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orangecrush35

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Message Posted: Sep 18, 2012 5:58:26 PM

i quit with the gas fill up at bj,s because it cost them too much to let us have a discount
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Mikeyl
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Message Posted: Jul 13, 2013 9:01:05 AM

What is the purpose for opening a business? If you were going to open your own store selling whatever, what is the purpose of going into business?

TO MAKE MONEY.

A business cannot survive if they lose money on too many products. Gas is one of them. They purchase gas from a supplier (probably one of one or two in your area), so they pay the same (or really close to it) as the next station down the street. They need to price the gas so the pumps get fixed, the roof maintained, the attendant gets paid, the lights come on and the pumps work. Make a small profit is probably a good idea to cover the cost of losing money on other items or investing in new stores, etc. That means that 5-6 cents per gallon they net are all they make on this sale. You fill up 12-14 gallons and they make less than $1 per car.

Don't complain. Think first, then do something about it. If you can run a gas station with lower margins, open one and buy your gas from yourself. Of course, you'd just take the gas and run that into your cost to your customers, right? There goes a new complainer on this site!

Boycotts do not and will never work as long as there are no other viable energy sources to choose from for our vehicles.
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catfish99
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Message Posted: Dec 15, 2012 6:40:28 AM

The BJ's in Miami apparently sells vodka.
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skidsteer85xt
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 11:44:56 PM

never heard of it.
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maxstar
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Message Posted: Oct 4, 2012 1:56:13 PM

Gasonly12: Really? Your plan to lower gas prices is to stop buying cigarettes, papers, pop, sandwiches, candy, coffee and lottery tickets? Seriously, what nonsense.
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maxstar
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Message Posted: Oct 4, 2012 1:34:34 PM

HeavyDuty_cache: BJ's is a warehouse store similar to SAMs Club or Costco. I think that there are located primarily on the East coast.
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1OILMAN
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Message Posted: Oct 4, 2012 1:00:33 PM

When did you drink the bong water?
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HeavyDuty_cache
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Message Posted: Oct 4, 2012 12:42:58 AM

Never heard of BJ's when it comes to dealing with gas.
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pricewar
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Message Posted: Sep 27, 2012 9:08:38 PM

a lot
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 10:35:57 AM

terfar77 :

Sorry, and maybe it's obvious to others, but can you explain what you mean by your post:

"not for me"

What is not for you?
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terfar77
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 6:34:02 AM

not for me
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pricewar
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 1:48:35 AM

I think the name speaks for itself my friend
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orangecrush35
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Message Posted: Sep 21, 2012 11:16:20 AM

thankyou gasbuddy for helping me see the light.
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Sep 20, 2012 6:52:37 PM

Here's what I think:

BJ's membership is approximately $50 a year, about $1 a week. If you think you'll save that much by shopping at BJ's versus shopping somewhere else, then you might want to have a membership in BJ's Warehouse Club (or in Costco, or in Sam's Club, whichever). If you don't think that you'll use BJ's enough to get a return on your $50 membership fee, then it's not worth it to join.

Side story:
I had membership at a Costco near enough to me that I only had to drive blocks out of my way to get there (i.e., not wasting any time or gas to get there). It didn't have a Costco gas station; the nearest Costco with a gas station was about 30 miles in the other direction. It wouldn't make sense to have joined Costco for the gas savings, even if Costco was lower priced gas, because I'd use two gallons worth of gas just getting there and back; any gas cost savings would be matched by buying gas closer to home even if the price was noticeably higher than at Costco. And, any in-store savings I could get at the Costco closer to me. So what was important about Costco membership was, would I save enough money buying other things to offset the $50 a year membership? If the answer was yes, then membership was worth it; if I wouldn't save enough buying at Costco (versus buying at other stores) to make up that $50 membership fee, then no, membership wasn't worth it.

Side story two.
The local BJ's (there are two I know of) charges $50 per year membership, about $1 a week.
The BJ's gas station, about three or four months ago, charged about 10 cents a gallon less than nearby gas stations. At that rate, if you bought 10 gallons of gas a week, you'd save about $1 per fill-up, about the what it costs for membership. If you bought more than 10 gallons of gas a week, you'd save even more, more than the cost of your membership. So if you didn't buy anything in the store, and only used your membership for buying gas, you'd break even at worse; come out with a savings at best. However; and it's a big however, when there was the recent price fluctuations about two months ago, the price of BJ's gas (because they buy their gas locally, not from their own refineries, etc.) came closer to the price of the lowest priced competition, frequently being the same as the lowest priced competition, and I noticed one day that they were a penny a gallon higher priced than a nearby station that just received fuel/changed prices at the pump. In that case, having BJ's membership, if only for buying gas, wouldn't be worth it; you'd be paying your membership fee to buy gas at the same price as at other gas stations (assuming that BJ's gas prices didn't lower than the competition); if you bought other merchandise at BJ's, then you'd have to decide if your savings were enough to offset the membership fee.

It may sound stupid or simply inane, but we occasionally stopped at the local Costco in the evening (three blocks off our normal commute home) to buy a hot dog and soda (with unlimited) refills for $1.50 The cheap but good meal was worth the stop and worth the membership, and as long as we were there we'd pick up their $4.95 roasted chicken (an excellent product and well below the price of roasted chicken at other stores) or one of their prepared meals; we felt that was more than worth the annual membership fee.

The bottom line is don't quit BJ's simply because their gas prices aren't lower than other gas stations. Quit BJ's (or Costco, or Sam's Club) if you don't feel that you're saving enough shopping there, for gas and anything else, or if they're not selling you anything you want that you can't get elsewhere for the same price or less.
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orangecrush35
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Message Posted: Sep 20, 2012 10:29:12 AM

i know it is hard to read my post but i am no longer a bj,s member.
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Sep 20, 2012 6:18:04 AM

I'm still have trouble deciphering the OP.
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Sep 19, 2012 5:41:56 PM

Not at all; not at all.

It's simply that you should know it doesn't cost to quit using BJ's Wholesale Club and it doesn't cost anything to boycott it, if that's what you're doing. But if you're boycotting BJ's then you need to at least tell us (and BJ's) what your objectives are for the boycott, or what it is that you want/need BJ's to do in order for you to end your boycott. If you don't tell BJ's what they need to do for you to end your boycott, they could be making changes every day, not knowing if it's this thing or that thing that you're asking them to do.

And, it's simply, as most Costco and Sam's Club members know, and I assume BJ's members know, not everything is sold for the lowest price anywhere; the warehouse clubs try to be competitive and are able to do so in part because of the membership fees that you pay; those membership fees, in theory, are applied to help lower, in your case, the price of gas. But, because the wholesale cost of fuel fluctuates so much, it's not unlikely that the price of gas at BJ's isn't always the lowest price; which is what I said in my post.

"barraging you"? Not at all; all I did was answer your question.

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orangecrush35
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Message Posted: Sep 19, 2012 4:48:31 PM

gasbuddy have you come to barrage me on my post
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Sep 19, 2012 3:05:10 PM

"how much does it cost to boycott bj,s gasstation"?

It doesn't cost anything to boycott "bj,s gasstation". All you do is stop shopping at the gas station. At worse, if you joined BJ's Wholesale Club only to use the gas station, and not to buy groceries or merchandise in the warehouse, then you've lost the pro-rated share of your annual membership fee for the period of time you're no longer using the gas station. Said another way, if you've paid $50 for annual membership and you've used BJ's gas station for six months, then you can say that you're out half a year's membership (or $25) for the amount of time remaining on your membership.

I'm not sure what you mean by "I quit with the gas fill up..." other than you're simply shopping for gas at other gas stations, gas stations that have lower gas prices than BJ's. That's simply comparison shopping, probably the same thing you considered when you joined BJ's Warehouse Club. That said, BJ's is not the guaranteed lowest priced gas; nor do they say they are; they're competitively priced gas, and are able to work with a lower mark-up per gallon than other gas stations because the mark-up is offset by your membership fees. But I assume you already considered and knew that.

Sorry, but it doesn't seem like you're talking anything at all about a boycott, and just that you're comparison shopping for gas, and not buying at a gas station that doesn't give you a discount.

However, it would be good if you didn't boycott gas price posting, which it seems you've been doing. Not trying to be cynical but in more than 7 years membership you've averaged little more than 2,000 points a year, many of those points coming from message posts. At best, forgetting that any points were for message posting, you've posted about one gas price post a month. It seems to me, but I'm probably naive, if you posted only one gas price a week, you;d provide four times the amount of information you're providing your fellow Miami Gas Buddy members and would have a greater impact than you have by telling them you're not buying gas at BJ's because you don't get a discount. But that's just my observation.
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Sep 19, 2012 6:19:39 AM

That makes no sense.
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