May 23, 2019

Small oil dealer squeezed

As a consumer, I have never given much thought to home heating oil, except for the price when it was time to refill the tank – at least not until this morning. I learned that I could have my tank filled for 80 cents per gallon (for the next two weeks) through a big fuel company, as opposed to 99 cents per gallon if I stayed with Bragdon Energy. Let’s see … all these trucks line up together at Dysart’s to be filled, and they pay the same price per gallon, if I’m not mistaken.

Mike Bragdon, who fills my tank faithfully, has a fledgling business (six months) and has kept his prices well below his competitors until now. The reason? His big competitors feel he is a threat to their pocketbooks. I understand business is business, but to squeeze a small operator out of business is dirty. Where will their prices be next year after they have put Bragdon Energy out of business, and will they be there at 4 a.m. on Sunday if I need fuel? I doubt it.

I’ll stick with someone who plays fair and get the service I can rely on. I’ll also try to keep a hometown operator in business. I hope everyone else in the Millinocket area will do the same.

Bill Gould

Smith Pond

Have feedback? Want to know more? Send us ideas for follow-up stories.

comments for this post are closed

You may also like