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Re: What's the deal with these hard square school bags?

My daughter chose one in Migros a couple of weeks ago which was CHF49. It didn't come with a matching pencilcase or anything (I'd never heard about that part before...) They also had some in Otto's for about the same price last week. so it is possible to spend less than CHF200!!
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Old 19.05.2012, 21:05
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Swiss tradition is that the godparents pay for it.
Seriously, Godparents have to put up with so much child support. It's not like the Godchildren ever come around to clean the windows or fetch water. Being a Godparent is such a rip off.

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I grimaced ... buy herself a Longchamp bag to carry her school supplies in.

I didn't believe it for one minute when she told me that all the children have these $130 designer bags. Then walking in town yesterday, what do I see but 3 little twerpie 9-year-olds swinging these things and sauntering down our Grand Rue. Sheesh.
THIS is the reason for the preponderance of bloody LV and Gucci Tüssis thinking it normal to spend CHF1000+ on handbags while they're still teenagers. Gotta teach your children well.

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...Books get dog eared in rucksacks, and your child then looses marks for scruffy work and so doesn't make it to University!...
Damn it this makes my blood boil. They're KIDS! Books are for writing obscene speech bubbles in and absolutely MUST have dogeared pages.

What are we creating here?

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Re: What's the deal with these hard square school bags?

This thread reminds me that I have one at home that is no longer being used. I will be happy to sell it if anyone is interested. My daughter used it for one year. Blue color, good condition. Sammies by Samsonite. PM me if interested, I can also send you a pic. Thanks.
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Re: What's the deal with these hard square school bags?

I'm shocked to read that kids still have to carry so many books and utensils. I had a cow skin bag and back problems.

With all the technical evolution, I hope they'll switch to e-books soon.
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Old 20.05.2012, 22:49
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I didn't believe it for one minute when she told me that all the children have these $130 designer bags. Then walking in town yesterday, what do I see but 3 little twerpie 9-year-olds swinging these things and sauntering down our Grand Rue. Sheesh.
Pah! cheep-skate..

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You can get them for a lot less than 200. Wait for the sale, at least 50% off a top make, or go to COOP, who have a reasonable selection, that are normally about 100 or less. The trouble with a rucksack, is that it is not as rigid, so it doesn't spread the weight over the growing child's back, no fluffy dog on a keychain, and it doesn't have the reflective stripes, (and if it does they get covered as it crumples), stripes are important for kids walking alone in winter. Books get dog eared in rucksacks, and your child then looses marks for scruffy work and so doesn't make it to University! A rucksack will need replacing more often, and you can sell the square bags for 30 chf on Ricardo when you are done. Or pick one up there to start with!
They will be down to about 40chf just at the end of the summer holidays - migros seem to have a voucher every year..
If you get a second hand one, count on having to replace it in the 5-6 years that your kid may be using it.


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They had some in migros here this morning for 79chf. Pink ones for girls and some cars (hot wheels I think) for boys.

To anybody who does get one I would recommend something fairly neutral rather than this year's in thing. What's cool now as they start 1st grade will probably be seriously uncool by the time they reach 4th or 5th grade.
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yes i saw those as it happens but they didn't have any matching pencil cases. looking on amazon.de you can get one for 50 euros with all the bits.

*Phew* Are we teaching our kids that they are not allowed to be the odd one out - the one person in the class without one of these Schultheke. Many of them will already be the "foreign kid"- but hey, what doesn't kill you, makes you stronger.

Other points to consider when making your "investment"
- you also need a gym bag- some school bags add these to the "set" that you purchase.
The pencil-case set that comes with the school bag, in "our" school, is usually only used at home. The kids get given pencils, colour pencils, and other stuff from the school- at least in our Gemeinde.

When purchasing, remember that the bag will be used up to 5 or 6 years-
which works out at about..
5 years x 200 school days per year ./. 200 chf = 5 chf a day.

It WILL be thrown through the school yard- by your kid and others.

What your 6 year old thinks is ultra cool (hey- lets get Finn Mc Missile) s/he will NOT think is cool as an 11 year old.

You WILL see it on the floor in the kitchen most of the time, so get something that doesn't hurt your eyes.
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Old 20.05.2012, 23:01
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Re: What's the deal with these hard square school bags?

I recall being extremely uncool for having a square bag when i showed up for class in 1st grade in Australia. My parents refused to buy a regular backpack because they had at that time forked out so much for the square bag. I suffered horrendous amounts of teasing as a result. I can only imagine that the it works the same way here in reverse....
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Old 21.05.2012, 01:28
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I'm shocked to read that kids still have to carry so many books and utensils. I had a cow skin bag and back problems.

With all the technical evolution, I hope they'll switch to e-books soon.
And I am shocked how wimpy young people are to day
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Old 21.05.2012, 01:51
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Re: What's the deal with these hard square school bags?

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When purchasing, remember that the bag will be used up to 5 or 6 years-
which works out at about..
5 years x 200 school days per year ./. 200 chf = 5 chf a day.

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OR:
200chf ./. 5 years x 200 school days per year = 200 ./. 1000 = 20rappens per day (or 1chf per week or 40 chf per year. )

My complaint with these bags is a. they take up too much room on coat hooks at school b. they are awkward when sitting on trams with such a huge pack on the child's back and 3. they are larger and heavier than what is needed for any small child's daily school needs. Heck! they are bigger than I need as an adult.
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Re: What's the deal with these hard square school bags?

Bumping this for anyone looking for a hard backpack for next year. Ottos has Bakugan or Hello Kitty on sale for 35 francs, sale started on Wednesday.
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Old 21.06.2012, 14:19
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Re: What's the deal with these hard square school bags?

Also wanted to add, that this doesn't have to cost an arm or a leg.

BEA consistently always have at least one on offer through the catalog or on-line order. http://www.bea-verlag.ch

There is one there for 26 chf plus 300 BEA points. (item 4527)
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When our kids needed them, we got them from Germany. Now they're at secondary, they just have a great big rucksack (each).
Showing your generous side there, eh?
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Re: What's the deal with these hard square school bags?

Pls could someone post a picture of one of these bags here, it's so confusing as I have not seen one. Thanks in advance
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Absoulute ripp off! My wife bought one for 270Fr for our son........not happy!
Can't you take it back and get your money back!!! Just cross the border have a lovely meal, buy a school bag and come back with change in your pocket. Rip Off Switzerland strikes again.
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Re: What's the deal with these hard square school bags?

On sale - 50% off (50 chf) at Migros this week - saw in 3 of the Migros in Baden region so i am assuming it is across all Migros... just in case someone wants to get one!
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Re: What's the deal with these hard square school bags?

This is a photo of my daughter's school backpack - the hard square swiss type! The flash is the safety reflective panels which most of them have. This backpack was chf49 from Migros but I saw them yesterday (and other designs too) at 50% off - so you don't have to spend a fortune.
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This is a photo of my daughter's school backpack - the hard square swiss type! The flash is the safety reflective panels which most of them have. This backpack was chf49 from Migros but I saw them yesterday (and other designs too) at 50% off - so you don't have to spend a fortune.
I can't see the jetpacks or the control interface. Are they optional?
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Re: What's the deal with these hard square school bags?

She got the cheapo version! Although if the jetpack model was available I'm sure she'd be first in the queue!
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Re: What's the deal with these hard square school bags?

As a teacher in the UK I knew so many kids with back problems as they were carrying huge 'sport' bags with all their books, sports equipment, etc, on ONE shoulder - at least those Swiss school bags carry the weight evenly on both shoulders, and the hard texture means they don't dig into the back.
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Re: What's the deal with these hard square school bags?

Thanks Rachael, that was helpful, surprised that's it's so big and bulky, poor kids carrying all that weight!

Also I saw on the school supply list a ton of school stationary and supplies that we don't provide for in the uk, u would think pencils at least are provided!

8 of everything, folders, glue sticks, colours, erasers etc etc

Does anyone know how much it is for the complete p.e kit with tshirt shorts, pumps, trainers and bags. Is it worth buying some of these things in uk
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Re: What's the deal with these hard square school bags?

My middle child started first grade this year. 2 years ago when her older sister started first grade, I bought her a used backpack set (including lots of extras) off eBay for 1€ so she could play along with her sister. Last spring I asked her if she wanted a new one for 1st grade or if she wanted to use the one she already has - and she picked sticking with the one she already has...so I got off lucky on that one! Not sure she is my daughter, though, going with a used one to start school with much too sensible!

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Thanks Rachael, that was helpful, surprised that's it's so big and bulky, poor kids carrying all that weight!

Also I saw on the school supply list a ton of school stationary and supplies that we don't provide for in the uk, u would think pencils at least are provided!

8 of everything, folders, glue sticks, colours, erasers etc etc

Does anyone know how much it is for the complete p.e kit with tshirt shorts, pumps, trainers and bags. Is it worth buying some of these things in uk

we only had to provide colored pencils, glue, scissors, an eraser and one or 2 other items depending on the year. The rest they get in school. On the other hand, the 1st grade list for my daughter in Germany was L-O-N-G including paints, certain types of paint brushes, and many other items that easily came to 100€. It really just depends on your town. I guess we live in Canton St. Gallen where taxes are higher, but perhaps this is one reason why, as the town/school provides a lot of the supplies?
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