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Re: Why I think sales at the stores in Switzerland suck

Clearly a girlie thread. I don't buy stuff I don't need. It just encourages the Far Eastern sweat shops to churn out more clothes; I'd rather they spent their time doing something more useful, like building components for my iPhone 5
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A neighbour of mine used to work at Loeb in Bern many years ago while she was studying and she told me that during the Ausverkauf or sale time, the store would receive a shipment of t-shirts for example, that they paid maybe 1 SFr for and it was her job to stick price stickers on to them.
How likely is it that a student who is hired to put stickers on things at sales time gets that level of insight into supply-chain and cost structures? Even the full-time staff mostly don't know about costs which is why only managers can negotiate price cuts.
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Best sales *ever* was in the Spanish chain El corte Inglés about 2 years ago. They had on sale the models from that year (I had seen/swooned over some of the pieces during normal times) with 50%-70%. And the prices even went down during the time I was shopping (I confess, was inside a couple of *cough* hours *cough*).

In Portugal is pretty much the same stuff: sales is just an excuse to put out the collections from 5 years ago that didn't get sold. It happens in stores such as Mango, H&M, Zara, Massimo Duti and similars...

In Germany I saw a bit of both... The more expensive stores put the garbage out, the cheaper ones like C&A just stuck to the year collection.

Sometimes I look at those black and white movies of hysterical women during sales and I wish I was born a bit earlier... /sigh
Ha...Percents!...

Corto Ingles are expensive.
For brands that are overpriced.
For brands that are nearly all made in cheap countries (India, etc...).
So you wonderful 50%-70% off is actually you paying half price of something expensively overpriced...



When you do in sales in fashion shops of European brands in India, you do realize how much they rip you off here.
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Old 01.09.2011, 15:19
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Clearly a girlie thread. I don't buy stuff I don't need. It just encourages the Far Eastern sweat shops to churn out more clothes; I'd rather they spent their time doing something more useful, like building components for my iPhone 5
Who said anything about buying stuff they don't need? I absolutely need everything I buy in the sales. Honest.

(OK seriously, I often hold out to buy some stuff I need until it is actually on sale..and then I stock up if appropriate. Most people couldn't afford to live in Switzerland if you had to pay full price for everything you needed to buy here).
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Old 01.09.2011, 15:20
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Re: Why I think sales at the stores in Switzerland suck

I only shop at home, actually, for clothes, shoes, kid stuff, school stuff for kiddo, books...It's worth paying 70% off on sale there, of the items that cost 2-3x as much here, anyways. And glasses, too. Better made on top.
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Re: Why I think sales at the stores in Switzerland suck

Here is a list of all the bargains I have bought in Switzerland.
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Old 01.09.2011, 15:23
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Ha...Percents!...

Corto Ingles are expensive.
For brands that are overpriced.
For brands that are nearly all made in cheap countries (India, etc...).
That may be true, but Corte Ingles still often has a lot of nifty stuff that you can't get elsewhere. I've never bought clothes there but the kitchen stuff for example is quite amazing. If you don't have competition you can get away with highish prices (and they're not that high).
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Old 01.09.2011, 15:30
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Re: Why I think sales at the stores in Switzerland suck

I've realized all to well that 'sales' in Switzerland are usually very sparingly and when they do have sales, they usually end up selling more stuff that isn't on sale than what is actually on sale. * Occasionally* you can pick yourself up a good deal if you are in the city on that certain time and place - and then you just chalk it up to good luck, plaster it all over FB about how proud you are to find that one good deal and then go on with the rest of the weeks of no sales and buying at huge mark up prices.

I've almost got some of my shopping down to a science. I know what is not worth spending the extra gas money to go across the border, what is not worth spending the extra time to get on a tram and go into the city and when I should do one or both. I guess when you move (especially to a different country) then you have to do the same thing with the new surroundings. Good luck and I hope you find yourself some soft nice towels better priced eventually!
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Old 01.09.2011, 15:35
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Re: Why I think sales at the stores in Switzerland suck

Everything is still overpriced compared to <INSERT SHOP FROM HOME OR TRAVEL COUNTRY OF CHOICE>. Everything is so much better in the <INSERT HOME OR TRAVEL COUNTRY OF CHOICE> that I moved to Switzerland.

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Old 01.09.2011, 15:51
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For brands that are overpriced.
For brands that are nearly all made in cheap countries (India, etc...).
I really don't care where the clothes are done, as long as the material is good, the cut fits, and it looks good. I could add "as long as no slavery is included" but that isn't that easy to prove anyway...

But I do know I am paying overpriced things when you only consider the material and handwork price, in any shop, everywhere around the globe. But I don't mind paying an extra fee for the design that suits my odd shaped body and my even odder sense of fashion. Or paying a little fee for a gorgeous pampering from a nice shop girl/boy. I don't go for the brands per se, but I've been very happy with Corte Inglés pieces I bought Most of them I am still wearing after 10 years, which I can't say about most of the C&A or H&M stuff.

But yes, Corte Inglés is known for being expensive... It's like Jelmoli back in the bush ^^
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Re: Why I think sales at the stores in Switzerland suck

Wow, I didn't know about the bell in Jelmoly. Sounds so weird, not swiss at all. I'd like to see it just for the curiosity factor but I won't hang out in the store that long.
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I really don't care where the clothes are done, as long as the material is good, the cut fits, and it looks good. I could add "as long as no slavery is included" but that isn't that easy to prove anyway...

But I do know I am paying overpriced things when you only consider the material and handwork price, in any shop, everywhere around the globe. But I don't mind paying an extra fee for the design that suits my odd shaped body and my even odder sense of fashion. Or paying a little fee for a gorgeous pampering from a nice shop girl/boy. I don't go for the brands per se, but I've been very happy with Corte Inglés pieces I bought Most of them I am still wearing after 10 years, which I can't say about most of the C&A or H&M stuff.

But yes, Corte Inglés is known for being expensive... It's like Jelmoli back in the bush ^^
So do you realize that your 50-70% is on something already expensive?

My point is not to say it's crap or not fitting you- It's that 50% does not mean much if they initially put a high price tag.

It's a bit like "Outlets stores": this malls with lot of little outlets stores from a brand. It's suppose to be cheaper than city retails stores, blablabla.

At the end it's very often same price or worse than the "original shop" in the city center.
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Old 01.09.2011, 16:10
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Re: Why I think sales at the stores in Switzerland suck

Yes, I know it is 50% of something already expensive. But the same piece is usually not cheaper in another store And I can wear it like a trophee heeeeheee "I went to the sales and I got something worth it!"

I am not the Sex & the City hysterical woman, but once and a while it still feels nice to buy something expensive. Unfortunately or not, expensive pieces do tend to turn vintages, which doesn't happen so commonly with 2 euros t-shirts I guess it's a lot about choices and taste ^^
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So do you realize that your 50-70% is on something already expensive?

My point is not to say it's crap or not fitting you- It's that 50% does not mean much if they initially put a high price tag.

It's a bit like "Outlets stores": this malls with lot of little outlets stores from a brand. It's suppose to be cheaper than city retails stores, blablabla.

At the end it's very often same price or worse than the "original shop" in the city center.
Don't let me started on the outlet stores, hahahah...what a scam. Though, the one next to Aubonne Ikea has fab shoes for cheap at around xmas times.

I wish there were outlet food stores, though.
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Don't let me started on the outlet stores, hahahah...what a scam. Though, the one next to Aubonne Ikea has fab shoes for cheap at around xmas times.
I have to confess I only found out what an outlet store was last year, when my father took me to a brand new one. He had all the best intentions but I only asked "isn't this like a normal shopping mall?"...
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I wish there were outlet food stores, though.
That made me think of one of my favourite places in Porto:



If a food outlet ever existed, it would look like this... *I miss home *
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Re: Why I think sales at the stores in Switzerland suck

Ah.. come on...it's a game.. we all have way to much crap anyway... how often are you buying stuff to simply 'upgrade' rather than out of necessity.

On the other hand, I did buy a pair of posh leather sofas from Mobel Pfister in the sales last year...and was pretty chuffed to see them back at their pre-sale price a few months later (about 30% more)
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Re: Why I think sales at the stores in Switzerland suck

Well, if you have markets like these back home, then I miss your home too.
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Re: Why I think sales at the stores in Switzerland suck

Both sales and the limited choice sucks in Switzerland big time. I never shop for clothes here but stock up when I travel to the US or the UK. I think it makes sense to make a big shopping trip once a year to the US if someone needs to buy lots of clothes. The price of the ticket will be covered by 2-3 more expensive buys here.
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Gee you guys need to learn where to shop! I always buy good quality things and never have a problem. I love the shop Greider Les Boutique at Bahnhofstrasse they also have a check-out store in Kreis 4. I get Ralph Lauren shirts for 25-50chf. Accessories and clothing from top designers for almost nothing when they have the extra sale of 75% off the sale price. Denner always have some goodies on sale and Aldi isn't far behind. I don't eat meat so my grocery bill isn't exorbitant. After a while you find the places to shop, when the sales are going on and how to catch the bargainis. I don't buy garbage so I very rarely find it or run into it. Not saying it isn't out there. Just like anywhere, you have to be a smart shopper.
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