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  1. #21
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    Re: Price variations throughout the US

    Quote Originally Posted by DBM View Post
    Yeah, I don't try to rationalize why price variation happens, I am just interested in how others view and adapt to such large differences (when they occur). Washington is surrounded by control states (Oregon, Idaho, Montana) with a 3 to 5 hour one-way commute to reach them from Seattle, and British Columbia, so it's not like I have a border to freedom.

    I did learn the art of packing bottles in checked luggage this year, so that might be my primary plan going forward.

    Availability and pricing is a convoluted arrangement between manufacturers, importers, distributors and retailers with federal, state, county and city influence. Most of the unwelcome symptoms are perpetuated by the distributors, but they aren't the only ones to blame.
    Price variability is less of an issue in Indiana. I find our prices pretty similar to KY. However, they tend to be lower than OH. I assume due to taxes. I have only shopped for bourbon once in OH and was turned off because all of the prices were exactly $10 greater than for the same product in IN. Interestingly, rum and vodka were cheaper.

    Your situation is so much different since the states around you are farther away and control states. Does Washington allow residents to receive shipments from out of state?

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    Re: Price variations throughout the US

    On vacation or work trips a few times to states other than KY...i quickly learned to be thankful for pricing/selection in my adopted home. In fact i may have hugged my whiskey shop owner next visit once home.

    One spot i couldn't understand was Colorado, saw WR and Beam brands for way less than we pay here. Chalked it up to taxes and moved on.

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    Re: Price variations throughout the US

    Another frustrated Ohio shopper here.

    Ten minutes ago I finished my last VOB (purchased in Indiana) and told my wife it's time for another trip to KY or IN. And since I'm in Youngstown this weekend - I'll be skipping over to PA to get some OGD114 and a case of Duquesne Beer for some buddies in Toledo.

    With better variety my tax (and other dollars) would stay in OH.

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    Re: Price variations throughout the US

    In theory the high prices in WA are "temporary" because of the transition from state run stores to private stores. The high tariffs are part of a transition plan to ensure that revenue isn't negatively impacted. It is shocking though to walk into a store and see stuff for $60 or $80 that you can buy for $40 elsewhere.

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    Re: Price variations throughout the US

    If I were a betting man I'd bet that temporary morphs into permanent.
    We're Bourbon Geeks, it's who we are, it's what we do.

  6. #26
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    Re: Price variations throughout the US

    The two places outside IN that I find worth shopping are #1 Louisvillle, and sometimes Chicago. Louisville has about the best selection and prices (no surprise) for stuff that isn't limited release type items. The only downside to Louisville is that knowledgeable bourbon drinkers tend to not let some items sit on a shelf too long. Chicago gets some items I don't see in my state. Generally though, IL prices seem higher than IN, and they both tend to have mostly the same products.

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    Re: Price variations throughout the US

    Quote Originally Posted by squire View Post
    If I were a betting man I'd bet that temporary morphs into permanent.
    All taxes start out as temporary (that's how politicians are able to convince us to accept them) but politicians soon become addicted to the revenue that becomes available to buy more votes.

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    Re: Price variations throughout the US

    Quote Originally Posted by squire View Post
    If I were a betting man I'd bet that temporary morphs into permanent.
    That.

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    Re: Price variations throughout the US

    As another Seattle area resident I weep when I see our prices and then find out what other states charge. Thankfully I have a list of multiple merchants who ship to the state, many of which are in California which not only has some of the best prices in the country (they vary wildly but can be very low) they are also close enough that shipping usually ends up in the $4-6 per bottle range when I buy 3 or more. Also, my frequent business trips to KY last year meant I brought back many a wonderful bottle including 4 of GTS that I bought right after touring the BT distillery. I also know several people who make yearly road trips to California to visit family and who always fill up their trunks on the way back. For the previous poster there is nothing illegal about transporting alcohol across state lines, at least not here, your just supposed to pay the local tax on anything over 2 or 4 liters, I can't remember the limit.

    For those that enjoy scotch the duty free stores on the WA/BC crossings often have good deals. Their bourbon/rye selections are always extremely limited but if your a fan of all kinds of whisk(e)y then your bound to find some decent deals. This year my 4 trips through the duty frees cost me something like $800 with all the good bottles I found

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    Re: Price variations throughout the US

    Quote Originally Posted by MtnDew View Post
    For the previous poster there is nothing illegal about transporting alcohol across state lines, at least not here, your just supposed to pay the local tax on anything over 2 or 4 liters, I can't remember the limit.
    It does vary by state, and it is illegal here, but rarely enforced. It is also illegal to transport more than a certain amount of alcoholic beverages WITHIN the state at any one time without a permit (just don't remember the amounts, but I remember that it didn't sound like very much - maybe 3 gallons?). Probably one of those things they may decide to nail you with if you are stopped for another violation - kind of like the seatbelt thing.

    IIRC, there is something similar between PA and NJ, at least that is what I remember when I lived there 15 yrs ago...
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