Costco Joins In Virginia Crackdown On Bulk Cigarette Buyers

From: Consumerist

New signs at Virginia Costco stores remind shoppers that their bulk purchases of cigarettes will be scrutinized.

Following reports of Costco shoppers loading up entire trucks full of large boxes of cigarettes, presumably with the purpose of reselling them on the black market in other states, the wholesale club is now posting signs indicating that these customers will face much more scrutiny going forward.

In some parts of the country, buying cigarettes can be much more expensive because of state and local taxes on tobacco. For example, while Virginia has the second-cheapest cigarette tax in the U.S. at $.30/pack, nearby states tack on substantially larger taxes for tobacco.

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