|Re: An observation from today's roamings
Group: rec.autos.driving · Group Profile
Author: Steve Sobol Date: Mar 7, 2008 04:22
["Followup-To:" header set to misc.transport.road.]
On 2008-03-07, Bill wrote:
> Most independent gas station/convenience stores make little to nothing on
> the gas. Gasoline is a loss leader to get you into the store and buy the
> overpriced stuff inside. Needless to say, Pay At The Pump was not an
> innovation that cared for.
No. Even the oil companies didn't like it, as they want to upsell you stuff
from the C-store too. I speak from experience, having had the "PLUS SALES"
mantra drilled into me by BP when I worked for them as a retail cashier.
Another factor to remember with the dealers is that the oil companies are
not only suppliers but also competitors, and will attempt to screw the dealers
seven ways from Sunday. I've never seen such an incestuous relationship
anywhere else besides telecomm/Internet (that industry is the same way,
where you have to make major purchases from your competitors).