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Oil and pricing

Maybe someone with a better understanding of oil pricing can help me out with this.

For starters, I have never really worried too much about what the gas prices are. I fill my car up every 7-10 days, so the difference of a few dollars doesn't really matter too much.

What irks me is how much gas prices fluctuate from station to station around town. Exxon, Sam's, and Albertson's were all below $2.00 for regular unleaded last time I checked. But other gas stations like Allsup's, Texaco, and Fina were all above $2.10 within a couple of square miles.

Why can't the government come up with some way to regulate gas prices? Why can't they be consistent across the country every day instead of $2.00 in some states and $2.50 in others? The other day I was talking to my great grandmother who lives in Rancho Santa Fe, California, and she was complaining about how regular unleaded gas was still above $2.50. She got mad at ME because I paid $2.18 for premium on base the other day. I realize gas will cost more in places like Hawaii because of import costs, etc; but what is preventing the government from just making a flat price range from day to day?

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Well,gas prices are also based on how far the tankers have to travel to get to their destinations,which would be why gas is cheaper here than in alot of places.

Asfar as regulating prices,if you did that you enter into a socialist type thing. The essence of capitalism is competition and if gas were the same price everywhere,it would ruin the competition. I mean,there's a gas station on every corner.

Plus,asfar as I know,the government has no say over oil prices.
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Also, some areas require specially blended "botique" fuels for emissions purposes. These are small batch runs for the refinery and the residents are gonna pay more for it. Also consider taxes, distance from the terminal, and the affluiency of the area. And available competition. And greed of the station owner. I pass one station in plano every day that is a good .20/gallon higher than everyone else lol.... and there are idiots there paying it.

Just in my daily drive I normally see a good .10-.12 range in gas prices. Except for the plano greedy station.
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There are a ton of factors...competition, location, availability, etc. Just wait until Ethanol becomes a little more common in our area. You can't pipeline Ethanol in existing pipes, because it builds up moisture (water), and that is going to make Ethanol VERY expensive down here.

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"Jobber's" buy gasoline just like you and me. So if they paid a certain amt for a tank they have to charge a certain amt for that tank. Two weeks later they will have paid another amt for another tank and will charge accordingly. That's why you might see $.10 difference within a block of each other.

But it's all overpriced oddley enough ever since Mr. Cheney's secret energy summit!
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Maybe someone with a better understanding of oil pricing can help me out with this.

For starters, I have never really worried too much about what the gas prices are. I fill my car up every 7-10 days, so the difference of a few dollars doesn't really matter too much.

What irks me is how much gas prices fluctuate from station to station around town. Exxon, Sam's, and Albertson's were all below $2.00 for regular unleaded last time I checked. But other gas stations like Allsup's, Texaco, and Fina were all above $2.10 within a couple of square miles.

Why can't the government come up with some way to regulate gas prices? Why can't they be consistent across the country every day instead of $2.00 in some states and $2.50 in others? The other day I was talking to my great grandmother who lives in Rancho Santa Fe, California, and she was complaining about how regular unleaded gas was still above $2.50. She got mad at ME because I paid $2.18 for premium on base the other day. I realize gas will cost more in places like Hawaii because of import costs, etc; but what is preventing the government from just making a flat price range from day to day?
Believe you me, YOU DO NOT WANT THE GOVT INVOLVED IN GAS PRICES!!!!

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Believe you me, YOU DO NOT WANT THE GOVT INVOLVED IN GAS PRICES!!!!
Yeah...just look at what "Super CEO" Cheney has done all by himself.
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Yeah...just look at what "Super CEO" Cheney has done all by himself.
You have no idea what youre talking about, but it sounds cool to blame Bush and Cheney for oil/gas related issues. Keep at it!

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You have no idea what youre talking about, but it sounds cool to blame Bush and Cheney for oil/gas related issues. Keep at it!
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zoning, my stepdad owns a mobil his gas station is located in a very busy part of vegas(the more busy the location the more mobil sells its fuel to that location) other station owners get there gas cheaper in a slower less congested part of town.
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Besides the usual useless black01gt posts, I learned a lot from this thread.

I know next to nothing about oil pricing, that's why I asked.

Oh, black01gt, you mentioned that the gas prices fluctuate depending on the station pays for gas. If oil prices have been in a relatively consistent range over the past month, why do some companies still charge $.15 more than a gas station caddy-corner from it?

For example, here in Abilene, the cheapest gas in town minus on base is $1.99 at Exxon and Albertson's. Right behind Albertson's, not even a block away, at the Shell station gas is $2.09.

I understand where some gas stations that get a lot more traffic in and out can raise their prices a little and not deter people from coming there to turn in a bigger profit.

I don't know...I suppose I just need to do some more research.

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Besides the usual useless black01gt posts, I learned a lot from this thread.

Oh, black01gt, you mentioned that the gas prices fluctuate depending on the station pays for gas. If oil prices have been in a relatively consistent range over the past month, why do some companies still charge $.15 more than a gas station caddy-corner from it?

I don't know...I suppose I just need to do some more research.
Who cares...you're in fucking Drabilene. Argue with yourself shitass...
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Who cares...you're in fucking Drabilene. Argue with yourself shitass...
You're dumb.

BTW, aren't you supposed to be protesting the arrest of Cindy Sheehan somewhere?

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