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Old 09-06-2007, 07:12 AM
 
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Being from Massachusetts, I am used to the Liquor Stores being independent and having regular sales to compete with each other. I went into the ABC store yesterday for the first time to get a 1.75 L bottle of Tanqueray Gin. I couldn't believe it cost $39.95! I rechecked the posted price and asked the clerk if it was correct. Wow, I have never paid over $29.99 for the same item, and that was when it was not on sale. The New Hampshire ABC stores are cheaper than the private stores in Massachusetts, and people would stock up in NH when they visited. I thought it would be cheaper here. Talk about sticker shock! Do people stock up when they go out of state or are all the surrounding states the same? Is liquor cheaper in South Carolina or in Virginia? Next time I'm out of state, I will be shopping around and stocking up on our favorites, if I'm able to find better prices. Now I know why I see people on cruises buying up liquor in the Caribbean. I'll be joining them next time I go on a trip. The lack of competition in the market place has a real impact on prices. Beer and wine is reasonable due to grocery store competition. Are there any other options to getting your favorite beverage at a competitive price?
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Old 09-06-2007, 08:16 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
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Being from Massachusetts, I am used to the Liquor Stores being independent and having regular sales to compete with each other. I went into the ABC store yesterday for the first time to get a 1.75 L bottle of Tanqueray Gin. I couldn't believe it cost $39.95! I rechecked the posted price and asked the clerk if it was correct. Wow, I have never paid over $29.99 for the same item, and that was when it was not on sale. The New Hampshire ABC stores are cheaper than the private stores in Massachusetts, and people would stock up in NH when they visited. I thought it would be cheaper here. Talk about sticker shock! Do people stock up when they go out of state or are all the surrounding states the same? Is liquor cheaper in South Carolina or in Virginia? Next time I'm out of state, I will be shopping around and stocking up on our favorites, if I'm able to find better prices. Now I know why I see people on cruises buying up liquor in the Caribbean. I'll be joining them next time I go on a trip. The lack of competition in the market place has a real impact on prices. Beer and wine is reasonable due to grocery store competition. Are there any other options to getting your favorite beverage at a competitive price?
You are correct in all your assumptions. My husband went to buy a bottle of Jim Beam, and it was $36!!!, he went back to CA for work, and bought up two cases of Jim Beam. For the same size bottle he bought it for $19!!!
Competition keeps prices down, no doubt about it. Thankfully I only drink wine and beer, and that is still pretty competitive.
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Old 09-06-2007, 08:28 AM
 
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My son just moved back from PA. He found ABC cheaper than PA state liquor stores.

Guess it depends on what you buy.
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Old 09-06-2007, 08:43 AM
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Location: Cary, NC
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It just ain't the same without Percy Flowers around!
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Old 09-06-2007, 08:48 AM
 
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I've heard stories of people pulled when crossing back into their home state when they cross state lines to buy stuff like cigs and booze to get around higher taxes. I'd certainly research it before I'd risk getting arrested over higher prices.
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Old 09-06-2007, 09:13 AM
 
Location: Wake Forest
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Being from Massachusetts, I am used to the Liquor Stores being independent and having regular sales to compete with each other. I went into the ABC store yesterday for the first time to get a 1.75 L bottle of Tanqueray Gin. I couldn't believe it cost $39.95! I rechecked the posted price and asked the clerk if it was correct. Wow, I have never paid over $29.99 for the same item, and that was when it was not on sale. The New Hampshire ABC stores are cheaper than the private stores in Massachusetts, and people would stock up in NH when they visited. I thought it would be cheaper here. Talk about sticker shock! Do people stock up when they go out of state or are all the surrounding states the same? Is liquor cheaper in South Carolina or in Virginia? Next time I'm out of state, I will be shopping around and stocking up on our favorites, if I'm able to find better prices. Now I know why I see people on cruises buying up liquor in the Caribbean. I'll be joining them next time I go on a trip. The lack of competition in the market place has a real impact on prices. Beer and wine is reasonable due to grocery store competition. Are there any other options to getting your favorite beverage at a competitive price?
I guess I never noticed the prices being high down here. There are still, I think 7, but it may have gone down, states that still have State Liquor stores.

Ohio, where I am from, was one of them as well – though they had started to move from ABC stores to locations (separate rooms or partitioned aisles) in high traffic grocery stores and such.

I remember how cheap prices were when we lived on the MA/NH line and would go up to NH to buy tax free….but that was long ago.
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Old 09-06-2007, 10:40 AM
 
Location: SoCA to NC
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Yep! In CA we could buy alcohol in places like Cost Co and SAMS CLub. On my trip back in July I stocked up (enough to fill a suit case) on liquor at Cost CO. and brought it home. I am sure the airline I was flying on must have thought I had a wee bit of a alcohol problem My neighbor told me every time they go to the Bahamas or Caribbean they stock up there. One of the examples in price difference between Cost Co in Ca and ABC was Malibu Rum.. Huge warehouse size bottle for $16. Here a small bottle is $20. Plus all types of wines from Napa and Temecula valley in CA for around $5 a bottle. I did just find out though that I can call the wineries in CA and they will ship to me directly.
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Old 09-06-2007, 10:49 AM
 
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It just ain't the same without Percy Flowers around!
I hadn't given him a thought in years! The ABC system didn't appreciate the competition from him.
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Old 09-06-2007, 10:58 AM
 
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I've heard stories of people pulled when crossing back into their home state when they cross state lines to buy stuff like cigs and booze to get around higher taxes. I'd certainly research it before I'd risk getting arrested over higher prices.
Four liters may be legally brought into North Carolina from other states.

http://www.nccrimecontrol.org/div/ale/chp18b.pdf
Section 18B-402. Alcoholic beverages purchased out-of-State.
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Old 09-06-2007, 11:06 AM
 
Location: North Raleigh
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Timely topic. I'm getting settled in and ready to stock a small bar. Is ABC the *only* place you can buy booze or something? I honestly haven't researched it, though my wife and I did notice that we hadn't seen a single liquor store anywhere though there's a few different seemingly wine-related stores.
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