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  # 132803 23-May-2008 14:39
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I hate to say this here, but you still have to consider yourselves lucky in what you pay for petrol. Having lived in the UK up until three years ago, I know when petrol is expensive. The current cost per litre in the UK is equivalent to $3.00, and diesel is roughly $3.25, and the government gets 80% (yes 80%) of all that in tax!

I'm no more in favour of paying more than the next person, but the only way I cut the amount of petrol I use is to move house or change job. The other alternative is to use public transport, but that would double my travelling time, assuming it was reliable.

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  # 132816 23-May-2008 15:33
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gehenna:
TinyTim: $2.50/L


Holy Flip!


http://www.stuff.co.nz/4557148a11.html

"The upside was that the Budget had little in it to help ease interest rates, which would have dropped the exchange rate and seen the cost of petrol shoot through $2.50 a litre much sooner, he said."

Much sooner!

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  # 132827 23-May-2008 16:17
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photoman: I hate to say this here, but you still have to consider yourselves lucky in what you pay for petrol.

Yes, petrol is relatively cheap in NZ.  Have a look at this international comparison:  http://www.med.govt.nz/upload/35799/Graph%20-%20International%20-%202007-12.pdf
It shows that petrol costs more-or-less the same in most countries, before taxes are added.  It is the taxes that create most of the difference in retail petrol prices from country to country.  NZ has relatively low taxes on petrol, so the retail price is much lower than in many other countries.

Unfortunately, having relatively low petrol taxes makes our retail prices more sensitive to changes in wholesale crude oil prices.

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  # 132831 23-May-2008 16:22
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TinyTim:
gehenna:
TinyTim: $2.50/L


Holy Flip!


http://www.stuff.co.nz/4557148a11.html

"The upside was that the Budget had little in it to help ease interest rates, which would have dropped the exchange rate and seen the cost of petrol shoot through $2.50 a litre much sooner, he said."

Much sooner!

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I wonder if the people crying to the media about the $$ being too high have grasped this fact..




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  # 132848 23-May-2008 18:00
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People say we have cheap gas, but take into acount the dollar value.

Eg, as mentioned, over in the UK, fuel is $3.00 a litre. Or a pound a litre.

Yea, thats expensive when you take your New Zealand wage into consideration, but what if you're on a Brittish wage? The rest of the stuff is dirt cheap over there in comparison to NZ prices, and the average wage is higher isn't it? This is the comments that I've had from people who have come back from there.

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  # 132865 23-May-2008 19:32
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hey guys,

i just posted an interesting email that i got in here http://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?ForumId=48&TopicId=22319
its very clever and if everyone follows this, it will work, i am pretty sure this is the only way to fight this petrol price rise.

Also if you can copy and email it to your friends would be great.

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  # 132887 23-May-2008 21:02
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Yes, a bit a a whinge when petrol hits $2/ltr may be justified in some corners, but when you drive about and see no shortage of big sixes and V8s, not to mention 4wds and large people movers, it can't be hurting that much...
OK, I drive a 2ltr Opel up and down NW motorway every day, and a few short runs, can still get 35 UK mpg  or 8l/100km, the price is irritating but it's still cheaper per week than a 10 trip bus card - if you have a car it has to be regd, WOF'd and insured, whether you drive it or not.
If everyone is genuine about complaining when petrol is real $$$ for a fill, have a think about what you drive and how it is driven - manual gearboxes are all good, along wiith a bit of proper maintenance and a bit of intelligence behind the wheel. Not rocket science, just don't go buying a used import slushmatic overweight gaspig...
And if you like big cars, cool, just deal with it. Done. Rant finished.

 
 
 
 


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# 132889 23-May-2008 21:05
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johndou: hey guys,

i just posted an interesting email that i got in here http://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?ForumId=48&TopicId=22319
its very clever and if everyone follows this, it will work, i am pretty sure this is the only way to fight this petrol price rise.

Also if you can copy and email it to your friends would be great.


Actually I don't think it is clever at all, and it won't work.

The world is already full of chain emails and letters.




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  # 132921 23-May-2008 23:06
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Best way to beat price rises is to drive smarter like taking weight out of your car that isn't necessary (like a boot full of junk like my car has, whoops), don't have the windows down, turn off air-con, remove roofracks if they aren't factory fitted, check tire pressure ... all stuff that is logical and I could go on and on.

Not buying from a major company for a day won't do anything. Its assuming their margins are so tight that it would sting them. They wouldn't even notice. It might affect the cash flow of a small independant but not the oil company itself

Slighty off topic - but I know from working at Mobil that the profits from petrol were quite low and that ciggies & V (ie, the drink) were where most stations made most of their money

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  # 132925 23-May-2008 23:15
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freitasm:
johndou: hey guys,

i just posted an interesting email that i got in here http://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?ForumId=48&TopicId=22319
its very clever and if everyone follows this, it will work, i am pretty sure this is the only way to fight this petrol price rise.

Also if you can copy and email it to your friends would be great.


Actually I don't think it is clever at all, and it won't work.

The world is already full of chain emails and letters.


Mauricio, did you read the topic at all? and why you keep calling it chain letter!! 

if you can please explain why its not clever and please tell me why do you think it wont work? i mean anyone disagree with it should have their view and point on that.  so far evry one saying its spam, chain letter, or it wont work, without any given reason!!

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  # 133413 26-May-2008 21:01

Its spam because i get about 10 copys of it a day, which i ignore because i enjoy driving my car and dont mind paying for that enjoyment.
Is that a good enough reason or do i need to mention to part which says "all you have to do is send this to your friends. " ?
Sounds like a typical spammy chain letter to me.


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  # 134373 30-May-2008 10:37
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Petrol prices dropped US $4 a barrel overnight how long before BP drop the price hmmmm dreams are free

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/3/story.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10513412

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  # 134390 30-May-2008 11:11
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Is a $4 drop a "plunge"? If I saw a headline that said "oil prices plunge" I'd be expecting at least a 10 per cent drop!

Pac n save in the lower NI has 15c coupons this weekend. Has anyone seen if any other petrol companies are dropping prices?




 

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