I have to second this. Were I a leader, my position would be that online shopping is going to obliterate stores unless we drop tobacco taxes and lower other costs of doing business. For example:But, that B&M tobacconist is paying the exact same price as we do to get that inventory, plus, taxes. So, when we see $20, $25, $30 for a tin, that is NOT gouging. He has to pay mortgage/rent, utilities (and commercial utilities are rated at two to three times that of residential), and they have to pay employees, and themself. Most likely, the B&M is not making a dime of profit.
...We live in a world that wants to put every storefront out of business. Every business's wholesaler is also cutting the throat of their main street connection in favor of bleeding the retailers dry online. It's not the retailer's fault. And, who can blame the online vendors.
These laws are helping no one.Liquor stores are lucky to make a buck or two a bottle over cost. A restaurant often pays more than we would pay because, by law, he has to buy it from a licensed distributor. So when people complain about high bar prices there are reasons for that, too.