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View Poll Results: Where do you do your grocery shopping?
Coop 71 62.28%
Migros 69 60.53%
Carrefour 14 12.28%
Denner 24 21.05%
Pickpay 1 0.88%
Online: Coop 2 1.75%
Online: Migros le-shop 3 2.63%
Other (state) 29 25.44%
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Old 25.09.2006, 11:21
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Where do you shop, why and what do you find good about it?

Grocery shopping....we all have to do it so pray do tell where you do yours and why you go where you go. Multiple choices are welcome and if you state Other, do say what it is and what the benefits are for you.

The object of having public votes also could lead to people knowing who dodges where (especially over-the-border shopping) and could benefit those nearer our neighbours
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Old 25.09.2006, 11:28
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Re: Where do you shop, why and what do you find good about it?

I go over the border to Singen or Jestetten to bulk buy loo rolls, detergents, cleaning products, dried goods like pasta and rice, along with tinned tomatoes, pulses - when I can be bothered. I use the Coop locally for day-to-day shopping and boozahol. Meat is bought from the butcher in town - veg, fruit and eggs from the farm shops locally or the market.
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Old 25.09.2006, 11:29
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Re: Where do you shop, why and what do you find good about it?

OK; I've voted Coop, Carrefour (Hinwil) and Other stands for either iPer (Varese, Italy) or Bennet (near Como, Italy - just over the border at Chiasso).
  • Coop - I generally like their stores.
  • Carrefour - formerly Jumbo and more under one roof, usually out of town. Good selection and prices
  • iPer - I love their store in Varese. Everything under one roof and lots of things you can't get here (like proper bleach, etc).
  • Bennet - not quite as good but again, has things you can't get here.
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Old 25.09.2006, 11:35
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Re: Where do you shop, why and what do you find good about it?

On-line Migros for bulk stuff.
Brought to your door. Very handy, there's no direct access from the lift to teh underground gararge

And "Various" for day to day stuff...
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Old 25.09.2006, 11:46
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Re: Where do you shop, why and what do you find good about it?

I voted Migros, but not because I like it, because where I live I have little choice. There's a Migros or a co-op. The co-op is closed over lunch (don't you just love it when that happens) and is so tiny that it's just not worth shopping there. So that leaves my local Migros.

Where I would prefer to shop is Carrefour, since this most closely resembles a "proper" supermarket (you all know what I mean), but I do bemoan the absence of some fairly basic products like skim milk, which I find difficult to understand. Carrefour is a 30 minute drive for me, so it's not an everyday kind of shopping place.

Driving over the border is just a bit too far for me - if I had a family to feed it might be worth the effort.

What do I find good about it? Very little unfortunately. Sorry It all depends what you are used to - I'm sure almost all of you understand where I'm coming from. On the positive side, things have improved the last few years.
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Old 25.09.2006, 11:54
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Re: Where do you shop, why and what do you find good about it?

I do all my shopping at Coop, I never seem to be able to find what I want in Migros. My local Coop is a really good one (as far as supermarkets go in this country) and a one stop shop which is what I like and it has decent opening hours. I do occasionally go to the local market to buy fresh produce and sometimes the local butchers but genarally I can't be bothered

Going over the border is a wee bit too far for me at the moment but we are planning on buying a freezer soon so may go to stock up on Game as I've heard the meat allowances for that are much higher than regular meat.
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Re: Where do you shop, why and what do you find good about it?

Pick Pay and Denner are now one and the same. Migros never really grew on me until they opened the new centre in Köniz, Bern two years ago. It's huge (Swiss standards) and the selection is quite impressive.
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Re: Where do you shop, why and what do you find good about it?

Crap! I have already voted but just remembered that I also shop at an "other" - a small market in my neighborhood called Pam, which is similar to a Denner or Pickpay.

Migros is my favorite for quality for the price, but I like Carrefour for their prices, too. I remain skeptical on items which are too good (too cheap) to be true. It usually turns out to be poor quality.

I make a point of buying only Swiss meat in Carrefour or Migros. I'm afraid my husband has put the idea into my head that Swiss meat is best because of what we know about butchering in a controlled atmosphere and the treatment of the animals while they were living. As long as we can afford it, it's Swiss meat for us!

Ground beef is better from Carrefour than from Migros - have never had problems with gristle or bone chips!

Have heard rumors about Denner being racist, so I avoid supporting them when possible.
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Re: Where do you shop, why and what do you find good about it?

I normally shop at Migros and Coop.

But personally I prefer Mirgros in which I think they have more choices and more reasonable at price and quality.

I never really shopped at Aldy (there is one in Orelikon) which I heard is pretty good at value and quality. But I haven't shop there, maybe someone who shopped there could let us know eh?
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Re: Where do you shop, why and what do you find good about it?

When we need to get a lot of things we go to Carrefour (Hinwil), otherwise it's the nearby Migros or Coop. And whilst we don't cross the border to go shopping per sé, when there anyway we do get things like soft drinks etc at Aldi or Lidl in Germany.
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Re: Where do you shop, why and what do you find good about it?

How much do you save by driving into a neighbouring country to buy your groceries? That seems nuts, unless you live on the borders
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Re: Where do you shop, why and what do you find good about it?

I live 3 miles from Jestetten - I can go to a German supermarket in less time than I can to the Swiss one. I only do it because it's convenient.
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Re: Where do you shop, why and what do you find good about it?

my choice is determined by the location - I only shop over lunch usually and Migros is closest, though Coop has better outside access to fruit and vegs - so I pop in there from time to time.
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Old 25.09.2006, 17:08
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Re: Where do you shop, why and what do you find good about it?

I shop in Germany and France, near Basel.

Germany is much cheaper on most stuff, and you get the tax back. There is actual competition between stores, a greater selection over Switzerland and the quality is overall quite good. My favorite these days is a small family-owned chain called Hieber. I've not been into the hell which is known as Marktkauf in Weil am Rhein in quite some months - great selection, massive (by German/Swiss standards) store, but even a relatively simple stop can take well over an hour with parking and the store itself.

In France, I go to Geant, Ed, some smaller grocery stores, and occasionally the massive Carrefor (in Mulhouse, 20 minutes from the border). Selection is fantastic, prices are ok. We shop there to get the stuff we can't find here or in Germany, bakery stuff and for things like real bleach.

I pop into Coop or Migros for quick emergency purchases. If pushed, I prefer Coop, but the prices are higher than Migros.

I have to admit, I'm feeling extremely fortunate for living where I do and having access to choice and variation.
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I have to admit, I'm feeling extremely fortunate for living where I do and having access to choice and variation.
I am so jealous right now...

Someone mentioned Aldi. I checked out the Aldi in Sargans (as in Sargans, Switzerland) and was pleasantly surprised. Ok, the range is restricted (so is Migros/Coop but not as badly as this), but the have all the basic items. Prices were MUCH cheaper - I compared the prices on things like hams and salmons, the prices for the same products/quality were less than 50%! I'm not talking about Aldi in Germany, I'm talking about products which have crossed the border.

I wish they had Aldi closer to Zurich. Bring on the competition I say!

Uncle Max - you are right, it is a hassle to go to the border, but imagine if you have a few hungry mouths to feed? As you know a lot of people (like the majority) in this country aren't exactly rolling in it, so well timed shopping trips outside the country can help families to scrape by sometimes.
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Someone mentioned Aldi. I checked out the Aldi in Sargans (as in Sargans, Switzerland) and was pleasantly surprised. Ok, the range is restricted (so is Migros/Coop but not as badly as this), but the have all the basic items. Prices were MUCH cheaper - I compared the prices on things like hams and salmons, the prices for the same products/quality were less than 50%! I'm not talking about Aldi in Germany, I'm talking about products which have crossed the border.

I wish they had Aldi closer to Zurich. Bring on the competition I say!

Uncle Max - you are right, it is a hassle to go to the border, but imagine if you have a few hungry mouths to feed? As you know a lot of people (like the majority) in this country aren't exactly rolling in it, so well timed shopping trips outside the country can help families to scrape by sometimes.
I drive past both Aldi and Lidl in Germany at least a few times a week, but rarely go in. I like the stuff they sell - and the prices! - but since the selection is limited, it is frustrating because you always have to go elsewhere to finish your shopping. Hopefully the ones here are better! I don't think they're going to really come into Basel, since the German shops are so close and available by bus.

In Marktkauf, the parking lot is full of Swiss family cars, screaming Swiss kids and annoyed Swiss moms from Baselland, Basel Stadt, Bern and Jura Shopping there is a very popular family destination. You hear more Swiss German than high German there
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I believe I walked by an Aldi earlier today in Oerlikon. I don't remember the name of the street, but it was right around from Coop adjacent the Chinese fastfood place. It's in the modern part of Oerlikon.

I just tried their website, but could not readily find it.
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Re: Where do you shop, why and what do you find good about it?

Living right next door to Migros, I do most of my shopping there. But I prefer the selection at the larger CO-OP stores that are springing up and it looks as though one will be opening soon near here. For fresh produce though I have to say that CO-OP sucks in comparison.
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Re: Where do you shop, why and what do you find good about it?

We do most of our shopping in Carrefour - One stop shop and has excellent opening hours. So we can afford to go late in the evening.

Occasionally, we go to aldi - the prices are unbelievable.
There is even an aldi store in Zurich Oerlikon

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Re: Where do you shop, why and what do you find good about it?

Where we live there's a medium sized Coop and a medium sized Migros.
We prefer Migros, because they generally seem cheaper and better quality.
I don't like the special-offer-ripoff strategy of coop...watch out when buying special offer products if the price is really reduced once your at the counter desk!

If I need plonk I go to my parent's restaurant or the local wine shop because I like to try the wine before I buy it
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