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    Recourse for Price Gouging?

    There is a liquor store in my town that is sitting on some very nice stores of hard to find bourbon. I would love to relieve them of their stock, but they are literally charging double on almost all of it. This includes selections from Heaven Hill, Buffalo Trace and Four Roses. While I know the Commonwealth of Kentucky doesn't have the resources to care about these kinds of things, do the distillers have any say in this? Should I inform them that their products are sitting on a shelf at 100% markup?

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    Re: Recourse for Price Gouging?

    Quote Originally Posted by LiveFromLou View Post
    There is a liquor store in my town that is sitting on some very nice stores of hard to find bourbon. I would love to relieve them of their stock, but they are literally charging double on almost all of it. This includes selections from Heaven Hill, Buffalo Trace and Four Roses. While I know the Commonwealth of Kentucky doesn't have the resources to care about these kinds of things, do the distillers have any say in this? Should I inform them that their products are sitting on a shelf at 100% markup?
    Ah no...they can charge whatever they want as the distillery has been paid by the distributor and the distributor has been paid by the liquor store. I'm pretty sure they understand the cost of money and having them in there an inflated prices is probably a strategy to gain traffic on their part. You see these bottles and while you might not pay it you might by something else while you're in there...someone who really wants those bottles will end up paying it...someone always does!
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    Re: Recourse for Price Gouging?

    Quote Originally Posted by hectic1 View Post
    Ah no...they can charge whatever they want as the distillery has been paid by the distributor and the distributor has been paid by the liquor store. I'm pretty sure they understand the cost of money and having them in there an inflated prices is probably a strategy to gain traffic on their part. You see these bottles and while you might not pay it you might by something else while you're in there...someone who really wants those bottles will end up paying it...someone always does!
    ditto on what Bob says. This is America and capitalism should thrive. You could make them a lower offer for said bottles; they might say yes.

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    Re: Recourse for Price Gouging?

    The store is within it's rights to charge what they want or even to display the bottles of whisky with no intention of sale. I know a merchant who does that, keeps them right beside the cash register, he won't sell them but will sell something "like" them.

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    Re: Recourse for Price Gouging?

    Yeah, really about the only recourse you have is to not shop there. Reward stores that you like with your dollar instead.

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    Re: Recourse for Price Gouging?

    Quote Originally Posted by squire View Post
    The store is within it's rights to charge what they want or even to display the bottles of whisky with no intention of sale. I know a merchant who does that, keeps them right beside the cash register, he won't sell them but will sell something "like" them.
    Squire lives in a more enlightened state where merchants are free to charge whatever the customers will tolerate. In Ohio we are totally protected against price gouging because the state determines what we will pay. In exchange, all we have to do is accept the state's definition of what it is we want. You want AAA? Too bad. You want VOB BIB? Too bad. You want (fill in the blank)? All the Buckeye bourbon lovers are consoled by the thought that we will never even see a bottle of Pappy because "there is no market for it here." But if we want something "like" Pappy, we can always buy the Weller 12. Oh, wait. No we can't.
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    Re: Recourse for Price Gouging?

    Actually, our merchants can order any brand on the market through our State ABC only they may not be so inclined unless the customer commits to pay for an entire case.

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    Re: Recourse for Price Gouging?

    I can get anything I want in Iowa as long as I buy an entire case.
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    Re: Recourse for Price Gouging?

    Do you guys get a good price if you order a case?

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    Re: Recourse for Price Gouging?

    Quote Originally Posted by p_elliott View Post
    I can get anything I want in Iowa as long as I buy an entire case.
    A case...? Isn't that also known as the ante?
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