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Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Things I still don't get about Australia - No. 27

Having just touched on petrol stations, I don't get why petrol prices here go up and down over the course of a week regardless of what oil prices are like. It's expensive to buy at the weekend and cheaper in the middle of the week. Hmmm. Maybe what I'm actually asking is why it happens here but not in the UK.

4 comments:

JuliaM said...

Well, our petrol prices do go up & down over the course of a week, but I haven't noticed any correlation with the weekday/weekend.

Pergaps they know most leisure activity is done at the weekend, so that's when they can get away with a price hike?

John R said...

What JuliaM said - plus they've figured out that Aussies can't plan ahead?

selsey.steve said...

It's because your petrol station owners are ripping you off. Here in the UK that's the Government's job; they add a fuel duty (tax) and then calculate the VAT once the fuel tax has been added on!
We are taxed on a tax.

Angry Exile said...

Steve, that's what I thought when I first came here but I'm not so sure. The effect was that the petrol stations tended to be quiet at the weekend when fuel was dearer and fucking rammed every Tuesday evening when everyone expected the price to be lower, though "Cheap Day" seems to have gradually shifted to Thursday over the last year or so. Of course the answer to my question might well be that it's not an Australian thing at all, just a Victorian thing. Sometimes I forget about the state/nation system I now live in even though it's one of the things I like most (or it would be if fucking Canberra wasn't constantly grabbing more power and making all the states do the same things).

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