Post 626: supply and demand (photos)

Three blocks from the Fresh Start there’s another place to buy gasoline. Cheaper?

I still have difficulty believing the low gasoline prices here in town. Of course, even the low prices here don’t match what the woman who runs the local military museum says she saw in Chadron, a town north of here about 58 miles: gasoline at $1.70 a gallon! It’s almost cheap enough to drive up there for gasoline. Certainly, if I had to drive up that way for any reason, I’d keep that price in mind and refuel there instead of here.

I get gasoline here, mostly because it's a block away from me, just around the corner.

I get gasoline here, mostly because it’s a block away from me, just around the corner.

Last summer, this sign read 3.569.

Last summer, this sign read 3.569.

Four blocks away from where I buy gas, this mini-mart sells gasoline for less.

Four blocks away from where I buy gas, this mini-mart sells gasoline for less.

Quite a bit less, it seems!

Quite a bit less, it seems!

Three blocks from the Fresh Start there's another place to buy gasoline. Cheaper?

Three blocks from the Fresh Start there’s another place to buy gasoline. Cheaper?

No, but it's still cheaper than where I buy gasoline. Diesel users get a break here, though.

No, but it’s still cheaper than where I buy gasoline. Diesel users get a break here, though.

Clear on the other side of town (and past another station   I'll come back to when I'm on the right side of the road for photos) is the new Maverik station, the one I thought might be behind this little price deflation....

Clear on the other side of town (and past another station I’ll come back to when I’m on the right side of the road for photos) is the new Maverik station, the one I thought might be behind this little price deflation….

It's cheaper than where I buy gasoline, but not the cheapest place in town. It sits across from a sister station to the one where I buy gasoline. The sister station's price sign was, um, "not working".

It’s cheaper than where I buy gasoline, but not the cheapest place in town. It sits across from a sister station to the one where I buy gasoline. The sister station’s price sign was, um, “not working”.

Well, I doubled back to the Git and Split (sic), which is open 24 hours a day, and is about two-thirds of the way across town from me. If I drive somehwere before the sun comes up, I often buy gasoline here.

Well, I doubled back to the Git N Split (sic), which is open 24 hours a day, and is about two-thirds of the way across town from me. If I drive somewhere before the sun comes up, I often buy gasoline here. It’s the only branded gasoline in town, though Cenex is a Co-Op station, one of three along this street operated by them.

And it is the price winner fro my town since you get a 10ยข a gallon break for paying cash. That's why you Git N Split: you are robbing the owner every time you pump gasoline into your car! :)

And it is the price winner for my town since you get a 10ยข a gallon break for paying cash. That’s why you “Git N Split”: you are robbing the owner every time you pump gasoline into your car! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

22 thoughts on “Post 626: supply and demand (photos)

    • Right now, I am happy with our prices, but they vary so much so fast, one can’t plan around the cost of energy. In some ways, I think countries with price-controlled gasoline prices have the right idea, though I realize that carries its own problems with it.

  1. Merry Christmas to you, Doug and Andy!

    I’ve never understood the ups and downs of gas prices. The explanations I’ve heard from various sources over the years never seemed to make much sense to me. For the moment, whatever the reason, it’s helping us here.

    • Thanks, Lavnia! Same to you! I am with you.

      Once, when there was a huge increase in cost, the local newspaper contacted a representative of Cenex (Co-Op operated gasoline stations) to try to learn something about this process. The representative gave a very detailed and clear explanation that actually made sense when I read it, but when I tried to repeat what I read to someone, I realized I still lived in Darklandia! Ha!

      The market price’s determined by mumbo jumbo, speculation, divination, reading tea leaves or spilled sheep guts, supply of crude available for refining, selling one’s soul to the devil, ability of the refineries to refine enough of the gasoline with the qualities required for the season during which it will be sold, tossing of dice, what the public is willing to pay for their youngest children taken hostage, and many other arcane variables, including the price of tea in China.

      Must be so. I read it in the local newspaper!

    • It surprised me that it was so low here because we rarely have the cheapest or anywhere near the cheapest prices here. I pretty much drive as much as I do (not that much!) whatever the price of gasoline, but it’s nice to have really cheap gasoline even if I don’t particularly benefit from it. What it does do, however, is reduce the cost of doing business, of trucking things in to retailers, or manufacturing, etc., and makes America a bit stronger for being more competitive abroad. I doubt we’ll see reduced prices (much) at the grocery store, but it might slow the rise.

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