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Old 04-14-2004, 10:35 AM   #1
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Gas prices - !!

this says it all-
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Old 04-14-2004, 11:13 AM   #2
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I read somewhere, that if gasoline had followed the Consumer Price Index, it would be around $3.25 a gallon. So I guess it is still a bargain. I remember my dad complaining when he had to pay .19 a gallon for fuel oil, to heat our house back in the 60's. He pushed the panic button when it went to .50, and installed a woodburning furnace. I've been cutting firewood and heating that way ever since.

I would be more comfortable with prices in the $1.30-$1.50 range. Even more comfortable if they were in the .30-.40 range.
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Old 04-14-2004, 11:40 AM   #3
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at my family's Mobil station we sold gas for 24.9 when we opened. Had one of the first self serve stations in the US. Folks would pull up to those pumps ( the big sign said self-serve) sit there and honk the horn at us. We tried using the little talk back box but they wouldn't understand where the voice was coming from!
Full serve meant we washed the front and rear windows, checked the oil and trans and visually checked the belts. Also tires if they asked us to.
Some difference today when you can't hardly find full serve anymore, and the wash buckets are pretty much dry or have a squeegie that would scratch glass if used.
Jeez i sound like an old timer!
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Old 04-14-2004, 11:44 AM   #4
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Old 04-14-2004, 12:05 PM   #5
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Last time I used the station air it was $.50
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Old 04-14-2004, 12:10 PM   #6
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I must live in the low rent district. I even know one station where it is still free, but it is the only one.

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I recently made a pleasant discovery while filling up at a local Sunoco self-serve station. They have one of those .50 cents for air machines. par for the course, these days. I was out of quarters, so I went inside and asked the clerk for "change for the air pump". good thing I didn't just ask for "change". anyway, he says "did you just fill up?" to which I replied in the affirmative....and then he tells me that air is free if you buy something, and reached for the switch to activate the pump.

even better when you consider that most of the time, if you're feeding it quarters, it always stops while I'm still filling the 3rd tire or the damn hose isn't long enough to reach all 4, so I wind up moving the vehicle, and then the pump quits before I've filled 2 tires...

not anymore!!
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Have you figured out what it really costs to heat with wood?
I think you would be surprised.
I used to heat with wood.
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the air thing makes me crazy. I drove around one day with a low tire on my car looking for a working air pump. Went to a half dozen stations where the pumps didn't work, the hose was missing, the valve was broken...these all cost 50 cents too!

Finally found a nearby station with an air hose coiled on the ground...worked great, and free.
I bought one of those little compressors that plug into the cigar lighter. Problem solved.
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Old 04-14-2004, 03:03 PM   #10
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I find this thread most timely. Janet and I just returned from a week trip to CA. then up the coast Through OR back to WA.
We use diesel in our truck, you know that by-product of cracking gasoline. We watched intently the prices of fuel, and to our amazement the prices being charged did not seem to have a basis in reality. The diesel prices in Kalamath Falls OR ranged from $1.69 to $2.09 per gal. over the trip we paid $1.69 to $1.91 per gal. We always looked for the best price and bought it when we thought it was as good as it was going to get in the area.
It was not unusual to see a 15% difference in prices in the same town and greater from town to town. What really galls me is it is more expensive than regular unleaded. I know it is said that it costs more because they sell less but I think that is not always true. In the Tri-Cities where we live diesel comes up the Columbia by barge and all stations get it from the same bunker. The prices do not reflect that though. I also find it interesting that major gas companies have posted gains in the 40-70% range n the last couple of years. Pretty fishy to me.
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That's interesting. I just got back from Texas, everywhere I stopped diesel was cheaper than unleaded. I have a 33 ft mh and toad so usually watch for larger stations (usually truck stops). Maybe I am going to the wrong places, they don't sell enough gas to do it cheaply.

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here in the netherlands we have a new gas price record
in usd its 1usd and 61 cents for one liter 1 euro 30 cents
I realy start to like the pic with the bicelcle towing a airstream
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I just don't understand what is going on with the price of fuel. There isn't any structure to fuel pricing that I can see.
It seems to be what the market will bare. The inconsistencies from station to station.
What does everyone else see in their region, I would be interested in hearing about this situation.
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Galveston Island last Tuesday and one stop along I-30 (Thursday) in NE Texas were both $1.64. By the time I made it to MI Saturday it was $1.78, I watched the prices rise as I went north. Last night I filled my truck and it was $1.84. Will a bicycle pull a mh?

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