Though that's how gas prices do work. Wholesale prices go up and you
raise prices on the stuff you already have in your tanks and make extra
profit, wholesale prices fall and you reduce prices on the stuff you
already have on your tank and make less profit. A friendly person at the
refinery can give you advance notice of major price changes so you can
play this to your advantage, with limited success.
Most of that is just the hype that comes up around name brands.
Yamalube is more like $8 a quart and you can get SN grade oil at the
Rural King for $1.29.
They make it sound like oil related failures even bump the needle on
why someone gets rid of a car or an outboard.
If you change it now and then and don't run out, Any API oil is as
good as the next for all practical purposes.
On 1/8/2016 1:44 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
And remember, those are 20lb cylinders, but a few years back the
exchange companies started filling them to only 15 pounds.
Some Costco locations now fill propane tanks.
I can take a 20lb tank to the company who fills my bulk tank and they
will fill it with the ACTUAL AMOUNT of 20lb. But the price is th same as
getting an exchange tank. While I'd prefer getting the whole 20lb, I
have to spend an extra gallon of gasoline to go to their company, then I
often have to wait as much as an hour for them to fill the tank, because
the guys are making a delivery and the only people there are the women
who work at the desks. One time they even told me to leave my tank and
come back the next day. I refused and just went to get an exchange tank
at a local convenience store. To me, it's not worth the hassle of
getting them refilled at that place.
I wish there was a way I could fill them myself from my bulk tank, but
it would probably require costly equipment, and might be dangerous, so
I'll just do the exchanges and be done with it. I only use 4 or 5 of the
20lb tanks per year, so it's not a huge expense.
On Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at 4:29:32 PM UTC-5, sms wrote:
You're buying gasoline in bulk out of the underground tanks, while the oil has to be packaged in quart containers, which takes extra labor and materials, adding costs and hence price.
Long ago, I worked as a cost accountant for a company that made paint, among other things. I was very surprised when I learned that the cost of the can was more than the cost of producing the paint inside of it.
They used to sell oil in five-quart containers, which was enough for most oil changes, and it was cheaper per quart than buying five quart cans.
Went to the place that sold it and they asked me if I had a can and I said
no. The can was either the same as a gallon of fluid or about 50 cents more
as the whole thing was less than $ 5 at the time.
Take a look at the 5 gallon gas containers now. While they can be reused
many times, they are more than the gas that goes in them now.
True, but the cost of those quart bottles of motor oil has increased
significantly, with the justification being the higher cost of the raw
material. Not that long ago, a quart of oil was about $1.00 to $1.25
when bought in a case of 12, on sale. Now it's about $2.25.
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