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Old 16.05.2011, 15:18
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Swiss rip-offs

Hi all,

We all know that Switzerland is expensive, and I'm certainly not complaining about prices in general. However, some things just seem insanely over-priced, more than just being expensive "because it's Switzerland". I tried to look for a thread about this in particular, but nothing.

So I got my doctor's bill for when my neck seized up a few weeks ago. My doctor is actually pretty cheap comparatively, but I got charged 70CHF for a bloody foam neck brace! Seems a little excessive for a piece of foam with velcro attached.

What things have you found here that are excessively (i.e. unreasonably) over-priced?

On the other side of the coin, there are plenty of things that are comparatively cheap... but that would be a whole other thread.
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Old 16.05.2011, 15:20
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Re: Swiss rip-offs

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...
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Old 16.05.2011, 15:22
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Re: Swiss rip-offs

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.
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Old 16.05.2011, 15:24
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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.
Yeah, it's less common here it seems to drink a doppio, hence the price issue, IMO...I have the same problem since I love doppio macchiattos

Then again, I rarely buy espresso outside
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Old 16.05.2011, 15:26
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Re: Swiss rip-offs

the list is endless

Price of cars, new and 2nd hand
Car parts
The fact a single on swiss air is more expensive then a return, wtf is that all about???
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Old 16.05.2011, 15:29
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Re: Swiss rip-offs

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 .
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Old 16.05.2011, 15:31
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Re: Swiss rip-offs

Just two things:
1. Stuff in shops
2. Stuff in restaurants and cafes
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Old 16.05.2011, 15:37
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Re: Swiss rip-offs

Tattoos seem to be expensive over here, but then I may have just gone to a more expensive (albeit very good quality) artist. Although I do think in this specific case, "you get what you pay for" might apply as nearly 3 years in it still looks as clean and neat as it did on day 1.

But for those considering tattoos over here, my experience was to add a zero to what I would have expected to pay in the UK.
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I find dentistry to be prohibitively expensive. It's about the only necessity I can't afford here. It's depressing when I consider how much money I spent on getting braces as an adult (not to mention the humiliation)... And now not being able to maintain my teeth properly. I miss Canada for that, almost everyone has some kind of group dental coverage through their employer.
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Old 16.05.2011, 15:40
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Doggie doctors . Outrageous!
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Old 16.05.2011, 15:42
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Same restaurant:

Caprese (tomato and mozzarella salad) 18.50
Tartar (very high quality chopped beef with garnishes 21.00

How are these things priced only 12% apart? One must have a base cost of 8chf and the other a base cost of 2chf.
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Re: Swiss rip-offs

I think we should have an easier list:
Please post what is not expensive in Switzerland.

Thanks!
PS I help you I made the space below for the complete list:

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Old 16.05.2011, 15:45
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Just on a side note, filled the Beemer up at 1.73 Chuff a chug in the Jura boonies and noticed that it got dearer and dearer the closer I got to Basel 1.83 Chuff´s.
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I find dentistry to be prohibitively expensive. It's about the only necessity I can't afford here. It's depressing when I consider how much money I spent on getting braces as an adult (not to mention the humiliation)... And now not being able to maintain my teeth properly. I miss Canada for that, almost everyone has some kind of group dental coverage through their employer.
I find dentistry is a similar price to the UK, though could be more variable so worth shopping around. Most people in the UK do not have dental plans, it's probably the case that in Canada the [rices are similar but you effectively 'pay' for it by accepting cover as part of your salary so the costs is hidden.

FWIW I don;t have a problem with medical fees here, but I don't like the way you are handed medication willy nilly or told to go here/do that with no discussion of relative costs or consideration that you might want to make a decision. Actually that applies to lots of things here... it seems it's not 'done' to ask the price!
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Old 16.05.2011, 15:49
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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...
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/
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Old 16.05.2011, 15:50
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Re: Swiss rip-offs

Doctors, specially dentists. If the quality would be really much better, I would understand, but the quality is equal or inferior to other dentists in Europe. It's cheaper to take a plane outside the country to get teeth checked/ fixed than getting it done here.

But what really schocked me the first time was the meat price. I am aware that Europe gives subventions to keep meat cheap, but when I came to Zürich the first time, 2 pork chops costed 19 CHF, when I could get 6 of them for 4 euros in Dresden. And please spare me the "the meat quality is much better here" speech... That's a bunch of BS.

On the other hand, the pay check is very different too
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I went to manor looking for crab meat, I found they were selling crab legs for 120 CHF the kilo, WTF? I mean crab legs have what 30 grams of meat? I also found crab meat in cans, 18 CHF each...I did not buy any and went to Germany the following day where I paid 3.50 euros per can...the same can...ARGH!
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The fact a single on swiss air is more expensive then a return, wtf is that all about???
Isnt that in every airline? (except low budget of course...)
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I find dentistry to be prohibitively expensive. It's about the only necessity I can't afford here. It's depressing when I consider how much money I spent on getting braces as an adult (not to mention the humiliation)... And now not being able to maintain my teeth properly. I miss Canada for that, almost everyone has some kind of group dental coverage through their employer.
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 ?
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Isnt that in every airline? (except low budget of course...)
It is in every airline.
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