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2005-11-11 12:10:07 AM
2005-11-11 12:08:07 AM RyoShin [TotalFark]

It's been dropping regularly, and if this keeps up, it could be under $2 for Thanksgiving!


You mean $2 for 3 days before Thanksgiving, and then mysteriously $2.79.
 
2005-11-11 12:10:27 AM
Unixfreak
Said it before, I'll say it again:
Never
trust
anyone
with
an
accent.


So does that mean that you only trust mutes?
 
2005-11-11 12:11:43 AM
Maybe it's time for "gasoline pills" to make a comeback... old scam during the 1930s, 40s where guy would drive up to staion and have gas tank filled with water. Then would pop "magic gasoline pill" into tank, thus transforming it into fuel. Station attendant would be very impressed, hand over $$$ for supply of gas pills. Too bad he did not know of fake 'gas' tank for the water, and hidden real tank in scammer's car.
 
2005-11-11 12:12:23 AM
enjoyduff: still around $2.60 in Gainesville. :(

it has been around 2.52 - 2.55 almost everywhere I've seen in town, i would drive out to the sticks to get cheaper gas but I am lazy like that.


/gets 40mpg
 
2005-11-11 12:14:22 AM
Unixfreak,

everyone has an accent, even you.

/tinfoil!
 
2005-11-11 12:14:33 AM
On a recent trip down to Florida, there was one exit in Georgia (around mile marker 30-40 off I-95) that was selling gas obscenely cheap. Everywhere else was still in the $2.50 range, but at this one particular exit, every gas station (there were about five of them) had prices ranging from $2.02 to $2.07. I went with the $2.07 station just because it seemed ridiculous to wait in line to save a total of about thirty cents (I was only topping off anyways).

Down in Disney-territory, the on-site station directly across from Downtown Disney was selling gas for $2.49. We gassed up there, then noticed that on the first non-Disney road we crossed (literally less than 100 feet from the "Welcome to Walt Disney World" sign), gas was jacked up to $2.99 a gallon. So the moral of that pointless story is: not everything at Disneyworld is overpriced.
 
2005-11-11 12:15:31 AM
ARCO (BP) Gas here in davis California just opened up a few months ago. On the first day they had one tank that was still full of water from the "testing" they did before opening the station. They had a special first 100 cars got filled for free. Luckily most of the people filled with premium, about 30 filled regular. The cars made it about two blocks. It was rough getting home that day with all the stalled cars and cops everywhere to control the enraged mob. All 30 cars were replaced with new cars by ARCO, so at least it worked out in the end.
 
2005-11-11 12:16:05 AM
jamesii85

wonderful. just wonderful
 
2005-11-11 12:16:12 AM
I was one of those people saying they wouldn't drop below $2 now that we've reached that barrier... guess I was wrong. Out in Norfolk and VA Beach it's about $2.19. Come out to Suffolk and there's a handful of stations selling from $1.91 - $1.99 for regular. It's great.

Diesel is still up around $2.59 though. Sucks for all those who bought the diesel VW stationwagons, eh?
 
2005-11-11 12:18:19 AM
chazcali

Dude, so if i got bad water in that tank they would've replaced my car!?!?! awesome! I want a new car, how can i make a gas station buy me one

/jackass about a typo
//slash
 
2005-11-11 12:18:23 AM
I work for a gas station. (really)

So I sympathize for the owner. One drive off throws off the entire system, gas stations themselves barely profit on gas. I dont imagine this guy will be doing regualr business again any time soon. Damn.
 
2005-11-11 12:19:56 AM
Hrist

Make sure they didn't stip out the threads as well. It happened to my folks and they had the place pay for the new pan that they needed to get. I'm sure if you complain you shouldn't have a problem getting them to pay for most, if not all of it.
 
2005-11-11 12:23:00 AM
If gas stations don't set the price of their gas, how do they regularly get into pricing wars when they're across the street from each other?
 
2005-11-11 12:25:57 AM
I always punch in my ex-landlord's phone number at the Safeway pumps and take his 6 cent discount. Awesome.
 
2005-11-11 12:30:29 AM
The word of the day: indemnification. Learn it, live it, love it, make it breakfast in the morning.
 
2005-11-11 12:34:06 AM
according to Ali, American-born with accent, (middle of OKlahoma) if the tanker shows up before 6 p.m. he can get the gas for the old price. After 6 p.m. it is higher... Says the price is set by the company he buys it from, not him.
His prices are always lower than anyone else in town. (He is losing money by doing this, avg 4.5 cents per gallon.) Last week the prices dropped to $1.45 per--this week it is $1.95...I buy gas every day for my job.
 
2005-11-11 12:35:45 AM
If gas stations don't set the price of their gas, how do they regularly get into pricing wars when they're across the street from each other?

The management company that runs the stores can ask for daily surveys of gas stations in close proximity and can have the on site manager change prices accordingly to stay competetive
 
2005-11-11 12:36:36 AM
Sicarim,

I remember a day when gas stations only made 2 cents a gallon profit - hence the need to sell other goods and services at the station - but those days are gone. I've read recently that the profit per gallon is more in the 20-30 cents range now.

Is that the case where you are?
 
2005-11-11 12:36:47 AM
$2.01 at the gas station around the corner! Hurrah!
 
2005-11-11 12:37:59 AM
Ironpoint


I don't trust people that say Teh'rist or Nukular or Gawd. Does that count?


Yeah, That works.
 
2005-11-11 12:41:24 AM
$2.01 at the gas station around the corner! Hurrah!

well i was happy that gas was down to $2.63 out here but then you people had to gloat. Jerks.
 
2005-11-11 12:48:15 AM
There's one station selling for $2.53, a few around $2.20, and there's an area just a mile down the road with 3 stations at $1.99 and one station at $1.98.
 
2005-11-11 12:53:33 AM
I've never seen such farked up gas brand names before I moved to Florida. "Supertest"? Who the hell would buy gas from a station named "Supetest"? It's never cheaper, either, and they all look like crap. I'll stick to my BP, at least most of them are new and clean.

/never buys gas from an unknown brand.. ever.
 
2005-11-11 12:55:11 AM
No comment.

 
2005-11-11 12:55:23 AM
In Tucson one time they accidentally put Jet-A in the regular gas of a few Circle-K stations before the error was detected.

While it might sound cool to put "jet fuel" in your engine, Jet-A is pretty much just kerosene. Your gasoline car motor won't run on it.

The incident was the beginning of the end for Circle-K gas. Nobody was buying the stuff anymore, and they since went with the 76 brand.
 
2005-11-11 12:59:12 AM
by my parents house Shell is .25 above Speedway across the street

/people still fill up there
//rich neighborhood
 
2005-11-11 01:02:00 AM
unixfreak:

Your advice is twice as long as it needs to be.
 
2005-11-11 01:09:58 AM
It's 2.00 even for regular in Des Moines. Lowest I saw was 1.92 for that ethanol shiat. I will never put that in my car again.
 
2005-11-11 01:12:09 AM
Sicarim: So I sympathize for the owner. One drive off throws off the entire system, gas stations themselves barely profit on gas. I dont imagine this guy will be doing regualr business again any time soon. Damn.

He attempted to rip people off. He's responsible for selling faulty product because he accepted peoples' money without disclosing that he had faulty product. The inspection stickers on gas pumps tell the public they can trust the product, and this guy violated that trust.

He DESERVES every last lawsuit and judgment against him for repairing his customers' cars AND the cost of the rentals they'll need to get to work, errands, etc. "I didn't test the product"? You sold it, you're responsible, dipshiat.
 
2005-11-11 01:19:57 AM
I once took my motorcycle with its 2.9 gallon tank for a fill-up. It took 3.7 gallons to fill it up. Granted, with the reserve it's not unusual for a gas tank to go a bit over its capacity, but almost a full gallon? Puh-lease!

/not surprised by this story
 
2005-11-11 01:38:47 AM
Look at it this way: It's cheaper per gallon than if they had bought the water in bottles at the grocery store.

/$1.939
 
2005-11-11 01:48:40 AM
Tricky Dick: fred meyer also tries to stay competitive with safeway, since they both offer the 3c discount. Most expensive place has always seemed to be that texaco by the freeway, they are usually around 20c higher than everyone else.
 
2005-11-11 01:51:42 AM
2005-11-11 01:19:57 AM Brratt

I once took my motorcycle with its 2.9 gallon tank for a fill-up. It took 3.7 gallons to fill it up. Granted, with the reserve it's not unusual for a gas tank to go a bit over its capacity, but almost a full gallon? Puh-lease!


I read this a few times wondering what point you were trying to make, then I realized you probably think that a gallon of water takes up a different amount of space than a gallon of gas. Please tell me this isn't what you think.
 
2005-11-11 01:53:38 AM
For anyone that is dumb:

Ethanol has less energy than gasoline. Ethnaol blended fuels are a ripoff and a harm to the environment. They waste energy. Avoid them at any cost.
 
2005-11-11 02:06:09 AM
2005-11-11 01:19:57 AM Brratt

I once took my motorcycle with its 2.9 gallon tank for a fill-up. It took 3.7 gallons to fill it up. Granted, with the reserve it's not unusual for a gas tank to go a bit over its capacity, but almost a full gallon? Puh-lease!

2005-11-11 01:51:42 AM Tourney3p0

I read this a few times wondering what point you were trying to make, then I realized you probably think that a gallon of water takes up a different amount of space than a gallon of gas. Please tell me this isn't what you think.


I think what he was saying was the station rips people off by changing the pumps to indicate more gas sold than was actually pumped. Thus he's not surprised that a gas station would try to rip people off by watering down gas.
 
2005-11-11 02:07:23 AM
TFA
William Thompson (holding bottle of substance): "This is the water right here."

William Thompson/Customer: "Evidently I think a chemist somewhere along the line tried to make a cheaper gas but it didn't work."


I bow to your superior knowledge, Mr. Random Customer With A Water Bottle. I mean, I've only got a B.Sc. in Chemistry and two years of grad school under my belt, so I guess I wouldn't know that putting water in gas won't bloody work for about 12 different reasons. I guess we should have asked your before we tried.

Know-it-all asshat.
 
2005-11-11 02:10:12 AM
Tourney3p0: I once took my motorcycle with its 2.9 gallon tank for a fill-up. It took 3.7 gallons to fill it up.

I read this a few times wondering what point you were trying to make


The point he was trying to make was that his 2.9 gallon tank took 3.7 gallons to fill up.

Now I'll make the point that I'm pretty sure at least part of the time that I think that I'm getting premium, I'm not. I've got a turbocharged car, and I can tell when it's running like crap. Not that I think that a gas station operator would POSSIBLY consdering screwing me out of the extra $.20 a gallon that he gets for selling a gallon of fuel. Oh, no.. Never...
 
BHK
2005-11-11 02:29:39 AM
When I was a kid I was on a trip to the midwest with my parents. At some small town, probably around Wyoming, we stopped for gas. We got about 2 gallons of water with the 10 gallons of gas. Turned out there was a leak in the underground tank. The station fixed the car, of course.
 
2005-11-11 02:37:12 AM
Hm.. about that picture of the gas in the water bottle..

I though gas dissolved most thin plastics.
I remember once I had to work on my gas-powered lawn mower and I poured out the gas from it into a plastic cup, only to find the cup had started dissolving within a minute or two and spilled the gas everywhere.
Id think putting it, even diluted gas, into a plastic water bottle would cuase it to dissolve too.
I imagine this isnt true for certain kinds of plstics, as the gas canister that i use to fill up that lawnmower is some sort of plastic as well, but it is a thick, rigid plastic.
 
2005-11-11 02:39:01 AM
So what happens when there's too much water in the gas tank? What kind of repairs are we talking about?
 
2005-11-11 02:41:37 AM
Chazcali

The one on Russell Blvd? It's a shame that I missed that, would've been entertaining. Kind surprised that didn't make nation news.

/3rd yr @ UCD.
 
2005-11-11 03:07:54 AM
MudStuffin: Ethanol has less energy than gasoline. Ethnaol blended fuels are a ripoff and a harm to the environment. They waste energy. Avoid them at any cost.

say what? Ethanol is a pure hydrocarbon and burns cleanly. Gasoline isn't. Ethanol does have less potential energy for a given amount than gasoline does, that part is true, but the second part -- good god, man, talk to a chemist before you spout off and prove you don't know what you're talking about.

I guess that "for anyone who is dumb" includes you, then.
 
2005-11-11 03:16:35 AM
I'm pissed. Gas all over New Mexico and west Texas has been going down, or so I've heard, but in Las Cruces and Dona Ana, it's still about $2.59 for regular. My mom tells me to go with brand gasoline too (she insists on Chevron), even though when I fill up at Citgo or Bradley, my car still runs. Those are the two cheapest in the area, too. Ugh.

/still better than $3 per gallon
 
2005-11-11 04:25:29 AM
People you don't want to use E85 unless you have an engine *specifically* built for it. It's 85% ethonal (processed corn liquor or some shiat). Bye the bye regular unleaded is $2.10 in the Twin Cities and ethonal is like $1.50.
/the more you know.
 
2005-11-11 05:06:05 AM
Ny-QuilDriverSo what happens when there's too much water in the gas tank? What kind of repairs are we talking about?

Too much water = not enough bang bang in the engine, repairs include complete douche of fuel storage, delivery, and distribution system.
 
2005-11-11 05:39:35 AM
Funny how gas prices are going down just as the govt. monkeys and O'Blowhardlley 'n company seriously start grumbling about gouging and windfall taxes. Must be the market at work, of course.
 
2005-11-11 06:16:15 AM
$2.69, $2.75, $2.93

those are all prices for REGULAR by my house, here in sunny screwed up southern hell. I mean california.
 
2005-11-11 07:25:40 AM
Pretty sad when you consider $2.23 to be cheap.

Wednesday we were down to $2.04. Yesterday it was up to $2.25. What the hey?
 
2005-11-11 07:30:11 AM
maddan


$1.99 on the way to work tonight (Akron, OH)...apparently this is the reach-around from Bush for punishing the rest of the country for four more years.


Wow, you guys actually dropped below the $2 mark over there?

Gas in this area seems to be the most expensive here in Wayne County. I could go to Medina or Stark County and it's cheaper...thing of it is, half the time it's not worth the gas you burn up getting there.
 
2005-11-11 08:05:57 AM
2005-11-11 12:36:36 AM davelog

Sicarim,

I remember a day when gas stations only made 2 cents a gallon profit - hence the need to sell other goods and services at the station - but those days are gone. I've read recently that the profit per gallon is more in the 20-30 cents range now.

Is that the case where you are?


I can't speak for him, but I too work in the gasoline industry. 20 to 30 cents profit is insane. Looking at our reports, we got a fuel load on Monday and it was $2.267 / gallon. Our retail was (and still is) $2.379. And that's in Wisconsin where we have a minimum markup law where retailers aren't supposed to be able for less than a 6% profit. The law doesn't really work, but still.

/At $.11 profit per gallon, you have to sell almost 300 gallons to cover a $30 drive off. That's why it's a lame thing to do.
 
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