Justifing a Price

The price of petrol is a controversial topic at least, not even just because of the cost per liter, but almost everything to do with the price of petrol. Maybe it is because of the amount of tax that is placed onto the price of petrol, or maybe it is the fact that the petrol companies still have a decent margin of profit in there even with the price almost continually on the upswing, or maybe it is just because it is such a frequent high expense.

While all of these things do make it quite a controversial topic, there is one point that i would really like to be able to get a true open answer on. That is how can such large price swings be justified.  Not just justified, but more so on a weekly basis, in a set pattern, that is consistent almost throughout all retailers. For the most part it does not appear to coincide with any delivery, as you can see deliveries at just about any time throughout the price cycle. If it was to align with the deliveries it could almost be expected, the price rises after the delivery, then gradually drops to ensure they are almost sold out when the delivery is expected. But this does not really appear to happen.

So really how is a rise and fall of between 10-14 cents per liter justified, it is something that i would really like to be able to gain an answer to and would hope that it is not entirely based on the fact that people need petrol and will pay whatever the price is at because of the need. Can you imagine if supermarkets started with this sort of practice on Bread, or Milk, where they had a weekly price cycle that saw the price go up or down by 10-15% in a apparent weekly pattern.  People would be not very happy and would i believe quickly show contest, especially when there are alternatives like bakeries.

I really think i need to look into what or how i may be able to find some answers to this.

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