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Pa. liquor stores, beer distributors say sales up

There are 7 comments on the story from Jul 14, 2008, titled Pa. liquor stores, beer distributors say sales up. In it, reports that:

The economic slowdown doesn't appear to be reflected in sales at Pennsylvania's state-owned liquor stores.

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Erie, PA

#1 Jul 14, 2008
sounds like self medication to me.

I still can't understand why increased activity at the casino and beer distributors is used as a barometer of the economy in the area. If anything, it signals how bad things, people are drinking to deal with a stressful financial situation or trying to solve all of their financial problems by striking it rich at the casino.

Where does a chronic gambler go if they get farther into debt? Straight to the casino or their bookie.

Pittsburgh, PA

#2 Jul 14, 2008
Unanimous---I hope you are not suggesting that the tax payers should be the ones to foot the bill for "helping" chronic gamblers? Also, if people are finding themselves in trouble financially maybe they should use what money they do have to take care of the necessities of life. Beer and Liquor don't fall into that catagory.

Erie, PA

#3 Jul 14, 2008
not suggesting that at all, just that the paper has a tendency to use booming business at the casino as an indicator that everything is okey dokey with the economy when in fact, higher numbers of people pulling slot machine arms is more indicative of desperation in my book.

I agree that financial troubles should make people more responsible, how often is that the case? Check out how VISA and Mastercard have been doing over the last year, people aren't spending responsibly but rather going further and further into debt.

Pittsburgh, PA

#4 Jul 14, 2008
You are totally correct about the numbers at the casino not being a measuring stick as to how the local economy is doing. All the money people throw away there could be better used to support their family. The casino and the lottery are just another tax on the poor.

“Vladdy's little impaler.”

Since: Jun 08

15th century Wallacia

#5 Jul 14, 2008
Not to start an argument or disagree, but I can say that in my case its not desperation that drives me.

I have notice that I am drinking more this year. I have a keg in my garage, and I noticed it has kicked quicker this year than other summers.

Its not dispair, its simply that I stay home alot more than other years. Gas being what it is, I don't joy ride anymore, we stay home, the kids play in the yard, instead of the playground, we hang out with our neighbors, instead of going out to bars and resturaunts(we have had 3 huge deck parties already this summer, wich is pretty high for us.) I have found myself sitting out at night with my neighbors, kicking back a few, several times a week, as opposed to once a week. The bottom line is that there are only 3 1/2 cases in a quatret, and if my wife and I have 3 or 4 16 oz cups 4 times a week, well, you run to the distributor more often.

Pittsburgh, PA

#6 Jul 14, 2008
Robo, I don't think it's a disagreement at all, rather you are cementing the point. You actually are saving money by staying home and enjoying your beverage and family at home and that is just the point. I don't hear dispair coming from you just common sense and you don't sound like the kind of person who would go buy a fresh barrel for the at home tap instead of paying the bills. That was my point, that if someone can't afford to pay the bills they should not be at the casino or liquor store. I bet you save over a $100 a month having the tap at home instead of going out to a bar or resteraunt and having the same number of beers there as you do at home, not to mention the gas you save staying home. I'm with you, there is nothing better than being on the back deck or patio or your own home enjoying a cold brew, I preferr the offerings of Erie Brewing myself. Cheers

Gibsonia, PA

#7 Jul 16, 2008
Why not., now beer is a so called HEALTH food .Look out D. U. i's. Just what we needed more off.

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