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Topic # 23687 7-Jul-2008 09:49
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Why is it that BP, Shell, and Caltex insist on still displaying fuel prices formatted as 212.9? This might have made sense when fuel costs were still under $1.00 (how many years ago was that?), but not any longer. It's not like it makes it look any cheaper or anything!

Yay to Mobil and Gull who display it as 2.129 (or actually 2.089 at Gull Wanganui when I drove through on Friday).

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Reply # 143597 7-Jul-2008 09:51
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Or even still why three digits? I thought the New Zealand currency was divided in cents?

Just another way to get around "we are not charging 1.89, we charge 1.889" and make as much money as possible?

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  Reply # 143603 7-Jul-2008 09:56
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Yes you're right about that too. It's not as if $0.001 on a tankful is really going to be very noticible to the poor old motorist....


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  Reply # 143979 7-Jul-2008 19:08
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I guess it uses the same system as we do when buying with cash and get the 2c rounded off.

It is silly that they need to calculate to this fine detail but at the station they don't fit the fumes selves to the pumps to cut down in the loss of gas to evaporation when filling.  I guess that's because the consumer is billed for the gas before it leaves the pump it, so it's not their loss.

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