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BP Express Carmel IN Informative - Excessive profits on soft drinks

Review by Jaala on 2007-01-24
CARMEL, INDIANA -- I've been a regular at the local BP service station, stopping by every work day to get a soda and something for breakfast. Not the mention becoming a card holder and buying all my gas at the station. But this last round of increases on their soft drinks From $. 89 to $1.21 drove me away from the store. I can buy the same drink across the street for $.64. What's wrong with this company...soft drinks are one of the highest profit margin food producds around. Was it worth losing a loyal customer?
Comments:5 Replies - Latest reply on 2007-01-24
Posted by tnchuck100 on 2007-01-24:
It's called free enterprise. If sales drop significantly he may reduce the prices. You can go across the street if you wish.
Posted by FloridaLizardQueen on 2007-01-24:
So go to the place across the street if you are trying to save a few pennies . . . not that big a deal. I'm sure the guy behind the counter doesn't fret over not having you as a customer anymore. Sorry to say it that way, but that's the way big companies are these days.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-01-24:
They are not American owned and I don't think it would make any difference if they were. BP stands for British Petroleum and that is why the gas is higher anyway.

I learned from one of our site members that it was cheaper to get your soda out of the machine in front because it doesn’t charge you tax’s. I can’t remember who the guy was, something that started with a P…. O, well. Like tnchuck says go across the street.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-01-24:
Take your business elsewhere!
Posted by adzidek on 2007-01-24:
Good chance the place across the street is a bigger retailer, and has much more stock. This is relevant becasue if they bought a huge supply at a low cost price, that low price will be passed on to you until they have to buy more stock at the higher rate. The BP probably has a smaller supply, so their sticker price goes up sooner. Pop prices are going up all over the place. You'll be interested to know that the vendor actually has a very small profit margin - all the profit is eaten up by the manufacturer.

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