Pennzoil vs. Castrol Jug Price

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I was just at Wal Mart and noticed that even though they are priced nearly the same by quart, the Castrol five-quart jugs are $9.97 while the Pennzoil is $6.97. Isn't that a little strange?
 
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not at all, I bought 5 qt jugs of Exxon SuperFlo for 3.99 awhile back. Qts of same were ~$1.69?each in the same store at the same time. it's called a sale
 
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There could be a roll-back in the works. No odder than them selling Pepsi 2-liters for $1.17 or whatever when I can get them at Shaw's for $.67. Walmart is not always the lowest possible price on everything. And don't compare current prices with past walmart prices or current walmart prices for competing products. It's all a shell game.
 
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Was at my nearest Kragens yesterday and saw several jugs of 5qt Chevron Supreme in 5w30 & 10w30s for $6.54. Not a bad price considering they are the only Kragens I know that sells Chevron Supremes in jugs(most are Pennzoil or QS)..but way cheaper in qts when you use the $0.49/qt coupon/rebate offer.
 

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Originally posted by KJA426: I was just at Wal Mart and noticed that even though they are priced nearly the same by quart, the Castrol five-quart jugs are $9.97 while the Pennzoil is $6.97. Isn't that a little strange?
Next time your in Walmart, Check out the Syntec Blend 5 qt jugs... They are $10.77! For the extra 80 cents (used to be 55 cents) I went with the Blend. [Smile] The last time I bought Castrol GTX in 5 qt jugs (about 2 months ago) it was $6.97. Prices are going to keep going up sadly... [Roll Eyes] Take care, Bill [Coffee]
 

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Originally posted by Triple_Se7en: Pennzoil has been making changes to their oils because the new synthetric (Platinum) is now full synthetic group IV. So in order to produce a syn-blend with it, they must be changing/tweaking their dino oils formulations. As a result, all old stock is being moved & on sale where it's overstocked.
The $6.97 for a 5 qt jug of Pennzoil is the normal price for at least 6 months here in Utah. There is no close out of "old" SM stock... [SPAZ!] Every jug I've looked at is SM. Where did you hear that Pennzoil is changing? Johnny? [Confused] Take care, Bill [Coffee]
 
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Pennzoil has been making changes to their oils because the new synthetric (Platinum) is now full synthetic group IV. So in order to produce a syn-blend with it, they must be changing/tweaking their dino oils formulations. As a result, all old stock is being moved & on sale where it's overstocked. A couple weeks ago, I snatched up some 6-quart 10W-40 jugs for $5 at Murrays. I'm mixing it with 5W-20 for a unique 7W-30-ballpark blend.
 
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Just to keep the record straight, for anyone keeping score: [Smile] Pennzoil Platinum is Ethylene Olefin Copolymer, which is classified as Grp V Other. It is not Grp IV PAO. Todate, we have no information that Pennzoil is using the EOP synthetic in a syn blend formulation. Of the synthetic blends out in the marketplace, by far, the majority, at least a minimum of 80%, are Grp III and dino blends and do not contain full synthetic base oils.
 
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See the link to Shell Global Impact Magazine the archive for back issues,(this was in a 2003 press release) and click on "4 News" to read the following: American Chemical Society honours Shell Global Solutions’ team Three Shell Global Solutions’ scientists have been presented with an Industrial Innovation Award from the American Chemical Society for ground-breaking work on synthetic oils. Chemists William Heilman, I-Ching Chiu and Wei Song, of Shell Global Solutions (US) Inc., and consultant James Chien of Amherst Polymer Technology were honoured for their role in developing a low-cost synthetic oil. Though demand for high-performance synthetic oils and lubricants is high, their application is limited because of the prohibitively high cost of polyalphaolefins (PAO), a key ingredient in their manufacture. This led to a requirement for a low-cost alternative to PAO with equivalent or better performance. The team developed a process that manufactures a new type of synthetic oil – called Pennsyn™ – that has performance properties equivalent to PAO-based products but at a fraction of the cost. In addition to its expected use as a high-performance lubricant for automotive, marine, commercial and industrial applications, the new oil is also useful in household products, personal-care products, pharmaceuticals and coatings.
 
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Pennzoil Platinum is Ethylene Olefin Copolymer, which is classified as Grp V Other. It is not Grp IV PAO.
Sounds cool! [Cool] Anyone know why they chose something like this for their oil? Better than group III? Cheaper than PAO? Cheaper the Group III? Did I miss that discussion?
 
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