The video below is of a phone conversation between a heating oil customer and a national supplier. The supplier is quoting 97 pence per litre for an order of under 1000L, or 85p/L for 1000L or more. This stuff really is becoming liquid gold! It surely can only bring more people into fuel poverty and force households to cut back on essentials just to stay warm. Question is, where is it going to end?
Comments from our Facebook group support the view that this is a preposterous quotation, as 60 - 65 pence per litre is the much more likely figure. The chronic problem of small deliveries (eg, 500L) remains, even though the price of these deliveries would be over £300. One hopes that the higher unit price of heating oil would make the fixed cost of delivery less important to the overall price, but that doesn't seem to be happening. If you do require smaller, more frequent deliveries, then your best option is to find (or set up) an oil buying group so that the cost of delivery becomes insignificant.
Howard Hunt... with respect you are talking a load of tosh there is no cartel as such but a handful of very large firms have a significant market share because even though they are an unmitigated shower thet get patronised in quiet times because they choose to carve up the market to get trade. As soon as the pressure comes on the wheels fall off and they raise prices to ridiculous levels that is the price you pay for cheap oil at other times... that is customer choice at work. We prefer to deal with regular customers who always get our best price and priority service in busy times which is their choice. Those who shop around are invariably the ones who bleat loudest when they cannot get a supply promptly but that is due to the choices they have made in dealing with incompetent suppliers. It might interest you to know that I am proud that my company does make a profit that is what business is about but we do it by treating our customers fairly and working hard please also bear in mind that most people are cold because they dont order until they run out of oil which is not the suppliers fault although most suppliers will do their utmost to respond promptly because that is how we earn a living, we most certainly gain nothing from upsetting or turning customers away.