How much would you pay to go from zero to 60 cellared beer bottles in a matter of 7 to 10 shipping days? How about one of those white whales that might make you the envy of your beer geek circle? Half the price of a Kia? Although eBay shut down online beer sales in 2012, the practice has spread and found a home in a number of communities, one of which is MyBeerCellars.com.
There are a lot of relevant topics that pop up when you talk about secondhand online beer sales—few of which I’m interested in exploring today (legality, hoarding mentality, profiteering, etc.). What I’m most struck by—my immediate reaction—is the asking price for some of these beers and beer collections. Not the typical $30, $40 and $50 bottles listed throughout the site, but, say, the $2,400 listing for a rare, 10-year-old bottle of Cantillon. Who buys that?
So, browse through the listings below, and try to imagine the type of person who has that much disposable cash to splurge on a rare bottle—or bottles—of beer. Something tells me they aren’t the average beer geek.
NOTE: I don’t want to directly promote these sales—or make it as easy as clicking one link to see the listing—so I’ve removed all user names, email addresses and chose not to link to the listing. The pictures are just screen shots. If you want to see the listings for yourselves, I’m sure you can figure it out easy enough.
Here are some of the crazier asking prices for rare beers:
So, which one of you is going to pop for the $10,000 lot?