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lincoln imp
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 04, 2019 5:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kilchosam wrote:
Alexppp wrote:
Most of the whisky I buy is not available on supermarkets so I buy online almost exclusively. Occasionally I buy from supermarkets to stock up on some staple malts when there are offers - and Waitrose is very good with having a bigger selection.

Amazon has mostly replaced supermarkets for me when it comes to buying more mainstream malts that come on offer - such as when Glengoyne 12 was on a flash sale a few days ago.

But the bulk of my collection comes from specialist shops (<a><a>TWE</a></a> and Master of Malt) and, more recently, auctions. With the recent demise of the Balblair vintages I've been focusing on stocking up on some of my favourites, both from <a><a>TWE</a></a> and from auction sites. (there are some bargains to be found there but of course you need to be careful as you don't want to be too caught up with the fear of missing out on something)


How do you find the purchasing side of auction sites? I keep being tempted to sign up but after the 10% commission plus expensive postage (£7.50 i think?) it would nearly always work out more than i would want to spend


That is the only problem, it is the 10% fee plus VAT but many now charge 15% + VAT, then postage is usually £12, basically all fees are plus VAT
To make it worthwhile I try to get a few bottles at a time, I have been buying from auctions for years but in the last 12-18 months the real bargains have dried up.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 04, 2019 6:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've only bought from Scotch Whisky Auctions, their postage is around £10 for one bottle. As lincoln imp said it's better if you're buying more than one, but there are still good deals to be found provided that you factor in the added cost before you bid.

Most recently for example I was after a Balblair 2004 (1 litre bottle from travel retail). Now, for a 1 litre bottle of 12-13 year old Balblair I was prepared to pay anything below £60 overall, so when the chance came I bid £40 for it and got it. That translates to an overall cost of just over £55, which I'm happy with. As I said, you just have to be careful not to get carried away - if someone had outbid me I wouldn't have gone up to £50 because then we're looking at close to £70.

I've never sold a bottle so I don't know what it's like from that side of things, but from a buyer's perspective you can still find good stuff as long as you always factor in the overall cost when you make a bid.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 05, 2019 3:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the help Alexppp and lincoln imp, that's super useful. I guess i'll look into auctions more when I can convince one or two of my mates to chip in on an order.

It's a shame there's not a physical auction house you can go to in London because it would be a whole lot more tempting without the crazy shipping costs.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 10, 2019 6:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Timp wrote:
Mostly on line for me as the local options are very poor.

Occasionally Waitrose or the others if they have a deal on when I am in shopping for other things.


Likewise - Amazon, The Whisky Exchange, Master of Malt or Robbie's online.

Waitrose, Sainsbury's or Tesco if there's something I fancy on special offer when I'm doing my routine grocery shopping.

One difference is that there's a specialist shop about 15 miles away from me: The Little Whisky Shop in Stockbridge (Hampshire). As it happens, I go past its front door on the way to visit my no. 2 sister in Winchester, so the occasional visit is no inconvenince. The prices are good, and the chap who runs it is very pleasant, knowledgeable and helpful. He's given me one or two excellent suggestions when I've visited.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 18, 2019 7:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Whisky Shop in Stoke or Edencroft Wines in Nantwich usually.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 18, 2019 10:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't buy as much as I used to but Robbie's drams is my local shop and I try and use it as much as I can, Robin and Anna are really genuine, knowledgeable people and you can easily loose a big chunk of your morning talking to them.

Use the Green Welly a bit.

Springbank society but to be honest thinking of stopping as they can be a bit hit and miss.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 19, 2019 7:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Normally go to the whisky shop in town , which is well worth a visit , and some samples,
Latest purchases have been from loch fyne whiskies, some good deals on just now.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 19, 2019 2:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Biscuit35 wrote:
Normally go to the whisky shop in town , which is well worth a visit , and some samples,
Latest purchases have been from loch fyne whiskies, some good deals on just now.


I used to use Loch Fyne Whiskies all the time before they got taken over by the whisky shop, I loved the free wee whisky samples.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 19, 2019 7:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 20, 2019 7:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Never knew they were owned by whisky shop.
Never been a fan of them.
Like purchasing from independent sellers, get some genuine advice regardless of price.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 25, 2020 4:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Whisky Shop. All day long, I’ve 2 shops with cracking sets of staff nearby, deep ranges, excellent pre releases and online shopping experiences. This outfit are streets ahead. Nickolls and Perks are good too but canned these after one of my boxes arrived creased the day before I went on holiday. So for me - The whisky shop.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 26, 2020 8:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What put me of the whisky shop was when I was in Glasgow with my partner we popped in to buy a bottle and were followed by the owners staring eyes over looking his glasses as if we were on the rob Rolling Eyes plus I thought the selection on sale was poor and also over priced.
To be fair to loch fyne tho, they do have regularly good offers.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 26, 2020 4:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Supermarkets often for me although I try to call into Booths that often has more than the usual mainstream offerings. Amazon for that bit more. If I'm passing I like to go to Wee Dram in Bakewell or Gauntley's in Nottingham. Other online sellers too if they have something I'm particularly after at a reasonable price.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 26, 2020 5:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jason Bryan wrote:
The Whisky Shop. All day long, I’ve 2 shops with cracking sets of staff nearby, deep ranges, excellent pre releases and online shopping experiences. This outfit are streets ahead. Nickolls and Perks are good too but canned these after one of my boxes arrived creased the day before I went on holiday. So for me - The whisky shop.


I only buy from The Whisky Shop if I want to spend at least 10% more on my whisky than from literally anywhere else Laughing
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 26, 2020 8:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't have very deep pockets so supermarkets for the main am lucky in the fact we have our weekly grocery drop off ocado but regularly pop in asda tesco Morrison's and sainsburys weekly. Mom amazon The Whisky Exchange also feature but more of a quarterly treat than a regular shop.
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