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Hello everyone, I am new on the forum and hope my question is appropriate on this thread 😊. I will be moving to Geneva in about 18 months, so I have plenty of time to prepare. Please could anyone tell me if buying pots, pans, dishes etc. Is more expensive in Geneva, or perhaps I should consider buying any new necessities here in the UK? I know Switzerland is expensive but not sure by how much household items might be. Thank you in advance for any advice!
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There are not many things that are cheaper in Switzerland than in the UK.

If I were you, I would take a dictionary, look up what ever item you're interested in, then google Swiss sites for those items and check the prices. This way you can make your own decision about it.

A few websites you could check directly are:
migros.ch, coop.ch, galaxus.ch, nettoshop.ch, ottos.ch, ikea.ch (most loved by the expats ), conforama.ch ........................

PS: With buying pots and pans you might want to be careful. If you rent a flat, you will not know what kind of stove is in the kitchen and if you buy all normal and have a induction cooker ...
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Hello everyone, I am new on the forum and hope my question is appropriate on this thread 😊. I will be moving to Geneva in about 18 months, so I have plenty of time to prepare. Please could anyone tell me if buying pots, pans, dishes etc. Is more expensive in Geneva, or perhaps I should consider buying any new necessities here in the UK? I know Switzerland is expensive but not sure by how much household items might be. Thank you in advance for any advice!
It depends on what brands/quality you desire. Le Creuset is often cheaper here.

Often the rule of thumb for stuff at home is that furniture is more expensive here, and the lower the price range you are looking at the more expensive Switzerland is, more expensive items often tend to be cheaper here. A pan which costs 10,- in Germany can cost 20,- here, but a pan that costs 250,- in Germany can often found cheaper here.

You could also look at buying in for example France once you moved here and enjoy the French VAT refund.
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Also have a look at toppreise.ch. A comparison site if you are looking for something specific.

And if you are coming for an UN job and will have a cdl, there is a UN shop. Ask your employer if this is the case.
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OP, if you have a tight budget and need to watch your pennies, you could also consider giving thrift shops/ second hand stores a chance.

Here's a link to one such shop of the Salvation Army in GVA

https://www.brocki.ch/fr/filiales-2/geneve-le-lignon/


Shops like that, are my favourite ones
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I agree, when we were first here OH was a contractor and we didn't know how long we'd stay as it was all a bit temporary but we had to furnish an apartment. We visited local Brockihaus places in Basel and picked up some nice things cheaply like high back dining chairs for 20chf each, also black leatherette covered folding dining chairs for 5chf each, balcony furniture, plus decorative items and a couple of nice framed posters for a few francs. For basic things like crockery we found bargains in chains like OTTO, also Conforama and IKEA for linens. As we're not far from Germany we also found bargains in Marktkauf at Weil Am Rhein. We picked up a Sony TV at a bargain price in Basel, the model was being replaced by a new one and it was the display one in the Interdiscount store.

When his job became perm he was lucky enough to be offered relocation expenses so we found a better apartment, went back to Scotland, took the IKEA furniture to bits in our house (we had bought the house and the furniture 3 months before he came here) then shipped it via a company in Edinburgh along with personal things like books, paintings and etchings we'd collected over the years.

My advice is draw up a list of all the basic stuff you need (we started out with a sofa, TV unit, bed, wardrobes, kitchen table and chairs, crockery, pans and some linen) and we made a budget and stuck to it pretty rigidly, coming in at 400 francs under. Until we had wardrobes we bought 2 decent rails from IKEA, when we were done with them we put one in the spare bedroom and one in the hall for coats and outdoor shoes.
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There are not many things that are cheaper in Switzerland than in the UK.

If I were you, I would take a dictionary, look up what ever item you're interested in, then google Swiss sites for those items and check the prices. This way you can make your own decision about it.

A few websites you could check directly are:
migros.ch, coop.ch, galaxus.ch, nettoshop.ch, ottos.ch, ikea.ch (most loved by the expats ), conforama.ch ........................

PS: With buying pots and pans you might want to be careful. If you rent a flat, you will not know what kind of stove is in the kitchen and if you buy all normal and have a induction cooker ...
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