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Which appliances to bring from US?

Is it more cost efficient to buy a new television that can support Swiss voltage requirements in US? Would any television that supports up to 240 v work just fine?

I'm curious which appliances would be best to buy in the US.
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Old 19.01.2018, 21:40
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Is it more cost efficient to buy a new television that can support Swiss voltage requirements in US? Would any television that supports up to 240 v work just fine?

I'm curious which appliances would be best to buy in the US.
Nothing with AC motors.

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Old 19.01.2018, 22:08
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Re: Which appliances to bring from US?

Pssst... I think you posted to the wrong thread..
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"Which appliances to bring from US?"

Sorry, must be my ageing laptop (or ageing brain). It keeps linking to a 20Minuten article about Trump's helicopter.
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Re: Which appliances to bring from US?

Haha yes wrong link I think... unless it is supposed to be a joke
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Re: Which appliances to bring from US?

Who is paying for the move? Honestly I wouldn't bother with much. If you already have something you're attached to that's fine, but if you want to import without duty fees you'll need to own it for 6 months before you come anyway. Shopping new would probably be out.

Due to the voltage issues, we sold almost everything and bought new here. We didn't feel like having transformers all over the place, and electronics aren't necessarily any cheaper in the U.S. than they are here. We did bring our blender, which we use with a small transformer in the kitchen.
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Re: Which appliances to bring from US?

I know a friend who got his transformers blew out here.. just buy new here, the prices are reasonable...
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Re: Which appliances to bring from US?

Simple, none. There are zero advantages of bringing your own, sell there and buy new/used here
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Is it more cost efficient to buy a new television that can support Swiss voltage requirements in US? Would any television that supports up to 240 v work just fine?

I'm curious which appliances would be best to buy in the US.
You could bring appliances, but I found that it was not worth the effort. Transformers are finicky and do not last long. In the end, it is best to buy things new when you get here.

Regarding TVs. Keep in mind that voltage differences are only one problem you will face. European TVs use different broadcast standards and formats. Your TV will be a useless pile of junk.

The only items worth bringing are electronics with transformers that work at 240v with a plug adapter.
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Old 21.01.2018, 16:09
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Sorry, must be my ageing laptop (or ageing brain). It keeps linking to a 20Minuten article about Trump's helicopter.
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Haha yes wrong link I think... unless it is supposed to be a joke
It was a good one too .... was it deleted?
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Re: Which appliances to bring from US?

Chances are a TV would be fine as long as you can select PAL or NTSC, because you'll most likely be using a built in app like Netflix or a set-top box - no great loss if the tuner doesn't get you anything here.

Customs are unlikely to notice the age of a TV if included in a whole load of household goods. But you also have to think about warranty - you can't get it fixed by your US provider.

Any sort of small electronic device like phones, tablets, smartwatches are typically much cheaper in the US, price conversions for that stuff are often outrageous (£ = $, € = 1.5 * $, CHF = 2 * $).
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Transformers are finicky and do not last long.
Bullshit.

I have transformers that have been working fine for over 30 years.

Either you are using the wrong rating, or you have other problems.

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Old 21.01.2018, 20:30
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Bullshit.

I have transformers that have been working fine for over 30 years.

Either you are using the wrong rating, or you have other problems.

Tom
That's the ones one was able to buy 30 years ago probably

Today's devices have a suicide date programmed.
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Re: Which appliances to bring from US?

Apple i-Devices.

Everything else: don't bother.
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Re: Which appliances to bring from US?

Dont listen to others. Electronics are about the only cheap things in Switzerland (since we dont have lunatic taxes) - buy them here.
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Old 21.01.2018, 23:54
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Re: Which appliances to bring from US?

When we moved here (a million years ago) having heard tales of shocking Swiss prices I loaded up the (company paid) container with just about all the gadgets I could think of, including Swiss voltage electronics bought from a special US supplier.

Waste of space, waste of money.

Yes, those things functioned here - but they didn't really fit. You see, our living spaces in Switzerland are quite different from what I had in the US, and we lived our lives quite differently than we had in the US. The things I bought in the US were either too big, too loud (seriously), too 'not Swiss' in design, simpy not needed - and I didn't have nearly enough storage space for all the stuff.

I wish I had been smarter and waited to see what I really needed, and what would really fit in my Swiss house and into my Swiss life.

So my advice - wait, buy here. And only buy what you really need.

Unless you need an Instant Pot. Apparently those are quite hard to come by here. (See the relevant thread. )

All the best with your move.
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Unless you need an Instant Pot. Apparently those are quite hard to come by here. (See the relevant thread. )
Which would be this one.

In fact, we should all order one from OP to bring them for us!
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Re: Which appliances to bring from US?

Good call on the Instant Pot! Does anyone know if a US model will work in CH? I imagine you will need an expensive converter?
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Re: Which appliances to bring from US?

Buy transformers in the US.

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Buy transformers in the US.

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That's what I did. 5000watt $ 129.95 on eBay
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