Believe It Or Not: PA Liquor Stores Get Out-of-State Customers

Is it just a myth that Pennsylvanians leave the state to buy liquor?

The Patriot-News reports: “One of the biggest talking points in the debate over the future of Pennsylvania’s state store system is “border bleed” — the number of Pennsylvanians who drive across state lines to buy booze. But it seems neighboring states are also losing customers to Pennsylvania.”

Customers who have a zip code outside of Pennsylvania accounted for nearly $3 million in sales at state stores last October, according to a sales summary the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board released Thursday.

That accounts for 3 percent of all LCB sales in October.

Of course, the state also reportedly loses as much as $180 million to “border bleed” sales: Pennsylvania, in effect, has a liquor trade deficit.


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  • Albert Brooks

    There
    will always be money spent in state by out of state people but as long as we have the
    socialist system called the PLCB running retail – vastly more will go out
    of state for the prices, selection and service they do not provide.

  • JohnRz

    Privatization won’t change the tax structure. If we privatize to satisfy to regular user and keep every thing revenue neutral to satisfy the majority prices will only increase.

  • Capitalist

    Those are probably the many people that live here because the HAVE to but hold on to their other state identities – god knows there are certainly advantages to do that!