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June 5, 2012 at 5:00 AM

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Discuss: Washington liquor prices; neat or on the rocks?

Mix it up, consumers. What did you find in the aisles at your new favorite liquor outlets? Questions abound, because the early reports were not what people expected with the demise of the state-run monopoly on spirits. Prices went up, a bunch.

Double-digit increases greeted shoppers, along with state taxes and tariffs that did not get much of a mention when the move from Prohibition-era control to private retailers was promoted. Wholesalers, identified as the villains, were earning single-digit salutes.

Consumers were discovering that advertised prices do not include the 20.5 percent liquor sales tax or the $3.77 liter tax. Some of the arithmetic is supposed to change when transitional fees disappear in 2014. You betcha.

What is the early verdict — does the ready availability of alcohol at more than four times as many locations make the bump in prices tolerable? Does convenience trump cost? Let us know in the comments below.

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Extremely disappointed that prices are the same or even went up. Oh well, I'll just... MORE
Startup costs are driving the higher costs right now. They will eventually shake out... MORE
Through the initative process we granted a number of retailers a rather sizeable boost ... MORE

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