Geoff Potter

Beware law when selling leftover booze

THE festive season is a great time for fun and frivolity with family and friends, but once the New Year has been rung in and the guests have departed, you may find yourself wanting a healthy, fresh start.

The only problem is the abundance of leftover alcohol floating around, either because you did not want to under-cater, or because you've been gifted it by loved ones and colleagues.

Wouldn't it be great to offset some of your Christmas spending by making some money back on an unwanted bottle of scotch or wine, or leftover case of beer?

You can sell alcohol on eBay, or similar websites, but only if you have a liquor licence. If you don't, then you are breaking the law.

But, there is a way to do it legally, according to one online liquor store.

Ordinary Aussies can sell their unwanted bottles for wholesale price to Mybottleshop.com.au, after delivering it to their warehouse and receiving a PayPal transfer. The online store then onsells it at a retail price that they find feasible.

The company will also use its own liquor licence to sell your alcohol on consignment.

You will be charged 25 per cent commission if they don't have to take photographs for the online listing, or 30 per cent if they do.

It is listed on Mybottleshop.com.au, which has 80,000 members and you can set the retail price yourself or leave it up to the store. You get paid, minus the commission, once it is sold.

The third option is that the company auctions your alcohol for you on eBay. Once it is purchased, you are paid, minus the commission and any eBay fees and the company ships the goods to the purchaser on your behalf.


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