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Old 15.03.2011, 11:41
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Re: Swiss and purchasing habits

correct me if im wrong, but your stuff is IKEA, right?
do you honestly think somebody is buying used IKEA?
brockie doesnt even pick it up for free. guess why?
plus your location...bern...i think there is more business
to be made in ZH area...
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Old 15.03.2011, 11:47
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It is true, I have never seen people try to haggle so much in CH as in other places it can be ridiculous!
I had a spot on the fleamarket here in Basel and I was selling some clothes which included a dress with the tags still on for 50 euro, a woman comes and asks me how much do I want, I say 15 CHF, she says I will give you 2...I turned around and continued chatting with my friends...like, really? This is only one example.
Anyways afterwards comes another woman this one elderly, asks how much I said 15 and she said I think that is fair and gave me the money.
Angie-Babe, I'd have offered ya CHF 3. *ducks under desk for cover*
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Old 15.03.2011, 12:11
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Re: Swiss and purchasing habits

hi all,

true about the good stuff that is thrown out - I have already plucked 2 perfect fondue pans from the garbage center, yay! also there is so much fine wood, but here - jura countryside - I see people taking wood from there and they are allowed.
I am a volunteer at a Galetas second hand store and there is such beautiful antique furniture there.. and lots of nice junk. I am forbidden to drag too much into our apartment though
I like the people that come into the store and look around for stuff. And I like bargains.. Why spend so much if it's there for much less? Same for the supermarkets - to me, stores like COOp are really expensive.. I drive to Aldi once a week and get a big bunch of fine stuff. Don't see why spending so much more.
So it must be a cultural thing.. If you are raised that way.. Pity
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I jsut saw your adds and it would be a good idea to mention if they are interio or Ikea, I saw for instance the white bookcase (I have one too and I love it) but for instance if it is IKEA, I just saw it 2 weeks ago for 99 CHF! So maybe mention the store it is from and 2 check the prices
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Re: Swiss and purchasing habits

We have bought the most AMAZING bargains on Ricardo: but obviously, when one thinks about this, it is because the local population do not want - what would probably be in any other country - only slightly used goods which are still mostly in excellent condition. Only had one bad experience in more than three years purchasing. Most sellers are pleasant, helpful and congenial.
We recently bought a Kelim for CHF1.50 and only had to travel 20 kms to fetch it. However, with the price of fuel going up on a daily basis, maybe our buying expeditions to CH will have to cease. Would be a real pity!
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one thing isnt clear to me tho... how did HR get involved? The wife you talked to complained to her hubby who complained to HR who told you to be more careful with your miserly habits in public?
One can only suppose.

We just had a good chuckle and added it to our list of 'WTF?' experiences that we've collected in our travels around the globe. I still proudly - defiantly even - purchase Prix Garantie products.

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Old 15.03.2011, 15:32
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One can only suppose.

We just had a good chuckle and added it to our list of 'WTF?' experiences that we've collected in our travels around the globe. I still proudly - defiantly even - purchase Prix Garantie products.


frankly, i think the prix wurst are better than the nongenerics... and why would anyone buy anything BUT prix handsoap detergent etc... yeah im with you. then again im a gutterpunk american who doesnt know any better.

although, i did get a prix bier once and it was about as awful as youd expect it to be. so i had to draw the line there.

"Defiant Prix Consumer" would make a good tshirt...
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correct me if im wrong, but your stuff is IKEA, right?
do you honestly think somebody is buying used IKEA?
brockie doesnt even pick it up for free. guess why?
plus your location...bern...i think there is more business
to be made in ZH area...
I have bought used Ikea furniture from this very Forum...and it was so much easier than a trip to Ikea


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It is true, I have never seen people try to haggle so much in CH as in other places it can be ridiculous!
I had a spot on the fleamarket here in Basel and I was selling some clothes which included a dress with the tags still on for 50 euro, a woman comes and asks me how much do I want, I say 15 CHF, she says I will give you 2...I turned around and continued chatting with my friends...like, really? This is only one example.
Anyways afterwards comes another woman this one elderly, asks how much I said 15 and she said I think that is fair and gave me the money.

Selling stuff on this Forum I had someone PM me that my stuff was overpriced and they would give me x amount for the lot. A couple of hours later someone wanted the lot at my prices. Upon collecting it, they couldn't believe the great condition things were in.
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Old 15.03.2011, 18:05
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I have bought used Ikea furniture from this very Forum...and it was so much easier than a trip to Ikea





Selling stuff on this Forum I had someone PM me that my stuff was overpriced and they would give me x amount for the lot. A couple of hours later someone wanted the lot at my prices. Upon collecting it, they couldn't believe the great condition things were in.

Kasia? She is back?

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Old 15.03.2011, 18:36
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It is true, I have never seen people try to haggle so much in CH as in other places it can be ridiculous!
I had a spot on the fleamarket here in Basel and I was selling some clothes which included a dress with the tags still on for 50 euro, a woman comes and asks me how much do I want, I say 15 CHF, she says I will give you 2...I turned around and continued chatting with my friends...like, really? This is only one example.
Anyways afterwards comes another woman this one elderly, asks how much I said 15 and she said I think that is fair and gave me the money.
There's a Brocki down my road and I'm a bit of a regular, both bringing stuff and buying it and get on quite well with the lady who runs it. Sometimes she has the most appaling awful cheap stuff there and then a week or two later it's gone. Sometimes I felt sure nobody could have taken that and that she must have had a skip pick it up and trash it, but she tells me, no, somebody bought it and in many cases payed the asking price.

Of course there are snobs who only buy expensive designer stuff but there are quite a few bargain hunters around.

If you're getting strange looks you're hanging around with the wrong crowd.

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Old 15.03.2011, 18:41
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correct me if im wrong, but your stuff is IKEA, right?
do you honestly think somebody is buying used IKEA?
brockie doesnt even pick it up for free. guess why?
plus your location...bern...i think there is more business
to be made in ZH area...
IKEA stuff has to sold well below the shop value if you want buyers. There's too much IKEA around for it to be valuable. If it's not in near-perfect condition people prefer to buy new IKEA than risk it with some dodgy used items. On the market place pages of the EF you will find a lot of people giving away IKEA stuff for free. To sell stuff succesfully you have to be realistic about its value.
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Old 16.03.2011, 11:52
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Re: Swiss and purchasing habits

Update: so my ads ran out on both ricardo and ebay. I had a mountain bike, a chest of drawers, sofa, bookcase, rubber dinghy, sporting equipment, etc. I started the bids at 1 CHF.

All items at auction went at 1 CHF. One, lucky me, went at 1.50.

So much for ricardo and ebay Switzerland. .
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Old 16.03.2011, 11:56
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Update: so my ads ran out on both ricardo and ebay. I had a mountain bike, a chest of drawers, sofa, bookcase, rubber dinghy, sporting equipment, etc. I started the bids at 1 CHF.

All items at auction went at 1 CHF. One, lucky me, went at 1.50.

So much for ricardo and ebay Switzerland. .
Why? It worked perfectly, the stuff is gone, no?
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Old 16.03.2011, 12:22
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Update: so my ads ran out on both ricardo and ebay. I had a mountain bike, a chest of drawers, sofa, bookcase, rubber dinghy, sporting equipment, etc. I started the bids at 1 CHF.

All items at auction went at 1 CHF. One, lucky me, went at 1.50.

So much for ricardo and ebay Switzerland. .
You should have put a minimum asked price...
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I'm still none the wiser as to what the actual complaint was.
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Re: Swiss and purchasing habits

Joking apart, are there any good ways to get rid of the furniture on departure except for selling it to the next tenant or bringing it back home with you (yes, i'm considering it )
I can share advice from the colleague - to make a list and to distribute it in the neaby offices - there may also be people who have just arrived and need to furnish their apartment
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Old 16.03.2011, 14:09
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Joking apart, are there any good ways to get rid of the furniture on departure except for selling it to the next tenant or bringing it back home with you (yes, i'm considering it )
I can share advice from the colleague - to make a list and to distribute it in the neaby offices - there may also be people who have just arrived and need to furnish their apartment
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I am selling some new curtains I bought in Ikea and ask for 50% of the price, the curtains are still in the bags. Someone sends me an email (I can not see the user name) and asks if the come also with the clips LOL
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Old 16.03.2011, 15:18
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Re: Swiss and purchasing habits

Seems a reasonable question to me. Maybe they're just trying to work out if they also need to go to the shops to buy clips, or can simply buy your curtains and pu them up straight away. At the end of the day, buying and selling is a negotiation. If you're both not happy, the sale won't go ahead.
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Seems a reasonable question to me. Maybe they're just trying to work out if they also need to go to the shops to buy clips, or can simply buy your curtains and pu them up straight away. At the end of the day, buying and selling is a negotiation. If you're both not happy, the sale won't go ahead.
You have a point, but have you seen how much the clips cost? 9 CHF for a bag of 8 so per curtain packet you would need at least 3 that would be 27 CHF I am selling the curtains for 15 CHF! (Original price 30 CHF)
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