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Old 16.05.2011, 16:28
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Here you go: Irish beef at Migros, 113 CHF per kilo

http://www.leshop.ch/leshop/Main.do;...OP_SUPERMARKET


This is GBP 23 for a 300 gram steak. Raw. In a crummy supermarket. And it's not even from Switzerland. And it's not even from really far away. And it costs more than if you got in in a restaurant in London. In fact, Argentinian fillet steak served to you in a quality steak house in one of the most expensive parts of London costs GBP 31.

http://www.gauchorestaurants.co.uk/menus/food/mains.php
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Old 16.05.2011, 16:29
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Oftentimes a double espresso is twice the price of a single espresso, or very close (normally about 6chf). This never happens in London or other cities, where the second shot can be added for a nominal amount.
That's the standard system in France, double costs twice the price of single.
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Re: Swiss rip-offs

Another rip off, I reckon the most expensive item in the world can be found in Switzreland - childcare.

I will be paying CHF1680 for my baby to go to creche for 3 days / week, ie. CHF140 per day. Out of the salary at 60% I will be getting 60% in the end...

Can any other country beat that??? A friend in Frankfurt has managed secure childcare at EUR 200/month for 5 mornings
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Old 16.05.2011, 18:12
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A friend in Frankfurt has managed secure childcare at EUR 200/month for 5 mornings
Unless it's being heavily subsidised, I wouldn't want to leave any child of mine somewhere that can afford to charge 10 EUR a day.
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Old 16.05.2011, 18:17
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Unless it's being heavily subsidised, I wouldn't want to leave any child of mine somewhere that can afford to charge 10 EUR a day.


20 kids with two supervisors gives a revenue of 1000 euro per week or 4200 euro per month. If rent and bills for the room cost 600 euro, other costs (snacks, a replacement toy/book etc) cost another 600 euro then that's 1500 euro salary for each. A nursery nurse in the UK earns about 16k per year (qualified) which is about exactly that monthly salary in Euros.
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Simple cut and blow dry at a hairdressers. Eye-wateringly expensive, even after shopping around.

Certain computers and hardware I have found to be surprisingly cheap.

Thinking of getting an IT specialist to cut my hair in future...
We are both software developers. Having seen the price that gardeners charge, we do it ourselves - our time is paid much less than the gardener's time. We cut down our front tree a couple of weeks back - 2x IT folk and a saw + a ladder. One to say where to cut the tree and keep the kids away and the other up the ladder sawing away.

I was quoted CHF 2k to cut my hedge. It takes me approximately 1.5 hours to do the job - that's the most I have ever earned per hour
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Old 16.05.2011, 18:21
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20 kids with two supervisors gives a revenue of 1000 euro per week or 4200 euro per month. If rent and bills for the room cost 600 euro, other costs (snacks, a replacement toy/book etc) cost another 600 euro then that's 1500 euro salary for each. A nursery nurse in the UK earns about 16k per year (qualified) which is about exactly that monthly salary in Euros.
And the price quoted was not full-time but for the mornings only...
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Old 16.05.2011, 18:22
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Games for consoles, outrageous here.

Switzerland was briefly featured in the Gadget Show last week, when they had a competion to see where you could buy the cheapest electronic gear, at home (the UK), or abroad.

Jon Bentley went to Digitec (I think) in Basel, and picked up a Canon Camera (among other things) much cheaper than anywhere in the UK, however, as they were being lawful, they had to limit their purchases to one per person for the customs rules.
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Old 16.05.2011, 18:22
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The Asics I bought in Boston for about $185 cost chf 370 here. Zing!
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Old 16.05.2011, 18:27
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Driving ten kilometer too fast on a German country road costs 10 EUR (but fixed cameras hardly take a picture at such a low speed as the process to send you the bill hardly pays off). Here I paid 120 CHF for it...
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Old 16.05.2011, 18:29
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The Asics I bought in Boston for about $185 cost chf 370 here. Zing!
My Timberlands (I have been wearing the same style for 7 pairs/years so I know lots of different prices) cost £135 in the Timberland store in London and 280 chf in the Niederdorf. My OH bought Karen Millen shoes. The label on it had the 330 chf price tag on the box. I peeled it off to reveal £130!
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Old 16.05.2011, 18:31
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Driving ten kilometer too fast on a German country road costs 10 EUR (but fixed cameras hardly take a picture at such a low speed as the process to send you the bill hardly pays off). Here I paid 120 CHF for it...
You should be ashamed of yourself. Speed kills, there is no excuse! 10kms equals X increased stopping distance - if there was a toddler in the middle of the motorway he would have been killed. You're basically a murderer.


well it is the EF...
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Parking (car-parks)? Car parks here are much much cheaper than in the UK honest. I paid CHf6 for a whole day in Lausanne recently- and £8.00 for 3 hours in Leicester a couple of weeks back! In central Neuchatel about CHF8.00 for the same time.

A lot of the food stuff mentioned above is 'exotic' and therefore quite expensive compared to 'standard Swiss fare'. One of the ways of learning to cope with high Swiss prices is to adapt to more local stuff- that applies to anywhere in the world. When in the UK in the 70s, I soon learnt that if we were to survive, I had to change the way I cooked, and that Gruyère had to be replaced with Cheddar, etc. Things are indeed generally much more expensive in CH (especially if you are NOT on a Swiss salary!)- but with a bit of clever adaptation, it can be cut done hugely.
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Old 16.05.2011, 18:33
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my timberlands (i have been wearing the same style for 7 pairs/years so i know lots of different prices) cost £135 in the timberland store in london and 280 chf in the niederdorf. My oh bought karen millen shoes. The label on it had the 330 chf price tag on the box. I peeled it off to reveal £130!
The SCANDAL!!!!++!+!
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Old 16.05.2011, 18:34
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20 kids with two supervisors gives a revenue of 1000 euro per week or 4200 euro per month. If rent and bills for the room cost 600 euro, other costs (snacks, a replacement toy/book etc) cost another 600 euro then that's 1500 euro salary for each. A nursery nurse in the UK earns about 16k per year (qualified) which is about exactly that monthly salary in Euros.
20 kids would require 6 assistants (we're talking babies here) - so each assistant would be earning 15,000 EUR (ish) a year (before paying non-childcare staff and overheads).
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Old 16.05.2011, 18:36
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My Timberlands (I have been wearing the same style for 7 pairs/years so I know lots of different prices) cost £135 in the Timberland store in London and 280 chf in the Niederdorf. My OH bought Karen Millen shoes. The label on it had the 330 chf price tag on the box. I peeled it off to reveal £130!
I questioned the KM boutique in the Niederdorf about that once - I was basically moaning to the cashier that the price difference is really huge for the dress I was buying. £175 on the website when it was much more here... I was desperate.

They said it was due to petrol prices, labour of delivering the goods from the UK as well as the Swiss import taxes.
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You should be ashamed of yourself. Speed kills, there is no excuse! 10kms equals X increased stopping distance - if there was a toddler in the middle of the motorway he would have been killed. You're basically a murderer.


well it is the EF...
That's why we have far superior traffic education in Germany... for decades:

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Parking (car-parks)? Car parks here are much much cheaper than in the UK honest. I paid CHf6 for a whole day in Lausanne recently- and £8.00 for 3 hours in Leicester a couple of weeks back! In central Neuchatel about CHF8.00 for the same time.
Best price I got for central Leicester for a full 24 hours was £4. Are you sure your parking in Lausanne was 6chf for a full 24 hours?

http://www.leicester.gov.uk/EasySite...ype=Attachment
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I questioned the KM boutique in the Niederdorf about that once - I was basically moaning to the cashier that the price difference is really huge for the dress I was buying. £175 on the website when it was much more here... I was desperate.

They said it was due to petrol prices, labour of delivering the goods from the UK as well as the Swiss import taxes.
Isn't the duty like 8% and the cost of posting a single dress about £10? Didn't you say this to them while beating them about the skull?
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A lot of the food stuff mentioned above is 'exotic' and therefore quite expensive compared to 'standard Swiss fare'.
Cow, in the land of cows, is exotic?
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