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Grocery prices in central Zurich and on the outskirts

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I have a question whether there's a difference in prices between the same brand shops but ones located in central Zurich, and those further out in the outskirts of Zurich. I'm specifically thinking of Coop, Migros, Aldi and Lidl.
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Re: Grocery prices in central Zurich and on the outskirts

No, there is no difference. And can I suggest that you make good use of the search function before going down the path of a question-fest.
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And can I suggest that you make good use of the search function before going down the path of a question-fest.

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Hi,

I have a question whether there's a difference in prices between the same brand shops but ones located in central Zurich, and those further out in the outskirts of Zurich. I'm specifically thinking of Coop, Migros, Aldi and Lidl.

While the prices will be the same, the very large branches, often found in the outskirts, will have more special deals.
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Seems Kittster was calm and also had a good point.

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Seems Kittster whe was calm and also had a good point.
Perhaps Kittster or yourself can direct the OP and myself to the useful posts that indicate any price difference between supermarkets in cities as opposed to the outskirts.

Perhaps information is outdated or not quite what original posters are asking. I donít know why people need to automatically shout Ďuse the search functioní

This forum has been so useful to me, learning from others experience that the least I feel I can do is to pass my experience and knowledge on to others starting their journey, whether the question has been asked before or not.
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Re: Grocery prices in central Zurich and on the outskirts

I have not noticed much price difference between the different branches of Aldi - I donít often go to Lidl, so canít tell. But I have noticed that one item in some Coop can be more expensive than in the next. Same with Migros. In Wettingen, my muesli is 60rappen more expensive than if I go to Spreitenbach. Itís a few rappen here and there, but it does add up. Iím sure you will see a similar trend with the prices in central Zurich versus say Affoltern. As NickGB mentioned, stick to the bigger supermarkets, rather than the smaller Coop/Migros.

If budgeting is important, perhaps shopping in Aldi/ Lidl isnít a bad thing. During lockdown, I only shopped in Coop (my usual shopping would take me to Migros&Aldi), and boy did my wallet feel lighter.

Good luck finding the right solution for you and your family.
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Re: Grocery prices in central Zurich and on the outskirts

I, too, see little difference in prices around the greater ZH area (which includes my corner of SZ).

You can, however, save a fair amount if you keep an eye on sales and promotions.

Coop is indeed pricier for many items, but I regularly save at least a thousand a year by collecting their Supercard points - that's more than a month's worth of groceries. Check out their website for sales - often there are quite good bargains to be found

Our local Aldi often has better produce than our local Coop or Migros. And their household products line is a good quality at very reasonable prices.

Our biggest savings, though, come from re-thinking how much meat we eat - here we buy less than half of what we used to. If you are used to meat being the centre of the meal you might end up cooking differently here.

We buy from our local butcher, for quality and sustainability/ethics/supporting local businesses. Surprisingly his prices are not much different from the big chains.

All the best as you settle in.
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Re: Grocery prices in central Zurich and on the outskirts

Coop has offers only available at their Hypermarkets for goods also available at regular shops . Also their prices at (Pronto) petrol stations and rail stations seem to be decided independently.
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I regularly save at least a thousand a year by collecting their Supercard points - that's more than a month's worth of groceries.

I had forgotten about that. Yes, indeed, those points make a difference. (Although Mrs GB usually gets to them first)


I also, often, get 0.05 off fuel vouchers from COOP
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Coop has offers only available at their Hypermarkets for goods also available at regular shops.

That has not been my experience. While not so plentiful, the smaller COOPs still have some deals. COOP city in Zug has a small (ish) supermarket, but they always have deals on meat and domestic products like washing powder. I think the smaller the supermarket the fewer the deals.
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This particular question has indeed not been asked but I actually meant it in the sense of "ok, I see your post about you coming to Switzerland, before you waste time and energy on a whole series of common questions, try searching first". I am a bit puzzled at this question too, why would prices differ in a country where cities are pretty small and transport routes short?
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That has not been my experience. While not so plentiful, the smaller COOPs still have some deals. COOP city in Zug has a small (ish) supermarket, but they always have deals on meat and domestic products like washing powder. I think the smaller the supermarket the fewer the deals.
In their weekly offers they have 6-8 pages od actions, they also have a 4 page insert of actions only available at the bigger stores.
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I am a bit puzzled at this question too, why would prices differ in a country where cities are pretty small and transport routes short?
Testing price sensitive of clients. I know Migros did this with budget chocolate, it could be priced from 40c to 70c for 100g bar, often multiple priced bars in the same store!
The prices charged in shops are not connected with the price of goods, this is very clear as fruit prices do not continually change.

IKEA interestingly do this with some goods, they can cheaper in CH than in DE or reversed, by often 30% or more. I remember some shelves were €100 or 70CHF.
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No, there is no difference. And can I suggest that you make good use of the search function before going down the path of a question-fest.
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While the prices will be the same, the very large branches, often found in the outskirts, will have more special deals.
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No, there is no difference. And can I suggest that you make good use of the search function before going down the path of a question-fest.
I used the search function and it came up with three pages of chuff-hole comments where the respondent told the OP to use the search function.

And to answer the OP (unusual these days) - between regular branches of Coop / Migros, it tends not to vary, however my experience is the mini / pronto versions of these supermarkets sometimes charge a premium.

For example, at Altstetten station, I saved about SFr5 one Sunday when needing olive oil as Iíd run out (cue the keyboard warriors about how I should be more Swiss and organised) by walking the extra 100 yards to the ďnormalĒ Coop by Altstetten Nord instead of using the mini Migros on the south side.

So yes, it does pay to shop around.

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Wow, do we have reached the meta stage where people think that everything has already been addressed and can be searched but no new contributions are being made?

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Re: Grocery prices in central Zurich and on the outskirts

Another bargain I've recently found is the skin care line at, of all places, Landi.

Very inexpensive - and very good quality.

Landi will also have good deals on seasonal fruits and veggies, usually from area farms. Also, if you bake a lot - and have the storage - those gazillion kilo bags of flour are a steal.

I am continually amazed at the range of things I find at the Landi. It's not just for tractors anymore.
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Another bargain I've recently found is the skin care line at, of all places, Landi.

Very inexpensive - and very good quality.

Landi will also have good deals on seasonal fruits and veggies, usually from area farms. Also, if you bake a lot - and have the storage - those gazillion kilo bags of flour are a steal.

I am continually amazed at the range of things I find at the Landi. It's not just for tractors anymore.
Landi is my go to place for a lot of things these days.
The prices are good and the quality is excellent in my opinion.It helps that there is one just around the corner and the staff are all super helpful and friendly.

And yes I do have the space to store the massive bags of flour.
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