when you actually look they are probably the cheapest retailer with individual bottle stock !
the first is an auction so no provenance (in all reality)
the second are brokers so no guarantee it will be avaialbe
Farr - have to buy a case and DP works out £423…
Atlas - when costed as DP is more expensive
Yes, I understand those costs, but storage for three years or so is negligible, and the margin would already exist in the EP price, which if that was £75 and if it is old en primeur stock, TWS would be selling it for something like £300 profit per bottle. That seems a bit odd to me, for a mutual.
Why not use it for a members’ tasting, or limit to one bottle per member to reduce resale opportunities? Wouldn’t it serve the membership better if it was at a (still profitable) price that gave non-billionaires the option to try it? And I get that that isn’t how the market generally works, but isn’t part of the point of TWS that it doesn’t operate in the same way as other retailers…?
Or why not pass the benefit on to all members by ploughing it back and using it to manage the prices of more mainstream wines? I must say these arguments have been covered repeatedly on here and there are no easy answers.