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Daily Rant 2020
« on: January 07, 2020, 08:12:53 PM »
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A news update during the cricket.
Energy Australia, warning consumers that prices will rise significantly due to the damage to infrastucture.
Wish I could run me business in their business model.
Just like insurance companies, we've taken a hit, so you pay more.
Here an idea, let your shareholders carry the can for awhile.

I'm just waiting for our insurances to go through roof.
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Re: Daily Rant 2020
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2020, 08:26:07 PM »
In my experience with these large mobs Jon, it's the customer that always pays.....

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Re: Daily Rant 2020
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2020, 08:32:32 PM »
I hadn’t heard that, but they are my electricity supplier so I will be keeping an eye on the next few bills.
Might be time to do the ring around a find a better deal again. ;)
Thanks for the heads up.. :cheers:

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Re: Daily Rant 2020
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2020, 08:34:20 PM »
I hadn’t heard that, but they are my electricity supplier so I will be keeping an eye on the next few bills.
Might be time to do the ring around a find a better deal again. ;)
Thanks for the heads up.. :cheers:

I suspect they'll all be jumping on the same band-wagon, Pete.
Can't hurt to check around though....

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Re: Daily Rant 2020
« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2020, 08:55:39 PM »
You only just beat me Hairs.

I stayed home to wait for a plumber from a well known Brisbane company (who I thought we had used 6 years ago but I was wrong) to fix a small leak in the water mains. The leak was due to a small split in the polyline that had been clipped too tight to the brick wall.  A very simple job that I could probably do myself in under an hour if I had the time (and it wasn’t illegal).

Said company had pre-warned me there would be a $50 call out and that the plumber would give me a written quote before doing the job. What they didn’t tell me was what a rip-off they were. They don’t charge by the hour but have a ‘fixed price’ based on the job - the plumber even had his “pricing book” with him.

Needless to say when I was quoted $450 (including the $50 call out fee) I said “yeah, nah”. Even he apologised but said that was they way they priced up work. Still insisted I paid the $50 which I did but have since convinced the company to refund it.

Rang up another plumber recommended by my neighbour. $99 per hour, no call out fee, reckons it will take him less than an hour and is coming first thing in the morning.

It does make me wonder how many people have been suckered by this other mob.

And don’t even get me started on the price some (again bigger but not big) companies are charging for fixing up previously flooded yards in Townsville. Again, my real estate got a quote for $5,000. I’ve since had quotes of $2,000 and $1,000. Sure the big company was going to more work but that work was also completely unnecessary. This work isn’t covered by insurance but I’m starting to see why insurance premiums are so high.

On a more positive note, had another young bloke come to look at cutting down a big old bottle tree. $550 compared to $1800 I was quoted in November by another mob (which I thought was a bit on the high side at the time but hadn’t got around to getting another price). He’s fully insured and got the job straight away. Tree will be gone next week.




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Re: Daily Rant 2020
« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2020, 09:18:55 PM »
Geeze RR, for $450 I'll fly up and back AND do the job   :D :D :cheers:
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Re: Daily Rant 2020
« Reply #6 on: January 07, 2020, 09:32:40 PM »
Geeze RR, for $450 I'll fly up and back AND do the job   :D :D :cheers:
And i’m sure it would be money well spent .

I’m a big believer in that old saying, “a good days pay for a good days work”. But what I tend to find these days is that the bigger the company the bigger the tendency to “pull the wool over someone’s eyes”. Most small jobs I get done, I don’t even bother about getting a quote for. I just tell them what needs to be done, check their hourly rate is reasonable and let them get on with it. If I think they are taking the piss, I just thank them for their time and send them on their way but thankfully that is pretty rare in my experience.


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Re: Daily Rant 2020
« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2020, 06:01:04 AM »
I hadn’t heard that, but they are my electricity supplier so I will be keeping an eye on the next few bills.
Might be time to do the ring around a find a better deal again. ;)
Thanks for the heads up.. :cheers:
They are our supplier as well.
I had received an email a week ago stating that the feedin was going to be 2 cents less per kw & what we pay for power ws rising 2 cents a kw.
I'm thinking this is on top of that price rise.
I wait and see what the next invoice brings.
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Re: Daily Rant 2020
« Reply #8 on: January 08, 2020, 07:35:37 AM »
Sorry to be the first Cab off the rank  8)

A news update during the cricket.
Energy Australia, warning consumers that prices will rise significantly due to the damage to infrastucture.
Wish I could run me business in their business model.
Just like insurance companies, we've taken a hit, so you pay more.
Here an idea, let your shareholders carry the can for awhile.

I'm just waiting for our insurances to go through roof.
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I thought they were already in low earth orbit. Heading for deep space next.

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Re: Daily Rant 2020
« Reply #9 on: January 08, 2020, 08:47:37 AM »
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Wish I could run me business in their business model.
They will all pull this one, water, gas, sparks, councils, Alice Springs local dog walker, Darwin car wash, even those who arent affected...
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Re: Daily Rant 2020
« Reply #10 on: January 08, 2020, 09:00:24 AM »
Can you PM me the plumbing company RR, so I know who to steer clear of?
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Re: Daily Rant 2020
« Reply #11 on: January 08, 2020, 09:04:20 AM »
Got quoted $350 to get a camera into and storm water pipe and fed into it for maybe 3 mts. Nothing else done, no fix. That was just the use of the camera, not the call out fee.

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Re: Daily Rant 2020
« Reply #12 on: January 08, 2020, 09:06:46 AM »
You only just beat me Hairs.

I stayed home to wait for a plumber from a well known Brisbane company (who I thought we had used 6 years ago but I was wrong) to fix a small leak in the water mains. The leak was due to a small split in the polyline that had been clipped too tight to the brick wall.  A very simple job that I could probably do myself in under an hour if I had the time (and it wasn’t illegal).

Said company had pre-warned me there would be a $50 call out and that the plumber would give me a written quote before doing the job. What they didn’t tell me was what a rip-off they were. They don’t charge by the hour but have a ‘fixed price’ based on the job - the plumber even had his “pricing book” with him.

Needless to say when I was quoted $450 (including the $50 call out fee) I said “yeah, nah”. Even he apologised but said that was they way they priced up work. Still insisted I paid the $50 which I did but have since convinced the company to refund it.

Rang up another plumber recommended by my neighbour. $99 per hour, no call out fee, reckons it will take him less than an hour and is coming first thing in the morning.

It does make me wonder how many people have been suckered by this other mob.

And don’t even get me started on the price some (again bigger but not big) companies are charging for fixing up previously flooded yards in Townsville. Again, my real estate got a quote for $5,000. I’ve since had quotes of $2,000 and $1,000. Sure the big company was going to more work but that work was also completely unnecessary. This work isn’t covered by insurance but I’m starting to see why insurance premiums are so high.

On a more positive note, had another young bloke come to look at cutting down a big old bottle tree. $550 compared to $1800 I was quoted in November by another mob (which I thought was a bit on the high side at the time but hadn’t got around to getting another price). He’s fully insured and got the job straight away. Tree will be gone next week.




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Re: Daily Rant 2020
« Reply #13 on: January 08, 2020, 10:30:46 AM »
Heard a big chain supermarket is going to up the price on dairy products, fruit and vegetables due to the bushfires. Maybe someone smarter than me can explain what extra cost they will incur to justify that.

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Re: Daily Rant 2020
« Reply #14 on: January 08, 2020, 10:34:14 AM »
Did someone fart towards the arabs?

Fuel at servos just went to $1.78 up road from work...
The one next to it is still 1.35, so I filled to the lip...


Oil jsut went from $62.50 to $65 in the last half an hour ... http://www.livecharts.co.uk/MarketCharts/crude.php
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Re: Daily Rant 2020
« Reply #15 on: January 08, 2020, 04:08:38 PM »
Did someone fart towards the arabs?

Well, yeah - possibly just thinking that WW3 could start at any moment ::)
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Re: Daily Rant 2020
« Reply #16 on: January 08, 2020, 04:10:14 PM »
Did someone fart towards the arabs?

Fuel at servos just went to $1.78 up road from work...
The one next to it is still 1.35, so I filled to the lip...


Oil jsut went from $62.50 to $65 in the last half an hour ... http://www.livecharts.co.uk/MarketCharts/crude.php
Yep,
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Just heard E10 on the north Gold Coast jumped 40c p/l to $1.75pl today, WTF.
Not that I live on the GC or use E10.
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Re: Daily Rant 2020
« Reply #17 on: January 08, 2020, 04:11:33 PM »
Heard a big chain supermarket is going to up the price on dairy products, fruit and vegetables due to the bushfires. Maybe someone smarter than me can explain what extra cost they will incur to justify that.

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You watch them all jump on price hikes blaming the fires.
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« Reply #18 on: January 08, 2020, 05:26:15 PM »
You watch them all jump on price hikes blaming the fires.
But why?  I've  never been accused of being overly intelligent but i just don't  see how they can justify it. Or maybe they don't  have to and we've just become so complacent we accept it.

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Re: Daily Rant 2020
« Reply #19 on: January 08, 2020, 05:27:53 PM »
Paid $1.65/l for diesel yesterday.

Maybe I don’t pay enough attention but I can’t recall it being that high in recent times. Wasn’t sure if I just happened to pick the most expensive servo in Brisvegas so only put in about half a tank.


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Re: Daily Rant 2020
« Reply #20 on: January 08, 2020, 05:28:09 PM »
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But why?  I've  never been accused of being overly intelligent but i just don't  see how they can justify it.

Who do they have to justify it to? They dont care if we get annoyed about it.. They dont care if you go elsewhere, theres 100,000+ others walkin through the door this week.
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« Reply #21 on: January 08, 2020, 05:37:25 PM »
But why?  I've  never been accused of being overly intelligent but i just don't  see how they can justify it. Or maybe they don't  have to and we've just become so complacent we accept it.

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« Reply #22 on: January 08, 2020, 05:40:22 PM »
Who do they have to justify it to? They dont care if we get annoyed about it.. They dont care if you go elsewhere, theres 100,000+ others walkin through the door this week.
True. I wont be one of them. I won't  shop there any more. Big deal I  know, but it makes me feel better.

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« Reply #23 on: January 08, 2020, 06:02:39 PM »
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True. I wont be one of them. I won't  shop there any more. Big deal I  know, but it makes me feel better.

They will all do it... Supply and demand. Like women... they have the supply, you have the demand... ;)
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Re: Daily Rant 2020
« Reply #24 on: January 08, 2020, 06:11:49 PM »
Touch wood and fingers crossed, our local diesel is and has been @ 142.9 for about 12mths. The best part, apart from consistency, is that the servo was ‘renewed’ (all new tanks and bowser infrastructure) about 2 years ago. It has a high turnover and the cheapest price in town for ‘any’ fuel, so no concerns about contaminants caused by old tanks, etc.
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