I generally don't get into the PA booze laws.<quoted text>
Because then liquor would cost about 30% less, as it does here in California. Not to mention having a far larger selection of beer, wine, and liquor and being able to buy all three at the supermarket. As well as being able to buy beer by the six-pack instead of by the case.
Why would anybody want that savings and convenience and lose the opportunity to deal with those wonderful people at the state liquor stores?
It's a bit weird here. You can buy up to 2 6-packs at the local pizza shop (more expensive). For cases of beer, you need to go to a beer distributor (private business). Wine and hard liquor is state stores.
A number of years back, they got a business guy to run the state stores.(Joe Conti?) He changed those stores quite a bit. Some stores are open on Sunday. They experimented with having state stores in supermarkets. You can order cases of a favored wine over the internet and pick up at the store. The big one was using the buying power to negotiate discounts from suppliers.
As a consumer, it doesn't really bother me. Prices are competitive (used to run to Delaware ages ago. Heard Jersey was cheaper but that means going to Jersey - bridge tolls.) and you make your plans around the store hours like anything else.
Now I'm also in a major metropolitan area so my state store experience may differ than in the rural parts of the state.
If the state stores were privatized, what I could see happening is a most business catering to the most popular products. There would be a few specialty stores that go for off beat brands but you'll have to search them out. Pretty much a wash there.
Maybe I'm missing something, but this particular issue is just "meh" to me. Whether the state stores are privatized, the booze tax is still going to be there.