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Swifty Gas Complaint - Gas prices - gasoline

Review by Billl on 2007-05-29
PERU, INDIANA -- At 10:51 , 5-29-2007, I purchased 20.00 worth of gas at Swifty station # 147. The sign in front said 351.09 for regular gas. The pump said 358.09.
I received 5.572 gallons of gas for 20.00. No big deal, just thought it was wrong. Thanks
Comments:14 Replies - Latest reply on 2007-05-30
Posted by Sparticus on 2007-05-29:
There is a place by us that stopped advertising their prices on a billboard sign. You basically have no idea what the price is until you pull up and get out to read the pump. I consider this shady and don't ever stop there...

What amazes me more is the variation of gas prices I saw on my road trip over the weekend. Here in Chicago I paid $3.71 on my way out of town... Down in Missouri I paid $3.15... In Tennessee I paid $2.60!!!

So my question is... why is Chicago over $1 more per gallon than Tennessee/Memphis area (also a large city).
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-05-29:
$3.51 and 9/10 per gallon right? Would it be safe to assume that they hadn't changed the sign yet?
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-05-29:
Taxes and a higher demand in Chicago would be my guess, Sparticus.
Posted by MRM on 2007-05-29:
Currently $3.04 for regular over here in Norfolk,VA.
Posted by Hugh_Jorgen on 2007-05-29:
I would guess your Chicago gas costs more than Memphis gas for two reasons - first, the transport cost are higher just due to the fact you are farther from the Gulf coast ports. Secondly, I would guess the EPA madates a special "Chicago Blend" gasoline for the summer months to help keep smog down. There are over 30 city-specific blends out there now and that has a lot to due with higher summer prices.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-05-29:
Sparticus, I think its just a free for all and they charge what they think they can get. I saw on the news that we have the same amount of gas we had last year at this time and the demand was a little lower if anything, so that’s my point. They are paying $7.00+ in Germany.

Bill, did you protest?
Posted by adzidek on 2007-05-29:
I don't think not posting the cost is shady. You don't know the cost of a pack of gum at the counter until you get to the counter, right? Mind you, I wouldn't stop if there was no price posted...I would go somewhere else. But it's not shady, just a bad business decision.
Posted by Sparticus on 2007-05-29:
That makes sense Hugh and zzrokk... Especially the distance part. I had though about that before... but I do see oil tankers out on the great lakes (i think) occassionally... since ships can get in through the Saint Lawrence Seaway from the Atlantic to the Great Lakes... So you would think they would come in to Detroit, etc... but who knows.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-05-29:
We have refineries here and supposedly they are not at capacity and these seasonal blends along with BUSH, playing with the CLOCKS is beginning to worry me.
Posted by ejack053824 on 2007-05-29:
Ride a bicycle.
Posted by imjustasteph on 2007-05-29:
There was a place near where I used to live that consistently charged more than it was morked.a (On gas I mean.) But, I was a teen with a job and the green stuff burning holes in my pockets so I let it go....

And now, it's been torn down to make room for a new highway. Ah justice.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-05-29:
I'll echo MRM here with the gas prices in Virginia Beach.
Posted by Ponie on 2007-05-30:
Hey, Bill--what can you expect? In that one-horse town, they still sell bales of hay! I have the right to say that--lived there for 8-1/2 years. Was on the Circus Board of Directors. No, not as a clown! But I could probably fill in for one of them. :)
Posted by CrazyRedHead on 2007-05-30:
2.96 here in Oak Grove, KY. (for now)

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