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Old 05-13-2006, 11:15 AM   #1
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Just a random thought...

If there are 2 or 3 gas stations on a corner in your neighborhood(or surrounding area), even if the cars are scarce, drive to the more expensive one and fill up their tanks like usual?

I mean, with all the bitching and moaning about gas prices--wouldn't you go to the more cheaper one? If people would stick to their guns and purchase the cheap gas in the area, it will drive down the prices from the more expensive station...right?
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Old 05-13-2006, 11:17 AM   #2
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If the cheap gas has a sign called "ARCO". Then I'll gladly pay more for something else.
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Old 05-13-2006, 11:17 AM   #3
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No, because the stations do not set their prices, they just do what the big guys tell them to.
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Old 05-13-2006, 11:19 AM   #4
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No, because the stations do not set their prices, they just do what the big guys tell them to.
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but what happened to competition? Think about a nationwide neo-boycott(not really an all out boycott) on the higher priced stations...then the "big guys" wouldn't be making isht
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Old 05-13-2006, 11:24 AM   #5
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but what happened to competition? Think about a nationwide neo-boycott(not really an all out boycott) on the higher priced stations...then the "big guys" wouldn't be making isht
The industry is so large that it would never work. It's set by the people making the $$$ off the stuff.
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Old 05-13-2006, 11:26 AM   #6
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theres a few right down here in Ft Lauderdale. The one closest to me is like $3.20 for premium (since thats what I use, that's the only price I check) and there is one not even a 1 min drive down the same street that was like $3.07 for premium. If I remember correctly the prices at the first one are like $3ish for the cheapest and the other one is like $2.89 or $2.99
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Old 05-13-2006, 11:26 AM   #7
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can we just get a lock on this thread now?

You'll have some people in here to took Econ 101 and think they know everything about supply and demand because they got a "B" in Macro- and Micro-economics.

Then you'll get people with full fledged degrees in business/economics/economic policy who point out that the Econ-n00bs don't know shiat. Next comes a wave of people who say that Bush is evil and is making billions of dollars on high gas prices followed by the zealots who think that the oil companies should reduce their profit margins to 1% just because the world is buying more oil - because really, it's not ok for the oil company to make MORE money at the same profit margin.

Ok, I feel a little better.

C/N: Attn: BigWrecks - Shut up. You don't know what you're talking about.
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Old 05-13-2006, 11:29 AM   #8
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theres a few right down here in Ft Lauderdale. The one closest to me is like $3.20 for premium (since thats what I use, that's the only price I check) and there is one not even a 1 min drive down the same street that was like $3.07 for premium. If I remember correctly the prices at the first one are like $3ish for the cheapest and the other one is like $2.89 or $2.99
same here, a few places has 93 for $2.95 .


But this is a prime example of what i'm talking aboot:

Shell has is for $3.20
Hess(across the street, both with BIG signs) has the same for $3.00
and on the adjacent corner(Citgo) has it for $2.95

.....omg where do I go?! *dad driving the Expedition* "hmm honey......i want some V POW4R!" it's the same isht.
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Old 05-13-2006, 11:29 AM   #9
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C/N: Attn: BigWrecks - Shut up. You don't know what you're talking about.
I didn't read a word of your post, but thanks. *******.

God forbid a conversation on the OT, go back to your hole.
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Old 05-13-2006, 11:32 AM   #10
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I didn't read a word of your post, but thanks. *******.

God forbid a conversation on the OT, go back to your hole.
It's the SAME "conversation" that's been circulating on this damn forum for over two years! Ever since gas hit $2.00

Were you old enough to drive when that happened? Or do you remember gas always costing over 2.00/gal?

It's not a conversation, it's an uneducated, uninformed, ignorant argument that surfaces every week. Let it go. You need it, pay for it.
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Old 05-13-2006, 11:38 AM   #11
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It's the SAME "conversation" that's been circulating on this damn forum for over two years! Ever since gas hit $2.00

Were you old enough to drive when that happened? Or do you remember gas always costing over 2.00/gal?

It's not a conversation, it's an uneducated, uninformed, ignorant argument that surfaces every week. Let it go. You need it, pay for it.
I'm not an old fogey, but I remember prices pre $2 . It doesn't matter.

I don't want to get into numbers, macro nor micro. I don't want your ub3r leet college degree opinion, you lush. I want to know why normal human beings still tolerate filling up the same isht at a significantly higher rate at such a close proximity to other stations. get the sand out of your (vagina).

PS: way to go assuming i'm a maroon...big points there! w00t!
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Old 05-13-2006, 11:42 AM   #12
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A) Some people think that name brands like Shell have better gas. People will pay a few $ extra for that.

B) Maybe the more expensive station is more convenient to get in and out of. Again, people will pay a few $ extra for that.
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Old 05-13-2006, 11:46 AM   #13
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It's the SAME "conversation" that's been circulating on this damn forum for over two years! Ever since gas hit $2.00

Were you old enough to drive when that happened? Or do you remember gas always costing over 2.00/gal?

It's not a conversation, it's an uneducated, uninformed, ignorant argument that surfaces every week. Let it go. You need it, pay for it.
I remember reading a thread like this in 2000 or 2001 when i was looking into getting my first scooby. Old, overtalked, and helpless subject that will never be in our control. There won't be competition cause they all love making a ton of money and can agree to rip us off. Not a monopoly, but definately not competition.
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Old 05-13-2006, 11:47 AM   #14
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Actually, in the case of gas stations, it's commodity item. But people pay more because it's more convenient. If the station is on their route, on the right side of the road, etc, etc, people will just stop there. And really, how much time and gas are you going to waste driving around trying to find the cheapest station at the time you need gas?
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Old 05-13-2006, 11:52 AM   #15
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I pay more cause im power hungry and run racegas 24/7
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Old 05-13-2006, 11:57 AM   #16
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I remember reading a thread like this in 2000 or 2001 when i was looking into getting my first scooby. Old, overtalked, and helpless subject that will never be in our control. There won't be competition cause they all love making a ton of money and can agree to rip us off. Not a monopoly, but definately not competition.
Actually, 2001 seems about right. I remember paying 1.65/gal in '99 in or near Yosemite and at the time, it was about the highest in the nation. Then things dropped to below 1.00/gallon for a while before shooting up to about $2.00/gal in the summer of 2001. For a while, people in Chicago were paying the most in the country at an "outrageous" price of about 2.30/gal. Now everyone would be happy as a clam if the price stayed around 2.30.

Oh well.
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Old 05-13-2006, 12:00 PM   #17
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i'll go to a cheaper place when possible, but around my home and work most of the stations have the exact same price. i WILL purposely avoid any place that i got bad gas from or poor service (even though i know its probably all the from the same place). it just makes me feel better mentally.

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Old 05-13-2006, 12:16 PM   #18
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I'll go to the cheaper places. Usually it's Mobil...I guess all those boycott emails DID have an effect!

Boycott MOBIL! It makes my gas cheaper!
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Old 05-13-2006, 12:27 PM   #19
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There is a Mobil gas station not far from my house in the ghetto section of the city where gas is 15 cents cheaper. There was a line out into the road for every pump and 2 seperate fights almost broke out because of the cramped quarters.

Not worth the savings IMO.
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Old 05-13-2006, 01:30 PM   #20
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alot of the reason being Credit. no one pays for anything outright anymore. so they get a gas card, and then theyre a slave to the station whose card they have. people only shop at this place because they have a nice 24% interest gas card, and no cash....
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