Gas price shenanigans _ triblive

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Lower Burrell and New Kensington residents are being gouged by the gas stations along and near Tarentum Bridge Road.

Our gasoline prices have always been higher by a nickel or so compared to nearby stations. Now local prices are as much as 15 to 20 cents higher per gallon.

Station owners in high-traffic areas often charge a few cents extra; that is what fair market, supply-and-demand principles are about. Retailers should also know, however, that if prices are too high, consumers will seek lower prices elsewhere.

Why do local stations keep their prices so much higher? Perhaps consumers share some of the blame.

Loyalty discounts are an important factor in gasoline purchases. But why get tricked into buying a GetGo car wash for $10 to save an additional 10 cents per gallon? You can save that much without a car wash if you drive up Coxcomb Hill to Sheetz.

I no longer pump gas at local stations. I recently saved my 70 cents per gallon in discounts, plus an additional 16 cents per gallon by filling up in Fox Chapel. (Yes, much cheaper in Fox Chapel, go figure.) Why spend $100 in groceries for the same price people in Fox Chapel pay without buying groceries?

As this is election season, maybe it’s time to cast a vote for change. Cast a vote with your wallet and each time you fill your tank.

Joe Schmidt

Lower Burrell

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