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Question about booze

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Swedish K, Dec 20, 2010.

  1. Swedish K

    Swedish K SW Washington Moderator Staff Member

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    I just moved to WA recently and discovered that any "hard" alcohol has to be purchased at a state store - WHY? is it so they can continue to impose the insane tax rate that they have on alcohol? Is Oregon the same? I remember hearing that the store with the highest amount of alcohol sales on the west coast is Costco in Crescent City, CA - I was kinda shocked when I heard that but the article said that it was due to all of the people from SW Oregon traveling there to buy liquor in bulk for friends and family because the prices were that much cheaper than in OR.

    I thought it was strange that you couldn't buy package hard liquor or real property / cars on Sunday in Colorado but at least there was competitive prices and private liquor stores that regularly ran sales.

    That said - is it cheaper to buy booze in OR than WA?
     
  2. Ben Beckerich

    Ben Beckerich NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    state store? dunno what that is..

    here in oregun we just have liquor stores. i'm not up on prices... what's a bottle of 1800 anejo or basil hayden's cost up there?
     
  3. Redcap

    Redcap Lewis County, WA Well-Known Member

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    Definitely cheaper to buy in OR. More selection too, since WA has some stupid restriction on alcohols over 151 proof. And yeah, the state controls liquor sales because of the asinine tax rate.
     
  4. Swedish K

    Swedish K SW Washington Moderator Staff Member

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    not sure what those run as I've only been into one of the WA stores but the WA liquor prices are fixed - same price at all stores. The website says price is based on "shipped cost" + %51.9 + 16.7 cents per liter profit markup + %20.5 state tax + $3.7708 per liter.

    So lets say you are going to buy a liter of vodka and wholesale shipped price is $1. that would make the buyer's cost $5.81 figuring the state probably rounds up for any part of a penny. Talk about organized crime. And to think that a cheap 1.75 of vodka would regularly be on sale for $10 in CA or CO. I'm guessing that it would cost $25 - $30 here.
     
  5. roguebowhunter

    roguebowhunter medford Member

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    Oregon has Liquor stores also.. i usually go to visit friends in CA to buy mine .. 1/2 gal jack is 32 down there a fifth is around 30 here .
     
  6. oasis618

    oasis618 Tacoma, Wa Active Member

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    Voters just turned down an initiative to approve selling hard alcohol at stores other than liquor stores which yes, in Washington are state run. Folks didn't like the idea of underage drinkers being able to "straw purchase" liquor (I guess beer is okay?) at convenience stores at 2AM which is admittedly probably easier than at an actual liquor store. Personally I'm kinda indifferent on the matter.
     
  7. MrNiceGuy

    MrNiceGuy between springfield and shelbyville Well-Known Member

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  8. MountainBear

    MountainBear Sweet Home, OR Well-Known Member

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    Everyone goes south to get their booze. People from Washington come to Oregon. Those of us in Oregon go to California...
     
  9. Swedish K

    Swedish K SW Washington Moderator Staff Member

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    OK so next trip back to CA or back to CO is a stock up run.
     
  10. VW_Factor

    VW_Factor Woodburn Oregon Active Member

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    I was going to post it up, but here it is.

    Oregon is the same way, just not as expensive as WA.

    I kinda miss California somedays, like when I was in the grocery store, and could pick up a bottle of whiskey while I was there..
     
  11. HappyRoman

    HappyRoman Sherwood Forest Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    sin taxes, they do the same on tabacco and ammo.
     
  12. Swedish K

    Swedish K SW Washington Moderator Staff Member

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    Looks like i'll have to start hitting the liquor stores back in CO or in WY on my next road trip. Last time I was going to stock up on the way back home but forgot about the blue laws that keep the liquor stores closed on Sundays.
     
  13. Jamie6.5

    Jamie6.5 Western OR Well-Known Member

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    Anybody in Oregon remember when all the state owned liquor stores were painted green?

    Ah yes, back in the day we called 'em the "green-front grocery"!!
     
  14. glockfan

    glockfan North of Cottage Grove Member

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    It boggles my mind why Oregon is in the liquor business. Just another state agency that requires funding.
     
  15. Douglas

    Douglas Oregon Active Member

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    The revenue they bring is far greater than what it costs to run the OLCC. Consider that nearly half of the price of a bottle of booze directly to the olcc.
     
  16. 2506

    2506 Seattle Well-Known Member

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    The distributorships are the ones that essentially defeated the bill in WA and probably the main reason why OR is the same. They're in bed with the state to keep and control their monopoly. Privatization of this industry would make it more efficient and less expensive--but tell me what bureaucrat wants efficiencies and cost effectiveness?
     
  17. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    What's even more amazing than the depression-era state booze stores is that the fool voters here were swayed by a fear mongering political mailer campaign with "blood in the streets and dead children" BS and subsequently voted down two initiatives that would have ended state monopoly on hard booze sales and increased our personal liberty here

    There's a genuine incentive here to build a still and hide it out in the woods away from them revenuers
     
  18. Redcap

    Redcap Lewis County, WA Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to the Lewis County way of life.
     
  19. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    I'm in Thurston, soon to be Mason Cty.. I'm acclimating fast
     
  20. MrNiceGuy

    MrNiceGuy between springfield and shelbyville Well-Known Member

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    There's a safeway in Yreka that gets my business whenever I'm close enough.