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Old 02-03-2006, 11:27 PM
Marley23 Marley23 is offline
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Why do gas station prices end in tenths of cents (like $2.499)?

This question just popped into my head the last time I refilled my car, and I can't shake it loose. I don't know why I didn't ask The Dope before. But why do gas stations do this? Why not just charge me $2.50 a gallon instead of $2.49 and nine-tenths? When I remember that the price is $2.499 instead of $2.49, I feel like I'm the victim of an anti-"buy one, get one free" offer. When did this slimy practice get started anyway?