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Why would anyone from the East Coast care about what you are paying for gas? Do you freak out when your East Coast friends tell you how much more they pay for a gallon of milk than you do?
Let's just humor the OP and assume for a moment that gas stations do in fact control the cost of gas. If consumers stopped buying drinks, snacks, cigs, etc., wouldn't the gas stations just make up for the lost profit by..........increasing gas prices?
This is stupid on multiple levels.
"RCMB: You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainry." - some dude from MgoBlog
OP is a fucking idiot. What the hell is buying things at gas stations that have NOTHING to do with gas going to do to help lower gas prices?
Since light travels faster than sound, people appear bright until you hear them speak.
Ummm, no. Basic economics will tell you a reduction in demand will lower prices. Then either prices will stay low as the demand stays low, or companies that had slim profit margins will go out of business and the reduction in supply will increase prices back up (although probably not all the way back up to the original price before the reduction in demand).
There is a reason gas prices are high, and it's increased demand with supply not keeping pace. The demand from developing nations along with speculation in the market drives demand higher than supply can meet, and therefore you have an increase in prices.
You want the government to pay taxes on tax revenue?
We're just the guys to do it...
Poor analogy. The price of milk does not affect people's lives like the price of gas.
What's next, comparing a gallon of yogurt to a gallon of gas?
michigan's gas prices have skyrocketed because of issues with refineries in the great lakes. they over compensated for Sandy and are now paying for it with shortages and having put off maintenance that shut a couple down. Everything is supposed to be back to normal by the end of the month.
Whether any of that really necessitates the prices we are paying is entirely debatable, but gas stations have zero to do with setting the price. They are lucky to make a penny a gallon in profit - and many sell it for less than they pay for it and rely on "products" in the stores to make their money. Gas stations are not the problem, gas producers and oil companies who fix prices are.
FYI: I filled up for $3.53 yesterday here in KC.
So THAT is why it's a buck more expensive in Michigan than other parts of the country right now? Uhhh, I don't think so. Apparently you haven't been paying attention.
Just a few short weeks ago I paid 3.59 for gas here in GR. A 70 cent increase in that period of time is not due to demand from "developing nations."
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Exactly. Time for congress persons from Michigan to demand explanation why we are getting a baseball bat shoved up our ass
Gas prices are high in the state of Michigan? Pardon me while I wipe away the single tear running down my cheek.
You should be encouraging people to buy stuff inside because that is about the only thing that keeps prices down. Gas stations don't make anything on gas itself. How many stations do you see that are open any more without a full convenience store?
That said, no I don't have @#$%& Speedy Rewards so stop asking me.
There is an explanation that has been covered several times in this thread. Do you think all of the oil companies are randomly deciding to pick on Michigan?
"...and we're just the guys to do it!!"
Sorry. I must have missed them. Please quote them for me
Can't go without my banana cakes brah.
But then I wouldn't be able to laugh in the face of all the Walverines working behind the counter…
just a bit above your post
You think downvotes hurt me, haha long live Tanfan haters!
Haters gonna hate!
If you're waiting for a congressman to do something useful, you're going to be waiting for a long time.
tRCMB - Visit at your own risk of being disgusted.
"Stock that usually sits on the shelf does tend to be vastly overpriced, so if you forgot ketchup on the way to a barbecue, you can bet you ll pay a lot more for it at a gas station than you would at a supermarket, says David Bishop, director of convenience retailing for Willard Bishop Consulting. What about popular beverages? You ll pay more for a 20-ounce soda at a gas station than you would for a two-liter bottle in a supermarket; water and energy drinks similarly tend to have high markups."
Consumers need all the help they can get sussing out the scene at the pump.
People who haven't realised that convenience costs money are quite stupid.
my first amendment rights say I should be able to tell the gas stations what i am paying for gas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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