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Old 13.06.2015, 23:25
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Buying furniture in IKEA Germany, bringing to Zurich

Hi All

We have moved to Switzerland and will be moving to our permanent apartment in Zurich (still undecided, Zurich city center or Gold Coast) during July.

We are considering buying some of our furniture in IKEA Germany and bring it over here, to take advantage of the currency and the cheaper prices.

Question is, we don't want to have to do it ourselves, too much hassle.

Can anyone recommend or know of a company that would:
- Buy our shopping list in the Ikea near Fribourg, Germany
- Take care of the tax stamp in the border
- Deliver to our apartment
- Assemble it

Any recommendations?
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Re: Buying furniture in IKEA Germany, bringing to Zurich

Have you already checked how much is the difference in price between IKEA Germany and Switzerland?
You might save few money but not that much..... surely in terms of delivery costs will be higher from Germany, and montage I don't even know if they provide that service from Germany to CH
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Re: Buying furniture in IKEA Germany, bringing to Zurich

I seriously doubt that Ikea in Germany is that much cheaper (compared to Ikea in Dietlikon) so that you can afford to

-- and I quote you--

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your shopping list in the Ikea near Fribourg(-en-Brisgau), Germany
- Take care of the tax stamp in the border
- Deliver to
your apartment
- Assemble it


and still save money.

Honestly it will cost you at least 500 € just to have them delivered and all the customs formalities done (transitaire, forwarder etc...). Freiburg is ~150 km from Zürich. Besides, it is highly unlikely that Ikea Freiburg will deliver outside Germany. You'll have to go thru an intermediary.

Also don't forget that if something goes wrong: missing item, broken item etc... you'll have to go back to Freiburg...

Way too much hassle for a meager saving.

Wishing you all the best and welcome to Switzerland!
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Have you already checked how much is the difference in price between IKEA Germany and Switzerland?
I would strongly recommend to check the prices beforehand. Many items are cheaper but most not by much and some may even be more expensive in Germany. If you plan to do transport and assembly by yourself you will probably save some money but if you have to pay a third party for it you may very well end up paying more than in Switzerland.

Easy way to compare prices: Just replace the country code in the URL in your browser.

Example:
http://www.ikea.com/ch/de/catalog/products/20115038/
http://www.ikea.com/de/de/catalog/products/20115038/
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Re: Buying furniture in IKEA Germany, bringing to Zurich

I disagree with earlier posters.

As with most things, Ikea furniture is cheaper in Germany than in Switzerland, and how much you could save depends on how much you spend.

For example, the higher-end (for Ikea) Årviksand inner-spring bed (180x200 cm) costs €769 in Germany and CHF 989 in Switzerland. After refund of German MWSt and payment of Swiss MWSt, the Freiburg bed comes to €698, or CHF 729 -- so you'd save CHF 260 by shopping for this one item alone in Germany.

Buy a whole household of furniture in Germany and your savings would amount to thousands, easily.

I'm sure that one of the "man with a van" operations that advertise on EF would be only too happy to provide a van and labour to transport and assemble the furniture. The tax refund process is dead easy and requires no special knowledge or skill.
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Something else to keep in mind: Not all IKEA outlets carry the whole range of products and sometimes items go out of stock. So before you hire a man with a van or whatever check if the items you want are actually available in Freiburg.
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Re: Buying furniture in IKEA Germany, bringing to Zurich

Do look at Micasa.ch as well. It is effectively the Swiss version of Ikea. For a lot of things the Ikea design philosophy does not mesh well with the Swiss apartment standard notions. In particular: lighting, drapery, and wardrobes are three areas where I vastly preferred what Micasa offered.
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Re: Buying furniture in IKEA Germany, bringing to Zurich

Thanks everyone for the feedback, all good points!

Indeed, we are looking to get all the household and would be checking before hand all the prices. We believe though, with the return of the tax and TIME saved, we would be saving some good money plus the hassle to assemble it, carry it upstairs, etc.

As for delivery and assembly charges from IKEA Switzrland, it is as follows:

Base of 99 or 199 (depending on fast or normal delivery) + a whopping 17% of the cost of items that require assembly. We calculated it and, for a 6000 CHF purchase, taking away the mattress which does not require assembly, its like a 1000 CHF in assembly costs only, no tax back.

As for the guarantee and out of stock issues, fair comments to keep in mind...
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Re: Buying furniture in IKEA Germany, bringing to Zurich

Hi,
We were in Germany today at a couple of furniture shops to buy some new furniture and have it delivered to Switzerland. we were at wohnwelt in rheinfelden and seipp in tiengen and what to say, the prices are outraguously high and much more than switzerland. i think these border towns have learnt the game well with the currency valuations in the recent past. as CHF has become stronger than EUR, i think the expectation is that everybody from Switzerland will buy anything big outside the country at one of these border towns and to that effect, they have increased the prices so much that in the end somebody has to be foolish to buy there. i think it is no longer worth to shop at these places instead i was looking for some places a bit deeper into Germany where the prices are as expected according to normal german standards. Does anybody here know such places, we dont mind driving up to 200 kms into Germany (from Zurich) to find a decently priced furniture shop. of course we are ready to pay a little price for the delivery and fitting of the furniture.


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Re: Buying furniture in IKEA Germany, bringing to Zurich

We did a similar exercise a while back with IKEA Germany but found the price difference negligible and not really worth the effort for the items we wanted to buy(2 beds, a dresser, mattresses and other knick knacks). The catalogs for both Germany and Switzerland are available online and before even embarking on a trip to Germany, I'd recommend doing a paper comparison to see what kind of savings will accrue and whether it makes any financial sense.

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Sorry, but what a odd thread... you haven't yet even checked the price difference? Not very sensible.

The only time it's worth buying furniture from Germany is when it is proper furniture (real wood and design pieces etc) where you do save a fortune.

IKEA isn't worth the hassle.

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Re: Buying furniture in IKEA Germany, bringing to Zurich

We were thinking about the same thing, but in the end we bought everything right here in Switzerland. If some furniture doesn't fit we can still return it.
It would be worth it though to order it from Poland, if shipping fee was ok. In Polish Ikea prices are 25% of what you pay here.
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Surprised nobody has talked about receiving the VAT tax refund. Every time I go to Germany to buy things on the way back into Switzerland you can stop at the border office to receive a stamp on your receipt (ask for form where you purchase things). The only catch is that you have to return to the store where you bought it, but they will pay you in cash for taxes that German government would have received since you are residing in a non-EU country. For food and books, you get 7% back, and everything else is 19% back. When you spend over 1,000 Euros, I think you only get 12% back. This should definitely be figured into your calculations when thinking about making a day trip to purchase things in Germany.
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Surprised nobody has talked about receiving the VAT tax refund.
You aren't serious, are you?

http://www.englishforum.ch/search2.php?q=VAT+refund
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Surprised nobody has talked about receiving the VAT tax refund. Every time I go to Germany to buy things on the way back into Switzerland you can stop at the border office to receive a stamp on your receipt (ask for form where you purchase things). The only catch is that you have to return to the store where you bought it, but they will pay you in cash for taxes that German government would have received since you are residing in a non-EU country. For food and books, you get 7% back, and everything else is 19% back. When you spend over 1,000 Euros, I think you only get 12% back. This should definitely be figured into your calculations when thinking about making a day trip to purchase things in Germany.
What? They pay you money to go shopping? That sounds amazing! How can I get in on this deal? Where did you hear about this?

By the way, no, there's no reduction in the tax refund for purchases over €1,000. I've had the full 19% refunded on a car costing quite a bit more than that.
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After refund of German MWSt and payment of Swiss MWSt, the Freiburg bed comes to €698, or CHF 729 -- so you'd save CHF 260 by shopping for this one item alone in Germany.

Buy a whole household of furniture in Germany and your savings would amount to thousands, easily.
Do you know how it works regarding a tax refund if you're above the limit? Ie. if you have a receipt for over the 300 CHF limit do you end up having to pay taxes when you request a refund?
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Do you know how it works regarding a tax refund if you're above the limit? Ie. if you have a receipt for over the 300 CHF limit do you end up having to pay taxes when you request a refund?

The amount has no impact on the refund process. Obviously you are supposed to pay the Swiss VAT to the Swiss customs if your purchase exceeds 300 CHF, but the refund you get from the shop after having the receipt stamped by German customs and neither of them care about value of the purchase or Swiss import limit.
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The amount has no impact on the refund process. Obviously you are supposed to pay the Swiss VAT to the Swiss customs if your purchase exceeds 300 CHF, but the refund you get from the shop after having the receipt stamped by German customs and neither of them care about value of the purchase or Swiss import limit.
Except that there's a fair chance that the German (usually — I don't know whether the French, Italian or Austrian (or Liechtenstein, even) customs people are into it, too) border guard who stamps your €2,000 purchase receipt will grass you up to his Swiss counterpart. Just pay the Swiss VAT, it's peanuts compared to the refund you'll receive from the EU.
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We were thinking about the same thing, but in the end we bought everything right here in Switzerland. If some furniture doesn't fit we can still return it.
It would be worth it though to order it from Poland, if shipping fee was ok. In Polish Ikea prices are 25% of what you pay here.
Yes, IKEA products are usually much cheaper in Poland http://www.infotimes.pl/subpages/How...om_Poland.html
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