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LCBO Gouging

Posted by hitnerwine on December 12, 2011 at 6:15 PM

About a week ago, I read that the LCBO has been accused of charging too much for their wares, blasted by provincial Auditor General Jim McCarter for not taking advantage of their purchasing power to provide Ontarians with better prices for wine (among other products).

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Honestly, is anyone surprised? McCarter hasn't reported anything that wine lovers in Ontario haven't known for years; that the LCBO gouges customers at virtually every turn, claiming 'social responsibility' as the impetus for their ways. But seasoned collectors know better: we buy our wine in the United States, in Europe, or anywhere else it's cheaper, and bring it home any way we can. And still, we buy most of our wine through Vintages, left with virtually no other choice.

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Will McCarter's report make any difference in the long run? Put simply, it won't.

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