel cash transactions do require more time, energy, resources and cost more than is really known to the customer. The more cash is taken in payments for goods, the more time has to be spent counting and preparing it for banking, the more often a security 'man and van' has to come to pick that cash up to take it away and bank it and the more bags/rolls of coins have to be supplied to enable the shop to give out vast amounts of these coins in change, these call outs cost a lot of money - although it is the cost of doing business in a way.

I see cash transactions as awkward, slower, more dangerous and more prone to errors. If cash is lost/stolen, 99% of the time it has gone for good. Credit cards can be blocked/replaced and the damage contained.
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Re: Lidl

Used to be quite negative about Aldi/Lidl (without much evidence to be honest) - 2 years ago we were in the Engadin where there is no Migros basically so thought we would have an Aldi Christmas and pleasantly surprised by the whole experience. Yes everything looks a bit different but a big plus in my book is that they typically only have 1 or 2 types of any given product - you don't have to decide between 50 different types of deodorant or whatever which makes the whole experience much quicker once you are used to it. Some of the basics are very very good value in my experience.

Also the wine selection in both Aldi & Lidl has a very good mixture of quality and value :-)
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