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Old 25.01.2012, 18:17
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It's 500g times 5, not 2.5 kg - ideally wrapped separately, and each on different till receipts. Although people have been successful in importing a joint as a "family purchase".
I regularly buy a 1kg T-bone for two, never have had a problem.

I've also brought over a whole prosciutto (6 or 7kg) several times for two.

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Old 25.01.2012, 18:22
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I've brought back 4kg of various assorted meats. According to Keith66, this will get me deported.
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Old 25.01.2012, 18:25
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I've brought back 4kg of various assorted meats. According to Keith66, this will get me deported.
That's if you're lucky. Your name probably is already on the list of "usual suspects" to be arrested come the revolution
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I've brought back 4kg of various assorted meats. According to Keith66, this will get me deported.
Did I say that or are you just trying to get a few more browny points off your mates?!?
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Old 25.01.2012, 19:13
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What will you do when all the shops close in Switzerland? If we were all like you and went over the border for everything, it will happen!!
Bullocks. People shopping over the border put some much needed competitive pressure onto sclerotic Swiss retailers.
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Did I say that or are you just trying to get a few more browny points off your mates?!?

Well... that ping-pong wasn't the result of you trying to get into my pants, that's for sure.
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Well... that ping-pong wasn't the result of you trying to get into my pants, that's for sure.

maybe it was.....
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Old 26.01.2012, 09:58
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I've brought back 4kg of various assorted meats. According to Keith66, this will get me deported.
Deported, no, but a CHF 80 / kg fine, yes.

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Old 26.01.2012, 10:07
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If they're boys then this only applies until they are teenagers. Then the law of diminishing returns sets in and they eat much more meat in one sitting than you could possibly bring back.
Im dreading the bill when our are all bigger, 3 boys and the 2 year old already eats like a horse
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Old 26.01.2012, 10:09
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Re: grocery bill

I'm going to jump in here with my Swiss mentality on this.

1. Stores close when they are no longer profitable. If you like the convenience of having a local store, make sure you do some of your shopping there so they can remain open. It might be a little more expensive, but the convenience can't be beat.

2. Manor is definitely feeling the pinch. A friend of mine, who a salesperson there, has been asked time and again for her advice regarding different products only to have the conversation ending with... "thank you for your time and advice. I'm going to Germany next week and will buy the product there."

3. Coming to Switzerland for a nice, cozy life with a good salary and then doing all your major shopping in Germany or France is a bit parasitic. Please see Angela74's post about giving free things away.

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Deported, no, but a CHF 80 / kg fine, yes.

Tom
I think if caught you not only pay the 80 chf duties but also a fine...so it would be more than 80 chf

One th eother hand he did say assorted meats so it probably wasnt all beef/pork
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Old 26.01.2012, 10:20
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I think if caught you not only pay the 80 chf duties but also a fine...so it would be more than 80 chf

One th eother hand he did say assorted meats so it probably wasnt all beef/pork
The duty is CHF 16 / kg, the fine is 4x that, so CHF 80 / kg total.

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Old 26.01.2012, 10:22
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I think if caught you not only pay the 80 chf duties but also a fine...so it would be more than 80 chf
Regular duty for fresh or frozen meat is CHF 20/kg, so 80 includes the fine.
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Old 26.01.2012, 10:23
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1. Stores close when they are no longer profitable. If you like the convenience of having a local store, make sure you do some of your shopping there so they can remain open. It might be a little more expensive, but the convenience can't be beat.
Indeed, I walk past the local Denner on my way to/from work (so, 4x/day), so I often stop in for something. This also permits me to so what they've knocked down 50% on due to last day of sale.

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Old 26.01.2012, 10:28
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The duty is CHF 16 / kg, the fine is 4x that, so CHF 80 / kg total.

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Aha...i misread your post....my apologies
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Old 26.01.2012, 10:28
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There's an Aldi just over the border on the road to Grenzach.
I haven't been in there myself though, I prefer Hieber, the King of Shops, and only another 5 minute drive, if that.

The Hieber experience is similar to say shopping in Waitrose, and Aldi, well, it's Aldi.
It's a couple of minutes walk from the 38 bus stop.

If you stay on the bus, it goes further into Germany and stops right outside Hiebers.
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Old 26.01.2012, 10:29
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1. Stores close when they are no longer profitable. If you like the convenience of having a local store, make sure you do some of your shopping there so they can remain open. It might be a little more expensive, but the convenience can't be beat.

May the force be with you.
I purposely avoid some of my local stores - I hope they close - they're rubbish!

However, I do support the ones I do like.

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2. Manor is definitely feeling the pinch. A friend of mine, who a salesperson there, has been asked time and again for her advice regarding different products only to have the conversation ending with... "thank you for your time and advice. I'm going to Germany next week and will buy the product there."
This is a moral thing. I've always believed this is so wrong on so many levels.

People who do this have low moral standards.

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3. Coming to Switzerland for a nice, cozy life with a good salary and then doing all your major shopping in Germany or France is a bit parasitic.
I get paid in pounds sterling. I'd be very happy in the U.K. but it's not so good here at the moment for me with the strong Swiss Franc.

We don't purposely go to France or Germany to shop but when we do go, for a family day out, we will do a quick shop.

We tend to buy non-Swiss foreign products that are marked up in Switzerland by the German distributor. Co-op and Migros have been campaigning against this and Denner, for example, have been importing grey market Elmex toothpaste.

We also buy things that we can't get easily here.

But, we do 90% of our shopping here.

Having said that, I bought a jacket online the other week from the U.K. (it's a U..S. make) and it was 65.00 GPB.

I saw the same jacket the other day in Migros Sport xx for 259 CHF.

I can expect a bit of a mark up but that's ridiculous.

Having said that, my wife bought a jacket in the same Migros Sport xx the week after.
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Old 26.01.2012, 10:33
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It's not the prices here, but it's the dire selection that gets me down.

Go to Hieber, and there is an island dedicated to spices and sauces as well as 3 large racks.
You can get a dozen different pesto's, maybe 25 different museli's, a whole rack of jams and preserves etc, etc.
Exotic fruits and vegetables.

Considering the prices coughed up here, they should be able to up the ante.
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I dont know about other towns, but in the past 1.5 years this one has added a coop pronto, migrolino, and a local grocery store was opened. All this even though we already have 2 coops, a large migros, and a denner for a town of less than 20K people.

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People have been doing this for decades.....its not new and the country magically survived it, people just forgot about it because the euro was so expensive for many years
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3. Coming to Switzerland for a nice, cozy life with a good salary and then doing all your major shopping in Germany or France is a bit parasitic.
It's only the border dwellers who have this luxury to go to DE or FR, a very small %, the vast majority of Swiss residents shop here 100%.
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