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Hi,

I'm moving to Basel in a few months. I am in the market to buy a new laptop. Should I buy it in the states or Swizterland? I know it will be cheaper in the US but will it be more hassel to bring it over in regards to connection, etc?

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What do you mean connection?
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any laptop bought today will function on 110v or 220/240v.

if you prefer a US keyboard, easiest option is to purchase in US.

warranty should function in Switzerland but check before you buy.
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if you prefer a US keyboard, easiest option is to purchase in US.
good point. The OP should keep in mind that the keyboards of laptops bought in Switzerland are different from those in the US. The Y and Z are interchanged plus there's a lot of characters with umlauts and accents. Also lots of : typs stuff is in a different place.

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Re: Laptop

Not true in all cases. I ordered mine off dell.ch and asked them for an English Keyboard and they shipped it to me. You can also do the same in the apple store so that they can order one for you.

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good point. The OP should keep in mind that the keyboards of laptops bought in Switzerland are different from those in the US. The Y and Z are interchanged plus there's a lot of characters with umlauts and accents. Also lots of : typs stuff is in a different place.

http://www.forlanglab.lsu.edu/exams/...rdLayouts.aspx
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Re: Laptop

I would recomend the US too but yes the warranty goes a waste you need to purchase an interntional warranty then.
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I would recomend the US too but yes the warranty goes a waste you need to purchase an interntional warranty then.
I'm not sure - isn't Apple-Care valid world-wide?
If not, just purchase it here instead of the US.
The potential savings on Apple-laptops are the largest by any margin, I imagine ;-)
Even more so if you import the laptop as "personal belongings" and don't have to pay VAT on it.
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Re: Laptop

Keyboard is not a big deal, you can specify the keyboard as you wish (though there might be exceptions).

As mentioned before, the international warranty is the actual issue here. For example, my HP did not have any warranty outside US, whereas my friend's Sony did.
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Re: Laptop

I bought my netbook in Florida during Christmas. The garantee cover me everywhere and it was much cheaper with a model that wasn't here yet.

And an american keyboard. I bought a plug that fit the swiss and that was it!
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Buy it in Germany if you can. Much cheaper and compatible...
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Re: Laptop

When I emigrated here I had to pay customs duty on all items I'd bought in the last 6 months (not little things, obviously, but something like a laptop would definitely count). I had to declare them all on entry and then pay a certain percentage of their value.

So I'd said wait until you get here and buy it here. Otherwise you will pay extra tax on it.
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When I emigrated here I had to pay customs duty on all items I'd bought in the last 6 months (not little things, obviously, but something like a laptop would definitely count). I had to declare them all on entry and then pay a certain percentage of their value.

So I'd said wait until you get here and buy it here. Otherwise you will pay extra tax on it.
Didn't happened to me.
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For more information...

http://www.ezv.admin.ch/zollinfo_pri...x.html?lang=en

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Relocating to Switzerland is the main condition for being able to import one’s house-hold effects, collections, animals or car into the country free of tax. The only requirement is that the goods must have been used by you personally for at least six months prior to importation and must continue to be used by you thereafter.
In other words if you have had an item for less than 6 months you have to pay import duty on it.

It also says on form 18.44 (on the right on the page linked above):

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a) a list of the goods to be imported; goods which are imported as subsequent consignments are to be declared
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I have to say that when I moved here I wasn't actually stopped at Customs and we had to find a place to park the van, find someone to take us to the Customs office and then explain what I wanted... but as far as I was concerned it was important because I wanted to start my life in Switzerland on the right foot...

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Didn't happened to me.
But you were already living in Switzerland, and so that would come under a different set of Customs regulations... as far as I understand the OP is relocating here, and that's where the 6 month rule applies.
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I bought my netbook in Florida during Christmas. The garantee cover me everywhere and it was much cheaper with a model that wasn't here yet.

And an american keyboard. I bought a plug that fit the swiss and that was it!
Where can you buy such a plug?
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You can get either a standard convertor plug (USA/CH) that will cost about CHF 8 and use that OR you can go to a large Interdiscount (XXL) or MediaMarkt with the American cord (the cord that goes from the power block to the wall outlet. This cord will normally pull out of the power block without any problem. You need to take the cord with you as some have two points and some have three points as it goes into the power block. You should be able to find what you need to replace it with a Swiss cord/plug.
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But you were already living in Switzerland, and so that would come under a different set of Customs regulations... as far as I understand the OP is relocating here, and that's where the 6 month rule applies.
The OP is moving here from USA. So in this case I believe he/she will be travelling by plane and not with a van. Which means that his/her stuff will be shipped here.

He/she will probably have his/her laptop with him/her into his own personal bag. Like me when I came back from USA with my 3 luggages, hand bags, etc.
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But he / she is still relocating and so should declare it at Customs!
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But he / she is still relocating and so should declare it at Customs!
As you wish...
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Re: Laptop

Just had another thought... regarding the keyboard, if you're going to be learning the local language a Swiss keyboard may be an advantage - I went out and bought one for my PC after I'd been here a few weeks because I was taking an online French course and I wanted the accents and special characters... particularly for e-mails where I was tired of putting a note at the end saying 'Sorry I don't have a Swiss keyboard so there are no accents in this e-mail'!
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