Clairsdad wrote: »
Having joined the MSE collective switch to Sainsburys Energy ending next month I have had several Switch Now e-mails from MSE over the past 4 months suggesting I leave before the end of the deal. Having written to MSE and looked carefully at the figures it has always made more sense to hold on, at least until the 50 days before the end free exit. Of course I have been hoping MSE will look after the thousands, like me, who were part of this collective switch and offer us another collective alternative in the next few weeks. But as champions of better trading practices I do wish MSE would make sure it only sends us clear and consistent messages so we can feel like we are all in this together.
Bluebirdman_of_Alcathays wrote: »
Do your current supplier not make a profit?
Hengus wrote: »
I am confused. If British Gas and Sainsburys are separate trading entities then it is possibly against Competition Law for them to have any form of conversation about prices. If they are effectively the same Company, then I agree that there is little point in having two separate entities.
The other thing that I am confused about is Martin's comment:
"This new you-must-show-all-tariffs rule on the surface is a good move, but this backfire was easy to predict. It's something I've already spoken to Ofgem about, as big suppliers are less keen to offer collective switches now because the rules may mean they have to show the deals to all their customers.
If this in the case, will collective switches sit above the maximum number of tariffs offered by each supplier? More worryingly, not only could this mean the end of collective switches by suppliers but it may also be the end of cash backs. I can see why MSE is worried. Conversely, many would argue that nothing is ever free, and the few that benefit do so at the expense of the majority.
minislim wrote: »
yes they do. but unlike BG they show a sense of moral responsibility and manage to make profits whilst still providing the cheapest prices around.
all we ever hear about in the news about british gas is record profits year after year.
and thats even with their dwindling customer base.
minislim wrote: »
its OVO. who have consistently topped the cheapest polls on here.
have excellent customer service.
have contatced me twice over my contract to let me know there were potentially cheaper products on the market.
and have reduced my direct debits three months after joining them as i was paying too much (even though it was still less than i'd ever paid before)
now when i say moral responsibility i mean to the customer. not this green eco nonesence.
of the 8 people i've helped switch 5 of them were elderly people who hadnt got a clue what they where doing.
BG had never contacted them to let them know there was cheaper deals or they could reduce their costs.
no they just sat back and sucked these people dry. people who might not have money to spare. no morals at all. just looking after themselves.
ovo on the other hand from my experience are very good at communicating deals across.
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