If we’re going to go out of town, we almost always find the gas is cheaper, as long as we don’t go further than 75 miles. You’d better be we fill up. We’ll have to buy the gas eventually anyways.
You see, our town is small, but it’s also the junction of all the major highways in this part of the state. And, apparently, it’s good business for all the 10+ gas stations to have the same price. Poor BP who tried to be lower is still sitting there, empty.
I’d give actual prices around here, but with everything I’ve already said, you could probably figure out where I live.
It’s not like you cityslickers would want to come here, anyways…
2.09 here and it’s 2.49 across the river in Illinois. Illinois has always been 10-15 cents more expensive than Missouri until recently. I guess they raised their gas tax. I’m heading for Ohio today and topping off the tank here before I head through corn field country.
In the media they always speculate about why retail gas prices go up or down, as though it were a big mystery that only someone with an economics Ph.D. could figure out, that involved all these factors, including the price of tea in China.
It seems to me, if you want to know why the price of gas at a gas stations has changed, just do this:
Ask the guy who puts up the numbers with the long stick. He’ll probably tell you that his boss told him to do it.
Ask his boss why he told the guy with the long stick to change the price. The boss will probably tell you that the distributor has changed the price.
Ask the distributor why they changed the price. They’ll probably tell you the refineries changed their prices.
Ask the refineries. They’ll tell you their suppliers changed their prices.
And so on. Eventually you’ll find someone that made the decision in the first place. Then ask that person. It’s not rocket science.
Thought question for all dopers. When do you think gas was last 99 cents/gal? (US) 1970, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005? No fair cheating.
I’ll come back in the morning (7:30 am, EDT) and tell you. Remember, no fair Googling. I personally was surprised when I found out the answer. And, for purposes of this thread, I’m not talking about Calif. which is always more.
Regular, at the station near my house went to $1.99 this morning. whoo!
The last time I remember gas being 99 cents was when I closed on my house, which was August of 2000. I only remember this because I was driving down a new (to me) road, and everything, even the rusty, old gas station, seemed to have a rosy glow that day.