PRICES: Beat the Tax

It looked like the biggest binge since Repeal. All over the nation last week, thousands of customers rushed to liquor stores to stock up as fast as their pocketbooks would allow. The reason for the buying spree was summed up by the ads: "Beat the tax!" In San Francisco, Weinstein's retail chain reported sales ten times its normal October business and far above even the best Christmas season. In Chicago, Marco's liquor store doubled its sales staff. In Manhattan, dealers refused to take telephone orders, stayed open far into the night.

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