Challenge 139 - It's all there in black and white

Chalenge 140 - In Motion

Challenge 141 - Artistic

Challenge 142 - Smoking!
It is currently Thu Jan 17, 2019 5:35 pm

All times are UTC - 5 hours [ DST ]

Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 2 posts ] 
Author Message
 Post subject: U-Haul
PostPosted: Thu Jul 03, 2008 6:12 pm 
Das Kapital
User avatar

Joined: Thu May 11, 2006 4:03 pm
Posts: 6780
Location: Victoria BC
Camera: Canon 60D, Fuji XP20, odd film cameras
Lens: Tokina 11-16, Canon 17-55
Inspiration: The stuff out there.
OK to edit my images: Yes
Three months ago my wife and I were pricing out trucks to rent to move our stuff from Calgary to Victoria, about 1200 kilometers (700 - 800 miles I guess). U-haul listed 10 foot trucks for about $400 and 24' ones for about $1100. We figured we'd get a 20' for about $900-$1000. Last month it was time to make reservations and we found they'd jacked the prices by about $700 - $1000 for the 10' and $1800 for the 24'. So we went with budget instead (which guarantees your rates), got a smaller truck (17'), and ended up with a charge of $1100. Smaller truck, slightly more than our original budget, but cheaper than U-haul (even though it was originally more expensive when we started planning this move).

Today just for the hell of it (four days before moving day) I checked the prices at U-haul.. would you believe a 10' truck is now $2000, and a 24' almost $3000? They guarantee your reservation, but do not guarantee prices. Had we made the reservation two months ago or even last month we'd be facing a sudden doubling or tripling of our cost.

I priced out the reverse trip, Victoria to Calgary (same mileage obviously) and it was $500 for the biggest truck and $400 for the smallest. Something isn't adding up here. Even assuming they have to cover their costs to move trucks around, the price differential makes no sense. Gas isn't a factor (except for them shipping their trucks around I guess) as we buy our own.

Even New Brunswick to Calgary is about $1200 - and that's 4500 kilometers (halfway across the damned world). Calgary to NB? $4500. A few years ago about 200,000 people descended on Calgary to try to make their fortunes strip-mining the northern forest to get at dirty oil deposits lying in the tar sands. I guess now that housing and jobs are saturated people are getting the hell out, and U-haul is reaping the rewards.

The meaning of life is simple: we exist to use our senses and consciousness to appreciate a universe that might otherwise go unappreciated in its eons of vast silence.

 Post subject: Re: U-Haul
PostPosted: Fri Aug 22, 2008 2:39 pm 
Silver Member
User avatar

Joined: Thu Nov 09, 2006 12:42 am
Posts: 224
Location: DuPont, WA
Camera: D3, D200, D70, F5
Lens: a handfull of Nikon Glass
Favorite Type: Sports and Landscapes
OK to edit my images: No
That's crazy. I'll bet it is all gas related. On a smaller scale, I rented a power washer from Home Depot to spray down my walkways and driveway. During the rental process I was in formed that I had to return it with a full tank of gas. Next line on the rental form...."all rentals are subject to a $5 gas surcharge." Couldn't figure that one out considering I had to pay for the gas myself to fill it up before returning it. The guy told me it's because too many people return them with empty tanks so then everybody has to pay for gas. If anything, that's a reason to return it empty because filling it up would only cost the $5 I was forced to pay when I rented the damn thing. Oh, and figure this out, there was no penalty fee for returning it empty.


Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 2 posts ] 

All times are UTC - 5 hours [ DST ]

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest

You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group