Shopping tourism is now as much a part of Switzerland as the Alps – one might think. However, this topic cannot escape the consequences of the war and the corona pandemic. For the first time, German retailers are faced with the challenge that Swiss customers are staying away. The opinions of our readers show that a major rethink is taking place.
“Karma Strikes Back”
Reader Dan Dryer has no mercy on the German industry: “Karma strikes back. Kindness would have clearly paid off. Instead, the eternal arrogance, the whining about too much work in issuing the VAT and the lack of willingness to help and provide information. »
And it is precisely this VAT that is the reason why Max Ochsner prefers to do his shopping in Switzerland: “I have to shop for 50 euros each time so that I can get the VAT back.” He doesn’t think that’s correct. Increased petrol prices also mean that for many it is hardly worth driving across the border.
Beat Oberholzer, too, is no longer enthusiastic about shopping from our European neighbors. “In Germany, prices have been exploding for months. There are hardly any price advantages, so the expensive journey is no longer worthwhile. In addition, the Germans are unfriendly to us shopping tourists.”
Reader Anton Rebli also notices that he is not liked as a Swiss. “Ever since a shoe retailer in Constance complained to me that he had too much work because the Swiss demanded the VAT back, I’ve been avoiding Constance.”
“The Germans have neither respect nor decency”
Peter Walt is also irritated by the interpersonal interaction: “I no longer shop in Germany because the Germans are arrogant and show neither respect nor decency towards the Swiss. We Swiss are only seen as cash cows.”
Franz Schnyder sees no price advantages when shopping in Germany. We also have inexpensive goods thanks to chains like Aldi, Lidl and Denner. “When shopping, it is important to pay attention to the promotions that are advertised weekly.”
Reader François Strasser is particularly bothered by the contradictory character of the topic. «The whole thing can hardly be surpassed in terms of paradox! Now the dealers are complaining about the lack of Swiss customers, and when the Swiss come, they complain because the whole of Constance is blocked by Swiss cars and there is traffic chaos. Make up your mind!»
Shopping tourism for reasons of sustainability
Reader Rahel Citossi shops in Germany for the following reason: «Otherwise I would have to save on food for my children. In Germany I can afford to buy organic and pay attention to the manufacturing conditions.» This enables her to shop more sustainably than in Switzerland.
Silvia Müller* lives on welfare and is dependent on shopping abroad. “It’s a blessing to live on the German border. However, I only buy the essentials.”
We give the final word to Margrith Gabathuler, who probably speaks to the heart of many Swiss people when she says: “We earn our money in Switzerland, so we should spend it here too.”
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