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Shopping across the border near Basel

I moved to Basel in 2011, and I remember that it was it took a while to find out where to shop. Migros and Coop are of-course all over in Basel, but if you wanted to shop in Germany or France, where should you go?

I think I now have found the most places, so I have collected shopping opportunities in a small map:

Link to Google map

Please let me know if I missed anything...
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Old 07.06.2015, 23:17
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Re: Shopping across the border near Basel

Moving to Basel in July, this map is gping to be a BIG help thank you!
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nice work!
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Re: Shopping across the border near Basel

Thanks and welcome to Basel.

Remember when you shop across the border that there are regulations for brining things into Switzerland. Max 300 CHF, and no more than 1 kg of meat ... you can see all the rules here. It is however much cheaper to do your groseries accross the boarder. You can even get the VAT back if you have a L, B or C work permit.

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It is per person. Be aware that it must be possible to split what you bring. e.g. 2 persons cannot buy a television set to 500 CHF and then bring it over the border together. Many bring the kids so they can bring more meat back across the border. We call this “Meat hostages”....
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It is per person. Be aware that it must be possible to split what you bring. e.g. 2 persons cannot buy a television set to 500 CHF and then bring it over the border together. Many bring the kids so they can bring more meat back across the border. We call this “Meat hostages”....
2 funny.

My kids are told it's an "adventure" to go to a different country. Ignorance is bliss!
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It is per person. Be aware that it must be possible to split what you bring. e.g. 2 persons cannot buy a television set to 500 CHF and then bring it over the border together. Many bring the kids so they can bring more meat back across the border. We call this “Meat hostages”....
Meat Hostages! I love it! My kids know that every Saturday morning it's time to load up and head across the border for grocery shopping. They complain...but we tell them if they don't go, they don't eat. 😊
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Re: Shopping across the border near Basel

This is really good, thanks.
It would be good to have a wiki version, with write ups, mobile app, etc. My addition would be these Auto factors: Carter Cash, 170, rue des Romains, Centre Commercial Prix Bas, 68200 MULHOUSE. Next to an Auchan store development, which may or may not be reopened yet.

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Re: Shopping across the border near Basel

Very helpful for newbies.

If you are including the Mulhouse shops, consider including Auchun, Decathlon and Casino hypermarkets just North of Mulhouse.
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Thanks I added Carter Cash. I will look into the WIKI part when I have some time...
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Re: Shopping across the border near Basel

Thanks. First the restaurant map, & now the shops: you are helping the Forum members in a big way!
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Nicely done Z. A few there I didnt know about.




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Thanks. First the restaurant map, & now the shops: you are helping the Forum members in a big way!
It may be a good idea to devote separate threads to this topic. Say one thread for dining and another for shopping accross the border. Both threads would be hugely popular too.

Just a thought.
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It may be a good idea to devote separate threads to this topic. Say one thread for dining and another for shopping accross the border. Both threads would be hugely popular too.

Just a thought.
Meat hostage sharing, helping hands to carry large purchases. People like me with a Mercedes Vito, 3 seats, huge carry area, I can only bring 300euro of stuff. So we write an EFShopper app. GPS tracks us when we are over the border, we phone scan our purchases as we walk in the shop, if a different person has an item in their basket that day costing less in a different store, one shopper is prompted to put theirs back, the other efshopper takes two! EFers can log on as daytripper (Potential Meat hostage), shopper, or shopper with car. We can meet up for socials, resync/optimise goods, have language classes, social events in a reasonably priced bars, etc. We can have WTB lists, price flashes for spectacular reductions, pooling of discount cards, vouchers, etc. The list goes on and on!!!
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