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Low Gas Prices Prompt Long Lines at Raleigh Gas Pump

Posted May 18, 2007

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— For a few hours Friday, a gas station in Raleigh was a popular spot among motorists.

The Raceway on South Saunders Street was selling gas for $2.88 a gallon, which caused traffic jams around the store. Sheri Youssef said she had been waiting nearly an hour to get gas.

"I had no idea it was going to be like this when I got here," she said.

After a while, the gas station raised the price to $2.94 a gallon, 9 cents cheaper than the average in Raleigh.

"This is outrageous, (but) nothing we can do about it, but live with it," driver Ronnie Moore said.

"We are supposedly a super power, but yet we are held captive by the oil companies. What is it? I don't understand it," driver Paul Williams said.

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  • seeingthru May 20, 2007

    don't drive gas gobblers

  • Steve Crisp May 20, 2007

    How can you say that gas stations are price fixing" At the Kangaroo 300 yards from me, gas yesterday was $3.13 per gallon. At the Kangaroo a half-mile down the road it was $3.03 per gallon.

    If price fixing were happening, don't you think that at least two stations in the same neighborhood owned by the same company would have the same gas prices? Forget about the competition? Pump gas prices are driving by so many factors and change so rapidly because of changing conditions that price fixing simply can not exist. Station owners would have to meet behind closed doors constantly to accomplish it.

    There IS price checking going on, but that is a function of simple market forces and is actually good business practice. You want to know what your competition is doing, expecially if they make it easy for you to find out simply by driving by and looking at a sign.

  • Realthoughts May 20, 2007

    It is time to stop the PRICE FIXING that stations do. Area stations to price on based on cost and demand. They set the price for a particular area and everyone there follows suite. If every station on a corner keeps their price set within a penny or less then all stations win on that corner. But, then comes a station like Raceway and throws the whole plan out the window. The PRICE FIXING needs to stop!!!!!!!!!!!!! If you ask the gas company they will say we price according to the area. They have an entire team of people who work 10 and 15 hour days to ensure they get the highest price for an area. WRAL, expose the gas station owners (crooks) and how consumers are getting so ripped off.

  • lil_elmo_n_clayton May 20, 2007

    is it me, or do i detect a lot of SUV hata's up in here?

  • Realthoughts May 19, 2007

    This just show's that prices don't have to be as high as the are. Every so often you find a good gas station that isn't out to break the consumers pocket. This also shows how the other stations set their prices as high as they can and with in a few cents of each other. They check with each other everyday to see just how the other stations are pricing and set the price as high as possible without loosing customers. I see this as "PRICE FIXING" and it should be stopped! WRAL, you should do as a local paper did and investigate all that goes on with the local gas stations and how they set their prices. My thanks to the RACEWAY for setting reasonable prices. You surely earn my business.

  • mindyourown May 19, 2007

    What do they mean in the title "Low gas prices..."????? That's now LOW!!!!! The headlines should have read "LOWER gas prices..."..this entire gas thing give me gas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Made In USA May 19, 2007

    The high, and increasing daily, gas prices have enough blame to go around. First in line are the record profits the oil companies are enjoying. Exxon made more last year than any private business in America's history. Second in line are the people driving around in their personal cars and SUV's getting 15 MPG or LESS. Oil companies are claiming the higher prices are a result of "supply and demand" friction. And third in line are the American car-makers who look the other way when it comes to better gas mileage because so many people are wanting and buying these gas-guzzling vehicles. Why would the car-makers stop making a $35,000 getting low gas mileage when people are buying them?

  • Made In USA May 19, 2007

    At 15 cents cheaper per gallon than the average price and you fill up using 15 gallons equals $2.25 in savings. Let's see, the savings would equal to about 3/4 of a gallon of gas at most other stations. If one gets 18 mpg, he would have saved enough to drive a little over 13 miles. Deduct the time waiting in line with your engine running (surely people didn't idle for the whole hour) and the extra mileage one drove to get to this gas station, a estimated 10 miles gained.

  • yukonjohn3 May 19, 2007

    You go Hang On...you are my kind of guy!!!
    Livin the dream

  • One flew over Randy_s nest May 19, 2007

    "How can we survive on these prices when we make just enough money right now to pay our bills? How can we afford gas to get back and forth to work? This is freakin ridiculous..."

    Stop driving the 15 mpg SUV and get a small car instead.
    It's amazing how many people "need" an SUV or a truck to go grocery shopping or commute to work...

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