And let struggling families suffer!
I might be in a bad mood and that may be a bit harsh but I just read a news article and thought why such big rewards for buying alcohol and not for groceries. The other week you had to spend $150 on groceries to get a 10c petrol discount
Voucher, yet you can buy 2 cartoons of beer $66 and you 30c off voucher. This was the article----
A PRE-CHRISTMAS fuel price war between Coles and Woolworths could sink independent service stations already battling to survive.
After discounting 20c a litre from the cost of fuel for customers who buy two cartons of beer for at least $66, Woolworths-owned bottleshops BWS now have raised the stakes to 30c a litre.
It follows an offer from Coles Express for a 25c a litre discount for buying two cartons of beer totalling $58.
The raging price war has been slammed by the Motor Trades Association of Queensland, which has complained to the consumer watchdog.
MTAQ policy director Richard Payne said they mostly were concerned about the impact on independent service stations who could not hope to match such big discounts.
“In the last 40 years the number of service stations in Australia has gone from 22,000 to 5200,” Mr Payne said. “That was largely because of the influence of the Coles-Shell, Woolworths-Caltex alliances that now have 62 per cent of the market.”
He said another concern was the irresponsible nature of the promotion.
“Associating fuel with liquor is a volatile mix that sends the wrong message to motorists,” Mr Payne said.
“At this time of year, we should be doing everything we can to deter people from drinking and driving.”
Paul Turner from Queensland’s peak motoring body, RACQ, said the offer really did not represent a great discount for motorists.
“At the end of the day, shoppers will pay one way or another,” Mr Turner said.
“They should look to shop smart purely on the fuel price itself and not get caught up in deals.”