Here in New Hampshire, beer and wine are available at grocery stores, convenience stores, general stores. Liquor can only be purchased at the 77 state-owned, state-run liquor stores scattered around the state.
You may be familiar with this type of system for the sale of alcoholic beverages.
I stopped in a state store — one of their specialty wine & spirits stores — this afternoon. I’m not familiar with a lot of Washington’s liquor prices, so I couldn’t make anything like a comprehensive comparison between NH and WA prices. But there’s one particular item that I do know about, because I bought a bottle of it a few weeks ago back home in Seattle. That was before the privatization change-over. IOW, before the prices went up.
I paid $44.95 for a 1.75 liter bottle of Bombay Dry Gin (not the Sapphire variant) in a Washington state store. By all indications, were I to buy it today (I’m not really sure where it’s sold these days), that bottle would cost somewhat more than that.
New Hampshire was having a sale on Bombay today, charging $3.00 less than its standard list price. So that 1.75L bottle wouldn’t have set me back the usual $27.99; I could have walked out of that state store with it after putting a $24.99 charge on my credit card.
For the numerically-minded, the price at the New Hampshire store was only 54.3% of the Washington state store price (the regular price would have been 60.9%). The NH price would be an even smaller proportion of the private-store Washington price, or so I’m told.
Ain’t privatization grand?