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How Bad's the Gouging Where YOU Live?

Discussion in 'Off Topic But Still Civil' started by chuzz, Sep 2, 2017.

  1. Doug D

    Doug D Virginia Gentleman

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    So far local prices are holding at around $2.529-$2.559. Ten miles further south in the courthouse area, fuel prices are higher - $2.699 for 87 octane. In town (35 miles away) prices are $2.699.
     
  2. Bob Lincoln

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    $2.699 for 87 octane, $3.139 for 91 octane at ExxonMobil. $2.899 for 87 octane at Sunoco, and their diesel is $3.099, in MA.
     
  3. AvengerGuy

    AvengerGuy Well-Known Member

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    We did seem to be enjoying reasonable gas prices until a couple of days ago. Now all the stations are at $2.999 for regular.
     
  4. Doug D

    Doug D Virginia Gentleman

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    Up to $2.599 now. Had to take my wife to work yesterday. The closer I got to northern VA/DC the higher the prices got. In Fredericksburg, $2,699, in Stafford, $2.729-$2.799.
     
  5. chuzz

    chuzz Well-Known Member

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    Cheapest around here now is at the Murphy for $2.779. I'm glad my Forte gets 40+mpg.
     
  6. valiant67

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    It's over $3.15 here for regular and I buy midgrade ($3.33) for the Durango.
    If I don't have Giant Eagle fuel points accumulated, I fill up in West Virginia ($3.09 for midgrade) on the way to the camper rather than in Pennsylvania. Sorry PA road budget, you got greedy with the increase last year and PA roads aren't any better than WV roads.
     
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  7. Shane Estabrooks

    Shane Estabrooks Active Member

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    1.31 a liter in Northern Canada, I here in BC and east coast prices are higher. Seems central Canadian prices are better. 1.19 to 1.25 in south.
     
  8. Doug D

    Doug D Virginia Gentleman

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    Ugh! All I can say about PA when it comes to roads there are two seasons - Winter and Construction.

    If we ever go to Buffalo again (have some relatives up there) we'll have to bite the bullet and purchase gas in PA or NY. As I remember, NY fuel prices were almost as bad as PA's. We usually top off in Du Bois (going up Rt. 219) on our way - it's about the halfway point. I could make it to Buffalo on one tank with the Ram or Journey, but both would be on fumes by the time we'd get there.
     
  9. valiant67

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    PA raised the gas tax last year, it's now the highest in the US unless someone else has since raised theirs.
    PA keeps the turnpike roads much nicer than the regular roads, but the turnpikes generate a lot of revenue. I've spent over $1200 on turnpike tolls in the last year here.
     
  10. Doug D

    Doug D Virginia Gentleman

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    They must have changed their spending on the Turnpike. The last time I was on the Turnpike the road was horrible, but that was over a decade ago.
     
  11. JA Cumbo

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    $2.95 a gallon for 87 octane this morning in my part of Ohio. It took $48 to completely fill up my 300C.
     
  12. Scrounge

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    It's now over $3/gallon at a lot of places in Detroit's western suburbs, including the Kroger, where regular is $3.199. The Speedway is $3.039, and two Marathon stations and a Sunoco station are $2.959. According to gasbuddy, regular is below $2.90 at a few stations in Dearborn and Wayne.
     
  13. RonGD

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    Fargo = 2.70 today, premium with no ethanol = 3.19
     
  14. Doug D

    Doug D Virginia Gentleman

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    Prices locally bumped another penny to $2.709 (E10 87 octane). One station, Shell, is $2.809.

    Report on the news this morning stated the national average is $2.96/gallon.
     
  15. wtxiceman

    wtxiceman Well-Known Member

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    There is always a gouging where i live. Considering the crude comes from a few miles away to a local refinery and fuel is trucked a short distance. We pay .20 more a gallon than towns 100 miles from us.
     
  16. Doug D

    Doug D Virginia Gentleman

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    Prices actually dropped by a nickel after getting up to $2.709. A few stations are at $2.659.
     
  17. AllanC

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    I noticed that you are located in the West Texas area, near the Permian basin oil fields. In the national news of the last several weeks, the rise in crude oil prices has spurred production in this area so much that there is a local glut of crude. So much so that producers are willing to take a reduction of a few dollars per barrel to get the crude away from the area and onto refineries There is a shortage of economical means (pipeline capacity)) to move crude quickly, efficiently, cheaply to refineries. What irony! Yet locals in the area are paying higher retail prices for fuel compared to other areas. I would suggest that is due to lack of competition in the sparsely populated West Texas region.

    I live in N E Oklahoma and in rural areas with less supply and demand price per gallons tends to be higher. In more urban and suburban populated areas with more competition retailers are willing and must reduce profit margins to sell product.
     
  18. wtxiceman

    wtxiceman Well-Known Member

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    You would think but a town 50 miles from me with half the population always runs .20 cheaper. I think the local jobbers are making early retirement here.

    And yes i am in the middle of the permian. Ive been hauling crude oil for 5 years.
     
  19. AllanC

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    I used GasBuddy.com to review fuel prices in your area, zip code 79720. As of 1:25 pm May 28, 2018 gasoline is selling at retail in the range of $2.919 - $2.999. I notice that there are several Alon outlets selling gasoline in your area. Also I notice that there is an Alon refinery close by. I am thinking that the corporate refinery owns some retail outlets in the area and is controlling prices due to lack of competition??? Murphy at Walmart seems to be priced in the "middle of the pack" on pricing among retail outlets. In your specific situation lack of competition allows that local refinery to somewhat control and keep retail prices inflated over other areas.

    Well at least with healthy energy prices there is gainful employment in the area.. Five years ago that was probably NOT the story. Good for you!
     
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