Sydney in Absinthe In Cities Around the World Posted October 24, 2011 · Edited October 24, 2011 by Nouveau · Report reply No it is not a terrible environment to run a business...just a more challenging one, because these are the laws we have to abide by to run a legit liquor business. Everyone is in the same boat. It is just obviously tougher for the boutique importer to get the product distributed over such a vast country, especially one such as ourselves with a niche product. I don't want to start getting into the whole politics of the system and discussing the far distant possibilities of changing a governmental policy of high taxes on alcohol etc, it is all too convoluted. Call it apathetic if you want, but I believe we are all guilty of that to a certain degree. We all try to do the best we can with the circumstances that prevail. Is it the end users problem to wear it? We all wear it in every part of life. In the larger picture though, as a online customer living in Australia and ordering the same absinthe from Europe as is available here, then yes in the long run that person would be unsupportive and shooting themselves in the foot. They could arguably be considered the greedy one in wanting to have a product for a lesser price more often, than for the local price perhaps not so often, so then supporting the local businesses which in turn employ people and are the backbone of the economy. But you can go on and on about it. People will do what they want for their immediate circumstances, it is all relative I guess. I am pretty sure Kamal would feel the same way though. We get many many US tourists through the Salon, students and adults alike, and I always give them Drinkup NY details so they know where to get their absinthe when they get back and encourage them to support their US based absinthe distillers with their fine products, which they did not even know existed. We have a permanent link to his site as well as the Wormwood Society on the computer in the Salon. The amount of $60.92 you quoted has not been around since about 2005, you can safely add about another 25% to that and you will be in the range of what the EEG tax rate is now... but you get the idea of it now in regard to the expenses on top of the cost price. On a last note take this price comparison in Australia. A 500ml bottle of the swill we all know so well called Koruna retails at $101 in the shop. Compare this to our website price of $145 for a 700ml bottle of Duplais Verte delivered to your door. Volumetrically if the Koruna was a 700ml bottle it would cost about $142. So....... 'Does it put Absinthe out of range for a normal wage earning Aussie? I would say a certain yes.' Not necessarily. It is all education. Education about product distillation, quality and integrity and how the system works here and why it is more expensive. At least we have a fantastic venue in the Salon where this can be expressed. We will be starting trade and public training next year which will be sure to be a hit. We are in it for the long haul.