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  1. #21
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    Re: Michigan liquor list

    I have a question on this state monopoly business we have here. A store buys a case of liquor from the distributor, who first purchased it from the state. At the time of purchase, the min shelf price per bottle was $50, so that's what the store puts it on the shelf for. 2 months later, the state raises the price to $55. The store still has 4 bottles left from its original order. Is the store allowed to raise the price of its remaining 4 bottles to the current min shelf price? Well, maybe 'allowed' isn't a good word, because they can sell it for however high the customers keep buying them for!

    I've seen several stores do this, just wondering how shady it is.

  2. #22
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    Re: Michigan liquor list

    I think they're required to raise the price to whatever the state minimum price is.
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  3. #23
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    Re: Michigan liquor list

    Quote Originally Posted by Crowes View Post
    And some stores that I won't name will say they are selling at Sate Min prices even though they aren't, assuming you wont ask them to pull out the book. I really hate that and had it happen to me at a well known store in Canton a few weeks ago when they were charging $10 more for a bottle I wanted than another store that I went to originally. When I asked him what the price was he assured me it was State Min, I knew he was lying and told him I was taking my business elsewhere. Then he started asking which store I found the particular bottle at for cheaper, and I refused to tell him. $10 over isn't any big deal, but don't lie about it.
    I suspect the state wouldn't be too happy to hear about that. If they do it enough (and enough to tick you off), you might consider sending in a complaint. I've got no issue with someone making a buck (or more). I won't even complain about obscene markups on bourbon that we've all seen. It's a free market - set your price how you want and I'll shop accordingly. But when someone lies and misleads, I've got major issues with that.
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  4. #24
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    Re: Michigan liquor list

    Yes, intentionally misleading customers must be violative of something.
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  5. #25
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    Re: Michigan liquor list

    In MI it is legal to sell liquor above the state price. It is illegal to sell below the state price.

    I've paid above the state price to get something I wanted. $20 for a VWFRR in a store that did not advertise that it sells at the minimum price.

    It really grinds my ass when a store advertises state minimum price then charges more.

  6. #26
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    Re: Michigan liquor list

    Tony, Thanks for the interesting insight. Since I also tend not to buy the under fifth sizes, I don't pay attention to their price.

    Crowes, Good advice - either know your prices before entering the store or only frequent stores that you can trust.

  7. #27
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    Re: Michigan liquor list

    One good thing about ABC pricing is you know if you're getting screwed.

    I've got a running list of bottles to check out and I put the minimum price on there. I keep it in Evernote and pull it up on my phone.

  8. #28
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    Re: Michigan liquor list

    Four Roses Barrel Strength picks are coming to Michigan!!

    https://twitter.com/TippinsMarket/st...55302024957953

  9. #29
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    Re: Michigan liquor list

    Wow! Thanks for sharing. That's fantastic news

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    Re: Michigan liquor list

    Yes, excellent news!

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