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I will also add this to the conversation. My marina has a very small chandlery that stocks oil, wire, zincs and things of that sort. I tend to buy them there when I can for a few reasons.
First, if the tenants don't use it, they will not want the investment in inventory to sit idle and would likely shut it down. It is very convenient when you are in need.
Second, I'm a believer that the marina needs to make money for the customer's experience to be good. Otherwise, you find services being cut or prices being tweaked. I do not agree that the slip fee should be enough for them. Most are designed to break even on slips and moorings and make their profit on the rest.
Last, businesses can and should favor their more profitable customers. Those aren't necessarily the ones that spend the most, but rather the ones that give them the most profitable business. If overpaying for a few gallons of oil gets me on that list, it's well worth it. Same holds true for buying fuel at your home marina and not stopping at Joe's Fuel-a-Rama on the way home.
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