Liquor and wine does cost more…

8/6/2009 Update:

Speaking of booze…

More government taxes

Since I rarely go out these days, I haven’t been able to report whether wine or cocktail prices have gone up at local bars – but spotted this sign at Yash Liquors on 10th and Washington the other day. They’ve prepared their customers for higher prices before they walk in the door. Not sure how much, though (a quarter – a dollar?)

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SEE ORIGINAL UPDATE AFTER THE JUMP…

8/1/2009:

A 25 percent tax increase on wine and liquor goes into effect today in New Jersey. However, beer lovers rejoice – you’re “safe” for now – gee, something to be thankful for NOT happening.

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How many Hoboken bars will pass the increase to you?

“It will cost more to buy liquor and wine in New Jersey starting Saturday.

The state will raise the tax per gallon of wine and spirits by 25 percent. Customers will pay $5.50 in tax per gallon of liquor and 87½ cents per gallon of wine. Lawmakers did not include beer when they raised the tax to help balance the budget in the recession.

Some bars and restaurants say they won’t pass the higher tax on to customers.

However, Adam Stromfeld, who is a co-owner of a liquor store in Egg Harbor Township, says wholesale suppliers are taking advantage of the tax increase to raise the cost of their products. Stromfeld says the increases will hit those who buy lower-priced liquors the hardest.”

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22 Comments on "Liquor and wine does cost more…"

RYBice
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RYBice

Your love for or hatred of Corzine aside, your venom should really be directed at the legislature. Corzine has offered several plans to help the state financially ( the one involving the state selling the Turnpike to itself, whereas other states sold their Toll Roads to private entities,is just one.) But the self-serving legislators are so afraid to upset any voters they refuse to do anything. Corzine is also the only governor in my memory to get ANY give back from State workers. And don’t you think it just a bit odd that although some mayors and governors are term-limited, NO legislators are? Those cowardly, weak-kneed “legislators for life”(who write the rules they expect all of us to live by, but have no intention of themselves following…and yes, that was my primary suspicion of Cammarano) are the real problem. But we keep sending them back to Trenton. Einstein’s definition of insanity, anyone?

hobojoe
Member

All these tax increases are going to drive me to drink

jc5201
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jc5201

This guy’s sign is a debacle! I haven’t seen such an abuse of the English language since Tony Maroni was calling everyone a forgin icehole!

HansBrix
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HansBrix

Once I saw a hand written sign in the window of Bangkok City (I think) that read…

“Hell wanted
dish watcher”

But that was in the olden days before cell phones had cameras.

In response to jc5201 who said:
This guy’s sign is a debacle! I haven’t seen such an abuse of the English language since Tony Maroni was calling everyone a forgin icehole!

jc5201
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jc5201

That’s classic! -km picturing the person saying it. Too funny!

In response to HansBrix who said:
Once I saw a hand written sign in the window of Bangkok City (I think) that read…

“Hell wanted
dish watcher”

But that was in the olden days before cell phones had cameras.

sonofagunk
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sonofagunk

I think the government needs to start a program to give the poor free alcohol to go with their free cellphones. How else are they going to do drunk booty calls?

lm24kc
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lm24kc

This “price hike” is BS…
The cost of a 750 mL of wine only went up 3 cents. Liquor went up 55 cents for a 1.75 L bottle.
So this is what will happen, distributors will round prices to the nearest dollar. Then the stores will raise the prices even higher. Everyone blames the increase on the tax, but charge way more than what the tax is so they can make an even bigger profit.
This tax increase is a sham to make everyone else money but the consumers.

frustratedtaxpayer
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frustratedtaxpayer

precisely. don’t blame the increased cost on the tax hike (which frankly is not worth the $22 million it is supposed to raise in incremental revenue). the distributors and the retailers will both use this as an excuse to increase the prices either $.50 or $1.00 because they feel the stickers need to end in either $x.99 or $x.49.

In response to lm24kc who said:
This “price hike” is BS…
The cost of a 750 mL of wine only went up 3 cents. Liquor went up 55 cents for a 1.75 L bottle.
So this is what will happen, distributors will round prices to the nearest dollar. Then the stores will raise the prices even higher. Everyone blames the increase on the tax, but charge way more than what the tax is so they can make an even bigger profit.
This tax increase is a sham to make everyone else money but the consumers.

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