Some have tried to privatize the PLCB. It hasn’t worked for several reasons. First, that $500M would be going into the pockets of fat cats instead of into the state’s coffers, so taxes would go up. Second, the private stores don’t have the purchasing power of the PLCB, so prices in the liquor stores would go up. Third, any clerk at any Wine and Spirits Store can check availability of any product at any nearby store (or any store statewide) if that store is out of a product, which you can’t do with a privatized system – and they can also ask for bottles to be transferred from another store.Fourth, due to the PLCB’s purchasing power, they can stock far more items than an average liquor store.Fifth (no pun!), they also have a large Internet-based business at finewineandgoodspirits.com.
Mastroianni and Hart