Originally Posted by Flyrotor
Just so you know, the truckers are not tax exempt per se on the fuel prices, rather they pay their taxes in their trip permits which is based on actual miles driven in stead of the gallons of fuel used, that is why their price is computed different than yours
OK so not sure how that makes a difference when the bottom line here is that they get a discounted price over what a non commercial customer has to pay. From my recent experience and doing some follow up, that discount seems to amount to about a quarter per gal which raises a couple issues. The "tax-exempt" [thats what they call it] price is pretty close to what regular stations sell AD for and if the truck stop price is intended to be a discount, why is it about the same as the regular stations? Second, shouldn't the fully tax incuded price of AD be roughly the same for all stations, with variations due to volume of purchases and supplier? In any regard one would expect that a truck stop would buy xxx times more volume than the typical gas station, even the bigger ones. So their cost [and as a result their final price] should be on the lower side of the range for the end product. So then why is the actual cost to the non-commercial", that would be the little guy and the RV'ers, actually marked up significantly over the non truck stops? Hmm???????
They can calculate their price how ever but in the end, deducting a % for tax exempt or tax othewise paid should stem from basically the same base price. Or to say it another way, if they take their cost of product to figure the tax exempt price they would take that same cost of product and add the tax to get to a "Retail" consumer price.
No matter how you slice it, AD at a truck stop will cost you significantly more than the Shell, Exon, BP, or any brand at the next exit.