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Old 11.10.2007, 19:36
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Decrease in cross-border shopping?

From Bloomberg.com: Franc's Fall Is Keeping Swiss Home, to German Dismay
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The franc's four-year slide against the euro -- down 13 percent since the start of 2003 -- means the Swiss are cutting back on the 2 billion francs ($1.7 billion) they spend annually in trips across the border, taking a bite out of businesses all along the German side. In a turnabout, it's now retailers on the Swiss side reporting rising earnings.

``It's not worth it anymore'' to make the trip, says Yvonne Altherr, a 40-year-old entrepreneur from near Zürich. As she rushes back to her car after a meeting in Germany, she doesn't even glance at the advertisement luring customers in bold letters with the promise of ``Everything for your car: Just cheaper than in Switzerland.''
Is that the impression of those living near the border? The article seems rather short on facts. Also says nothing about the French cross-border trade.
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Old 11.10.2007, 21:29
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Re: Decrease in cross-border shopping?

I do not know but I was in Italy and the prices there for normal things were equal or even more expensive than at Migros. I was quite shocked. 1 liter of milk was 1.60 Euro! Apart from expensive meat and a general lack of extra cheap products in Switzerland, I think average food prices in central Europe are pretty equal to Swiss prices
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Old 11.10.2007, 22:11
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Re: Decrease in cross-border shopping?

It was reported on Swiss Romande news that the trend has been reversed and the French are now coming to Switzerland to shop.
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Old 12.10.2007, 02:11
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Re: Decrease in cross-border shopping?

I've found that in the four years I've been shopping in Germany, the prices there have remained the same, but the cost is higher due to the fall of the Franc.

The reason that cross border shopping to France may not be mentioned is you don't get the taxes back quite the same way as you do in Germany. In Germany, nearly any amount spent will result in you being able to get a tax refund next time you shop.
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I've found that in the four years I've been shopping in Germany, the prices there have remained the same, but the cost is higher due to the fall of the Franc.

The reason that cross border shopping to France may not be mentioned is you don't get the taxes back quite the same way as you do in Germany. In Germany, nearly any amount spent will result in you being able to get a tax refund next time you shop.
I am not arguing with you!
I have travelled weekly for a similar if not longer period to Germany for shopping. On items that are not food related the price has indeed remained the same.

Over the last three weeks though I have noticed substantial increases on numerous basic food products which given the lack of high VAT to reclaim makes the journey no longer worthwhile. I don't think this has anything at all to do with the rise in the Euro but a lot to do with the price increases in Germany. I mean a month ago Kerrygold butter was 1.19 and now it is 1.69 - that is bloody ridiculous...
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Old 12.10.2007, 14:51
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Re: Decrease in cross-border shopping?

Wow, I've not noticed those price rises in France, where I've been doing my shopping lately just for convenience sake.

For me the travel isn't an issue, living in Basel, but shopping in Germany isn't the bargain it was when I first moved here.
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Re: Decrease in cross-border shopping?

Pampers at Marktkauf in Weil am Rhein are a fair bit cheaper than they are in Swiss outlets - and we get through quite a few.

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Re: Decrease in cross-border shopping?

So, which is the cheapest place to shop? Is it Germany or France?
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Re: Decrease in cross-border shopping?

It will cost you in the end more for the gas/ exchange rate then what you would be saving.

Check this site for local sales if you want savings.


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So, which is the cheapest place to shop? Is it Germany or France?
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Re: Decrease in cross-border shopping?

Fantastic, thanks very much. I may still go abroad though, just for the adventure and to get the girly out of the house on Saturday
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Re: Decrease in cross-border shopping?

My husband works with a lot of German doctors at the Triemli hospital and they laugh at the idea of going shopping over the broder in Germany - they say that lots of people come to Switzerland for the selection and quality, as well as the prices.

I guess i's just a matter of perception.
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Re: Decrease in cross-border shopping?

When I lived in Lausanne about a year ago, I would take a trip to Geneva and nip over the border to buy mainly seafood and meat, as the price was incredibly high in Switzerland. I was hoping to do a similar thing now that we live in Zurich. Other commodities are fine, it's just the seafood and meat, although I have noticed that it is either cheaper here in Zurich than Lausanne OR things have really changed as you all seem to be indicating. Is it still worth it now to buy seafood and meat in either France or Germany and is if so, where do you go? From Zurich that is?

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