£9 ($20)per gallon - UK strike affecting big time!

@ellie333 (21029)
June 17, 2008 5:19pm CST
The West Country of England has been affected big time by fuel shorages and the only garage with fuel decided to put its prices up! Is this fair? In my home town supplies have run out and also there are only for garage still with fuel int he nearest city. If you owned a shop would you cash in on this or would you continue selling at the usual price of £1.20 a litre. Please share your opinions. I need to get to work tomorrow with the diesel light on red. Ellie :D
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@avidwhit (1492)
• Mexico
19 Jun 08
Any gas relief in the air, ok maybe bad play on words at a bad time. pardon! lol Speaking of provisions for emergency this is an excellent idea I learned this from my grandma who had a store room full from floor to cielling it was like a small market, she was morman and a survivor of the depresion in the USA. I had always had the same thing for emegencies only on a smaller scale. Untill moving here to Mexico but things just dont keep as long here in the heat! But the one thing is the trees are always full of something to eat much more vegitation and this fish from the ocean are plentiful even though im not big on fish.
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@ellie333 (21029)
19 Jun 08
I should be able to get some today David thanks. Your grandma sounds like sje is a very sensible woman, it is always good to keep extra provisons if you can just in case. Ellie :D
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@avidwhit (1492)
• Mexico
19 Jun 08
Its late night here and day! Hope the gas is there and the price is way down! happy gassing travel safe and have a good day im off to bed after 1 post about stars.
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@ellie333 (21029)
19 Jun 08
Hi David, nite, I managed to get some this morning and back down to £1.32 per litre so not so bad eh! Ellie :D
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@Gollywog (1093)
18 Jun 08
The same here but they havent put the price up as they havent got any to sale yet! but I bet the price will go up no doubt? I dont think people should put the prices up I couldnt afford to pay it? Whats it all coming to?
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@ellie333 (21029)
18 Jun 08
Hi Gollywog, I really don't know but this guy was taking the P a bit as he was the only garage in area to have. Our supplies I have been told should be back to 9 out of 10 garages having some fuel by this time tomorrow. Ellie :D
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@Gollywog (1093)
18 Jun 08
I hope we get petrol tomorrow I have a Hospital appointment and I dont want to have to cancel as I will have to wait another 3 months! I will phone the garage in the morning to make sure I can get some? I hope it hasnt gone up in price?
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@avidwhit (1492)
• Mexico
19 Jun 08
Nice to hear there might be some relief for you people on the gas issue! Ellie, food for thought and satifaction, dont buy anymore gas from this guy who raised the price so high and tell your friends.
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@p1kef1sh (45642)
17 Jun 08
Firstly Ellie I am glad that you've posted this. We have no shortage here and I'll make sure that I top up before I come down. That of course is exactly what they don't want us to do. But I can't afford to be stuck with no petrol. I'd like to think that I wouldn't cash in on the shortage of fuel. I think that shows a mean spiritedness and is an act that might well rebound then the supply gets back to normal. I do think that we have to start doing some hard thinking about the supply of oil though. Apparently, whilst stocks are dwindling somewhat, there is oil there, but it is difficult to extract, to the point where it is uneconomical to do so. This means that the world price of oil increases with the knock on effect of higher prices. When this is compounded by the tanker drivers' strike, which is over I think, then the situation simply becomes much worse. I'd sooner ration supplies at the "usual" price I think. That way, everyone could at least get some fuel. But there will always be greedy customers too.
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@ellie333 (21029)
18 Jun 08
Hi P1kef1sh, I was going to email you this morning and get you to do that, no need now as you have read this, but now the strike is over it should start getting through to the fuel stations. This guy said his reason for charing £1.99 was because that way people would just put in what they needed rather than fill their tanks but to me I think he was taking the P as the ones that did have supplies were policing forecourts and allowing a max of £20 per person at usual price. My daughter managed to get some yesterday. Ellie :D
@p1kef1sh (45642)
18 Jun 08
Thanks for thinking of me Ellie. Personally I would give that guy's petrol station a miss. But of course people won't. I am reminded of South West Trains whose excuse for increasing fares well above inflation was that they wanted to price people of the railway because too many were catching their trains! I thought that was why they are in business. Crazy World. See you tomorrow.
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@ellie333 (21029)
18 Jun 08
Hi P1kef1sh, oh yes I will definitely be boycotting this garage in the future and I think many will. I will bring the paper with me tomorrow so you can see just how bad it is to get fuel here at the moment. See you tomorrow, safe journey. Ellie :D
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
20 Jun 08
This is gross! How can one garage decide on itself! Isn't their any regulatory body that has a control over this? I am surprised!
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@ellie333 (21029)
20 Jun 08
Hi Mimipi, There doesn't seem to be but supllies are getting back through now and most garages are charing the £1.32 rate and I for one will not go to this particular one ever again for trying to be greedy in peoples time of need. Ellie :D
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
20 Jun 08
good decision, ellie! I endorse it completely.
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• United States
18 Jun 08
It is a common practice that when you have a short supply and more than your share of people demanding it that the price will go up. Not fair but that is the way it is. The rarer it is the more it is worth. I don't live in the UK but the USA and I know the stations around here where I live are losing money by selling gas. Most of them are independently owned and several have just closed down cause they can't afford it anymore.
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@ellie333 (21029)
18 Jun 08
I feel sorry for the independently owned garages as they are really struggling here too, but this guy hiking the price right up in this way is a fool to himself because as supplies come back people will not go to him in the future. Ellie :D
@cupid74 (11395)
• Pakistan
18 Jun 08
Ahhhhh what a heart touching discussion. Fuel prices, food prices are going rocket high and basic necessities are getting too much expensive globally that u can imagine. Worst part of it is that no one is sure as how to stop them and curtail them Back to ur discussion. if i own shop and things start getting running out, then for sure i wont get advantage of it and start black marketing, rather i will sell the stock at current prices on which i get them. I never like to get undue advantage of situation Take care
@ellie333 (21029)
18 Jun 08
Hi Cupid that is refreshing to know that you wouldn't rip people off in this way. The strike is over so supllies should start filtering back through now and I for one will be boycotting this guys garage as he was really taking advantage of this crisis. Ellie :D
@cupid74 (11395)
• Pakistan
18 Jun 08
Hi dear well its something not healthy and the same thing happened to them as u decide , i mean boycotting them, and i am sure many other might have decided the same as well. so at then end he will end up loosing some loyal customer so i believe Honesty is best Policy and Greed is curse Take care
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@mummymo (23709)
17 Jun 08
I saw this on the news the other day(or was it earlier today) Ellie and was gobsmacked. We went to a supermarket in a nearby town on Sunday and the price of petrol went up 3p a litre whilst we were in there! I think it is diabolical that they are profiteering off of a situation like this, my other half has a 60 mile round trip to work every day ( he works awkward times and public transport is not an option) and it is getting quite awful! I just hope that we keep getting a supply here as we leave for our holiday on Saturday and we are driving to the Highlands! Hope you get to work okay - more importantly I hope you get back okay honey! xx
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@ellie333 (21029)
18 Jun 08
Hi Mummymo, you should be fine in Scotland and the strike is now over but our supllies came out of Plymouth and none were and this garage put it up to £1.99 a litre as he was the only one that had some, bit naughty eh! I should be fine for work and back as light comes on early and hopefully will be able to fill as usual Thursday. Have a wonderful holiday Mummymo. Ellie :D
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@mummymo (23709)
18 Jun 08
I just hope the tanker drivers get things sorted out soon - that would be one less worry huh? I am going to have a great week and will probably spy on you all without you realising it! Hugs xxx
@MsTickle (24991)
• Australia
24 Jun 08
This is dreadful news Ellie. I hope I wouldn't be so callous as to raise prices but people do strange things when they are frightened an this situation sounds dire. My friend had the fuel depot here in our little village. He always charged what he paid plus a little bit of profit to run the business. He is very ethical like that. Sadly, he ran into financial difficulty and we have had no fuell here since last November. He intends to put it back on but I can't see it becoming a reality.
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@ellie333 (21029)
24 Jun 08
Oh MsTickle that is also sad to hear as it is the smaller people who own garages with fuel that are the most affected the big supermarkets have the monopoly now as they can bulk buy for cheaper prices. Lets put out some of our positivity to attract the fuel back into your town eh! Ellie :D
@naty1941 (2336)
• United States
18 Jun 08
That is terrible $20 per gallon. The oil companies are making a huge profit and they don't care about the people.
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@ellie333 (21029)
18 Jun 08
Yes this is crazy but now the strike is over they are saying that 9 out of 10 stations should have some fuel by tomorrow, yippee. Ellie :D
@gemini_rose (16193)
18 Jun 08
And dont they always just have to get too greedy. They should not be allowed to do it because it is wrong, they know people need the fuel and so will pay those costs it makes me mad. It is bad enough the prices rising as it is without shop owners cashing in on it too.
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@ellie333 (21029)
18 Jun 08
I was just so annoyed by this and will boycott this particular garage in furture for doing this, crazy eh! They are saying that by this time tomorrow we should have 9 out of 10 stations with some fuel supplies. I am on vapours at the moment but did make it to work and back. Ellie :D
• United States
18 Jun 08
wow 20.00 dollars a liter. that is absolutly crazy. Guess people wont be going anywere but to work:(and mabey stopping by the grochery store only on workd days so no extra gas is used... How long before you guys will have more gas?. and wow deisle is the most expensive. what kinda of cars do you guys use there?. im sorry to hear your town is not going so well with this::( i imagine it will be horrible here in the u.s if we ever run out of gas:(
@ellie333 (21029)
18 Jun 08
Hi Mikeyswife, $20 per gallon not litre but still ridiculous in price. They are syaing that by this time tomorrow that 9 out of 10 stations should have some supllies back, I made it to work and back on vapours today I think. Crazy. Ellie :D
@update_1 (12)
18 Jun 08
I personally think the UK govt should do something about the oil prices. These changes in oil prices are affecting everything and for us younger people it is getting harder and harder to keep up with all of these extra costs. In your case ellie I think you are unlucky and i feel sorry for you and I hope you get to work on time tommorrow.
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@ellie333 (21029)
18 Jun 08
Hi update, I made it to work and back, just in a little while ago and by tomorrow we have been told that in the West Country 9 out of 10 stations should have fuel. This guy charging these ridiculous prices will have lost a lot of customers by the time the supplies are back on and the price at most pumps now is still expensive but more realistic £1.33 per litre. Ellie :D
• United States
18 Jun 08
omg that is horrid! i know when the prices here took a huge jump was when my hubbys work got the great idea of transferring him to a store that was an hour away even though within like ten miles there are like ten plus stores.. so gas is killing us!! but nothing like what you are dealing with though!! good luck!!
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@ellie333 (21029)
18 Jun 08
Hi moonlitmagicchild, Love the user name, that must be a tough one him have to travel so far. The strike is now over so supplies should be filtering back through and I for one will be boycotting this particular garage, greedy man. Ellie :D
@GreenMoo (11842)
18 Jun 08
I've heard stories about petrol station owners cashing in on the fuel shortage by increasing prices. They may get more short term profit, but in the long term I think they'll find that their customers have long memories and will choose to go elsewhere.
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@ellie333 (21029)
18 Jun 08
Hi GreenMoo, my thoughts exactly and I for one will be boycotting this one in the future so long term he will not gain by it at all eh especially as supllies are filtering back through now. Ellie :D
@jillhill (37386)
• United States
18 Jun 08
Yikes!!!! You might have to coast the last part of the drive! That's shameful that they are charging that much for gas. I don't even know what to say!
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@ellie333 (21029)
18 Jun 08
Hi Jill, yes I was gobsmacked by this one too, I think I will make it therre and back as light comes on early and hopefully now the strike is over supplies should start filtering back through. Ellie :D
@avidwhit (1492)
• Mexico
17 Jun 08
Supply and demand! If I was the only supplier I might take 2 things into consideration. Will I be able 2 get more? If yes then I might cash in. If no, Id be looking to trade with some food producers so they might remember me when the price of food goes up and I have no cash to buy food. We all need to eat even if theres no gas...But id probubly raise I a bit for sure. The price is up to almost $5 A gallon I heard which is double than what it was a year ago. WOW this is unfathonable we are in for a big world change if so! Hold on tight and enjoy the ride or the walk. The govornment needs to step in as they do when there is a national disaster. Isnt his like one and dont you all pay taxes? I wonder whats in store for the rest of the world? Please keep us posted!
@ellie333 (21029)
18 Jun 08
Hi David, yes ridiculous really. The strike is now over but because the maindepot that supplies the West Country was blocked from getting supplies out we got hit hard. This man was a bit naughty in rasing the price as much as he did because he was obviously a lot busier than usual being the only garage eh! Thanks for sharing your views on this. I have what I call a provisions cupboard where I keep dried egg powder and flour and pasta and dried potato, tinned products in case we are ever unable to get food.Ellie :D
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@littleowl (7157)
17 Jun 08
Hi Ellie-the price of fuel is absolutely ridiculous how people are meant to get to work is beyond me...where my son works there is no transport so he needs his car..how he manages to pay for the petrol I dont know but he does-yes sometimes he does ask me if I can help him so I normally give him something to get petrol-I know Gordon Brown is trying to stop people driving but he is the biggest hippocrite there is as he has two cars!!-hugs littleowl
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@ellie333 (21029)
18 Jun 08
Hi Littleowl yes the prices are ridiculous I agree and like your son I need to take car for work because of getting home at night. Ellie :D