A point of interest for those of you lucky enought to live and play in the states of KY, OH, TN, VA, AL etc.:
Our government controlled liquor distribution has just raised their retail markup on spirits. It now stands at a whopping 159%. This is completely ridiculous.
For example, here are a few selections and the approximate price, US dollars:
WT 80 proof 750ml, no age statement: over $21US
Buffalo Trace, 750ml $29
Knob Creek 750ml $31
With these sorts of markups, I image a bottle of Blantons would sell for $90 or more.
Most retail outlets are run by the government, although in the last few years, private retailers have been allowed to sell spirits, often at an even higher price (but NEVER lower) and the only US whiskey sold is normally JD.
I'm curious about the local laws in your state/province. Are retailers allowed to define their own markups?