mithril wrote:You're right Campbell won't, however considering sin taxes are one of the major revenue streams for the gov't if sales drop too much they will notice. That being said, on volume premium spirits are not the major renvue generator so as long as they keep selling cheap wine, alco-pops and mixing booze they won't even notice if those sales decrease.
Ultimately it's just about deciding that you won't let yourself be screwed anymore and recognizing that you can't control what others do. There are always other ways of getting whatever you want as long as you are willing/in the position to expend the time and effort.
Learn to work the system in a way that works for you. Get friends that are travelling up from the USA to bring a bottle or two with them, or ship bottles that you've bought on line in the US to a friend's place in Washington state and bring them back as part of your allowance when you travel.
The prices are absolutely ridiculous here and I personally refuse to purchase anything more. Some ludicrous examples:
George T Stag was something like 160 or $180 last year, yet commonly available for $65USD.
While it's nice to see more tequila in the BCLS stores, the prices are INSANE. I mean: Corzo for $110 when you can purchase it for $45 in the US? Cuervo Reserva for $180 when it's available for 80 - 90 us? Or what about Patron (anyone who buys this should be shot for being stupid to begin with!) for $110 when it's like $45 in California? Come On...
Unfortunately I think that you guys are right and that they make SOOO much money from cheap beer and imported (but labeled as BC) wine, that the premium Spirits sector is the proverbial drop in the bucket...