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Old 02.09.2013, 14:28
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Re: Swiss rip-offs

Unless you have income in multiple currencies
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Old 02.09.2013, 14:59
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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.

Tom
I had to provide one for Swiss driver's license 2 weeks ago (right before my freebie year ended )... that's how I know of the CHF 29.
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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.
So are the Swiss ID photos at the Studio for CHF 29.
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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.
Booth vs the Swiss ID price I gave (8 vs 29) is steep but understandable. The US Passport price (48) is a ripoff. Both products have the same price at the booth.
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Old 03.09.2013, 10:29
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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.
I don't find that much of a rip-off 29 chf and the even higher 48 chf is relatively little to pay for a photo made by a person rather than a machine so you know it will come out properly. I mean the photographer is hardly charging anything for his/her time and, as said a couple times, makes sure the photo looks good and are acceptable. Besides you get multiple copies and they need to be used for nearly everything here. So, your spreading the money over a passport, driver's license, permit, train pass, or even the commune which might desire a photo of you when you move in, etc. I call that not bad.
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Re: Swiss rip-offs

If you want to get a lot of really cheap passport sized photos it isn't that hard.

1. Select an existing portrait photo of yourself. It can even be a non-portrait one as long as you are facing the camera, not smiling, and has enough resolution for you to crop it out. Or take a new one with your digital camera.

2. Use an image editor (I like the free Paint.net for Windows, and I find it more welcoming than GIMP for simpler stuff). Crop and re-size your portrait picture so that it matches the requirements - U.S. sized passport or whatever you want (Paint.net lets you see the sizes in pixels, cm or inches).
Copy paste it as many times as you can fit in an A4-sized canvas (given a bit of a margin). Put the image in a USB drive, go to a place that prints with high-quality picture on photo-quality paper and pay an A4 color printing. Then slice it up into individual photos with the required size.

3. ???

4. Profit.

If you don't want to have so many pictures, you can possibly try A5 size instead or whatever. Just check out what options the printing shop has available and adjust as needed. Unless you have a really good printer at home (doubtful), I wouldn't recommend printing it yourself.
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I don't find that much of a rip-off 29 chf and the even higher 48 chf is relatively little to pay for a photo made by a person rather than a machine so you know it will come out properly. I mean the photographer is hardly charging anything for his/her time and, as said a couple times, makes sure the photo looks good and are acceptable. Besides you get multiple copies and they need to be used for nearly everything here. So, your spreading the money over a passport, driver's license, permit, train pass, or even the commune which might desire a photo of you when you move in, etc. I call that not bad.
The ripoff is that there is no difference in service, time, equipment, etc, between the CHF29 and CHF48 pictures, yet there is a 65% markup. With no added value, this is a ripoff, probably coming from the assumption that an expat is less price sensitive. Now, if someone is a price-apologist, then there's no use debating, is there?
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Old 04.09.2013, 12:42
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The ripoff is that there is no difference in service, time, equipment, etc, between the CHF29 and CHF48 pictures, yet there is a 65% markup. With no added value, this is a ripoff, probably coming from the assumption that an expat is less price sensitive. Now, if someone is a price-apologist, then there's no use debating, is there?
Well my point is I don't find it a ripoff until I know for sure the expenditures of the studio itself, for instance, what if rent is really high? Does he use more expensive paper? Does he have top quality machines or multiple employees for one reason or another. It doesn't necessarily mean your being ripped off. It's the customer who chooses to make the purchase and if they didn't shop or ask around that is their own fault. And I don't mean to sound harsh there. I personally find Switzerland is not that expensive especially when your talking of the quality your receiving. Living in Switzerland is only more difficult from a financial perspective that it requires the consumer to shop around if you want a better deal.
Here's an example. I wanted a printer and looked in the electronics stores....found them to be out of my price range and upon searching further, which was a matter of keeping my eyes pealed when going out, found an excellent one for 50 chf! Great deal! Are there things that are certainly overpriced here? Absolutely to a great extent, and sometimes more so than other countries. I certainly show a great deal of understanding to many shop owners, especially a photographer, with the fact that his/her studio is becoming more difficult to maintain financially with the development of digital cameras and other easily available services and technologies. I don't want those shops to disappear, it would be a huge shame, just as I don't want the butchers or specialty shops to disappear. So, from that perspective, its not a ripoff.
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Old 10.09.2013, 14:23
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Re: Swiss rip-offs

Well, it has most likely been mentioned...but buying a song on iTunes Swiss store will cost you 2.20 CHF, same song on the US site is $1.29 or 1.20 CHF...
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Old 10.09.2013, 14:37
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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.
Booth vs the Swiss ID price I gave (8 vs 29) is steep but understandable. The US Passport price (48) is a ripoff. Both products have the same price at the booth.
Yes, and? You clearly missed my point, which is that although you've found two different suppliers offering what you feel to be similar services at different prices, they're both Swiss. Hence it's not a Swiss rip-off.

Whether it's a shop rip-off is another question entirely.
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Old 10.09.2013, 15:18
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Re: Swiss rip-offs

One for the music fans.....the new Clash mega cd box set, Amazon UK 93 quid, and you dont pay 20% VAT when you order from them, FNAC in Balaxert 280 francs!!!
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Old 10.09.2013, 20:09
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The ripoff is that there is no difference in service, time, equipment, etc, between the CHF29 and CHF48 pictures, yet there is a 65% markup. With no added value, this is a ripoff, probably coming from the assumption that an expat is less price sensitive. Now, if someone is a price-apologist, then there's no use debating, is there?
Horrors!

My daughter went to get two US passport photos today, and the bastards charged her CHF 15 for the two!

And this was at a studio, and not a booth!

Tom
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Re: Swiss rip-offs

Yeah, it's unreal. I paid 5 CHF for a photocopy of a black and white A4 paper at HB. Crazy. Next time use the booth!
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Old 12.09.2013, 19:52
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The ripoff is that there is no difference in service, time, equipment, etc, between the CHF29 and CHF48 pictures, yet there is a 65% markup. With no added value, this is a ripoff, probably coming from the assumption that an expat is less price sensitive. Now, if someone is a price-apologist, then there's no use debating, is there?
You assuming that the guy charging 29 actually covers his costs, even at 48 there is no money to be made, how many does he do a day ? 0-1?
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A lot of employers here don't provide any dental insurance at all and that is indeed surprising compared to North American companies. There is dental insurance have you checked it out ?
Is it that much of a difference compared to North America?
In Switzerland it's an additional insurance
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Re: Swiss rip-offs

My husband bought a bike helmet at the price of CHF80. I think the sports and outdoor equipments are generally too expensive.
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My husband bought a bike helmet at the price of CHF80. I think the sports and outdoor equipments are generally too expensive.
Yes it is high although helmets cost almost that in other countries I would think. At least the prices don't go up that much. Outdoor equipment is different and can be generally expensive.
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My husband bought a bike helmet at the price of CHF80. I think the sports and outdoor equipments are generally too expensive.
So you don't think his head is worth 80 CHF?, probably less than the cost of 2 hours work to his employer.
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Re: Swiss rip-offs

I think life is not measured in that way. The topic here is the high price.
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Old 23.09.2013, 14:56
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My husband bought a bike helmet at the price of CHF80. I think the sports and outdoor equipments are generally too expensive.
Depends if you want to be bothered shopping around or not. This Uvex helmet is CHF 30, and you don't even need to buy it outside of Switzerland...
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