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I find kitchen utensils in Switzerland have better quality and design. Also, many healthcare and beauty products.
I am also thinking to buy some kitchen utensils from WMF (from Germany though, as it is less expensive)
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1) Buy 25 packets of aspirin, about CHF 12.50 a packet of 20 tablets. In the USA they sell them in bottles of 500 tablets (hence the 25 packets) for less than $4.00, at the grocery store right between the light bulbs and the hunting ammo. Granted, those are only 325 mg instead of the Swiss 500 mg, but your Californian neighbors will turn green of envy when you tell them that you have aspirin that's 80 times as expensive as their stuff.

Also get yourself a 10chf 100ml bottle of hydrogen peroxide from the pharmacy here. Be sure to keep the price tag on it intact. You can bring it out at cocktail parties and watch the Americans faint in disbelief.
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Also get yourself a 10chf 100ml bottle of hydrogen peroxide from the pharmacy here. Be sure to keep the price tag on it intact. You can bring it out at cocktail parties and watch the Americans faint in disbelief.
i don't know the prices in California, but for most places abroad, I recommend taking Saffron from here. The neat little packages you get here are wonderful, they are so small and take so very little space, are of good quality and compared to many places, I think the prices are non comparable.
Wish you all the best in your travels
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Re: Leaving for California - what to take from Switzerland/Europe

Bring California wine! It's actually cheaper here in Switzerland than in California due to excessive taxes there. Of course I joke, as the shipping costs offset the price difference (unless you have a company paying for it). Forget coffee, there are tons of awesome coffee shops and beans available everywhere. One thing my friend from California always buys and brings back with him is switchblades from Germany (they are illegal here and in California, but in Germany not). If you're into that sort of thing.. it's a guy thing. Makes a great gift to guy friends in California as they are otherwise unobtainable there.
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Also get yourself a 10chf 100ml bottle of hydrogen peroxide from the pharmacy here. Be sure to keep the price tag on it intact. You can bring it out at cocktail parties and watch the Americans faint in disbelief.
Just yesterday (pure coincidence) I bought a 1 liter bottle of hydrogen peroxide (30%) at a Swiss drugstore; CHF 18.50. Together with some purified water ("destillatgleiches Wasser," 2 liters for CHF 1.80 at Coop), that yields 10 liters of H2O2 3%, the concentration of the stuff sold by US grocery stores. Makes about CHF 2.75 per liter -- not that bad. But you can still shock your Californian neighbors by telling them that the Swiss treat hydrogen peroxide like a chemical, not like a detergent. Just like they treat aspirin like a medicament, not like a staple food.

Dear children, please do not use my dilution trick at home unless you are experienced in dealing with caustic liquids. 30 % H2O2 is quite an obnoxious skin irritant.
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Just yesterday (pure coincidence) I bought a 1 liter bottle of hydrogen peroxide (30%) at a Swiss drugstore; CHF 18.50. Together with some purified water ("destillatgleiches Wasser," 2 liters for CHF 1.80 at Coop), that yields 10 liters of H2O2 3%, the concentration of the stuff sold by US grocery stores. Makes about CHF 2.75 per liter -- not that bad. But you can still shock your Californian neighbors by telling them that the Swiss treat hydrogen peroxide like a chemical, not like a detergent. Just like they treat aspirin like a medicament, not like a staple food.

Dear children, please do not use my dilution trick at home unless you are experienced in dealing with caustic liquids. 30 % H2O2 is quite an obnoxious skin irritant.

Good to know. The stuff I was referring to at 10chf for 100ml was 3%, same as in the US. So sure if I can get the 30% at the same price, that's not bad.
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One thing my friend from California always buys and brings back with him is switchblades from Germany (they are illegal here and in California, but in Germany not).
So you're actually suggesting the OP breaks the law in both countries by importing illegal weapons into Switzerland and the US. Great advice.
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I find kitchen utensils in Switzerland have better quality and design. Also, many healthcare and beauty products.
You mean Zyliss?
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Bring California wine! It's actually cheaper here in Switzerland than in California due to excessive taxes there. Of course I joke, as the shipping costs offset the price difference (unless you have a company paying for it). Forget coffee, there are tons of awesome coffee shops and beans available everywhere. One thing my friend from California always buys and brings back with him is switchblades from Germany (they are illegal here and in California, but in Germany not). If you're into that sort of thing.. it's a guy thing. Makes a great gift to guy friends in California as they are otherwise unobtainable there.
Regardless if there is good coffee or not, if you are used to coffee from here, it is still coffee suited to tastes from here. In the states most beans come from Costa Rica, and you can find it here as well, but it is normally sold mostly at Lidl or Denner. Here, the bean in most coffee is the Pur Arabica. Grown elsewhere, and is stronger, but not as filtered as much.


Who gives switchblades as gifts? Or even "great" gifts?
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[QUOTE
Also - Americans do not use duvets usually - but you can find them - they are sized to American beds though, so if you plan on using your same bedding, then get those items here before [/QUOTE]

Americans DO use & have duvets. Actually we can be a quite civilized bunch. Depends on your taste but they are available everywhere and in all different price ranges.
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Bring California wine! It's actually cheaper here in Switzerland than in California due to excessive taxes there. Of course I joke, as the shipping costs offset the price difference (unless you have a company paying for it). Forget coffee, there are tons of awesome coffee shops and beans available everywhere. One thing my friend from California always buys and brings back with him is switchblades from Germany (they are illegal here and in California, but in Germany not). If you're into that sort of thing.. it's a guy thing. Makes a great gift to guy friends in California as they are otherwise unobtainable there.
Again, not true about the wine.
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Re: Leaving for California - what to take from Switzerland/Europe

Most things are cheaper in California. We go back twice a year and stock up on on clothes, shoes, shampoo, medicine, etc. With Amazon, you can even get specific Swiss items like spaetzli makers and high quality fondue pots.

Don't bring anything with a plug. You will have to buy a converter too and those aren't cheap.

When we go back permanently, we plan on leaving most things and buying new in California. Between Ikea and Costco, everything is covered.
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Most things are cheaper in California. We go back twice a year and stock up on on clothes, shoes, shampoo,.
Not necessarily (much) cheaper as far as I noticed (I might be wrong given the limited time I've spent there), but simply better quality, more durable if we talk about clothes, travel bags etc. I would love to go there for shopping as often as you do, everything I bought there is still in excellent condition.
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Not necessarily (much) cheaper as far as I noticed (I might be wrong given the limited time I've spent there), but simply better quality, more durable if we talk about clothes, travel bags etc.
Better quality at a comparable price, yes, but not necessarily when compared to the median income. There are exceptions, of course.

[OT]What I appreciate much more in the USA is the level of customer service you can get, not always but certainly way more often than in Switzerland.

I once bought a pair of Levi-Strauss on sale at Kohl's for $14.95. Two weeks later, back in Switzerland, they began to fall apart around the waist-belt straps. The fabric was totally threadbare. I repaired that by cutting some fabric out of the pocket bases and stitching it in below the loops.

That worked fine for three years. I was again in the USA when, while crouching down to pet the dog, a large rip occurred right in the crotch. My (American) OH dragged me back to Kohl's although I kept telling her the receipt, if any, was in Switzerland. "I don't care," she said, "They'll have to replace it."

I felt pretty uneasy at the complaints desk. However, the staff said, "No problem, we'll reimburse you. Here's $48.99." I said, "Well, you know, I bought them on special sale for less than 15 bucks." "Sorry sir, we can't enter that in our computer system right now. I'm afraid you'll have to take these $48.99."

Now try to imagine such a thing happening in Switzerland. E. V. E. R. [/OT]
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Most things are cheaper in California. We go back twice a year and stock up on on clothes, shoes, shampoo, medicine, etc. With Amazon, you can even get specific Swiss items like spaetzli makers and high quality fondue pots.

Don't bring anything with a plug. You will have to buy a converter too and those aren't cheap.

When we go back permanently, we plan on leaving most things and buying new in California. Between Ikea and Costco, everything is covered.
I was in California last month. I found many things to be the same price or more expensive then in Switzerland. Which I wasn't counting on at all.


Then again, I would never shop at somewhere like Cosco or Walmart. I mean, I don't shop at Otto's when I am in Switzerland either.
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Who gives switchblades as gifts?
My former MIL.

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Bring California wine! It's actually cheaper here in Switzerland than in California due to excessive taxes there.
Yes, I noticed that last time I was in the US, wine generally is about 2x the Swiss price.

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There are very few things you cannot get in California that you can in Switzerland.
My daughter took Migros ice tea, raclette, and pizzoccheri when she moved to LA last January.

I'd take fois-gras, horse meat, and Ticinese wine and cheese.

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Again, not true about the wine.
Very much is true about the wine, at least for the better quality stuff. For entertainment look up the price of Opus 1 when bought direct from Mondavi at the winery compared to the price in Mövenpick.
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