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Re: What should I bring in bulk to CH, from the US?

Haven't read the whole thread, but haven't seen electronics listed. Not a bulk item, but I did find my external hard drive was cheaper in the US (1 TB for $60 vs. 1 TB for 109 chf ). I think there were more refurbished computer options in the US as well, although I'm still figuring everything out here.

Really though, bring extra cosmetics or toiletries that you have brand loyalty to. Deodorant, etc.

Most things aren't worth the suitcase space. (the ramen post cracked me up! hahahha, probably worth it if you obsessively eat ramen, but I eat it a couple times a year...and really most flights I take charge after one suitcase, so not sure what the actual savings on something like that is).
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Re: What should I bring in bulk to CH, from the US?

Depending on your logistics situation, vintage stationary tools and clean mid-century modern furniture.
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Re: What should I bring in bulk to CH, from the US?

The Kitchen was much smaller here than what we were used to in the US, both the Refrigerator/Freezer and the amount of Drawer/Cupboard space. Thankfully I had the opportunity to find the apartment while here on a business trip before going back home to load up the shipping container.

We brought our chest freezer and a rolling toolbox with a wooden top (like this one) to use in the kitchen/dining room as additional storage and counter space. This let us buy more things here in bulk. The freezer did require a transformer, unfortunately, but you can find them for sale online easily enough. Easily the best thing that we brought with us from home.
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Old 24.10.2018, 16:20
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I was in France the other day, ransacked the hair dept....and nada! How come, looks like it is a French product? Hair salons, maybe? I avoid hairdresses here, it's not worth the investment but I wonder if they have this thing.
She looked for awhile and it never turned up, even in France. I did find it on Amazon.fr but the high shipping costs suggest it comes from stateside. Heading over 3 times in the next 8 months so we’ll be stocking up
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Re: What should I bring in bulk to CH, from the US?

I don't get the toothpaste and deodorant. I mean, it's like right there in every other store. It's the same exact stuff. Obviously I am missing something.
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Re: What should I bring in bulk to CH, from the US?

For me, if I can get a two pack of the toothpaste and deodorant brands that I like from the US for $5.00, it is a lot cheaper than in CH and doesn't take much space in my bag. Razor blades, too; 1 trip to Costco or Target and I save about $100.00. With a few other things on my list, it adds up!

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I don't get the toothpaste and deodorant. I mean, it's like right there in every other store. It's the same exact stuff. Obviously I am missing something.
Unfortunately I'm a Peposdent fan. Not here at all. The closest I've found is Sweden where its labelled Peposdent but not exactly the same.
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Re: What should I bring in bulk to CH, from the US?

I get it...I went through lots of deodorant brands before I found one I really like, and I don't think it's here. Not that I go through more than one stick a year haha, but still; brand loyalty can be the product of quite a hunt.
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Re: What should I bring in bulk to CH, from the US?

Brain cells, you obviously need lots of them here, just to survive
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Old 27.10.2018, 10:26
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I don't get the toothpaste and deodorant. I mean, it's like right there in every other store. It's the same exact stuff. Obviously I am missing something.
Except I think it's not exactly the same in all cases. I've been bringing back deo since forever, because I couldn't find my brand here and I have room in my luggage anyway.

I finally found what looked to be my brand at Muller. It's half the size of what I buy in the States, but it looks the same on the package. However it smells a bit different and it does not control sweat and odor as well as the U.S. version. Not even close. It's also more expensive here for a smaller quantity.

I bring back toothpaste and razors because I have room in my luggage, and it's cheaper. I wouldn't bother making a trip to the States just to buy deo, toothpaste, and razors, but since I'm already there and it saves me money in the long run, why not?

Edit to add: We are not ones to go to Germany or France shopping each weekend just to save a few quid. We live too far away. If we are there anyway on holiday we might do a shop, but otherwise the big 3 plus the local shops get our business in CH.

Things like paracetamol and ibuprofen are absolutely no-brainers. 100 tablets of either costs $4 in the States. A box of 20 tablets in Switzerland will set you back about double.
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For me, if I can get a two pack of the toothpaste and deoderant brands that I like from the US for $5.00, it is a lot cheaper than in CH and doesn't take much space in my bag. Razor blades, too; 1 trip to Costco or Target and I save about $100.00. With a few other things on my list, it adds up!
Razors. Forgot about razors. Definitely stock up at costco. Oh man, not much makes me homesick for the US, but the thought of Costco... Shoutout to Kirkland brand anything and everything.
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Re: What should I bring in bulk to CH, from the US?

Not really understanding the Groan, Today only, as I was answering the question about my recommendation, but to each his/her own. I will be going back in a few weeks and will add to my list, LARGE bottles of ibuprofen, Krill/Fish oil and cold medicine.

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For me, if I can get a two pack of the toothpaste and deoderant brands that I like from the US for $5.00, it is a lot cheaper than in CH and doesn't take much space in my bag. Razor blades, too; 1 trip to Costco or Target and I save about $100.00. With a few other things on my list, it adds up!
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Re: What should I bring in bulk to CH, from the US?

Would also add in probiotics if you take them, as well as a bottle of Costco vanilla extract if you do much cooking/baking. It makes me kind of choke every time I have to buy it here. Should just make my own but haven't found the right vanilla pods yet.

I mean, I have a whole foods list if you are into cooking.
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. Should just make my own but haven't found the right vanilla pods yet.

Have you looked at Schwarzenbach in the Züri Altstadt?

According to their website they are out of Madagascar beans at the moment, but do have Tahiti:
https://www.schwarzenbach.ch/gewuerz...2-schoten.html

I don't know how up to date their website is so call ahead before you make the trek. Schwarzenbach is a purveyor of all sorts of fine spices.

I hate going into the city, would rather gouge my eye out with a spoon, so when I can't find decent beans out my way (Hint: Bettio in Seedamn, Pfäffikon SZ) I bring back beans from Penzeys in the US to make my own extract. They have Mexican as well as Madagascar! Given liquid restrictions in carry on and ham-handed baggage handlers in cargo it makes little sense to bring a bottle back with me. Beans are easily packable.

Good beans, slit, in a hip flask of vodka, and the batches I started in October will be ready for Christmas baking.
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Re: What should I bring in bulk to CH, from the US?

Here's a relatively recent article (mid 2018) comparing and ranking various kinds of vanilla pods currently available in Switzerland. It's in German, but the table is clear.
https://www.srf.ch/sendungen/kassens...choten-im-test

There's also a drop-down explaining the difference between bourbon vanilla and tahiti vanilla.
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Have you looked at Schwarzenbach in the Züri Altstadt?

According to their website they are out of Madagascar beans at the moment, but do have Tahiti:
https://www.schwarzenbach.ch/gewuerz...2-schoten.html

I don't know how up to date their website is so call ahead before you make the trek. Schwarzenbach is a purveyor of all sorts of fine spices.

I hate going into the city, would rather gouge my eye out with a spoon, so when I can't find decent beans out my way (Hint: Bettio in Seedamn, Pfäffikon SZ) I bring back beans from Penzeys in the US to make my own extract. They have Mexican as well as Madagascar! Given liquid restrictions in carry on and ham-handed baggage handlers in cargo it makes little sense to bring a bottle back with me. Beans are easily packable.

Good beans, slit, in a hip flask of vodka, and the batches I started in October will be ready for Christmas baking.
Oh Penzey's. Whenever people come to visit, I have a Penzey's order sent to them before visiting. I haven't been to the US since 2015, and can't bring myself to go there yet. Even for Penzey's.

Though Schwarzenbach is pretty good, and I love the cafe across from them. I've had stuff sent to me from Schwarzenbach for the price of a train ticket or parking in Zurich.

I've had really good luck buying stuff from iherb in the US and having it sent for practically nothing, no problem with customs. If you have a favorite vitamin or probiotic you might find it there.
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Anything I should buy and bring over from Canada before moving to Switzerland?

I'm wondering if there is anything absolutely worth buying in Canada and bringing over to Switzerland, either because it's very hard to find there or because it's incredibly expensive to buy in Switzerland vs in Canada.


What do you think?
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I'm wondering if there is anything absolutely worth buying in Canada and bringing over to Switzerland, either because it's very hard to find there or because it's incredibly expensive to buy in Switzerland vs in Canada.
I've merged this with the most recent of many similar threads. Yes, I know Canada isn't the US, but for the purposes of this question I think there's enough in common, so here'sa load of other threads for you to peruse.

https://www.englishforum.ch/search2.php?q=bring+from+us
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