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#1 Vange

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Posted 16 June 2005 - 12:02 PM

Where to get those hard to find tequilas? I started a list. please help me add to it and maybe we can make a nice long list stuck at the top of this forum.

Hi Time Wine ONLY SHIPPING IN CA
One of the best. Prompt shipping, excellent packaging. I've used them many many times.
http://www.hitimewine.net

Mission Liquors
Another good one, great selection, many more pictures of bottles than HiTime, but prices are a bit higher than HiTime, but not on everything. They do have some HiTime does not have like the elusive Los Azulejos Talavera anejo.
http://www.missionliquor.com


eBay
Of course there is always ebay. I'd check out the above sites before going to ebay. I've used ebay for more than 10+ tequila purchases. You can get some great deals, though it seems word has go out and the ebay bargains of old seem to have dissipated. With all that said, still a great source.
http://www.ebay.com


Beer Liquors
I've never used this place and it seems a lot of tequila is out of stock. I don't recommend it, but maybe worth a look.
http://www.beerliquo...ors/tequila.htm

Shopper's Vineyard
Good prices, nice selection. In Clifton, NJ.
http://www.shoppersvineyard.com

Binnys
In Chicago. Seems to be a HUGE place with tons of good stuff! I have ordered from them a lot.
http://www.binnys.com

Wine Searcher
A great search engine to search for wines and spirits.
http://www.wine-searcher.com

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Posted 16 June 2005 - 12:35 PM

Evangelos,

I have to disagree with you about the Tequila Company. I saw very few "good deals," particularly on anejos. For example, JCRF is priced at $139! Even with free shipping, that's pricy when you can get it $40-50 cheaper elsewhere.

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Posted 16 June 2005 - 01:57 PM

HiTime rocks, for sure. Mission was really cool, but they stopped shipping to my state. Damn them. But I'll tip you off to a cool place in Chicago called Sam's. (Remember, Evangelos, I am the one who tipped you off to Warehouse in NYC, so I won't steer you wrong.) I haven't used them yet, so I can't speak for their shipping or service. Their selection is good and prices pretty good, for the most part. But the clincher is this: every spring they have a sale where pretty much everything is 30% off. I have the catalog from this past spring, and the deals were astonishing. I found out about it too late, unfortunately.

http://www.sams-wine.com/Main.aspx
You'll have to search on tequila, and enter your zip code (to see prices). Not too cumbersome though. Fare well.

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Posted 16 June 2005 - 02:55 PM

I know what you mean on some bottles, but I think their price for 3-4-5 is fair as well as some others. Some are out of control, like JCRF.

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Posted 20 June 2005 - 10:47 AM

HiTime rocks, for sure.  Mission was really cool, but they stopped shipping to my state.  Damn them.  But I'll tip you off to a cool place in Chicago called Sam's.  (Remember, Evangelos, I am the one who tipped you off to Warehouse in NYC, so I won't steer you wrong.)  I haven't used them yet, so I can't speak for their shipping or service.  Their selection is good and prices pretty good, for the most part.  But the clincher is this: every spring they have a sale where pretty much everything is 30% off.  I have the catalog from this past spring, and the deals were astonishing.  I found out about it too late, unfortunately.

http://www.sams-wine.com/Main.aspx
You'll have to search on tequila, and enter your zip code (to see prices).  Not too cumbersome though.  Fare well.

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True, the prices are pretty comparable with Hi-Time on most items. Is there any way to find out when in the spring that they have their 30% off sale? That would make those prices a can't-miss deal.

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Posted 26 June 2005 - 08:30 PM

I imagine you'd just have to call them and ask -- or get on their mailing or email list. The catalog that I got (after the fact) seemed to have been printed in advance of the sale -- so they obviously gear up for it and promote it. I'll be checking it out next year, for certain, there were some really great deals.

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Posted 30 June 2005 - 08:47 AM

Stores i've found but I can not order from...... :(
Some may be local only, but maybe we should post these as well, might come in handy if you are in the area on business or vacation.

Bev Mo

http://www.bevmo.com...its&N=-5346 175
Premiergroup(not much online but it sounds like they have a good instore selection

http://www.premiergroup.net/

ABC in Florida

https://shop.abcfws....RE&pgSearchSel=

http://www.abcfinewineandspirits.com/

Price right Liquors(don't read his blurb on tequila...) Can get JCRF

http://www.pricedrightliquor.com/

Internet Wines

http://www.internetw...ts-tequila.html

Wine Library Courtesy of Evangelos(has not been yet myself but sounds like they have some nice tequilas)

http://winelibrary.com/

Bottle King No online purchase but this is where i bought my tequila from in NJ

http://www.bottlekin...t=storelocation

Apple JacksI heard this place is mass.....ive

http://applejack.com/




IN CANADA

Willow park in Calgary, maybe getting something from them soon....Not online

http://www.willowpar.../locations.aspx

Ok CalgaryLooks impressive online, but called them and it appears their web page needs updating....

http://www.okliquor....nline/index.htm

LCBOAnd my only choice in Ontario.....

http://www.lcbo.com/...la&ITEM_NUMBER=


http://www.lcbo.com






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Posted 30 June 2005 - 03:04 PM

I can personally recommend Applejacks! :t_up:

Vast selection and great prices! Everybody in Denver shops there! :P

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Posted 04 July 2005 - 10:40 AM

Stores i've found but I can not order from......  :(
Some may be local only, but maybe we should post these as well, might come in handy if you are in the area on business or vacation.

Bev Mo

http://www.bevmo.com...its&N=-5346 175
Premiergroup(not much online but it sounds like they have a good instore selection

http://www.premiergroup.net/

ABC in Florida

https://shop.abcfws....RE&pgSearchSel=

http://www.abcfinewineandspirits.com/

Price right Liquors(don't read his blurb on tequila...) Can get JCRF

http://www.pricedrightliquor.com/

Internet Wines

http://www.internetw...ts-tequila.html

Wine Library Courtesy of Evangelos(has not been yet myself but sounds like they have some nice tequilas)

http://winelibrary.com/

Bottle King No online purchase but this is where i bought my tequila from in NJ

http://www.bottlekin...t=storelocation

Apple JacksI heard this place is mass.....ive

http://applejack.com/


Internet Wines is HUGELY overpriced, so I humbly suggest avoiding them for your online purchases. Unless I'm missing something when surfing the website, but Wine Library has nothing but...uh...um...wine? BevMo has a pretty decent selection, but geography is an issue. I'm fairly certain they won't ship outside California, if memory serves.

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Posted 04 July 2005 - 10:05 PM

From what Evangelos has said about this place(wine library) they have a really good selection of preium Tequila, but not on line... i don't think we should leave out a good store in this post that does not sell on the internet, you never know when you could be there on business/leisure and want to find some good sources in the area....
This would stop all my posts about good liquor store in a certain city...

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Posted 26 July 2005 - 06:54 AM

Does this thread have to have a certain number of posts in order to become pinned?I myself have used it a number of times for the links.Maybe it's time for an updated or new links page connected to the forum.How about it Ian? Is anyone else in agreement on this?
I also have hoped for a numbering system or a quicker way to find random posts other than searching.While the search engine is excellent and fast,I find myself wondering if there is another way to browse older topics. I am missing something?I love the forum for what it's worth but there is always ways to change for the better.Thanks again,
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Posted 26 July 2005 - 10:29 AM

It was noted that a couple of these vendors were not listed in this pinned thread
So here they are

http://www.hitimewine.com/
http://www.missionli...tore/Qstore.cgi
http://wallywine.com/spirits.asp
http://www.internetw...ts-tequila.html
http:/www.liquorama.net
http://www.wineglobe.com/tequila.html

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Posted 26 July 2005 - 10:33 AM

It was suggested that this thread be pinned so I did it
Not sure if that can be done by anyone or not
Seems to me that having too many pinned topics is a potential issue, however, so, I un-pinned a couple that had no posts since April.
Could be that on-line vendor list should be permanent or maybe there is another way to handle it.

Does this thread have to  have a certain number of posts in order to become pinned?I myself have used it a number of times for the links.Maybe it's time for an updated or new links page connected to the forum.How about it Ian? Is anyone else in agreement on this?
    I also have hoped for a numbering system or a quicker way to find random posts other than searching.While the search engine is excellent and fast,I find myself wondering if there is another way to browse older topics. I am missing something?I love the forum for what it's worth but there is always ways to change for the better.Thanks again,
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Posted 26 July 2005 - 11:59 AM

It was suggested that this thread be pinned so I did it
Not sure if that can be done by anyone or not
Seems to me that having too many pinned topics is a potential issue, however, so, I un-pinned a couple that had no posts since April.
Could be that on-line vendor list should be permanent or maybe there is another way to handle it.

Does this thread have to  have a certain number of posts in order to become pinned?I myself have used it a number of times for the links.Maybe it's time for an updated or new links page connected to the forum.How about it Ian? Is anyone else in agreement on this?
     I also have hoped for a numbering system or a quicker way to find random posts other than searching.While the search engine is excellent and fast,I find myself wondering if there is another way to browse older topics. I am missing something?I love the forum for what it's worth but there is always ways to change for the better.Thanks again,
                                                                                     Jason

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Here's a pretty good one - http://www.winex.com/ Not a huge selection but decent prices on the items a lot of us like. They ship out of state (If your state is eligible to receive liquor shipments).

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Posted 27 July 2005 - 09:09 AM

reifer, i am pretty sure only yourself and Ian can pin threads due to your moderator status.

I thought it would be a good pinned topic since we get a lot of people asking where to get tequila.

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Posted 16 August 2005 - 04:01 PM

While shopping around (online) for 3 bottles today, I found the "Wine and Liquor Depot" in Southern California (LA). Their selection is really good, and the prices were a bit cheaper than Hi-Time for 2 of the 3 bottles I had planned on ordering (Don Fulano Imperial and Tonala Suprema). They appear to ship, unless you live in Michigan.

Has anybody ever heard of (or purchased from) these guys? Hi-Time has proven themselves already, but I'd be willing to try the Depot if anybody has had success with them.

http://www.wineandliquordepot.com/

Alternatively, has anyone ever asked Hi-Time if they match prices?

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Posted 16 August 2005 - 05:44 PM

They do seem to have some good prices. I think I'll give them a try. I should get a feel for them since they don't have an on line order I'll have to do it person to person by phone.

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Posted 16 August 2005 - 10:15 PM

Good deal. Let us know how it goes.

I talked to a guy there to get an idea of shipping charges. He seemed nice enough. It's $10 for the first bottle, $12 for 2 bottles, $14 for 3 bottles, and $26 for a case of 12. Then there is $2 per bottle "fuel surcharge", and $0.50 insurance per $100 purchased. No tax, of course, if you are outside CA. From my limited dealings with Hi-Time, I think these are competitive shipping rates. They are certainly not gouging.

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Posted 17 August 2005 - 03:44 PM

I talked to a guy there to get an idea of shipping charges.  He seemed nice enough.  It's $10 for the first bottle, $12 for 2 bottles, $14 for 3 bottles, and $26 for a case of 12.  Then there is $2 per bottle "fuel surcharge", and $0.50 insurance per $100 purchased.  No tax, of course, if you are outside CA.  From my limited dealings with Hi-Time, I think these are competitive shipping rates.  They are certainly not gouging.

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This brings up a good point: How much extra should you expect to pay per bottle for shipping and handling when ordering from an online site? Obviously this will vary from place to place, but what's a reasonable per-bottle surcharge if you order, say, 2 bottles?

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Posted 17 August 2005 - 05:06 PM

Using the formula above, you'd be in for $8.50 per bottle if you got 2 bottles (and the $1 minimum insurance charge). From my experience, that's very reasonable -- considering real shipping fees, boxes, packaging, and the like.

Essentially, it's tough to get a great deal ordering only two bottles. I'd consider anything south of $10 per bottle to be good. Better to find a friend with a similar affliction, pool your orders, and shoot for getting closer to $5 per bottle.

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Posted 09 September 2005 - 01:18 AM

I ordered 10 bottles from Hi-Time last Thursday, but they didn't have a couple of bottles in stock that I wanted. So I ordered those from The Depot that same evening. What I learned about The Depot is that they never have sales: their prices are as low as they can get them. Supposedly. Either way, the prices were actually better for what I wanted, though you never get the deal on shipping if you are just getting two bottles. My comparison between the two places:

Delivery time: The Hi-Time order got here on Wednesday (3 shipping days), the Depot order got here one day later. Both very good I would say, as both have very good (and responsive) customer service.

Shipping prices: equivalent (and both good).

Shipping method: Hi-Time uses that styrofoam popcorn packing. It sure works -- I have never had problems with any bottles. But it is a hell of a mess to unpack and dispose of (or recycle) that stuff. The Depot used liberal amounts of bubble wrap, in different bubble sizes. Also very effective, no mess to clean up, and that stuff comes in handy for repacking bottles (for example, for all those bottles I plan to buy when in Mexico next month).

In summary, I don't think you can go wrong with either of these guys. Two thumbs up. Just depends on selection (I think the Depot has more in stock), pricing (the Depot might be better more often for higher end tequilas, but Hi-Time might have occasional deals), and what kind of packaging you receive (if that matters to you at all).

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Posted 09 September 2005 - 10:16 AM

It is definitely a chore to dispose of all that packaging from "coffee and tea time"...even if it's just 2 bottles.For me it takes a long time to get stuff,but I am over 3000 miles away. just wondering,does Depot use UPS as well?

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Posted 09 September 2005 - 11:41 AM

I think they do use UPS, but I'll check tonight, and if wrong I will post something. One more thing: only one of the two outfits required a signature (of someone over 21) to receive the items. I'd say which one, but I don't want some underage punk capitalizing on the information. If it's useful for anyone to know (maybe you can't be at home to receive shipments, or something?), just send me a message.

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Posted 15 September 2005 - 01:07 AM

For those who have used Hi-Time, is it better to call instead of ordering online? Are their phone reps knowledgeable, or perhaps privy to other deals or more up-to-date stock info? Any other gotchas to look out for?

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Posted 15 September 2005 - 10:29 AM

For those who have used Hi-Time, is it better to call instead of ordering online? Are their phone reps knowledgeable, or perhaps privy to other deals or more up-to-date stock info? Any other gotchas to look out for?

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I usually get any additional info I need over the phone and make sure what I want is available,and then process my order online.It's just easier than repeating your information over the phone,IMO.

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Posted 15 September 2005 - 11:38 AM

I usually prefer the phone with Hi-Time, for the reasons mentioned. The website is kept up-to-date, but the reps can advise you on when sale items are likely to run out, and other timely information. For tequila information, the best person to talk to is Trace (I think). Also, I prefer to call in evenings, when they are a bit less busy, but not so late that they just want to get out of there for the day. An evening order will ship the next morning.

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Posted 13 October 2005 - 09:08 AM

Remember, Evangelos, I am the one who tipped you off to Warehouse in NYC, so I won't steer you wrong

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don Pablo,
Excuse the newbie question if you've posted this elsewhere, but where is this Warehouse place in NYC that you mentioned. I'm curious because I live in NYC!

BTW, we've been dealing with Trayce at Hi-Time for a while. Always good prices, good service and he makes good recommendations.

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Posted 14 October 2005 - 12:30 PM

If you live in NYC try these 2 places

Astor Wine and Sirits
Warehouse Wines and Spirits

Both close to each other (walking distance)

ALSO, if you feel in the mood, try Wine Library in Springfield, NJ. You won't be disappointed!

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Posted 28 October 2005 - 05:43 PM

I'm going to Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo next week and want to bring back some tequila to the U. S. I'm not sure how much I'm allowed to bring back with me. Does anyone know?

Thanks for you help,
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Posted 29 October 2005 - 02:38 AM

It is my experience that you cannot find many good deals at all on the internet.
I just checked out http://www.hitimewine.net and tequilacompany.net and found their prices to be outrageous. That is, 50% to 100% more than what I can find them for here in Los Angeles if I shop around.

As far as finding stuff you may not be able to find in your local store in Kansas or somewhere, it may be a viable alternative. But if you live in or near a big city I am sure you can do better than the prices on these web sites, for the most part.