Who benefits from private liquor sales? Consumers?—Don’t Believe It!
A 2008 price comparison between Pennsylvania and 10 locations in West Virginia, Ohio, Delaware, New Jersey, and Maryland found: for five popular liquors—Captain Morgan Rum, Jack Daniels Whiskey, Grey Goose Vodka, Jagermeister, and Absolut Vodka, alcohol bought out-of-state was more expensive in 26 cases, less expensive in 24.
The out of state alcohol was $3/bottle more expensive in 11 instances; $3/bottle less expensive in only three instances (Study by Pittsburgh Tribune-Review).
Pa. has Wine and Spirits stores in every one of the state’s 67 counties; West Virginia had state run stores in every county; with private companies in charge, five counties now have no stores.
In West Virginia’s 20 least populous counties, 10 of 22 liquor outlets are in drug or convenience stores; 14 of 22 are in retail stores not specializing in liquor .
Who Benefits from Private Liquor Sales? Big Business and Big Alcohol—Believe It!
In West Virginia state, 81 of 165 private liquor stores are owned by CVS/Rite Aid, 7-11, Wal-Mart/Sam’s Club, or Pharmor.
In Washington state, Costco spent $1.2 million and Wal-Mart $40,000 supporting a referendum to make retail liquor sales private—a scheme DEFEATED by voters last November; the beer industry spent $5 million to defeat this referendum, to keep private liquor sales from competing with private beer sales.