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Old 09-13-2018, 04:40 PM
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Default Can you explain "that" gas station that we all know?

You drive down the same road every day... most gasoline stations sell Unleaded Regular for the same price... say $2.50. But there's always that one station... that just has to sell it for $2.91

Can you explain that to me? Better yet... can you explain the one care you see there every now and again with the nozzle filling up? How do they stay in business? Is there something else to it?

No service station... empty lot. I can't imagine they are selling much soda if the lot is always empty.

How's that work?
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Originally Posted by OldPete View Post
You drive down the same road every day... most gasoline stations sell Unleaded Regular for the same price... say $2.50. But there's always that one station... that just has to sell it for $2.91

Can you explain that to me? Better yet... can you explain the one care you see there every now and again with the nozzle filling up? How do they stay in business? Is there something else to it?

No service station... empty lot. I can't imagine they are selling much soda if the lot is always empty.

How's that work?
And it's always the one closest to the Interstate highway.
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Old 09-13-2018, 05:39 PM
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Some people are willing to pay a couple bucks for no line and easy access.
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Originally Posted by Tomk09 View Post
Some people are willing to pay a couple bucks for no line and easy access.
I can't remember the last time I had to wait for gas pump... except maybe during a hurricane. In which case the expensive gas station was closed. LOL.
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Theres one here, right next to a local mall. They are usually 75 cents a gallon more. Not full but usually a few cars there. I think they are people that just don't look at the price.
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It is next to Enterpriser Car Rental and the Ford dealership.

Their prices have been that way for years, and still in business.

My guess is that they have deals with their neighbors.
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Old 09-13-2018, 05:47 PM
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I can't remember the last time I had to wait for gas pump... except maybe during a hurricane. In which case the expensive gas station was closed. LOL.
You've clearly not gotten gas in South Florida or small towns in Florida during the summer tourism months.

If I'm in my wife's Civic we get 36mpg and it holds 12 gallons or so of it really gets empty. 20 cents a gallon is $2 max. Since we both work from home we fill it up every 2-3 months. It's not something I think about.

My diesel truck gets 29-31mpg but holds 25 gallons. I'm a bit more careful there since diesel prices vary more between gas station and interstate truck stop. Generally I proactively fill up before leaving on a long trip.
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There's a butt for every seat, but a fuel stop that sells for 20% more than everybody else doesn't want - nor get - a lot of butts.

In my commuter car, if I'm running on fumes I might stop there for a $10 limp home...
In the F250, where a fill up would cost me $20 more, they would never see me.
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Old 09-13-2018, 05:55 PM
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There is one station right by the highway I usually stop at when Im up at my shop. It’s $.30/gal more than the WaWa a mile down the street. However the WaWa is in a very bad spot and depending what vehicle I have doesn’t carry diesel.

Its always rush hour when I’m hitting it and to drive that extra mile through 7 lights including two busy intersections, fill up then turn around and hit the on ramp right near the other station can take 20 min or more. I nevr fill up at that expensive station, 10gal max so extra $3 to save almost a 1/2 hour I could care less.
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Old 09-13-2018, 05:56 PM
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Never once looked to see price per gallon before getting gas.
I just pull in where ever when I'm low and fill up.
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Can you explain to me how there is "that one" major retail chain (who also sells groceries) that is always cheaper than anyone else, yet the other chains still get business? And in fact their competitor (in Florida at least) is still rated the largest grocery store in the South East?

Convenience. Brand recognition. Status?

I go where I can get in and get out with the least amount of pain, be it gas, beer, or a loaf of bread. I don't care if I spend a bit more for that convenience. That said, I plan my gas runs to hit the larger chain stations with the better price, but I'm not opposed to getting a few gallons at the local high priced place if needed.

Just like I will only hit some retail stores (Wal-Mart) when desperate and usually at 1:30 am when I don't have to dodge 75 hover-rounds.
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Old 09-13-2018, 06:07 PM
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They don't want to sell gas. Depends in the contract but it's the lazy factor. I know it sounds crazy but if the store gets paid same regardless of gallons pumped they would jsut as soon you don't buy fuel.

I know a shop that used to pay 4 cents a gallon. They undercut those around them by a penny and stayed full at the pumps. THen they changed to 2 cents a gallon but cheaper rent. The owner could care less how many gallons get sold now.

That station in the out of the way place charges extra because he gets 40 cents a gallon but nets the same as the guy selling 10 times more fuel.
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Around here i notice them same. Those stations always smell like curry inside...
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Originally Posted by bikem View Post
Never once looked to see price per gallon before getting gas.
I just pull in where ever when I'm low and fill up.
Show off...can't hide money.



Actually I'm the same way, never pay attention EXCEPT for the Poor Boys general store near our house. Consistently 10c higher than anywhere else. It's new, yet the pumps never freaking work. Or the pumps work but the card readers don't freaking work. And the freaking diesel pump cuts off at $75.

I won't patronize them and chastise my wife when she does. Guess she thinks we're made of money.

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I generally pay attention, but only because it is convenient to do so. Our town has a $0.30 - $0.50 variance between stations, and other than a few, there is no pattern to it other than Costco and Sam’s being the cheapest. Ironically the stations closest to the fuel terminal are among the highest. There are a handful of stations on my general route that rotate amongst being cheapest, and Costco/Sam’s are basically on route and are about .05 below the other cheapest.

On the road convenience is king.
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I think most stations make little to nothing on the gas. They keep the gas price very close to break even to make money on the food/ drinks, etc. I am sure some owners say why not make money on the gas and forget trying to bring in traffic to get the extras. Possibly the profit of both stations is the same but one has way less traffic in and out. Or they are mob run and they just launder money.
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Old 09-13-2018, 07:20 PM
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They probably have a corporate fuel card. When traveling from one state to another daily, getting gas is just something that slows you down.
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I have a company car with a fuel card, I never look at price. If I need gas, I get it.
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I can't remember the last time I looked at the price of gas. If my truck needs gas I find a place that sells gas and stop there.
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Originally Posted by Tomk09 View Post
Some people are willing to pay a couple bucks for no line and easy access.
yup. I go the shortest line.
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