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Old 02.09.2011, 12:11
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Re: Shopping over the border....

Is that so? I dont understand what the rules are about requesting the tax back? I assume that it's entirely voluntary because of the amount of effort required to process the claims. In a larger store, its probably one job. So it has to be a part of customer service...i.e...we do it so you will shop here.

The Blue Forms are kind of tricky...every place that has given me the Global Refund cheque (but one) has accepted my form for a complete refund. So you definitely do not HAVE to use the global blue form....Karstadt is one example that i can think of off the top of my head.

The one shop that didnt cash the global tax form also gipped me on the amount of tax refund. On the form they wrote in like 4 euros when i was entitled to 9+. As a consequence, i dont think i will be shopping there just on principle
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Old 02.09.2011, 12:18
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Re: Shopping over the border....

Places near the border (Karstadt Lorrach for one) will take the Global Blue forms back for a full refund, despite the forms saying "no refund in store" on them. Places away from the border usually look at you funny and can't work out why you're (a) not in the airport already and (b) aren't American.
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Old 02.09.2011, 13:50
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Re: Shopping over the border....

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/27/yo...shortcuts.html

And now we gotta worry about having TOO MANY choices.

Sheesh.

Shop carefully y'all
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Re: Shopping over the border....

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Hi, we have been living here now for 3 yrs and yes have now and again gone to Germany for some shopping but lately have just had enough of these ludicrous prices here in Switzerland especially meat and cleaning products.

So tonight we went to Bad Sackingen for us just over 30mins away and to Kaufland we did our shopping;

Our bill 130 Euros

we bought veg, pork fillets, chicken fillets, spare ribs, etc....... hair products, dishwashing tabs, Ariel (2ltr) bottle, I could go on basically a large shop!!

I was shocked at the bill, but pleasantly shocked, came home and did a comparis on leshop.ch (migros online)!!

This would have cost us 385 frs for the amount we bought, we made a saving of 230 frs!!!!

Shopping over the border..... is it worth it??? WELL YEAH!!!!!
I am a student here from USA (just got here 2 weeks ago) and am shocked out how ridiculously priced everything is in Switzerland. I see people on here saying they wouldnt go to Germany to buy groceries, why not?! I took the tram (Basel) to the border and walked to Lidl and bought 45EUR worth of groceries for the week which would have cost me well over 100 CHF. Its defenitly been a learning experience so far...
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Old 03.09.2011, 12:12
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The French don't bother with tax refunds unless you spend hundreds of Euros. My bill is usually 20 or 30 so it's way under their threshold You could ask at customer services.
Hi, So I asked yesterday to Carrefour Segny:

They would only do the tax refund (detaxe in french) from purchases above 170euros.
They don't want to do it for "perishable things" (ie food shopping).

They also display a "Global Blue Tax refund" sticker, but the lady said you dont have to do it.

Also, she said they don't refund the full VAT but only 12%, immediately.

So I suspect a weird profit margin or abusing strategy.


In any case they dont do it for the food (so they say).


Maybe we can ask a "facture" (bill) and still get the normal export. I dont know that yet.

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Hi, So I asked yesterday to Carrefour Segny:

They would only do the tax refund (detaxe in french) from purchases above 170euros.
They don't want to do it for "perishable things" (ie food shopping).

They also display a "Global Blue Tax refund" sticker, but the lady said you dont have to do it.

Also, she said they don't refund the full VAT but only 12%, immediately.

So I suspect a weird profit margin or abusing strategy.


In any case they dont do it for the food (so they say).


Maybe we can ask a "facture" (bill) and still get the normal export. I dont know that yet.

They are charging for a service, it cost money to provide, drive to Germany if you think it's a better deal.
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Old 03.09.2011, 12:33
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They are charging for a service, it cost money to provide, drive to Germany if you think it's a better deal.
From Vaud?
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Old 03.09.2011, 12:43
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Hi, So I asked yesterday to Carrefour Segny:

They would only do the tax refund (detaxe in french) from purchases above 170euros.
They don't want to do it for "perishable things" (ie food shopping).
Now that I know the french expression (thanks!) I found this official page. At the bottom of the page there's also a link to multi-language PDF document.
Interestingly food is not mentioned as an exception, therefore I suspect that Carrefour just doesn't want to do the tax refund. (Or the employee in question was too lazy to do it...)
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Old 03.09.2011, 12:50
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From Vaud?
Exactly, the best deal on offer to you is in France .
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