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Old 16.03.2011, 19:32
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Re: Swiss and purchasing habits

And see that's the problem. To normal people like you and me we would be like WTF? For most Swiss folks (not all) they'd be like oh ok.. How much for the legs now? Alrighty then.... if the whole table cost be 800 CHF it MUST be a good deal.

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My WTF experience...

We were looking for a nice dining table.

Found an excellent bargain, reduced from 700 to 400 CHF. Bloody marvelous, I thought to myself.

Find a sales person, start discussing prices...

Sales person: Oh, and what legs would you like to buy with that...?

Me:

SP: Legs, to go with the table... prices start at 400 CHF for a set of 4

Me:

This was in Pfister... I know better than to shop there now...
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Old 16.03.2011, 20:11
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Re: Swiss and purchasing habits

Are you all familiar with the word "rappenspalter"?
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Are you all familiar with the word "rappenspalter"?
No actually. Please explain.
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Old 16.03.2011, 20:50
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It's like: the Swiss won't buy anything used..
When we were moving out of Switzerland, we put our 3 months new and also some older furniture on Ricardo (Auction, zum Abholen) and all furniture was gone within 1 week. I had to face all the buyers and let me tell you, the most impressive one was a guy who went all way down from I-donno-what-canton-he was-from but he had to drive ca. 2 hours just to collect the bloody lamp. And also, he just kept talking and talking.. endlessly.

Good luck with auctions
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Old 16.03.2011, 21:09
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Re: Swiss and purchasing habits

I occasionally buy groceries in Aldi dammit !

2 days ago I almost bumped into a couple who were exiting Co-op and I Aldi next door. Previously mentioned flithy looks ensued and the tumbleweed blew past as we walked beside each other in the same direction to the cars.

Snobby couple get into their little micra and I into my shiny convertible, put the roof down, crank up the toons and give a little wave. Dude and his OH staring at me with dropped jaws. last laugh on me I think!

Seriously!! I don't give a hoot where I buy my stuff as long as it's fairly priced, good quality and tasty. As for people with preconceived ideas about their own shopping habits [vickies]


Oh yeah and another thing !

I was selling furniture and a car on here cheap just recently and only 1 bit sold. [miffed]

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I love the brezels they have in Aldi (the frozen ones) also the raclette cheese. I go to Coop and buy what I want then I go into the Aldi (right next door) and buy some stuff that I like better from them, I also like their shrimp sticks (pinchos in Spanish), they have some good stuff
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This thread reminds me of a time when I was moving and wanted to give my lovely sofa (absolutley nothing wrong with it) to the Salvation Army or a place similar. I had to go through about 4 places before someone would take it -for free! The reason they gave for not taking it-people want leather. The sofa was a fabric sofa, almost new. That was a bit cheeky to me...

I have sold on Ricardo without a problem. Good photos, price and descriptions are very important factors. Also check the category, maybe you can put your item/s in more than one. Sometimes it's difficult if there are a lot of the same for sale too.
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And see that's the problem. To normal people like you and me we would be like WTF? For most Swiss folks (not all) they'd be like oh ok.. How much for the legs now? Alrighty then.... if the whole table cost be 800 CHF it MUST be a good deal.
Depends.
If it's solid wood, the price is sort-of OK (depending on the style and the quality).
I bought one via ebay.de a couple of years ago.
I know where I will hide during the next earth-quake here.
I think it cost around 800€ with 6 chairs (which are crap, admittedly), but which is only maybe 20% of a comparable item here.
BTW: good chairs are even more pricier than tables.
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Switzerland is a great place to buy antiques at the moment, as most people want Ikea style stuff.
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Old 16.03.2011, 21:45
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Are you all familiar with the word "rappenspalter"?
Yes and I'm happy to be a "penny pincher".
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Old 16.03.2011, 22:07
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Re: Swiss and purchasing habits

Wow. This thread has gone on for four pages and I have been biting my tongue. Do we live in the same country? I cannot relate and I have no personal knowledge of the types of behaviors y'all are describing.

Perhaps it is much different up in the German-speaking part of CH? So, I will speak only of my own experience down here in the Suisse Romande and, also, the French Jura, Annecy area, etc.

THE SWISS NEVER THROW ANYTHING AWAY AND THEY ARE THE MOST MISERLY BUNCH OF PEOPLE I HAVE EVER SEEN! In America, I was an antique dealer for 20+ years. I am completely, absolutely, 100% addicted to estate sales, antique auctions, brocante faires, flea markets, you name it. I have bought and sold shipping containers of antiques and collectibles from both sides of the Atlantic--going both directions.

NEVER, in 20 years in the business, have I seen such a packrat bunch as the Swiss. The stuff they put out every weekend at "brocante faires" or "vide greniers" (attic sales) is UNBELIEVABLE.

Used, broken, dirty kid's toys? 5 CHF. Elsewhere in the world? Landfill. Cracked glass vases? Lamps missing shades, wires, plugs? 15 CHF. Again, landfill. Used, pristine IKEA type furniture? Pennies on the dollar on a good day anywhere else on the planet. Here? Right up there with B & B Italia.

I don't understand this thread at all. There are any number (at least 30) of vide grenier in any tiny little town throughout the French-speaking part of Switzerland and the surrounding French villages where people sit outside in the sun, sell the stuff on, in, and around their table, drink their wine, eat their cheese, enjoy the comraderie and SELL CRAP FOR GOOD MONEY that in any other country would go into a landfill.

Truthfully, my husband and I crack up at this hoarding-for-dollars trait every weekend. What are the rest of you missing?
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Old 16.03.2011, 22:18
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Re: Swiss and purchasing habits

Case in point. Today I went, as I often do, to the Geneva Flea Market in the Plainpalais. After wading through VAST amounts of crap, I stumbled upon one lady who had an eye-catching German pottery vase from the 60's.

I collect mid-century modern pottery. Anyway, she also had, mixed in with tons of junk, some nice French Daum knife rests. I asked her what was the price for both and she replied. I then asked her if that was the best she could do and she came down a little bit and, voila, fiini.

To the OP, honestly, are you just trying to sell crap and you are surprised that no one will buy it? Do you not have "vide grenier" just over the border from you in France where you can unload your stuff? Honestly, this whole thread has got me really confused!
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Strangely, some absolute rubbish brick-a-brack sells for good money - and yet stunning and genuine antiques are very cheap. Recently I bought an amazing heavy fluted pewter dish for CHF5 - and a great tudor style oak beautifully carved trunk for 150.

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And see that's the problem. To normal people like you and me we would be like WTF? For most Swiss folks (not all) they'd be like oh ok.. How much for the legs now? Alrighty then.... if the whole table cost be 800 CHF it MUST be a good deal.
Go to CONFORAMA instead of Möbel Pfister and the whole thing INCLuding legs is CHF 240.-- .
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No actually. Please explain.
ever heard of a "thrifty Scot" ?
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Wow. This thread has gone on for four pages and I have been biting my tongue. Do we live in the same country? I cannot relate and I have no personal knowledge of the types of behaviors y'all are describing.

Perhaps it is much different up in the German-speaking part of CH? So, I will speak only of my own experience down here in the Suisse Romande and, also, the French Jura, Annecy area, etc.

THE SWISS NEVER THROW ANYTHING AWAY AND THEY ARE THE MOST MISERLY BUNCH OF PEOPLE I HAVE EVER SEEN! In America, I was an antique dealer for 20+ years. I am completely, absolutely, 100% addicted to estate sales, antique auctions, brocante faires, flea markets, you name it. I have bought and sold shipping containers of antiques and collectibles from both sides of the Atlantic--going both directions.

NEVER, in 20 years in the business, have I seen such a packrat bunch as the Swiss. The stuff they put out every weekend at "brocante faires" or "vide greniers" (attic sales) is UNBELIEVABLE.

Used, broken, dirty kid's toys? 5 CHF. Elsewhere in the world? Landfill. Cracked glass vases? Lamps missing shades, wires, plugs? 15 CHF. Again, landfill. Used, pristine IKEA type furniture? Pennies on the dollar on a good day anywhere else on the planet. Here? Right up there with B & B Italia.

I don't understand this thread at all. There are any number (at least 30) of vide grenier in any tiny little town throughout the French-speaking part of Switzerland and the surrounding French villages where people sit outside in the sun, sell the stuff on, in, and around their table, drink their wine, eat their cheese, enjoy the comraderie and SELL CRAP FOR GOOD MONEY that in any other country would go into a landfill.

Truthfully, my husband and I crack up at this hoarding-for-dollars trait every weekend. What are the rest of you missing?
BUT, what exactly is "B&B Italia" ?
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Go to CONFORAMA instead of Möbel Pfister and the whole thing INCLuding legs is CHF 240.-- .
And probably hardly worth 120...
That said, unless written otherwise, both will have been made in China or Poland.

Consequently, in Germany, you can go to http://myfab.com and exclude the middleman: they deliver directly from the production facilities to the customer.
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...The stuff they put out every weekend at "brocante faires" or "vide greniers" (attic sales) is UNBELIEVABLE.

Used, broken, dirty kid's toys? 5 CHF. Elsewhere in the world? Landfill. Cracked glass vases? Lamps missing shades, wires, plugs? 15 CHF. Again, landfill. Used, pristine IKEA type furniture? Pennies on the dollar on a good day anywhere else on the planet. Here? Right up there with B & B Italia.
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BUT, what exactly is "B&B Italia" ?
"B&B Italia" is an Italian modern furniture company whose luxury products are sold the world over.

I think what @TheSpouse means is that second hand Ikea furniture, in excellent condition, that would be sold very cheaply anywhere else, is highly priced at the "brocante faires" or "vide greniers" "(attic sales)" she attends.
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Re: Swiss and purchasing habits

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hm...
i think it's just another thread about how dumb swiss are and everything outside switzerland is so much better.
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And yet it's near impossible to find housing because everyone and their dog seems to want to come here. Puzzling.
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