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Old 08-15-2011, 10:57 AM
 
Location: Manassas, VA
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Oh, I love Gasbuddy! It doesn't help much in Manassas though at least on my side. If I drive over to the other side, gas is generally .05 - .10 cheaper.... Sometimes though I find it is cheaper to gas up in Arlington than in Manassas....that makes no sense at all.
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Old 08-15-2011, 11:01 AM
 
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Oh, I love Gasbuddy! It doesn't help much in Manassas though at least on my side. If I drive over to the other side, gas is generally .05 - .10 cheaper.... Sometimes though I find it is cheaper to gas up in Arlington than in Manassas....that makes no sense at all.
How did you like the article though. That's some interesting stuff.

I think it's fascinating and shows how sometimes laws intended to protect us have unintended consequences. It also explains how at least in quite a few states that they gas station CANNOT lower their prices until they get the next shipment of gas that cost less.
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Old 08-16-2011, 03:22 AM
 
Location: Manassas, VA
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Sorry - yes, I completely get that article and it makes complete sense especially for places like Vermont even though the 'mom and pop' shops are generally always patronized before a 'big-chain' unless it's local. Hmmmm....wonder how retail stores and Walmart fits into all this . Oh....another topic!

I guess my issue - is that no one actually 'knows' what is going on at the pump when it comes down to it. I think there is a large discrepancy going on and it is either not being addressed or we are all just turning a blind eye to it.

In the last 24 hours I have passed the same BP 3 times. Yesterday morning the amount was 3.56, yesterday afternoon it was 3.53, this morning (and apparently last evening when one of my neighbor's passed it) it was at 3.59. This is what I really don't understand.

So - what I'm being told is that essentially this particular gas station had 3 fill-ups within the last 24 hours. I'll take note of what the price is this afternoon or even check gasbuddy to see if it changes before I even get there, and then changes again.
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Old 08-16-2011, 07:37 AM
 
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Sorry - yes, I completely get that article and it makes complete sense especially for places like Vermont even though the 'mom and pop' shops are generally always patronized before a 'big-chain' unless it's local. Hmmmm....wonder how retail stores and Walmart fits into all this . Oh....another topic!

I guess my issue - is that no one actually 'knows' what is going on at the pump when it comes down to it. I think there is a large discrepancy going on and it is either not being addressed or we are all just turning a blind eye to it.

In the last 24 hours I have passed the same BP 3 times. Yesterday morning the amount was 3.56, yesterday afternoon it was 3.53, this morning (and apparently last evening when one of my neighbor's passed it) it was at 3.59. This is what I really don't understand.

So - what I'm being told is that essentially this particular gas station had 3 fill-ups within the last 24 hours. I'll take note of what the price is this afternoon or even check gasbuddy to see if it changes before I even get there, and then changes again.
There is also supply\demand and local competition, plus there may be pricing decisions at the corporate, regional or even individual station level that make the pricing shift based upon what they are seeing in their sales numbers.

Let's say they bought a bunch of gas at $3.50 a gallon, they may charge anywhere from $3.50 up to $3.70 depending on various factors. Remember, they make most their money selling OTHER stuff so they are going to price their gas to drive foot traffic into the store and sometimes that will be a couple changes even in a single day.

I think that when you start thinking about gas as a marketing item to try to sell OTHER goods it makes more sense as they are really just trying to get people to stop at their store USING gas as a tool to do so.
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