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what makes the difference in the petrol price between different gas station?

I recently found a gas station which offers very low petrol price compared to all the gas stations near my home (about 15 rappens/L cheaper). All the other gas stations I have seen have only a small price difference of less than 5 rappens/L. I am wondering from where this low price comes? Is it just because of the different maintainance costs of the gas station, or the quality of the gas is low? Does anyone have an idea?
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Old 11.02.2015, 11:21
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Re: what makes the difference in the petrol price between different gas station?

Not sure… but amused with how you use both the words petrol & gas it's unusual for someone to use both the UK & US words.
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Re: what makes the difference in the petrol price between different gas station?

Different sized companies, different opening times (less manned opening hours), different business model/profit expectations, different rent (the cheaper one could have owned the land for decades)... there's dozens of reasons TBH.
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Re: what makes the difference in the petrol price between different gas station?

Different greed level can be a reason too.
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Re: what makes the difference in the petrol price between different gas station?

Years ago I asked at my Migrol station why the prices varied. She told me that every Monday morning all Migro stations get a telefax stating the prices they must charge. These are usually not the same, and certain chosen areas are given lower prices to try and gain new regular customers.

Another aspect is the big multinationals have budgets of head offices, and marketing etc to pay for.

Smaller stations negotiate with the suppliers, the few refineries in Switzerland, and buy the fuel directly. Near the refineries are a few stations selling very cheaply, and then a few kilometers away the price is 15 cents higher. The refineries I know of are at Cressier (NE) and Conthey (VS)

http://www.tanktipp.ch/index.php?mod=prix
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Re: what makes the difference in the petrol price between different gas station?

I understood distance from a refinery was an important factor.
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Re: what makes the difference in the petrol price between different gas station?

Thx all for your useful inputs. As long as the quality is the same, then I am happy.

PS. I am from neither US nor UK so pls forgive my funny English.
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Re: what makes the difference in the petrol price between different gas station?

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Smaller stations negotiate with the suppliers, the few refineries in Switzerland, and buy the fuel directly. Near the refineries are a few stations selling very cheaply, and then a few kilometers away the price is 15 cents higher. The refineries I know of are at Cressier (NE) and Conthey (VS)

http://www.tanktipp.ch/index.php?mod=prix


That's very interesting because actually the petrol is more expensive in Cressier (NE) than it is a few kilometres away.
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Re: what makes the difference in the petrol price between different gas station?

I've heard that Avia charge more, because they accept payment in Reka cheques.
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