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(Chicago Sun-Times)   Gas station owner claims state won't let him lower prices. Says he'd be satisfied lighting cigar with mere $50 bill rather than $100   ( suntimes.com) divider line
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2006-08-09 10:36:57 AM  
I heard that it is the oil companies, not the individual station owns, who are the ones making money.

/May have just pulled that out of his ass
 
2006-08-09 10:37:46 AM  
TheOnion

I believe you're right.
 
2006-08-09 10:41:45 AM  
Stereolab: I believe you're right.

The station owners are making pennies a gallon. They would really rather not sell snacks, beer, and little gell cell phone holders, if they could make it on gas profits alone.
 
2006-08-09 10:49:37 AM  
My ex-wifes current husband is a VP for Exxon. That bastard is raking in the cash! They both just bought new car's, and also just purchased a multi-million dollar home.

And that biatch still wants child support $$$.

How is this fair?!?!

The oil and gas companies are fleecing YOU.
 
2006-08-09 10:53:20 AM  
The Onion, Stereolab, tin_man, you are correct. Gas station owners make little to no profits off the gasoline they sell. It's there mainly to attract customers to the stuff in the store which have higher profit margins.

Unfortunately the article is not real clear on whether this "markup law" is going to be investigated, or if the politicians have just decided to ignore it.
 
2006-08-09 10:56:03 AM  
Why can't the guy just plead that he's pricing the gas on energy content? E85 has quite a bit less than gas (~15%, IIRC). Therefore, to get customers to try it out, it makes sense to price it lower than gas. You can't expect people to make these decisions en masse without economic incentive.
 
2006-08-09 11:24:19 AM  
Mrs Empath used to work at an independant gas station - when fuel costs went up (around the time that we hit an average of $1.85/gal), the store owner started selling gas at a $0.03/gal LOSS just to get people in the door to buy smokes and beer and snacks - goods with an actual profit margin.

Worked, he kept afloat for a while.
 
2006-08-09 11:46:42 AM  
Yes submitter, GAS STATION OWNERS are now oppressive plutocrats too.
 
2006-08-09 11:48:30 AM  
But will huffing E85 get me as high as gasoline? No? It should be cheaper.
 
2006-08-09 11:49:18 AM  
But... but...Ethanol...it won't work...more engery consumed than made...electric cars are ugly...go hug a tree hippy...etc
 
2006-08-09 11:49:33 AM  
and this is why I'm a fan of bio-diesel
 
2006-08-09 11:49:46 AM  
Axiomatic

My ex-wifes current husband is a VP for Exxon. That bastard is raking in the cash! They both just bought new car's, and also just purchased a multi-million dollar home.

And that biatch still wants child support $$$.

How is this fair?!?!

The oil and gas companies are fleecing YOU.


Sounds to me like your gold digging ex-wife is fleecing YOU.

I however voluntarily buy products in the marketplace that afford me utility in excess of their price.
 
2006-08-09 11:50:03 AM  
Axiomatic
And that biatch still wants child support $$$.
How is this fair?!?!


Because they are your children and you have an obligation to support them.

I'd have some sympathy if you were biatching about spousal support.
 
2006-08-09 11:50:18 AM  
Gas stations make hardly anything on gas, they rely on what's sold in the store. Nice work, submittard.
 
2006-08-09 11:51:01 AM  
I'm sure the state also dictates that when oil prices go up he immediately raises the price of the fuel he already has in his tanks, but when they go down, he must wait for his next resupply to lower them.
 
2006-08-09 11:51:36 AM  
I plan to respond to this article by fapping vigorously to internet pr0n.
 
2006-08-09 11:51:38 AM  
I always thought that once the ex-wife was legally married, she couldn't ask for child support because the new husband had taken that role.

This, folks, is why I'm not a lawyer. Now pardon me while I rape a sea otter.
 
2006-08-09 11:51:57 AM  
$2.22?

*googlemaps*

Damn, too far to be worth it. Paid $3.25 yesterday :P
 
2006-08-09 11:52:18 AM  
THIS IS TRUE LUNACY!
 
2006-08-09 11:52:24 AM  
I am thankful that I am rich and don't really have to worry about the price of gas.
 
2006-08-09 11:52:32 AM  
GavinTheAlmighty

Actually thats once her new husband legally adopts the kids
 
2006-08-09 11:52:39 AM  
Some of my family works in the petroleum industry. They're farking loaded. Massive homes, electronically gated driveways, guest houses, etc.

Once I decide to move to Texas, I'm going to work for them. And it's going to seriously ROCK.
 
2006-08-09 11:52:58 AM  
mightybaldking

Axiomatic
And that biatch still wants child support $$$.
How is this fair?!?!


Because they are your children and you have an obligation to support them.

I'd have some sympathy if you were biatching about spousal support.


Either you're a woman, sterile, or you better knock on wood.
 
2006-08-09 11:53:02 AM  
Then he should find a loophole... like give out a $1 gift card for every five gallons purchased, or maybe a dutch rudder from his wife. Hell, I don't know.
 
2006-08-09 11:53:12 AM  
"And that biatch still wants child support $$$.

How is this fair?!?!"

Buy some gas, light your kids on fire, then blame big oil.
 
2006-08-09 11:53:27 AM  
All your gas are belong to us.
 
2006-08-09 11:53:43 AM  
I'm sure the state also dictates that when oil prices go up he immediately raises the price of the fuel he already has in his tanks, but when they go down, he must wait for his next resupply to lower them.

Sounds like common sense to me.
 
2006-08-09 11:53:48 AM  
1. Create less-efficient fuel that results in vehicles being more expensive to operate.

2. ?

3. Profit!
 
2006-08-09 11:54:29 AM  
Crazy_horce: electric cars are ugly

Seen this new Tesla motors car?

www.autoblog.nl
gizmodo.com
http://www.jalopnik.com/cars/assets/resources/2006/07/Tesla_Roadster.j​pg

/mmmmmmmm
 
2006-08-09 11:54:48 AM  
I'm a married man with two children.

I am legally responsible for their welfare until they turn 18.

Whom my wife is farking does not alter that obligation one bit.
 
2006-08-09 11:54:54 AM  
For most of you not reading the article... which seems to be everybody. They're talking about lower the price of E85 not gasoline. Apparently the same laws that regulate the price of gas can also be applied to E85 to artifically raie the price.

So much for E85 being the solution to gas crises. The oil companies already got there nd made laws to make sure everybody pays the same.
 
2006-08-09 11:55:04 AM  
MilEastGirl

And here I thought that happened when they got married!

Gavin
 
2006-08-09 11:55:05 AM  
www.jalopnik.com

whoops
 
2006-08-09 11:56:00 AM  
Sorry, that was meant to say the law > Gavin
 
2006-08-09 11:56:12 AM  
When can we get cars that run on air?
 
2006-08-09 11:57:26 AM  
Gavin

Nope thats why at times kids will have a different last name from their stepfather
 
2006-08-09 11:57:27 AM  
How much is that Tesla thing supposed to cost? I'm thinking about buying a Lotus Elise but that car is pretty badass too.
 
2006-08-09 11:57:51 AM  
Guy isnt all that savy getting around the rules I guess.
Either tha or he's trying to make a point.
Probably the more likely scenario.....


Anyway, all he would have to do is sell/buy what are essentially "futures" in the form of a gift certificate for X-amount of Gasoline.

......hmmmmmm then again not sure exactly how legal this is......might be very NOT legal-like.

Anyone know off hand?
 
2006-08-09 11:58:11 AM  
oil companies run the country
 
2006-08-09 11:58:50 AM  
I'm sure the state also dictates that when oil prices go up he immediately raises the price of the fuel he already has in his tanks, but when they go down, he must wait for his next resupply to lower them.

I was talking to a gas station attendent about this, he told me that they really have no control at all over the price of the gas they sell. They get emails during business hours that tells them when to raise or lower their prices. He didn't say if they paid for the gas or not. If they did, then that would mean that the gas stations own the gas and the oil companies are basically price fixing. If not, then the gas still technically belongs to the oil companies and they can dictate what their stuff sells for.
 
2006-08-09 11:59:01 AM  
MadAsshatter: How much is that Tesla thing supposed to cost? I'm thinking about buying a Lotus Elise but that car is pretty badass too.


There is no set price yet :/
 
2006-08-09 11:59:50 AM  
Dr. Frisbee
When can we get cars that run on air?
Here ya go! (Clickety poppity!)
 
2006-08-09 12:00:09 PM  
MilEastGirl

Heh, I figured that was the kid's choice.

I FAIL AT MARRIAGE
 
2006-08-09 12:00:52 PM  
When can we get cars that run on air?

www.virtualtoychest.com
 
2006-08-09 12:01:01 PM  
What's the deal with this Tesla car? 0-60 mph in 3 seconds...

...immediately followed by 4-hours on a battery charger?
 
2006-08-09 12:01:01 PM  
Crazy_horce:electric cars are ugly

I've always wondered if the auto companies did this on purpose. Gas powered vehicles, if I heard right, require more maintance than electric vehicles. IFF electric cars require less maintance, than a dealer couldn't make as much money repairing them.
 
2006-08-09 12:01:05 PM  
i60.photobucket.com
 
2006-08-09 12:02:16 PM  
I'm always amused when gas prices go up and people yell at the clerks in the gas stations, fun to watch
 
2006-08-09 12:02:29 PM  
I know that in Minnesota, gas stations have to sell at around $.08 (IIRC) above cost. The intent is to keep big retailers (Wal-Mart, etc.) from pricing the smaller distributors out of the market. Unfortunately, the costs are usually smaller for the large retailers, so the legislation doesn't end up making much of a difference.

/buys gas at Wal-Mart
//Didn't RTFA
 
2006-08-09 12:02:39 PM  
Biggest scam in the world! Selling 170 proof booze for a couple of bucks a gallon, out of a pump? Replace the gasoline with orange juice and gimme a souvenir travel cup. Maniacs.
 
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