Go Back   English Forum Switzerland > Living in Switzerland > Daily life  
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 29.08.2011, 07:12
jerallie's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Goldiwil
Posts: 615
Groaned at 53 Times in 23 Posts
Thanked 523 Times in 179 Posts
jerallie has a reputation beyond reputejerallie has a reputation beyond reputejerallie has a reputation beyond reputejerallie has a reputation beyond repute
Crazy Price Gun

So I thought I would start this thread after spending 2 months now in CH coming from the US. My wife always says that retail in CH must have started with a bunch of crazy drunk guys with price guns. Things are very random when it comes to prices. I used to think that everything was more than hem, but that's not true. I want to know from people: items that are way more than your homeland and items that are the same.

Example: drain cleaner 3-5 USD. 9-12 CHF
Salsa. 1.50- 3 USD. 5-7 CHF


Real maple syrup. 5-9 USD. 5-8 CHF

I would love to see the examples. Maybe it could help people decide what they need over the border.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 29.08.2011, 07:51
economisto
 
Posts: n/a
Re: Crazy Price Gun

Where do you buy your maple syrup?
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 29.08.2011, 07:52
vwild1
 
Posts: n/a
Re: Crazy Price Gun

Quote:
View Post
Where do you buy your maple syrup?
Coop and Migros both carry it.
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank for this useful post:
  #4  
Old 29.08.2011, 08:15
poptart's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Boston
Posts: 1,785
Groaned at 33 Times in 28 Posts
Thanked 3,013 Times in 1,242 Posts
poptart has a reputation beyond reputepoptart has a reputation beyond reputepoptart has a reputation beyond reputepoptart has a reputation beyond reputepoptart has a reputation beyond reputepoptart has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Crazy Price Gun

Quote:
View Post
So I thought I would start this thread after spending 2 months now in CH coming from the US. My wife always says that retail in CH must have started with a bunch of crazy drunk guys with price guns. Things are very random when it comes to prices. I used to think that everything was more than hem, but that's not true. I want to know from people: items that are way more than your homeland and items that are the same.
My theory is that the prices were set back when 1CHF = 2.50USD and just never dropped. It sure would explain a lot of the pricing. Also, check the size of the package that you think is priced the same as back in the US as I guarantee the package is much smaller.

Oxy clean stuff. In the US, the powder is ~9.99 for a giant 4kg tub whereas here, you get 500g for 14CHF. In Germany, though, you can get 1kg for 4.95EUR.
Baking soda (natron). Totally pisses me off that I have to buy 4 tiny little 1 teaspoon packets (20g!) for 1.50CHF when I could buy a one pound box in the US for about a buck. If a pound is about 450g, which makes it about 33.75CHF for a similar box of natron here. 33.75!! Crazy.

Pricing aside, I don't know what the food product counts are in swiss stores but, you can't compare price on the things that don't even exist here. Every day there's something I go looking for and come up empty.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 29.08.2011, 09:02
Mud's Avatar
Mud Mud is offline
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Romandie
Posts: 2,551
Groaned at 26 Times in 23 Posts
Thanked 5,004 Times in 1,827 Posts
Mud has a reputation beyond reputeMud has a reputation beyond reputeMud has a reputation beyond reputeMud has a reputation beyond reputeMud has a reputation beyond reputeMud has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Crazy Price Gun

Drain cleaner is 2 francs in Aldi. Draino, USA, $5.


FTW
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank Mud for this useful post:
  #6  
Old 29.08.2011, 09:08
lost_inbroad's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Town or region
Posts: 11,491
Groaned at 655 Times in 417 Posts
Thanked 16,388 Times in 6,379 Posts
lost_inbroad has a reputation beyond reputelost_inbroad has a reputation beyond reputelost_inbroad has a reputation beyond reputelost_inbroad has a reputation beyond reputelost_inbroad has a reputation beyond reputelost_inbroad has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Crazy Price Gun

Price in CHF = exorbitant
Redundantly posting about the same insipid subject in USD = priceless
Reply With Quote
The following 7 users would like to thank lost_inbroad for this useful post:
  #7  
Old 29.08.2011, 10:40
gata's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Geneva
Posts: 3,908
Groaned at 67 Times in 48 Posts
Thanked 3,652 Times in 1,710 Posts
gata has a reputation beyond reputegata has a reputation beyond reputegata has a reputation beyond reputegata has a reputation beyond reputegata has a reputation beyond reputegata has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Crazy Price Gun

Quote:
View Post
So I thought I would start this thread after spending 2 months now in CH coming from the US. My wife always says that retail in CH must have started with a bunch of crazy drunk guys with price guns. Things are very random when it comes to prices. I used to think that everything was more than hem, but that's not true. I want to know from people: items that are way more than your homeland and items that are the same.

Example: drain cleaner 3-5 USD. 9-12 CHF
Salsa. 1.50- 3 USD. 5-7 CHF


Real maple syrup. 5-9 USD. 5-8 CHF

I would love to see the examples. Maybe it could help people decide what they need over the border.






I always wanted to say that...
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 29.08.2011, 10:57
Peg A's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Basel
Posts: 4,422
Groaned at 158 Times in 125 Posts
Thanked 5,428 Times in 2,510 Posts
Peg A has a reputation beyond reputePeg A has a reputation beyond reputePeg A has a reputation beyond reputePeg A has a reputation beyond reputePeg A has a reputation beyond reputePeg A has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Crazy Price Gun

Since the price comparison came up again, I'll bring up my end again:

Although yes, the prices of things in the US are much cheaper, there are reasons.

Here, those people working at the grocery stores and hardware stores and such can actually live on what they get paid. It may not be a grand life but they make enough to eat, get themselves to and from work, have a place to live AND (this is the important bit) pay for health insurance. The insurance for hubby and I is about 800chf per month which is similar to what my insurance (back when I had it) in the US would have been for a good "family" coverage, including both what I paid and my company's contributions.

Of course, in order to have that insurance though, I was working full time. This is not a common thing in the sector where I worked or where hubby works either. The corporations in the US want front-line (retail and service industries) staff to be hired to work only up to the max before they have to be considered full time, so only about 34.5hrs per week. These folks are also hired at minimum wage - and pressure is put on management staff to keep raises to minimum as well, so they are stuck at close to minimum wage basically forever.

Think about what minimum wage is wherever you're from, then think about whether you could survive "forever" on that wage, 34.5hrs per week, without health insurance, without sick pay...


Yes. Things are more expensive here. There are reasons.
__________________
The Joys of Opticianry

Last edited by Peg A; 29.08.2011 at 11:00. Reason: grammar... maybe haven't caught it all yet. **Blush**
Reply With Quote
The following 6 users would like to thank Peg A for this useful post:
  #9  
Old 29.08.2011, 11:03
TitanTurbo10's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Germany
Posts: 585
Groaned at 1 Time in 1 Post
Thanked 748 Times in 306 Posts
TitanTurbo10 has a reputation beyond reputeTitanTurbo10 has a reputation beyond reputeTitanTurbo10 has a reputation beyond reputeTitanTurbo10 has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Crazy Price Gun

Fifteen Ikea meatballs and chips.....UK: ~£5.50 Switzerland: CHF7.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 29.08.2011, 11:07
Peg A's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Basel
Posts: 4,422
Groaned at 158 Times in 125 Posts
Thanked 5,428 Times in 2,510 Posts
Peg A has a reputation beyond reputePeg A has a reputation beyond reputePeg A has a reputation beyond reputePeg A has a reputation beyond reputePeg A has a reputation beyond reputePeg A has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Crazy Price Gun

Quote:
View Post
Fifteen Ikea meatballs and chips.....UK: ~£5.50 Switzerland: CHF7.

Actually, that's a bit of a savings! £5.50 is roughly 7.35chf.
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 29.08.2011, 11:38
Deep Purple's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: England
Posts: 5,273
Groaned at 15 Times in 14 Posts
Thanked 5,284 Times in 2,568 Posts
Deep Purple has a reputation beyond reputeDeep Purple has a reputation beyond reputeDeep Purple has a reputation beyond reputeDeep Purple has a reputation beyond reputeDeep Purple has a reputation beyond reputeDeep Purple has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Crazy Price Gun

When I am over in Switzerland I try to forget UK prices. Just look to see where you get the best bargains locally.

Trying to compare to your local prices will only send you mad.
Reply With Quote
The following 6 users would like to thank Deep Purple for this useful post:
  #12  
Old 29.08.2011, 11:58
darwiniandemon's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Live in BE, Work in FR
Posts: 276
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 169 Times in 100 Posts
darwiniandemon has earned the respect of manydarwiniandemon has earned the respect of manydarwiniandemon has earned the respect of many
Re: Crazy Price Gun

Quote:
View Post





I always wanted to say that...
Something new to my vocabulary!
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank darwiniandemon for this useful post:
  #13  
Old 29.08.2011, 12:08
jerallie's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Goldiwil
Posts: 615
Groaned at 53 Times in 23 Posts
Thanked 523 Times in 179 Posts
jerallie has a reputation beyond reputejerallie has a reputation beyond reputejerallie has a reputation beyond reputejerallie has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Crazy Price Gun

The purpose of the post was more amusement and fun. I understand why things are more expensive, I just thought it would be interesting to see what is similar and what is super expensive.

Great example: mop at Coop 20CHF. In the states 8.00 USD

Again, not really looking for the why part. Just amusing examples.
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 29.08.2011, 12:14
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Re: Crazy Price Gun

Quote:
View Post

Again, not really looking for the why part. Just amusing examples.
Price of umbrella in Zurich - CHF 14.
Price of umbrella in NYC - can't find one for love nor money...
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 29.08.2011, 12:34
cricketer's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: near zurich
Posts: 1,196
Groaned at 29 Times in 22 Posts
Thanked 1,051 Times in 427 Posts
cricketer has a reputation beyond reputecricketer has a reputation beyond reputecricketer has a reputation beyond reputecricketer has a reputation beyond reputecricketer has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Crazy Price Gun

If you eat that stuff you must be crazy to start with.....!!!


Quote:
View Post
Fifteen Ikea meatballs and chips.....UK: ~£5.50 Switzerland: CHF7.
Reply With Quote
  #16  
Old 29.08.2011, 13:32
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Fribourg
Posts: 428
Groaned at 1 Time in 1 Post
Thanked 212 Times in 102 Posts
Millso has made some interesting contributions
Re: Crazy Price Gun

Quote:
when I could buy a one pound box in the US for about a buck.
That is something I could never understand at all. In almost all of europe it costs around €2 a kilo.
Reply With Quote
  #17  
Old 29.08.2011, 15:33
Nil's Avatar
Nil Nil is offline
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Basel
Posts: 10,356
Groaned at 428 Times in 333 Posts
Thanked 16,045 Times in 6,322 Posts
Nil has a reputation beyond reputeNil has a reputation beyond reputeNil has a reputation beyond reputeNil has a reputation beyond reputeNil has a reputation beyond reputeNil has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Crazy Price Gun

Munchkin Sippy cup in Us/canada
(walmart) 1.95 $
CH: 12 chf.
Reply With Quote
  #18  
Old 29.08.2011, 16:48
Textoch's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Texas, USA (formerly Vaud, CH)
Posts: 1,201
Groaned at 25 Times in 23 Posts
Thanked 3,058 Times in 937 Posts
Textoch has a reputation beyond reputeTextoch has a reputation beyond reputeTextoch has a reputation beyond reputeTextoch has a reputation beyond reputeTextoch has a reputation beyond reputeTextoch has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Crazy Price Gun

I have been here only six weeks, and sure, the prices are higher than the US.
It bothers me less because I haven't yet gotten past feeling like I am paying with colorful Monopoly money.

Last edited by Textoch; 29.08.2011 at 17:08. Reason: Typo
Reply With Quote
The following 5 users would like to thank Textoch for this useful post:
  #19  
Old 30.08.2011, 14:34
kiwiguy08's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Zürich
Posts: 1,382
Groaned at 61 Times in 46 Posts
Thanked 1,205 Times in 617 Posts
kiwiguy08 has an excellent reputationkiwiguy08 has an excellent reputationkiwiguy08 has an excellent reputationkiwiguy08 has an excellent reputation
Re: Crazy Price Gun

Quote:
View Post
The purpose of the post was more amusement and fun. I understand why things are more expensive, I just thought it would be interesting to see what is similar and what is super expensive.

Great example: mop at Coop 20CHF. In the states 8.00 USD

Again, not really looking for the why part. Just amusing examples.
I don't understand what's amusing about it....sounds like a bunch of wasted time...but I'll play along


1 Liter San Pellegrino Water....
$3+
1 CHF

1 pound ground meat
$3.5-$5
ca. 10 CHF

but in Germany......1,30 euros!
Reply With Quote
  #20  
Old 30.08.2011, 14:53
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Luzern
Posts: 85
Groaned at 1 Time in 1 Post
Thanked 135 Times in 44 Posts
Germanbeerisbetter is considered knowledgeableGermanbeerisbetter is considered knowledgeableGermanbeerisbetter is considered knowledgeable
Re: Crazy Price Gun

Replacement chain and sprocket set for 2001 Triumph sprint ST.

Germany = €173
Switzerland = Chf 420

No idea how much it is in England as don't want to ride that far for a chain.

Additionally:

Givi 55litre topcase to fit above bike

Polo-motorrad.de = €230
Polo-motorrad.ch= chf 450
Reply With Quote
Reply




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Gun regulations xynth Other/general 91 15.07.2013 13:31
Samosa crazy price. omtatsat Food and drink 80 22.10.2010 17:01
Gun registration Gebirgsjunge Other/general 12 22.12.2009 10:53
Those crazy Frenchies... crazy but awesome. Chuff General off-topic 5 11.10.2009 20:08
Crazy, crazy people DPH Daily life 17 06.08.2007 10:18


All times are GMT +2. The time now is 09:51.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2022, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
LinkBacks Enabled by vBSEO 3.1.0