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Old 04-01-2017, 03:52 PM
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Why do we value beverages so much?

Well, maybe the question is why are we willing to pay so much for beverages? Just a few years ago wine at a restaurant was $5-6 per glass; now it seems to be $8-9, which is as much as a 60% increase - waaay above inflation. The price of a six-pack of beer seems to go up 50 cents every few months. A cup of Starbuck's goes for $4 and up (so I've heard, not being a coffee drinker). People pay $3 for soda and even bottled water (!) without batting an eyelash.

Why are we willing to pay so much to wet our whistles (well, why are YOU so willing; I tend to stay dry til I get home)?
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Old 04-01-2017, 03:55 PM
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I pay good money for good beer (coffee too) because life is short, and I'm gonna enjoy life where and when I'm able.
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Old 04-01-2017, 04:01 PM
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ya really dont have a choice do you?

I care not to have to pay more than a buck for my caffeine free Coke Zero/Diet Mountain Dew but I have to on occasion.
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Old 04-01-2017, 04:12 PM
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I stopped drinking alcohol about 13 years ago. After that, I drank a lot of fruit juices, until I realized the health benefits weren't what I had imagined. Since that, I've drunk little other than tap water - and a couple of cups of drip coffee in the mornings.

Quite often people will act surprised that i am happy to drink tap water. "Don't you want ice?" "Some lime?" "Sparkling water?"

Impressive how just a few drinks will raise a restaurant tab. And can't imagine why someone would pay for bottled water if their area had good tap water like Chicago, NY, Denver...

No answer to your query, other than my agreement that - yeah, folk pay a lot for fluids.
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Old 04-01-2017, 04:38 PM
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These are not budget people who buy these drinks.
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Old 04-01-2017, 05:34 PM
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ya really dont have a choice do you?
Of course you do. Water is free.
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Old 04-01-2017, 05:41 PM
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I pay good money for good beer (coffee too) because life is short, and I'm gonna enjoy life where and when I'm able.
This.

Plus sometimes you just have a thirst; why not quench it?
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Old 04-01-2017, 05:43 PM
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Of course you do. Water is free.
Have you tasted what passes for water in some places?
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Old 04-01-2017, 05:47 PM
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A cup of Starbuck's goes for $4 and up
A regular Starbucks coffee is about $2. The frou-frou stuff goes for $4+.
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Old 04-01-2017, 06:04 PM
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I'm willing to pay more for a pasture-raised, grass-finished steak than for something from the supermarket refrigerated case. Likewise, on the rare occasions I want something sweet to drink, I'll opt for an organic root beer made with cane sugar over a Coca-Cola.

In addition to tasting better, these choices help a small farmer and a small businessman rather than a factory farm and a megacorporation.
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Old 04-01-2017, 06:58 PM
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This is a must read...

http://deadspin.com/why-the-hell-doe...uch-1454231900
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Old 04-01-2017, 09:34 PM
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Yeah, this is why I never drink in bars. One cocktail or highball can cost as much a whole bottle of the same base liquor at the wine shop.

Also why I keep to one drink while dining out, ever since I stopped having an expense account.

Also why I dream about moving to Europe, where the cafes and restaurants don't do these bullshit mark-ups.

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Old 04-01-2017, 10:04 PM
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Also why I dream about moving to Europe, where the cafes and restaurants don't do these bullshit mark-ups.
Yep, moving away from the Land of the Free Refill is one wonderful way to save money at restaurants.
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Old 04-02-2017, 06:10 AM
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Yep, moving away from the Land of the Free Refill is one wonderful way to save money at restaurants.
If you know about any bistros that offer free refills on my beer, give me an address.
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Old 04-02-2017, 07:41 AM
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Also why I dream about moving to Europe, where the cafes and restaurants don't do these bullshit mark-ups.
Which countries in Europe are these where cafes and restaurants can defy the laws of economics?
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Old 04-05-2017, 02:55 PM
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I'm a raging drunk, but I never buy beer or wine when I go out. Financially irresponsible.

I get a buzz on at home beforehand.
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Old 04-05-2017, 03:50 PM
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Have you tasted what passes for water in some places?
You get accustomed to it; after a while it seems tasteless.
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