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Old 01.01.2014, 22:20
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Re: Swiss rip-offs

Deutsche-lieferadresse.com works like a dream. Get your stuff shipped there, pay a few Euros per box and you are done. Amazon.de and zalando.de will not refund you MwSt but other online stores if you inquire before purchase and send them stamped Ausfuhrschein will refund your tax to your EUR account. Worked like a charm for most bigger ticket items. Of course, it helps to live about 1km from the border and few more from the pick-up point
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Old 01.01.2014, 23:30
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It's worth mentioning again that for books www.thebookdepository.com have free worldwide shipping so in this particular case a paketshop on the german side of the border isn't needed.
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Old 01.01.2014, 23:52
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Panadol paracetamol tablets pack of 16 costs 6.85CHF here, UK price 2.25CHF - 3times less!!

why would anyone buy that from here?
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Hostess Trolley. UK 250 Stirling. CH 1200 CHF.

Just for the record I didn't pick one up in the UK last time I was in the UK and smuggle it into Switzerland under a blanket and some Wensleydale - that must have been someone else .
Another price debacle from SWISS is that a return ticket from Zurich- Birmingham- Zurich is almost double the price of Birmingham- Zurich - Birmingham. I wonder what kind of logic went into this pricing?
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Panadol paracetamol tablets pack of 16 costs 6.85CHF here, UK price 2.25CHF - 3times less!!

why would anyone buy that from here?
My Citation 3 is currently in the shop and I'm not pleb enough to fly commercial, thus I was forced to bite the bullet and pay the hefty price difference.
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Another price debacle from SWISS is that a return ticket from Zurich- Birmingham- Zurich is almost double the price of Birmingham- Zurich - Birmingham. I wonder what kind of logic went into this pricing?


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Old 02.01.2014, 01:09
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Another price debacle from SWISS is that a return ticket from Zurich- Birmingham- Zurich is almost double the price of Birmingham- Zurich - Birmingham. I wonder what kind of logic went into this pricing?
The same logic that is used for Sydney to London return tickets being twice as much as London to Sydney return! Because they can get away with it so the res of the world subsidises the cheap airfares out of bargain land
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Old 02.01.2014, 01:11
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Panadol paracetamol tablets pack of 16 costs 6.85CHF here, UK price 2.25CHF - 3times less!!

why would anyone buy that from here?
Why would you pay 2.25CHF when supermarket brands are only 20-40p a packet for essentially the same thing
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Another price debacle from SWISS is that a return ticket from Zurich- Birmingham- Zurich is almost double the price of Birmingham- Zurich - Birmingham. I wonder what kind of logic went into this pricing?
People will pay it, you price something at what the market will bear so totally logical. Swiss is a business not a charity.
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Old 02.01.2014, 01:22
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People will pay it, you price something at what the market will bear so totally logical. Swiss is a business not a charity.
Well, yes and no. There are several detrimental factors contributing to a price.
For instance, if it's a brand product, oftentimes the price is "suggested" by the manufacturer. Other contributors are supply and demand (smallish market), then there are cartels, which also have their say in the matter.
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Another price debacle from SWISS is that a return ticket from Zurich- Birmingham- Zurich is almost double the price of Birmingham- Zurich - Birmingham. I wonder what kind of logic went into this pricing?
Your result is rather old, as at least since 1980, tickets out of abroad places via Switzerland (ZRH BSL GVA) and back were and are a lot cheaper than from ZRH/GVA/BSL) via whatever to whatever and back. Exploitation of the market. The grey market however took it up. When you purchased tickets on the grey market you always got (and get) two different tickets, as they get return tickets, split them and re-arrange them. I in 1999 2000 got Swissair tickets to Barcelona and to London much cheaper than anything on the charter market then.
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Panadol paracetamol tablets pack of 16 costs 6.85CHF here, UK price 2.25CHF - 3times less!!

why would anyone buy that from here?
Because not everybody goes back and forth to the UK?
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Panadol paracetamol tablets pack of 16 costs 6.85CHF here, UK price 2.25CHF - 3times less!!

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Because not everybody goes back and forth to the UK?
In other words they arent drug addicts, if you only need a couple of packets then the swiss price is fine. Plus you need to add the 200CHF airfare to make the UK price which is really 225CHF in other words the swiss price is nearly 30times cheaper
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In other words they arent drug addicts, if you only need a couple of packets then the swiss price is fine.
Nope. A small amount does not make it "fine" to rip off consumers like that!

It's exactly this kind of attitude that allows for such ridiculous prices in Switzerland. Unfortunately it seems rather common here and it's one of the main reasons why Swiss retailers can get away with outrageous pricing.

See, we (household of two) need about 50 tablets of Ibuprofen per year. A pack of ten tablets (400mg) costs a little less than 10 Francs here. In Germany I get 50 tablets for about the same price. (That's at a regular pharmacy, not online.)
Since the Germans don't have the ridiculous rule of only selling you only one packet of ten tablets at a time I save not just money but also the time and effort for several trips to the pharmacy, because I can buy a two years' supply at once.

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Nope. A small amount does not make it "fine" to rip off consumers like that!

It's exactly this kind of attitude that allows for such ridiculous prices in Switzerland. Unfortunately it seems rather common here and it's one of the main reasons why Swiss retailers can get away with outrageous pricing.

See, we (household of two) need about 50 tablets of Ibuprofen per year. A pack of ten tablets (400mg) costs a little less than 10 Francs here. In Germany I get 50 tablets for about the same price. (That's at a regular pharmacy, not online.)
Since the Germans don't have the ridiculous rule of only selling you only one packet of ten tablets at a time I save not just money but also the time and effort for several trips to the pharmacy, because I can buy a two years' supply at once.
So whats your problem?

We also buy in UK or germany because we can, the swiss prices are what they are so we buy where it is best financially. Until the pharmacy monopoly is broken up the prices wont change.

The swiss price reflects a monopoly looking after its income not its customers
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You mean the Swiss above, used to a high price level, and the penny splitting Brits below who have to save carefully in order to keep their suburbian manors and mansions and country homes financed ?
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Another price debacle from SWISS is that a return ticket from Zurich- Birmingham- Zurich is almost double the price of Birmingham- Zurich - Birmingham. I wonder what kind of logic went into this pricing?
As in any business worldwide- supply and demand- simple! Brits come to Switzerland, and very few Swiss go to UK- and even more so during ski season, in Winter. Not rocket science
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What's the problem? We live in heart of EU and have borders just around the corner. I'm not saying you need to go across to get a packet of ibuprofen every week, but at least plan your shopping trips efficiently so that you can pick it up along other supplies. I'm customer regulating the market pricing by making right financial decisions for myself
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As in any business worldwide- supply and demand- simple! Brits come to Switzerland, and very few Swiss go to UK- and even more so during ski season, in Winter. Not rocket science
True in winter but the other way round in April to October. NOBODY pays the official prices then. And Swiss International Airlines / Lufthansa routinely undercut their official tariffs by 60 or 70 percent. In the summer-period, lots of Swiss go to the UK, but of course not on official tariffs. Unfortunately, the tides have turned in the past 60 years. While there were lots of British visitors to Switzerland in the 60ies and lots of Swiss people who went to work in the UK, there now are few CH people going to work in Britain, and far less British visitors to Switzerland than in the past. The number of Swiss visitors to Britain has varied, depending on the Pound Sterling. But has remained on a very high level since the 60ies. Lots of efforts were made to keep the number of visitors from Britain to Switzerland stable, but with meagre success. Lots of UK-CH air-tickets are sold to a clientele, going onward from CH by ground transport

In a few years, the new Gotthard-Tunnel will get open, with new links between Zch Airport and Milano-Malpensa, which will have an impact. Difficult to forecast WHAT impact. Right now, Zch Airport is improving its facilities in an unprecedented way which cannot be a coincidence
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On that note, I was just checking some flights. From ZRH it's 1250chf per person, from Frankfurt or Munich it's 950 per person. So if we fly as a couple it's an instant savings of 600chf. Factor in the trip to either of those cities and you're still left with over 400chf to spend in your holiday on stuff

Mind you, I'm not calling this a rip-off necessarily, but I am annoyed at such a price difference (same airline).
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