To a monopoly, efficient and effective services are what give it the highest revenue. Not what serves the consuming public or local vendors' interests. That's why the North Carolina Constitution states that "monopolies are contrary to the genius of a free state."
Last week I wrote about how heavily involved the State of North Carolina is in controlling the distribution and sale of alcoholic beverages here. Here’s an example. This is a paragraph from Jon Guze’s Spotlight report on the “maze of alcohol rules” in North Carolina: Forty-three…
At the beginning of the 20th century, North Carolina was the nation's leader in wine production and the nation's leader in legal distilleries (with 745 registered distilleries, 540 that were operating). Then came prohibition, and then came liquor control vs. wine licensing.
In 2017, the ABC Commission reported a systemwide profit margin of 11.2 percent. In a competitive market, the profit margin for stores is 2.4 percent. Only 19 of the 428 government-controlled liquor stores fell below that.
Controlling liquor while allowing private sales in beer and wine appears to be shifting consumption to beer and wine relative to liquor. But remember, standard servings of the different kinds of alcohol deliver about the same kind of alcohol content.