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Where do shops buy their whiskies?

Onlywhisky
Newbie Newbie
Posted on 19-06-2019 at 13:00 pm

Can some one help and give me some info from where Onlineshop’s buy their whiskies?


I am interested to open my own online shop. 


Thanks

lincolnimp
Connoisseur Connoisseur
Posted on 19-06-2019 at 14:13 pm

Shops generally sign agreements with bottlers to sell their ranges or with distributers linked to the distillery owners to sell the distillery bottlings.

I suppose it depends on how much of a range you want to sell and your expected turnover and market.

It is a complex process.

mrgood
Expert Junior Junior Expert
Posted on 19-06-2019 at 15:42 pm

yep, I agree with Lincoln, talk to distributors.  Worst case scenario, contact some distilleries directly, as they could probably point you to their distributors in your area.

Also, and this is very important, check with the liquor regulators in your country.  Just because you're selling online and not in a storefront doesn't mean regulations don't apply to you.  For example,  if I did something like this in my location without proper licensing-and-such I'd probably end up in jail.  Not to scare you, but some countries take this sort of violation very seriously.  Make sure you have your ducks in a row before proceeding.

peatbogger
Specialist Specialist
Posted on 19-06-2019 at 20:05 pm

One advice is to wait and see what happens with Brexit.

UK will probably be a main supplier of your goods, and if UK leaves EU you will suddenly have a whole new tax bureaucracy to relate to.

As a newly started small business I will imagine it would be almost like starting all over.


When it comes to sourcing there might be cases where independent bottlers have dedicated and exclusive national importers, not being interested in dealing with low volume export exept for private customers and then through their own online shops. In which case, buying from the bottler as a private person or from the importer as a small business, you will lose out on any discount deals and a large part of the profit.


At sites like MasterOfMalts I often see older bottlings with statement that "this is a bottle from a private collection" so some of the larger online shops obviously buy up collections as well.

I presume this is the case for larger collection where an estate want a quick solution and fixed price rather than have to go through an auction house.

Rather more of a supplement than a stable supply, and I guess you would have to have made a name to actually be seeked out for offers.

Onlywhisky
Newbie Newbie
Posted on 19-06-2019 at 22:32 pm

lincolnimp wrote:

Shops generally sign agreements with bottlers to sell their ranges or with distributers linked to the distillery owners to sell the distillery bottlings.

I suppose it depends on how much of a range you want to sell and your expected turnover and market.

It is a complex process.


Thank you so much 

I really appreciate it

Onlywhisky
Newbie Newbie
Posted on 19-06-2019 at 22:32 pm

lincolnimp wrote:

Shops generally sign agreements with bottlers to sell their ranges or with distributers linked to the distillery owners to sell the distillery bottlings.

I suppose it depends on how much of a range you want to sell and your expected turnover and market.

It is a complex process.


Thank you so much 

I really appreciate it

Onlywhisky
Newbie Newbie
Posted on 19-06-2019 at 22:33 pm

mrgood wrote:

yep, I agree with Lincoln, talk to distributors.  Worst case scenario, contact some distilleries directly, as they could probably point you to their distributors in your area.

Also, and this is very important, check with the liquor regulators in your country.  Just because you're selling online and not in a storefront doesn't mean regulations don't apply to you.  For example,  if I did something like this in my location without proper licensing-and-such I'd probably end up in jail.  Not to scare you, but some countries take this sort of violation very seriously.  Make sure you have your ducks in a row before proceeding.


Thank you so much 


I really appreciate it

Onlywhisky
Newbie Newbie
Posted on 19-06-2019 at 22:35 pm

Thank you all

I really appreciate it. Is very helpful. 

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