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Old 10-16-2014, 08:35 AM   #31
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Old 10-16-2014, 03:10 PM   #32
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$2.81/gal in Kansas City (Missouri side). Outskirts of town has it a bit cheaper.
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Old 10-16-2014, 03:22 PM   #33
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I have never understood why diesel prices are generally higher than gasoline prices. Isn't diesel a cast off byproduct of refining gasoline? Is it because diesel requires an additional step in it's production vs. gasoline? Or, does it?

Anyway, diesel in middle TN has been averaging me close to $3.75 / gallon while gasoline seems to be closer to $3.30 / gallon. I'm not complaining about these prices but just wonder why diesel isn't closer to gasoline's price.
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Old 10-16-2014, 06:21 PM   #34
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Why does the industry hang on to this ridiculous 9/10 cent? Back when gas was 19 9/10 cents/gallon it was significant. Today it is just an archaic corporate mentality. I have serious doubts the pumps are accurate to .3 %! Gimme a break!
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Old 10-16-2014, 06:52 PM   #35
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Why does the industry hang on to this ridiculous 9/10 cent? Back when gas was 19 9/10 cents/gallon it was significant. Today it is just an archaic corporate mentality. I have serious doubts the pumps are accurate to .3 %! Gimme a break!
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Old 10-16-2014, 07:04 PM   #36
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Agreed.


I used to own a Exxon station. 1976-1988
A penny showed was a penny owed...
200,000 gallons a month in sales...
9 tenths loss per month .... Around $2000.00 ... $24,000 per year ... Just mine... Times hundreds thousands stations across America ..billions
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Old 10-16-2014, 07:26 PM   #37
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Well they could round it up to the next penny, instead of 2.999 just make it 3.00
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Well they could round it up to the next penny, instead of 2.999 just make it 3.00
That would add up to millions more profit 😄
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My point was they may as well advertise it as $3.00 and not $2.999. They are getting (stealing) the penny anyway....the pump cannot hold an accuracy of .3%. What is the point in keeping all the pumps, signage burdened with this 9/10? It's STUPID!

Another perception is the oil companies think you are too ignorant to realize that $2.99 9/10 is just 1/10 of a cent less than $3.00.

Same as advertising a sofa for $1,999.99. The retailer believes you are to dumb to understand that is really $2,000.00. Add tax and it is even more.

I have often wondered.....if nines were removed from our numbering system would all commerce cease??

Deceptive advertising.........but that is the way marketing is!
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I worked in retail for years when I was younger and the reason for the .99 is it works. Advertise something for $1.99 vs $2.00 and to the customer it's a dollar something vs two dollars and something.

If one station has gas for $3.499 and the one next door has $3.50 people will go will go for the 3.499.

I agree it's silly but the customer is always right even if they're not great at math.
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