Rapid Response

July 17, 2012

By Contributor

Large grocery stores and other retailers starting selling liquor June 1. Have you purchased spirits through the newly privatized system? Why or why not?

I’m not sure it is working out for the consumer. Choice seems to be limited and the price seems higher. It is absurd that the state collects a “sales” tax AND a “liter tax,” which total about $12 for 1.75 liter — which is roughly half the price of the item.

Mark Bowers

Issaquah

My wife & I don’t drink alcohol so we don’t buy any. If I did, I would follow my retail philosophy, which is to buy from locally owned, “Mom & Pop” stores and not big box stores. Even if I have to pay a little more.

Jim Harris

Issaquah

I have at Costco. I believe we will regret the day we privatized liquor sales. I see fewer choices, and the prices are certainly not better and are often more. I also hate to see state government lose the revenue stream.

Eddie Davis

Issaquah

I need my vodka and will pay whatever price is required to get it.

Bryan Weinstein

Issaquah

Yes. Buying liquor at Costco, where I normally shop, is a much more pleasurable shopping experience than the former state liquor store. Thank you, Costco!

Bernadette E. Anne

Issaquah

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