September 23, 2005

I'm not an economist

And thank goodness I'm not! Otherwise, folks would be bugging me to explain the goofy gas prices around here.

This morning, my wife called me on her way to work to let me know that a certain gas station in our area was priced at $2.54 a gallon. Across the street is another station that we occasionally use, priced at $2.59. Anticipating a rise in prices, I gassed up the truck at the cheaper place.

This afternoon my wife noticed that the first place had raised prices by a penny, to $2.55 a gallon. Meanwhile, all the way across the street, the other place jumped prices by twenty cents.

I haven't a clue. Maybe their distributor is sticking it to them and they're just passing along the price increase. I can believe that because their prices are insanely volatile compared to most brands in the area, and they're not always more expensive than everywhere else. But if they're trying to take advantage, they're the dumbest businessmen on the planet, because people remember stuff like that, and I'll bet that even when prices stabilize again their business will be down.

We tend to have cheap gas in this area compared to most. What's a gallon going for in your burg?

Posted by Ted at September 23, 2005 08:03 PM | TrackBack
Category: Square Pegs

Regular topped $3 recently, but came down in the past week to anywhere between $2.60 & $2.85ish. Premium is still above $3 at most stations.

Posted by: Tuning Spork at September 23, 2005 08:12 PM

What a station charges typically depends on the gas they bought. The pricey station probably just got a delivery of more expensive gas.

The cheaper guy across the street will do a bombing business and very soon will need to refill his tanks and his price will go up too.

Posted by: Stephen Macklin at September 23, 2005 08:41 PM

$2.85 for regular unleaded

Posted by: derek at September 24, 2005 08:54 AM

I fixate on a few foreign countries' prices as part of an elaborate, healthy, denial system. Lately it's going for $7/gal in Barcelona, and about $5/gal in India.

Posted by: dogette at September 24, 2005 11:12 AM

$2.599 (a little on the high side for this town, but it was convenient) yesterday.

Posted by: CGHill at September 24, 2005 12:45 PM

Her ya go.Just punch in yer zip for local gas prices.

Posted by: Russ at September 25, 2005 01:34 AM
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