What is the worst price gouging / profiteering you've seen?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by SerialTicker, Jan 12, 2014.

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  1. life_is_beautiful

    life_is_beautiful Initiate (0) Dec 19, 2013 Pennsylvania

    This thread is most definitely evidence of that confusion.
  2. Highlanduh

    Highlanduh Initiate (105) Jun 20, 2005 Rhode Island

    When I was 18 (in 1988), I was at a strip joint when a waitress approached me and asked if I wanted a beer. I handed her a twenty and asked for change in ones. She handed me a can of Busch and the change and walked away. I counted the change and discovered that she gave me 12 ones. So, I paid $8 for a can of Busch. In 1988.
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  3. ASak10

    ASak10 Initiate (0) Jan 2, 2014 Colorado

    The prices for alcohol at strip clubs haven't changed by much since then :grimacing:
  4. Tballz420

    Tballz420 Initiate (0) Mar 4, 2003 Minnesota

  5. Seanniek91

    Seanniek91 Initiate (0) Jul 1, 2012 Rhode Island

    I payed 7 euros for a Fou at Cantillon. 12ish$ american dollars?
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  6. life_is_beautiful

    life_is_beautiful Initiate (0) Dec 19, 2013 Pennsylvania

    about $10, stop teasing us :wink:
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  7. modern

    modern Initiate (0) May 31, 2012 Ohio

    Is there any left?
  8. Seanniek91

    Seanniek91 Initiate (0) Jul 1, 2012 Rhode Island

    My bad fellas.
  9. Preluderl

    Preluderl Devotee (491) Sep 27, 2012 Pennsylvania

    I've only been up to Packs and Dogs once, like a year ago to get the Stone Mint Chocolate collab. They get some rare stuff once in a while but it's overpriced. I drive out to The House probably once a month or so.
  10. BubalooBrewMaster

    BubalooBrewMaster Initiate (0) Feb 24, 2013 Nevada

    65$ for a bomber of the bruery chocolate rain...
  11. fernz18

    fernz18 Initiate (0) Feb 6, 2009 California

    This is the reason I believe most douchebags get into craft beer.
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  12. WadeBridgman

    WadeBridgman Initiate (0) Oct 18, 2013 Illinois

    $31.99 for a 4-pack of BCBS... Boycotting Goose Island. And I live in Chicago!
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  13. gillagorilla

    gillagorilla Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2013 Maryland

    I love this bottle shop because they usually have great prices and are often overlooked, but they have a ton of 2013 WWS they are selling for $18. I mean they sold BCBCS for $6 a bottle. I've never seen any WWS or 120 for more than $10 (definitely not more than $15), and they are usually vintage bottles. Maybe this is the new price for WWS since it wasn't produced last year or perhaps there is a smaller amount of it now, but I doubt that with the new expansion.
  14. Ilovelampandbeer

    Ilovelampandbeer Initiate (0) Aug 25, 2013 New York

    thats so ridculous to me...u obviously know that its not worth that 10 dollar price tag being a year old, why charge customers that like a slimeball weasel asshole...such an insult to your intelligence you shoulda lit the counter on fire
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  15. McStagger

    McStagger Initiate (0) Jun 2, 2005 California

    12.99 for a bottle of Enjoy By. I live in Southern California.
  16. zdk001

    zdk001 Initiate (0) Feb 13, 2009 Pennsylvania

    A carry out place a block from my apartment was just selling it for $17/bottle or $60/4-pack. I just shook my head and walked out. Other prices I'd seen in the area ranged from $7-$10/bottle.
  17. PaulQuinn

    PaulQuinn Initiate (0) May 27, 2011 Canada (BC)

    There a Brazilian beer forum I visit. People travel to the US and to Europe and bring beers in their luggage to sell there. The prices are usually very "interesting". From the top of my head (all prices in USD and approximated):

    25 for 1 60min
    100 for 1 W12
    1500 for a DL 2009 to 2013 vertical
    50 for 1 Enjoy By
    55 for 1 HT
  18. gfg0020

    gfg0020 Initiate (0) Jan 9, 2014 Texas

    Goose Island doesn't set the retail price.
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    VDODSON Initiate (0) Feb 5, 2013 North Dakota

    He might be referring to your statement ''is $30.00 a lot for a bottle''. Of course it is mate, unless it was meant as a rhetorical question. Also, you seem to agree with the price of beer being raised which is ridiculous. With that type of mentality spreading more people will start thinking its alright charge crazy prices. Just my two cents.
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  20. kzoobrew

    kzoobrew Initiate (0) May 8, 2006 Michigan

    Purchasing a beer is a voluntary exchange, you can't gouge the willing. At this point you should just consider this a tax on those who feel they "need" to try a beer.

    Beer will always be a non-essential commodity, even if you have a lousy selection locally there are always other alternatives for craft beer. The fact that its non-essential and there are alternatives eliminates the possibility of gouging.
  21. Donco

    Donco Devotee (455) Aug 12, 2013 Pennsylvania

    Not in Philly...never seen it for less than $9 per bottle.
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  22. Macurr4

    Macurr4 Initiate (0) Jan 1, 2014 Kentucky

    Paid $20 for a 4 of Ruination. Not so much, gouged, but I'd take 90 minute over it any day.
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  23. infuturity83

    infuturity83 Initiate (0) Sep 22, 2009 Massachusetts

    I don't count bar prices in price gouging discussions. It is to be expected that a bar will rape you.

    1) Any and all Mikkeler 12 oz bottles

    2) $10 for a single of Double Dose
  24. Macurr4

    Macurr4 Initiate (0) Jan 1, 2014 Kentucky

    I agree, I think you have to expect to be "gouged" when going to a bar.
  25. HRamz3

    HRamz3 Initiate (0) Feb 9, 2010 Pitcairn

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  26. StArnoldFan

    StArnoldFan Crusader (719) Dec 28, 2012 Texas

    Why would you boycott GI? You should boycott that store. I got my 4 packs for $19.99 this year, $5 a beer for a high quality BA stout is well worth it IMO.
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  27. meb3476

    meb3476 Initiate (196) Apr 1, 2013 Massachusetts

    $18 bucks for a bottle of Lunch at a bar in Boston. IMO...Any beer from Maine Beer Company. I love their beers but the pricing is a bit crazy for one bottle.
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  28. HRamz3

    HRamz3 Initiate (0) Feb 9, 2010 Pitcairn

    Did you then walk down the street, go into Tiffany's, and try the same logic on them??
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  29. StoutSnob40

    StoutSnob40 Poo-Bah (2,725) Jan 4, 2013 California
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    $40 for a 375ml of Beatification. I guess I paid for the convenience of buying it from a San Diego store.
  30. willbm3

    willbm3 Initiate (0) Feb 19, 2010 Massachusetts

    I hate that every time threads like these pop up a bunch of people need to explain that you can't gouge on beer. We get it. No one is talking about literal gouging.
  31. CraftFan5

    CraftFan5 Meyvn (1,017) May 14, 2013 New Jersey

    Agreed. At a couple of places they have standard pricing for all growlers, $5.99 for 32 oz. and $9.99 for 64 oz. They don't always get the best stuff, but I've gotten 64 oz. fills of Flower Power and Sculpin for $9.99, and they currently have Sucks for the same price.
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  32. Kal

    Kal Initiate (0) Aug 10, 2012 England

    Everything I buy
    Ten fidy is 15 bucks a can
    Bourbon county stout 2012 was 11 dollars a bottle
    Fbs and deviant dales is about 10 dollars pop
    Hoptimum was 8 dollars a bottle
    Odell myrcenary is 9 dollars a bottle
    Things like ale smith wee heavy you are looking at about 35 dollars
    Then if I order online I have to pay a delivery charge
    It is going to cost me 45 dollars to get a bottle of biscotti break and Doris the destroyer delivered
    It's soul destroying
  33. EnthusedAboutBeer

    EnthusedAboutBeer Zealot (568) May 13, 2013 New Jersey

    $6.99 for a 12 oz of Great Lakes Christmas ale at a shop rite liquors.
    No thanks!
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  34. Providence

    Providence Crusader (716) Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island

    I hear where you're coming from completely, but I don't think people do get it, I think they literally think beer can be gouged. One person up-thread even talks about how it's possible.
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  35. rozzom

    rozzom Meyvn (1,015) Jan 22, 2011 New York

    As others have pointed out - you can't price gouge on beer, and what's extra special about this thread is people are calling out beers being sold at MSRP as gouging as well. Oh - and bars marking up 1.5x - 2x isn't really that terrible either.

    New BA definition of price gouging - any beer that I personally deem too expensive.

    On topic - beer I've seen that was most significantly above MSRP - KBS for $30 per single (in a store).
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  36. F2brewers

    F2brewers Champion (820) Mar 12, 2005 Massachusetts
    Fest Crew Society Trader

    Right...which is why I've modified the title off the thread to include profiteering. Hopefully from this point forward we can avoid too much petty conversation about the specific wording. We all should be talking about the same thing...

    ...but apparently we all aren't as you've quite correctly noted.

    Such is the nature of threads these days.
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  37. rozzom

    rozzom Meyvn (1,015) Jan 22, 2011 New York

    Cool fair enough. As with the hauls thread, perhaps there should be an ongoing thread for this topic, titled "Most outrageously priced beers that I just had to have"
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  38. F2brewers

    F2brewers Champion (820) Mar 12, 2005 Massachusetts
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    I rather like that idea...I will discuss with the Bros. and see if it flies.
  39. juliusseizure

    juliusseizure Initiate (0) Feb 11, 2009 New York

    That's normal pricing.
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  40. cwehr13

    cwehr13 Initiate (0) Aug 4, 2011 Illinois

    Not Goose Islands fault, send them an email saying what the liquor is doing and they wont get any or very little.
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