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Old 10-21-13, 06:40 PM   #1
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Differences in gas prices?

I drove up north to a small town in PA called Emlenton. It is the start of the Allegheny River Trail which I highly recommend if you are in the area.

Anyway I noticed that gas prices are a full 20 cents cheaper there than they are here. It is a small with almost no competition yet there is a huge difference in gas prices. Just north of here in Cranberry, prices are supposed to be 30 cents cheaper. At least that area is heavily populated with lots of competition.

Has anyone else seen such huge differences in their area? I understand the whole proximity to fuel depot thing but you would think the lack of competition in a small town would negate a lot of that savings.
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In larger cities, EPA regulations may require a certain blend of gasoline to meet clean air standards. I know this is true in Dallas.
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Add in lack of competitive pricing (i.e. local monopoly or fix) or local taxes.

I'm a big fan of high local user taxes as it applies to petroleum fuels...

For the roads! And the air!
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if you had just voted for newt gingrich, gasoline would be less than $1.00/gallon.

and we would be colonizing the moon.

america will never learn.
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If they find oil on the Moon, America will be there first.
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Old 10-22-13, 08:07 AM   #7
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In larger cities, EPA regulations may require a certain blend of gasoline to meet clean air standards. I know this is true in Dallas.
Same with Chicago. The county that the city is in is usually 20-30 cents more expensive than the further suburbs.
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They'll charge what the local market can bear, with today's technology they can tell just what the tipping point is in any given market.
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They'll charge what the local market can bear, with today's technology they can tell just what the tipping point is in any given market.

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California is a prime example of that. Gas near the freeway or in larger cities is 20-30 cents per gallon more. I paid $3.69 this morning and that was at one of the cheaper stations.
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if you had just voted for newt gingrich, gasoline would be less than $1.00/gallon.

and we would be colonizing the moon.

america will never learn.
'murica...
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If they find oil on the Moon, America will be there first.
Ever watch one of those "aliens are invading" movies? They usually portray the aliens as a race of "things" that travel from planet to planet and leave only after using up all the natural resources. Yeah, that's or future. (we'll be playing the part of the aliens)
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Our town in NE Ohio is routinely 20 cents cheaper than the cities less than an hour away. I paid $3.17 this morning, when the state average is $3.35.

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PS. Emlenton is my kind of town. I love river towns, and that place has a lot of great stuff to do right nearby.
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Here in Los Angeles I see differences of 20 cents per gallon all the time, often within a half mile of each other.
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Here in Los Angeles I see differences of 20 cents per gallon all the time, often within a half mile of each other.

EDIT: That is excluding one station in Calabasas which is 60-80 cents more expensive. First time I saw it I thought it was really cheap, until I noticed that the dollar number was one higher.

Either they get a lot of customers who were not paying attention or something else is going on there.
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Same with Chicago. The county that the city is in is usually 20-30 cents more expensive than the further suburbs.
That's not always true. I live in that county, and have been driving out into the country to see relatives long enough to see gas prices be anywhere from the same in both places to way cheaper out in the country. They grow a lot of subsidized corn that ends up in gasoline out in the country, but the prices at the pump don't always reflect that.
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I use the gasbuddy app on my phone to search out gas prices
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Old 10-22-13, 01:22 PM   #18
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EDIT: That is excluding one station in Calabasas which is 60-80 cents more expensive. First time I saw it I thought it was really cheap, until I noticed that the dollar number was one higher.

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The Kardasians live in Calabasas as do lots of weathy people... I see the same thing here - I don't fill up in Newport Beach where prices are 20 - 30 cents higher than elsewhere in OC.
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Let's not complain unless you pay ten yes ten dollars a smaller gallon as we do in the UK apparently because we are nearer to the oil fields we have to pay more something near 70% is tax
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