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The Psychology of Oil Bottle Color in Purchases #4510006
09/07/17 12:50 PM
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CrackyWainwright Offline OP
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In another thread someone humorously mentioned that Castrol Edge EP is clearly superior to most other oils because it comes in that beautiful gold bottle. I'm a sucker for pretty packaging myself, so this caught my attention. I think -- forgive me for even joking about falling off the wagon here -- that if LUCAS OIL TREATMENT started showing up in a gold plastic bottle, I might go back to using it just like I did in my heathen, pagan, uneducated, pre-BITOG days.

Reckon how many people actually do make oil purchase decisions based on color of packaging?

Re: The Psychology of Oil Bottle Color in Purchases [Re: CrackyWainwright] #4510011
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When the new bottles for Pennzoil and QS came out I had to try some. I think to people in the know this might be more of a factor than the general population, because we know that it all will basically work fine so we are free to choose on price or a whim EG bottle or color. I fully intend to try the new Valvoline bottles when they come out too, LOL

Re: The Psychology of Oil Bottle Color in Purchases [Re: CrackyWainwright] #4510018
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Little do they know that I'm colorblind, mwahaahaaaha!


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Re: The Psychology of Oil Bottle Color in Purchases [Re: CrackyWainwright] #4510025
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I buy Pennzoil because of the bottles. I am a sucker for yellow and black combo so I have like 15 jugs of PUP.


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Re: The Psychology of Oil Bottle Color in Purchases [Re: CrackyWainwright] #4510031
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LOL Funny thing is, I equate gold products (not actual gold) to being cheap, cheesy, low-brow marketing.

I like the black Castrol Edge bottles myself. I really liked the old PP and PUP silver and charcoal bottles. Now that they're all yellow, I guess I can't use it anymore. wink Mobil 1 bottles are okay, a little boring.

My favorite is Valvoline, with the big American flag right on the label.

Joking aside, I buy what's on Rollback at Walmart or on a deep discount somewhere else when I need to change oil. Right now I have a mix of Peak, Castrol, and Valvoline Maxlife. I wish they were all clear bottles like Quaker State used to have.


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Re: The Psychology of Oil Bottle Color in Purchases [Re: CrackyWainwright] #4510032
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VTEC kicks in much harder when I use oil from silver jugs.


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Re: The Psychology of Oil Bottle Color in Purchases [Re: javacontour] #4510049
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Originally Posted By: javacontour
Little do they know that I'm colorblind, mwahaahaaaha!


Be quiet...military could be sniffing (listening) :p

Last edited by Kamele0N; 09/07/17 01:29 PM.

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Re: The Psychology of Oil Bottle Color in Purchases [Re: CrackyWainwright] #4510113
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I do not like black bottles because it's impossible to see if any additives settled out in the bottom of the bottle.
I also think SOPUS made a mistake using all yellow (and all green for QS) with only the label differentiating the product....it was much easier to differentiate products when the synthetic came in different color containers than the dino...


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Re: The Psychology of Oil Bottle Color in Purchases [Re: CrackyWainwright] #4510115
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Ideally you want to match the oil jug to your car's paint

Re: The Psychology of Oil Bottle Color in Purchases [Re: CrackyWainwright] #4510128
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My favorite bottle used to be the Castrol GTX bottle because the viscosity grade was colored in with the plastic of the bottle. With other oil bottles, I often wonder if they put the wrong sticker on it.

Re: The Psychology of Oil Bottle Color in Purchases [Re: CrackyWainwright] #4510137
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I like clear bottles smile

Re: The Psychology of Oil Bottle Color in Purchases [Re: CrackyWainwright] #4510158
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As long as it is not purple.... smile

Re: The Psychology of Oil Bottle Color in Purchases [Re: slacktide_bitog] #4510161
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Originally Posted By: slacktide_bitog
I like clear bottles smile



Same here!


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Re: The Psychology of Oil Bottle Color in Purchases [Re: CrackyWainwright] #4510179
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Packaging means zero its that little $XX.XX that makes the sale it just has to be full synthetic and meet API.

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Re: The Psychology of Oil Bottle Color in Purchases [Re: CrackyWainwright] #4510186
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What I care about is how easily you can determine the oil level inside the bottle. With Castrol IMV ATF black quart bottles you can't.


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