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dualed
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Craft Beer Black Market?
Do you guys typically just trade beers with people from other areas, or do you have a guy you know who makes trips to places and comes back and sells?

Clearly not looking for a pipeline here, but me and a friend of mine were debating about whether a market exists where people would pay an upcharge for desirable craft beers if they know they can't get them via trade. I said that people would absolutely pay more to get their hands on a good beer, but he disagreed. I think he underestimates just how much money people sink into this, myself included. I don't bat an eye at the cost of a beer if I want it bad enough. Obviously transporting beer and re-selling is illegal, but surely this happens, right?

What do you guys think?
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t00f
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RichJ
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Man, who is the girl in your pic???


dualed
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re: Craft Beer Black Market?
How are they able to do that on eBay legally though?


dualed
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Man, who is the girl in your pic???


Anllela Sagra


t00f
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re: Craft Beer Black Market?
I am sure it’s a gray area and EBay does not catch it. Just an example, there are several beer websites that allow you to buy or bid on beer.,

I think EBay is on the higher end as far as price so that is why I sent that example.


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tduecen
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re: Craft Beer Black Market?
I see people selling rare beer all the time... Exhibit A

Exhibit B


dualed
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re: Craft Beer Black Market?
So I take it calling it a "collectible" is how this is allowed. Interesting. Some of the prices on those sites are much more ridiculous than I imagined someone would sell a beer for .


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Matisyeezy
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re: Craft Beer Black Market?
Yes, there is a secondary market for beer. It's largely associated with social media.

LINK


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tduecen
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I mean someone was trying to flip Parish for maybe 100 for the 4 pack.... Or was it 50 for a 4 pack of Ghost?


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hoopsgalore
Wisconsin Fan
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Member since Nov 2013
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re: Craft Beer Black Market?
Without question, people will pay absurd amounts of money to get beer that they otherwise could not get via trade.

I'm heading to Toppling at the end of the month for their Assassin release. On the "black market," I could get anywhere between $500-$800 for the two 22 oz. bottles that I'll purchase for $100.

I recently-posted a Goose Island Prop on Instagram and some guy sent me a DM saying he'd pay $300 for the other that I got at Prop Day last November. I got two bottles of Prop and Reserve for $70 total.

I've never sold beer, personally. I like the idea of buying it to drink and share with friends.


dualed
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re: Craft Beer Black Market?
wow. That's kinda where our conversation started. Another friend of mine living in Brooklyn did a little road trip and hit Treehouse and send me a dozen or so of their beers. So I told my buddy that I wonder if I could just road trip around and come back to sell beer and basically pay for my trips. Nothing for extreme profit, but just to cover costs of travel and drinking.

I guess if you hit the right releases then that's entirely feasible.


LSUBoo
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I said that people would absolutely pay more to get their hands on a good beer, but he disagreed.


You are right, he is wrong.


Ed Osteen
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but he disagreed.


I know next to nothing about craft beers or how trades work but how could anyone think that secondary beer sales don’t happen?


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BitBuster
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re: Craft Beer Black Market?
You could fill up a U-haul full of Treehouse brews and have them sold before you got back to NOLA at $10/can.


jdd48
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Member since Jan 2012
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re: Craft Beer Black Market?
Reddit has a sub for beer trading.

LINK
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thewarmth
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re: Craft Beer Black Market?
Holy shit, I've never heard of Assassin. What is so special about that beer to warrant a 50 dollar bomber?


hoopsgalore
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Another friend of mine living in Brooklyn


When I visit my parents, which isn't more than every couple months, I'll try getting to Other Half for a release. I've talked with a couple "small" groups in line that leave with massive hauls. They'll be trading most of the time, but there are a few leftover packs that they sell on websites for $35, or something, not including shipping.

Not a crazy profit, but enough for their time, I guess.


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The Spleen
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re: Craft Beer Black Market?
Craft beer has turned into a microcosm of the Fear Of Missing Out phenomenon. I got caught up in it for a while doing beer trades with friends in other areas of the country, and I slowly started to realize there were plenty of great beers readily available to me to keep me satisfied. Shipping costs were getting pricey, and so many trips to the post office were becoming a drag.

I did samples some really excellent beers - Heady Topper, Sips of Sunshine, some from The Veil, some 3 Floyds stuff, brewery only releases from Bell's and Founder's, and many others. In the end it was just too much hassle.

Can't imagine paying black market prices for any of those beers I tried.


hoopsgalore
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Member since Nov 2013
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Holy shit, I've never heard of Assassin. What is so special about that beer to warrant a 50 dollar bomber?


Probably isn't worth $50 to begin with. Honestly, I don't have an answer, but I like it. That said, I put it safely behind KBBS and Mornin' Delight for limited beers by Toppling.

2018 release link
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