Submitted: Friday, Apr 16, 2004 at 08:45
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Mad Dog may be able to answer this one as it concerns the area in which he lives.
Last year a second supermarket chain got into the act by taking over the fuel outlets of a large fuel company, beginning in the southern states.
In a certain city near Melbourne through which I regularly pass, the new fuel outlets no longer post diesel prices on the board as the fuel company used to. They post unleaded and LPG prices which are usually the same as their competitors. I have looked over the past five weeks at their diesel pricing policy, and guess what. It is always 6 - 8 cents higher than competitors just down the road who display diesel pricing, makes a mockery of the 4 cent discount thing.I have questioned pump jockeys at the four outlets concerned and all gave me a 1800 customer service number to call, which I have, only to be given the "market forces - it's what we buy it for" type line. Problem is the same brand outlets in smaller towns around this one all display diesel pricing - at the lower price of the competitor outlets in the city. To my way of thinking it is simply a dishonest pricing structure which will catch out 90% of people after it is too late. I was one of the 90% who got caught the first time, had $50 worth in the tank before I noticed the price, (the price only appears once you lift the nozzle). What is the next step??????
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Reply By: Pesty - Friday, Apr 16, 2004 at 09:49

Friday, Apr 16, 2004 at 09:49
Protest with your feet, only stop at those with the price up and write to HQ and tell them you are aware of there dirty tricks and you will be telling everybody you can and you have just told hundreds already on this forum and by the the time you post it on all the other forums you will have told thousnds. Dont forget to name them so everbody knows who you are talking about, as all you are doing is stating what is true. Best protest there is!!!

Cheers Steve
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Follow Up By: rolande- Saturday, Apr 17, 2004 at 11:11

Saturday, Apr 17, 2004 at 11:11
They are former shell outlets now badged as coles express
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Reply By: Leroy - Friday, Apr 16, 2004 at 09:58

Friday, Apr 16, 2004 at 09:58
Shell! Hmmm.... I have noticed this and I have only had a diesel for 4 wks! I have also noticed now that some shells don't even have diesel. They seem to looking after the petrol and gas customers. Fortunately There are many outlets that sell diesel for around 90c (Mobil,BP etc) and it doesn't fluctuate like the petrol price.

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Reply By: tdcockers - Friday, Apr 16, 2004 at 10:13

Friday, Apr 16, 2004 at 10:13
90c??? in brissie it is about 80c across town

on the coast, it is a bit more, about 81c

for the best fuel prices
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Follow Up By: Leroy - Friday, Apr 16, 2004 at 10:32

Friday, Apr 16, 2004 at 10:32
prob can get it a little cheaper. I have seen it at 88c but it doesn't seem to get that much cheaper. You guys pay less tax than us mexicans!!

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Follow Up By: Leroy - Friday, Apr 16, 2004 at 10:36

Friday, Apr 16, 2004 at 10:36
Just checked out your web link and 88.9 was the price around my area.

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Follow Up By: David/Dave - Friday, Apr 16, 2004 at 13:12

Friday, Apr 16, 2004 at 13:12
It's around 95c/litre for diesel in Perth.
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Follow Up By: Member - Pesty (SA) - Friday, Apr 16, 2004 at 20:06

Friday, Apr 16, 2004 at 20:06
Jumped here today from 93c to 97c
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Reply By: joc45 - Friday, Apr 16, 2004 at 10:16

Friday, Apr 16, 2004 at 10:16
In WA, one can check the daily price of every WA fuel outlet on the internet (Fuelwatch, run by Consumer Affairs). I haven't checked "supermarket" outlets for some time; ie, now I don't bother, but I found that even after the discount, they were still dearer for diesel than the cheapest outlets. Might run a check again.
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Friday, Apr 16, 2004 at 10:37

Friday, Apr 16, 2004 at 10:37
Its known as "business". they are there to make money.

Lift the nozzle check the price, and drive off if its not what ya wanna pay.

I just goto the local Shell, know its more cents to start with, but car likes it which is the most important thing.

There has to be a reason people, why the Diesel is cheaper than other places... they all buy at similar prices. Remember cutting is common with some places..

this has been done dozens of times before...

People in small towns usually get shafted due to freight costs to get the fuel there in the first place.

I actually thought they had to display the fuel prices by law?
Check the Service stations association Website for more info on this
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Follow Up By: rolande- Saturday, Apr 17, 2004 at 11:15

Saturday, Apr 17, 2004 at 11:15
Coles Express in Geelong 96.9, one hour down the road at the next coles express 91.9, (including the added freight and lack of competition)
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Reply By: Member -Bob & Lex (Sydney) - Friday, Apr 16, 2004 at 16:36

Friday, Apr 16, 2004 at 16:36
You get the so called discount upto 150ltrs. how many cars have tanks that big & how many diesel 4bys. Thats why the price isn't up. People drive out of their way & queue up to save $2 in fuel, what a joke.
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Reply By: Mad Dog (Victoria) - Friday, Apr 16, 2004 at 20:23

Friday, Apr 16, 2004 at 20:23
I dunno Roachie but it beats me why anyone would buy something without checking the price first and in a place this size there are plently of alternative outlets if you don't like their policy. It's not as bad as a few years ago when in my opinion every damn outlet in town got together on the price of LPG and wasn't broken until a new independant opened shop, it was very obvious what had been going on. Pro fells had an inquiry but what a toothless tiger that mob was.
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Follow Up By: rolande- Friday, Apr 16, 2004 at 22:35

Friday, Apr 16, 2004 at 22:35
I think the same thing is now happening with the rebadged shell outlets as Coles Express, (which were the ones I was referring to above). Of the four along the road through town, three used to show diesel prices when shell outlets, now that they are coles express, not one shows the diesel price on the board, and all are around 96.9 when almost all competitors are 90.9, (down to 89.9 on my way through today). Coles express still 96.9
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Reply By: Nomad - Friday, Apr 16, 2004 at 20:33

Friday, Apr 16, 2004 at 20:33
I have believed for quite some that the discounts offered on petrol have been subsidised by the price of diesel. Lets face it, diesel is a cheaper fuel to refine. I buy 99% of my diesel fuel from Woolies here in Qld. I get my 4cents off from Woolies. I have never had a problem with their fuel. My vehicle is a 3lt Patrol. Our diesel price is 81/82c/l but around Bris & the Gold Coast it will vary upwards by as much as 5 cnts.

I'm not complaining about our prices but looking at the bigger picture there really should be a Royal Commission at Federal level into the pricing structure of fuel. Of course the Governments, both Fed and State keep passing the buck because neither are game to take on the fuel giants.

If you believe otherwise then you are either niave, work for the fuel coys or for the Govt.


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