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Now how many of them showed up to work this morning with a BUZZ on, to make it dangerous for others on the job.
Some thing here does not look right, it looks like there was a deal made by the STATE, ( At least, that’s what they’re saying at Costco, which spent $22 million to get I-1183 passed. Prices there for 70 kinds of spirits are all lower than what the state sold them for, by 15 percent to mere pennies). to get lower prices, they don’t give Cigarettes a break on Price and TAXES, Booze should not get a BREAK in PRICE or TAXES.
Liquor sticker shock: Why is booze so expensive?
Posted By Vanessa Ho | Seattlepi
May 31, 2012 Liquor
At first glance, the 750-ml. bottle of Absolut vodka for $20 at Fred Meyer in Seattle looks like a good deal. It’s $3 less than the day before, when the only place you could get a bottle of booze was in a government-run liquor store.
But tack on some hefty taxes, and that bottle of vodka is actually almost $27. That’s 17 percent more than what the state had charged, before Initiative 1183 takes effect Friday. Passed by voters last fall, the measure ended Washington’s Prohibition-era liquor monopoly and let private retailers sell spirits.
Consumers’ first glimpse at the wee hours of free-market reform came with some sticker shock, in which prices at Safeway and Fred Meyer are ranging from 5 percent to 17 percent higher than under the state system. But some prices are lower, by 5 percent or 6 percent.
One noticeable change is advertising. Before, in Washington’s no-frills liquor stores, the shelf price was the cash register price. All taxes and fees were rolled into that price.
Now, retailers are free to advertise alluringly low prices, get you in their stores and then hit you with the sting of a $2.83 liter tax and 20.5 percent spirits tax at checkout.
That means a $15 handle of Black Velvet whiskey (1.75 liters) at Safeway is really almost $25, a steep jump for customers not used to factoring in taxes. But that price is still better than the state store price of $26.45.
On top of taxes imposed on consumers, retailers under I-1183 also have to pay a 10 percent distributor fee and 17 percent retail fee to reimburse the state for millions of dollars in lost revenue. Add in some profit margin and the base price for a bottle is pretty high.
“It’s not businesses gouging (consumers),” said David LeClaire, founder and CEO of Wine World & Spirits, which plans to add 2,000 spirits to his shelves.
“It’s that we are committed to make sure the state isn’t losing any money.”
Advocates of liquor privatization say competition will eventually lower prices for consumers. At least, that’s what they’re saying at Costco, which spent $22 million to get I-1183 passed. Prices there for 70 kinds of spirits are all lower than what the state sold them for, by 15 percent to mere pennies.
That may be good news for consumers, but you’ll have to buy a membership to get it.