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Originally posted by jhcwine:
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Originally posted by shavez:
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Originally posted by VinT:
According to a well-placed informant deep inside the KGBO, the excess inventory has indeed been cleared. It's back to gouging as usual.


I realized while reading these posts that it's actually been quite a while since I've bought anything more than a daily drinker from the KGBO. With all the frustrations stemming from poor selection, ridiculously high prices, impossible-to-win lotteries and the new first-come, first-serve approach for extremely low-inventory wines, I'd now estimate that about 75% of my wine budget goes to US or German wine retailers. My cellar is now housed in about 4 different places...which is another problem altogether (but a MUCH cheaper one for now)!


Shavez: Retailers in Germany or retailers of German wine? If German retailers, I have been toying with the option of buying wines on-line from European retailers, for shipment here or just across the border, but have not taken the plunge yet. Would enjoy chatting about that, if you have time. jhcolman at rogers dot com.


Hi jhcolman - I mean retailers located in Germany. I never have the wines I buy there shipped to Canada or the US, but am in Munich for business on a regular basis so I can pick them up then. I also have 1-2 close friends in Munich who are kind enough to let me have wines shipped to their homes.
Agree 100% with futronic. I managed to get a wine in the Apr Classics that I never would've gotten before. I made an effort to get online at 8:30am and my effort was rewarded this time. I'll likely strike out more often than not in the future, but at least it's better than <1% odds that I was batting under the "unfair" lottery system.
I'm fine with the 8:30 am start but there should be bottle limits of 1 for wines with less than 24 in the system, 3 for less than 60 in the system and 6 for less than 120 bottles in the system.

If they bring in a case of something there should be 12 individuals that get it, not one who gets a case.
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Originally posted by Rob_Sutherland:
I'm fine with the 8:30 am start but there should be bottle limits of 1 for wines with less than 24 in the system, 3 for less than 60 in the system and 6 for less than 120 bottles in the system.

If they bring in a case of something there should be 12 individuals that get it, not one who gets a case.

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I like the tiered limit suggestion, Rob. Wish there was transparency about their current limits, instead of their current claim of a "per-person limit on high demand product until noon on the first day of sale" (or some similarly vague language). Which bottles? What's the per-person limit on those bottles?
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I like the tiered limit suggestion, Rob. Wish there was transparency about their current limits, instead of their current claim of a "per-person limit on high demand product until noon on the first day of sale" (or some similarly vague language). Which bottles? What's the per-person limit on those bottles?


Setting my LCBO frustrations aside, I agree with this. Transparency on this info would help.
I have yet to participate online, but do prefer the apparent transparency of that, to the behind closed doors lottery.

Just curious: does the LCBO make public the total number of bottles purchased of a given wine for the Classics and make ALL of those available, or are bottles being reserved for a fortunate few?
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Originally posted by Rob_Sutherland:
I'm fine with the 8:30 am start but there should be bottle limits of 1 for wines with less than 24 in the system, 3 for less than 60 in the system and 6 for less than 120 bottles in the system.

If they bring in a case of something there should be 12 individuals that get it, not one who gets a case.


According to the Classics ordering info: "... but regret that sometimes customer demand exceeds supply. Products in this offer are subject to per-customer limits on the first day or ordering. Limits will be removed at Noon on launch day."

If only 12 bottles, then I'm guessing the limit should be one. So it should already be happening.
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If we think that system-wide delists are on the wane, does anyone have any tips for which stores are worth trolling for regular in-store markdowns?

I haven't been in a while - has Laird given up on markdowns since they moved to larger digs?

Since the rebuild, Laird St is under the steely gaze of the brain trust that manages the LCBO downtown. That means that there are 100 pairs of eyes, none of which are attached to a brain stem, running things and life is totally frustrating for the PCs who work at Laird. It also means that any initiative taken at the store level will be mercilessly crushed.

Things won't get better at Laird until they have another store opening.
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Originally posted by 7smcb:
If we think that system-wide delists are on the wane, does anyone have any tips for which stores are worth trolling for regular in-store markdowns?

I haven't been in a while - has Laird given up on markdowns since they moved to larger digs?


The Stittsville store regularly has markdowns at that store only. Luckily for me, it tends to be the higher priced Burgundy and Rhone wines too!
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The Stittsville store regularly has markdowns at that store only. Luckily for me, it tends to be the higher priced Burgundy and Rhone wines too!


Would really appreciate it if you post any markdowns that you see.... Stittsville is a short drive for me, but I wouldn't normally frequent that store.

Thanks!
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2010 Beaucastel, 375ml, for $32. 6 left as of yesterday.


In Stittsville or elsewhere?


There is stock at the Dorval and Cornwall stores, but I didn't notice it marked down earlier this week.

In my experience, in-store markdowns are becoming more infrequent, usually when stock has been on the shelves for a while, and even then only with management approval.

One employee made a remark to me that auditors note any store with higher than normal markdowns relative to sales. (It might have been in jest.)
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Originally posted by bman:
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Originally posted by Riddler:
2010 Beaucastel, 375ml, for $32. 6 left as of yesterday.


In Stittsville or elsewhere?


There is stock at the Dorval and Cornwall stores, but I didn't notice it marked down earlier this week.

In my experience, in-store markdowns are becoming more infrequent, usually when stock has been on the shelves for a while, and even then only with management approval.

One employee made a remark to me that auditors note any store with higher than normal markdowns relative to sales. (It might have been in jest.)


Thanks! I don't think I've ever seen a bottle marked down there, even though the PCs are amongst the best I've met both in terms of customer service and just being good eggs!
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Originally posted by bman:
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Originally posted by Riddler:
2010 Beaucastel, 375ml, for $32. 6 left as of yesterday.


In Stittsville or elsewhere?


In browsing other stores, it looks like it's only the Stittsville store that has it marked down.

They had Jadot Beaune Boucherottes marked down too, but they didn't last long.

Manager and Consultants at that store try to keep a high turnover on product, so there are always a couple dozen in-store markdowns. Also, Sherry White (consultant) is always giving me a heads up of things that are getting marked down "soon". Apparently 30% off is the max they're allowed to mark it down at the Manager's discretion.

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