Why Such Fluctuations In Gas From Town To Town?

It's that old saying location, location, location. In this case it refers to why gas prices may be much lower in some areas and much higher in others.

One expert says competition is generally the reason you see prices at $2.55 in one city and $2.30 in another.

ECU's Dr. Fred Niswander says the price of gas has to do with your location and where you live and what they other guy might be doing. Niswander says gas stations in the same area respond to what others are doing.

Niswander adds most gas stations don't pay attention to what gas stations in other towns are doing because people are unlikely to spend the money to travel to that town unless the price is significantly lower.


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  • by john Location: greenville on Jul 13, 2009 at 10:34 AM
    when the price of all was going up we were always that gas prices would rise now we are being told that it does now matter what oil costs the price of gas is based on were you live now at 64 years old i have heard every thing
  • by ace Location: plymouth on Jul 12, 2009 at 06:16 AM
    They will charge what the market will support. The gas prices in Plymouth would drop if they built a bypass around the town. Hess-Wilco controls the gas prices. One day they will be crying and want the publics help so keep thier pricing policys in mind.
  • by Realist Location: Safehaven on Jul 11, 2009 at 10:33 PM
    I have done more for this country than it will ever do for me silly one and MrT Im 100% percent on agreement with that!!
  • by pete Location: grifton on Jul 11, 2009 at 02:35 PM
    There is more gas in colorado than the entire middle east,but the liberal democrat's and environmental folk's have put a stop to that supply.
  • by ron Location: greenville on Jul 11, 2009 at 11:56 AM
    oh.....i think it has a little bit to do with the property taxes the stations have to pay at the different locations too.
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Jul 11, 2009 at 11:53 AM
    Realist, you first have to get elected to go to Washington to work in the government.And now days you don't get elected for how much experience you have or how good of job you may be able to do, like it was back when people had some common sense.No, now days its based on how much you will cater to the liberal groups like ACLU, Acorn, NAACP, Gay Rights organizations, etc.Or on the color of your skin.Experience has nothing to do with getting elected anymore.And if you want to see the pathetic results of a inexperienced President getting elected, all you have to do is study the current one in Washington right now.
  • by Silly People Location: Greenville on Jul 11, 2009 at 11:10 AM
    I'm not old enough to be an elected official. But when I am, don't you worry "Realist", I'll be right on top of this. Why aren't you trying to do something about it since you're complaining as well? What have YOU done?
  • by Realist Location: Safehaven on Jul 11, 2009 at 09:18 AM
    Since so many people on these blogs know the answer to the worlds problem!! Answer me this!! Why are you not in government doing something about it !?!?!?! Your so smart and know all the answers silly people actions speak louder than words and media propaganda!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Silly person indeed!!!!LOL!!
  • by Silly People Location: Greenville on Jul 11, 2009 at 07:39 AM
    John, there may be enough oil to last us 50 years, but you missed the point of the rest of my comments. We need to think BEYOND the 50 years. It's this here and now mindset that's getting us in trouble. Back to the infrastructure, because it's such a great example. When they were building it, no one thought to make legislation for its upkeep either because they figured they didn't need to worry about it or that someone would continue to take care of it without having to enforce it. As you can see now, that's simply not the case. Our bridges are falling apart, our sewer systems are leaking, our dams are ready to bust and our roads are a mess. If someone had said, "Ok, once this bridge reaches 50 years it's required that everything is replaced on it." and made it law, forcing the state to be responsible maybe we wouldn't have this problem. My last comments were NOT media brain wash, they're simply common sense. Sometimes you have to take care of people other than yourself.
  • by Tom Location: NC on Jul 11, 2009 at 06:37 AM
    Highest gas in NC is in Pinetops,Greenville and Wilson! The best price in always in Tarboro.
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