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catfish99
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Message Posted: Nov 10, 2012 4:04:21 PM

Boy, is that deceptive. They lure you in with the big number, and then charge you almost a penny more. Boycott them, and complain to your local Better Business Bureau. Spend your Saturday picketing. If we all band together on this boycott we can move on to prices ending in 9.
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2013 4:22:47 PM

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RockShagwell
Sophomore Author Milwaukee

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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2013 1:09:00 PM

Hahaha its deceptive?!? Then you are a moron for not noticing. It is clearly posted and I automatically read the price as 1 cent higher. Its not a scam at all. Stupid, yes. But illegal, no
olympusman2004
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2013 1:28:00 AM

need laws
catfish99
Champion Author Wilmington

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Message Posted: Mar 30, 2013 8:05:17 AM

The only problem with satire is when it becomes hard to tell whether someone is playing along or serious. I'll count evergreen as getting the joke.
maxstar
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Message Posted: Mar 29, 2013 11:17:57 AM

"It is time to issue strict laws regarding these fraudsters"
What fraud would that be EvergreenON?
rumbleseat
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Message Posted: Mar 29, 2013 6:50:33 AM

"It is time to issue strict laws regarding these fraudsters"

What, you seriously want price controls? All they do is stabilize prices. They go up slower, but, to compensate, they go down even slower than they do now.
EvergreenON
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Message Posted: Mar 29, 2013 6:36:36 AM

It is time to issue strict laws regarding these fraudsters
H_Holcomb
Rookie Author Pennsylvania

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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2013 12:45:02 PM

If I boycotted the stations that did that I could not buy and gas in my area.
rumbleseat
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Message Posted: Mar 24, 2013 3:00:28 AM

"Better to get House Republican's to ban this practice."
And all prices that aren't even dollar amounts in every business in the country, while they are at it?
Think about how ridiculous that is, and think about how banning the 9/10 cent would be an unearned gift of hundreds of millions of dollars to the retail gas industry.
traffic cop
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Message Posted: Mar 24, 2013 12:07:54 AM

Wshutton--you think House Republicans would bother with this sort of nonsense? Dictating how things should be done is very much a liberal thing.

Sounds like something Mike Bloomberg would love to do. After all, liberals know just what is best for us!
wshutton
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Message Posted: Jan 28, 2013 3:37:50 PM

Won't we be boycotting all fuel stations then? Better to get House Republican's to ban this practice.
Sapper08
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 5:28:35 PM

The only thing that works is to use less!
rumbleseat
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 8:58:02 AM

"How about Canada?"
Actually, we have a few more flavours. One grade at the corner station uses 4/10, and a station in the next municipality uses 8/10.
catfish99
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 8:04:32 AM

Two more.
djp071158
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2013 5:18:00 AM

Do any stations in the US not use the 9/10? How about Canada?
rumbleseat
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 2:00:06 AM

Tommyguns, there are enough CITGO threads already, it is not necessary to attempt to hijack this dumb thread.
Tommyguns45
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 9:34:59 AM


Its always been that 9/10 cent here in Illinois that Ive seen and Im no youngster. I do boycott Citgo gas since Chavez runs the US in the ground every chance he can and we buy $350 BILLION dollars of oil a year from him. The Gov. should speed up the process of getting us all on compressed natural gas since we have trillions of feet of it. I wrote to my Senator about it 6 years ago and he said it was too hard to get. Maybe Durbin meant Big Oil rather keep us on OPEC oil that they have a stake in. Any way he lost my vote for 2014.
catfish99
Champion Author Wilmington

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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 6:17:14 AM

Add Trixie to the net.
jdhelm
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Message Posted: Jan 13, 2013 4:54:56 AM

awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww-w-w-w heck, and here I thot I remembered when gas was 27.9 cents - but I do agree with ya, Trixie
TrixieNY
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2013 6:47:42 AM

This is one of the dumbest ideas I have ever heard! I'm not going to rehash all of the reasons it's dumb because that would be redundant. Are you maintaining your stance after reading all the replies catfish99 or have you "seen the light"?
catfish99
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 9:39:05 AM

This topic is the gift that keeps on giving.
batman2010
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2013 5:48:39 PM

good luck with that search, please let us all know when you find one
2amy
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2013 8:25:45 PM

Boy oh boy. We'd be boycotting every station in the US. I have not seen one that doesnt use the 9/10.
CLS1998
Sophomore Author Akron

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Message Posted: Dec 17, 2012 1:00:35 PM

Boycott is a joke,the prices have always been that way,so why even do something like that in the first place. I would have to walk a least twenty miles everyday if I did that to and from work five plus days.
CptSteve
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Message Posted: Dec 17, 2012 10:24:24 AM

There's no way around it my friend. I don't know of any station that doesn't use the 9/10 pricing.
Casey225
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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2012 7:28:06 PM

It was used long time ago and had never been dropped. So what's the big deal? You're paying it aren't you?
1OILMAN
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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2012 3:55:57 PM

Not even if I price it at $0.009/gal?
kamsackguy
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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2012 9:21:15 AM

Every station has gas prices ending in 9. We either pay it, or ride bicycles, or horses.
borsht
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 6:37:29 PM

I guess you plan on not buying gasoline for a long time. Can you point out a single gas station in the U.S. that does not post prices in xyz.9.
I think this would be unamerican.
skidsteer85xt
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 11:22:31 PM

just dont think people will go along with it.
scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 6:55:43 AM

Found this

The extra "tenths" is a very old tradition that's never gone away. In 1935, a Reno Nevada newspaper wrote about "selling third grade gasoline at eight and nine-tenths cents a gallon."

In those times, a penny had considerable value. To raise the price of gasoline from 8 to 9 cents would be more than a 12 percent hike. To compete, gas stations raised prices by tenths of a penny. Around this time, federal and state excise taxes were also introduced in increments of tenths of a cent, so it made sense to keep the decimal value.
michelson
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 11:54:32 PM

good idea in theory, not in practicality
rx7racerca
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Message Posted: Dec 2, 2012 6:05:34 PM

The .9 cents is just marketing - same way retail prices almost always end in 9, or .99 - because it's long been know that consumers will largely ignore the last digits. Gasoline retailing has just long taken that further than anywhere else by adding 9/10 of a cent. Good luck finding a station that doesn't, however.[L=http://www.wisegeek.com/why-do-gas-prices-always-end-in-910-of-a-cent.htm][/L]
installer
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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2012 11:43:48 AM

SI've never seen a station that does not use 9/10ths.
GasMiserGod
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2012 2:00:25 PM

Perhaps, and this is just a suggestion, but look up what deceptive means. Since the pricing is in full view of the consumer, there's nothing deceptive about it. Further, all you will end up doing is pricing gasoline higher. That 9/10 will become 10/10 and the price goes up. A lot of the time, the idea is psychological - we'd all rather pay 3.999 a gallon, than 4.00. It's a universal truth. Same reason items in stores are priced at .99 instead of a 1.00; it looks like the better deal.
BTP1535
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2012 1:41:29 PM

It's always been done, so stations that cut the 9/10 will just lose money. Everyone is already used to it...
PatAZ
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2012 9:44:03 AM

If a person is so dumb they are "lured" in and not notice the .9 they are too stupid to be driving.
borsht
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Message Posted: Nov 22, 2012 11:46:52 PM

Dang , it would be great if this was the biggest problem facing us. Just dwarfs the fiscal cliff doesn't it!
1OILMAN
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Message Posted: Nov 22, 2012 2:21:27 PM

D'oh...doesn't say X.XX9 end in a 9.
HeavyDuty_cache
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Message Posted: Nov 22, 2012 9:15:40 AM

If we boycotted every station that had a 9/10th of a cent pricing where would someone buy fuel?

Gas has always had the 9/10th of a cent price for as long as I can remember, and thats 40 some years.
teddytrow
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Message Posted: Nov 20, 2012 5:52:57 PM

Back in the 70s or 80s, can't remember exactly when, Iowa passed a law getting rid of the .9. Lasted a few years then they repealed it.
MARIOWERX
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 9:07:00 PM

I think dvc2 is starting a club.
dvc2
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 6:31:56 PM

Are you an idiot?
maxstar
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2012 8:33:20 PM

sunite I doubt is prices would be lowered by 1/10, but rather raised by 1/10th. Instead you will spend an extra $0.60 a year.
sunite
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2012 8:21:42 PM

Really - after decades of this practice of silly pricing that is fully posted on all signs and pumps why would anyone actually, wait a minute, if it was lowered to 8/10s instead of 9/10s I could save a whole $0.60 a year! That is an extra .17gals in my neighborhood. Petition congress now!
MARIOWERX
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2012 5:44:46 PM

Ask for a rebate and you will probably get it. They gave me an address in the Bahamas and I am expecting a rebate soon you just have to mail your receipt with a self addressed return envelope and a ninety nine cent processing fee. Limit 1 receipt per envelope
Easy peasy!

[Edited by: MARIOWERX at 11/15/2012 5:50:09 PM EST]
TSgtCarverRetired
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2012 12:48:41 AM

Every station does it. I think that 0.9 cent goes to Federal Tax.
Mikeyl
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2012 3:46:47 PM

Every station does this. I can't say I've ever seen one that doesn't.

Most retailers do it, too. Is $6.99 really less than $7.00? Our brains our wired to see the lower price and think "DEAL!!!"

It's us that has the problem. Not the gas retailer.
Michael29644
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2012 5:01:08 AM

"No tenths at all,max. Call your state attorney general. Better yet, go to his office and refuse to leave until you get a response. Then you will see some government action."

No, no, no. That's the completely wrong approach. We need to petition Congress to authorize the US Mint to begin minting 1/10th cent coins. That way, people will be able to pay precisely for the amount of gasoline they buy, which in turn will force all gas stations to buy new pumps to display the tenths of a cent and new cash registers with drawers that will accommodate the new coins. Once they realize this added expense is because of their pricing policy, they'll relent on their 9/10th pricing nonsense.

Now, bait up another hook.
daniel374
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2012 11:43:01 PM

Technically,they do tell you that they're charging an extra 9/10ths, so its not deceptive.
rumbleseat
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2012 8:08:55 PM

"No tenths at all,max. Call your state attorney general. Better yet, go to his office and refuse to leave until you get a response. Then you will see some government action."

What, you actually believe an Attorney General would take action placing restrictions on one category of retailer as to how he can display his price?
What a useless waste of time that would be, and costly if it went to court, which it inevitably would.
What's next, restricting 7-Eleven from selling chocolate bars 2/.99, because one has to pay an extra 1/2 cent on the purchase of only one?
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