05 February 2011

$3.149



My title indicates the cheapest fuel price along my route to work right now...
$3.149
And if you asked me about fuel prices in my area I'd tell you about that particular fuel stop by saying "Fuel is three dollars and fourteen cents there."
But look again at the title of this post.
That AIN'T three dollars and fourteen cents, is it?!!
(And gasoline vendors have used this distraction since 'way before I was a gas-pump jockey in 1963... maybe since gasoline was first sold.)

Devious.
And brilliant.

7 comments:

Old NFO said...

Yeah, we're at $3.49/9 up here in NOVA... And it's NOT getting any better. I would not be surprised to see $4.00 a gallon this summer.

cary said...

If I were a gas station owner (thank you, Lord, for not letting me follow that path ...) I would break convention and price it WITHOUT the silly 9/10. Then, with the money saved by not having to buy the super sized signs and the symbols, I could maybe shave a penny/gallon and gain loyal customers ...

cj said...

I've always wanted to pump exactly one dollar, pay 3.15 and ask for my tenth of a cent back...

cjh

Bloviating Zeppelin said...

9/10ths have been around -- for whatever damned reason -- since before even I was a kid.

If you really want to puke, look very closely at the next gas pump you encounter, and check out the state and FEDERAL TAXES you pay PER gallon.

And we've, roughly, got the cheapest gas in the western nations.

Bend over America, that's about to change markedly.

BZ

cary said...

Wait a minute - when Bush II was in office, wasn't the MSM up in arms and demanding that the price be lowered?

Awful quite in the media about this rash of hikes ...

The Old Man Himself said...

Yur beard ain't grey enough. In the early 1950's twas 18 & 9/10th pennies. I had to scrounge a quarter for gas to go on a date. . . . Bump

the golden horse said...

Gosh, I would almost kill to have gas at 3.14. I am afraid we are about to see amounts like we have never seen before. If they don't straighten things out in Egypt, we could see 5.00 gas very soon.
Then with the drilling stoppage here, it will be painful.