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Re: Profiteering tactics by grocery stores in Switzerland in times of Coronavirus

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I think Spargelland Flaach was on that report.
Don't remember if it was them offering the trial days. Always worth getting in touch though.

"A day" will not be of help for them really, I suspect. It's not a fun project, they will have to teach you and you better not break (easily done) these delicate veggies.
Well I'll see if a day a week is any good to anybody. I've spent time picking veggies before, although it was in my teenage years when I was physically more active in general.
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Do any of you know if there is any kind of coordinated effort to match people who would be willing to help bring in harvests with farms in need?
Seen requests in the local press but nothing coordinated, no.

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This time it's all very well synced. Trump blamed China, now EF is blaming Eastern Europe. The secret to success is knowing whom to blame and all seems good so far
No-one on here is blaming EE so please stop that crap. If you read my post (think that was the first) you will see it is actually a comment on the lack of willing locals.
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Re: Profiteering tactics by grocery stores in Switzerland in times of Coronavirus

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Spain/ Italy /Uk ..all had plenty of "cheap" , underpaid, EE workers ..
Don't forget Switzerland, Germany, Holland, etc etc.
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Do any of you know if there is any kind of coordinated effort to match people who would be willing to help bring in harvests with farms in need?

Sure, in normal times it's hard to motivate folks here in Switzerland to do outdoor manual work - but these are not normal times. There might be more people willing to help now, especially teens and young adults who have been cooped up for several weeks. They might welcome a chance to get outside and make a valuable contribution.

But I haven't seen any sort of official call for this. Maybe I'm not looking in the right places? Or maybe the need isn't so great in Switzerland because we import so much of our food?
Here's one. I'm not sure whether these are regular job ads, or cries for help. I guess one would have to look at each one individually.
https://www.agrarjobs.ch/landwirtschaftsjobs-finden/
https://www.schweizerbauer.ch/schwei...rate-p-51.html

https://go.coople.com/obst-und-gemuese

And this one links to a whole lot of other websites.
https://www.sbv-usp.ch/de/schlagworte/arbeitskraefte/
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Old 03.04.2020, 13:16
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Re: Profiteering tactics by grocery stores in Switzerland in times of Coronavirus

My OH just returned from a grocery shop at our local Coop - the first time either of us have been in a supermarket for 8 weeks*....and it is amazing how many items he was able to buy on special.

I would have thought that in these times, the chain supermarkets would have abolished all discounts on anything other than perishable/about to be out of date items.

We're super impressed that the Coop has continued to look after its customers in this way AND that they've kept the supermarket open. And yes, we got our loyalty points, and the little tickets for the latest promotion, and the staff (Seewen Centre) were as always delightful and very helpful.


* not because we stockpiled when the proverbial starting hitting the fan, but because we always have a chock-filled chest freezer, wine cellar, and a well stocked pantry given we historically have high numbers of house guests and entertaining.....without that social time anymore we've got plenty of supplies to work through!
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Old 03.04.2020, 13:40
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Re: Profiteering tactics by grocery stores in Switzerland in times of Coronavirus

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Just had a chat over the fence with neighbour who works at our local border.

Cars from CH are allowed through to go to France- and are often stopped at the French border and asked to turn back. CH border is now manned 24/7 including nights but French border not manned all the time. Some CH people have therefore been allowed to cross and some go shopping. On return, they are all stopped at CH border and checked- anyone with any shopping is fined 100.-
This sounds weird. That the Swiss can leave the country is logic. We'll all be stopped from entering by the other side.
But if someone shops in France, they get fined by the Swiss on the way back? For shopping (not for smuggling to much meat or what ever)?
By the French, okay, but why does Swiss customs mind? As a courtesy to the French special rules is the only reason I can think of?

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.....We're super impressed that the Coop has continued to look after its customers in this way AND that they've kept the supermarket open.
They probably have some war-time-contracts with the government which are effective now as well. Also, nobody who doesn't have to closes their shops!

I did my weekly thing. I got kitchen paper for the fist time in almost three weeks, would 'ya believe (in fact when I walked in, one of the sales-woman pointed that out to me ). The DDR-feeling is also over - bananas in spades. Prices didn't go up. In fact they went down for fresh berries. They know nobody comes back for those later so out they must go while fresh.

Everyone still in a good mood. Small town Migros have their advantages, definitely.
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Old 03.04.2020, 13:50
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This sounds weird. That the Swiss can leave the country is logic. We'll all be stopped from entering by the other side.
But if someone shops in France, they get fined by the Swiss on the way back? For shopping (not for smuggling to much meat or what ever)?
By the French, okay, but why does Swiss customs mind? As a courtesy to the French special rules is the only reason I can think of?
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The border is officially closed for anything other than essential trips ( frontalier workers, transit, official merchandise transport etc) so I guess they are fined for flouting the law. The hundred franc fine is the same amount as the one for being caught in a group of more than 5 people so I suspect it was introduced at the same time.
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Re: Profiteering tactics by grocery stores in Switzerland in times of Coronavirus

This, exactly- they will of course also be fined and/or goods confiscated if they bring too much meat, etc, as per usual, on top.
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Re: Profiteering tactics by grocery stores in Switzerland in times of Coronavirus

Our local Coop and Manor are also well stocked, with many promotions, discounts and loyalty points. Prices don't seem to have really gone up from what I can see. We buy our vegetables from a small shop and they are also priced same as usual, as is meat from our local butcher.

Maybe it's a Zurich thing?
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Re: Profiteering tactics by grocery stores in Switzerland in times of Coronavirus

We haven't seen prices go up. Grocery trips only every two weeks for usóI did buy two months worth of our typical necessities before this all went down. (explanation: I come from the Midwest where a bad storm will send everyone panicking to the stores to empty them out, so I had a sense there could be short-term shortages, and since I have an autoimmune disease that has to be managed by diet, so what I can eat even down to which brands are OK is very important)

We're buying our veggies and fruit from our local farmer. I try to do this anyway, other than in the dead of winter, though it's less convenient than running to Coop. I get my special flours for baking delivered by a small gluten free bakery, and eggs and milk also come from local farms or from friends. I go to Coop for whatever is on sale, whatever I can't get at that moment from a farm, or things like chocolate and cleaning products. Our freezer is full anyway of meat I buy on sale, so we're fine. I was in a bit of a pickle for yeast initially, since I had forgotten to get that before the panic buying of yeast started, lol. So I finally did what I've been meaning to do for agesóI started a buckwheat sourdough starter and have been baking up a storm in all the extra free time. Did finally get my hands on some yeast earlier this week so I can make cinnamon rolls, not sure how those would turn out in a sourdough version but that wouldn't stop me trying one of these days.
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Our local Coop and Manor are also well stocked, with many promotions, discounts and loyalty points. Prices don't seem to have really gone up from what I can see. We buy our vegetables from a small shop and they are also priced same as usual, as is meat from our local butcher.

Maybe it's a Zurich thing?
No, here in Zurich all as normal as well, except that the 2m distance is now also possible in the store
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Re: Profiteering tactics by grocery stores in Switzerland in times of Coronavirus

Higher prices? Higher unemployment?

this is just the beginning....
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Higher prices? Higher unemployment?

this is just the beginning....
Simple economics, really.
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Simple economics, really.
Simple common sense as well
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Re: Profiteering tactics by grocery stores in Switzerland in times of Coronavirus

Even worse are their stupid signs saying that a mask and gloves are enough to go the supermarket.

It's a pack of lies, everyone else was wearing clothes.
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We're super impressed that the Coop has continued to look after its customers in this way AND that they've kept the supermarket open.[/I]
Of course they are keepng supermarket open, it's not out of the goodness of their hearts... they have to. Also, they are making record profits.
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Of course they are keepng supermarket open, it's not out of the goodness of their hearts... they have to. Also, they are making record profits.

No, I have not seen any price increases in either our local Migros or Coop and I am certainly not contributing to any records profits. The only difference is my shopping frequency. I used to pop in about 3 times a week so that produce was fresh, now I am spending the same amount (more likely less) going in only once a week and then using the local farms for fresh produce. I went in today and there was a lot of fresh meat, all with expiry dates of between 4th and 6th which will either need to be reduced for sale tomorrow or thrown away.
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Of course they are keepng supermarket open, it's not out of the goodness of their hearts... they have to. Also, they are making record profits.
Do you have any clue about what you are spouting about?. Where do you reside?
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Re: Profiteering tactics by grocery stores in Switzerland in times of Coronavirus

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Just had a chat over the fence with neighbour who works at our local border.

Cars from CH are allowed through to go to France- and are often stopped at the French border and asked to turn back. CH border is now manned 24/7 including nights but French border not manned all the time. Some CH people have therefore been allowed to cross and some go shopping. On return, they are all stopped at CH border and checked- anyone with any shopping is fined 100.-
Here's an article about shopping from Switzerland to Germany. See photos. Not allowed.
https://www.limmattalerzeitung.ch/aa...enze-137587996
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No, I have not seen any price increases in either our local Migros or Coop and I am certainly not contributing to any records profits. The only difference is my shopping frequency. I used to pop in about 3 times a week so that produce was fresh, now I am spending the same amount (more likely less) going in only once a week and then using the local farms for fresh produce. I went in today and there was a lot of fresh meat, all with expiry dates of between 4th and 6th which will either need to be reduced for sale tomorrow or thrown away.
What are you talking about with "no, I have not seen price increases"? The supermarkets have been making record profits because everyone in the country is shopping at the same time and buying more than they otherwise usually would. They don't need to raise prices and are anyway not allowed to profiteer from the situation.

Common sense?
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