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Old 19.09.2011, 08:09
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My old doc charged 15 fracs when i called to ask a question..
Most doctors in Switzerland do this. They can also charge you to write referrals, etc. Insurance covers the cost, at least in my experience with several doctors.
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Old 19.09.2011, 20:32
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Yes, that's exactly it--thanks for the link. Semantics eg you can still buy, but at a hefty mark-up. And basically you're being criminalized if you get in a train with the intention of buying a ticket on board.


I'm just upset because I headed for Flumserberg last weekend and there were long lines at most of the ticket machines. By the time it was my turn, I realized the keyboard on the ticket machine I had queued for was broken eg I couldn't buy a ticket. Now running perilously close to when the train was leaving and not wanting to wait another hour for the next, I headed for the train and bought from the conductor. He was much aggrieved at having to sell me one, and gave me the spiel about from December it would be Sfr. 90.
I guess they want more people to drive???

What is one supposed to do if the machine is unavailable or broken?
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Old 19.09.2011, 20:58
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Grindelwald bus.

Bussalp to Grindelwald, 25 min drive, 22 CHF ONE WAY!!!

Turned a 3h hike into a 5h one as we refused to pay this exorbitant amount.
11CHF with half price
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new cars- have they even heared about euro exchange rate changing?
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Old 20.09.2011, 10:36
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11CHF with half price
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Old 20.09.2011, 11:11
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new cars- have they even heared about euro exchange rate changing?
Mercedes reduced prices by 20%
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Old 20.09.2011, 12:01
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Well, I feel a bit vindicated about the whole SBB ticket vs fine hoopla: there's a prominent editorial written by consumer advocacy group Konsumentenschutz in today's Neue Zuercher Zeitung that says passengers shouldn't be criminalized for buying on board (infuriatingly, no weblink though). I'm sure it's not going to change the SBB's opinion, but I feel better.
The SBB CEO, Andreas Meyer is destroying, single-handedly, everything which is good about Swiss railways.
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Musical instruments

One kid expressed an interest to learn saxophone and brought back all the stuff from school including details of hire companies. I enquired and was given a price of >CHF600. I said sorry "No, not to buy, to hire". That was the hire price for a school term, for the cheapest!!!

Ordered one through the recommended supplier for UK schools, got it delivered to a friend and picked up the next week. £200 - and not the cheapest.

C'mon Swissies .... wake up.
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Old 21.09.2011, 17:41
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Re: Swiss rip-offs

Being under time pressure I got a document scanned and sent by email today at "CopyQuick" in Bern.
The first question I was asked was: color or black and white. Asking what's the point, the answer was: you know, we have different prices... Anyway, it cost 1CHF/page and the email wasn't free. I got charged 5 CHF for sending the email at my address. . 7 CHF "gone in 60 seconds". They should change the name of the company from "CopyQuick" to "RipoffQuick"

I actually had another experience a couple of years ago with this company, I got charged about 30 CHF to bind a 100 pages document... And it actually took more than a minute.

I should say I was surprised, but actually I was not. This is the normal swiss way of doing business and the well-known swiss quality of services.
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The SBB CEO, Andreas Meyer is destroying, single-handedly, everything which is good about Swiss railways.
I was near Zurich and had to run for the train hence having no time to buy a ticket. Being back then a tourist (this was last year) I had no idea of what to expect in terms of buying a ticket. Anyway I was given a long sermon on how bad it was to get on without a ticket by some condescending woman in a uniform and was then issued with what I thought was a ticket for 15CHF. I thought little of it trusting the woman even if she did speak to me as if I were stupid.

I got on board the train back to Zurich-way (My journey was around 4 stations) possessing what I thought to be the return ticket I asked for. However the ticket was not valid for anything, it was merely a receipt for money given. Despite the fact it had a time/date on it and I had obviously paid the railway company FAR MORE money than a return ticket would cost the two conductors wanted to take more money off me and looked shocked when I told them to get lost. I argued with them for 2 stations worth of travel and then had to get off because they called the police! Talk about wasting police time. Luckily I could follow the Lake and so roughly knew where I was. What a way to treat visitors to your country though. I honestly wanted to cause some serious physical injury to both of them.

My only bad experience of Switzerland I hasten to add. How does this story relate? a) The railway service is in decline, especially in terms of customer service b) Charging higher prices on the trains for people who commit the unforgivable sin of having to rush is clearly about stealing yet more money off of you and nothing else.

Once again we see communal punishment with a huge number of innocent people being essentially criminalised because obviously people cannot be trusted anymore. What a pleasant message to deliver to the people who keep your company afloat. "We do not trust you". I will be writing to Andreas Meyer to tell him my feelings and I would urge others to do the same. Complaining on the internet doesn't mean anything.
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Depends where in Italy - we paid 18 Euros for 2 black coffees in Venice last November
Please... You went to Venice... it is known that Venice is expensive, besides

"Must have been a tourist trap or a top-notch place"

One month that I am here in Ch, and I am really happy that I know how to cook good meals. I am an italian, and one day I had the bad idea to look for italian jambon di Parma Price was ridicolous high for 100 grams, and it was without flavour. It is time to do a little trip to home and get food.
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Re: Swiss rip-offs

Rip-off = Binn/VS up to Brunnbiel.
Bought our pre-paid tickets and printed them out on the internet.
So far, so good. Got into the small bus for the +/- 4/5 kms journey and driver insisted on a further CHF6.-- per person. We told him we had already paid and showed the printed ticket. Ahhh, but this is a "Zuschlag". Funny, funny. We had two options: either pay the excess [EXCESSIVE] or waste the original ticket. Never go there again. Complained in writing to the SBB bus arm, but they said it was mandatory, and they were sorry.............yeh...... I bet!!!
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Old 25.09.2011, 20:59
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Rip-off = Binn/VS up to Brunnbiel.
Bought our pre-paid tickets and printed them out on the internet.
So far, so good. Got into the small bus for the +/- 4/5 kms journey and driver insisted on a further CHF6.-- per person. We told him we had already paid and showed the printed ticket. Ahhh, but this is a "Zuschlag". Funny, funny. We had two options: either pay the excess [EXCESSIVE] or waste the original ticket. Never go there again. Complained in writing to the SBB bus arm, but they said it was mandatory, and they were sorry.............yeh...... I bet!!!
It's a private route, thats why they charge the extra.
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Actually Sushi is a very good point. I have still to find a really good Sushi Restaurant in Zürich, since even the overpriced ones are not really gorgeous. First thing I do when going to Dresden to visit family is booking dinner in my favourite Sushi place.
Ginger is a great and gorgeous Sushi restaurant in Zurich
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I think we should have an easier list:
Please post what is not expensive in Switzerland.

Thanks!
PS I help you I made the space below for the complete list:

1.
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4.
1. Computer stuff
2. Milk products
3. Bread
4. Clothes
5. Shoes
6. Gasoline
7. Electricity
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I was near Zurich and had to run for the train hence having no time to buy a ticket. Being back then a tourist (this was last year) I had no idea of what to expect in terms of buying a ticket. Anyway I was given a long sermon on how bad it was to get on without a ticket by some condescending woman in a uniform and was then issued with what I thought was a ticket for 15CHF. I thought little of it trusting the woman even if she did speak to me as if I were stupid.

I got on board the train back to Zurich-way (My journey was around 4 stations) possessing what I thought to be the return ticket I asked for. However the ticket was not valid for anything, it was merely a receipt for money given. Despite the fact it had a time/date on it and I had obviously paid the railway company FAR MORE money than a return ticket would cost the two conductors wanted to take more money off me and looked shocked when I told them to get lost. I argued with them for 2 stations worth of travel and then had to get off because they called the police! Talk about wasting police time. Luckily I could follow the Lake and so roughly knew where I was. What a way to treat visitors to your country though. I honestly wanted to cause some serious physical injury to both of them.
So if you were a tourist what stopped you going to a ticket office all the train stations in Switzerland have one and you would have avoided this grief. In any country where I am not sure on the process I would always start with an official ticket office and the excuse of having to run doesn't wash since thats what everyone who gets caught says,be organised arrive with time and issue goes away.

Sorry but I have zero sympathy for this story there is no excuse for thinking you can board without bothering to buy a ticket when the majority of people do the right thing and buy one.
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1. Computer stuff
2. Milk products
3. Bread
4. Clothes
5. Shoes
6. Gasoline
7. Electricity
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1. Just
2. No
3. Hahaha
4. Hahaha
5. Hahaha
6. Barely
7. Yes
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1. Just
2. No
3. Hahaha
4. Hahaha
5. Hahaha
6. Barely
7. Yes
Depends where you are comparing to, most Italians I know come to Switzerland for electronic stuff (not just computers), fuel, chocolate, luxury goods, etc.

Most dairy products are around the same price, though Italian cheeses are cheaper in Italy, and Swiss cheeses cheaper in CH.

Now that the Euro is down the tubes, shopping in Italy has become cheaper, but an Italian coworker, who lives in Italy, told me that until the Euro bit the dust, he did most of his shopping in CH!

Tom
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changing batteries for a normal watch costs 40 CHF... This is free in any other country...
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changing batteries for a normal watch costs 40 CHF... This is free in any other country...
You seem to go to the wrong place. I pay only 20. And the battery free? Where?
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