by Grand Forks Herald
March 7, 2012 at 12:10 pm in Grand Forks Herald
Today’s average of $3.69 per gallon is more than 40 cents higher than Jan. 1 Continue Reading
Tags: Business, consumers, gas, gasbuddy, GF and EGF, North Dakota, updates 45 Comments »
Its okay though.
Obama says there is no silver bullet for lowering the prices.
Guess we should just look the other way and pay whatever they ask.
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True, but a little competition between the gas stations like our friends to the south wouldn’t hurt either.
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So true Chris. Yesterday I witnessed gas prices at 3.44/gal in Fargo.
Rick the prices for groceries has already been increasing. I have noticed the size, quantity and weight of many packaged foods has been reducing while the price increases a little. To add to the drama, college graduates are finding themselves facing lower starting wages. Are we being nickel & dimed to death?
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The rich are getting richer though. Romney wants to cut taxes for the richest Americans which is why he won so many votes from people earning over $100,000.00 dollars a year. It’s only the suckers at the bottom of the income heap that suffer.
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“It’s only the suckers at the bottom of the income heap that suffer.”
Not exactly. The ones at the bottom get handouts and “entitlements”. It’s the middle class and “lower middle” that suffer. Too much money to qualify for aid, too little to cover criminal profiteering.
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Middle class families are quickly becoming members of ther lower class.
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Do we have a choice? If we want it we will have to pay what they are asking for it. It’s not something we can just go out and make ourselves! Don’t get me wrong, I don’t like it any better than anyone else but the way I see it our hands, as consumers are tied…….
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Stop buying from the BIGGEST of the greedy crooks.
Send your dollars to the smaller companies. When the big guys get hammered economically, they’ll lead the charge to lower prices.
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Who are the small guys? In Grand Forks they would be Simonsons and Valley Dairy.
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What is not to like about my comment? Simonsons and Valley Dairy are little guppies compared to Holiday, Sam’s Club (Murphy Oil), Loaf N Jug, Orton’s, Super Pumper, and last but not least Pilot (Fying J) which just so happens to be the largest seller of diesel in the country with over 550 stores. Why are you guys whining? Try Phoenix prices where we are paying $3.859-$3.899 a gallon. As for Fargo they have not made any money selling gas there in years. As for a law protecting the smaller guys that is in Minnesota and I am not sure about North Dakota because Fargo has been selling below costs for years many times. Sam’s Club (Murphy Oil) has been fined by the State of Minnesota many times for selling gas below costs.
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I like what the people in Thief River Falls did when Wal-Mart opened up a store there. The citizen’s wouldn’t buy gas from the Murphy station in the Wal-Mart parking lot out of loyalty to the other gas stations in town. Before long the Murphy station went out of business. It was torn down. Absolutely classic!
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You have a point, but with fuel there’s not really a small company to choose from that makes a difference. It all basically comes from the same tap so it’s all the same price. They made a law years ago that would keep the big companies from underselling the little companies so bad that they’d get driven out of buisness. The result of that has been a system of zero competition….which is basically a monopoly…..I think they need to revisit that law so that there can be competition, but fair enough that the big companies don’t drive out the little….On the other hand…Is there many small independant gas stations left anyway? Seems like they’ve all pretty much latched on to one chain or other….
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Hey tundrabeast.. I used to think that way at one year.. After I read the bananas on how it works.. The gas prices are built on the international prices at first.. Then we have Federal taxes, State taxes and shipping cost, either by truck or pipeline.. That is mostly the reason but not all why the prices here is not the national norm.. Just like follow the money or should I say.. Follow the oil too.. I do understand where your coming from…
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Yes, but my point is the system is set up so that competition can’t occur. I remember a few years ago there was some big fuss in the cities when some smaller station tried to lower prices but was told they couldn’t because of that law that keeps it all on an even playing field….It’s even for them, but it’s costly for the consumers when there’s no competition…..Something there should change….
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I guess the only good news is that what goes up comes down again. Remember when gas went over $4.00 in the summer of 2008 when Bush was finishing his term? It came back down fast because people cut back.
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except it took until July /August to get to that point.
We are at prices never seen before for this time of year.
That points to a Grand Forks Vacation this summer for a lot of folks.
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You can use less of it. You can drive less or get a car that gets better milage. You could ride a bike, walk or ride the bus. There’s lots of ways to reduce the amount you use and then you spend less on gasoline.
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And it gets worst.. Waite till you see this problem go to Hugo’s Food prices will go up too.. No one ever wins these days…
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Obama and his minions want to restrict the ability to travel.
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If you really believe that I’d love to know why. And “Rush said so” doesn’t count as evidence.
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Didn’t Obama bail out the auto industry?
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yes he did!
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Actually, Obama pushed the Shrub into signing the automakers bailout. That was in the works before Obama was sworn in, but after the election, Bush seemed to withdraw into himself and really wasn’t much of a leader.
OK, now for the ‘your comment is being moderated’ BS.
Anyone see anything here that might be considered a ‘trip’ word? The thing is broken again, even with the new mod. A joke. Right?
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I don’t know if all that eat beat attention shut down the system for a while, but it’s been screwy for a couple days now….I thought I made it to some type of watch list, but had no idea why…
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They were working on the system but I felt they could have given us a little heads up on that. How hard would that have been?
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no, obama didn’t. We Did!
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you can drive from the west coast to the east coast, its just gonna cost you everything
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I would settle for hearing the same Democrats that blamed high prices on Bushturn around and blame Obama now.
And if its not The POTUS,s fault i feel a nice written apology to Bush is in order.
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What happened to FJ? When they first came in they held the price at the same price as Fargo, but now the whole town is back to a dime higher again? I like many thought they were going to be a game changer…
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It isn’t a dime, more like a quarter. Most stations in GF are 3.69, most in Fargo are 3.44-3.49.
Use this site and support the low price leaders!
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My companies shop is off exit 66 with two major stations and they’ve generally been a nickle to a dime less for 18 years now….If there’s someplace going a quarter per gallon less then I think that would reall cause a stir both here and there….
I didn’t check your link before the previous reply, but when I did I too was shocked because I have seen the actual posts and both Sta Mart and Cenex off 12th Ave are a dime cheaper….Then I looked closer at the chart and these are prices submitted by individuals and not some official pricing survey like others I have seen. So who knows what prices they are deciding to put on there or why. Anyway if you doubt me then take a trip yourself…I reall can only talk about comparing FJ and Sta mart in GF to Cenex and Sta Mart in FGO, but those have been consistant for years….(Other local stations prior to FJ of course)
I thought The GOP didn’t want government involvement in the free market system? And now that the oil companies are making boat loads of cash, they want Big Government to solve the problems created by the free market? Makes absolutely no sense.
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Sams Club is a lot cheaper!
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But why should Sam’s gas in Fargo be 3.39 and Sam’s in Grand Forks is 3.57. Everyone in Grand Forks is afraid to go up against the established “big guys” in town and start to do something about the prices. Whenever I go to Fargo, which is quite often, I make sure I put enough gas in my tank to get to Fargo and I try to buy most of my gas there. I encourage others to do the same.
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Depends on what you drive is a factor. I myself, drive a 1984 olds, big boat, with a big tank. I wouldn’t really benefit from this, but when im down there i do fill up. i can get 18 – 20 mph, (highway miles). and you need a lot of money to do it.. $40 to fill my car from the 3/4 to full. and no im not going to sell it… it is paid for.
Just like the bumper sticker that says ( Don’t laugh at my car its been paid for ) You forgot about water skiing in 4 inches of water after a big rain storm.. The boat is so heavy.. It might be safe enough to chase a tornado..
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’84 Olds is a “big boat”?
GM downsized in ’77/’78. The big ones were earlier.
Try a ’66 Toronado sometime…or better yet, a ’76 Ninety-Eight.
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The glove box is too small.. Can do deep sea fishing too..
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I’ve had more cars than you have had underware. I used to own a ’76 caddilac Deville. you could put four familys in the car and 6 more in the trunk. It even had telescopic stering. 3 cutlass’, buicks,
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Ok…How about the nice 57 Plymouth with push button automatic and fins…..The Batmobile…..Man I wish I would have kept that one…..
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I agree it is wrong that Fargo gas prices are lower than Grand Forks, but Sams Club is still the cheapest gas in Grand Forks. Yes you have to have a Sams card to get the cheap price but if you buy your gas there every time it pays for its self within a month or two. If everybody started buying gas there the others might get the hint and drop their prices to a reasonable price.
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What is a reasonable price to pay? How much should a gas station get to mark-up their gas over their cost? Should they get say a 10% over cost mark-up? Or how about a 20% mark-up? How much people, how much?
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Well apparently it’s not the mark up over cost that looks apparent when fuel 75 miles away is a dime cheaper….That looks like a gouge up in a monopoly situation, and that is why so many people are complaining. Every time this issue comes up you apparently have a personal interest from the station owner or manager perspective….So maybe you can tell us (Maybe you have in the past when I cicn’t have a chance to get on line) in your opinion why there’s such a difference between Fargo prices and Forks? Also why when FJ made it to town they were able to get everyone to match Fargo’s prices, but now they too have joined in the bump? They’re a big enough company owned by Pilot that I thought they could make those changes last
With the fuel prices up.. The farmers will have to pay for it in our area.. Not good for any city or town.. Rest assure, We all pay..
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