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Bottle of 250ml of water here: 3.50 chf

In Turkey: 0.50 chf

For water.....
But here do can drink tap water
Bottled water is a basic need in Turkey
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Old 16.05.2011, 21:24
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Re: Swiss rip-offs

The town's sports club phoned today.

You still haven't ordered the Sports club tracksuit for your son. Would you like to do it now over the phone?

Does he need to wear it? No.

Can he still take part if he doesn't have it? Yes.


No thanks then.

120CHF for a tracksuit for a six year old that he'll probably grow out of in three months and which he won't actually wear for the sports but would wear to walk from our home to there - a five minute walk.

After all, 120CHF would buy me nearly one running shoe out of a pair here. No wonder there's so many threads on bare-foot running.
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Old 16.05.2011, 21:33
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Why don't you go to Caroline in Oerlikon (close to the station ) she is a forum member. Does a great cut etc. at a very reasonable price and is very nice too....

http://www.carolinerohwer.com/
Dos she fix PC`s ?
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Old 16.05.2011, 21:43
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Doggie doctors . Outrageous!
Actually, I found routine vet bills to be rather a bargain here, at least compared to what I remember paying in Chicago and London.

Specialist treatment, on the other hand...

In order to fix Haifisch's kidneys I will need to sell one of my own.
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Old 16.05.2011, 22:17
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Average salary in Turkey?

Just drink tap water- free and much better for the ecology. Hurray
True,

But:

Manager position in finance in CH: 170 K chf
Manager position in finance in Turkey: 100k chf + company car + Health insurance (100%) + company mobile (plus private usage)

Cost of living is 25% cheaper in Turkey.

At the end of the month, where do you have more money in the pockets?
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Old 16.05.2011, 22:21
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True,

But:

Manager position in finance in CH: 170 K chf
Manager position in finance in Turkey: 100k chf + company car + Health insurance (100%) + company mobile (plus private usage)

Cost of living is 25% cheaper in Turkey.

At the end of the month, where do you have more money in the pockets?
And they have KFC home delivery?
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Old 16.05.2011, 22:23
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and they have kfc home delivery?
yes..................
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Re: Swiss rip-offs

I moved from the most expensive city in Australia - which is not as cheap a place as you'd think. I found a lot of things on par, some things cheaper, some things more expensive.

Things that make me go ouch:

- meat. CHF27/kilo for basic minced beef, almost a staple in my house. Or was. Think I'll become vegetarian.

- eyebrow waxing. CHF20 for regular wax. Was in London a few weeks ago and got my eyebrows threaded, best job someone has ever done on them and only GBP7.

- health insurance. But that's a given, as obviously the Swiss see health as a privilege, not a right.
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Old 16.05.2011, 22:32
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I moved from the most expensive city in Australia - which is not as cheap a place as you'd think. I found a lot of things on par, some things cheaper, some things more expensive.

Things that make me go ouch:

- meat. CHF27/kilo for basic minced beef, almost a staple in my house. Or was. Think I'll become vegetarian.
Crikey where are people buying meat?? Looking in the fridge, the mince I bought at the weekend works out at CHF 19 per kilo (CHF 1.96 for 100g). OK, so it's not the organic stuff but it's not Prix Garantie, either - just the average stuff. Where are you going that charges almost 30% more?
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Re: Swiss rip-offs

Not that I wouldn't want to discourage potential clients and sports fans but I find tennis, badminton and squash incredibly expensive to rent facilities per hour. Club memberships belong to this category as well.

I found though that Swiss have effective way to talk you out of driving the vehicles here thru their exorbitant fine system. Blow me away but this crap of cameras installed in places with very small likelihood of causing an accident is nothing else than revenue making scheme. Pay one of those bills (like I did) and you will stop enjoying driving on Alpine roads

On the orher hand, although most of the petrol stations charge CH1.8x (x=3,4,5,6... N) for litre of Bleifrei, there are still places that can be found on country side that charge CHF1.72 only

Why my mindset has changed to more price conscious folk's one - highly inflated prices make you shop around to find deals. And there are many to be found...
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Re: Swiss rip-offs

Hmm .. the way TV Tax / Billag is implemented, auto-renewal of contracts ( mobile phone for example and of their roaming charges), high cost Swiss stuff locally cf. abroad like Swiss Army Knives, watches as well as public transport fares.
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Re: Swiss rip-offs

Shower gel, Migros, own brand: 2,60CHF for 250ml
Shower gel, dm (Germany), own brand: 0.65ct for 300ml

New soles (rubber) for mens' shoes:
Zurich-100CHF
Frankfurt-20€

parking fine:
Zurich: 40CHF
Konstanz: 10€
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Old 16.05.2011, 22:42
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Crikey where are people buying meat?? Looking in the fridge, the mince I bought at the weekend works out at CHF 19 per kilo (CHF 1.96 for 100g). OK, so it's not the organic stuff but it's not Prix Garantie, either - just the average stuff. Where are you going that charges almost 30% more?
Just Migros in Nyon. But I guess since Vaud is the next canton over, it too has been infected by Geneva's extortionate price disease.
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Re: Swiss rip-offs

I thought the 8 CHF organic celery stalk was the most expensive thing in my first couple of months in CH, but it turned out that the plain white curtain in my temporary apartment that cost 2,000 CHF was a lot more painfully expensive!

The biggest rip-off was cleaning an already super clean apartment for 1,000 CHF. I swear the Swiss love to rip us ex-pats off!
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Hmm .. the way TV Tax / Billag is implemented, auto-renewal of contracts ( mobile phone for example and of their roaming charges), high cost Swiss stuff locally cf. abroad like Swiss Army Knives, watches as well as public transport fares.
MBTs as well
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I also find ice cream crazily expensive, but it does taste good as long as it hasn't been improperly handled in-store and developed ice crystals. I tried to take some back once and was told 'but that's normal'!! I suppose that's what makes me angry-paying a lot of money for stuff that turns out to be inedible or defective. That's just robbery imho.
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Old 16.05.2011, 22:48
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And they have KFC home delivery?
If you're going to eat KFC you should at least walk to get it, couch potato.
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Old 16.05.2011, 22:49
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Crikey where are people buying meat?? Looking in the fridge, the mince I bought at the weekend works out at CHF 19 per kilo (CHF 1.96 for 100g). OK, so it's not the organic stuff but it's not Prix Garantie, either - just the average stuff. Where are you going that charges almost 30% more?
Hmm, I generally pay 9.50/kg, 17 if I buy it at Manor.

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Re: Swiss rip-offs

Most of it's been covered, but the other thing that annoys me is just the pissy charges for any official paperwork for almost f**k all effort.
EG: went to get a credit rating document from Stadt Zurich the other day for an apartment application.
17 bleedin' francs for the 30 second's work required by the woman to type in my name, move her mouse & click print and hand me a black & white A4 laser print.
Umm, what part of this don't my taxes cover???
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Old 16.05.2011, 22:51
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Not that I wouldn't want to discourage potential clients and sports fans but I find tennis, badminton and squash incredibly expensive to rent facilities per hour. Club memberships belong to this category as well.
YES! we wanted to get an subscription to the tennis facility near us but it was truly untouchable! and the quality of the courts were just so so. we decided to maybe get a subscription to the pools in lausanne for the year- it ended up being worth it only if we used the pools 200 times in 365 days. seems a bit excessive to charge so much for these things and i think people here miss out on the idea of encouraging people to get memberships instead of paying each time.
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