Friday, July 27, 2012
So, how is the private sale of liquor going in Washington State?
Washington recently changed its law to abolish its state-run liquor stores and permit private stores (including grocery stores and mega stores like Costco and Walmart) to sell liquor. And this policy has created a boom for consumers, but not in Washington. Instead, as this story from the Spokane Spokesman-Review notes, Washington consumers are flooding over the border to Idaho to buy booze. It turns out that Idaho's state liquor stores provide alcohol at a cheeper price. The free market in booze isn't turning out to be that big of a benefit for consumers in Washington State.