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Oredigger94

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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 8:37:50 AM

In 1999, Dan and Cate Barraford of Barnstead noticed their publishing customers were getting clobbered by increasingly high oil bills. Dan Barraford had an idea: If he could amass 100 to 150 businesses and homeowners, maybe the fuel dealers would give them a discount.

It worked – and it’s still working.

Cate Barraford, owner and president of Our Town Energy Alliance since her husband died in 2011, said her members using propane save about $1 a gallon. Oil savings are harder to gauge, but Barraford said members paid as little as $3.18 a gallon for oil last year when retail prices were at $3.70 a gallon.
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BigKart
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 11:11:28 PM

Rack pricing is fair to all parties: the buyer gets best possible price while allowing the seller to remain in business. My son implemented this for a construction company and saved them hundreds of thousands of dollars per year in fuel costs while assuing the supplier of a profit level.
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qwerty17
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 7:29:37 PM

brilliant.
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iFueler
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 3:40:03 PM


     "buying" "clubs" co-ops and group purchasing can make a difference
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Lugi1967
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 3:22:16 PM

It somehow will be blocked
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Lugi1967
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 3:21:27 PM

Need more of them
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cjaffe
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 3:04:42 PM

Isn't this the idea behind Costco & Sam's Club?
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amoshins
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 2:58:27 PM

good deal
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RitaVespa
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 1:39:48 PM

Good deal
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vjs3
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 12:48:28 PM

Just like when neighborhoods would group together for lower prices.
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Fleabite44
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 12:38:48 PM

Great idea.
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TXRanger09
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 12:24:30 PM

Collective buying power. I love it!
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humblepie
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 11:57:48 AM

some things old are new again, imagine that ?
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badbonita
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 11:45:41 AM

What a concept! People and businesses working together and they all benefit.
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jayrad1957
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 11:37:07 AM

Nothing new with this.
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fuelconscious
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 11:21:24 AM

looks like gasoline prices are then those of Costco.
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 11:10:59 AM

I joined Our Town 2 yrs ago, cost $20 to join. I never purchased any oil, it was cheaper locally.
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kdparham
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 11:07:05 AM

Great Idea
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reidlej
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 10:41:42 AM

Big time savings! Go get em!
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RNCII
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 10:34:09 AM

Sounds interesting.
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mastermariner
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 10:33:40 AM

Good
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fuel2use
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 10:32:14 AM

Great idea.
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YumaFellow
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 10:28:27 AM

Interesting idea if you use that kind of fuel.
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drz614
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 10:20:27 AM

wish the ng company would install/expand lines here in my town instead
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lesabreAZ
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 10:13:32 AM

what was the cost to join?
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GasPriceHelp4u
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 10:09:54 AM

I like to join one!!!
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JoeKR
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 10:06:57 AM

Just another example of the power of numbers!
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ObieDog
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 9:56:44 AM

Great.
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 9:53:34 AM

Good for them.
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 9:40:00 AM

Wow, not bad.
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skempton
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 9:39:45 AM

It works if the dealer isn't overextended.
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Taxrefugee
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 9:34:41 AM

Ingenuity wins again!
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BobFang
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 9:25:34 AM

I like this idea.
I suppose trying to do this with automotive gas would be more complicated.

Maybe my Home Owners Assn could put in a neighborhood fuel farm.
Nah, based on the track records of most HOAs that probably isn't a good idea.
I am sure the zoning and EPA folks would get involved with that idea too.
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hokieburgh
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 9:23:41 AM

superb thought!!! Kudos!
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jdda
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 9:08:03 AM

Great idea.
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gypsymom3
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 9:07:13 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 8:49:18 AM

ok
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daequitz
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 8:42:31 AM

Excellent.
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