Customer Limit

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by BenwayPHD, Mar 25, 2015.

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  1. BenwayPHD

    BenwayPHD Aspirant (289) Sep 4, 2014 California

    If a store has a one bottle per customer rule, do you guys think it is ok to buy one and then go back the next day to buy a second?
  2. nmyers462000

    nmyers462000 Initiate (115) Oct 1, 2013 Florida

    If the store allows it, then it is within the guidelines. Is it okay? I say yes, but I'm sure the opinions and what-ifs will be all over the place.
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  3. EyePeeAyBryan

    EyePeeAyBryan Crusader (728) Dec 20, 2011 Arizona

    I do. Like mentioned, unless they have it clearly stated that an entire allocation is 1 p/p until gone, I will possibly try again the next day. It's silly because if it's a box store like BevMo or TW, what stops someone from just driving to the next closest store and getting another? I'm sure lots have done that before.
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  4. StartedwithSAM

    StartedwithSAM Devotee (455) Feb 17, 2015 Virginia

    If they don't have any specific language in their policy you could buy, walk out, turn around and walk back in and buy another, instead of waiting a day.
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  5. rozzom

    rozzom Savant (991) Jan 22, 2011 New York

    Technically, you're still circumventing the limits.

    In practice I don't think most people would think of this as a dick move though.

    If a store got a case of "Ultra Sought After Rare Stout" (insert the usual suspects), and people know about it, that case is going to last a matter of minutes or maybe hours. So if the beer is still there the next day, it can't really be that sought after can it.
  6. cherche

    cherche Meyvn (1,147) Mar 27, 2013 Washington

  7. cherche

    cherche Meyvn (1,147) Mar 27, 2013 Washington

    actually yes.
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  8. jera1350

    jera1350 Poo-Bah (2,575) Dec 15, 2007 Minnesota

    You could always ask them what they feel is acceptable.
  9. socon67

    socon67 Poo-Bah (2,324) Jun 18, 2010 New York

    Coming back the next day; I'd be fine with that.
    Coming back 5 minutes later; the store should enforce the policy and refuse the sale
  10. Friendlyfire

    Friendlyfire Initiate (0) Jul 31, 2014 Virginia

    I don't have any issues with that scenario.
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  11. oldn00b

    oldn00b Champion (890) Feb 23, 2015 Virginia

    If it's a chain - I say go for it. Better to ask forgiveness than permission. If there's a line especially - you go through the line, get back in line and go again - that sounds fair to me. But if it's a local independent store, personally I wouldn't because I wouldn't want the places I go regularly to think I'm a dick.
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  12. draheim

    draheim Poo-Bah (2,923) Sep 18, 2010 Washington

    Forgot to take your meds today, didn't you?

    WCKDVBZ Meyvn (1,048) May 9, 2014 South Carolina

    If it's that limited, there might not be any left the next day. And if it's still there, then YES!
  14. draheim

    draheim Poo-Bah (2,923) Sep 18, 2010 Washington

    A lot of places I see "x bottles per person per day," which eliminates this gray area. Without it, why even wait until the following day? Buy a bottle, then wait until the person who sold you the first bottle is no longer at the register, then go back in and buy a second bottle. It's still going against the intent/spirit of the bottle limit, just more aggressively/obnoxiously so.
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  15. Tunerstyle63

    Tunerstyle63 Initiate (157) Jul 3, 2014 Illinois

    I've had a clerk tell me to come back after their shift to buy another allotment of 2pp. I've done that once because there was still multiple cases left 4 hours later. leaving and coming back 5 minutes later seems like a dick move.
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  16. RJM1978

    RJM1978 Initiate (95) Dec 10, 2014 Nevada

    I have brought people with me to get around the one per person rule... one per person but I've brought three people!
  17. sarcastro

    sarcastro Disciple (307) Sep 20, 2006 Michigan

    This. I think limits for the most part are meant to prevent sellouts that same day.
  18. beernazi

    beernazi Initiate (0) Dec 5, 2012 California

    yeah, why not?
  19. JrGtr

    JrGtr Devotee (436) Apr 13, 2006 Massachusetts

    Personally, I'd give it a couple days. Nothing technically wrong with going back next day, but I like to give people the opportunity.
  20. FaradayUncaged

    FaradayUncaged Defender (663) Oct 24, 2014 Michigan

    I don't know if I've ever seen, or perhaps never viewed, a limit as an absolute like that. Most around here state how many per customer, per day.

    I see nothing wrong with going back the next day, but usually the ones with low enough limits end up being gone on the same day anyhow, so I've yet to buy anything in consecutive days, but see nothing wrong with that.

    I do take issue with anyone trying to game the system or take advantage, as others have mentioned. Coming back later in the day, etc just seems wrong to me on multiple levels (even if I do disagree with limits from time to time).
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  21. Jeffreysan

    Jeffreysan Initiate (0) Apr 12, 2013 Maryland

    As others have said, I have no problem with it and have done it a time or two myself. I've even dragged my brother and father with me on a shopping trip or two to make sure I get an extra bottle or two. Of course I then share those bottles with them as they were kind enough to mule for me! Always share, never hoard!
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  22. DaverCS

    DaverCS Zealot (579) Dec 9, 2014 Arizona

    Technically if the store established a limit per costumer it is to try and spread the love around. By going back, your stealing a bottle from someone else who may have never had it before.

    That said, like others, I have done it numerous times. While I might not go back the same day, I definitely bring extra people along to ensure a nice haul! That's both beneficial and ethically legal !
  23. gopens44

    gopens44 Poo-Bah (2,363) Aug 9, 2010 Virginia
    Society Trader

    Yep, that's pretty much exactly my thought on the subject.
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  24. Jirin

    Jirin Aspirant (227) Apr 28, 2013 Massachusetts

    Next day, yes. If they have a bottle limit and it isn't gone within an hour it means they overestimated demand.

    Sending in a mule to get another bottle is not acceptable.
  25. offthelevel_bytheplumb

    offthelevel_bytheplumb Devotee (410) Aug 19, 2013 Illinois

    OP, if you wouldn't feel comfortable asking an employee if it's ok, then it's probably not ok.
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  26. zid

    zid Meyvn (1,220) Feb 15, 2010 New York

    I buy way more beer than I should. A stupid amount. Imports, American craft sixers, macros, sought after beers, overpriced bottles, etc. Been doing it for over a decade. I've never been in a situation where beer-nerd ethics have entered into the equation of buying something. I just pick what I want, take it to the counter, pay and leave. I've never had a store employee tell me I was buying too much, and I've never had to question if I was doing something "wrong." It's no different than me buying eggs or cabbage. I hope this never changes.

    @BenwayPHD , I'm sorry for posting in your thread without answering your question. I think it's cool that you asked your question. Just wanted to express that it's easy to drink lots of good beer and not get caught up in this stuff.
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  27. meb3476

    meb3476 Aspirant (211) Apr 1, 2013 Massachusetts

    One bottle the first day the next day it should be first come first serve.
  28. FutureJack

    FutureJack Initiate (134) Oct 30, 2007 California

    Truth bomb: If you want another bottle the next day enough to go back to the store and patronize that store, only the most dimwitted shop owner would discourage that practice. And only the most disingenuous and self-righteous among us would frown on that. This isn't about cutting lines at a limited release. It's not about walking out and walking right back in. It's not about sending a team of mules into the store to wipe out the stock. It's being a repeat customer at a store in a capitalist system.

    I'm all for spreading the love and all that jazz in the interest of beer karma and unicorns, but give me a break. And get me a beer. Then go back tomorrow and get me another one.
  29. evilcatfish

    evilcatfish Defender (627) May 11, 2012 Missouri

    If you go back the next day and they actually still have some left (doubtful if its that sought after) then sure, pick up another.

    Whats not ok is getting a bottle, then changing clothes or putting on a disguise and going back for more like some of these pieces of absolute human waste gutter trash we've been hearing about :slight_smile:
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  30. TheNightwatchman

    TheNightwatchman Devotee (494) Mar 28, 2009 Pennsylvania

    I don't see a problem with going back the next day. That gives other customers time to get some. If it's a limited release, and I assume it would be if there was a limit, I wouldn't expect it to last long anyway. Anyone that really wanted a bottle would make sure to get there ASAP.
  31. jrnyc

    jrnyc Meyvn (1,162) Mar 21, 2010 New York

    Follow the golden rule. Don't be selfish and don't be a dick. Whether to wait a day or a week, that is up for debate. But reading stories of people gobbling up every last bottle of stuff because they can is really selfish.

    My analogy is if you were at a party and there were 6 shrimp on a plate and that was all that was left, would you grab all 6 and tell the person standing behind you too bad I grabbed the rest and you are SOL? I doubt it, so the same thing should apply here, only difference the person standing behind you may not be behind you, could be two hours later where you dont have to come face to face with the person.
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  32. iTunesUpdates

    iTunesUpdates Disciple (359) May 7, 2014 Florida

    I wish I could do this, the store near me only has like 5 employees and they all know me too well to try and get another the next day. If it is that limited i'll get one but if it's not that limited I just go to ABC or TW right after and get my one bottle there too.
  33. BMMillsy

    BMMillsy Initiate (0) Feb 16, 2012 Florida

    Local shop here generally says as long as it's been on the shelf for a day, it's relatively fair game. The point of the limit is to make sure someone doesn't buy it all up before others get a chance. Figure after 24-48 hours, everyone that's really interested has had a chance at one.
  34. Providence

    Providence Crusader (709) Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island

    I'm not ok with that.
  35. draheim

    draheim Poo-Bah (2,923) Sep 18, 2010 Washington

    I generally agree in principle, but your analogy doesn't work. A party is a social gathering where, presumably, the shrimp are provided free of charge by your host for all of the guests' enjoyment. Beer is for sale at a store to generate income for the store, the distributor, and the brewery. For these reasons, different rules apply to these scenarios.

    Still, don't be selfish and don't be a dick is a pretty good rule of thumb to live by.
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  36. JFMBearcat

    JFMBearcat Initiate (0) Dec 9, 2014 Ohio

    Haven't ever had the need to. There's plenty of beer for sale wherever I choose to buy, and nothing is so spectacularly superior that warrants me wasting my time like that.
  37. jrnyc

    jrnyc Meyvn (1,162) Mar 21, 2010 New York

    The moral of the story is save some for the guy behind you.
  38. dutesanch

    dutesanch Disciple (352) Apr 22, 2014 California

    I bring my wife and she buys one too.
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  39. smanson56

    smanson56 Champion (801) Feb 15, 2014 New Hampshire

    I bring my girlfriend to be able to get a double dip.
  40. QuakeAttack

    QuakeAttack Zealot (576) Mar 19, 2012 California

    I thought about once,, but was too lazy. My wife even volunteered to back the next day. As long as I get one, I'm happy...Too much great beer to worry about it...Plus, I got a life..
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