Just wondering…

Cidu Bill on May 22nd 2012

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A lot of businesses added “fuel surcharges” a few years back when gas was over $4.50. Now we’re seeing another series of fuel surcharges as gas approaches $4 again. But in between, did anybody actually roll back their fuel surcharges when gas dipped back down below $3?

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13 Responses to “Just wondering…”

  1. Elyrest May 22nd 2012 at 09:27 am 1

    Of course nobody rolled back their prices. The fuel surcharge was just an excuse to raise prices that companies could get away with. Once people adjust it’s just business as usual. At least they didn’t start selling “smaller” gallons/liters of gas for the same price and then raise the price while keeping the amount less as has happened to many products.

  2. Powers May 22nd 2012 at 09:30 am 2

    I want half-gallons of ice cream back!

  3. George P May 22nd 2012 at 09:34 am 3

    I don’t have any examples, but I’m sure some companies removed them. The point of making a “fuel surcharge” is to let it be a separate line item rather than a price increase, so it’s not as if they can keep adding them without them being noticed.

  4. Lothar May 22nd 2012 at 11:26 am 4

    High gas prices? At $4 a gallon? A gallon costs $8.60 here in Germany.

  5. John Small Berries May 22nd 2012 at 11:44 am 5

    Probably not.

    Just like when hurricanes or other natural disasters threaten pipelines and refineries, the oil and gas companies jack up their prices immediately, but once the danger’s past, take their own sweet time lowering them again.

  6. John Small Berries May 22nd 2012 at 11:44 am 6

    Probably not.

    Just like when hurricanes or other natural disasters threaten pipelines and refineries, the oil and gas companies jack up their prices immediately, but once the danger’s past, take their own sweet time lowering them again.

  7. Winter Wallaby May 22nd 2012 at 12:03 pm 7

    They added the fuel surcharges when everyone was talking about how much gas prices had gone up. They were probably waiting for everyone to talk about how much gas prices had gone down to remove the surcharges, but strangely, that never happened.

  8. Keith B May 22nd 2012 at 12:33 pm 8

    The lawn care company we used added a fuel surcharge for a while, but they were good and took it off once gas prices came back down.

    I imagine it depended largely on the company.

  9. Ian Osmond May 22nd 2012 at 12:51 pm 9

    What I don’t get is why he’s worrying about hipster cred. Riding a unicycle is a TOTALLY hipster thing to do.

  10. Dan W May 22nd 2012 at 03:07 pm 10

    Gas is approaching $4 again? Over the last month or so I’ve been happily watching our gas prices continue to fall. It’s under $3.50 again ’round these parts.

  11. The Ploughman May 22nd 2012 at 05:04 pm 11

    In case anybody was wondering if hipster culture was indeed mainstream and therefore on a slow inevitable march toward death, this should settle the debate.

  12. George P May 22nd 2012 at 05:27 pm 12

    We aren’t talking about raising prices and blaming fuel costs. Those increases probably don’t go away.

    Fuel surcharges show up as a separate item on invoices. The two most obvious examples I know, UPS and airlines, have added them and taken them off at various times.

    You can’t just wait and hope people don’t remember a fuel surcharge. It’s listed on the bill. If it isn’t, then it isn’t a fuel surcharge, it’s just a price increase.

  13. Stan May 23rd 2012 at 02:01 am 13

    This probably won’t make anyone feel better, but check this out…I’ve been living in the Middle East for the last 10 years, and gas prices have not gone up one penny during the entire time I’ve been here, come hell or global economic collapse.

    Just to raise a little more ire, it’s +/- 84 cents a gallon, or 21 cents a liter.

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