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(Patch)   Gas prices fell to 99 cents for the first time since the 1990s. It's kind of amazing   (patch.com) divider line
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2020-03-26 12:52:30 PM  
Thanks, Saudi Arabia!
 
2020-03-26 12:55:46 PM  
I left work last Tuesday with less than 45 miles left in my tank.  Drove the 22 miles home.  I still have about 15 miles available.  I haven't seen a gas station in almost two weeks.  In wonder what the prices are out here in SoCal.
 
2020-03-26 12:56:16 PM  
Yep. Gas prices around here haven't been this low since before 9/11. They're roughly half of what they were a few months ago.
 
2020-03-26 12:58:51 PM  
Clearly the correct thing to do is buy all of it.
 
2020-03-26 12:59:27 PM  
Just wait until a visit to the local doctor costs a duck or 2 chickens.  Good times are coming!
 
2020-03-26 1:01:13 PM  

Marcus Aurelius: Just wait until a visit to the local doctor costs a duck or 2 chickens.  Good times are coming!


And me without any barnyard fowl.
 
2020-03-26 1:05:05 PM  
Oh, goody. Maybe Ford will bring back the Expedition Brontosaurus SUV with its 8 mpg glory. But without the gas guzzler tax because it's clearly a pickup truck.
 
2020-03-26 1:06:06 PM  

Jack Sabbath: doctor


Got any tp?  I'll trade ya for a chicken
 
2020-03-26 1:08:57 PM  
I noticed yesterday it had fallen to $1.49/gal here in Upstate SC. Kind of weird to see it that low. My wife and I both work from home so we don't buy gas very often.
 
2020-03-26 1:22:24 PM  
I filled up all our extra cans a few weeks back, because I was sure it was just a fluke at $1.89.  I'm using it up in the mower and tiller, but I don't care.  I'm keeping those cans filled and all the vehicles too.

At some point, the Russians and the Saudis are going to stop, or a hurricane is going to roar up.  Get it while the getting's good.
 
2020-03-26 1:32:01 PM  

cherryl taggart: I filled up all our extra cans a few weeks back, because I was sure it was just a fluke at $1.89.  I'm using it up in the mower and tiller, but I don't care.  I'm keeping those cans filled and all the vehicles too.

At some point, the Russians and the Saudis are going to stop, or a hurricane is going to roar up.  Get it while the getting's good.


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Trust me on this one, it's one of the best investments you will ever make. Untreated gasoline normally only has a shelf life of about 30 days
 
2020-03-26 1:54:14 PM  
Still $3.40 here in NorCal.
 
2020-03-26 2:38:23 PM  
If I had anywhere to go, I would be very happy.
 
2020-03-26 2:39:36 PM  

maddog2030: Still $3.40 here in NorCal.


I paid $2.80 here in Utah today. Hasn't changed at all.
 
2020-03-26 2:39:48 PM  
$.99/gal will never happen in Pa. Our gas tax is $.77/gal.
 
2020-03-26 2:40:24 PM  
Still $2.50-3/gallon in Oregon.

Doesn't help when your only refinery shut down years ago.
 
2020-03-26 2:40:53 PM  
ROFLMAO.  Only some of us  got anywhere to be or go.
 
2020-03-26 2:40:59 PM  

Marcus Aurelius: Just wait until a visit to the local doctor costs a duck or 2 chickens.  Good times are coming!


Coming soon: a roll of TP gets you a covid-19 test.
 
2020-03-26 2:42:34 PM  
This reminds me, I need to pull the cars out and avoid flat spots in the tires.
 
2020-03-26 2:44:06 PM  
Especially when you can't go anywhere!!
 
2020-03-26 2:44:22 PM  
I should take the Wee Beastie when I go shopping next week and top off the tank.
 
2020-03-26 2:44:28 PM  

waxbeans: ROFLMAO.  Only some of us  got anywhere to be or go.


I haven't operated a gas pump for 3 weeks now. I usually do by at least the 2nd week after filling.
 
2020-03-26 2:45:18 PM  
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2020-03-26 2:45:30 PM  

patrick767: Marcus Aurelius: Just wait until a visit to the local doctor costs a duck or 2 chickens.  Good times are coming!

Coming soon: a roll of TP gets you a covid-19 test.


Let's get real.  No one's going to believe you have a COVID-19 test.
 
2020-03-26 2:45:52 PM  
Just think of all the places you couldn't go to with gas that cheap!
 
2020-03-26 2:47:11 PM  
Where? Still over $2 here in IL
 
2020-03-26 2:49:27 PM  
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2020-03-26 2:49:33 PM  
Watch state governments, while the price is down, RAISE the gas taxes because "hey, you are use
to paying xx anyway".
Then when this made up hysteria goes away, and the price GOES BACK UP, it will be more expensive
than it was when it went down.
Government will never miss an opportunity to raise taxes!
 
2020-03-26 2:51:26 PM  
Put an order in for an Humvee...so all good.
 
2020-03-26 2:52:25 PM  
I remember filling up at 98 cents per gallon back in my teens and thinking "Gas will never be under a dollar per gallon again".

I just did one of those inflation adjuster things to see what 98 cents back then was worth now. It's about $1.75. Conversely, a dollar for gas now translates to about $0.56 per gallon back then.
 
2020-03-26 2:52:45 PM  
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2020-03-26 2:53:09 PM  

Beerguy: maddog2030: Still $3.40 here in NorCal.

I paid $2.80 here in Utah today. Hasn't changed at all.


$2.22 at the Smith's in Brigham City.
 
2020-03-26 2:56:01 PM  
There were sub-dollar prices in the southeast in late 2001 / early 2002.  Lowest I paid was 0.809 for "regular."


/ which my Mustang GT just looooooooved!
// max I ever paid was 3.999 / gal in September 2008
 
2020-03-26 2:57:20 PM  

Jack Sabbath: I left work last Tuesday with less than 45 miles left in my tank.  Drove the 22 miles home.  I still have about 15 miles available.  I haven't seen a gas station in almost two weeks.  In wonder what the prices are out here in SoCal.


Here's the "heat map".  Looks like SoCal is "around 2.50-2.75/gallon

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2020-03-26 2:58:20 PM  
Oh no. Are we going to bail out the oil industries now?
 
2020-03-26 3:02:37 PM  

Marcus Aurelius: Just wait until a visit to the local doctor costs a duck or 2 chickens.  Good times are coming!


That sounds like a canard.
 
2020-03-26 3:04:04 PM  
Yes, oil has gone down from $60/barrel to $23/barrel. The "coronastimulus" bill in Congress was going to allocate some money to buy cheap oil for the Strategic Oil Reserve, but that part was cut out. Democrats would rather pay more later, and fund the JFK Center for the Arts now. Not that that's a bad thing, we need the JFK Center for the Arts, and we should pay more to our Saudi allies.

/tell me where I descended into sarcasm....
 
2020-03-26 3:04:33 PM  
I have $1.10 on my Hy-Vee gas card now.  Unfortunately my gym and library are closed so I'm using about a gallon every two weeks and I still have a half tank; but the wife's car is going to be on E tomorrow so I'll get some happiness giving her my card (and possibly other good stuff).
 
2020-03-26 3:06:24 PM  
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Overall gas prices in the States aren't quite at record lows even for the past ten years, though they were lower only very briefly in 2015 (after another oil price collapse).

Canadian gas prices really are hitting record lows. Have lived here 15+ years and am sure I never saw gas prices south of 70 cents a liter.
 
2020-03-26 3:07:21 PM  
And we'll pay for the difference through our tax dollars being given to the US oil companies for additional subsidies (welfare).
 
2020-03-26 3:10:55 PM  
Well, I guess I'd better jump in my vehicle and drive 8 hours to Milwaukee and fill up!! WOO HOO!!
 
2020-03-26 3:10:59 PM  
That's cheaper than a bottle of Night Train
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2020-03-26 3:11:28 PM  
My first old man story was telling my son about 99 cent gas.

"Let me tell you about the last time I bought 99cent gasoline at a BP station.  I needed to get some gasoline, so I decided to go to Amoco, which was what they called BP in those days.  So I wore a flannel shirt, which was the style at the time.  Now to go to the BP station, they only accepted cash.  In those days there were $2 bills with Thomas Jefferson on them.  'Give me 2 gallons for a Jefferson,' you'd say.

Now where were we? Oh yeah: the important thing was I had on a flannel shirt, which was the style at the time. They didn't have red plaid because Kurt Cobain died. The only thing you could get was yellow flannel..."
 
2020-03-26 3:13:05 PM  

arrogantbastich: Thanks, Saudi Arabia!


Absolutely. It's not COOL, it's sickening how Republican sponsors have manipulated energy policy all my life and refinery rates more responsible for price variance than any explanation given public scrutiny through the 4th Estate. The utter nonsense of a ruling class' vantage filtered down to the local cop's assertion that driving is a privilege within an infrastructre of a nation so geographically expansive. It's a mechanism of authority that dwarfs any political proxy of it. Whenever progressives come close to dismantling its regulatory capture, lowered gas prices are a systemic go-to for the owners of the means of production to temporarily misdirect the individual's perception of having "saved a little more" this week and more prone to be ambivalent about change or politics in general.

Capital, as simply a word, is derived from the cognate of cattle. We've all a price on our heads. Name yours.
 
2020-03-26 3:22:08 PM  

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I never noticed the picture on the pump before.
 
2020-03-26 3:42:31 PM  
I worked for a grocery store with a little gas station back then. They're all "Who wants to change the sign at the gas station?" I volunteered, as it was a while out of the store. I got up on the ladder and started changing from .98 cents to $1.01. People honked at me, and yelled things--like a 16 year old grocery clerk has anything to do with gas prices! Idiots.
The only thing I hate worse than an idiot is a cheap idiot. I hate cheap idiots.
 
2020-03-26 3:55:36 PM  

maxx2112: // max I ever paid was 3.999 / gal in September 2008


Geez, back then it was $4.50-$4.75 / gal here. I was working 12 hour shifts at a crappy factory and the night crew figured that would be a great time to go through the parking lot and siphon gas out of day shift's cars and trucks. Locking gas caps were a great investment then. Good times.
 
2020-03-26 4:13:04 PM  
Montgomery Co, MD, DC 'burb: $2.14/gal today.
 
2020-03-26 4:22:34 PM  

Jack Sabbath: I left work last Tuesday with less than 45 miles left in my tank.  Drove the 22 miles home.  I still have about 15 miles available.  I haven't seen a gas station in almost two weeks.  In wonder what the prices are out here in SoCal.


With prices dropping as fast as they have been, it's probably down to $3.50 in your area by now.
 
2020-03-26 6:33:59 PM  
You have to wonder what nuclear secrets Jared traded MBS for dropping gas prices until the election
 
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