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veloman

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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 4:12:20 PM

Is gas too cheap, too expensive, or just right?

Elaborate why you believe so, if you please.
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Wrench45840
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 9:56:07 PM

To expensive, every time somebody farts they raise prices they used to complain about supply & demand but they still raise it in mid winter when demand is down but all they do is control supply shut a refinery down to drive up prices even if the refinery is on the west Coast the price will go up in the Midwest. But yet the profits seem to keep going up! Also if Unleaded goes up on the market $.02 the price at the pump will go up $.25-$.35 a gallon retail.
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veloman
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 6:59:16 PM

I'll post a few gas prices that I see. Though I don't think that has to do with this topic, which is just a discussion.

Personally... I am not sure. Relative to 10 years ago, gas is higher than what inflation has been. But it's a commodity and a very important one.

One thing I do believe is that gasoline at current prices is cheap considering how much energy it holds. I mean, if we had to replace internal combustion machines with human power, it would be vastly more costly to use human power. (Assuming the machines are the same and not more efficient at what they do. Think a bicycle vs a car in the city).

But I understand the worlds economy was built on gasoline that was far cheaper than it currently is, and so with that in mind, it's reasonable to believe gasoline is very expensive now.Overall, I still think it's a good value, if an automobile is your only option. There's a lot of value in being able to drive at 70mph in total comfort from all weather, over difficult terrain, and wherever the roads lead you. Not restricted on public transit, or going slow as a bus ride, or the slowness and physical effort of pedaling a bike, or dealing with bad weather. In some cases, the alternative modes ARE a better option, but for most people here, I know they are not.

It comes down to perception. You're perception is built on how things use to be. Which isn't necessarily wrong. But on the other hand, it could be much worse too. Gas could be $40/gallon. And it could still be worth it for many people too.
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HankHillprogane
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 4:49:36 PM

Too expensive in Alabama. To where in Colorado, it's only $2.76 and cheaper.
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outlaw329
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 3:49:03 PM

Yes
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lfredericks2
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 3:19:11 PM

Gas is the biggest rip off around. That's why I invest in oil companies that make huge profits and pay large dividends. In my mind there is no logical, explainable reason for gas to be this high.
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fkkf92
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 10:14:42 AM

no
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_Sparty_
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 10:14:06 AM

Every day
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_Sparty_
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 10:13:49 AM

Every day
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wshokie12
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 4:19:08 AM

Yes
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musicreporter
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 1:38:56 AM

no
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handymanherb
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 1:08:40 AM

Yep, mostly by the government,they make more money on fuel than anyone
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bknights40
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 12:09:38 AM

This is an understatement. If my business was raise and lower prices as does the gas companies, I would be in jail or out of business
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waynecz
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 10:57:47 PM

No matter what the "anointed one" and his press secretary say or believe or make you believe, gasoline is STILL a function of supply and demand. If we would just open up the Federal Lands in addition to the private lands where the private landowners have expanded drilling and production, the price of gas would come down as the economic laws of supply and demand worked. So yes, I believe we are being ripped off because our govt. has to meddle in and subsidize other forms of energy for populist votes, wasting our tax dollars, and meddling with the natural economic law of supply and demand. Other alternative forms of energy will be feasible under the normal laws of supply and demand, ie when they become economically feasible without govt. subsidies.
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valby
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 9:40:11 PM

Yes I do.
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gvan
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 8:55:04 PM

I don't like high gas prices but never think of it as being ripped off.
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BUSSY
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 2:19:03 PM

gas is not the only commodity that is too expensive. So why single out gas?
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pt88
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 2:09:34 PM

for sure,,
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PithyOpiner
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 1:44:18 PM

Yes, I am being ripped off and it makes me angry. I have very little choice but to keep using gasoline. I feel there is a lot of margin involved in the pricing of gasoline regardless of what the oil industry says to us about it. They lie.
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PithyOpiner
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 1:40:48 PM

Yes, I am being ripped off and it makes me angry. I have very little choice but to keep using gasoline. I feel there is a lot of margin involved in the pricing of gasoline regardless of what the oil industry says to us about it. They lie.
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ProtegeFL
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 11:46:11 PM

Absolutely.
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WEPSMAN
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 9:43:50 PM

Every time I fill up.
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DI
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 3:55:02 PM

eyegotgas2 writes "Sometimes I wonder how accurate the pump volumes are. If they were out even 2% that would amount to a lot of money in just 1 day."

Yes, but I trust you're aware that pumps can be off in two ways — one favors the station and one favors the buyer. Therefore, it's in the station's interest to ensure that the pumps are accurate so _they_ aren't being ripped off.

Most states require annual inspection of pumps to ensure their accuracy. Since you're from Canada, you should be aware Government of Canada Takes Action to Ensure Fairness at the Gas Pumps:

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The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry, today announced that the Government of Canada has taken measures to protect Canadian consumers from inaccurate measurement when purchasing gasoline or other measured goods. The proposed Fairness at the Pumps Act will make retailers more accountable for the accuracy of their pumps and other measuring devices.
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Boyrr
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 2:31:49 PM

like a Hoover is hooked to my wallet!
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BIRDlE
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 10:24:03 AM

sometimes
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OceanArcher
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 10:10:57 AM

Veloman -- get some prices to post, please
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kjSC
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 9:10:45 AM

Of course!
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MertieMan
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 7:45:58 AM

Indeed I do, since these prices are at least $1.50 per gallon too high. I feel like they are pointing a gun at me and literally taking money out of my wallet.
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olympusman2004
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 4:49:02 AM

YES
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twt
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 3:44:43 AM

First, tell us what YOU think. Do you post gas prices? How often?
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glambgirl
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 3:31:28 AM

It is what it is, simple as that.
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eyegotgas2
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 3:24:41 AM

Sometimes I wonder how accurate the pump volumes are. If they were out even 2% that would amount to a lot of money in just 1 day.
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handymanherb
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 10:15:29 PM

We being ripped off by the state and federal govenment, there making more money off fuel than anyone else does and they make sure the diesel tax is higher than gas, because that price gets passed on to you, buried in the price of every thing you buy.
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 8:06:47 PM



I'm sorry, veloman, but you've been a Gas Buddy member for more than six years, and forgetting almost all of your 4,270 points during that time came from message posting, your points from message posting, during that time the most gas prices you could have posted were about 30 gas price posts, about one gas price post every two months.

And you really want to know if people think gas is too cheap, too expensive, or just right? And you want them to "elaborate"?

First, why not post what you think? Although that seems to be obvious since you titled the topic "Do you feel you are being ripped off at the pump", but then ask an entirely different question in your original post. Why not say what you think, that you do or do not feel you're being ripped off at the pump, or if you think gas is too cheap, or you think otherwise?

Second, why not post gas prices just a little more frequently to help your fellow Gas Buddy members, instead of simply taking part in the discussions. If all you did was post just one gas price post a month, just one, you'd provide your fellow Connecticut Gas Buddy members more than five times the information you're providing now. With just one gas price post a month.

That one gas price post a month might, just might in my opinion, be worth a lot more than all the message posts you've started or taking part in.
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