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Is Total Wines worth the cost?

Sunday, September 21, 2008

As I was in the area, I decided to stop by a Total Wines today and see what they had.  While there, I did get into a conversation with someone, thus making a new wine friend in the process.  The one thing that I noticed was that while the store had a nice selection, it was definitely missing some items that should've been there.  The second thing was the prices on the bottles could've been anywhere from an average of $2 higher (on regular low priced wines) to $4 higher (on 375ml bottles of dessert wines that go for $12) than the prices at Canal's on Route 38 in Pennsauken.

While I am used to Total Wines being a Delaware business, this was the first time I went into one of their locations in New Jersey.  I have said to people before that prices are cheaper in Jersey than Delware and that's even with the difference in taxes, but I have seen this price difference between two different stores in Jersey and it doesn't make any sense.

While Total Wines might have a load of people on staff, and a nice and organized operation, I think that I am missing both the warmth, intimacy and lower prices than some of it's competitors.

Now, I will have to start looking at some of the other larger stores and writing my feedback.

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