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First! Finally. And I didn't even read the squawk.
The US makes money when the price goes up then they will sell it to us. It is the greed of the oil people. In the future, we should try our very best to not elect a president who went to Harvard. That seems to be the common denominator for tax and spend. Look at Clinton and Reagan, neither went there and times were great and they came from both parties. When they go to Harvard, Harvard 101 must be how to sock it to the masses and get rich. Tell me I am wrong. This is even a good rule for Congress too. No Harvard graduates and this country will thrive again.
This is just example of the greed run rampant in Albany. Wonder how long it will be before some northwest Albany, better than you, i pay more taxes than you do resident complains that the prices are lower in east Albany and therefore unfair to them....
News Flash! You can conserve your gas, not drive as much, plan the most economical route to do all your shopping in one trip (as our Parents used too), drive slower than the speed limit (or for some of you slow down to the speed limit). How about we force the Police to go back to a stake out squad and cut back on the armed robberies of the gas dispensing stores. I'm sure the owners will and should pass along the added costs of security the government demands of them. This is business, plane and simple. You control the costs with where you spend your money.
waltspecht is totally wrong; gas prices in Albany is completely out of GREED. Prices at NW Albany Flashfoods, HomeRun ARE higher than surrounding counties. Regular gasoline at Pilot is $3.26. Gasoline prices for regular gas along I-75 is consistently 3.25-3.26. Do I patronize the higher priced "convenience stores"? Absolutely not. Pilot on 300.
Just how am I totally wrong? If you conserve gas, you buy less gas. Demand goes down, so the price should follow. The theft involved with doing business in Albany results in higher costs. Trying to prevent theft costs money. Have you ever compared the costs of square footage between other towns and Albany? Or just the Governmental and Insurance costs involved with doing business here and those other towns. Don't even bring the Big stations into this, because they rely on volume business, especially on the interstate route. Pilot keeps the price down thru volume. Now if your at Pilot, why don't you just go to Murphy, I hear they are less expensive. It would cost me more in gas to drive over there than to just buy here in North-west Albany.
Or better yet, if the gas stations are so greedy and making so much money, why do you simply open your own station. After all, who doesn't want to make easy money?
I feel sorry for all the folks that are forced to buy gas from the more expensive stations. If only they were allowed to shop somewhere else! There oughta be a law that makes it legal to shop where you want.
I cannot address specifically the factors involved with the pricing of gas. I will say that I have seen it more expensive many times in other Georgia cities. It is also true that doing business in Albany is significantly more costly than other area towns . I can swear to that as our family owned business has facilities in other cities. The taxes here are much higher, our insurance runs an average of 8% to 15% higher for property, vehicle and business. We have little shrinkage due to customer stealing and other loss but our maintenance expenses for facilities, burglary, trespass damage, etc is much greater here. We've lost three 10 ton AC units and one smaller unit to copper thieves here. (The units were behind industrial gauge chain fences.) Not so at other cities. We have to have our facilities tightly wired and monitored by an outside security agency, not so in other cities. You can squawk all you please about prices in Albany but the cost of doing business has to be passed along on products sold. Where else would it come from?
Years ago, the gas prices were lower in Albany than other cities until the media started touting same and the prices went up to equal or exceed the others. But what you say, Tuk, is very true that doing business in the Good Life is expensive, taxes, fees, and theft being some of the biggies which, like other costs, are eventually passed to the consumer. Property taxes are likely the highest in GA but folks suck them up like a banana slurpie. then complain about gas or cable price increases.
And remember when you buy gas at CITGO and PETRO that it comes from Venezuela and Hugh Chavez , the illustrious dictator who has vowed to destroy the United States!!! Stick with the locals and argue with them about their prices! lol