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One rip-off I have found is sauna at Switzerland. One session 60CHF. Let`s say you normally use sauna somewhat two times per week = 480CHF per month, sounds a bit high priced to me
Then it is better to become a member maybe.
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We weren't.
Neither have I been - moving out of 4 places.

I discussed it with friends (in the real world) and none of them had been ripped off.

What does Snopes say??
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Old 29.08.2013, 12:53
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We are tearing down a brick wall in the garten and the closest entsorgungsplatz (disposal centre) in Klingnau for the disposal of the brick will only charge a per kilo price. Each brick is 7 kg. Plus on top of that they charge a flat fee of chf 5 just for bringing stuff (unless you are resident of Döttingen)

We called around about ordering a dumpster and then one place in Siggenthal-Würenlingen said he can offer us a tonne price on the bricks. (even though we have less than a ton). So this will work out far better than the first place where we already paid almost chf 100.

So even within Switzerland you can get ripped off. Lesson learned.
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Old 29.08.2013, 13:52
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We weren't.
I wasn't ripped off either. I think a lot of frustration stems from the fact that some people actually read their lease only when it's time to move out.
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Old 29.08.2013, 14:42
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Re: Swiss rip-offs

While in Switzerland I find you can buy anything for cheap...it's called ebay or just simply buying online. I go for the ones who say free shipping worldwide...suckers!!!

But seriously, anything pet related...try buying a harness that looks reasonably nice and functional...ouch!
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Old 29.08.2013, 17:12
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Re: Swiss rip-offs

US Passport size photos:

Basel, camera shop on Bankverein: CHF 48
Bern, booth inside US consulate: CHF 10

I felt ripped off twice... once when I paid the 48, again when I saw the booth at the consulate.

For reference, normal (swiss) ID photos at a studio are CHF 29.
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Old 29.08.2013, 17:41
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US Passport size photos:

Basel, camera shop on Bankverein: CHF 48
Bern, booth inside US consulate: CHF 10

I felt ripped off twice... once when I paid the 48, again when I saw the booth at the consulate.

For reference, normal (swiss) ID photos at a studio are CHF 29.
The camera shop ones are probably guaranteed to be okay (they'll keep taking them until you are perfect (both eyes open etc etc) but the photobooth ones may get rejected.
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Old 29.08.2013, 17:52
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US Passport size photos:

Basel, camera shop on Bankverein: CHF 48
Bern, booth inside US consulate: CHF 10

I felt ripped off twice... once when I paid the 48, again when I saw the booth at the consulate.

For reference, normal (swiss) ID photos at a studio are CHF 29.
Camera booth in Basel SBB (just by French border bit) does US passport size. I think 8CHF for 4.
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Old 29.08.2013, 18:01
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US Passport size photos:

Basel, camera shop on Bankverein: CHF 48
Bern, booth inside US consulate: CHF 10

I felt ripped off twice... once when I paid the 48, again when I saw the booth at the consulate.

For reference, normal (swiss) ID photos at a studio are CHF 29.
Not sure why you consider this to be a Swiss rip-off. It's the same in many countries - booths are typically around that sort of price all over the place, and if you go to a studio prices will vary tremendously.

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Camera booth in Basel SBB (just by French border bit) does US passport size. I think 8CHF for 4.
There's also one in the Anfos building next to Aeschenplatz. Similar price to that, I think.
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not the lovely basset I hope?

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Old 02.09.2013, 10:44
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For reference, normal (swiss) ID photos at a studio are CHF 29.
Except that Swiss ID and passport photos are now done at the passport office (since several years), you no longer do them yourself, they are included in the price of the ID/passport.

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Except that Swiss ID and passport photos are now done at the passport office (since several years), you no longer do them yourself, they are included in the price of the ID/passport.

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Not only the Swiss are good at rip-offs, but I had to pay 220 CHF (excl. having to go to Bern) for a new Swedish passport here, in Sweden it would have been 50 CHF at the nearest Police station...
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Old 02.09.2013, 11:09
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Not only the Swiss are good at rip-offs, but I had to pay 220 CHF (excl. having to go to Bern) for a new Swedish passport here, in Sweden it would have been 50 CHF at the nearest Police station...
i don't think that's a rip off exclusive to Switzerland. My friend has just renewed his UK passport from the US and has been lamenting the fact he had to shell out USD 250 for the pleasure.
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Old 02.09.2013, 11:14
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Not only the Swiss are good at rip-offs, but I had to pay 220 CHF (excl. having to go to Bern) for a new Swedish passport here, in Sweden it would have been 50 CHF at the nearest Police station...
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i don't think that's a rip off exclusive to Switzerland. My friend has just renewed his UK passport from the US and has been lamenting the fact he had to shell out USD 250 for the pleasure.
Yep that's definitely not unique to Switzerland. Passports are more expensive if you have to get them anywhere outside the country of issue.
Consular charges can be pretty hefty depending on the countries involved.
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Re: Swiss rip-offs

I have been price comparing an item that I am looking to purchase across 4 different purchase locations (UK, US, EU, Switzerland) - taking the price * the bank note rate (CS as of today) - the location rank as: (expensive to cheapest)

US
EU
UK
CH

Buying in CH would save around 10% of the US (pre-tax) price!!
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I have been price comparing an item that I am looking to purchase across 4 different purchase locations (UK, US, EU, Switzerland) - taking the price * the bank note rate (CS as of today) - the location rank as: (expensive to cheapest)

US
EU
UK
CH

Buying in CH would save around 10% of the US (pre-tax) price!!
I don't doubt you, but I do think that is an unusual ranking unless.
Is it perhaps a product that is originating from CH? Or something that is imported from a country not on that ranking?

It is rare that I find something cheaper in Europe than in the US otherwise - particularly funny are the products that have the same number in USD and EUR. Maybe there were some peculiar exchange rate fluctuations since the retail prices were fixed...
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I don't doubt you, but I do think that is an unusual ranking unless.
Is it perhaps a product that is originating from CH? Or something that is imported from a country not on that ranking?

It is rare that I find something cheaper in Europe than in the US otherwise - particularly funny are the products that have the same number in USD and EUR. Maybe there were some peculiar exchange rate fluctuations since the retail prices were fixed...
UK produced product in the luxury goods market. UK price was closest (5% more expensive). EU and US very close. I suspect the different is more down to VAT that anything else.
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I have been price comparing an item that I am looking to purchase across 4 different purchase locations (UK, US, EU, Switzerland) - taking the price * the bank note rate (CS as of today) - the location rank as: (expensive to cheapest)

US
EU
UK
CH

Buying in CH would save around 10% of the US (pre-tax) price!!
Spreads on cash are huge, if you used each currency as the base currency I suspect the order would change . Mid market rate makes more sense to me as I hold all of the currencies mentioned.
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UK produced product in the luxury goods market. UK price was closest (5% more expensive). EU and US very close. I suspect the different is more down to VAT that anything else.
Yes, the VAT makes quite a difference, but as the US price was highest and was pre-tax I found that surprising. But in this case it is something that crosses the pond to the US - and if it is a luxury good, sometimes it is easier to sell those if they are more expensive!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veblen_good
With conspicuous consumption prices won't always make sense at first glance.
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Spreads on cash are huge, if you used each currency as the base currency I suspect the order would change . Mid market rate makes more sense to me as I hold all of the currencies mentioned.
But you can never spend at mid-rate - nor can you replace your holding at mid-rate. And is he purchase then made using the rate you originally purchased the currency at - or the rate at which you replaces your holding with??

The vast majority of people will purchase using a cash-rate (or similar - IE credit-card) - therefore the visible rate is that of the bank not rate.
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