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BPonRTE66

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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 3:03:19 PM

I look at the Gasbuddy.com website and see gas prices throughout the state of California, and notice that places in Central and Northern California are up to $0.60 cheaper, what's up with that? I could understand if it was different between states because of taxes, but the gas tax is the same throughout this gas/money gouging state of Calif.
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PithyOpiner
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2013 1:06:14 PM

If a market is bigger than a smaller market next door, the busy market will usually have higher prices.
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xbAG
Champion Author California

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Message Posted: Feb 10, 2013 10:12:54 PM

I live in Arroyo Grande, central coast CA. prices dere are usually on the higher end. :> (((
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WEPSMAN
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Message Posted: Feb 10, 2013 8:13:54 PM

Gas prices here from the east side of the state to the west side always vary also. Usually .30 or more.
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ZZZoop
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Message Posted: Feb 10, 2013 12:15:52 PM

>>Cost of the overhead (cost of doing business).<<

To expand on that point, the cost of running a business varies throughout the state.
1. Even though the base sales tax rate is 7.5%, local tax rates vary and add to that base rate
2. Labor
3. Insurance
4. Lease/rental rates
5. Property tax
6. Distribution costs; i.e., the farther a retail store is from the point of product distribution, the higher the cost for delivery
7. Varying business models by gas retailers; e.g., a retailer that also provides a quick mart or auto repair services probably can get by with different gas profit margins
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EdPG
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Message Posted: Feb 10, 2013 7:35:07 AM

Travel time from fuel farm to station
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OceanArcher
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 3:07:35 PM

Cost of the overhead (cost of doing business).
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