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The Revenue Department arrives at a minimum retail price by starting with the wholesale price charged by a cigarette manufacturer and adding a retail markup. The law allows retailers to charge less if they can show their costs are lower. In recent years, however, manufacturers began offering steep discounts directly to retailers to gain more control over how their product was sold. But those discounts, called buy-downs, allowed retailers to justify charging prices well below the state minimum. After a long review -- and over strong objections from convenience stores -- the Revenue Department ruled the retail buy-downs were illegal and barred them, as of Oct. 1. Since the beginning of the month, Connolly said, Revenue Department representatives have visited 30 retailers, informed them of the law, and waited at the stores until they brought prices and advertising into compliance. Only if a store refused to comply would its license Cheapest Carton Of Newport Cigarettes to sell cigarettes be revoked, he said. Retailers that can prove they have lower costs may also be allowed to sell below the state minimum, Connolly said. Costco Wholesale Club and BJ's Wholesale Club have done so in the past. The Revenue Department has taken a low-key approach to enforcement, contacting stores only if officials in the normal course of their business notice prices below the state minimum. But the agency is starting to get help from some retailers. Connolly said a retailer in Winchester, who was complying with the state's minimum pricing law, notified the agency about competitors who were not. The Revenue Department contacted the Stop 'N Gas station on Washington Street in Dorchester yesterday after the Globe ran a photograph that showed cars lined up for $1.43-a-gallon gas and a sign offering Marlboros for $3.75 a pack. Owner Essam Ahmed, said he told the state official who Carton Of Marlboro Red 100Sstopped by that the Marlboro sign was incorrect. He said his correct price is $4.75, plus tax. He also said he planned to cut the price of gasoline to $1.39 a gallon.

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