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Baby items (nappies etc): cheaper in France or Germany?

Hi folks,

Searched for this but couldn't find any specifically relevant information, so if I missed something please point me in the right direction.

I'll be collecting someone from EuroAirport soon but am not familiar with French shops. For baby items like nappies etc etc, also household items like laundry detergent, toothpaste etc, which is likely to be cheaper- Casino in St Louis or Rewe, Aldi, Lidl, Mueller etc in Weil am Rhein area?

Secondly, in the event that I buy things from DE, then drive to the French side of EuroAirport to collect someone, can we have the German VAT refund forms stamped at the French customs control post while driving back to the Swiss motorway system, or would we have to go back through Germany?

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Re: Baby items (nappies etc): cheaper in France or Germany?

We've been through this very question lots. I can tell you that without question nappies or diapers are much much cheaper in Germany. We always head to DM stores in Germany. You'll find all the nappies and associated pharmacy-like items and a great selection of Bio baby food, juices, milk - again at a huge discount to France. You should find at least one DM in any decent sized German city (at least along the border).
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Re: Baby items (nappies etc): cheaper in France or Germany?

Thanks! Really appreciate it!
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Re: Baby items (nappies etc): cheaper in France or Germany?

Actually you will find Germany in general is cheaper then France, Italy and certainly Switzerland on most things.
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Re: Baby items (nappies etc): cheaper in France or Germany?

In case you don't find a DM there, Mueller and Schlecker are also well equipped with most baby brands and comparable prices...
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Re: Baby items (nappies etc): cheaper in France or Germany?

Do your shopping at the Rhine centre just over the border, free multi storey car parking, very low prices, right next to the River Rhein, very big food market, Hauptstraße 437, 79576 Weil am Rhein, Deutschland

Take some €uros and your credit cards.

(read up on your customs allowances first, http://www.ezv.admin.ch/zollinfo_pri...x.html?lang=en)

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Secondly, in the event that I buy things from DE, then drive to the French side of EuroAirport to collect someone, can we have the German VAT refund forms stamped at the French customs control post while driving back to the Swiss motorway system, or would we have to go back through Germany?
I do see a problem with getting your German customs form stamped on the German / French border.
You are not exporting them from the EU, so they may refuse to stamp them, but worth a try!
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I do see a problem with getting your German customs form stamped on the German / French border.
The main problem of course being the absence of a customs post at the Huningue crossing point.

If you worry about not getting a French customs stamps, just cross back into Switzerland from Germany, get the stamp at the German/Swiss border, and then drive to Basel airport from Basel, i.e. from the Swiss side. Park your car, pick up your friend (tell him to cross to the Swiss side or cross over to the French side on foot), get back to your car - done.

Two more things:
- I rate DM much higher than Muller or Rossmann.
- There is a specific limit on Baby food, just like there is on meat. Someone has already posted the link to the document that has all the info.
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Re: Baby items (nappies etc): cheaper in France or Germany?

Elkos nappies from Edeka or Marktkauf are about the best we have used are they are around 6-8 Euros (less 19%) for a pack of around 50. We were recently in Burgundy and Pampers or some brand like that was about 15-16 Euros for 50. Hipp baby food is about .80-1.20 Euros in DE.

Can't tell you the comparative with laundry powder but about 8 Euros will buy you enough for about 100 washes in DE.
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