Definition of Ripped Off

Submitted: Saturday, Jul 09, 2005 at 21:06
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Needed to fill up today, noticed that Woolworths was 2c a litre dearer than everyone else. No worries grabbed a 4c discount voucher off the fridge and filled up. 90L later went in and paid. Bloke behind the counter said - sorry mate, thats a coles voucher. f@*K I say. So I was reamed an extra 2c instead of saving an extra 2c.

Would have more satisfaction burning the money than giving it to the oil companies GRRRRR

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Reply By: Member - John (Vic) - Saturday, Jul 09, 2005 at 21:18

Saturday, Jul 09, 2005 at 21:18
That $1.80 will be life changing, probably used that much worth of electricity posting the story on here.
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Follow Up By: Member - iMusty (VIC) - Sunday, Jul 10, 2005 at 12:40

Sunday, Jul 10, 2005 at 12:40
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Follow Up By: V8Diesel - Sunday, Jul 10, 2005 at 22:37

Sunday, Jul 10, 2005 at 22:37
iMusty, you've got me in a muddle now. Buggered if I know why, but strewth that SuperNanny don't half toot my horn!!!! ;-)

Self imposed naughty chair for me!!!!!!!!!

Why'd ya do it Musty????? Change your avatar for christs sake cobber! Haven't read a word you've said!
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Follow Up By: Member - iMusty (VIC) - Monday, Jul 11, 2005 at 11:48

Monday, Jul 11, 2005 at 11:48
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Reply By: Member - Browny (VIC) - Saturday, Jul 09, 2005 at 22:20

Saturday, Jul 09, 2005 at 22:20

Understand your frustration, but probably not "ripped off" as such, have to agree with john though for a couple of cents hear or there I don't reckon people should bother with the hassle of looking for cheaper fuel.

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Reply By: Outnabout David (SA) - Saturday, Jul 09, 2005 at 22:50

Saturday, Jul 09, 2005 at 22:50
I think we are getting ripped off all together since the discounts on the dockets came in. I reckon we have been paying higher prices since the 4C saving came in.But then they have us by the short and curly's 'cos we all need fuel.
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Reply By: V8Diesel - Saturday, Jul 09, 2005 at 22:53

Saturday, Jul 09, 2005 at 22:53
I look on ion amazment at the heartache and desperation people I know give themselves over saving a few cents here and there on fuel. Why bother? Life is far far far too short.

I just face the fact the fact that this is what it costs and don't give it a second thought. I can't change it and as I don't want to drive a Fiat Bambino or ride my bicycle 300km's a week carrying 350kg's around while towing a trailer, so what's the point in worrying?

Same with electricity and water rates - live without either of them for a few months and to me they're both the bargain of a lifetime. When I fork out for power I can't help thinking what a bargain I'm getting. Try living for a year without electricity altogether or alternatively paying for fuel and maintenance on a 60KVA genset and see how ya go.

Just my 2c's
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Follow Up By: Member - 'Lucy' - Sunday, Jul 10, 2005 at 00:32

Sunday, Jul 10, 2005 at 00:32
Amen to that mate.

Its just a case of 'showbiz' and tomorrow is always another day.
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Reply By: J.T. - Sunday, Jul 10, 2005 at 00:27

Sunday, Jul 10, 2005 at 00:27
Howdy guys,In Margaret River we paid $1.32 the other day for diesel.When I look around fuel prices on this sight i cant believe we pay more than a lot places that are more isolated.But I do agree you cant do with out.Try the U.K. at about $2.40 a litre.Lucky we got 49 miles per gallon in a 93 peugot 205 Td.Would be a great car for over here.
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Reply By: Alloy c/t - Sunday, Jul 10, 2005 at 01:11

Sunday, Jul 10, 2005 at 01:11
Cant afford the fuel means cant afford the vehicle,,, dont matter if it costs 35cents per lt or $1385 cents per lt ,,tits time to get real ,,,,you want effen PAY..
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Reply By: Bob of KAOS - Sunday, Jul 10, 2005 at 06:11

Sunday, Jul 10, 2005 at 06:11
Of greater concern is what Coles and Woolworths do their suppliers - those people who rely on them for making a living. Because of their market dominance they can say to a producer "Here's $2.00 a tonne for your apples/oranges/beef. Yes, it cost you $3.00 to produce it. Take it or leave it. We know Woolworths/Coles won't offer any more than that. If you don't sell to us it will rot. We can get it from Chile/China/NZ anyway."
I'd be happy to pay a fair price for food etc, so that the producers get a fair return for their effort/investment.
As for fuel, there must be collusion between the different suppliers and we are paying more than we need to. However, I am not averse to higher fuel prices if means fewer turkeys on the road, and fewer senseless kilometers. And more rail freight instead of trucks.
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Follow Up By: Member - iMusty (VIC) - Monday, Jul 11, 2005 at 11:01

Monday, Jul 11, 2005 at 11:01
If I was a shareholder which I'm not. I'd be dissapointed if they didn't sqeeze their suppliers.

In fact, I'd think they were neglegent if they didn't.

The world changes.

Gone are the times when my grandaddy passed it down to my daddy and my daddy passed it down to me.

You may not be averse to paying a higher price for goods but the problem is that the majority of the world is.

I dont look at the bowser price, but I think all those people that are vocal in their opininion of prices and there are thousands of them, somewhat keep the pressure on the prices. Even if the pressure is slight.

btw I've never thought of that b4 so I leant something today.

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Follow Up By: Member - iMusty (VIC) - Monday, Jul 11, 2005 at 12:42

Monday, Jul 11, 2005 at 12:42
Just re-reading what you said Bob and I'm not picking a fight here I am NOT.

If a farmer relies on someone for a living he is an "employee" in a perverted sense. They are the subjects and Coles is the boss.

If you can't make a living, get out!

I hate that concept as much as the next fellow. I am "old school" only 37 y/o though.
I was once sacked from washing dishes in a hotel kitchen because I couldn't agree to NOT washing the bins out after a shift. NOT washing the bins out would get you the ass 20 years ago.
The goal of the Hotel is not to provide delisious meals to the local community it's to provide cheap-ish crappola to the elderly to get them in to spend on the pokies.
I hate some stuff that goes on but what can I do?

Really What?? Tell me and I will do it for sure.

Incidentally that Hotel is owned by Ballantyne Pty Ltd. Remember them? Ballantyne chocolate hampers on the old Sat footy show with Lou Richards.

Oh they still make chocolate and have a good image BUT they rip off our elderly and have a discustingly dirty kitchen.

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Reply By: crewser - Sunday, Jul 10, 2005 at 08:16

Sunday, Jul 10, 2005 at 08:16
I see a lot of people drive 10ks across town here then line up for 10 mins or more with car running just to save 4 cents p/litre at woolies. do your sums and its costing you more than what you save. but try telling them that. "but im saving 4 cents a litre", yer rite.
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Reply By: Rocky M QLD - Sunday, Jul 10, 2005 at 10:53

Sunday, Jul 10, 2005 at 10:53
Hi to all,diesel on the Goldcoast is $1.13 per litre and we still pay over $8 for 3 .5
middies [pots] or 1 litre of beer.The fuel will get you further but the beer will make you go more often,
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Reply By: Muddy 'doe (SA) - Sunday, Jul 10, 2005 at 17:46

Sunday, Jul 10, 2005 at 17:46
Then there are the nobs that go out of their way to save 4 cents a litre but can't be bother getting the vehicle properly services and maintained. All that unburnt fuel going straight out the tailpipe that could be fixed by keeping it properly tuned!
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Follow Up By: V8Diesel - Sunday, Jul 10, 2005 at 22:26

Sunday, Jul 10, 2005 at 22:26
Aint that the truth!
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Reply By: techie - Sunday, Jul 10, 2005 at 18:51

Sunday, Jul 10, 2005 at 18:51
with regards to monopoly.
I buy my petrol from a non woolies/coles servo.
The farmers found out the hard way.
Woolies sent the independent fruit traders broke thereby creating a monopoly.
Now they dictate their terms and the farmers, who once sent everything through woolies for a good income, now they tow the line.
Petrol will go the same way. Get rid of the independents and corporations can charge what they like - short term savings, long term loss.
Keep the independents a thorn in their sides.

Walmart did the same in the US. Good documentery that.
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Reply By: Trekkie - Sunday, Jul 10, 2005 at 20:36

Sunday, Jul 10, 2005 at 20:36
I agree with some of the comments - get it into perspective

You drive 25,000 kms per year
You average 13 litres per 100 kms
You use 3250 litres per year
If it cost 4 cents per litre more at one servo than another it cost you $130 pa more
Thats $2.50 per week

But on law of averages, if you had a win on some and a loss on others it might cost $50 a year

(For the smokers, how many packs of cigs or cans of beer?? - two hours overtime would cover the cost for the whole year)
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Reply By: Nudenut - Monday, Jul 11, 2005 at 08:00

Monday, Jul 11, 2005 at 08:00
when i need fuel i get it where ever it is and at waht ever the $$$$.....who cares about squibbling over 4 cents per litre...i save more money, my time is costly, not having to wait in a time wasting queue
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Reply By: cau53r - Monday, Jul 11, 2005 at 10:25

Monday, Jul 11, 2005 at 10:25
Best thing is to just buy the better (cleaner and more efficient) fuel in the first place - BP ultra low sulphur diesel and then if you want to help everyone and still get your discount go to IGA and buy your groceries there (there prices as a good from my comparisons and they are better to all for it) - its got to be a win win for all!!!!

Thats my $3.20 worth anyway
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Reply By: vitara - Monday, Jul 11, 2005 at 13:44

Monday, Jul 11, 2005 at 13:44
HI All I shop at woolies for conveniance just around the corner from home,yeah I get 4c a litre off whoopie, If I drove 10 mins away I would save more than 4c just on meat alone. People who think it's worth shopping at woolies to get 4c off your kidding yourself,woolies is about $4.00 a kilo dearer for there steak than my butcher 10 mins away not to mention there so called fruit. As I said I shop at woolies for conveniance not a the 4c fuel voucher. If you need fuel just pay for it.
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Reply By: Member - Landie - Monday, Jul 11, 2005 at 13:45

Monday, Jul 11, 2005 at 13:45
I think the biggest savings can be made long before you get to the petrol bowser.

Let's face it, you or I can't control the price of petrol, but you can influence how much you burn through the way you drive.

Probably stating the obvious, however driving a fourbie down the highway at 120 ks an hour versus 95-100 probably does more to your wallet than the petrol companies do.

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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Tuesday, Jul 12, 2005 at 00:40

Tuesday, Jul 12, 2005 at 00:40
Well I have another perspective on this issue.

I usually buy my fuel from the same service station every week and because of the marketing bullbleepfrom the Oil Companies, usually on a Thursday because that's when it's at it's cheapest.

So, I miss filling up one Thursday and find a couple of days later, it's now 12c/litre dearer. That is not on for me, so I elect to exercise my objection by only purchasing a small amount if necessary, to get me by until the price has dropped again.

Therefore, the retailer I usually go to, misses out on a substantial sale for that week. Bad luck for the Retailer. What the Oil Company is attempting to gain by the higher price, they have just lost on less turnover and I will make sure I go to a different brand retailer as part of my personal protest.

Petty? Maybe, but I have just demonstrated my adversity to the marketing crap of fluctuating fuel prices on particular days of the week. This is Coles and Woolies, whom I believe now own or control, 40% of retail outlets trying out their sales strategy on uncaring customers. Well it isn't working for me.

If I can save even $3.00 per tankful of fuel, without going out of my way in doing so, why wouldn't I. Why wouldn't you.

If I am travelling, I don't object to higher priced fuel in the remote country areas, but I have also noticed that at times, fuel in near country areas can be as cheap, or cheaper, than what it is in the "Big Smoke".

So I will do what I can to limit the exorbitant price fluctuations forced on us by the Multi-National Oil Companies, 'cause that makes me feel better.

I'm diagonally parked in a parallel Universe!

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Reply By: Rigor - Tuesday, Jul 12, 2005 at 08:31

Tuesday, Jul 12, 2005 at 08:31
Spot on Sandman . so called competition to keep prices low only works if customers shop around , and no I don't drive 10 Ks to save 2 cents I use common sense and fill up when I see the cheap fuel.

Remember , if you lay down you get screwed.

Cheers Dave L.
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