Date: Wed, 20 Jul 2005 21:05:27 -0500 From: Shane Almeida <almeida.spam.is.evilnospam.is.evil.mindless.com> Subject: Re: Photos Posted - 2003 (USA) 9-3 SS Linear MP3 Player (AUX in)
On Wed, 20 Jul 2005 23:15:12 +0000 (UTC), Craig's Saab C900 Site wrote: >>The fact that I can choose not to do it doesn't change anything. Bottled >>water is a rip-off. > > Especially since most of it, at least here in Australia, is sold by > companies that have been bought out by Coke, so nearly all the bottled water > sold in supermarkets, etc. is returning massive profits to Coke and you paid > 500 to 1000 percent more than what it actually costs to 'package' the > supposed spring water. And they have the little thing going where everyone assumes it's spring water because it's bottled when really it's just filtered tap water with a fancy label. Whoever thought of the idea of bottled water is pretty smart, but the person who put regular tap water in a bottle is a genius. > Sounds a bit like fuel doesn't it. 8-) But most of the cost in fuel is > government excise and other taxes. Otherwise instead of A$1.20 for a litre > of standard ULP, we'd pay less than 50 cents a litre. It's no wonder the > service stations and other fuel outlets make so little on it because after > GST is taken out, the station owners only get a couple of cents, if that, > per litre staying in their own cashflow. The rest goes to the governments > (both state and federal) and to the oil companies. Some gas stations in my area have posted signs that show the cost of federal and state taxes per gallon. I think it's a good tactic. It's kind of like saying, "Hey, it's not our fault." One of my family's friends owns a service station. He recently had his three gas pumps removed because he couldn't make any money off of them.