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Do you shop when you buy petrol?

By johnboy 5 October 2006 30

The ABC is fretting that a recent spate of petrol station closures could impact the shops surrounding Watson, Garran, Fisher and Kingston through a reduction of passing traffic.

While I think we can rest easy that Kingston’s trade is not servo-dependent how important are the others?

I know that personally I shop on foot and fill up with my car, meaning I almost never shop on a petrol run beyond what can be bought in the servo itself. Do others of you do it differently? Could the servos closing actually increase business in those centres?


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emd 4:25 pm 07 Oct 06

I shop when I don’t have kids with me (to avoid lolly aisle shenanigans). It is convenient to fill up the car on the way home from the supermarket. It is not convenient to fill up on the way home from work, when my car is full of screamy tired hungry children.

Thumper 10:52 am 06 Oct 06

It’s an evolutionary thing JB.

Males were the hunters so now, not having any mammoths to hunt, they go straight to what they want and get it, and clear off as quickly as possible.

Females, on the hand, were the gatherers, and thus they look around to ensure they get the best they can over a wide range of choices.

Okay, its a generalisation, but it is my theory, and the theory is mine.

johnboy 10:48 am 06 Oct 06

I think I’m detecting a male/female shopping methodology divide here, which is why I asked.

interesting (even if your fuel types are not).

Thumper 10:41 am 06 Oct 06

Man, what is the drama here?

I buy fuel when my car needs it. Period.

emd 10:39 am 06 Oct 06

I can see how a servo and shopping area go hand in hand. Even if you don’t buy stuff at the servo itself, you might choose to fill up on the way home from the supermarket. So that means that servo’s near the big supermarkets will get more business than in suburban centres with fewer shops.

VYBerlinaV8 8:26 am 06 Oct 06

Pretax fuel is a beautiful thing. I too enjoy its benefits. But not as much as I enjoy 5.7 litres of V8.

Vic Bitterman 9:35 pm 05 Oct 06

I don’t shop around. I just fill up my 5.7 litre V8 when she’s empty. This happens quite frequently. I earn a shitload of money, so the poor people who need to scrimp and save with a ‘shopper docket’ make me laugh.

I pay for my fuel, under my lease, at pre-tax prices, with GST removed and with a few cents per litre bulk fuel discount too.

People who pay full retail for fuel are suckers.

ant 8:44 pm 05 Oct 06

I’d like to grab stuff at the servo, but bloody hell they are expensive! So I don’t.

ghughes 5:12 pm 05 Oct 06

I shop at the local centre, but don’t buy petrol, so don’t care.
Anyone want my dockets?? apparently you all love them

Absent Diane 3:35 pm 05 Oct 06

its still there. go past it everyday. can’t say I have ever been in though.

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