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RideAMoped

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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2013 7:41:25 AM

...after paying almost $40 for 10 gallons of gas, the least we could get is a free consolation prize of a drink or candy bar. Sheesh. Painful.
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catladyNM
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Message Posted: May 30, 2013 8:35:58 PM

It would be nice to get some little something
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: May 9, 2013 9:18:50 PM

gwhizz13 wrote:
"Or a free car wash and wax for every $500 spent on gas/oil..now think about it, that doesn't take long to fill your tank up to $500 @ $1.31.9 a litre..I would be happy"

I'm sure the company you work for makes as little mark-up as gas stations make, and I'm sure the company you work would be more than willing to give away services or products of relatively high value simply because I bought something else that provided little income. Am I correct, the company you work for would do that, essentially giving up any income it might make in order to make me happy?

Gas stations in the United States mark up gas approximately 9 to 12 cents per gallon above the wholesale price it pays, and from that mark-up must pay operating expenses which include rent, salaries, tax, paying off the investment loan, franchise fees, insurance, and credit card fees. Considering that most gas stations are in the 100,000 gallons per month or less range (many are in the 65,000 to 75,000 gallons per month range or less), that means that a gas station might take in $12,000 a month. Over a year, that's about $144,000.

Sound like a lot, $12,000 a month, $144,000 a year? First take away the annual rent, several thousand a month. Then take away the salaries for about four people woring for minimum wage ($15,000 a year - something I'm sure that most people can't live on), or five people. Take away the credit card fees which are about 2.5 percent of the price at the pump as well as transaction and equipment fees. I assume that someone will have to find a way to pay for utilities such as electricity. We still haven't said anything about paying off the financial investment in the business, let alone the owners/operators making any profit. Okay, profit's a bad word; how about we call it a return on their investment, just like the company you work for wants to get a return on its investment in the business.

And you still think that someone should be giving you a free car wash and wax? Simply because you bought something from them?
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gwhizz13
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Message Posted: May 9, 2013 8:58:09 PM

Or a free car wash and wax for every $500 spent on gas/oil..now think about it, that doesn't take long to fill your tank up to $500 @ $1.31.9 a litre..I would be happy
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: May 9, 2013 8:09:58 PM

chuckl95453 wrote:
"free fill up after ten fill ups"

I'm going to assume that the above was written in jest. No one can suggest that with a straight face.
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maxstar
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Message Posted: May 9, 2013 7:48:45 PM

I would rather get 10 gallons for $40 than 9.5 gallons and a candy bar for $40.
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olympusman2004
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Message Posted: May 9, 2013 7:48:04 PM

lol
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1OILMAN
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Message Posted: May 9, 2013 6:27:21 PM

giwan: yep thats about normal. Hate to burst your bubble. Of course Visa/MC/AmEx make about double that. Imagine that.
Oh yeah, I can many times make more off one soda, one cup of coffee or one candy bar than 10 gallons of fuel. Getting rich, right?

[Edited by: 1OILMAN at 5/9/2013 6:31:05 PM EST]
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metalhat73
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Message Posted: May 9, 2013 1:46:23 PM

All I get at my station is a free smile.
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giwan
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Message Posted: May 9, 2013 1:33:49 PM

Really 40 cents they made in profit?
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chuckl95453
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Message Posted: May 9, 2013 1:12:06 PM

free fill up after ten fill ups
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1OILMAN
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Message Posted: May 9, 2013 12:54:34 PM

Yep, with that whopping 40 cents they just made on your 10 gallons.
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MIT05
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Message Posted: May 9, 2013 7:21:38 AM

Agree, I remember those days when you did get treats and, full service.
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cogas1
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Message Posted: May 9, 2013 4:51:00 AM

I wish free car wash with fill up would come back.
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2Tall
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Message Posted: May 8, 2013 8:10:27 AM

what else do you want? We live in the U.S.A.
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grim_farva
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Message Posted: May 8, 2013 8:09:28 AM

that would be nice, but it will never happen
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Dennis783
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Message Posted: May 8, 2013 8:08:39 AM

I remember when you got a free gift for buying gas
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gassprite
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Message Posted: May 8, 2013 6:42:52 AM

It's not the stations making all the money. It's the big oil corporations. Ask them for a treat and see what you get.
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MertieMan
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Message Posted: May 4, 2013 8:40:08 AM

Why exactly should you get a free treat? They can't steal and then give you something, it would cut into their coffers considerably.
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EvPv
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Message Posted: May 4, 2013 12:30:39 AM

We provide a clean restroom. Trust me when I say that is not an easy task.
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jcpatriots
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Message Posted: May 3, 2013 9:08:05 PM

So the gas stations, who make almost no profit on the gasoline they sell, should give out the things in the store that give them the highest profit margins which help keep them afloat and profitable (and in business)? So by doing this, they lose that profit, and then probably net a loss in profit by doing so, which in turn will bring the price of gasoline up further? Makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.

[Edited by: jcpatriots at 5/3/2013 9:09:36 PM EST]
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catladyNM
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Message Posted: May 3, 2013 8:24:41 PM

Sometimes I think a candy bar would be nice.
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cogas1
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 4:26:19 AM

Just help yourself to a few extra napkins out of the dispenser. That's about all you get.
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eyegotgas2
Champion Author British Columbia

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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 3:47:43 AM

I have seen stations that give out free coffee with fills but they really don't have to give out anything at all.

We go there because we need gas in the first place.
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gougenator
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 3:44:44 AM

yea really! ,that gas wouldve cost $10 in 2000

[Edited by: gougenator at 2/23/2013 3:45:34 AM EST]
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stlhawk
Champion Author St. Louis

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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2013 1:23:14 PM

They would just jack the price up a few more cents per gallon to pay for your "freebie". Free very rarely is.
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CelticHeart
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2013 1:18:56 PM

How about treating your fellow Gas Buddies with a few more gas prices?
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hornet17
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2013 12:01:25 PM

around here $40 for 10 gallons is cheap.
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TrixieNY
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2013 11:49:10 AM

I think you should treat the good people of Greensboro to some updated gas prices!
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gas_phil
Champion Author Sacramento

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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2013 11:22:06 AM

Agree with OP !!
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traffic cop
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2013 10:53:30 AM

Bring back free glassware for the dinner table!
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OceanArcher
Champion Author Mississippi

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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2013 10:24:39 AM

Wait until that same 10 gallons of gas sets you back $50 ....
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EdPG
Champion Author Boston

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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2013 7:49:58 AM

I don't anything from a Gas station!
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