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Realakman

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Message Posted: Apr 29, 2013 11:52:48 AM

Thats what I was paying when I got my license.
Just a few years ago, was paying $1.29 - $1.59
Why the huge price increase?
The world is awash in oil, price fixing, government and oil commodities trading is ruining it for all of us.
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2manyfords
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Message Posted: Sep 14, 2013 12:27:52 PM

FrankLee1, what makes you think we give a hoot what you think? That would be just stupid.
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eyeplant
Champion Author Florida

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Message Posted: Sep 14, 2013 1:11:55 AM

i never seen that ever. that would be great to see again. the close thing i come to that cheap is one of the guys at work told me about his grandfather bought some gas company vouchers. he still gets his gas at what ever that price was when he bought them.
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FrankLee1
All-Star Author Minnesota

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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 3:22:05 PM

What makes you think gas should be the only commodity with it's price stuck in the '50s? It's unrealistic and stupid.
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OceansidePoms
Champion Author Massachusetts

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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 3:08:51 PM

My Grandparents & Great Grandparents used to & still do tell me how they paid less than 15¢ per Gallon back when they were Late Teens! & How their Parents (my Great, Great Grand Parents) used to purchase PREMIUM 90-93+ for 10¢ per Gallon & Regular was in the SINGLE DIGITS 3-6¢ per Gallon! Cigarettes were 15-25¢ per pack. Milk was under 39¢ per Gallon. We all know this, it's only upsetting to think about... Unless you know some secret that I don't...
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** Oh & BTW --- @Realakman - You are NOT the only one who misses "your" 56¢/Gallon Gasoline... I would say 98.9% of this ENTIRE website/community does. & *MOST Americans do too! (*MOST - I'm sure there are some, like CERTAIN Employees & CEO's of BIG corporations that are loving it, UGH)!
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2Tall
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 1:52:14 PM

As it's said at Christmas time… Oh Well!
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MertieMan
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 9:18:36 AM

We indeed do have plenty of oil, manipulators, speculators and investors keep the prices high to line their pockets. The whole industry is run by crooks, thugs and outright legal thieves now. When I see a station change prices three times in one day and gouge people, then what does that tell you? Outright gouging and legally stealing money from the consumers is what it is.
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contiki
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Message Posted: Jun 17, 2013 8:21:11 PM

The world is NOT awash in oil....if it was the case, OPEC wouldn't be the one that control the price of oil.....but they do.............

[Edited by: contiki at 6/17/2013 8:21:47 PM EST]
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1OILMAN
Champion Author Alabama

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Message Posted: Jun 17, 2013 1:21:52 PM

Me and my three friends use to all kick in $0.25 so we could cruise all night. Of course that is when Jack's hamburgers were $0.15 and McDonalds too. And best of all I made $0.75/hour for hard manual labor.
The more things change, the more they stay the same. Just relative to your frame of reference.
Imagine that.
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CobraJ
Champion Author Tampa

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Message Posted: Jun 17, 2013 1:04:18 PM

When I got my learner's license back in the summer of 1985, gasoline prices were around $1.119 and going lower. By 1986, during the last oil glut, prices were under $1.00 a gallon at around $.60. It was nice to able to pump 8+ gallons and only pay $5.00.
We probably we'll ever see that again unless some miracle happens and all speculation is bannished totally and all speculators are imprisoned.



[Edited by: CobraJ at 6/17/2013 1:07:34 PM EST]
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EdPG
Champion Author Boston

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Message Posted: Jun 17, 2013 11:36:52 AM

I paid 16.9 cent per Gallon when I got my License.
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bluenvoy
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Message Posted: Jun 17, 2013 10:28:55 AM

It's just wondrous isn't it?
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nichols
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Message Posted: Jun 17, 2013 9:51:54 AM

wow 56 cents
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traffic cop
Champion Author Boston

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Message Posted: May 9, 2013 1:57:27 PM

I miss my 15.9 cents a gallon gas.

For my Studebaker.

By cracky!
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thirty8paces
Champion Author Baltimore

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Message Posted: May 9, 2013 1:05:05 PM

I'd be happy at $2/gal.
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Rich1430
Champion Author Indiana

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Message Posted: May 9, 2013 12:40:34 PM

I remember gas at 35.9 cents a gallon here in Indiana in 1970 when I was 5 years old. You and I will never see that again!!!!!
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rick_evans
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Message Posted: May 9, 2013 12:28:52 PM

Well, you can always move to Venezuela
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Titanic1985
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Message Posted: May 9, 2013 10:56:40 AM

Hello Realakman,

I worked at an ARCO (Atlantic Richfield) station after college and before enlisting in the military in 1969. We were at the top end of pricing and a gallon of gas was $.299. That said my wages started at $1.00 per hour and were at $1.75 when I quit. I also was a mechanic at those wages and our hourly rate was $8.00. A fully loaded Tow Truck (the sling type) was $8,600.00. All things must be kept in perspective.

As a youngster, I remember gasoline selling for $.249.

Those days are gone forever.

Take care :-). MGY



[Edited by: Titanic1985 at 5/9/2013 10:59:09 AM EST]
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valby
Champion Author Massachusetts

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Message Posted: May 4, 2013 5:30:53 AM

I miss my 29 cent a gallon in the 70's.
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wbacon
Champion Author Philadelphia

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Message Posted: May 4, 2013 4:49:26 AM

Miss my 30 cents/gal when I first started driving!
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RJ35126
All-Star Author Birmingham

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Message Posted: May 4, 2013 3:40:17 AM

recall seeing 39.9 CENTS on signs as a kid
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dvc2
Champion Author Oakland

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Message Posted: May 4, 2013 1:34:56 AM

Back in 1976 it was 55.9 at most stations and as low as 49.9 at Rotten Robbies in Fremont, Ca.
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jcpatriots
Champion Author Massachusetts

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Message Posted: May 3, 2013 9:06:17 PM

Yeah, well, welcome to a changing world. Seriously, deal with it. Ugh.
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pcbosis
Rookie Author Orange County

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Message Posted: May 3, 2013 6:45:09 PM

I miss the days when I paid 18.9 cents a gallon and they washed your windows, gave you glassware when you bought 8 gallons of gas or more, gave you either green or blue chip stamps. Now you have to go to a bullet proof cube to pay more for a gallon of gas than it took to fill up my car back in the 60's.
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2manyfords
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Message Posted: May 3, 2013 5:47:38 PM

30 cents when I started driving in 1964. Minimum wage was 1.25/hour. That is about 4 gallons per hour. Today the minimum wage is what (help me here), $7 or $8/hour? With gas at $3.60 that is only 2 or a little more gallons per hour. Cars today do get better gas mileage but I believe it does cost us a bit more to drive today. With the world demand for oil I don't believe there is anything we can do to bring down the price. All we can do is buy more fuel efficient vehicles and/or drive less.
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MIT05
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Message Posted: May 3, 2013 2:12:19 PM

84 cents for me.
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dekline
Sophomore Author Atlanta

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Message Posted: May 3, 2013 1:59:20 PM

Me too I can remember when gas prices were under a $1
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jack4141
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Message Posted: May 3, 2013 1:26:34 AM

Okay
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mybigtruck
Champion Author San Jose

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Message Posted: May 3, 2013 12:59:54 AM

I paid $0.86/gal for premium in 1986. People threw a fit when it hit $1/gallon.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 5:48:51 PM

All you people who remember 20 cent a gallon gas, what were you making in those days? I was making $1.99 an hour.
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Sneakers55
Champion Author Houston

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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 5:46:32 PM

On Apr 30, 2013 4:10:57 AM, MertieMan wrote:

>Then I miss my .20 cents per gallon when I started driving in 1955.

I miss my 19.9 cents a gallon from when I started driving in 1973. And people complained that gasoline was expensive back then!
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PithyOpiner
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 2:04:00 PM

Well, WEPSMAN, we could all move on down to Venezuela. I hear they sell gas for around a quarter a gallon down there. You could start a GasBuddy there and make hundreds of dollars. Attract your self a pretty blond senorita and live happily ever after. Ask your wife if you can go.
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WEPSMAN
Champion Author South Dakota

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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 8:52:24 PM

We all miss cheap gas, but what else do we do?
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PithyOpiner
Champion Author Stockton

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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 1:10:09 PM

You are making more money, right? That is why. You make it, they take it.
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MertieMan
Champion Author Lexington

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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2013 5:10:57 AM

Then I miss my .20 cents per gallon when I started driving in 1955.
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jes
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2013 5:00:43 AM

Don't we all?
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twotanksaweek
Veteran Author Dayton

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Message Posted: Apr 29, 2013 10:17:05 PM

I must be about the same age as GrumpyCat. I fondly remember $0.199 days. And don't forget you also got your oil checked, tires checked, windshield washed and never got out of the car.
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GrumpyCat
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Message Posted: Apr 29, 2013 12:28:42 PM

$0.199 was the cheapest I ever bought gas. Sometimes it got as high as $0.339.

Never forget some idiot at the 7-Eleven spray painted the 19.9 price on the pumps. When the price changed perhaps the same genius used gasoline to try to wash the old price off. Mostly they smeared and left a golden-yellow leaded gas stain with black tinge from the spray paint. Took months before someone repainted the pumps proper.
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OceanArcher
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Message Posted: Apr 29, 2013 12:26:16 PM

If nothing else, at least the author is posting prices ...
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Apr 29, 2013 12:22:09 PM


You are posting two different things:

First you say you "Miss my 56 cents a gallon gas !"
You didn't say you miss $2,500 to $3,000 automobiles, nor that you miss $40,000 single family houses, which I assume you would have posted if this was a website concerning cars or housing (and not concerning gas prices). But, do you also miss when you received $1.50 or $2 an hour salary at your job?

Second, you asked "Why the huge price increase?"
If, after all these years, if you can remember paying 56 cents a gallon for gas, how can you not have heard about why there has been gas price increases? Or are you asking that question rhetorically?
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PassmyGas
All-Star Author North Carolina

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Message Posted: Apr 29, 2013 12:18:54 PM

me 2
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maxstar
Champion Author Chicago

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Message Posted: Apr 29, 2013 12:17:44 PM

And you could have purchased a new car for $3000.
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gassprite
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Message Posted: Apr 29, 2013 12:00:09 PM

I miss your 56 Cents, too. Please send it in a brown paper bag
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