DeMarco wrote:Not all border gaurds are as nice. I got the full charge for a buffalo trip on 170 CAD worth of beer they dinged me for 90 CAD while my friend had a case of beer and a growler for a mere 10 bucks. Both of us walked into the office at the same time, he got a lady and I got a guy.
rejtable wrote:DeMarco wrote:Not all border gaurds are as nice. I got the full charge for a buffalo trip on 170 CAD worth of beer they dinged me for 90 CAD while my friend had a case of beer and a growler for a mere 10 bucks. Both of us walked into the office at the same time, he got a lady and I got a guy.
just as an FYI, I was through the border in Thousand Islands a week or so ago, and the first quote I got from the border guard, on roughly $90 of beer was over $60. I know the exact formula, and figured at best I'd be paying between $18-$20 (depending on their exchange rate mostly), so I argued that it was wrong.
After about 15 minutes of reasonably tense arguing, I found out that the idiot guard saw some chicken scratches I had made on my receipts (I had noted the ounces of each bottle) and thought that was the number of bottles I had. So, he saw my "22" and thought that meant 22 bottles, when it was me noting that the bomber I bought was 22oz. So, he had me written up as well over 60L of beer!!!! And he proceeded to blame me "DON'T TALK TO ME ABOUT OUNCES, I DON'T CARE ABOUT OUNCES!!!". Nevermind that I never talked to him about ounces in the first place... Anyway, the lesson I learned is that some of them have NO idea how the collection system works. My guy only wanted to know how many Labatt Blue bottles I had, as in his mind he knew exactly how many HL are in 24. Anything outside of that calculation was going to blow his mind. Even when I tried to give him the exact HL to put into his system, it was like trying to explain to a hungry toddler in the midst of a tantrum that he really should eat. Dude was just an arse and wasn't going to allow any unfamiliar input to enter his brain. I politely invited him out to my car so he could see that 60L of beer wasn't going to fit in my trunk (I actually had about 7L), and he reluctantly agreed to take my input finally.
Anyway, you'd need your border receipt, but I bet a lot of money they messed up your quantity. On $170 worth of beer, it is unlikely you should have paid much more than $30 depending on the volume you had.
Unless you are buying huge volumes, most of your cost is going to be tax.
rejtable wrote:Tons of references in this thread. For bottles your best bets are Beverage Wharehouse in Winooski and Craft Beer Cellar in Waterbury.
I've stayed at a motel along hwy 7 on the way out of Burlington, it was maybe a 25-30 mins walk to downtown. I forget the name... bel-aire? Wasn't a place I'd take my wife to, but a few guys on a weekend in the city it was ok.
Very close to downtown, there isn't anything "cheap". The new Hilton Garden Inn can sometimes be a bit less pricey. I stayed there not long ago with the kids for under $200/night. Hotel Vermont looks really cool, never stayed.
I've often stayed at the Green Mountain Suites in South Burlington. Easy cab ride into and out of the city.
jeremyg wrote:rejtable wrote: Hotel Vermont looks really cool, never stayed.
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