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Old 26.05.2010, 21:48
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Cost of electronic goods

Hi everyone - I am in the process of planning the move from the UK to Basel and am considering replacing our electronic goods - tv, dvd etc. Not sure how expensive this sort of thing is in CH - can you give me a steer please. (I am aware that goods shouldn't be new btw!) Thanks in advance.
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Old 26.05.2010, 21:55
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Re: Cost of electronc goods

www.digitec.ch is a good place to look. I think it's harder to find new stuff cheaper than on this site.

Electronic goods are generally cheaper here than in the UK I think (someone correct me if I'm wrong).
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Re: Cost of electronc goods

Hi Kiwi Girl,

I find most electronics are similar to UK prices, maybe even slightly cheaper aöthough current xchg rates is impacting this. There are various price comparison sites in CH to check best prices on line, I typically use:

http://en.toppreise.ch/index.php

This site should give you a feel for CH prices

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Re: Cost of electronc goods

you can check prices here
http://www.toppreise.ch/index.php
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Old 26.05.2010, 22:02
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Re: Cost of electronc goods

Thank you everyone - really helpful (I'll thank you properly when I have enough posts to get the button )
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Electronic goods are generally cheaper here than in the UK I think (someone correct me if I'm wrong).
Not according to the UBS Prices and Earnings survey.

With NYC on 100 in their home electronics and household appliances index, London gets 113.7, Zürich gets 153.2 . . . so substantially more expensive here on average. NB: The weakness of GBP has had an impact here.
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Re: Cost of electronc goods

After purchasing replacement goods. I was told by a sparky (electrician) that as the developed euopean nations use rougly the same voltage is simply a question of "changing the plug on the socket end" Ive since had this confirmed by other electricians.

Any body qualified to confirm?

Ive now done this for a surge protector, lamp, microwave, kettle and toaster. Which are all still alive, as am I. The only consequence to this, is defaulting on warranty.
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Not according to the UBS Prices and Earnings survey.

With NYC on 100 in their home electronics and household appliances index, London gets 113.7, Zürich gets 153.2 . . . so substantially more expensive here on average. NB: The weakness of GBP has had an impact here.
But in real terms they are cheaper, and even if that is only because of exchange rates it is still valid. It's what someone would actually pay not what a survey says. I've been looking at what I might bring with me, what I'll buy now in the UK and what I'll buy in Zurich. I've postponed buying a few items as they'll definitely be cheaper in CH while other items I could use now.
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After purchasing replacement goods. I was told by a sparky (electrician) that as the developed euopean nations use rougly the same voltage is simply a question of "changing the plug on the socket end" Ive since had this confirmed by other electricians.

Any body qualified to confirm?

Ive now done this for a surge protector, lamp, microwave, kettle and toaster. Which are all still alive, as am I. The only consequence to this, is defaulting on warranty.
Yes. You can forget your warranty. Other than that, if you do it wrong you could spark a fire.

Personally there are some things I won't change the plug on like anything that pulls lots of amps or has a motor. I just use a plug adaptor. But that's just me. Better safe than sorry.
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