After a fruitless haggle over a bottle of whisky, Cevdet Yavuz reflects glumly on his prospects as another customer slips through his fingers and walks out the door.
“I offered him that bottle for 130 lira ($75),” said Yavuz, 42, who runs a tekel, or liquor store, in Istanbul’s Kadıköy District. “I am selling things at the price I bought them because I have no money to replace my stock.”
Turkey’s alcohol retailers and drinkers have long grumbled about tax hikes that have sent the cost of alcohol skyrocketing in recent years. New legislation is being viewed by some people as a quantum step toward making Turkey dry.
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Alexander Christie-Miller is a freelance reporter based in Istanbul.