Go Back   English Forum Switzerland > Living in Switzerland > Complaints corner
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #641  
Old 09.01.2014, 15:02
AJames's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Egypt
Posts: 212
Groaned at 14 Times in 5 Posts
Thanked 250 Times in 117 Posts
AJames has no particular reputation at present
Re: Swiss rip-offs

Oh, I totally agree its not a rip off, but I do find it daft.

I do like flying Swiss. And I can understand why CAI-ZRH-LON-ZRH-CAI on Swiss could be cheaper than just CAI-LON-CAI on say BA or MS. But I can not understand why CAI-ZRH-CAI would be more expensive than CAI-ZRH-GVA-ZRH-CAI or, for that matter, CAI-ZRH-LON-ZRH-CAI

I usually fly once or twice to London per year, and tend to fly with Swiss via Zurich.

And I usually fly once a year to Berlin, and again with Swiss via Zurich.

Then sometimes, I just need to fly to Switzerland - and land up booking CAI-GVA via ZRH as opposed to CAI-ZRH.
Reply With Quote
  #642  
Old 11.01.2014, 08:03
AJames's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Egypt
Posts: 212
Groaned at 14 Times in 5 Posts
Thanked 250 Times in 117 Posts
AJames has no particular reputation at present
Re: Swiss rip-offs

Ha !

In Egypt... you can buy a box of 12 x 1.5 lt bottles for less than CHF 3.50 !!





Quote:
View Post
Bottle of 250ml of water here: 3.50 chf

In Turkey: 0.50 chf

For water.....
Reply With Quote
  #643  
Old 07.04.2014, 11:05
Banned
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Zürich
Posts: 1,762
Groaned at 499 Times in 305 Posts
Thanked 7,915 Times in 3,106 Posts
Loz1983 has a reputation beyond reputeLoz1983 has a reputation beyond reputeLoz1983 has a reputation beyond reputeLoz1983 has a reputation beyond reputeLoz1983 has a reputation beyond reputeLoz1983 has a reputation beyond repute
List of Swiss Products that are cheaper abroad

As the thread title states. Aimed mainly at tourists and newbies.

Lindt Gold Easter Bunny - £3 in Tesco, 7.95 chf here
Swiss army knives - victorinox and Wenger - up to 40% cheaper abroad
Swiss watches
Mammut outdoor equipment

I think that's pretty much everything Switzerland makes
Reply With Quote
  #644  
Old 07.04.2014, 11:08
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: ZH
Posts: 5,069
Groaned at 62 Times in 52 Posts
Thanked 2,549 Times in 1,526 Posts
SOBEIT has a reputation beyond reputeSOBEIT has a reputation beyond reputeSOBEIT has a reputation beyond reputeSOBEIT has a reputation beyond reputeSOBEIT has a reputation beyond repute
Re: List of Swiss Products that are cheaper abroad

You forgot Toblerone.
Reply With Quote
  #645  
Old 08.05.2014, 18:08
noipv4's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: lugano
Posts: 185
Groaned at 4 Times in 3 Posts
Thanked 66 Times in 48 Posts
noipv4 has no particular reputation at present
Re: Swiss rip-offs

Quote:
View Post
First of all, I'm not looking for a cheap vacuum cleaner; I am looking for value for money. But I have discovered that when something is "expensive" in Switzerland, it's usually not an indication of quality. Which is fine, but in this day and age consumers are critical and no longer have to "swallow" whatever bullshit stories stores are selling.

Second, it's fine if you choose to have a limited amount of options, no store can sell all the brands. But I question the underlying motivation of stores when most seem to favor "Dyson".

And last: the "hole" you are talking about wasn't created by healthy competition. Low salaries, low prices and hard work are actually the things that made the Netherlands flourish after the war.
The so-called "hole" was created by rich people with "good living standards" being greedy and wanting more and more. Trying to make money out of thin air by selling bullshit stories to become even more rich. In order for people to have an "above average quality of life" there will always be others on the other side of things shoveling shit for it. Think about that before you start bragging about how well people have it in Switzerland and how we should all learn to "work with the system".
I am very happy with my Made in Germany, SATRAP Aspirapolvere from Coop, 99chf.
Reply With Quote
  #646  
Old 08.05.2014, 18:36
Sbrinz's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Murten - Morat
Posts: 11,918
Groaned at 590 Times in 377 Posts
Thanked 11,539 Times in 5,936 Posts
Sbrinz has a reputation beyond reputeSbrinz has a reputation beyond reputeSbrinz has a reputation beyond reputeSbrinz has a reputation beyond reputeSbrinz has a reputation beyond reputeSbrinz has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Swiss rip-offs

About the time when Aldi arrived at Ittigen, near Berne, I was in the queue behind an older lady. The checkout lady asked for Fr 10,50 and the customer couldn't believe the price: she insisted there must be a mistake as the goods were too cheap. I smiled, what's the opposite of being Switzerlanded?
Reply With Quote
  #647  
Old 08.05.2014, 18:43
Jern's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Bern
Posts: 907
Groaned at 11 Times in 10 Posts
Thanked 1,091 Times in 470 Posts
Jern has a reputation beyond reputeJern has a reputation beyond reputeJern has a reputation beyond reputeJern has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Swiss rip-offs

Quote:
View Post
About the time when Aldi arrived at Ittigen, near Berne, I was in the queue behind an older lady. The checkout lady asked for Fr 10,50 and the customer couldn't believe the price: she insisted there must be a mistake as the goods were too cheap. I smiled, what's the opposite of being Switzerlanded?
It's probably called a rip-on.
Reply With Quote
The following 2 users would like to thank Jern for this useful post:
  #648  
Old 08.05.2014, 20:41
Valerya's Avatar
Newbie 1st class
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: Zug
Posts: 28
Groaned at 13 Times in 8 Posts
Thanked 12 Times in 7 Posts
Valerya is considered unworthyValerya is considered unworthyValerya is considered unworthy
Re: Swiss rip-offs

Quote:
View Post
Simple cut and blow dry at a hairdressers.

Thinking of getting an IT specialist to cut my hair in future...
I am an IT specialist. I will your hair cut. 50CHF no happy ending
Reply With Quote
The following 4 users would like to thank Valerya for this useful post:
  #649  
Old 11.05.2014, 14:00
Newbie
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Zurich
Posts: 9
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
achrysov has no particular reputation at present
Changed a broken gear cable for my bicycle. On an illegal store 70.-CHF....and I provided the cable. Normally it would be over 150 CHF they said to me.....better by a new bike instead.

Also 5 CHF for a 3 minute call in orange telecoms. customer service. I thought this was free but NO. Nothing is free here. Even if you're a customer.

Last edited by 3Wishes; 11.05.2014 at 14:08. Reason: merging successive posts
Reply With Quote
  #650  
Old 11.05.2014, 14:28
jmf's Avatar
jmf jmf is offline
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Cham, ZG
Posts: 985
Groaned at 11 Times in 10 Posts
Thanked 833 Times in 421 Posts
jmf has a reputation beyond reputejmf has a reputation beyond reputejmf has a reputation beyond reputejmf has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Swiss rip-offs

Quote:
View Post
Changed a broken gear cable for my bicycle. On an illegal store 70.-CHF....and I provided the cable. Normally it would be over 150 CHF they said to me.....better by a new bike instead.

Also 5 CHF for a 3 minute call in orange telecoms. customer service. I thought this was free but NO. Nothing is free here. Even if you're a customer.
Depends which number you call. Normal Orange customer service is free. Not too helpful, but free
Reply With Quote
  #651  
Old 11.05.2014, 15:01
FMX's Avatar
FMX FMX is offline
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: BE
Posts: 675
Groaned at 1 Time in 1 Post
Thanked 434 Times in 245 Posts
FMX is considered knowledgeableFMX is considered knowledgeableFMX is considered knowledgeable
Re: Swiss rip-offs

Quote:
View Post
Changed a broken gear cable for my bicycle. On an illegal store 70.-CHF....and I provided the cable. Normally it would be over 150 CHF they said to me.....better by a new bike instead.

Also 5 CHF for a 3 minute call in orange telecoms. customer service. I thought this was free but NO. Nothing is free here. Even if you're a customer.
Totally agree ...but how much do you charge for your work ?
Life is expensive here but high is the pay check isn't it ?
Just my 2 cents
Reply With Quote
The following 3 users would like to thank FMX for this useful post:
  #652  
Old 11.05.2014, 22:05
Swiss Spy's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Bern
Posts: 152
Groaned at 9 Times in 7 Posts
Thanked 218 Times in 86 Posts
Swiss Spy is considered knowledgeableSwiss Spy is considered knowledgeableSwiss Spy is considered knowledgeable
Re: Swiss rip-offs

Quote:
View Post
Totally agree ...but how much do you charge for your work ?
Life is expensive here but high is the pay check isn't it ?
Just my 2 cents
dont be silly.
most swiss earn around 30-40.- / hour and pay 200-300.- for an hour of work on ther car, bike, house etc.
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank Swiss Spy for this useful post:
The following 2 users groan at Swiss Spy for this post:
  #653  
Old 12.05.2014, 08:30
dodgyken's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Democratic Republic Kenistan
Posts: 10,737
Groaned at 360 Times in 294 Posts
Thanked 19,403 Times in 7,402 Posts
dodgyken has a reputation beyond reputedodgyken has a reputation beyond reputedodgyken has a reputation beyond reputedodgyken has a reputation beyond reputedodgyken has a reputation beyond reputedodgyken has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Swiss rip-offs

Quote:
View Post
dont be silly.
most swiss earn around 30-40.- / hour and pay 200-300.- for an hour of work on ther car, bike, house etc.
If that is what you have been charged - then they took you to the cleaners!!

Mechanic is not going to cost that (150chf maybe). A painter will be <1,000chf per day including materials.
Reply With Quote
The following 2 users would like to thank dodgyken for this useful post:
  #654  
Old 12.05.2014, 09:08
baboon's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Rheintal
Posts: 3,013
Groaned at 95 Times in 84 Posts
Thanked 4,066 Times in 1,977 Posts
baboon has a reputation beyond reputebaboon has a reputation beyond reputebaboon has a reputation beyond reputebaboon has a reputation beyond reputebaboon has a reputation beyond reputebaboon has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Swiss rip-offs

Quote:
View Post
Changed a broken gear cable for my bicycle. On an illegal store 70.-CHF....and I provided the cable. Normally it would be over 150 CHF they said to me.....better by a new bike instead.
Perhaps you should go to a "legal" store (btw what is an "illegal store"?). My bike guy would charge me CHF 10 for that.
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank baboon for this useful post:
  #655  
Old 12.05.2014, 09:10
baboon's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Rheintal
Posts: 3,013
Groaned at 95 Times in 84 Posts
Thanked 4,066 Times in 1,977 Posts
baboon has a reputation beyond reputebaboon has a reputation beyond reputebaboon has a reputation beyond reputebaboon has a reputation beyond reputebaboon has a reputation beyond reputebaboon has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Swiss rip-offs

Quote:
View Post
Ha !

In Egypt... you can buy a box of 12 x 1.5 lt bottles for less than CHF 3.50 !!

And in Switzerland. Go into any Aldi or Lidl.
Reply With Quote
  #656  
Old 12.05.2014, 09:35
st2lemans's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Lugano
Posts: 22,243
Groaned at 1,170 Times in 917 Posts
Thanked 25,138 Times in 12,036 Posts
st2lemans has a reputation beyond reputest2lemans has a reputation beyond reputest2lemans has a reputation beyond reputest2lemans has a reputation beyond reputest2lemans has a reputation beyond reputest2lemans has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Swiss rip-offs

Quote:
View Post
If that is what you have been charged - then they took you to the cleaners!!

Mechanic is not going to cost that (150chf maybe). A painter will be <1,000chf per day including materials.
I pay CHF 80/hr for the cars, the bikes I do myself.

Tom
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank st2lemans for this useful post:
  #657  
Old 31.05.2014, 18:44
jmf's Avatar
jmf jmf is offline
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Cham, ZG
Posts: 985
Groaned at 11 Times in 10 Posts
Thanked 833 Times in 421 Posts
jmf has a reputation beyond reputejmf has a reputation beyond reputejmf has a reputation beyond reputejmf has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Swiss rip-offs

I'm looking to buy an inflatable kayak, namely the Advanced Elements Advanced Frame. Price in DE: 500e. They have a distributor in CH as well, price 990chf
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank jmf for this useful post:
  #658  
Old 31.05.2014, 18:56
Jern's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Bern
Posts: 907
Groaned at 11 Times in 10 Posts
Thanked 1,091 Times in 470 Posts
Jern has a reputation beyond reputeJern has a reputation beyond reputeJern has a reputation beyond reputeJern has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Swiss rip-offs

Quote:
View Post
I'm looking to buy an inflatable kayak, namely the Advanced Elements Advanced Frame. Price in DE: 500e. They have a distributor in CH as well, price 990chf
That's inflation for you.
Reply With Quote
The following 3 users would like to thank Jern for this useful post:
  #659  
Old 31.05.2014, 19:19
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Zürich
Posts: 708
Groaned at 12 Times in 9 Posts
Thanked 428 Times in 246 Posts
Brooks85 has an excellent reputationBrooks85 has an excellent reputationBrooks85 has an excellent reputationBrooks85 has an excellent reputation
Re: Swiss rip-offs

Quote:
View Post
I'm looking to buy an inflatable kayak, namely the Advanced Elements Advanced Frame. Price in DE: 500e. They have a distributor in CH as well, price 990chf

That's what I would expect. Many things compared to Germany are priced that way. Take the price in euros and double the number is what you'll find it for here in CHF.

Dan
Reply With Quote
  #660  
Old 06.06.2014, 17:10
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Geneva
Posts: 226
Groaned at 13 Times in 9 Posts
Thanked 284 Times in 110 Posts
iPinky has an excellent reputationiPinky has an excellent reputationiPinky has an excellent reputationiPinky has an excellent reputation
Re: Swiss rip-offs

A couple of months back we upgraded our internet. Now we recently moved to a new apartment. And for some reason we're not getting even half of what we're paying for. So we called Swisscom. Seems like the cables (or whatever) in the building are old and need to be replaced. Or we need some sort of special adapter. They will send over a technician. Costs: 200 Chf.

Is this normal? We rent the apartment, we don't own the building. Why should we pay for cabling that is done inside the building? It's not like we can take it with us once we move out again...
Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
cheaper, mugs, products




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Is there a site for publicising rip-offs? Jern Complaints corner 11 30.04.2011 18:02
Where to watch Super League play-offs i_like_turtles Football/sports 0 08.09.2010 17:55
Championship play-offs basher Sports / Fitness / Beauty / Wellness 2 06.05.2010 08:15
EU commission challenges mobile roaming rip-offs Castro TV/internet/telephone 0 15.07.2008 19:26
Porno rip offs of Hollywood Blockbusters Polorise Jokes/funnies 1 24.08.2007 23:11


All times are GMT +2. The time now is 01:47.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
LinkBacks Enabled by vBSEO 3.1.0