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Old 29.04.2010, 10:55
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Ordered 2 Kerastaze products, total 27 pounds - hope there will be no customs
Update - products arrived with no additional charges/customs.
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Old 29.04.2010, 12:01
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Re: Online Shopping Tip

i_claudia - sorry for late post. very busy at work.

other couple of links:

fashion:
http://www.yoox.com/
clothes, shoes, etc.. I like their selection of footwear and handbags. Good service and quick delivery.

skincare from Bliss:

http://www.blisslondon.co.uk/home.do
I think one of the best skincare. Bliss peeling groovy transforms your skin and Bliss steep clean mask is really, really good. But international delivery cost is high, so it is probably better to ship it to family in the UK and ask them to post to Switzerland.

Bemz:

http://www.bemz.com/
over 100 designs and colours, covers for Ikea furniture, including Marimekko designs. Covers made up to order so you need to wait 4-6 weeks.

that's all for now.
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Update - products arrived with no additional charges/customs.
Excellent - pleased to hear it!!

Blindgirl - thanks for the tips... keep 'em coming if anyone else wants to contribute I'm all ears!
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Re: Online Shopping Tip

I have one more website to add

http://www.cheapsmells.com/index.php

You pay a postage, but usually it's not much.
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Old 18.06.2010, 22:58
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Thanks for the tip, re the hair care products! I've just ordered from M&S - marksandspencer.com - the stuff is quite cheap compared to Switzerland and postage was £7.50. It cost £30 so I don't think I'll be charged customs, but will post back and let you know when it arrives.

www.my-wardrobe.com are good for more designer stuff - they deliver to Switzerland but haven't ordered from here yet. Their sale has just started though! Suprised more sites don't take the VAT off since we are not in the EU, but hey, it is still often cheaper to order from the UK even paying the VAT. Happy shopping
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Great tip, thanks.
I have had good luck with finding affordable clothes for my baby at C&A. But it's harder to go wrong with boy's clothes than girl's! Good luck.
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Old 18.06.2010, 23:17
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Furthermore, gifts mailed from individuals living abroad to individuals in Switzerland are duty-exempt up to a value of CHF 100. Goods purchased on the Internet do not satisfy these conditions and are subject to duty in accordance with the general provisions.
If this is true, can you get somebody from home to mail what you want to you from the home country?
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Hi there all,

Thanks for sharing all your tips and links. I'll be making my move to Switzerland permanently at the end of June, coming from Canada. I like the Aveda hair products and wondering if I should stock up on them before I leave?

Any other suggestions on what I should stock up on especially hard to get or outrageously expensive items?

I'll look forward to your insight.

Thanks
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I haven't seen Aveda here so yes, stock up. No Reese cups either Stock up in Canada on most things as everything is much more expensive here.

Oh and I would stock up on clothes too. Not much choice at normal prices here. I miss shopping in Canada soooo much!

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Looks like I have some shopping to do before I go. I have been back and forth over the past year but I didn't spend much time in the shops.

I was looking for vitamins & supplements when I was there last and found the selection rather limited.

I know there will be lots of things I will miss in Canada but sooo much to look forward to in Switzerland

Thanks for your suggestions Marz.
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Quick update on my M&S buy - no customs charges - all the customs papers were removed from the front of the package. It cost about £28 + £7.50 postage - still a bargain compared to prices in Lausanne. I ordered it on Saturday (I think) and got it Thursday. The sale is on now so have ordered a dress... This could get addictive
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Quick update on my M&S buy - no customs charges - all the customs papers were removed from the front of the package. It cost about £28 + £7.50 postage - still a bargain compared to prices in Lausanne. I ordered it on Saturday (I think) and got it Thursday. The sale is on now so have ordered a dress... This could get addictive
So did you order from M&S and get someone to post this to you or was it sent directly from the shop?
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Old 04.07.2010, 12:51
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Re: Online Shopping Tip

Going to the M&S site now, thanks for the tip

For books try bookdepository who deliver FOC and as an earlier poster pointed out, you can get over 200 CHF of books without tax

This company are not fast, allow a week, but they get anything and the prices are good

https://www.bookdepository.co.uk/
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So did you order from M&S and get someone to post this to you or was it sent directly from the shop?
I order regularly from M&S online. I love the underwear and socks selection (especially the BLACK sox with different coloured toes and heels for easy pairing).
I was online one day and everything was 20% off that day so I placed 5 separate orders - 4 were 35 GBP or less and one was just over 35 GBP.
I had to pay 25CHF for customs and administrative fees on that one package which was over 35 GBP, the rest were fine.

I have noticed in Zürich that there is not a huge selection of nice dresses. The only place I have found is C&A and I have purchased my last three dresses for going to weddings there.

If you are looking for a nice unique dress for an occasion then I highly recommend Monsoon. The delivery fee is only 7.95 GBP per order and you have 28 days to return it if you are not happy (return postage paid for by yourself of course).
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Hi there all,

Thanks for sharing all your tips and links. I'll be making my move to Switzerland permanently at the end of June, coming from Canada. I like the Aveda hair products and wondering if I should stock up on them before I leave?

Any other suggestions on what I should stock up on especially hard to get or outrageously expensive items?

I'll look forward to your insight.

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I haven't seen Aveda here so yes, stock up. No Reese cups either Stock up in Canada on most things as everything is much more expensive here.

Oh and I would stock up on clothes too. Not much choice at normal prices here. I miss shopping in Canada soooo much!

Roots Hairstyles at Kreuzplatz in Zurich stocks and uses Aveda products. They speak English there too.


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Re: Online Shopping Tip

M and S now deliver directly to Switzerland, and postal charges are quite reasonable considering what you save, BUT, they charge British VAT on all goods, even though we should be exempt. I have written to them about it and got no joy.

Perhaps if all of those that use the site from here could complain, things might change? British VAT has just gone up.
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Re: Online Shopping Tip

What a wealth of info -thanks so much for sharing!

Don't forget figleaves.co.uk for all things undies -they have frequent sales just keep checking in.

Re: Book Depository -I've been doing alot of comparing to Amazon.uk and though BD does free shipping, Amazon still seems to come out on top for price even with shipping. But either one is still less expensive than buying English books here especially with the current exchange rate!

Re: Boden -agreed, they can be a bit mumsy. What's not too bad about them is the extensive customer reviews where ladies tend to include their general size proportions and how the product looked and fit -was pretty accurate actually and I managed to grab one summer dress.

TIP WANTED: Has anyone come across online fabrics (for quilting, crafts, dress-making, etc) from the UK? There are a few in CH but the fabrics tend to be a bit dated. I'm looking for fresh, modern looks like you'd find on Etsy. Crafting keeps me sane.
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A good one for nicely designed home stuff with no VAT charged for delivery to Switzerland is www.scandinaviandesigncenter.com

Just ordered some things and will have to pay customs charges but at least I'm not paying VAT too. Delivery is reasonable considering they are quite large things ie a rug and a chandelier
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Re: Online Shopping Tip

I have used www.toppreise.ch a number of times. Mainly for electronic items. It is based in Switzerland, but the prices always seem to be a fair bit cheaper than in the stores. For example, a blender in the stores was about 170 CHF, I found it on toppreise for 120CHF delivered. Our new Samsung TV was a few hundred francs cheaper...etc..etc....

I just checked it yesterday for Logitec headphones for the computer. My husband purchased a pair at Office World for 50CHF, I found them on toppreise for 30CHF plus a small delivery fee. You get the idea...:-)
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What is this Toppreise you speak of?
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