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LIQUOR: Tax isn’t the only difference

Letter by Richard B. Wisenburg, Gig Harbor on June 4, 2012 at 5:20 pm | 37 Comments »
June 4, 2012 5:20 pm

I realized that the new retail liquor system was going to continue our paying the highest liquor taxes around. I was not prepared for the retailers to climb on board the rip-off approach so quickly.

Here’s what I don’t understand: According to your article, Costco’s “shelf price” for a 1.75 liter bottle of Maker’s Mark here is about $46. When taxes are added, that price increases to around $62 – close to the old state liquor store price and all because of taxes, right? Then why is it that Costco charges about $33 for the same bottle in its California stores – and that includes the California state tax. I’d love to see an explanation on that one.

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