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Old 14.03.2011, 12:18
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I think that's changed in recent years. Certainly with fresh food. There seems to be Union Flags on anything remotely British.



It really helps me to avoid that stuff.
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Old 14.03.2011, 12:55
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I think that's changed in recent years. Certainly with fresh food. There seems to be Union Flags on anything remotely British.
I watched a program on the BCC that used new genetic tests to prove that in the super market sauasges with a union flag on the package was mainly South American meat...
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Old 14.03.2011, 12:58
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@treverus: i dont know about Nils background. i just can speak for single households, me living in Munich, coming from Berlin. and from my friends back there, Munich, Berlin, Hamburg, Frankfurt and Rhein area. and the money you earn is pretty low to pay all the extra costs plus if you want to safe some money. it wasnt, it isnt possible. maybe its more fam-friendly in germany, ok. i dunno and it doesnt interest me (now).

i came here for a reason. and that was (and stil is) Germany is not worth living anymore for me. fin.
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Old 14.03.2011, 13:09
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Just a side note, price comparison. A Wii at ToyRUs looks to cost about chf395 for the console, and 2 games. Ordering from Amazon.de the same package costs €165, with an extra controller and nunchuk device AND €3 shipping the total in chf comes to about chf290--below the tarifable amount.

The federal price watchdog has said Swiss merchants are charging probably 20-30% too much because they can, and people will pay those amounts. He also says there is no shame asking for a cheaper price, or shopping in the EU.
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Old 14.03.2011, 13:11
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@treverus: i dont know about Nils background. i just can speak for single households, me living in Munich, coming from Berlin. and from my friends back there, Munich, Berlin, Hamburg, Frankfurt and Rhein area. and the money you earn is pretty low to pay all the extra costs plus if you want to safe some money. it wasnt, it isnt possible. maybe its more fam-friendly in germany, ok. i dunno and it doesnt interest me (now).

i came here for a reason. and that was (and stil is) Germany is not worth living anymore for me. fin.
Absolutely true and it was the same for me five years ago: Beginner's salaries suck in Germany. Big time.

However, I guess thanks to the latest boom in the German economy, have I received a couple of calls from headhunters that read my monster profile - the salary you can make in Germany as soon as you have more than five years experience and some good references was not too far from my Swiss one. Taxes are higher, but we both know that as soon as you build a house or run a company or x other alternatives, you have thousands of ways to reduce you tax... that's why tax advisory is a big business in Germany while the local chip shop here in Zurich has a Din A4 paper in the window "I make you tax declaration for 250 CHFs"...

Did I go? No, because the locations of the jobs were not interesting me at all as the wife would not find a job in rural Germany.
As we all apparently earn 120k CHF : If I was the sole earner and had a family with two children, I probably would rather take some 80k EUR gross in Germany than some 120k CHF in Zurich.
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Just a side note, price comparison. A Wii at ToyRUs looks to cost about chf395 for the console, and 2 games. Ordering from Amazon.de the same package costs €165, with an extra controller and nunchuk device AND €3 shipping the total in chf comes to about chf290--below the tarifable amount.
A follow-up to my side-note...the FUST ad in my mailbox has the Wii with extra controller for chf299 until the weekend...on sale. The mark-ups are still too high.
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A follow-up to my side-note...the FUST ad in my mailbox has the Wii with extra controller for chf299 until the weekend...on sale. The mark-ups are still too high.
But then when the post man delivers it in Switzerland he will hit with a "Postage Fee" or Mehrwertsteuer? ...that can be painful sometimes.
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But then when the post man delivers it in Switzerland he will hit with a "Postage Fee" or Mehrwertsteuer? ...that can be painful sometimes.
I would certainly pay a premium to see the actual goods and taking delivery of them before I hand over my money. Waiting for delivery, then collecting from a DHL depot / postoffice at a really inconvenient location during work times can be a hassle. Then that tax bill comes later just as you have forgotten all about it.

After one company sent me the wrong item because the first item wasn't in stock, I like to confirm what i'm getting eg. model nr, colour, size ect before I pay.

It would cost me loads in time and petrol if every time I wanted to buy something I went to Germany. Even with my biggest purchase in the last 5 years, 2 new bathrooms, i've compared prices for specific bathroom fittings online and it just isn't worth it.

My BBQ was also cheaper than I could find in Germany thanks to a special offer. Collecting it in Zug, we needed to remove the kids seats so it would fit, so driving to Germany one weekend just to save, say 30% (before I saw the special offer) would have meant a load of hassle and I would have had to get the train back with the kids. Many times, it just ain't worth loosing so much time in my life to grab a cheaper deal. I'd say many Swiss think this way too. Also, any problems with my purchase or a missing part and the shop is only a few minutes away.
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Old 14.03.2011, 20:21
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We get stuff delivered to friends just across the border - much easier. But as MarieZug says, often not worth the hassle. I don't mind paying a bit more locally so we get great advice, service and after-sales, repairs, etc (YES - in CH!). Many complain about service here - yet buy abroad or on the Net then expect small local trades people to sort them out in case things go wrong. A bit like having dentistry or surgery done miles away, then expecting local hospital to sort out any follow-up problems.
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I do my own service.

However, I really don't like buying stuff from Germany.

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We get stuff delivered to friends just across the border - much easier. But as MarieZug says, often not worth the hassle. I don't mind paying a bit more locally so we get great advice, service and after-sales, repairs, etc (YES - in CH!). Many complain about service here - yet buy abroad or on the Net then expect small local trades people to sort them out in case things go wrong. A bit like having dentistry or surgery done miles away, then expecting local hospital to sort out any follow-up problems.
Have you tried http://www.hermespaketshop.de/ they deliver stuff to the nearest Hermes packet shop to any German address you give them - or just give them the shop address. Then you go & collect your packet from the shop, Deliveries in Germany are usually cheaper than Deutsch Post & no additional costs. Works for me.
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Not in the UK - weirdly for an island nation, there's a massive scepticism about British/English anything. I think if a saw Georges Cross on a loaf of bread I'd assume that bread didn't like immigrants
I for years wondered about the slogan you can see in Britain "Buy British" and always tried to figure whether this slogan had the effect wanted !? While I have no clue about this, I when reading "Schweizer Eier" cannot suppress some smiles and some "second thoughts"
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The 'buy British' logo does work very well with some sections of the population and not with others- like most things. Farmers markets, local produce shops and vegetable boxes direct from the market garden are very popular too - again with some people (mostly those who can afford the higher prices).
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I for years wondered about the slogan you can see in Britain "Buy British" and always tried to figure whether this slogan had the effect wanted !? While I have no clue about this, I when reading "Schweizer Eier" cannot suppress some smiles and some "second thoughts"
This shopping patriotism always reminds me of Tucholsky:

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