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New Jersey

Joined:Nov 2012
Message Posted: Nov 10, 2012 11:37:04 AM

Gulf station @ 154 Amboy Ave.
Went there on 11/2 just after we got hit by Hurricane Sandy. Price was 3.89.9 for regular and no lines.
Can't imagine why there were no lines. Lines at Hess were long where regular was 3.22.9 and other stations
near by were just a little more. In the past few days this price gouging station dropped it's price to 3.65.9 ? You
really think he did this out of the kindness of his heart. I think not, no station drops it's price 24 cents unless
he got caught with his pants down. All I seen were southeast asians running the pumps who could hardly
speak english but know how to count money. Sorry, I call it as I see it.
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Champion Author Stockton

Joined:Jun 2008
Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 2:30:06 PM

He must have thought everybody else would gouge. What a surprise when he found he was the only thief.
Champion Author Lexington

Joined:Aug 2008
Message Posted: Nov 11, 2012 7:53:02 AM

Local forum topic rookie.
Rookie Author San Jose

Joined:Apr 2009
Message Posted: Nov 11, 2012 12:11:00 AM

ronb_5, I have seen a lot of Americans that can barely speak English, and these people were born and raised in the United States.
Champion Author Houston

Joined:Sep 2012
Message Posted: Nov 10, 2012 8:09:20 PM

Best thing to do is to not patronize stations that make you mad.
Champion Author Massachusetts

Joined:Nov 2008
Message Posted: Nov 10, 2012 5:20:13 PM

@Gas_Buddy - way to go! You said it well!

@RobB_5 - The Storm did affect a major part of the entire East Coast, me in Massachusetts (Cape Cod) & inland as far as PA, OH, NY & Canada. We know NJ, NY & areas around those States were hit the hardest. However, not EVERYONE in USA, Canada & in other Continents were affected by Hurricane Sandy or the local "Woodbridge, NJ Gulf Station"... Therefore, it would be best if you posted this in your local forum... I.E- The "New Jersey Forum". I see you are doing a wonderful job complaining about the price of Gas at one Station & the making negative racial remarks; yet you haven't even posted a SINGLE Gas Price.... I mean, other than the two prices you passed along in this thread here... But, that is not how you post prices on Gas Buddy.
Also, did you think that maybe the Gulf Station is charging $3.89/Gal. because they know that some people do NOT have the time to wait at Hess for $3.22/Gal.? & Gulf may be doing some people a favor, though it's frustrating to witness, there are people who CAN afford to pay or ARE willing to pay the extra 67¢/Gal (Roughly $13 more for a Full 20 Gallon tank) to save 1-2+ HOURS, waiting in a line, at a GAS STATION! & People who value time more than money & those who feel "Time is Money", or may just be in a rush, will likely pay little if any mind to the 67¢ extra per gallon & getting their Gas instantly, rather than 1-2 HOURS LATER (waiting in LINE)! It is CERTAINLY worth 67¢/Gal+ / $5 - $15 more, to save 1 - 2 HOURS, to MANY People! If I were in a rush, I would go to the Gulf! If I had time, I would CERTAINLY be waiting & saving at Hess.
It's not so much gauging, as it is a Free Enterprise, after a "Superstorm", in an area where people commute to work daily, many to places like NYC etc. Some may actually be grateful that there is a station they can go to, pay a little more & not have to worry about a 1-2 hour line or being late for work, school or where ever they need to be; some people commute to NYC daily for work! They already have to be up EARLY, now they have to wake up at 3AM instead of 5AM, JUST TO GET GAS & still be to work on time! Folks in situations like that, may appreciate a Station with little to NO Lines right now! Sure, nobody WANTS to pay MORE, but as I said, to some "TIME IS MONEY" & MANY People, don't have the time to wait! If this were a permanent thing, I could understand your complaint, but hello, wake up, you are from NJ, do you remember what just happened? I'm sure as things begin to get back to normal, the HESS & the Gulf in Woodbridge, NJ will likely begin to price their Gasoline a bit closer in range & you won't have to alert the nations of their massive 67¢, now 43¢ price difference...

& Are you really telling us that this is the largest price difference between two local Gas Stations, that you've ever seen?? I have seen $3.01 & $3.99, directly across the street from each other... For NO reason, with NO Hurricane... I just knew where to NOT get my Gas.. I didn't feel the need to alert Millions. Clearly Gulf is not worried about competition at this time. & Long lines or not, it's nice of Hess to keep prices at $3.22, after a big storm that closed many Gas Stations, we're lucky the prices didn't skyrocket! But some people will find a reason to complain, no matter what the situation... Here in MA $3.65 is the price of Regular at the moment. We are varying from $3.30's to $3.99. Alert the press......
Champion Author Maryland

Joined:Aug 2004
Message Posted: Nov 10, 2012 4:08:02 PM

The part in the original post I don't understand is:

"All I seen were southeast asians running the pumps who could hardly
speak english but know how to count money. Sorry, I call it as I see it."

I'm not sure how that's "calling it as you see it" but in other threads people complain that all they see are "Muslims...ragheads...Jews...Iraqis...Middle East people...", usually with the comments "...trying to rip off Americans." Seems like, if you're calling it as you see it, you're seeing people that invested in American businesses and trying to make a go of it, and trying to make a go in a very competitive and fast changing service station industry. Maybe that's just how I see it, though.

"All I seen were..." And you're saying that they "could hardly speak english"?

[Edited by: Gas_Buddy at 11/10/2012 4:11:18 PM EST]
Champion Author Arizona

Joined:Jun 2010
Message Posted: Nov 10, 2012 2:20:35 PM

So he lowered his price when he got lower price shipment in

he can't lower his price if he still has gas he paid more for in the ground

I would have expected prices to be much higher than that , in the wake of a major storm

we where paying 3.65 for regular a few weeks ago , here in Arizona , and we had no storms, now the price has come down , but some smaller stations still have gas in the ground from back then , so there price is going to be higher
Champion Author Maryland

Joined:Aug 2004
Message Posted: Nov 10, 2012 2:00:51 PM

I find this somewhat funny because, first, I have no idea how much this one specific gas station usually charges for regular gas. Second, despite all the stories about people waiting in lines blocks and miles long, with their cars idling, stories about people buying overpriced gas cans on Craigslist and waiting in line, walking with their gas cans, that people were avoiding this one gas station, which apparently had plenty of gas, because the price was higher than at gas station somewhere else.

In any case, fuel prices where I am normally have a 75 cent difference (or more) between the high and the low priced stations. Sorry, but if you're going to tell us about a story about a what you say some gas station did a week ago, at least provide a little more substance to the story.

And, you really joined Gas Buddy to tell us what happened a week ago in the aftermath of a storm? You're not here to help New Yorkers or those from New jersey by posting gas prices?
Champion Author Mississippi

Joined:May 2004
Message Posted: Nov 10, 2012 11:39:42 AM

.... so what you are saying is that he was charging you a "fee" to keep from waiting in line .....
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