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post #1 of 22
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The one, the only Bell's Hopslam. A juicy grapefruit, tangerine treat with notes of pineapple balanced perfectly by a sugar cookie malt base. Smells like a tropical paradise. Medium bodied, dangerously drinkable and never cloying, the 10% abv is all but undetectable until you've had three and try to stand up

If you haven't heard of it, and it's distributed to your area, you MUST try it. It's comparable to Pliny the Elder in quality, and some like it better. This year's batch is absolutely delicious.

For those who can't get access to it, here we go:

12 ounce bottle: $10 shipped

Limited 5L mini-keg: $120 shipped (only select markets got a few of these)

Discounts available if you buy 3 or more bottles.
post #2 of 22
I'm gonna call you out an let everyone know 6-pks retail at $15-18 and the mini-kegs are anywhere from $35-45, nice try and may bad beer karma be heading your way!
post #3 of 22
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Originally Posted by Tooch4321 View Post
I'm gonna call you out an let everyone know 6-pks retail at $15-18 and the mini-kegs are anywhere from $35-45, nice try and may bad beer karma be heading your way!

Correct, if you live in one of the 18 states that Bell's distributes to. Mini kegs only went to select markets within that area.
post #4 of 22
I'm all for hustling and making a few extra dollars, but charging $10 a bottle and $120 a mini-keg makes you a swindler and a cheat.
post #5 of 22
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Originally Posted by Tooch4321 View Post
I'm all for hustling and making a few extra dollars, but charging $10 a bottle and $120 a mini-keg makes you a swindler and a cheat.

How much would you charge? I'm always open for offers if you think the price isn't fair. My price is based on current market values (check eBay) and the planning and driving all over the city to obtain and subsequently ship it without risk of damage. Perhaps you're not aware of just how popular this beer is.

At any rate, please keep your opinions to yourself.
post #6 of 22
At any rate, you should probably not bump your own thread by replying to messages in your thread, you can get in a lot of trouble. I think the prices are a bit high but indeed, they are not available everywhere and shipping is not cheap.
post #7 of 22
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Originally Posted by Opermann View Post
How much would you charge? I'm always open for offers if you think the price isn't fair. My price is based on current market values (check eBay) and the planning and driving all over the city to obtain and subsequently ship it without risk of damage. Perhaps you're not aware of just how popular this beer is.

At any rate, please keep your opinions to yourself.


It's not an opinion it's fact that you are trying to cheat people! Using EBay prices as a way to set your own prices is ridiculous, I am an avid beer trader/collector and know for fact it doesn't take much more than a couple emails, a box and some bubble wrap, printing out a shipping label and basically dropping the box off. I also know shipping (and that's even if you know how to properly ship beer) runs between $10-20 for a box containing 6-8 beers. I am sure you just purchased a couple cases and figured why can't I overcharge people, I wonder if your case looks like this:



I also wonder what your BA and ratebeer screen names are because that would make this even more fun for me. Hell, I am gonna undercut you and say I'll charge $40 for a 6-pk shipped, I like the sound of that!


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Originally Posted by Cognacad View Post
At any rate, you should probably not bump your own thread by replying to messages in your thread, you can get in a lot of trouble. I think the prices are a bit high but indeed, they are not available everywhere and shipping is not cheap.


I know Fok and this kind of bumping is calling out someone dramatically overcharging for a product, I don't think he'll mind at all as I am warning consumers...
post #8 of 22
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Originally Posted by Tooch4321 View Post
I know Fok and this kind of bumping is calling out someone dramatically overcharging for a product, I don't think he'll mind at all as I am warning consumers...
Oh shut up... if someone buys Bell's HopSlam from this guy, that someone know what Bell's HopSlam is and how much it sells for... you think people randomly come onto this forum and just buy a random bottle of beer for $10 a pop? Stop acting like you're saving anyone. It is rare by nature...it's their most popular and highest rated brew, therefore a higher markup is justified. I just stopped by Total Wine last night and asked if they had any in and said it usually sells out Wednesday morning when the shipment comes in and is shelved -- and they don't usually get in a shipment of it. Something that is that hard to get with a limited distribution is at a higher demand and deserves a markup... and that's not really for you to determine and shit on this thread.
post #9 of 22
I don't have a stake in this either way. But looking at the economics of this, if OP sells six bottles to six people at a price of $10 shipped per bottle, he clears $60. At a cost of $18 per sixer that you stated, that's $3 per bottle in product cost. If he ships via USPS first class (potential felony) for $3 or so a bottle, then he's clearing $4 a bottle and risking more trouble than $4 profit is worth. If he ships via UPS or FedEx, shipping is going to run at least $5-7 per bottle, if not more. So he's making either a few bucks or almost nothing per bottle. Either way, it's a lot of effort for a few bucks of profit. Certainly wouldn't be worth it to me to do this.

Granted, selling mini-kegs or shipping larger volumes may be a different economic story. But if OP sends out a ton of singles, he's either breaking even or risking prosecution. And that's what he's offering to do. Doesn't seem to me like something that requires such a backlash, particularly in a forum like this where buyers tend to be extremely well-informed and more than capable of self-protection.

I say this as a BA member since 2002, who used to do quite a bit of beer trading (not selling).
post #10 of 22
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Originally Posted by rabidawg View Post
Either way, it's a lot of effort for a few bucks of profit. Certainly wouldn't be worth it to me to do this.

This.

Also as others have said no one is randomly buying $10 bottles of beer.

Rabidawg: is that Oglethorpe Univ in your avatar
post #11 of 22
I wish someone would ship me cases of yuengling.
post #12 of 22
Will do - for 150.
post #13 of 22
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Originally Posted by kronik View Post
Will do - for 150.
For a case? I can drive down and pick some up myself for that price. Hell, I can probably even fly somewhere for that price.
post #14 of 22
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Originally Posted by Tooch4321 View Post
It's not an opinion it's fact that you are trying to cheat people! Using EBay prices as a way to set your own prices is ridiculous, I am an avid beer trader/collector and know for fact it doesn't take much more than a couple emails, a box and some bubble wrap, printing out a shipping label and basically dropping the box off. I also know shipping (and that's even if you know how to properly ship beer) runs between $10-20 for a box containing 6-8 beers. I am sure you just purchased a couple cases and figured why can't I overcharge people, I wonder if your case looks like this:
Different motives Toochy. You're a beer lover and want to spread the gospel of good beer to those who long for things they can't normally obtain. This guy is looking to make a few bucks off of something that's hard to find. Is it scummy? A bit. But certainly not any worse than what others pull on B&S. I know that if I had to source some beer I'd hit you up long before I ever thought of getting it off eBay or from this guy.
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I wish someone would ship me cases of yuengling.
Why would you want to do that to yourself?
post #15 of 22
Wow - with all of this fuss, I feel pretty darn lucky to have a 1/2 barrel of it in my kegerator, right next to my 1/4 barrel of Bell's Christmas Ale. I didn't think it was that hard to find.
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