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January 6, 2007 | eljefe

If anything the alcoholic beverage industry is bending over forward trying to avoid the appearance.

I dunno about anyone else, but I am offended by these silly birth date dropdowns that you have to manipulate in order to gain access to the forbidden information that Chardonnay pairs well with halibut.

Discouraging our young people from learning about alcohol in a positive way is far more damaging than any targeted advertising would be.

January 7, 2007 | Joe Birtchings

I agree, those age verification splash pages are absurd. First of all, why do they have to protect the whole site. Shouldn't they just verify age before purchase of alcohol. Secondly, do they even work? It doesnt take a geneious to put in any year before '85. For a minor trying to buy alcohol, those splash pages dont provide much of a barrier. Now something that would work would be age verification through credit cards. I dont know what the policy is on that kind of thing, but it seemd like it would work.

January 7, 2007 | eljefe

None of those splash pages work. I take special glee in setting them to the earliest date possible... "OMG he's 105!"

The only thing that works (or is even appropriate) is age verification at time of delivery. That's what we pay UPS $3.50 to do.

January 7, 2007 | Ryan Fujiu

So you're not really 105 eljefe? You've really thrown these wineries for a loop. Soon you'll start seeing marketing campaigns targeted towards 100 year old winos...

January 8, 2007 | eljefe

Well, that's just me celebrating my own paleoflatulence... but there's always hope!

January 8, 2007 | Joe Birtchings

The worst thing about it is that most of the time, the winery website's dont even remember personal information. I'll check the remember box and the next time i go back to the site, i have to put in my birthday again. Its the most annoying thing in the world.

January 9, 2007 | Ryan Fujiu

Joe, i've had similar problems. It seems like there are problems recognizing cookies. They spend tens of thousands of dollars building flash based sites and can't even recognize cookies, definitely amateur hour.

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