An argument for joining a purchasing group to achieve better pricing - A conversation with Glenn Gibson, founder of Propane Club of America, Wake Forest North Carolina

An argument for joining a purchasing group to achieve better pricing - A conversation with Glenn Gibson, founder of Propane Club of America, Wake Forest North Carolina

Bob Silverstein founder of Fuelwonk.com had a give-and-take conversation with Glenn Gibson founder of Propane Club of America  at the end of the 2016 - 2017 heating season.

“We firmly believe that the buying power of our club will achieve much better pricing than members can achieve on their own”. “Our mission is to negotiate a low price for club members that will not change for the whole heating season; from August to August” said Gibson. “We like what Fuelwonk is doing because they make it obvious that there are big price differences for each gallon from vendor to vendor in the same city on the same day” added Gibson.

“We also believe that buying groups, clubs, and co-ops are among the best tools available to home and small business owners even if you need to pay a small membership fee”. “We encourage Fuelwonk users to compare quoted prices with prices that are posted on our web site” said Silverstein. 

Both agree that price shopping is not the only consideration when buying. Transparency, honesty, consistency, and integrity are crucial. “We monitor the performance of our suppliers to insure that Propane Club of America members are being well served and treated fairly” said Gibson.

Silverstein and Gibson see themselves are partners rather than competitors. We both working to break down pricing barriers that have existed since the dawn of the home fuel delivery age. The power of the internet and savvy buyers is making that easier for us.

Propane Club of America and Fuelwonk.com can be reached via their web sites. Silverstein is encouraging all delivered fuel consumers to jump onto the Fuelwonk web site and contribute to the crowd supported pricing data system.