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IT STARTS NEXT WEEK:
My favorite gas station, the one that most of us drivers go to, and the one that gets about 150-200 bucks a day from our company, has just informed me that his WHOLESALE price for ECON unleaded is going to be 1.379 per gal starting the middle of next week, running AT LEAST through FEB 14.
Right now his SALE price is 1.229, and is the lowest of the "majors" in Cleveland. His brand is Sunoco.
(for you Cleveburghers, it's at 55th and Cedar).
-- Chuck, a night driver (email@example.com), December 17, 1999
But it won't end there...
-- dinosaur (firstname.lastname@example.org), December 17, 1999.
-- (RUOK@yesiam.com), December 17, 1999.
I'm down south of Dayton, & it's been $1.35-ish for the past week or so.
-- they pay a lot (email@example.com), December 17, 1999.
I passed a Shell station tonight on the way home from work on Rt. 20 in Wakeman, Ohio, selling 86 octane for 1.129 a gallon. I doubt that price will last long though. Of course I had just filled my tank with 89 octane at 1.299 a gallon. :(
-- Powder (Powder@Keg.com), December 17, 1999.
So what? The economy is good here, and gas has been 1.42 a gallon for the last month...Maybe you need to see how much it costs in other countries? (please go look,...you just made an ass out of yourself. Hee Hawww).
-- (Bigsnort@aol.com), December 17, 1999.
NO, I am FULLY aware that the price of oil products here is WAY below the price in, say Sweden or Norway or Germany. Remember that this is from MY perspective, here in the Heartland of the US. It DOESN'T MATTER what the differences are in the Status Quo. It's the CHANGE that is critical.
The fact that I had to explain this to remedy your lack of perception suggests that perhaps there is room under the dunce cap for you too.
-- Chuck, a night driver (firstname.lastname@example.org), December 17, 1999.
Chuck _ I've bought a few calls on unleaded gas (currently 71c) to reach 85c ... I really don't understand how a commodity costing 71c refined can be sold for $1.40'ish to the public ... gouging I guess...
-- Andy (2000EOD@prodigy.net), December 18, 1999.
Isn't most of the price difference due to taxes?
-- Lars (email@example.com), December 18, 1999.
In this state the taxes are 40 cents a gal and then there is 7% sales tax. C
-- Chuck, a night driver (firstname.lastname@example.org), December 18, 1999.
Do Europeans drive as far as we do to get to work? Just wondering. My daily commute is 29 miles. No public transport at all to speak of.
-- whatever we pay (email@example.com), December 18, 1999.
In Japan, when we first arrived, we lived way out. We drove about an hour to get in....it wasn't the distance in miles, it was the TRAFFIC. Phenomenal! Gas there is HIGH...
In Italy, it takes about 20 minutes to an hour to get in...an hour in July as that is when the touristos show up....TRAFFIC....we get coupons here (from old U.S.) to offset the prices...They are HIGH here too......
Just filled up my 1000 liter bombola...they won't fill over 900 liters though....Car remains gassed up..I fill at the 3/4 mark now. Checked all of the fluid levels....Y'all do the same.
No runs on gas lines yet. No worries in that regard here. Nobody has noticed Y2K yet. I'll keep you posted if this changes.
-- Ynott (Ynott@incorruptible.com), December 18, 1999.
Whilst I agree totally with your statement that it is the change in price that matters,we Europeans cannot believe how lucky you are in the States paying any price less then 5 $ a gallon.
A 300 mile per week commuter in the UK.
-- Chris (firstname.lastname@example.org), December 18, 1999.
Chris in UK:
Use wholesale prices before taxes for comparison.
You all should have unleaded gas futures markets to track prices.
-- Tom Beckner (email@example.com), December 18, 1999.
The Cedar Rapids Gazette reported yesterday that gas priced in Cedar Rapids iowa went up about 7 cents. One service station reported that they had to raise gas prices because their prices have been going up daily and it was time to pass on the increases to the customer. This is not good news that the price will go up next week as more people prepare to TOP OFF their tanks because of y2k.
-- y2k dave (firstname.lastname@example.org), December 18, 1999.
I seem to remember that the Big 3 automakers didn't fare so well in the mid-70's because everyone went for the economical Japanese cars. With SUV's and big fare again from the Big 3, it certainly looks like they could suffer recessed sales next year too (if not for a zillion other reasons too - like parts delivery, or the lack thereof).
-- Brett (email@example.com), December 18, 1999.
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12/18/99 -- 5:52 AM
URGENT Iraq rejects U.N. resolution, says it's prepared for
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Iraq rejected today a new U.N. resolution that would return weapons inspectors and consider suspending sanctions. Deputy Prime Minister Tareq Aziz said Iraq is ``ready to face all of the consequences.''
-- hhmmm (firstname.lastname@example.org), December 18, 1999.
I filled two cars to day - one at 11:00 at BP: 89 Octane was $1.459/gal. One hour later I filled at another BP 4 miles away from interstate: 89 Oct was $1.249/gal.
-- Bill P (email@example.com), December 18, 1999.