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    Whats the deal with non - duty?

    i have a friend in british columbia who likes Maker's Mark 101which is not available in Ohio where I live,and when i checked their website it said it was only in non duty markets. what does that mean and what makes it unsaleable in Ohio??

    Someone please explain!!!!


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    Re: Whats the deal with non - duty?

    Maker's Mark 101 is (often) my favorate bourbon. I've never seen it for sale in the US. I had to pick mine up in a duty free in Mexico. Some spirits are only exported to certain countries. Ironically, some fine spirits are only exported and not available to natives. Likewise, some are only available in duty free. It seems that marketing budgets, distribution channels, potential market share, and perceived tastes are the reasons.


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    Re: Whats duty free mean?

    John please tell us just what 'duty free' means and just what is a 'duty free shop'? Does it mean that you still have clean underwear?

    My mother told me never to drink bourbon without putting on clean underwear.She also told me not to rock 'n' roll or have sex with sluts. Thirty years later my hearing is shot; my wallet is empty, and my underwaer has been defiled.

    Thank GOD for Bourbon!

    Now has anyone seen my pants??

    Linn Spencer

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    Re: Whats duty free mean?

    Duty Free shops are generally in international ports that do not have duties assessed as part of their "export" process. Which has nothing to do with the fact that I have clean underwear, do not have sex with sluts (my wonderful wife makes them unnecessary), but do like rock and roll.


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    Re: Whats duty free mean?

    so does that make the liquor at these places cheaper?? (if so i must plan a trip)


    is that why a lot of the duty free market only product i find when searching distillers cites tend to be high end, which would make sense if they dont get charged as much for the products as they would in a reguular US market.


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    Re: Whats duty free mean?

    Jeez! You're a lucky man John! To have a wife that loves you and doesn't force you astray is a sublime comfort.

    Linn Spencer

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    Re: Whats duty free mean?

    I believe you are correct on both points.

    However, there are strict limits on the amount of liquor you are allowed to bring back home from a duty-free port. I don't know about the current laws, but the last time I did it, I could bring either four or five bottles (750 ml) of generic duty-free liquor plus another four or five bottles of Puerto Rican rum. Or maybe the additional stuff could be anything purchased in Puerto Rico, because I don't think I bought any Puerto Rican rum. (It was in 1990, so my memory is a bit fuzzy. I think those were the rules.)

    So, if you are going on a trip, anyway, it will be worth your while to bring back your limit of expensive liquor. But, I don't think it would be worth the expense of a trip just to get the duty-free liquor.

    Tim


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    Re: Whats duty free mean?

    If you are close to canada, maybe you can take a drive there... We took a trip to niagara falls, and there were duty free stores at most of the bridges it seemed. The duty free store was set up such that after you picked out what you wanted, they had you drive to a pickup window and get it from there... there is no way you can drive anywhere except directly over the brigde back to the US. They didn't have much there to speak about... We did find a Jack Daniels Silver select, but that was in a duty free store that we hit on the way over, i think it was one intended for canadians that visit the US...

    I believe the rules were that you were able to bring one liter per person after staying for two days in canada... Every time i asked about what happens if you want to buy more, i got responses ranging from 'the customs people won't want to do the paperwork for just a little bit more' to "$40 a bottle"...

    Who knows... When we came back, they didn't ask us anything... They asked us where we lived, looked under the truck, and told us to go...




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    Re: Whats duty free mean?

    well living in north central ohio means that Canada is a day trip (but kentucky is a short weekend away . . . .decisions, decisions) so maybe i will have to plan a trip soon


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    Re: Whats duty free mean?

    Ohio is one of the worst states (Linn will point out that Virginia is another, so is Pennsylvania) because it is what is called a "control state." The state of Ohio is the only distributor of liquor in the state and decides what will be listed, i.e., available for sale. The state used to be the only retailer as well, but that was privatized a few years ago.

    If you go to Kentucky, you will find a much greater selection of products not available in Ohio than you will in Canada, without having to deal with international border crossing of any kind. Kentucky just looks like a third-world country but is not, in fact, one. You will be able to find well stocked liquor stores just over the bridge from Cincinnati and can go to Skyline Chili on your way home.

    <A target="_blank" HREF=http://cowdery.home.netcom.com>--Chuck Cowdery</A>

 

 

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