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roger111

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Message Posted: Jun 3, 2012 7:51:42 PM

I drive by a bp gas station near metro airport and it is always 30-40 cents higher then any other place nearby, How can it stay in busines and charge so much. There is a another brand about a mile a way and is much cheaper. so why go to this bp.
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Mikeyl
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 3:30:36 PM

Really?

A station near an airport with a higher gas price?

What has this site come to? Are the idiots taking over?

Stations in metro areas or around "popular" places will always be higher that areas "only a mile away" from the action. Duh. It's called supply and demand.

If there were no traffic just off the highway, the prices would be lower. But, since there is, stations will make all th profit they can at them since people are going to shop there no matter what.

If you were in business, this is how you would run your company.

Duh.
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rbutterw
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Message Posted: Jul 11, 2012 9:09:06 AM

Gas stations near airports thrive from last minute fill-ups of rental cars and those who are caught low.
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acdelco350
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Message Posted: Jul 10, 2012 7:21:11 PM

Shell, and it's not that the gas is that much more than other places but if the Shell does not have a Circle K food mart attached to it don't bother! Prices are ridiculous!
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catfish99
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Message Posted: Jul 9, 2012 6:37:22 AM

50 cent swings at the same intersection? Without cash discounts or member pricing? Seems highly unusual.
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Seamus4513
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Message Posted: Jul 8, 2012 1:13:29 AM

I don't know why demand is the way it is. At many intersections near me there are four stations, sometimes with a .40 - .50 swing in prices of gas of the same grade. All four stations are invariably busy. No idea...
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snowball12
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Message Posted: Jul 7, 2012 4:51:26 PM

The Mobil at 2954 Highland in National City has high prices...I knew this but it's nearby. But now that I know it's not open 24/7 AND the Sweetwater Chevron is cheaper AND doesn't have higher credit prices vs cash prices...I go there now.
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Breye
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2012 8:49:48 AM

MAcDougall Energy has been gauging us in Ontraio for decades.
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Seamus4513
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Message Posted: Jun 14, 2012 1:03:00 AM

All Chevrons.
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Michael29644
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Message Posted: Jun 5, 2012 12:00:33 AM

"I drive by a bp gas station near metro airport and it is always 30-40 cents higher then any other place nearby, How can it stay in busines and charge so much. There is a another brand about a mile a way and is much cheaper. so why go to this bp."

Roger111,

Why don't you stop in there and ask them?
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Jun 4, 2012 6:32:10 PM

Why, inventorymaster, is it price gouging?

Does the company you work for sell it's services or products at the price everyone else does, or lower? Does everything else you can buy, sell for the identical price or are you saying that there's a lot of price gouging going around you all the time?

But, if you're saying it's price gouging, without apparently knowing anything about the specific gas station or it's operating expenses, etc., what's your definition of price gouging? Simply someone charging more than someone else?
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inventorymaster
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Message Posted: Jun 4, 2012 9:35:46 AM

Price gouging that is what it is.
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Jun 3, 2012 9:08:28 PM




roger111:
Let me answer your question with a question.u
Why do gas stations on the corner of a main intersection, with easy entry and exit access usually charge a penny or so more than a gas station than the gas station around the corner, only a half block from the main street.

To answer your question, you're likely talking two distinct reasons. First, the initial investment in a prime location is generally higher than the investment in a non-prime or secondary location. The initial investment paid a higher price for prime location than a station or store or house, etc., in a non-prime location. In the case of business, it's called visibility, higher traffic flow, easy accessibility. Second, it's called operating expenses. It's very likely that a gas station near a metro airport (just as it is in other areas than Detroit) pays higher rent for...again, prime location. That's where business traffic is; the owner of the property can ask for a higher rent than for a piece of property that's away from the flow of traffic. Third, they likely are paying a higher franchise fee than a gas station that does less business, and has less potential to do as much or more business than the station you're talking about. Fourth, it's entirely possible that the station pays higher taxes because the business is appraised, for tax purposes, as higher valued than a gas station located elsewhere.

Bottom line: Operating costs.
Secondary line: It's entirely likely, or feasible, that the people investing in the business are trying to get a return, or better return, on their investment.

That said, thanks for your long time contributions to this website, including posting gas prices to help your fellow Gas Buddy members be more knowledgeable shoppers.

Bottom line:
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maxstar
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Message Posted: Jun 3, 2012 8:42:18 PM

TXJEANS is right. There may be another station near the airport, but the BP that is on the gas map is right next to the car rental return lots. So the station stays in business because of people in a rush to caught a plane and are not in an area that they are familiar with. It pays to fill up before getting to the airport, but even at $.40 a gallon more it is still much cheaper than missing a flight.

That said, this topic does not belong in the Boycott/Gasout category since it has nothing to do with either. Also how about making a better effort with respects to updating gas prices. The updates are information that is useful to people visiting this site who are looking for the best gas price around.

[Edited by: maxstar at 6/3/2012 8:47:46 PM EST]
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roger111
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Message Posted: Jun 3, 2012 8:05:51 PM

yet there is another gas station near the airport that is in normal range
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Jun 3, 2012 7:58:12 PM

Uh - pretty standard around airports. They get the rental car returns that are running late and did not use GB to plan ahead.
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