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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.
Well, their money wants to come here & they have to escort it...
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ever heard of a "thrifty Scot" ?
My family is Scottish. We prefer "careful" but my Grannie would go so far as to say "all except the Aberdonians, who are mean".

(Never been to Aberdeen, sure it cannot be true.)
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Old 17.03.2011, 11:10
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Gee thanks. I didn't think of that.

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Go to CONFORAMA instead of Möbel Pfister and the whole thing INCLuding legs is CHF 240.-- .
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Old 17.03.2011, 12:26
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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.
When I was living in the UK I was quite a egular on the antiques trail, attending all the major fairs in my area. I heardly ever bought anything as most of the prices were way above my head but I never felt I needed to either. Many of the traders were in it more as a hobby and went there to meet old friends and chat and explain stuff to you if you asked and the entire attitude was rather non-commercial. These were not top notch traders mind you but more local set ups who sold what they could lay their hands on.

I've never really discovered a similar scene here in CH as there appear to be a select number of very exclusive dealers with corresponding prices and a profesional attitude that doesn't really like you to even come into their shop if you haven't got the wallet to match their price tags and then there is a huge gap down to the folks selling their chipped and battered IKEA on the flea market. This is a bit of a mystery to me as a lot of homes I've been inside are furnished with attractive antiques so I wonder where they come from. Can they all be inherited?
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Can they all be inherited?
This country hasn't had a war on its territory for longer than any other place in Europe....
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Amogles, the key to get decent antiques at reasonable price is to get away from Geneva, zurich and tourist areas. I have found fantastic antique shops all around here, with extremely knowledgeable owners. I particularly go to an antique shop in a small village (Bevaix) near Neuchatel which is FULL to the brim with the most wonderful armoires, dressers, etc. Great centers are also St Ursanne in the Jura, Le Landeron near Bienne (they have a huge antique fair every year - but also many shops).

Going back to Nil's thread about Swiss shopping and using services abroad. An article in our local paper explaining the huge rise is cross border shopping from the NE Jura to Morteau or Pontarlier, which is fuelled mainly by the strong exchange rate for the Chuff, then by the difference in prices. In Morteau, the big supermarket says 50%+ of their sales are to Swiss. Recently, it is not only people living close to the border (like us) but increasingly people travelling from further away, like Neuchatel and Biel/Bienne. The key is the exchange rate - which is making it increasingly difficult for the Swiss to export goods.

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Re: Swiss and purchasing habits

My best experience ever was from someone (foreigner) on this forum. I was looking for some used curtains and put an add here about it. That lovely person wanted to sell me her curtains (USED) for 40 chf / pair.

When I pointed out to her that the price was way over the top for used curtains, do you know what her answer was?

-Well, this is Switzerland after all, you won't find new ones for that price! (So wrong! And hers were from IKEA... )

I told her off and she decided to put them on the forum for half that price... Which were never sold...
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My best experience ever was from someone (foreigner) on this forum. I was looking for some used curtains and put an add here about it. That lovely person wanted to sell me her curtains (USED) for 40 chf / pair.

When I pointed out to her that the price was way over the top for used curtains, do you know what her answer was?

-Well, this is Switzerland after all, you won't find new ones for that price! (So wrong! And hers were from IKEA... )

I told her off and she decided to put them on the forum for half that price... Which were never sold...
Reminds me that recently I saw a used item for sale here in Switzerland on another forum with a link to a US website for details of the item. The (foreign) seller was asking double the price for their used item than the US site was selling it for brand new! I was actually looking for something similar so I got in touch thinking perhaps it was a mistyped, but no, they claimed they had paid triple the new price because it's 'impossible' to find this item in Switzerland. Well, that may be true, but none of this was mentioned in the original ad so it just looked like a massive rip-off!
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My best experience ever was from someone (foreigner) on this forum. I was looking for some used curtains and put an add here about it. That lovely person wanted to sell me her curtains (USED) for 40 chf / pair.

When I pointed out to her that the price was way over the top for used curtains, do you know what her answer was?

-Well, this is Switzerland after all, you won't find new ones for that price! (So wrong! And hers were from IKEA... )

I told her off and she decided to put them on the forum for half that price... Which were never sold...
Meanwhile you're still having to view your neighbours trimming rituals.

Was it really worth saving that 40 CHF?
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Old 17.03.2011, 14:09
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Meanwhile you're still having to view your neighbours trimming rituals.

Was it really worth saving that 40 CHF?
Want to come and judge yourself?
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Well, their money wants to come here & they have to escort it...
Too true. Too many numismatics around.
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Re: Swiss and purchasing habits

Got a letter today from the previous occupant of my lovely new apartment.

Dr Mr, do you want to buy the drapes we had made for that apartment?
The original cost was CHF 990 and if you would like them please wire the money to .........etc etc, I have enclosed a copy of the receipt too.

ITS 2 BLOODY YEARS OLD ! and she wants the same price she paid for them back then!

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Got a letter today from the previous occupant of my lovely new apartment.

Dr Mr, do you want to buy the drapes we had made for that apartment?
The original cost was CHF 990 and if you would like them please wire the money to .........etc etc, I have enclosed a copy of the receipt too.

ITS 2 BLOODY YEARS OLD ! and she wants the same price she paid for them back then!

Filed in the big round filing cabinet under 'H' for hahaha.

I'd be tempted to write back and say I am not interested as they are not nearly expensive enough, but that I will dispose of them for her for the bargain price of CHF20 which is surely less than the Gemeinde recycling centre would charge
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I was going to reply to your statement there which I think you have removed.
"do you think they would get the message"?


Erm............................................... .no
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Got a letter today from the previous occupant of my lovely new apartment.

Dr Mr, do you want to buy the drapes we had made for that apartment?
The original cost was CHF 990 and if you would like them please wire the money to .........etc etc, I have enclosed a copy of the receipt too.

ITS 2 BLOODY YEARS OLD ! and she wants the same price she paid for them back then!

Filed in the big round filing cabinet under 'H' for hahaha.
Same with our appartment, the tennant before us wanted to let them to us and when I asked the price, I refused...

When we moved in, the curtains were still there.
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Everyone in Allschwill can probably see into my Huuuuuge windows but I don't care
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Everyone in Allschwill can probably see into my Huuuuuge windows but I don't care
Do you live opposite Nil?
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Do you live opposite Nil?
You have it into you, aren't you?

I'll invite you soon with your much better half and the little monkey for a Nil's cuisine. You'll be able to see it yourself...

You know we will move soon, so if you want the appartment... just sayin'!
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I'll invite you soon with your much better half and the little monkey for a Nil's cuisine. You'll be able to see it yourself...
Ah, thought you were talking to me there ?

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Everyone in Allschwill can probably see into my Huuuuuge windows but I don't care
Oh you are my neighbor...
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