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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Pet Peeve Alert....It's My Industry and Non-Competitive Practices Irk Me

   On New Year's Eve, Shootie and I were discussing the hosing on-premise sellers of the Devil's brew get from distributors who spend too much of their day kissing the asses of convenience and grocery store owners.
    Today I got into heated discussions with a couple of beer salesmen over the topic as everytime I walk into a Nice 'n Easy and see them selling Labatts for three or four bucks a case less than I can buy it for, it ,well, it pisses me off.
    Of course, the culprit is New York's monopolistic system that forces purchase through a totally non-competitive system of distributors for beer and liquor.
     On-premise accounts used to be important spots for marketing product but now amount to less than 10% of sales. Now the distributors will tell you they won't sell you a 30-pack for fear of offending the convenience store owners.
     When a store is selling 20 packs of Bud Light for $9.99 and bars are charged $20.60 for a 24 count case....Well, somebody's getting the shaft.
     There...that felt good. Now , back to work.

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Why are you allowed to complain about your pet peeves on the mayor's blog ?

Anonymous said...

Just go to the convenience store to buy your stocks of beer. Then tell Missert to go F themselves.

Anonymous said...

"...When a store is selling 20 packs of Bud Light for $9.99 and bars are charged $20.60 for a 24 count case....Well, somebody's getting the shaft..."
Talk about playing the victim. When you start selling your Buds for a dollar a bottle then you can bitch. When you pay $20 a case for beer, and sell them for $3 a bottle, how can you complain? If the stores sell more volume than you, it is just your sacred free market at work, not the distributors ganging up on you. I will say the state has hurt you with the draconian DWI laws that have made drinking away from home less desirable.

Anonymous said...

Sue them under the Robinson Patman act.
Or if you can find an honest Italian beer distributor, promote their product instead.

Anonymous said...

In keeping with the spirit of the times, why don’t you just tell the beer salesman to go eff themselves and then buy your beer at the Nice 'n Easy store?

Anonymous said...

I think Jeffs point is you cant legally buy from anyone other than a distributor.

Anonymous said...

Oh yeah…your symbiotic relationship with MCM is beginning to have an effect.

Anonymous said...

Just so you know, the 18 packs that they are selling at $9.99, are considered "Loss Leaders"

If in fact they are selling those at that price, they are losing $3.25 per unit, as Chain store pricing for a national brand '18'is $13.25

Anonymous said...

As per NYS law, he must purchase his beer from a distributer. You should see the prices you have to pay for liquor, as the same type of rules apply. To chastise Graham for charging $3 a Bud is to completely miss the point. He hs overhead, not to mention insurance and workman's comp, etc. People will use any excuse to bash the free market, completely missing the point that the state and Fed laws create a crony-capitalist system, barely resembling a free market. Oh, and it's his bolg. He can bitch all he wants. Don'tlike it, don't read it.

T. Fleming said...

"When you pay $20.60 a case for beer, and sell them for $3 a bottle, how can you complain?"
My calculator says that about 86¢ per bottle if in fact the mayor sells for $3. Even $2.50 per bottle is almost triple. Isn't that enough? Or is there more to the story that we aren't aware of?

Anonymous said...

Same type of thing with the firearms industry. The big box stores and BIG dealers buy directly from ther manufacturer at manufacturer prices. The average dealer can't afford to buy that many units and must buy smaller quanities from the disributors at higher prices than the box stores and big dealers sell the items for. Tough business to be in if you are genuinely trying to make a living at it. Only difference is that the small dealers are not legally required to buy from the distributors, but it is finacially very difficult to buy direct from the manufacturer.

Anonymous said...

Don't convenience stores have overhead as well? Probably a lot more than the Mayor has. Their electric bills alone must be huge. As far as bars only being able to buy from distibutors, it has been like that since the end of Prohibition, so he knew the rules when opened the place. And I'm not saying he can't complain on his "bolg", but by the same token anyone can critique his complaints. I think they call it the First Amendment.

Anonymous said...

You dolts who think its fair to Jeff remember this. I don't want to hear you bitch when the local factory pays 90% less for electricity than you as a homeowner has to. Same priciple. Its people like you that show how we can end up with a preziedint Obumba.

Anonymous said...

“Oh, and it's his bolg. He can bitch all he wants. Don'tlike it, don't read it.”

Hey dumbass, who elected YOU as the “bolg” moderator? Do YOU think EVERYONE is supposed to agree with everything YOU or the mayor says?

As far as it being “his bolg”, well so what… a lot of people have “bolgs”, and their success is largely determined by its participants and the exchange of ideas and free speech. And because it’s his “bolg” the mayor has the discretion to post whatever comment(s) he so chooses.

So why the hell do YOU care if someone has a difference of opinion?

The last thing we need is a self appointed member of the THOUGHT POLICE dictating their own twisted version of free speech.

4:09PM said it best… “I think they call it the First Amendment.”

oloonst 70Oh, and If YOU “don’t like it, don’t read it.”

Anonymous said...

Actually 6:09 the commercial rate for power is much MORE than the residential rate. So I don't think the local factory is paying 90% less than you do. In any event, how Obama ends up in this discussion is beyond me. Sounds like someone should get a life.

Anonymous said...

At 4 bucks a case it would come out to 16 cents a bottle. Really mayor, tears the size of horse turds over this? Besides, everyone knows bars have a bottle or two that they pick up at the liquor store and a case or two that don't come from the distributer.

Anonymous said...

Geez, talk about an entitlement mentality…

Anonymous said...

If I owned a bar I would not offer Bud OR blue on the menu. You don't want those customers anyway.