Let's Pour pricing...

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by tcanaday, Dec 28, 2012.

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  1. ThickNStout

    ThickNStout Poo-Bah (2,104) Mar 8, 2011 Georgia
    Beer Trader

    I've not had any problems with Lets Pour's prices or services. I've ordered several times. And I like knowing what's available but those guys drop email bombs 4+ times a day. Seriously guys?! Why not show 6-8 beers per email instead of only 2?..
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  2. RBassSFHOPit2ME

    RBassSFHOPit2ME Meyvn (1,126) Mar 1, 2009 California

    Stop complaining and find a good trading partner.
  3. jtdolla911

    jtdolla911 Initiate (0) Nov 18, 2011 Massachusetts
    Beer Trader

    The prices would make me sick, or not, I can't have an opinion because they don't ship to me. WAAAHHH
  4. sportscrazed2

    sportscrazed2 Aspirant (231) Mar 29, 2010 Indiana
    Beer Trader

    here here. why does it cost so much to ship beer compared to other goods through legal means?
  5. FishPondManager

    FishPondManager Aspirant (246) Feb 28, 2012 Colorado
    Beer Trader

    Government fees and licensing, state taxes, alcohol taxes, excise taxes. Write your state and federal legislators. It does no good to bash a company like UPS. Theyre just passing along the taxes and fees they must pay to their customers.
  6. sportscrazed2

    sportscrazed2 Aspirant (231) Mar 29, 2010 Indiana
    Beer Trader

    Yeah definitely should do that. I fucking hate how that I can order surly shipped but it comes to over $5 a can if you factor in shipping. It's like they are intentionally trying to make it hard to do
  7. beerepiphany

    beerepiphany Initiate (50) Oct 19, 2010 Illinois

    I highly doubt RR pulled out of Washington because of Let's Pour.
  8. crossovert

    crossovert Initiate (0) Mar 29, 2009 Illinois

    I liked letspour when they gave out the discount sales but havent bought anything since.
  9. FEUO

    FEUO Disciple (327) Jul 24, 2012 Ontario (Canada)

    No affiliation here. I've made several purchases and any issue has been resolved.
    Clearly its not in anyone's best interest to buy 1 bottle hence what seems like extreme shipping charges versus buying 6 bottles. Its more cost effective to ship more.

    Trill, you sound like you have a former affiliation with LetsPour and are trying to damage their rep, not educate. Perhaps an ex-employee who kept denting my cans before shipping them to me. :wink:
  10. BigBadBarrel

    BigBadBarrel Initiate (0) Mar 5, 2013 Michigan

    This for sure, What really got me was the New Belgium La Folie for $18.50 a bottle. Jeez!
  11. Bluecane

    Bluecane Initiate (0) Dec 30, 2011 New York

    Then don't buy from them.

    Also, saving the hassle of having to drive/get out to a bottle shop can be very valuable and worth it for some people. I'm not one of those people, but I'm sure they think it's great to have the option. And don't forget that you are paying for the packaging labor & materials, as well.
  12. Demer

    Demer Initiate (0) Dec 13, 2010 New Jersey

    Why do I never get emails from let's pour with deals even though I'm pretty sure I have that option clicked?
  13. FishPondManager

    FishPondManager Aspirant (246) Feb 28, 2012 Colorado
    Beer Trader

    Spam filter maybe? I've had a bunch of non spam flagged by gmail lately.
  14. HipsterBrewfus

    HipsterBrewfus Initiate (0) Jun 3, 2012 Maryland

    Dude, you;re better off not getting e-mails from them. Holy shit, they will flood your inbox
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  15. Demer

    Demer Initiate (0) Dec 13, 2010 New Jersey

    Nah never in the spam folder I don't know it's weird.
  16. Hanzo

    Hanzo Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2012 Virginia

    It's $15 on the shelf here, so you're looking at $3.50 a bottle for shipping....doesn't seem too crazy.
  17. HipsterBrewfus

    HipsterBrewfus Initiate (0) Jun 3, 2012 Maryland

    I grabbed mine for 16, so yeah. I agree
  18. robwestcott

    robwestcott Meyvn (1,090) Nov 3, 2008 Indiana
    Beer Trader

    FINALLY ! i have been waiting to find a thread about how beer works. is there a link to the full explanation ?
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  19. thenamestsam

    thenamestsam Initiate (121) Sep 13, 2012 New York

    I'll throw in my $.02. I've made a couple orders and find the prices on the bombers quite reasonable. The 12 oz beers are expensive certainly, and if you buy something you can get down the street (like Tumbler for example) you're obviously going to get a bum deal. But the bombers are usually at most a couple dollars more than what I see in NYC for comparable beers, so factoring in that it's something I can't actually get here and the convenience of it coming to my door, I find it appealing as a supplementary option. As someone said above, I certainly wouldn't stock my fridge this way, but every now and then to grab 6 bombers I want to try and that I can't get locally? I'm willing to pay the extra few bucks.
  20. HipsterBrewfus

    HipsterBrewfus Initiate (0) Jun 3, 2012 Maryland

    Can we address the time limit and signing for the package issues haha
  21. Hanzo

    Hanzo Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2012 Virginia

    Since they are shipping legally there is no way around the 21+ signing rule, otherwise a ten year old could order beers.
  22. HipsterBrewfus

    HipsterBrewfus Initiate (0) Jun 3, 2012 Maryland

    Oh, I'm aware, but it's still a pain in the ass when UPS delivers at about 1pm during the week.
  23. Hanzo

    Hanzo Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2012 Virginia

    That does suck, I just get mine sent to a family members house that I know is always home....just be sure to make sure they don't like beer before you set that up.
  24. willbm3

    willbm3 Initiate (0) Feb 19, 2010 Massachusetts

    I'm not too familiar with LetsPour because I live in MA and we can't order beer online. However, after glancing at their prices it really isn't that bad. Yes, paying 5-6 dollars for a 12oz bottle/can is a bit much, but I would totally throw one in a larger order to be able to try something I can't buy locally. And the bomber prices seem very reasonable. Just looking at some beers I can buy locally, their prices are only 1-2 dollars more than I'm paying here in Boston. I think you all should be happy that you're allowed to supplement your local beers with things you can order online. It's a luxury and you should pay a little extra for it.

    And as far as trading goes, don't forget that you're gonna pay 20-30 dollars in shipping alone. So you're trading for $30 worth of beer but it's costing you $50-60
  25. JulianB

    JulianB Initiate (0) Feb 1, 2012 South Carolina

    I only get emailed once a day from Letspour, and I like it because it reminds me to go on to the site and to the Spin The Wheel thing to try and win some free cash.
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  26. benjaminahudson

    benjaminahudson Initiate (0) Sep 29, 2012 North Carolina

    I'm more upset at LetsPour never letting me win the $100 or $500 wheel spin than I am at their beer pricing. Things rigged I tell ya! :wink:
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  27. kdb150

    kdb150 Zealot (501) Mar 8, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    I am constantly surprised by how many people don't seem to understand the idea that convenience is something that consumers are, and ought to be, charged more money for. Prices are too high for this beer to show up on your doorstep that otherwise you would have had to fly across the country to buy? REALLY??

    It might not be worth it to you to pay a premium price for such a service, but to say that a couple bucks more per bottle for this convenience is a ripoff is simply not a fair characterization.
  28. BigBadBarrel

    BigBadBarrel Initiate (0) Mar 5, 2013 Michigan

    We picked them up for $11.99, guess it just depends on what region your from.
  29. Ispeakforthetrees

    Ispeakforthetrees Disciple (356) Apr 2, 2012 Colorado

    That was the price at cost in the market in Ft Collins when it was released it seems.
    Wilburs advertised it at 17.99. It's brewed in the same damn town.
  30. Providence

    Providence Initiate (0) Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island

    I periodically check letspour hoping that it won't continue to be a rip off. I checked again today. I saw Two Hearted, which I love, but can't get in RI. Price was $5.75 per bottle. Some may say, "yeah, but if you buy six or more it's worth it because it ships for free." Six bottles of Two-Hearted from them would cost $34.50. So you're telling me a sixer of Two Hearted for $34.50 is worth it? I don't know what that stuff goes for in other parts of the country, but I can't imagine it coming anywhere close to even half of that price.
  31. RoninTK3

    RoninTK3 Aspirant (234) Nov 12, 2012 New Hampshire
    Beer Trader

    As others have said, you're an idiot if you're buying cheap 12oz shelf beers for $5-6 a piece, but you can definitely get a good deal on letspour. If you can find 6 22oz/750ml bottles you want and can combine that with a $10 coupon (which isn't tough to get), you can get a pretty solid deal. They only seem to add $2-3 for the bombers and the $10 coupon can cut most of that surcharge. They're a business and shipping beer (especially legally) is not cheap. They aren't just going to give you beers at the local shelf prices and not make any money.
  32. kdb150

    kdb150 Zealot (501) Mar 8, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    That's a poor example. Two-Hearted is easily worth $6 a bottle to be delivered to your door in a place where it is otherwise unavailable. Now, you may have comparable beers which are locally available that obviate the need to pay so much for it, but is it worth it? Absolutely. It's a really good beer.

    How much would it cost you to travel to somewhere that sells Two-Hearted to buy a sixer? Is the gas and a few hours of your time really not worth $25?
  33. Providence

    Providence Initiate (0) Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island

    I suppose you're right, I am comparing it to the sixer of Flower Power I can get locally. I still can't imagine ever shelling out $6 per bottle for any beer, not just two-hearted.
  34. GRG1313

    GRG1313 Poo-Bah (3,670) Jan 15, 2009 California
    Premium Member Beer Trader

    Thanks! I've not read most of these posts but I take it, for some reason, people are complaining about prices. (Not really any of my business. My thinking has always been if you don't like a price....don't buy! Pretty simple).

    Anyway, I'd never heard of Lets Pour before 15 minutes ago! Thanks! I just ordered 2 cases of beer to try!
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  35. RDMII

    RDMII Disciple (360) Apr 11, 2010 Georgia

    1) People will ALWAYS complain about price, no matter what the price is. That's just the way it is. Even if beers were half what we pay now, someone would bitch. Our society has coddled us for so long that everyone expects everything to fall in their lap.

    2) Comparing a price online to a beer you can buy down the street is completely damn stupid. Of course the online price is higher, they have to pay shipping. Plus, *gasp*, the place would like to turn a profit. If you can get it easily, cool, there's no need to shit on a thread because you're lucky enough to live in Russian River's backyard. Most of us don't have that option. I can buy beers available to me all day at good prices, doesn't do the guy in Oklahoma any good though, does it?

    3) Shipping isn't cheap. When I sold used auto parts I fought with people daily. Everyone assumes that shipping is cheap, easy, and hassle free. Shipping a fender across the country does not cost $10, no matter how you look at it. Same goes for a 40lb box of beer. State to State, sure, it's not bad, but most people are buying from one Coast and receiving it on the other Coast. The cost of boxes, packing materials, tape, drive time, and the gouging from UPS or Fed Ex all add up fast. Even in trading, you pay a good bit to move product around. This is the same thing, but in a professional setting. It WILL cost more. Simple. Assuming shipping is cheap is like assuming money is free. It's a pointless, idiotic argument. Businesses, both LetsPour and UPS, are businesses for a reason. They offer a service, FOR A PROFIT.

    4) What the product is worth differs for everyone. The one guy who found one bottle on sale in his hometown means nothing to the guy who can't get that beer in his home State, so that can't be used as a comparison. Is it worth it to YOU? That's the simplest question to ask, and for those who say it is, the pricing structure is fine. I've bought from them three times, was happy with the service, the speed of the order, and the product I got. Was I upset I paid a little more than I could have, had I lived somewhere that sells those beers on the shelf? Sure, but that's the drawbacks with not living someplace where every beer is readily available. No one has that luxury.

    5) There's always going to be a beer that NO ONE wants to trade or give up. Having it available for purchase, even in limited quantities, is well worth the extra cost for some people. Trying to trade or establish yourself in the trading community isn't always easy, nor is it always worth the effort. Being able to immediately buy the beer and forego any hassle of exchanging messages for a month only to find out the trader lost interest is worth way more than what you end up paying. I'll buy online any day of the week just for that assurance.
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