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Cost of Fuel in Phillip

johnny_the_knife 7 November 2008 12

There seem to have been some pretty wild fluctuations in the cost of fuel in Phillip this week.  For most of the week (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday), both the Shell and BP outlets on Melrose drive were selling fuel for about $1.22 per litre, there was a difference of about 2c PL between the two servos, but nothing significant.

Yesterday, the BP jumped to something like $1.40 (can’t recall the exact figure) while the Shell stayed about $1.22. 

This morning, the BP is down to $1.19, with the shell at about $1.23.  What’s going on?  Could this be some actual competition between two Canberra service stations?

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12 Responses to Cost of Fuel in Phillip
imarty imarty 3:14 pm 07 Nov 08

I was at the Shell in Phillip a couple of weeks ago filling with up pulp on a Wednesday arvo at the only pump available, all the others had the not in use sign up. A bloke pulls up, trys the out of order pump and lo and behold, it works! Questioned the bloke behind the counter he said “no, its out of order”. When I explained that the other bloke just used it he said “yeah sometimes they don’t work” Go figure…

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy 2:40 pm 07 Nov 08

Ha! The V8 can take regular 91 octane no problem, but doesn’t run as well or as economically (and doesn’t have quite the same kick at 6000rpm…).

mdme workalot mdme workalot 2:27 pm 07 Nov 08

Agreed VY – I got most excited yesterday when I only had to pay 134.9 for Vortex 98! Regardless of the fact it’s only a miniscule difference, it still felt better…

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 2:17 pm 07 Nov 08

Oh, can your car run on the cheap stuff? :p

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy 1:40 pm 07 Nov 08

Petrol’s only a small component of the true cost of running a car. If the price changes a bit, I don’t really care.

Still, it makes it easier to stomach putting Premium 98 octane in the V8 rather than the cheap-arse 95 octane stuff I’ve occasionally had to use.

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 12:55 pm 07 Nov 08

@ant, yesterday the “cheap” price was 115.9, I was quoting the normal ULP figure. Amazing that it was so cheap, comparatively.

ant ant 12:17 pm 07 Nov 08

You’ve got to watch the Shell in Manuka, the “cheap” price they have lit up is usually that poison petrol. That said, I’ve found them cheap enough with Coles dockets. Better than the Hungry Jacks Shell in Fyshwick whose price is usually exactly 4 cents more than other servos.

Sammy Sammy 11:40 am 07 Nov 08

Clearly a directive from Shell management then.

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 11:24 am 07 Nov 08

Couldn’t believe it yesterday when the Shell in Manuka had ULP for 119.9 and the BP in Kingston was at 136.9 for same. Shell Manuka is usually pretty reliable in being the most expensive servo in town.

tylersmayhem tylersmayhem 10:56 am 07 Nov 08

You sound surprised Johnny?!

Sammy Sammy 10:32 am 07 Nov 08

Oh, and to the idiot who parked right between two pumps thereby blocking access to one pump: GROW A BRAIN!

Sammy Sammy 10:32 am 07 Nov 08

I purchased at Shell yesterday for $1.18, and they were pretty busy.

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