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Will the price of beer, wine and spirits go up?

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Yup...that will happen!

NOT!

If it will, you can close down whole entertainment areas...and I am not only talking about Patpong and Nana!

Asiatique, RCA, many local bars, restaurants...

But in the end, it will be the fault of the pesky "farang kee nok", who are not willing to pay the prices!

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4 hours ago, Laughing Gravy said:

The price of beer here is over priced anyway for the sewage they produce and call it lager. If it doubled then that would be the end of the industry IMHO. I wouldn't be surprised if some price went on.

 

I think (hope) they mean the duty would be doubled, not the the cost of the beer. But..........

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Cost will go straight on to customer.

Any reason to make more money for the pot.

will be used here.

It just means the locals will make more booze themselves and drink more

commercially  produced Lao Khao.

Amazing Thailand.

Right i'm off out to the book store, see if i can  find a copy of the Blue Flame. :giggle:

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Anyway, that new tax would never been applied untill 180 days (read the original article in Thai), that's only a project.

As always there is a lot of misunderstanding in those kind of projects, but I expect a raise of tax of a few bahts in 6 months.

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4 hours ago, Laughing Gravy said:

The price of beer here is over priced anyway for the sewage they produce and call it lager. If it doubled then that would be the end of the industry IMHO. I wouldn't be surprised if some price went on.

 

Compared to the gnats piss they produce in the US I would say Thai beer is eminently more palatable

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Let us all move to Cambodja...lovely beer at lovely prices...and nice people who have far better English skills...

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4 hours ago, Laughing Gravy said:

The price of beer here is over priced anyway for the sewage they produce and call it lager. If it doubled then that would be the end of the industry IMHO. I wouldn't be surprised if some price went on.

 

Lager, Sir, is sewage, nearly anywhere in the world.

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I asked my coworkers and they confirmed that the red numbers in the photos show what will be the new price. I guess that ThaiBev and Sing corporation will die along with the Thai tourism industry when beer price gets as high (or even higher) as in Sweden and Norway!!!

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59 minutes ago, onemorechang said:

Cost will go straight on to customer.

Any reason to make more money for the pot.

will be used here.

It just means the locals will make more booze themselves and drink more

commercially  produced Lao Khao.

Amazing Thailand.

Right i'm off out to the book store, see if i can  find a copy of the Blue Flame. :giggle:

Why they don't introduce two tier pricing for alcohol beverages. Just charge all the non Thai's double the price they charge Thai's. Of course if the threat is to charge 10 times the price and then they back down to only double the price, that would be a win win feeling for everyone...

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1 hour ago, Pattaya46 said:

I like how - according to TV members - every proposition of the Thai government always is a risk for the tourism... :cool::biggrin:

 

Seriously, ithis could have an impact mainly on the sex-tourists that frequent the beer bars in the red-zones, and so it could be a good thing (IMHO) but even if Thailand would decide to globally forbid beer, there would be still millions of real-tourists willing to visit the country. :welcomeani:

But would they come back? 

I hear you and agree, majority of tourists are not deterred by increased alcohol prices. The ones that eventually might not return are people on avarage budgets, who come regularly once a year or so. They might look at Spain, Mexico or anywhere nearer to home and cheaper.

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Anyone who understands how frail Thailand's current rule of law is would know that there is no way that gigantic price increases are going to be passed on to consumers as the drop in demand will seriously affect Thailand's liquor industry which is owned by people who are very high up in Thai society. 

 

What will happen if this is enforced will be large scale bootlegging. Anyone who has been to the Aranyuprathet-Poipet border will see how easily people walk from one country to the other with large trailers filled with goods for the Rong Kluea market without being stopped will know how easy it would be to get as much whiskey over the border as you like.  

 

Right now the risk isn't worth the reward, but if you need start paying an extra 30% tax on alcohol, you're choosing between your profit margin and/or your market.   

 

I'm interested to see where this goes, but I don't expect to be pay 300thb for a beer in a bar anytime soon. Alcohol price being relative to the wage of working class thais is what essentially floats this country's liquor industry.  Take away affordable booze and you get 20+ million Thais drinking lao kao at home, also taking money away from the eating establishments and entertainment precincts.   

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46 minutes ago, whatawonderfulday said:

Compared to the gnats piss they produce in the US I would say Thai beer is eminently more palatable

If this were 1990 I'd agree with you but it isn't. The public got fed up with gnat's piss and that's why the craft beer movement began.

 

Oh for a similar movement in Thailand!

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What is the government's justification,,, Greed?

Manufacturers and Wholesalers are not going to absorb the additional tax, it will be passed on to the retail sales outlets and bars, who will see this as an opportunity to gouge the customers.

 

Tourists can stay home and pay the same prices (for everything) that they are now paying in Thailand.....

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