"Preiss Gouging" is also a PLOWED Society generated descriptor used for several years. [Sounds like Mr. Tattie has PLOWED potential
] The term came about as a result of one A. Dinsdale's efforts, with PLOWED support, to expose the obscene price mark-ups via his "non-official" Springbank web-site (which was an extremely good one, BTW). He confronted Henry Preiss concerning UK pricing of Springbanks and Longrows WRT other similarly priced distillery bottlings vs. Springbank/Longrow and the same distillery bottlings in the U.S. and exposed the far larger proportionate price increases on the Springer/Longrow compared with the other distillery offerings. Of course he (Mr. Preiss) mumbled out some feeble excuses. Nonetheless, Springbank/Longrow pricing did decrease significantly, around 20%, on OB bottlings after this fracas. With the shortage and popularity of older OB Springers along with the high prices on eBay and whiskyauction.com, Preiss appears to have acquired a case of amnesia and saw a chance to make a quick killing and priced the bottles accordingly. Thus, they appear to be trying to milk the cash cow on this one. I guess we'll have to let the market place sort this one out.
On the other hand, lower profile products such as Inchmurrin, Connemara, and other non-Mitchell whiskies Preiss brings in have always been more closely in line with UK pricing.
FWIW, you may want to check http://www.smwhisky.com
. It's a sight connected with the PLOWED Society; it's webmaster is the group scribe. In the section "single malt issues, concepts, myths, and lies", "Preiss Gouging" is defined, along with many other descriptions and definitions that you might find interesting or even humorous. There are lots of photos of the PLOWED group's annual Ardbeggeddon debauchery, er, event in other sections of the page. The bottle count at these events can be a real eye-opener...
Admiral: Craig D from OZ, who I see you have met, attended the first Ardbeggeddon and is looking forward to a return engagement. He is a friend, most highly respected noser & taster, and a PLOWEDster, too!
My apologies if I have over-typed my welcome...
P.S. About a dozen PLOWEDsters are attending Feis Ile this coming week; it'll probably be pretty hard to not notice them. They'll most likely be joining up with Gordon of Spirit of Islay, too... so beware if you are attending!