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(Reuters)   Sandy's response grades for gasoline stations: Wawa, A. Hess, A. Exxon Mobil: F. "Mobil helps no one.That's why they are the richest company in the world"   (reuters.com) divider line 8
    More: Obvious, ExxonMobil, Wawa Inc., Hess Corp., Exxon, mobile, gas stations, Sunoco, Governor of New Jersey  
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2012-11-09 11:54:49 AM
Burn in Hell, you selfish pig of a human being.
 
2012-11-09 11:56:56 AM

Grapple: Burn in Hell, you selfish pig of a human being.


You and subby didn't bother to RTA.

It came down to one critical factor: the outlets of the oil majors are franchised, while those of the regional chains are company-run and benefited from the full resources of their corporate parents.

/resume the regularly scheduled derp I guess
 
2012-11-09 12:20:42 PM

xtragrind: Grapple: Burn in Hell, you selfish pig of a human being.

You and subby didn't bother to RTA.

It came down to one critical factor: the outlets of the oil majors are franchised, while those of the regional chains are company-run and benefited from the full resources of their corporate parents.

/resume the regularly scheduled derp I guess


THIS. Most gas stations are owned by small business people and are insanely low margin. And they make nothing off the gas. So when something like this happens - they don't have the resources to deal with the situation.

/the gas station on the corner near my old house pulled in about $1.5 million in revenue every year. But profit was only about 50k
 
2012-11-09 12:45:34 PM
I think Ive been to an Exxon station once in my life. Mainly because as a kid I got to watch the Valdez on TV.
 
2012-11-09 01:23:08 PM

xtragrind: Grapple: Burn in Hell, you selfish pig of a human being.

You and subby didn't bother to RTA.

It came down to one critical factor: the outlets of the oil majors are franchised, while those of the regional chains are company-run and benefited from the full resources of their corporate parents.

/resume the regularly scheduled derp I guess


I stand by my comment on general principle, despite what the article may have said.
 
2012-11-09 01:33:40 PM

groppet: I think Ive been to an Exxon station once in my life. Mainly because as a kid I got to watch the Valdez on TV.


That doesn't sway me. What keeps me out of Exxons is that they're typically the most expensive ones out there.

The real ones getting screwed in this post Sandy NJ area is Lukoil - ALL of the Lukoils I've seen have power, but no gas. Hell, even Delta's doing better.

/Hint: Ramsey is where the gas is and the lines are short.
//Rt 46 Valero in Fairfield is pretty good, too.
 
2012-11-09 06:23:21 PM
Hess is a great company, and if you are in an area with a Hess, they always have the lowest prices (or at least equal to the others). Wawa is even awesom-er because of their food offerings. Gasoline is still fairly new to them, but they do it well and beat everyone else in town.

But all the others...most people do not realize that they are franchises and only pay to use the Exxon/Shell/Mobil/Gulf, etc. name. And the stations are very inconsistent in terms of price and maintenance. You aren't buying "Exxon" gas. You are probably getting "Hess" or "Sunoco" or "Valero" gasoline anyway, as those are the ones with refineries in the PA/NJ/DE area.

Lukoil is even worse. (Lujoil's used to be branded as Mobil in PA/NJ/DE, and they weren't any better then either) All of their stations are so overpriced...you only stop at one if you do not care about money or are desperate. In fact, there have been many protests against them by station owners who say they are getting screwed over. Case in point, the Lukoil in my town is $3.89 if you pay with a credit card, and 10 cents less if cash. The rinky-dink no-name Indian gas station with two- 1980's pumps is $3.69, cash or credit, and they even pump it for you. Guess which one has lines going into the road sometimes?

And I think it is just stupid requiring stations to have generators. If the station owners choose not to make money during a power outage, that is on them and people will just have to deal with it. Meanwhile, Hess is probably making bank, even if they have to get fuel and generators from other sources.
 
2012-11-10 12:24:42 AM
surprisingly, the exxon on JFK blvd and route 139 in Jersey City was one of the few places last... Thursday? Friday? that were open and had gas. Line was only 15 minutes long, too, which is normally batshiat insane, but when you're hearing stories of 2 hour lines, you take it.
 
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