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He guys, will be in los in about 3 weeks, and am trying to decide what to bring duty free. I have aquired a taste for vodka and red bull, or vodka and v, am wondering if you can buy it off the shelf in the supermarket and at what price. I will be able to pick up a bottle of smirnoff for about $20 australian, just wondering wether i should bother if i can get it just as cheap over there.

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Rule of thumb in Thailand: Everything that is imported is rather expensive.

 

Now, I've actually never bought vodka by the bottle in Thailand but I seem to remember when looking at 'Absolut Vodka' in Carrefour that I thought it was expensive.

 

A litre of Johnnie Walker, Black, is about 1000 baht (appr. 25 USD) in the supermarket. A local bottled Scotch (for example Spey Royal) goes for around 300 baht. Thai whiskey goes for around 100 baht.

 

Hope that helps.

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Thanks Straycat for the quick response.

It says your location is bangkok, is that right, r u there at the moment, if so how busy is it. Last time i bought absolute vodka is cost about $28 aussie dollars, i suppose thats about 15 of 16 us dollars. If you get a chance it would be great if you could check it out for me.

thanks again

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Foodland - prices start at just over 200 baht (and they're drinkable! :drunk:) and go up to about 500 for premium brands (Finlandia, etc). (I acquired the same taste :p)

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Smirnoff?

 

Oh well, if that's what you like... :)

 

Smirnoff, 510 baht for a 700 or 750ml bottle, whatever size they come in.

 

Finlandia, 455 for a 750ml bottle

 

Absolute, 559 for a 700ml bottle

 

Quality stuff like Belvedere. Can't be found no how, no way. Least not by me, and not yet :)

 

On a side note, I was walking on Ruam Rudi and saw a small wine store. Well, I went in to drool over the wine as I used to follow wine avidly. Anyways, I saw they had a rather decent selection for a small shop (although they tended to the quality "name" brands). But still, I thought the choices shown were reflective of some very good taste. So I was curious, I wanted to know what the markup was on good wine.

 

So I ask the salesgirl about the cost of importing a case of good zinfandel. Could they do that? Her English was quite good, but she went on to try and show me a Zin they had in stock. I said no, this would have to be special order. Something like a Renwood Old Vines Zinfandel. She looks confused for a second, and they she starts digging into some boxes. I said, "no, this would have to be special order..."

 

Holy fuck'n shit if she didn't pull out a Renwood bottle that I would recognize anywhere. I was flabbergasted. Zinfandel no less, but not the right bottle. This was Shenendoah Valley. Not a bad bottle, but not as good as the Old Vines. Anyways, it was year 2000 and they wanted 2300. That's a pretty hefty premium for such a young wine which should wait a few more years for drinking. Anyways, she went on to say that this has been a very good seller for the shop but to a limited number of customers so they only stock a case or so at a time.

 

Amazing!. If you hunt, there just might be gems to be mined out there!!!

 

<<burp>>

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Importing Wine ? Not very easy and definately not cheap to do this.

 

A. Duty: 60 % of CIF value of the wine.

 

B. Excise Tax: 1.7647059 is the factor. This is not the percentage, but the factor to put into the excise equation to determine the tax.

 

C. Interior Tax: 10 % of Excise Tax.

 

D. VAT: 7 % of (CIF Value + Duty + Excise Tax + Interior Tax)

 

The total duty, excise tax, interior tax and VAT can add up to about 300% of the "cost" of the wine.

 

Take a look at the low-cost wines sold in Foodland/Villa, and calculate backwards to see the actual wholesale cost. I'll look up the Excise Tax formula when I'm back in the office and post it here.

 

Cheers!

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Take a look at the low-cost wines sold in Foodland/Villa, and calculate backwards to see the actual wholesale cost. I'll look up the Excise Tax formula when I'm back in the office and post it here.

 

Cheers!

 

I know us Brits joke about American Math but surely after over 13 years you must have worked out a ballpark figure by now!

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Before BM's get the wrong Idea, no I am not so board to go seeking 13 year old posts, just often click on forums/online/full list to see what is being read then throw my 2 Baht in, when PM made his post my 2 Baht was only 50 Satang, There is nowt on Tele

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