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Old 17.05.2011, 17:25
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Also has nobody mentioned Car Rental?
They have to keep prices high to pay their overhead now that Mobility has stolen all their business (and furiners in these parts rent on the French side when the fly into Geneva...)
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Flowers.

It was 15 euros for a bouquet of calla lilies (about 5-6 in that bouquet) in Munich's Viktualienmarkt, its 12 chuffs per stalk here and about 2-3 CHF each for those silly greenery they put if you want a proper bouquet - which works out to be about 60 odd chuffs.

Decent sized and well arranged bouquets of other varitey range from 30CHF and up, and I am not talking about the florists in Seefeld or Marsano - but the ones in HB.

A bunch of roses (not those teeny tiny bud ones that Migros and Coop have), but big fat roses - 6-7CHF per stalk. Gahhhhh.

I love Switzerland....I love Switzerland....I love Switzerland....
Honestly, I do not have to make myself chant this because at the moment I am eating a cake I got, made locally at bakers'. It's heaven. Passion cream mousse cake. Ahhhhhh.

Anyways, the rip off on flowers kills me, too. I am used to pick up flowers here and there, pick my own to suit my wild fancy, but here, one is stuck to Migros selection if you do not want to spend over 40-50 bucks for an ok bunch.

But, have you tried pick-your-own? We walk to a farm a lot, grab some nice flowers and it's usually a tenner, not much more.
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Old 17.05.2011, 17:27
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That is really nice! I don't get any discounts on my home country. I have to pay full amount, but the good quality, imediate and in mother-tongue consultations end up being less than half the price here And added to it, I get to see mommy

A friend of mine actually went back on purpose on 3 months holidays to give birth when she saw the prices here I haven't checked out the prices yet, to avoid one more reason to postphone becoming a mother



That's what good planning is for hihi ^^ I have had the luck of never needing a complicated procedure: talking about teeth cleaning, doctor check ups etc. I am actually going to have to do something a bit more complicated this X-Mas, but since doctor already knows me from my yearly visits, we booked everything so that when there are complications, he will take care of me It's something I dearly love and miss in here: 1st class costumer treatment, for a 3rd class price

How can you be treated as a first class costumer ,if you not a costumer ??
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Hi all,


What things have you found here that are excessively (i.e. unreasonably) over-priced?

On the other side of the coin, there are plenty of things that are comparatively cheap... but that would be a whole other thread.

DRY CLEANING and IRONING...Ironing in Switzerland means that i need to budget 10-15 chf extra per month to purchase a filter medium for my "star" iron!
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Old 17.05.2011, 17:29
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They have to keep prices high to pay their overhead now that Mobility has stolen all their business (and furiners in these parts rent on the French side when the fly into Geneva...)
Mobility has it's own place and complements car hire IMO.
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Old 17.05.2011, 17:30
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How can you be treated as a first class costumer ,if you not a costumer ??
I don't know if it's the language barrier, but in my mother tongue you can also call a patient a costumer, most of the time jokingly, as it was intended on my post.
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Old 17.05.2011, 17:39
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I don't know if it's the language barrier, but in my mother tongue you can also call a patient a costumer, most of the time jokingly, as it was intended on my post.
Ah you are a patient then,where does it hurt?
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I mean seriously...it's as if they are brainwashed sometimes
I used to ask this too, I don't anymore. If you rarely get out of the country, news reports some one or two political news and a little bit of slow, local stuff, the only image of abroad you have from very expensive ClubMed holidays from safe resorts, you might not have tv (some people I know here don't, and it does not exactly contribute to being openminded, modern or savvy), it is all over the media and papers, smeared with big letters, I wonder what the regular picture of affairs is, for regular folks. To have the comparison, to think for themselves. The Migros/Coop/Manor advertising promo campaign seem so important, one has a little space in little life for some kind of reality outside. One then gladly identifies with whatever "uber" ideas that are offered...

Hope this was British enough.
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I used to ask this too, I don't anymore. If you rarely get out of the country, news reports some one or two political news and a little bit of slow, local stuff, the only image of abroad you have from very expensive ClubMed holidays from safe resorts, you might not have tv (some people I know here don't, and it does not exactly contribute to being openminded, modern or savvy), they tell you at school how uber mensch things are here, then at work and then it is all over the media, smeared with big letters, I wonder what the regular picture of affairs is, for regular folks. To have the comparison, to think for themselves. The Migros/Coop/Manor advertising promo campaign seem so important, one has a little space in little life for some kind of reality outside. One then gladly identifies with whatever "uber" ideas that are offered...

Hope this was British enough.
So you are confirming they are brainwashed right?
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Old 17.05.2011, 17:42
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I don't know if it's the language barrier, but in my mother tongue you can also call a patient a customer, most of the time jokingly, as it was intended on my post.
Same in Italian.

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Old 17.05.2011, 17:45
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Re: Swiss rip-offs

Swiss waxing parlours are a rip off .

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Old 17.05.2011, 17:46
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I used to ask this too, I don't anymore. If you rarely get out of the country, news reports some one or two political news and a little bit of slow, local stuff, the only image of abroad you have from very expensive ClubMed holidays from safe resorts, you might not have tv (some people I know here don't, and it does not exactly contribute to being openminded, modern or savvy), it is all over the media and papers, smeared with big letters, I wonder what the regular picture of affairs is, for regular folks. To have the comparison, to think for themselves. The Migros/Coop/Manor advertising promo campaign seem so important, one has a little space in little life for some kind of reality outside. One then gladly identifies with whatever "uber" ideas that are offered...

Hope this was British enough.
I don't have a television... Might that be the reason why I have yet to suffer brainwashing?
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Old 17.05.2011, 17:50
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Re: Swiss rip-offs

Billag is another rip off!

If I own a television , it's fine by me.

But it's a shame you are charged, for the slightest possibility of 'receiving' radio through any device.
So having a mobile /laptop entitles them to send you the bill
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Old 17.05.2011, 17:52
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I don't have a television... Might that be the reason why I have yet to suffer brainwashing?
I know, there is too much tv scenario, and then no tv scenario, when one would clearly benefit. Never thought I would have thought that, but yes.

It's not really about having TV or not, being exposed to high quality media, but about being receptive. I have noticed with many locals, though, that the little world here is sometimes too small and they reach out to the rest and get out, travel, learn a lot of new stuff, mingle. Come back and appreciate the quality here, sure, but do not assume that it is automatically subpar elsewhere.

These thoughts are too heavy, gota have more cake.
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I know, there is too much tv scenario, and then no tv scenario, when one would clearly benefit. Never thought I would have thought that, but yes.

It's not really about having TV or not, being exposed to high quality media, but about being receptive. I have noticed with many locals, though, that the little world here is sometimes too small and they reach out to the rest and get out, travel, learn a lot of new stuff, mingle. Come back and appreciate the quality here, sure, but do not assume that it is automatically subpar elsewhere.

These thought are too heavy, gota have more cake.
Ah come on! Share some of that expensive cake with me!!!!!

I actually stopped watching television when I went to Finnland to study. I was so tired of "ACTIOOOOOOOOOOOOOON NEWS: 400 DEAD" and the 45 minutes of commercial per 1 hour of watching, that I just couldn't take it anymore. I still keep informed, love to travel, love to read, and meet people from around the world. I just refuse to bow to the Big Brother screen

But I do have a DVD player and a Beamer, and a whole box of Sopranos to watch next week! *weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeh* *fan girl squeak*
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Old 17.05.2011, 18:09
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Ah come on! Share some of that expensive cake with me!!!!!
It looks a lot like this



And it is the tastiest rip off on the planet.

I get you on the tv thing. I miss high quality periodicals from home though, independent tv programs..I do like the funky tiny local station, though. Recipes, stories about farmers and cheese, bucolic pastures, amateur promos, etc.
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Old 17.05.2011, 18:19
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Is that a French Pudding? It really looks like my grandma French Pudding (yolk spongy cake with caramel sauce)...



That's how my grandma cake looks like hihi
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Old 17.05.2011, 18:32
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But, have you tried pick-your-own? We walk to a farm a lot, grab some nice flowers and it's usually a tenner, not much more.
Up on the allemend here where its my dog's favourite trail, they grow different types of flowers come spring and summer. They are beautiful and I am not being picky, but only certain types of flowers dont give me sneezing fits and they dont grow them up on the allemend

PS: not even the best passion cream mousse cake can make me forget about the price sometimes. I obviously need to stay here for longer.
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I find dentistry to be prohibitively expensive. It's about the only necessity I can't afford here. It's depressing when I consider how much money I spent on getting braces as an adult (not to mention the humiliation)... And now not being able to maintain my teeth properly. I miss Canada for that, almost everyone has some kind of group dental coverage through their employer.
My husbands employer does have group dental coverage, but it's only for emergency treatments (Even for the kids) So for prevention and dental hygiene, I guess we'll just go back home (Netherlands) once or twice a year.
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Re: Swiss rip-offs

I got Switzerlanded 3 months ago....

The Garage charged me CHF 950 for replacing a Lightbulb in my car

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