People seem to have the misconception that all fuel companies charge the same price or when one raises their prices that all the others follow immediately. This is absolute rubbish! Over the recent Easter and Anzac weekends BP have had fuel prices up to 9c more than other fuel companies for up to a week.
If you're somebody who buys petrol then look around - not every site from every fuel company charges the same price. The only thing that can virtually be guaranteed is that BP *will* have the most expensive fuel.
Now you can do your bit! Visit this site and do your bit!
And for those people who have followed by blog and anti BP rants in the past this is not my site - there are other people out there who dislike BP even more than me!!
Edit: Today the NZ Herald have run both a story on pg2 and also a letter to the editor from AA. The AA are trying to distance themselves from the growing discontent with BP's pricing strategy. The reality is however that the AA can't distance themselves from BP - they are a partner with them. If the AA were serious about distancing themselves from BP they would have issued a press release last week encouraging their members not to shop at BP because they were in effect paying between 3c and 9c more for their fuel compared to every other chain. Had the AA done this I would have put money on it that BP would have buckled under the pressure and backed down on their price increase. By not doing this AA in effect were supporting BP's pricing strategy.
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Comment by mobygeek, on 1-May-2008 10:12
Well that's good to know, for a moment I was a bit worried that they might come down on you like a ton of bricks!
Comment by bok007, on 1-May-2008 13:28
Comment by TheBartender, on 1-May-2008 19:48
Every year the oil companies report more pressures on them to increase prices...Iraq, shortages, Iran etc etc....
And every year, the oil companies profits reach new record highs
They just dont care, its all about profits, and they know that people have no choice but to continue using their product no matter how much they increase the prices...its all easy money for them.
Someone has got to have some balls, and release to the public, for the greater good, one of the many engines that have been invented that do not require fossil fuels.
An engine with no moving parts and runs on water...its been done already!
Comment by paradoxsm, on 1-May-2008 20:48
I'm about to sell my car, I might convert my mr2 with the blown engine into an electic! where did you get that cool "joost" theme from? BP - Bitch Piss. crucial difference, "the ex" was less nasty.
Comment by zocster, on 2-May-2008 09:57
reply from the AA!
Thank you for taking the time in emailing me your concerns in regard to the relationship between BP, AA Rewards and the Automobile Association.
I can assure you that while BP participates in AA Rewards, in no way does that influence the Automobile Association’s independent commentaries on fuel prices and the behaviour of oil companies.
The AA has a proud history of acting as an advocate for New Zealand motorists. Indeed, we spent most of last week calling for the government to review GST and other fuel taxes, and asking for answers from all the oil companies on their latest price rises. We called for greater transparency about their price setting, and asked Members to support those companies who had not increased their prices . The AA will continue to hold both oil companies and the government to account on behalf of motorists.
AA Rewards selected BP as its Partner because of BP’s position as New Zealand’s largest fuel retailer, which allows a high percentage of our AA Members to participate in the Rewards programme. To date that programme has delivered well over $50 million back to AA Members, via discounts on AA Membership subscriptions and savings on fuel and other purchases.
The AA will always act in the best interests of our 1.25 million members, and no one else.
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