Skip to main content
Advertising

Ed cetera

Join the informed, opinionated journalists of The Times' editorial staff in lively discussions at our blog Ed Cetera.

June 5, 2012 at 5:00 AM

  • Share:
           
  • Comments (25)
  • Print

Discuss: Washington liquor prices; neat or on the rocks?

Mix it up, consumers. What did you find in the aisles at your new favorite liquor outlets? Questions abound, because the early reports were not what people expected with the demise of the state-run monopoly on spirits. Prices went up, a bunch.

Double-digit increases greeted shoppers, along with state taxes and tariffs that did not get much of a mention when the move from Prohibition-era control to private retailers was promoted. Wholesalers, identified as the villains, were earning single-digit salutes.

Consumers were discovering that advertised prices do not include the 20.5 percent liquor sales tax or the $3.77 liter tax. Some of the arithmetic is supposed to change when transitional fees disappear in 2014. You betcha.

What is the early verdict — does the ready availability of alcohol at more than four times as many locations make the bump in prices tolerable? Does convenience trump cost? Let us know in the comments below.


Most Popular Comments
Hide / Show comments
Extremely disappointed that prices are the same or even went up. Oh well, I'll just... MORE
Startup costs are driving the higher costs right now. They will eventually shake out... MORE
Through the initative process we granted a number of retailers a rather sizeable boost ... MORE

News where, when and how you want it

Email Icon

Where in the world are Seahawks fans?

Where in the world are Seahawks fans?

Put your marker on The Seattle Times interactive map and share your fan story.

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

BROWSE THE ARCHIVES
Blogroll

Autos news and research

5 ways to ruin your engine

5 ways to ruin your engine


Advertising