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Biggest Alcohol Price Discrepancies between US and CAN

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Biggest Alcohol Price Discrepancies between US and CAN

Just wanted to know what brands of alcohol have the biggest price differences between the US and Canada?

For example, I know greygoose has close to a 50% price difference between US and Canada. (don't know exact numbers).
However i'm getting bored of picking up greygoose everytime i cross the border.

What do you guys usually pick up from the States? (or when you fly back into Canada from anywhere)

I'm looking for something that costs between $100-200 in Canada but is half price or more in the US.
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Depends on which province too. A bottle of 15yr Macallan is 150 in BC, but $93 in washington state.
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Quebec is the worst. The SAQ pays a bottle $3,59 and sells it for $15,95. nearly 5 times the cost
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Here's a comparison, I recently came back from a trip to Phoenix, Arizona.

Costco there sells beer/wine/liquor.

A 24 pack of Corona is $24 USD...close to what it is in Quebec.

Liquor is significantly cheaper in AZ

I purchased 2 x 1.75 L bottles. 1 Vodka (Grey Goose: $42.95) and 1 Rum (Kraken: $14.97 clearance)

LCBO prices: $108.95 for the GG, they don't sell a 1.75L bottle of Kraken, but 1.14 L bottle is $42.45

Wine is also cheaper in AZ.

Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc is about $18 or $19 a bottle here, it was $11 at Costco.

Madness the prices we pay for booze
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Are you looking to sell it to people at a mark up? Personally I just buy what I like, grab a bottle when ever I have a duty free allowance and try to keep the cupboard stocked.

Pretty much everything is cheaper down there, but knowing your prices is a must. Some imported beers are actually more expensive in the US.
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Bought some Ardbeg Corryvreckan Single Malt at Kroger Liquor Store (in Ohio for $89), LCBO Price? $184.
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woobie wrote:
Dec 10th, 2013 11:58 am
Are you looking to sell it to people at a mark up? Personally I just buy what I like, grab a bottle when ever I have a duty free allowance and try to keep the cupboard stocked.

Pretty much everything is cheaper down there, but knowing your prices is a must. Some imported beers are actually more expensive in the US.
+1 just buy what you like
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I prefer belve to goose is about $100 for the big bottle here and $46 @ duty free last time I checked. Also 1,5L of Appleton special blend is about $100 here and $38 in US at duty free.
I also think Ace of spades if you can find it in LCBO in Ontario is about $350 here and I was quoted $500 from a liquor store in Buffalo and Michigan
We also don't get all the good flavours in Canada there's way more flavours of grey goose, belve and rum. For example here we only have 1 flav of ciroc regular vodka, but the US ciroc has regluar, peach, red berry, coconut and they recently introduced ammaretto flavoured vodka but why wouldn't you just get ammaretto?
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My usual purchases have been for vodka.

Stolichnaya (1.14L): LCBO - $37.95 / Sarnia duty free - $18
Russian Standard (1.14L): LCBO - $38.95 / Sarnia duty free - $17

I find Grand Marnier, although is less at the duty free and in US Costco, it is not THAT much less than in LCBO.

In the past, I have also bought a few bottles of:

Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin (750ml): LCBO - $67.95 / Michigan Costco - $35.95
Dom Pérignon (750ml): LCBO - $222.95 / Michigan Costco - about $130

You still need to know your prices...or bring along a phone with a data plan and look up the prices right there. That's what I do.
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Best deals in US are sale/clearance items like the Kraken example that MS MSP posted. There is a big dif in regular prices and we never see the big discounts in Canada on sale items as in the States.

Beer also, if you like the brand on sale its often a great deal. Miller High Life was $13 for a 30 pack of cans at Walgreens a few weeks back....coke in the same aisle cost more per ounce. Check Slick Deals and online flyers for US sales.
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when I was in Anaheim last year, I bought a 15 pack of bud light at 7-11 for 9.99.

that's around 25$ in Alberta.
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Utopias:
Buffalo - Premiere Gourmet - 249$
LCBO Ontario - 114.95$
It's pronounced Throat Wobbler Mangrove
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also depends if you're buying from a private retailer vs a govt owner retailer. /govt owned stores are cheaper by a couple of dollars
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Depends where & what.

I bought a 24 case of MGD cans in North Carolina for $4.99. That's about $42.99 here. haha
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OMG. And here I thought the 30 case of Miller High Life I picked up in Indiana once for $8.99 was a bargain! :-0

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