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Re: Shopping in Konstanz, Germany

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Re: Shopping in Konstanz, Germany

Latest update and observations from most recent trip:

There is a large Moeller store in the pedestrianised area Kanzleistrasse. The toy shop is opposite on the corner just left if you are looking from the main shop. THen you go downstairs and there is a warehouse full of kids stuff. Price comparison Duplo train set 110 CHF in Moeller DE vs 160 in Manor CH

The Kaufland supermarket at Carl-Benz-Strasse itself does not seem to sell fresh cuts, but there is a butcher at the front of the store who does. I stood at the instore one looking at the meat wondering why they didn't have fresh stuff and almost bought the packaged stuff.

Humanic in Lago sell lots of Hugo Boss shoes if that is your thing. I bought some sturdy winter business shoes from a cheaper brand, but was eyeing up those Hugos!

Didn't find any decent place to stop and eat in Lago with the kids - if anyone has any suggestions for next time, great.

The place for the cash back in Zurich HB is the currency exchange underneath the blue angel. Just go up to the till with your stamped forms. Take your ID. I forgot mine. Interestingly, the lady at the counter said they will do the Global Blue Tax refund no problem, but the other ones they charge you about half the rebate. Seems it is better to go back to the store. Can anyone confirm this?

Also, we went a bit mad shopping in Kaufland and what with that and our purchases in Lago, thought we had overdone it by about a 100 CHF or so. Was worried about going to the customs and being hauled off. Ended up ringing a friend and he said that we were ok as we also had the kids - so 4 of us rather than 2. Is this correct? Does the 300 CHF per person include minors (daughter is about 1 month!)? What would be the situation if we have gone over, just declare on the Swiss side?

Cheers & happy shopping (if such a thing exists...)
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Old 11.01.2012, 23:25
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Latest update and observations from most recent trip:

There is a large Moeller store in the pedestrianised area Kanzleistrasse. The toy shop is opposite on the corner just left if you are looking from the main shop. THen you go downstairs and there is a warehouse full of kids stuff. Price comparison Duplo train set 110 CHF in Moeller DE vs 160 in Manor CH

The Kaufland supermarket at Carl-Benz-Strasse itself does not seem to sell fresh cuts, but there is a butcher at the front of the store who does. I stood at the instore one looking at the meat wondering why they didn't have fresh stuff and almost bought the packaged stuff.

Humanic in Lago sell lots of Hugo Boss shoes if that is your thing. I bought some sturdy winter business shoes from a cheaper brand, but was eyeing up those Hugos!

Didn't find any decent place to stop and eat in Lago with the kids - if anyone has any suggestions for next time, great.

The place for the cash back in Zurich HB is the currency exchange underneath the blue angel. Just go up to the till with your stamped forms. Take your ID. I forgot mine. Interestingly, the lady at the counter said they will do the Global Blue Tax refund no problem, but the other ones they charge you about half the rebate. Seems it is better to go back to the store. Can anyone confirm this?

Also, we went a bit mad shopping in Kaufland and what with that and our purchases in Lago, thought we had overdone it by about a 100 CHF or so. Was worried about going to the customs and being hauled off. Ended up ringing a friend and he said that we were ok as we also had the kids - so 4 of us rather than 2. Is this correct? Does the 300 CHF per person include minors (daughter is about 1 month!)? What would be the situation if we have gone over, just declare on the Swiss side?

Cheers & happy shopping (if such a thing exists...)
Kids also count for duty free alowance, strange but true
If you want to rent them out for cross border allowances?
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Re: Shopping in Konstanz, Germany

Sure - you can have them all day! Think I might win in this deal...
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Re: What should I buy in Konstanz? (besides Food)

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Has anyone experience in doing tax refund for L permit holder? I remember last time I could not do it in Basel because I was with L Permit...has the thing changed recently?
If you have an L permit, you have to have a Swiss address in your passport, too.
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Kids also count for duty free alowance, strange but true
With the exception of coffee, cigarettes and booze obviously
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Re: Shopping in Konstanz, Germany

Hi,
Are we having the Sale in Konstanz?
Any idea how long this sale will last if there is a winter sale going?

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Hi,
Are we having the Sale in Konstanz?
Any idea how long this sale will last if there is a winter sale going?
As there are no longer any laws in Germany regulating "sales periods" (unlike e.g. France), any shop may offer sales at any time, and on such terms as it sees fit (within the general laws regarding consumer protection and sale of goods, obviously). You need to check with each store on a separate basis.#

That said, it is customary to have a sale starting mid-January.
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Re: Shopping in Konstanz, Germany

Thanks for the information!!!
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Re: Shopping in Konstanz, Germany

This past weekend I bought some skiis in Constance. Since I didnt have my boots to give them so they could fit them in the bindings, I bought them, with and got an Abhlauftrag to pcik them up when I bring my boots. On the way home, I stopped at the customs and had my papers stamped, and paid the swiss tax. I am unsure how i should proceed now. I have brand new boots at home that i got around christmas time (no receipt). I will be taking them into germany and back. I will have the receipt for the skiis, showing i paid tax for them, but i have nothing to prove that the boots were already in switzerland.
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Old 23.01.2012, 09:20
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Re: Shopping in Konstanz, Germany

You only need to take one boot. If you're checked then it's pretty clear that you've not just bought them! Also take the receipt showing you've already paid Swiss duty on the skis.
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Old 23.01.2012, 10:24
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You only need to take one boot. If you're checked then it's pretty clear that you've not just bought them! Also take the receipt showing you've already paid Swiss duty on the skis.
The shop told me i need to take both ski boots
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Re: Shopping in Konstanz, Germany

Take a photo of them with the date on at a swiss landmark.
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Re: Shopping in Konstanz, Germany

Good idea actually....I dont think it even has to be a landmark....it can be your local train station with the station name visible

Hell it could even be next to a coop or a migros
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On the way home, I stopped at the customs and had my papers stamped, and paid the swiss tax.
The boots are not the problem, but the skis. You had the export papers stamped, but you didn't export the skis, which is a crime.
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Re: Shopping in Konstanz, Germany

It is not possible that you could kit up and look like it was a skiing trip for the day?
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The boots are not the problem, but the skis. You had the export papers stamped, but you didn't export the skis, which is a crime.
Technically you're right, but I don't see how this would become a problem. When kiwiguy08 returns to Switzerland and is stopped by Swiss customs he'll have the receipt with the Swiss customs' stamp on it. Swiss customs won't care whether he just bought the skis or if he's returning from a skiing trip, all they care about is that Swiss VAT has been paid.

As far as the boots are concerned, I would stop at Swiss customs and ask (or call them first). I'm pretty sure that they have some process to handle such a situation.

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Re: Shopping in Konstanz, Germany

A lot of good info - Thanks
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Old 23.01.2012, 13:47
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The boots are not the problem, but the skis. You had the export papers stamped, but you didn't export the skis, which is a crime.
It should not be a problem in my opinion....as far as anyone knows i exported the skis and brought them back to constanz for a tuneup with my skiboots.
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Technically you're right, but I don't see how this would become a problem. When kiwiguy08 returns to Switzerland and is stopped by Swiss customs he'll have the receipt with the Swiss customs' stamp on it. Swiss customs won't care whether he just bought the skis or if he's returning from a skiing trip, all they care about is that Swiss VAT has been paid.

As far as the boots are concerned, I would stop at Swiss customs and ask (or call them first). I'm pretty sure that they have some process to handle such a situation.
As far as the Swiss customs are concerned, there's absolutely nothing wrong with what he did. His problems are with the Germans. But then again, there's no law against taking skis and boots back into Germany for servicing. He'll be all right.
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