August 4, 1999
We just received some new policies from the company which does our shipping.
It doesn't appear that there is any
August 5, 1999
I have been contemplating what I said yesterday and must think about the future. Almost everything we sell is on a "futures" basis, and we must realize that we may not be able to ship to every state any longer. I don't want to alarm everyone, and we will make every effort we can to ship to all customers who have bought our wine futures up to this time. But we may have to protect ourselves for any sales after this date.
I would like to bring up a topic for discussion. I invite anyone to
give their input on our public forum or through private feedback. I would
like to continue to ship to all states but must be practical and assume
that we could have some of our wine confiscated if we continue. I feel
some types of insurance are unnecessary. As a matter of fact, I do not
have life insurance or credit card protection, for example. But in a way,
I feel I should now insure against the possibility that we may have wine
confiscated in the future. In any state that is not reciprocal - according
to UPS that is 40 states - I am feeling that we should charge an extra
amount over our regular sales price as protection for the possibility that
we may lose wine in transit or at its destination. In other words, I would
like to guarantee everyone we sell wine to that they will eventually take
possession of our wine or at least receive their money back for their purchase.
That will mean that we will have to raise our prices approximately $20
a case to residents of those 40 nonreciprocal states. Are you the consumer
willing to pay that additional amount? This is the topic I am opening up
for discussion here on our site and I encourage you to also call, email
or write your representatives!