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Old 23.01.2012, 14:35
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Re: Shopping in Konstanz, Germany

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As far as the Swiss customs are concerned, there's absolutely nothing wrong with what he did. His problems are with the Germans.
You're right of course. I was going to mention that in my previous post but that thought got lost somewhere between my brain and the keyboard...
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Old 10.03.2012, 22:14
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And while you visit Constance: make sure you grab dinner at Bo Dai Tei - and get some of the best Japanese food outside of Japan (you might think I'm exaggerating here - but wait until you've tried it - the Sushi Master (yes, he actually is a Sushi Master) creates true works of art there. He's a bit eccentric and if the restaurant's too busy, he'll tell you where the wine is for self service :-) but the food is absolutely perfect.
I dragged up this old post because I stumbled up on it this morning and followed the advice. We went to Bo Dai Tei for a great sushi lunch and found a great little piece of Japan in Konstanz.
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Old 01.04.2012, 00:05
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Re: Shopping in Konstanz, Germany

Bo Dai Tei was not bad, the sushi train is excellent but the Udon is below my expectation though. That aside, the shopping experience in LAGO center is massively disappointing, probably because we went to Foxtown not too long ago and my wife still remembers the prices for many kids & women's items. Basically Foxtown is cheaper than LAGO at every turn of the corner, by 20~50%.

Maybe there are other great shops in Konstanz that we simply missed?
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Old 01.04.2012, 00:20
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Re: Shopping in Konstanz, Germany

Lago is a large overpriced shopping mall or tourist trap!! Go to the old town or other the non tourist side of Konstanz and loads of bargains to be had.
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Old 01.04.2012, 00:58
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That aside, the shopping experience in LAGO center is massively disappointing, probably because we went to Foxtown not too long ago and my wife still remembers the prices for many kids & women's items. Basically Foxtown is cheaper than LAGO at every turn of the corner, by 20~50%.
LAGO is a regular mall but Foxtown is an Outlet Mall, where you usually get last season's collection and 2nd choice or slow moving goods. Therefore Foxtown is supposed to be cheaper.

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Lago is a large overpriced shopping mall or tourist trap!!
I wouldn't know what's overpriced about LAGO. It's mostly chain stores anyway and those tend to charge the same price for the same product all over Germany.
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Re: Shopping in Konstanz, Germany

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LAGO is a regular mall but Foxtown is an Outlet Mall, where you usually get last season's collection and 2nd choice or slow moving goods. Therefore Foxtown is supposed to be cheaper.
That's probably true, yet the price comparison my wife made were between the same goods - for example a pair of Children's leather shoes, exactly the same stuff, SFr15 in Foxtown but Euro30 in one of the shops in LAGO. I agree that outlet center probably will have more last season goods than a place like LAGO, but well, we're not the fashion following type, feeling right matters more to us
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Re: Shopping in Konstanz, Germany

Hi there

Was at constanz today and made my first large supermarket purchases at kaufland. Thought I could get at least 20 Eros worth of tax returns at customs but was turned way as I did not get the tax return forms...

Can someone let me know what forms are we supposed to get at kaufland and where do we get it from? What's the forms in german? Thanks in advance!!
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Old 17.06.2012, 09:16
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Re: Shopping in Konstanz, Germany

Just tell the check-out operator when you pay that you want the tax form (Mehrwertsteuer formular). Throw in the word "Schweiz" and you will be understood instantly. It's a green form; you need to get it stamped by the German authorities at the border, then you can take it back to the store for a refund of 100% of the tax.

Just be aware of the Swiss tax-free limits ...
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Old 17.06.2012, 10:14
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Just tell the check-out operator when you pay that you want the tax form (Mehrwertsteuer formular).
The most commonly used expression seems to be "Ausfuhrschein".

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It's a green form
It's not always green. I've also seen white or grey ones.
Some stores also use the Global Blue tax return forms.

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Was at constanz today and made my first large supermarket purchases at kaufland.
At Kaufland you need to stop at the customer service desk, hand in your receipt and they will print the tax return form for you.
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Re: Shopping in Konstanz, Germany

what does it cost from zurich to konstanz retrun by train with half fare.. if anyone knows on top of their heads..
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what does it cost from zurich to konstanz retrun by train with half fare.. if anyone knows on top of their heads..
Its around CHF 32 with Half fare reduction, double that amount without a Half fare.
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Old 17.06.2012, 14:35
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Re: Shopping in Konstanz, Germany

I get it slightly cheaper if using my Deutsche Bahn and know in advance of my travel plans to shop, either in Jestetten DE or Konstanz DE.
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Re: Shopping in Konstanz, Germany

Correct. You can also go there by train, get a daily general ticket from your local cityhall (30 SFr.). You just walk over the border (almost never guarded) to Germany, buy all the things you need much cheaper than in Switzerland and walk back to the train.

Also you can claim the German VAT back before leaving (receipt is needed). As far as I can remember VAT free is everything below 300 or 400 SFr. not quite sure.

But as there is no one at the Swiss border most of the times ... I never had to pay VAT for Switzerland when leaving Constance.
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Old 17.06.2012, 16:11
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But as there is no one at the Swiss border most of the times ... I never had to pay VAT for Switzerland when leaving Constance.
Even when there's no Swiss customs personnel at the Konstanz railway station, you're still required to pay VAT when importing goods worth more than CHF 300 per person. Swiss customs does random checks on the trains!

There's a box somewhere near the entrance to the German customs office (IIRC). AFAIK you need to take a form there and fill it in and drop it into a designated mailbox. Later you'll receive a bill for the VAT from Swiss customs.
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Old 18.06.2012, 19:03
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The most commonly used expression seems to be "Ausfuhrschein".
Right. But do you think "Mehrwertsteuer formular" would be understood?

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It's not always green. I've also seen white or grey ones.
Some stores also use the Global Blue tax return forms.
Right again. But bearman asked specifically about Kaufland, where the form is green. As for Global Tax Refund, that's another concept entirely and frankly not worth the effort, due to the huge commission deducted from the refund.
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Old 18.06.2012, 21:39
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But bearman asked specifically about Kaufland, where the form is green.
Which Kaufland location are you writing about? I'm not sure about Konstanz but I'm 100% sure that Kaufland in Waldshut prints the forms on greyish paper at the customer service desk, because I've been there last week and the form is right here in my office.

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As for Global Tax Refund, that's another concept entirely and frankly not worth the effort, due to the huge commission deducted from the refund.
Right. But...
a) it's still better than no refund at all.
b) some stores in Konstanz use the Global Blue forms but still refund the full VAT if you bring the form back to the store. Just ask (if your German is good enough).
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Which Kaufland location are you writing about? I'm not sure about Konstanz but I'm 100% sure that Kaufland in Waldshut prints the forms on greyish paper at the customer service desk, because I've been there last week and the form is right here in my office.
The forms in Konstanz generally are green, but the last time i was there. (about 2 months) I got a gray form....so it may have been standardized to match the Waldshut branch


TIP: The Waldshut branch is miles better in terms of selection than Konstanz. Plus they are building a new garage that will alleviate the parking congestion.
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Re: Shopping in Konstanz, Germany

Does Konstanz also have a sale season the way we are having it these days? If yes, the when?
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Old 22.06.2012, 11:07
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Re: Shopping in Konstanz, Germany

well, for clothes, there are summer and winter sales. There's no real sales-season (like there used to be), neither here nor in Germany.
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Old 22.06.2012, 11:18
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well, for clothes, there are summer and winter sales. There's no real sales-season (like there used to be), neither here nor in Germany.
That's because you can discount (and sell at a loss) whenever you please in these countries, unless you fall foul of unfair competition laws.
In France OTOH, "vente à perte" (selling below cost) is illegal, except for the official sales period, so as to enable businesses to rid themselves of surplus inventories. There used to be similar laws in DE and CH, which led to there being specific sales periods.
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