Tips

For consumers shopping in Switzerland

By Peter Hulm

Food and drink

Melon season: you'll have to shop around the store to avoid pesticides: tip — look for the bio versions, and Lidl's Baby pastèque was only CHF1.99

White assemblages: Comte de Genève (CHF10.50) , Coop

Syrah: Appassimento Casale Burgio from Italy (CHF11.70), Denner

Saint-Emilion: Château Fonroque in Manor – a bio (CHF29.90)

Mustard: Moutarde mi-forte at Denner

Extra-virgin olive oil: Migros bio (CHF8.90)

Nespresso: What else? Whatever? What now? (Aldi and Coop's Prix Guarantie are cheaper and better).

Air-dried beef: good husbandry produces healthier food: Aldi Gourmet Viande de Grisons (CHF7.79)

Care and clothing

Ski masks: Anon Tempest (CHF139.90) in Ochsner Sport

Waterproofing: Bama Power Protector, Sport XX (CHF15.90)

Hand creams: Ombia (CHF0.80 per 100 ml) at Aldi's or Cien at Lidl, if you are not allergic

Some generic drugs are costly

Electric toothbrushes: Migros Candida Power (CHF39.80)

Conditioning shampoos: Schwarzkopf at Manor (CHF4)

Household cleansing liquids: Lidl W5 (CHF1.59)

Shower and bath gels: Migros PH Balance (CHF4.50).

Home appliances

Cordless vacuum cleaner: Dyson DC43H (CHF174.35)

Automatic coffee machines: DeLonghi Dinamica 350 (CHF799)

Steam iron: Bosch Sensixx'x DA 30 (CHF47.50)

Sewing machines: The Brother Innov-is 15 (CHF379)

Domestic supplies

Oven-cleaners: Migros Potz Ofen-Four, Coop's Qualité et Prix Flup Power Mousse (CHF3.95), unless you want it fast

Hairbrushes: Body & Soul B221 (CHF4.90)(discontinued)

Paper towels: Plenty — sold by Coop, Volg and Manor

Electronics

Smart watches: Apple for CHF419 or Asus for CHF189

Cheaper smartphones: don't count on 'em

Handies for oldies: Emporia Flip Basic (CHF56)

Good bluetooth earbuds still expensive: Interdiscount's Powerbeats 2 (CHF149)

Home cinema systems: Samsung HW-J355 (CHF135)

Wifi speakers: Sony SRS-X99 (costing CHF460)

Compact computers: Fujitsu (CHF730)

Fastest French-language hosting service: infomaniak

Miscellaneous

Your best e-bike? It costs only CHF1649 at Landi but "several models too fragile"

But don't forget your helmet: Scott Arx Plus, CHF110.

Hiking? Buy a good rucksack and save CHF40...: Jack Wolfskin's Moab Jam 24, CHF78.40.

... or maybe a totable duffel bag: Forclaz Extend for CHF55 from decathlon.ch will save you CHF100 from the best

Cooler bags: be ready to pay more for the best: decathlon.ch's Cooler Compact (CHF30)

Digital zoom cameras: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ 1000 (CHF626)

Breathalysers: ACE AFM-5 (CHF99)

Compact cars: BMW Serie 1 (CHF32,600+)

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