I Want to Quit Drinking but How Do I Get Rid of My Alcohol Bottles?

For whatever reason, I have decided to stop drinking.

However from past deals on ozbargain, I have stocked up quite a bit of alcohol: beer, wine, spirits, etc.

Unfortunately, unlike other unwanted junks, I can't just sell this anywhere (Gumtree, ebay, ozbargain, Facebook). Any suggestions how I can get rid of them without complete loss?

I am an introvert and therefore going door to door or sitting at a pub offering this to stranger is out of the question.

Thank you.

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  • +15 votes

    You could ask family, friends, neighbours and work mates.

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      The comment below from the mindset traveller is just the same with me. I am happy to give the cheap ones, to anyone, but the very expensive single malts, Cognac I got from duty free around the world. Just can't… Just not an ozbargain.

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        Are they still factory sealed?

        If not, well, maybe you have friends that are keen whiskey/cognac drinkers… they might buy your half-drunk bottles (at a discount to retail price of course). Of course no random buyer should trust an open bottle.

      • +2 votes

        If you are confident with yourself control, I recommended just keep the nice ones at home as collection. Does not hurt to have a nice drink when you are in the mood or when you good friend / family comes over. I have a bottle of relatively cheap but nice Suntory at home, and have no problem not touching it for forever if needed. However sometimes I just feel like a glass of nice and strong drink.

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        Get a local auction house to sell them for you.

  • +4 votes

    I am in a similar position; I started collecting wine / champagne around ten years ago, then turned my small basement of my house into a wine room. The last 12 months I have substantially cut back on drinking at home (we still do go out to cocktail / wine bars etc).

    I started giving away my budget bottles of wines to people at work/friends/family but am reluctant to give the good wines/champagne as there is good value there … and I do know if I don't give them out, there is probably no way to get rid of them.

    I might just take good bottles to dinners/parties etc and drink them there or have tasting nights etc.

  • +3 votes

    I live in Sydney and I’ll drive over if it’s free,

    • +4 votes

      Classified before it got pulled says he’s based in Hurstville

      • -1 vote

        That's correct. But I want to sell, not giving it away.

        I'm introvert doesn't mean I don't have family or friends.

      • +1 vote

        Oh you can’t do that.
        Advertise in classifieds, get it pulled cos u can’t sell grog without a license then post a promo ad veiled as a forum post on a Saturday night of all nights.
        It’s not right.
        Hypothetically speaking, Mr Murphy’s, How much is a bottle of voddy and a case of Corona?

        • -1 vote

          I know right? Why can't we sell private alcohol to another just like a normal items?

          If I knew it has zero resale value, I would not have stock up from the deals. I

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            @OzBargein: Look there’s 2 addictions involved here and ozbargain facilitated both your alcohol and bargain buying dependency.
            I think you should make another post seeking legal advice regarding taking legal action.
            You could even have a last few drinks, jump in the car, crash it, get your insurance claim denied and make another post about that.
            Or what about if you return the grog to the store saying you’ve changed your mind but go off and say you’re allowed to under the competition and consumer act.
            There’s a lot of mileage in this

  • +6 votes

    if you're serious just throw it out (if cheapish) or give it to relatives for xmas etc. or just for being nice.

  • +3 votes

    Depending on how big your collection is, you could probably approach your local liquor merchant (independents would be more inclined to) with a list of all your bottles and get a price for them to take them all off your hands. I know mybottleshop.com.au also do this.

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      Oh awesome idea. Didn't cross my mind. Thank you.

      • +2 votes

        They won’t accept it incase you’ve tampered with it.

        • +2 votes

          not true. you just need to find them. receipts of purchase can help convince the stock is legit.

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            @ProlapsedHeinous: Makes me think that there must be many fellas like me.

            Maybe I'll open a bottle shop that buy from drink quitter at cut price.

            If legit is an issue. They can ask for ID or some sort, and contact them in case there is a problem. And pay by PayPal or something.

            • -3 votes

              @OzBargein: What about if you make another classified ad or even post a bargain
              “Plastic cup $20 with free bottle of voddy”
              No rules about selling cups eh?

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              @OzBargein: Nah mate theres nothing illegal about selling your collection to someone who has a license to purchase & sell alcohol. its definitely worth ringing around, These people hang around similar circles for promotional liquor events, and can at least put you in the right direction. Obviously theres the tax implications for increased income to consider for the next tax season..

  • +3 votes

    Tamely finish up the bottles then call it quits?

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    Store them at your parents

  • +5 votes

    I guess the first thing you could do is post on OzB and fish for people to PM you….

    Less cynically if you’re in a workplace and close to the boss see if they can take your stash for the Friday night drinks / EOFY drinks / client gifts etc.

  • +7 votes

    "Beer economy" pages on FB. Swap it for something you might want, get some form of value for it

  • +2 votes

    To me alcohol is such a strange product. I don’t drink at all so all alcoholic is worthless to me - if I had an expensive bottle around I would happily pour it down the sink. Bit of a waste I know but I would never touch it. Doing this with your stash might help cement your new found resolution to not drink?

  • +3 votes

    Hold a raffle.

  • +1 vote

    I've sold through MW wines in Melbourne before.
    https://www.mwwineauctions.com/

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    Store it for the future most alcohol doesn't go off. You never know if you will change your drinking habits in the future or when the apocalypse comes it will be good bargaining chips

  • +5 votes

    I’ll take whatever you’ve got!

  • +4 votes

    I live in a large apartment complex in Sydney - probably 200 units across 2 buildings - I put a sign up listing what I had for sale, and what I very reasonably wanted for each bottle/case. I sold most of it to 'neighbours', which also meant minimum transport! Two things: I DID get clearance from building manager to put up the notice on the buildings' notice boards, AND I don't think they'd have let me if I didn't live there or have a friend who lived there. If you work in a large office, see if you can put up or circulate a list there. Even a letter-box drop around your neighbourhood should work. This worked for me too. All the reseller place and auction houses charge far too much to sell your wine - the seller AND the buyer pay 10-15% each, and shipping on top. Except for very rare or major collector's wines, forget them! I checked MW wines, but they're too cagey about their fees. The liquor licensing laws in this whole country are way out-of-date, but better than heaps of places like Canada and USA! Whatever you decide, don't throw it out. If all else fails, give it to friends, co-workers, whatever.

  • +1 vote

    Why not take it to your nearest restaurant or pub and make a deal ?

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    Lawsons auctions off private alcohol collections all the time. They’ll also sell any amount etc. Give them a bell. They’re based in Leichhardt.

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    im the opposite.
    i dont drink. but i have a huge alcohol collection/horde and im always buying more.
    just came back from a holiday and brought back 4.5L of spirits… just cos?

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    I've looked into this myself. I have some rare bottles of Bundy rum that I wouldn't mind selling, but the places that sell it for you charge huge fees. So I'm holding onto them.

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    Seems you’re looking for justification here.

    There are numerous ways of disposing of it. Just do it.

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    Unsure about the legalities, but have you got any stuff lying around that you want to sell? Maybe have a garage sale and sell that stuff and there just happens to be alcohol for sale there. Perhaps see if there are any buy/swap/sell Facebook pages and see if there's anything about not selling alcohol and post there. Or give them as gifts to people who drink. If you know anyone who's having a party, e.g. engagement, wedding not at a venue with alcohol, offer to sell them a drinks package for a good price.

    I'm assuming they're unopened, otherwise I think they're pretty worthless. Make sure you check ID to ensure you don't accidentally sell to minors.

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      It's prohibited in Facebook.

      I live in an apartment, so it's difficult to arrange a garage sale. Also I don't have many stuff to sell.

      I also can't advertise garage sale with alcohol anywhere except paper ads.

  • +2 votes

    Donate them to bush-fire victims. No loss there its a good cause.

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    Put your collection of bottles here. Ensure it's only the bottles you have not opened. Maybe users can pm you if they are keen on a trade (for cash). I would be keen if you had something that tingles my brains.

  • -3 votes

    Drink less, but please don't stop drinking.

  • +1 vote

    Use them in cooking beer battered chips, clean using the higher spirits, cologne, repurpose them, fire art, paint thinner.

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    I quit 11 years ago and still have old half empty bottles plus new ones that people give as gifts.

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    Langton's is a wine auction company that I have used before. Maybe them or some other auction house would be interested? https://www.langtons.com.au/faq

  • -3 votes

    sell them to teenagers, they might pay more than RRP even if the bottle is already open, because they can't just go out and buy it new

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