Originally Posted by BrAinZ
Maybe these places could sell other products to increase/offset margins? Snacks/drinks etc?
Sorry, I was just "thinking out loud". It's something I've heard a lot recently and it's just been sat there, brooding
You're right about the other products in so far as that's what helps keep fuel cheap elsewhere. The site where I often launch has just lost it's only petrol pump (in the village) because the guy can't keep up with the H&S requirements and red tape - he's gone diesel only. It can't be easy in marinas.
Mike at Puffin Divers puts it nicely on his website:
"Users should be aware that the rates for fuel are based on the highland costs of supply to remote or non mainstream franchised fuel suppliers. The result is that the fuel is provided as a service to our customers for the convenience of filling up on the water. The rate charged is consistent with most marina and local garages. Bargain hunters should purchase from Tesco's or similar (if available). It should be noted also that the margins on fuel supplied do not even cover the cost of the fuel operation and a sale of even several hundred pounds will only contribute a mere few pounds to the PDC fuel operation budget especially when transactions take into account the cost of payment method, staff attendance and availability at the point of issue and training in accordance with legislation for the Sale of Fuels, annual licenses and servicing costs etc., This is mentioned to help with awareness by customers who mistakenly believe that a fuel transaction of less than 50 litres is a reason to celebrate!