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Unread 08-31-2005, 06:51 PM   #1
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Unhappy Rising gas prices and cost of business

I haven't seen anything on gas prices in the Pro forum. I read the thread in the Mud Box, but what do y'all do or are you going to do about this $3.00 and rising? Do we start adding a gas surcharge? I've given free estimates until now, but am thinking of asking for 5 or 10 dollars for gas depending on mileage. If I charge for gas am I cutting myself out of business. This really, really gets me . I'm in the midwest so it hasn't hit me like a lot of you guys on the coasts, and I really feel for you. I'll save the political rant for the Mud Box, but if I see an oil executive. . .

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Unread 08-31-2005, 10:12 PM   #2
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Raising your base rate I think is the way to go. Overdue for a rate increase anyway and this should provide you with an unquestionable reason.
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Unread 09-01-2005, 03:42 AM   #3
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I Pass the cost on. I have to. My distributor has a fuel surcharge in effect for quite sometime now. It was around $22 this spring early summer to $35 in Aug. and recieved a notice last week that they will implement a 16% fuel surcharge on the delivery fees effective 9/6/05. I spent $75.00 for 28 gal. of gas on last Monday. It's the cost of doing buisness and has to be passed on or you won't be in business long.

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Unread 09-01-2005, 04:35 AM   #4
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Got that right!
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Unread 09-01-2005, 10:34 PM   #5
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petrol is heading to $2.00 a litre here and diesel over $1.00
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petrol is heading to $2.00 a litre here and diesel over $1.00 diesel has doubled in price in 10 months

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Unread 09-01-2005, 10:51 PM   #7
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But Jim. Those are kiwi-dollars, aren't they? Can't you also just barter with sea shells and tanning oil where you are at? Maybe you can get a tank filled for a loaf of Lembas bread?
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Unread 09-02-2005, 05:26 AM   #8
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Now, it seems the Road Warrior movies with mad max weren't so far-fetched.

Gas prices aren't the only problem, I hear that there are 5 states completely out of gas.
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Unread 09-02-2005, 07:12 PM   #9
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I just had this conversation with the owner of the showroom I do alot of my work for, this morning. Anything over 15 miles I get .25 a mile. That still doesn't cover wear and tear, and so forth, but it will just about cover gas. If they think it's too expensive, so be it. I'm not going to lose money just so I can say I'm working.
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