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Old 09-17-2008, 02:19 PM   #1
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Default Li'l different gas price thread: difference from one grade to the next?

I noticed when prices first went nuts, that - much like I remember from way back when gas was $1/gallon - it was still about a $0.10 jump from both regular -> plus and from plus -> premium. Then, it started to creep a little, I'd say maybe six months ago or so, but it wasn't linear. Regular -> plus was $0.15 but plus -> premium was still $0.10. Now, it's even more bizarre. This morning I noticed one station with a THIRTY-ONE-cent difference regular -> plus but still only like $0.12 from plus -> premium!

Evidence of some actual change in the refining process, or just another example of gas prices being sent by a blindfolded monkey and a dartboard?
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Old 09-17-2008, 02:20 PM   #2
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Every time you make a gas thread, OPEC cuts production by 12 million barrels.
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Old 09-17-2008, 02:24 PM   #3
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Old 09-17-2008, 02:26 PM   #4
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I noticed a while back in my area that within a given radius that the price of regular gas was pretty consistent across the board. However premium seemed to fluctuate very sporadically. At one point there were 2 stations across the street from each other. Regular gas was the same price, but there was a $.20 difference in premium.
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Old 09-17-2008, 03:21 PM   #6
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Old 09-17-2008, 03:26 PM   #7
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I know I've said this before, but the thing that really gets me is that around here there are usually three options -- 87, 89, and 93 octane. But I'm pretty sure that there are only two tanks underground -- 87 and 93, and that the pump mixes two parts 87 with one part 93 to get the 89.

The wierd thing is that for as long as I can remember, the price difference from 87 to 89 has been twice as big as from 89 to 93. So it might cost you an extra 20 cents a gallon to pick up 2 octane points, then only 10 cents more to pick up 4 more points. Made me wonder why anyone would be crazy enough to buy the 89 octane gas.
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Old 09-17-2008, 03:31 PM   #8
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gasoline octane follows the mixing rule. take 1 part of 87 and 1 part of 93 and you will have (93+87)/(1+1) = 90

So they actually use less 93 than they do 87 to make the 89. yet you're paying that big price jump
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What I have seen lately is the normal .10 rise from 87 to 89 to 93, but if you want 94 it's another .15 or .20 more then 93.

Who the hell would pay another .15 or .20 for one more octane point? I don't get that move at all.
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Yes, that's right. 94 is almost everywhere here.
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Yes, that's right. 94 is almost everywhere here.
That's weird, the jump from 93 to 94 at the stations I use is seriously all of 5 cents usually.
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Old 09-17-2008, 03:51 PM   #12
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I think it's still a jump of around $0.20 from regular to premium.
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Old 09-17-2008, 03:52 PM   #13
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Still a jump of $0.20 to premium around here. Premium has become a better value than it used to be!
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around here, for regular to premium its still a $0.20 jump
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However premium seemed to fluctuate very sporadically. At one point there were 2 stations across the street from each other. Regular gas was the same price, but there was a $.20 difference in premium.
This is consistent with my observations as well. I think this is one of the reasons a lot of stations have stopped advertising their mid and premium grade fuels on the street signs.

They advertise their competitive 87 octane price, and you pull in and fill up with 93 octane without looking at the price on the pump. Bang! You just got raped for an additional $2.50 on your fillup.

There's a couple of times I've stopped at one that was convenient on my way home, pulled up at the pump, cursed, and gone on to the next one. Last time I did this, there was a full $0.35 difference in price for 93 octane between the two stations.
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In NJ it's like a 20 cent jump from plus to premium.

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