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    Exclamation Bourbon prices

    Have I ever mentioned that bourbon (and liquor prices, in general) are very high in Alabama? I believe that I have.

    I went to the ABC store, today, to see if they had anything new and exciting. They didn't. But I was shocked to see the current prices. They have gone from very high to outrageous!

    For example, Wild Turkey Rare Breed has been $31, but now it is $35.99. That is a 16% increase. Wild Turkey 101 was $18 a couple of years ago, was $19 the last time I remember looking, and it is $20, now. Old Grand Dad 86-proof is now $15. And Jim Beam Black is $21.

    Basically, everything I have any interest in is up substantially over what I remember from just a couple of months ago. Are prices generally increasing for you in other parts of the country? I'm not asking about small increases, but 10% or more. Or, is Alabama really sticking it to me above and beyond their already gouging prices?

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    Well, whatever you do, don´t move to Sweden. I pay the equivalent to $57 for Rare Breed.

    To add insult to injury, it is special order only, which means that I get no chance to check which batch I get.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ratcheer
    Wild Turkey 101 was $18 a couple of years ago, was $19 the last time I remember looking, and it is $20, now....
    Tim
    I don't live in a control state, so each store may vary 10-20%. It's harder to notice price trends, so I just ask myself at a given store if what they offer is enough pleasure for the price, not if it's a better deal across town.

    I would think that if the whiskey is pleasurable then $20 is quite a bargain, and if it isn't pleasurable, then it was a waste of $18 or $20, not $2. I don't see that the $2 is very relevant except in very large quantities.

    That said, I probably have 60 open bottles, so I'm either savoring a lot of great whiskey or have wasted a colossal amount of money.

    Roger
    Last edited by Rughi; 09-16-2006 at 12:20.

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    Okay, I agree with what you are all saying, but it rankles me when others in many other states can buy something for $28, but it costs me $31 and that is raised to $36. Plus, there is no competition, here, so I can't just find another store with better prices. Plus, the selection sucks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hedmans Brorsa
    Well, whatever you do, don´t move to Sweden. I pay the equivalent to $57 for Rare Breed.

    To add insult to injury, it is special order only, which means that I get no chance to check which batch I get.
    Must agree with you on this.
    In Canada, the cheapest I have ever seen Rare Breed is for $41.99!
    Most stores here average about $46.99.

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    Just as data points:
    I bought a Rare Breed for $35.99 yesterday, and the last times I can recall looking at prices for WT 101 it was $18.99 and for Beam Black it was $17.99. Of course, all of those could be $5 more at a different store.

    I don't think you're getting ripped off in this instance (by Bay Area standards), but it would rankle me, just as it does you, if the government set a price that I didn't think was fair and I had no recourse other than travel to another state to make my purchases.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ratcheer
    Okay, I agree with what you are all saying, but it rankles me when others in many other states can buy something for $28, but it costs me $31 and that is raised to $36. Plus, there is no competition, here, so I can't just find another store with better prices. Plus, the selection sucks.

    Tim
    Hey Tim,
    I know what you are going through, in MI we too have very high prices and a terrible selection.
    But to make you feel better 'Bama has better weather in the spring, fall and winter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ratcheer
    For example, Wild Turkey Rare Breed has been $31, but now it is $35.99. That is a 16% increase. Wild Turkey 101 was $18 a couple of years ago, was $19 the last time I remember looking, and it is $20, now. Old Grand Dad 86-proof is now $15. And Jim Beam Black is $21.

    Tim
    Just looked at my favorite ex-mailorder house from So Cal. Beam Black $24.99 for a 1.75l. ETL $20.99, WT101 $15.99, EW SB $21.99, WTRB $25.99. All of these are on sale now.

    These guys are higher than most when something is not on sale, but when they put it on sale, it usually is a bargain.

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    Tim, our prices here in WA State are pretty close to yours, some a little higher and some a little lower.

    In WA. in theory I can get on line and search to see what Liquor is available and at what store and price and do it all on one central web site. The system can lag up to several months so I always call before I go, but it is kind of a nice benefit.

    When I look at some non-State runs systems their prices seem seem to be all over the place, some much lower, some much higher.

    I don't know enough about how it works. From a philosophical position I don't like the Government controlling liquor sales, but then I think of the saying, "be careful what you wish for". I would have thought that the State could negotiate better supplies snd prices because they do such a good volume...but like I said I don't understand enough about it.

    With the exception of a few bottles I have a store pretty close to me that has a very nice selection...I might have to work harder in a non-State run system.

    Just curious, does anyone know if a State (acting like a business) can better negotiate prices and variety from a Distillery because of the volume they sell?
    Last edited by T47; 09-16-2006 at 21:32.
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    Tim,

    In South Florida, prices have been pretty stable as of late. At one of the larger "discount" wine/spirit retailers here, WTRB $29, WT101 $17, OGD86 $14, Beam Black $16. These are apparently pretty good prices compared nationwide. The downside is that I can't get bourbon over the Internet shipped to FL.

    -Kevin

 

 

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