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For Want of a Deal

Posted by AlienCG on October 27, 2008

I witnessed an act of stupidity yesterday as I filled up my gas tank.  Gas around here is in the $2.30 to $2.40 range and two stations that sit across from each other.  The price of regular at Sunoco is $2.399 while it’s $2.369 at BP.  I watched a woman pull into the Sunoco, get out of the car and prepare to pump gas into her Ford Focus when she noticed the price difference across the street.  She put the pump handle back, got into her and drove across the street to fill up.  Seems reasonable, no?  She drove a Ford Focus, a car with a 12 gallon tank.  The price difference is 3-cents per gallon.  If her car was completely empty, running on fumes and sputtering to a halt, that would be a grand total savings on the fill-up of 36-cents.  I have watched other people (men and women both) do this same thing with 1 and 2-cent differences.  So when would you see a significant difference?  Think about it, even after 100 gallons, the savings would only be $3.00 and the gas would still cost $236.00.  So, is it really worth it to look for the absolute lowest price?  That’s my opinion.


3 Responses to “For Want of a Deal”

  1. laura b. said

    haha! I used to go a teeny bit crazy looking for THE lowest price until I finally stopped to figure out the difference too. Now, when I need gas, I go to wherever is convenient.

  2. churlita said

    That does seem kind of nutty. Even I can deal with a .36 cent difference.

  3. babybull40 said

    Since we have seen the price go up and down for awhwile now.. it seems you would just go to wherever the best dealis.. If not then the most convenient place..

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