Price of liquid refreshment in Tassie

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As there has just been a thread on Tassie thought i would make a comment on the price of alcohol there . As an expat i was surprised when there recently how expensive beer and other alcoholic drinks are . Love Boags export lager but when its made there how come its so expensive ?? I realise there are no Dan Murphy stores there to keep everyone else honest but there are liquor chains there , Price collusion ??
Realise D Murphy must have awesome buying power but to transport it all the way to the mainland and sell it for $42 a carton ??!! In Tassie you cant even buy Boags draught for that which is IMHO an inferior drink compared to Export Lager .
However if in Hobart go to Steves Liquor , Gormanston Rd Derwent Park , cheaper by far than anyone , nothing flash , plain concrete floors , and nothing refridgerated .BTW i have no vested interest here .
And love a 375 ml beer !
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Reply By: MUZBRY- Life member(Vic) - Monday, Jan 19, 2015 at 07:36

Monday, Jan 19, 2015 at 07:36
Gday
So how much does it cost in Tasmania? A price comparison with only one price does not work for me.
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Follow Up By: Member - Brian - Monday, Jan 19, 2015 at 09:38

Monday, Jan 19, 2015 at 09:38
Sorry Muzbry how remiss of me !! From memory was pushing $60 a carton
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Reply By: Kris and Kev - Monday, Jan 19, 2015 at 08:02

Monday, Jan 19, 2015 at 08:02
We found the same with New Zealand wine when we were there last year. For example in Qld Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc is usually around the $19 a bottle in the hotels to as low as just under $14 from the big liquor barns while in NZ it was way over the $20! I recall visiting some wineries in the Clare Valley SA and asking them why their wine is cheaper in the hotels and they said they are locked in by the big liquor companies by what they can charge from their own winery. If they try and sell it cheaper they would lose their contract. Kevin
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Follow Up By: Zippo - Monday, Jan 19, 2015 at 12:54

Monday, Jan 19, 2015 at 12:54
Whenever we go to UnZud (four times so far) we invariably buy our SauvBlanc at Countdown supermarkets (Woolworths really). Prices generally lower than DanM back home here, and when they have specials on the good stuff (OB, StClair, Stoneleigh) they really drop the price.
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Reply By: dean ( SA ) - Monday, Jan 19, 2015 at 09:02

Monday, Jan 19, 2015 at 09:02
Oh....the problems of the first world :)
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Reply By: Member - Ups and Downs - Monday, Jan 19, 2015 at 09:15

Monday, Jan 19, 2015 at 09:15
There is a winery 6 kilometers from the town where I live.

I know of some people who buy their product, not from the winery, but from a large online distributor based in Sydney.

The wine they get is $20 per carton cheaper after travel to Sydney, than back to country WA.

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Follow Up By: get outmore - Monday, Jan 19, 2015 at 09:54

Monday, Jan 19, 2015 at 09:54
nothing unusual there
I bought a Terlin outback HF antenae online from some place in Sydney because it was cheaper than buying it from Terlins base in Canning Vale a few kms away!!
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Reply By: itsdave - Monday, Jan 19, 2015 at 12:25

Monday, Jan 19, 2015 at 12:25
Hi Brian

Not sure where you were looking but as an example 1st Choice have James Boag Premium for $43.90. Very comparible to mainland prices . I think most prices are similar in Tas unless your buying from small outlets then you would most likely pay more, same as anywhere in Aust.

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Follow Up By: Member - Brian - Monday, Jan 19, 2015 at 13:16

Monday, Jan 19, 2015 at 13:16
Dave are 1st choice in Tassie ?? I stand to be corrected but dont think they are !
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Follow Up By: itsdave - Monday, Jan 19, 2015 at 16:48

Monday, Jan 19, 2015 at 16:48
My apologies Brian I think your right I must of been looking at the wrong site.
BWS are there and their web page shows Coronas at the same price as Qld, Boags draught 2 for $86 so very similar prices to elsewhere.

The Excise tax is sure pushing the cost of a carton up more and more every year.
Cheers Dave
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Follow Up By: Member - Brian - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015 at 01:03

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015 at 01:03
Yet at Devonport RSL a pint of Boags was very reasonable at $6 , be lucky to get a pint in Perth for under $10
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Follow Up By: Member - Brian - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015 at 01:08

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015 at 01:08
Thanks for all that Dave but dont mention Corona to me !! When someone has to put a slice of lemon in a beer to make it drinkable m well .....................!!
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Follow Up By: snow - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015 at 09:23

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015 at 09:23
I agree entirely Brian
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Follow Up By: The Explorer - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015 at 23:31

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015 at 23:31
Hi

Coronas are fine without lemon.

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Follow Up By: snow - Wednesday, Jan 21, 2015 at 10:18

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2015 at 10:18
If flat tasteless beer is to your liking (my opinion only)
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Follow Up By: The Explorer - Wednesday, Jan 21, 2015 at 10:23

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2015 at 10:23
The few I had last night had bubbles (not my opinion, a fact :)

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Reply By: Member - Alan H (QLD) - Monday, Jan 19, 2015 at 13:25

Monday, Jan 19, 2015 at 13:25
Well I don't drink at all. Never felt a need.

But where the hell is all the money I have saved by not drinking.

Apparently if I go to Tassie I will save even more.LOL

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Follow Up By: Member - Beatit (QLD) - Monday, Jan 19, 2015 at 13:31

Monday, Jan 19, 2015 at 13:31
I'm planning to go next year around January so I guess I'll be saving plenty!

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Follow Up By: Gronk - Monday, Jan 19, 2015 at 20:52

Monday, Jan 19, 2015 at 20:52
Alan, you mean you have NEVER drank alcohol ???

So, you've never staggered around a campfire talking gibberish....danced and sang to stupid songs...threw up around the back of the camper....or woken to a shocking headache ???

At least you don't have to taste that Tassie beer then !!lol
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Reply By: Member - Duncan W (WA) - Monday, Jan 19, 2015 at 15:41

Monday, Jan 19, 2015 at 15:41
Brian I'm also just back from the Apple Isle and agree the price of booze is quite high.

I was pleasantly surprised at the current quality of the pinot noir being produced (and drank a lot of it), but the prices to get a carton shipped home to Perth was insane. I found the cellar door prices to be comparable to Margaret River prices, which in my mind have always been high.

The cost of the local whiskey is also very expensive with a 200ml bottle of Lark being equivalent to a 750ml bottle of good quality Scottish single malt whiskey. Yes I know the volume and market share is small thus the higher costs per bottle but gee it is expensive to have a tipple or three of the good stuff.

Didn't buy much beer but it was comparable with Perth prices for a 6 pack of imported beer.

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Follow Up By: Kris and Kev - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015 at 08:35

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015 at 08:35
Oh yea, we got to love their pinot noir while we were free camped at Cockle Creek for 8 days. Very nice drop, and a fantastic camp area. Kevin
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Follow Up By: Member - Brian - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015 at 22:36

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015 at 22:36
What brand Kris n Kev ?? im more into shiraz but good to try something new ?
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Follow Up By: Kris and Kev - Wednesday, Jan 21, 2015 at 07:05

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2015 at 07:05
Brian I cannot remember the brand, but we first tried a bottle at the pub at Southport and loved it, and then we had more while on Bruny Island. Funny but when we got home we bought a bottle and it was not the same. Will just have to go back to Tassie. Kevin
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Reply By: Member - Wildmax - Monday, Jan 19, 2015 at 21:19

Monday, Jan 19, 2015 at 21:19
You're right folks - unless you luck on to some specials it's certainly more expensive in Tas. We always fill up the canopy with Dan Murphy's booze, before we drive onto the ferry at the end of a mainland trip.
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Reply By: D-MaxerWA - Monday, Jan 19, 2015 at 21:56

Monday, Jan 19, 2015 at 21:56
I found when last in NZ, you could buy a 6 pack of VB for less than $10 at a supermarket. Not that I would buy that vile stuff, but considering the exchange rate was about $1.25, it was less than $8 aussie dollars
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Reply By: Sigmund - Thursday, Jan 22, 2015 at 09:03

Thursday, Jan 22, 2015 at 09:03
Dan Murphy's prices aren't a realistic benchmark as the chain has huge purchasing power to the point where it can set terms. Many small beer and wine makers would go broke if they accepted those terms and so you don't see their stuff in the green barns.

I save even more than DM's prices allow by not drinking! Makes life on the road simple.
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