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Honestly, how long do they use those school bags for?

Thinking of getting my daughter one, but oh my eyes, the price! I know it is important to her to fit in, although she isn't worried about going against the trends if she feels its worth it. She has asked for something for Christmas because her best friend has one, so I can see her being upset if she feels 'left out'. She already has the language issue to deal with, although she has made huge progress she still can't communicate all she wants to plus has an older sibling with special needs (and we all know how differences are viewed in Switzerland...) in the year above. So i dont want to make her transition to school harder than it will be. But are they really worth it? 2 years, 3 or 4?

Debating buying now and giving some accessories for Christmas and the rest for birthday. Hence the out of season questions. We're not in a city if that makes a difference!
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Re: Honestly, how long do they use those school bags for?

Have you had a look over the border in Germany to see if they have similar there? Or has she her heart set on a Swiss school bag with a particular colour/ design?

I agree with you, btw.. those school bags are eye-wateringly expensive.
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Re: Honestly, how long do they use those school bags for?

we bought our, Samsonite, school bag on Amazon for 80 or 90 euro, 3 year ago. still in very good condition.
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Re: Honestly, how long do they use those school bags for?

Found this site, gives an idea of the price.

I would be careful with the design & colour, can imagine a child outgrowing the design and saying after a couple of years that dolphins are for younger kids.

The dolphin one is yuck anyway
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Re: Honestly, how long do they use those school bags for?

No matter of the brand - the school bags I got for my kid always lasted two years before they fell apart, usually. All kids are rough on them. They are just school bags, after all.

My priorities always are the weight and ergonomy.

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Re: Honestly, how long do they use those school bags for?

Effing hell!

As a proud non parent, I had no idea about these things. 249 chuffs for a schoolbag???

Next time my UK based sister tells me how expensive it is having a "young family"*, I look forward to telling her how much this costs.

But I do not envy you your dilemma.


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* BTW, anyone else amongst the proudly childless, really really hate it when this is trotted out as an excuse for... well... almost everything to do with making an effort? "Sorry we cant visit you, its really expensive with a young family"... "Why dont you spend christmas at ours, because car journeys are really expensive with a young family..." etc. Etc.
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Re: Honestly, how long do they use those school bags for?

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Thinking of getting my daughter one, but oh my eyes, the price! I know it is important to her to fit in, although she isn't worried about going against the trends if she feels its worth it. She has asked for something for Christmas because her best friend has one, so I can see her being upset if she feels 'left out'. She already has the language issue to deal with, although she has made huge progress she still can't communicate all she wants to plus has an older sibling with special needs (and we all know how differences are viewed in Switzerland...) in the year above. So i dont want to make her transition to school harder than it will be. But are they really worth it? 2 years, 3 or 4?

Debating buying now and giving some accessories for Christmas and the rest for birthday. Hence the out of season questions. We're not in a city if that makes a difference!
One of them lasts a complete primary school cycle - 3 years*. Around 250 chf for a bag means less than 100 chf a year, means less than 10 chf per month.
The average 120k salary per year should cover it (I'm ironic, of course it's much more isn't it). It's your child. It's about ergonomics and why not, aesthetics or fashion.

*much longer actually - as they are really good quality, but no child would really like to wear the same schoolbag in the next cycle.

Have no idea what they're gonna wear in sec school or gymi - I guess quite ugly but probably less expensive stuff.

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Re: Honestly, how long do they use those school bags for?

We go to the Roxy outlet and buy bags for about Fr.30. They can have a new one every year, still works out cheaper. And they know they are way cooler than the other kids who have all the same bags.
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Re: Honestly, how long do they use those school bags for?

You can get them for much cheaper at Manor and in Migros and Coop. My daughter had one that was 60chf and which she used for three years. You also see them often in Brockis and other second-hand places, or on Ricardo.

I know from friends that they're often given as a gift from family members for when a kid starts first class, so maybe that's why the prices are so high for some of them!

On the other hand, when my daughter started in 1st class there were quite a few kids with normal backpacks. And when she started 4th class hardly any kids used the other bags anymore.
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Re: Honestly, how long do they use those school bags for?

I've found school bags on sale in Germany or Manor. Paid 25 EUR and 50 CHF per bag, the second was a full set. New prices 155 EUR and 240 CHF. You could also buy in the Manor 20% off sales. I also bought an Ergobag second hand but the strap clips broke. These bags have 2 year guarentees and kids use them from 1st to 4th class. Sometimes the 5th as well. The Scout hard-bottom bags are indestructible.

To the complainers about costs with young families - they should wait to see the costs when the kids are older. Full-fare tickets, full meals and their own room for holidays. Childcare is a huge cost when kids are small though and almost wiped out my part-time salary after taxes.
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Re: Honestly, how long do they use those school bags for?

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* BTW, anyone else amongst the proudly childless, really really hate it when this is trotted out as an excuse for... well... almost everything to do with making an effort? "Sorry we cant visit you, its really expensive with a young family"... "Why dont you spend christmas at ours, because car journeys are really expensive with a young family..." etc. Etc.
Sometimes its the reality though and "excuses" are actually reasons. When faced with either paying for two extra plane seats, putting it way out of our price league, (we dream of having a combined "average, 120k" salary) or taking a child who vomits roughly every half an hour she's in the car on a 10hr+ car trip plus 3 hour ferry...

Thank you for the tips. I'm going see what she thinks, I've not mentioned it to her yet. I saw a relatively plain one, with the detail in her favourite colour and just two butterflies on it which i thought might last longer than the hearted, glittery unicorn type.

I've a friend with a daughter who is three years younger so a potential market for a second hand bag!
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Old 11.12.2017, 08:38
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Re: Honestly, how long do they use those school bags for?

I never really really understood the lyric "I love you baby like a schoolboy loves his bag", but at 250CHF a chuck, I can see it now.

And two years? The wife's Kate Spade was cheaper and has lasted longer.
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Re: Honestly, how long do they use those school bags for?

are you talking about a particular brand of school bag that I am not aware of? I bought my class 3 son a second-hand dakine bag with a cool dark check pattern and he loved it! We are lucky that there doesn't seem to be the peer pressure for a particular school bag. We are not here much longer so I didn't want to invest too much as back home their school has a recommended school bag with the school brand that costs 50 CHF and lasted 3 years.

When my younger son started class 1 this year I still sent him with his kindergarten bag and after the 1st week his teacher wrote. 'Could M please have a bigger bag for all 'the things''! She used inverted commas. Ha ha. She is a lovely teacher. It is quite funny as the extra thing is an a4 piece of paper in a plastic sleeve
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Re: Honestly, how long do they use those school bags for?

My son's bag (standard giant boxy thing) has been going strong for nearly 4 years now and will easily last the rest of primary school. Not too bad an investment.
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Re: Honestly, how long do they use those school bags for?

No, not a brand as such. The big boxy ones rather than a standard rucksack (which is what my son has and his stuff gets mangled in it but he doesn't want a different one because his is easy to use). Her kindergarten bag does not fit an A4 folder so she'll need a new bag whatever.

22 yards - is he happy to use it for the whole of primary school? From watching the children walking here it seems the girls use the traditional sort for longer, but I've no idea what class they are all in.
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No, not a brand as such. The big boxy ones rather than a standard rucksack (which is what my son has and his stuff gets mangled in it but he doesn't want a different one because his is easy to use). Her kindergarten bag does not fit an A4 folder so she'll need a new bag whatever.

22 yards - is he happy to use it for the whole of primary school? From watching the children walking here it seems the girls use the traditional sort for longer, but I've no idea what class they are all in.
Yep, around here (BL) the giant boxes are de rigeur, and yes, he's happy to keep using it, as that's what all the kids use...
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Re: Honestly, how long do they use those school bags for?

If you shop around, you can find the pricier ones for around 180 CHF. If you buy from Coop city, you can use your Supercard points and get some extra discount. I have also seen much cheaper ones in Coop City, around 49 CHF.
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Re: Honestly, how long do they use those school bags for?

They normally use the boxy bags till end of fourth grade. Then, they are having rucksacks and feel much smarter ;-) When I went to school, we had leather "Theks" (Tornister) till sixth grade, but they were much smaller than the boxy ones.

Going to Sekundarschule, we graduated to a leather "Mappe", a thing that would fold over. Felt great, but they honestly were absolute crap, especially if you had to travel to school with your bicycle, they often slipped off and the contents fell on the streets. Loved to pick the contents from a snowy, slushy street... I think a rucksack is far more practical.
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* BTW, anyone else amongst the proudly childless, really really hate it when this is trotted out as an excuse for... well... almost everything to do with making an effort? "Sorry we cant visit you, its really expensive with a young family"... "Why dont you spend christmas at ours, because car journeys are really expensive with a young family..." etc. Etc.
No, I've found it's the ones with no young family and no commitments who can't make the effort.
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Re: Honestly, how long do they use those school bags for?

I was shocked to find out School bags going for 259 chuffs.

We normally buy ours from Primark when we visit UK, but now I’ve figured out that we can make a 2 hour trip from Basel to go to the nearest Primark in Karlsruhe and also can get tax back.
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