How often do you leave a store without buying anything?

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  1. Skull40

    Skull40 Initiate (0) Apr 1, 2010 Indiana

    I've walked out empty handed plenty of times. However, if a store has hooked me up with special beers in the past, I make sure to buy something every time I go in there.
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  2. wrycon

    wrycon Aspirant (268) Apr 22, 2009 Minnesota

    I pretend I can't speak and bring in a dry-erase board. When the clerk asks if I didn't find what I was looking for I furiously scribble "Heady Topper!" on my board. When he explains I'm in Minnesota and Heady isn't distributed here I furrow my brow and scribble "Heady Topper!" overtop my other scribbles.

    No, in seriousness I usually either enter the store with a) the intention of buying beer or b) looking for a specific beer or beers. If it's b) and they don't have what I'm looking for, I leave. If the clerk asks if I was looking for something in particular, I tell him what beer(s) I wanted, and then he tells me they don't have them.
  3. whendeathsleeps

    whendeathsleeps Initiate (0) Nov 5, 2011 Indiana

    Quite often, sometimes I just stop in to see if they have anything new.
  4. Derranged

    Derranged Devotee (477) Mar 7, 2010 New York

  5. galvetraz

    galvetraz Initiate (0) Sep 7, 2009 Texas

    Like a number of other posters, I sometimes just stop in while I am out and about to check for something new or see what they have. Sometimes I buy and sometimes I don't. I have never been hassled about it and simply tell them I am just browsing if they ask.
  6. Johnnyramirez

    Johnnyramirez Initiate (0) Nov 17, 2012 California

    I go in and ask for Cantillon. When they tell me they don't have it I walk out. On the off chance they do have it, which to date hasn't happened, I'd probably say "Imma come back and get it later" then when it finally sells blame myself
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  7. yemenmocha

    yemenmocha Poo-Bah (2,459) Jun 18, 2002 Arizona


    Whenever it's a small local place and I notice what you did - the seriously overpriced stuff and/or lack of what I want - then 100% of the time I buy nothing.

    But on all other normal situations I can't seem to leave without 1 or 2 bottles.
  8. CA_Infidel2o9

    CA_Infidel2o9 Initiate (0) Dec 1, 2012

    Even though my area is a distribution dead zone. I still usually come out with atleast 1 bomber.
  9. GeckoPunk

    GeckoPunk Initiate (163) Jul 29, 2012 Connecticut

    I tend not to buy anything 25% of the time I go to the packy... 1/4 of the time I go, I'll find something new I want to try, and the other half, I notice myself buying my "fall-back beers" (Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale, Dan and Rich's Rye IPA, Harpoon's IPA, Sam Adams Seasonals, etc...
  10. donno005

    donno005 Initiate (0) Dec 2, 2012 Minnesota

    Its good to hear other takes on this. With anything else, I am absolutely not reluctant to browse a store and not buy anything, but when I go to the Lick (liquor store) it felt weird. Today it really paid off though. I spared the urge to spend my beer budget on the "fall-backs" and on my second stop, low and behold, a bottle of Darkness! Its going to be tough to not stop at all 6 or so stores on my way home next week.
  11. mychalg9

    mychalg9 Champion (845) Apr 8, 2010 Illinois
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    I leave without buying anything quite often, but there are other times when I plan ahead and say "if I dont find anything else, I'll buy beer x just so I dont feel stupid leaving empty handed." And sometimes I want to go to a particular store for one specific beer but I end up not going because I am worried they wont have it and I will have wasted a trip and/or feel stupid for not buying anything. I probably should call ahead but I find that unreliable at certain stores.
  12. rocdoc1

    rocdoc1 Aspirant (268) Jan 13, 2006 New Mexico

    Since the closest thing we have to a liquor store is our grocery store I check the beer shelves everyday, but rarely buy anything unless there's something new and unusual, or I need to replenish one of my staples. Today I did buy a sixer of Left Hand Nitro Milk Stout, something I've never seen here before. When I visit my parents there's a real liquor store a block away and I never leave there without more than I can possible carry.
  13. jwheeler87

    jwheeler87 Aspirant (226) Oct 27, 2011 Massachusetts

    Maybe like 30 percent of the time. Sometimes nothing catches your eye you know.
  14. LeRose

    LeRose Savant (989) Nov 24, 2011 Massachusetts
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    Probably over fifty percent of the time I leave empty handed, but it is like a scouting mission. Selection isn't always stable, so how do you know when something new is going to show up or if there is something nice on special, whatever....always stop in and look to see whats happening. I try to be pleasant to staff who are just trying to help, but will say at the big stores it is hard because you rarely see the same folks twice in a row. It is tough to be a regular these days in the bigger stores. I don't see any reason to get uppity if somebody asks me why my cart is empty, usually I get asked if I need help finding anything, but most times I can just walk out the door. As was said, there are enough times when I leave with an armful.
  15. MRsojourner

    MRsojourner Initiate (0) Dec 28, 2011 Massachusetts

    That's so awesome! it made me lmao. I didn't realize that "packy" was not a universal term
  16. jrnyc

    jrnyc Champion (884) Mar 21, 2010 New York
    Beer Trader

    Usually never. I kind of feel obligated to buy something, especially since the stores I frequent have hooked me up in the past.
  17. Blanco

    Blanco Devotee (458) Oct 11, 2008 Pennsylvania
    Beer Trader

    I moved from CT to PA and people down here never know what a packy is.
  18. imbrue001

    imbrue001 Aspirant (213) Aug 6, 2010 Pennsylvania

    My usual store I buy 100% of the time.

    This other place thats in a grocery store in PA, I leave empty handed probably 95% of the time. It's great though because I will make disgusted faces and shake my head at the shelves while I'm browsing..that way they know my disdain. I've even been stopped in the parking lot once by some security dood with a walkie talkie. Guess he thought I stole something. But I just turned around and gave him a look that said, "yes? can I help you? yes I did just walk out 'cause your store sucks." Then he just pretended he was looking for someone else, ha!
  19. CelticAleMan

    CelticAleMan Initiate (0) Dec 11, 2010 California

    I walk out empty handed all the time. I have had almost all of the decent beers in most of the stores around here. I go out looking for very specific things and if I don't find them, I don't buy anything.
  20. Blueribbon666

    Blueribbon666 Zealot (596) Jul 4, 2008 Ohio

    Plenty! I'm usually comparison shopping or looking for that diamond in the rough. It also helps to know of decent stores in and around the city so I'm never too far from a place worthy of a stop n grab either on the way home or on the way to a party/gathering. The beauty of being a service contractor and working all over, is stopping and discovering new places along the way.
  21. Eastside151

    Eastside151 Initiate (0) Jun 29, 2012 Ohio
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    I agree with Hanzo, I don't go into a mom & pop without the expectation to purchase at least 1 or 2 as long as they have something that I want. I've walked out of bigger stores without making a purchase after getting a look at their offerings and prices. The only time I have walked out was one store where I went in to check it out saw a bottle of something I wanted and grabbed it. When I went to pay at the register they informed me there was a minimum purchase for credit/debit cards. Ticked me off because they are not allowed to do that and I hardly carry cash so I left the beer on the counter informed them of what I thought and walked out.
  22. benjaminahudson

    benjaminahudson Initiate (0) Sep 29, 2012 North Carolina

    i have a few times, but that was because I was on a mission for one particular beer and told myself to exercise some restraint and not buy anything else :slight_smile:
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  23. PersianKittie

    PersianKittie Initiate (0) Dec 22, 2012

    Not very ofter because when i got a store i usually know what i'm going to get and make sure that they have it.
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  24. mpyoung215

    mpyoung215 Initiate (0) Dec 28, 2010 Massachusetts

    Not often enough. Always tell myself to only get what I originally came for, but I always end up with something...
  25. tharreld

    tharreld Initiate (137) May 7, 2010 Montana

    Frequently. Although, if I'm "truck chasing" for a special release I usually buy some additional beers as well.
  26. 77black_ships

    77black_ships Devotee (440) Dec 4, 2012 Belgium

    Only once because I felt that the prices were way too high, it was at a brewery & even the brewery stuff I could by at half price at quite a few stores were I live. Otherwise not really because if I go out & buy beer it usually means I am totally out of it & I can usually find at least one thing that looks cool to me.
  27. rubicat

    rubicat Initiate (0) Nov 22, 2012 Ohio

    I can usually find something that I want.​
  28. Irishize75

    Irishize75 Initiate (0) Nov 4, 2012 California

    A lot. Although if they have a good singles section, I'll sometimes grab one if I appreciate the level of customer service/ selection, etc.
  29. JuicesFlowing

    JuicesFlowing Poo-Bah (1,939) Jul 5, 2009 Kansas

    I can generally at least find something to buy in a store, but when I go into a store and they don't have what I want it generally ends with impulse buying.
  30. highdesertdrinker

    highdesertdrinker Disciple (357) Nov 5, 2012 Arizona
    Beer Trader

    I go for a reason so I try to buy something even if it's a single or a bomber.I have no issues going into any store to browse and often I'm clerk/people watching as well so I make eye contact and say hello to whoever I see unless I'm temporarily distracted.
  31. Lipsntoes

    Lipsntoes Initiate (0) Jul 15, 2012 Ohio

    Most of the time I at least pickup a single of something new.... rarely do I leave empty handed. Especially if I sample of few crafts on tap.
  32. dethTr0ll

    dethTr0ll Initiate (0) Dec 7, 2010 Delaware

    At least once every week. My local beer store has little in craft beer.
  33. GardenWaters

    GardenWaters Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2012 Illinois

    I've done it in stores and bars. For example, I live in a small town (pop.~3500), and when news of us getting a liqiour store spread about, I was all too excited. That was until I walked in and seen nothing but BMC's (mostly cases piled up on the floor). I looked at the lady and said "no craft beers?", she pointed at the Shock Top and I just turned around and walked out. That store was in business for less than 1 year. I've also walked out of bars that didn't have Sam Adams Boston Lager on tap. It's either that or I could resort to Dud Light/Miller. I always hear of bars that serve craft beer, but to me that's like seeing a ufo. Everyone has experienced it but you.
  34. pep

    pep Initiate (0) Jun 3, 2012 Pennsylvania

    depends on the store for me and what kind of beer I'm looking for. If I go to wegman then almost 100% of the time I leave with a 6 pack. They have a great selection of craft beer. Another thing is sometime I'm in the mood for crappy beer so if I'm in the mood for that I always leave with a few tall boys of Genny Cream ale or PBR. But if I'm in the mood for sipping beer I more than 96 percent of the time leave empty handed. Or I go to a neighbor hood bar and have a drink.
  35. Cenosillicaphobe

    Cenosillicaphobe Initiate (0) Jul 24, 2011 Maine

    I constantly find myself on recon missions...particularly the day before I get regular stores know what's up...and the others just need to get better beer to get my money...nothing personal.
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  36. dmeadows

    dmeadows Initiate (0) Aug 6, 2002 New York

    I've learned to say "Just looking."
  37. Moose90

    Moose90 Meyvn (1,441) Nov 25, 2012 Washington
    Beer Trader

    When some people leave my store without anything, I assume theft. When others leave with nothing, and we've discussed options and they still leave, its okay. I know I can't have everything all the time and understand some people are particular and only want what they came for.

    Personally, I don't think I've ever gone into another liquor store and left empty handed. I'll pay a little more for a bomber if I have to, but leaving with nothing just feels weird.
  38. Pittsky

    Pittsky Initiate (0) May 28, 2009 Florida
    Beer Trader

    i do all the time...while on duty I walk into liquor stores, you know, on 'extra patrol', to make sure the liquor is safe, and im not allowed to buy alcohol while in uniform, so i leave empty handed. :slight_frown:
  39. haddon

    haddon Initiate (0) Jul 13, 2009 Kentucky

    never. if I go in, I'm coming out with something. leave the "just browsing" stuff to my wife.
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  40. lonewolfcry

    lonewolfcry Zealot (561) Dec 7, 2007 Minnesota
    Beer Trader

    I've been doing it quite a bit lately, looking for the diamond in the rough.
    Sometimes I spend 15 minutes if the store has large amounts of specialties.
    Sometimes the clerks are turned off, but most understand.

    The latest monster lucky find -I stopped somewhere you wouldn't expect to have anything - which they really didn't...until I turned around and spied 7 bottles of The Abyss on an unsuspecting shelf. My really started pounding when I found out there was no limit. The cashier didn't even bat an eye when she rang me up for 4 of them.
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