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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 7:10:28 AM

Traditionally, gas prices have risen in the spring and peaked during the high-demand summer months. Last year, though, prices spiked starting in February and reached their highs in early May, before declining slightly in summer. Has a new seasonal pattern been established?

The only real “pattern” here seems to be the absence of one that motorists can predictably rely on. Gas prices usually fall in February. But prices at the pump rose in February 2012, and did so again in February 2013.

So has there been a shift, in which the annual seasonal rise in gasoline prices now starts in February and continues increasing as the weather warms and more cars hit the road? Nope. Gas prices almost always rise in March.
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52MPG
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Message Posted: Apr 4, 2013 1:11:19 AM

Economics are not normal.
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TruthMatters
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 10:18:59 PM

Good!
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brbaritone
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 6:51:18 PM

They need to drop a lot more - anything over 3.00/gallon is GOOFY. Now that refineries' 'maintenance' is complete, will prices drop? I'll believe it when I see it.
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doctorindyj
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 1:27:45 PM

Didn't see it here.
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wrunner
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 1:15:12 PM

Not a big deal.

So let the prices drop like a rock and let the good times roll.

Rock and roll, baby.
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 12:29:27 PM

barely.
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bston
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 12:11:41 PM

Gas prices need to decline a whole lot more.
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Bttlecat
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 10:42:51 AM

paychedk went down too
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 9:52:03 AM

I guess it worked for us we started the month at $3.89 and ended at $3.58.......GREEDWAY tried to spike us with $3.69 Mon. But when none of the other stations followed they backed down.
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 9:36:18 AM

the only rule in commodity pricing is supply and demand
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 9:33:11 AM

Nice
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 9:13:29 AM

The only pattern is that there is none is right.
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 8:54:16 AM

And they need to drop even more in April
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 8:51:53 AM

Cold spring weather (cool weather lowers mileage, or keeps it low) and a strange contraindication appears--the gasoline price instead of coming up like the flowers, takes a dive, well a relative dive, but a definite outlier.

Since it 'always' rises at the start of Spring, time to start looking for other factors that could explain it.
- did the economy suddenly tank? Nope, it has been steadily improving in the last 5 years since the second worst recession in a hundred years, and slow but steady increases would suggest 'rise' not 'fall'. In fact, the numbers have been getting better a wee bit faster, so the fall in price is a poser indeed.
- did the price of oil suddenly tank? Nope, it has been staying relatively steady for some time; small ups and downs but no sign of $65 or $130 a barrel oil.

Could people be using less fuel than they used to, to do the same work? Well, average mileage per vehicle has been climbing but would that be the sole reason? Not likely...its not rising THAT fast.

Could people be changing their habits to also use less fuel and lower the price pressure? $64,000 question there...



[Edited by: orphancarguyPE at 4/3/2013 8:52:12 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 8:51:06 AM

With the hefty increases at the end of winter, the unexpected fall in the early spring may be a welcome thing. But forewarned is forearmed and pricing will jump for summer.
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Evilmaddog
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 8:40:27 AM

4.95/ us gal................no decline around here, gas stations fixing prices
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 8:40:21 AM

I always wonder about these reports. It was 3.79 & 3.89 here most of the month. So we were above the average I guess.
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 8:37:48 AM

only a few cents
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 8:30:25 AM

Better than nothing.
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 8:28:47 AM

well when you are at an all time high in February it's easy to see why it declines in March!
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 8:27:17 AM

Not much of a decline but we will take what we can get before the prices rise for the summer crude.
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 8:27:01 AM

what drop. If it did go down why was it so high in the first place?
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 8:24:54 AM

Only a very small drop here pennies.
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 8:24:00 AM

They have dropped slightly over March, but nothing close to the price increases of January and February.
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 8:19:18 AM

Down about ten cents in the last month around me.
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 8:07:11 AM

Just shot up $0.30 here in Michigan a few days ago
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 7:58:06 AM

Just starting here in Maine.
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 7:56:13 AM

not here
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 7:55:43 AM

They almost never rose in January- February period either, but they have lately.
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 7:51:15 AM

not enough
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 7:47:40 AM


End of the world.
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 7:47:36 AM

We ended higher than we were for a good amount of time.
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 7:40:36 AM

Good!
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 7:34:30 AM

Who knows what really happened?
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 7:31:37 AM

Only to jump higher in the first days of April.
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 7:18:53 AM

Whoopty Doo -- gas prices are still too damn high!
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 7:12:12 AM

Now let's see diesel prices go down.
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