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ms411
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January 30, 2015 12:07 pm  

Yesterday regular gas was $2.98 at Giant, Race Track, et al. Today same stations charging $3.67.


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Alana33
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January 30, 2015 12:42 pm  

Maybe they had a special!??

Jeeze, and I've already topped off at $3.65~


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ms411
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January 30, 2015 2:26 pm  

It was the weirdest thing. I noticed the 2.98 yesterday morning, and when I was leaving town before 6 p.m. it was 2.98. I told my friend about the low price and he said that was not the price. When we got to town this morning, they all had $3.67!

Thank goodness I had a witness to the $2.98 or I would think I was losing it!

If I see low prices again I'll post.


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January 30, 2015 6:49 pm  

Crude oil has been extremely volatile in the last few months. Just today, crude oil jumped 6.6%. That would translate into roughly 20 cents more per gallon of gas tomorrow and perhaps even late today.


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ms411
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January 30, 2015 6:59 pm  

I doubt the stations here price based on commodity prices, but I'll try to pay more attention to markets vs our prices. I was shocked by the $2.98 so it caught my attention because it was such a huge drop so quickly.


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January 30, 2015 8:45 pm  

I think they are doing some sort of special on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Trying to get people to change the station they use or something?


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ms411
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January 30, 2015 8:53 pm  

Didn't see a sign saying so. I know Petrous Gas has roll back Wed and maybe something another day.

I may be able to get one of the stations to give me updates to post online, but can't talk to her until next week.


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Alana33
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January 31, 2015 1:00 am  

Here's a STT Source article that says we pay$1.50 more per gallon than PR.
http://stthomassource.com/content/news/local-news/2015/01/30/vi-gas-prices-stay-high-while-everywhere-else-falls


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January 31, 2015 1:11 am  

Just be happy you don't have a 60 mile round trip to work 5 days a week : (


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January 31, 2015 1:53 am  

Well you know, national avg gas price on the mainland are up about 3 cents this week.


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February 2, 2015 3:15 pm  

I was in Puerto Rico this weekend. I filled up the rental car @ $2.11 per gallon for regular. I saw it as low as $2.02. The article from the source is accurate.

The market in the Caribbean is nowhere near as volatile as in the USA. I lived in Puerto Rico and STX for several years. PR moves up and down just a bit faster (not as fast as in the mainland) and the prices vary greatly from on place to another, the later very similar to the USA. It is worth noting that the government in PR monitors both the retailers' costs and prices. If you find something odd about the price, just call the Dept. of Consumer Affairs, and they jump them immediately. The fines are very hefty.

Here in Ohio, I've seen the price change up to three times during a 12 hour period at the same gas station.

I hope the VI Govt. is not only looking at the retailers but also at the distributors. One of them is Bunkers of St. Croix. Where are you Mr. Mapp?

Oh well, I will back in STX on the 23rd this month. After seeing the price over $4 a gallon for the longest time, $3.63 may "seem like a bargain".


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February 2, 2015 6:42 pm  

DLCA has ordered all gas stations to reveal their purchase price for gas.

I guess they have also decided what the profit margin for a gas station will be.


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February 2, 2015 7:14 pm  

I know they are doing an "inquiry" on the gas stations, but I am wondering if they are doing the same with the distributors/importers. I am only relying on the articles I've read online and they only speak about retailers. In PR they caught distributors doing price gouging very conveniently on different retailers. The fine was $10k for each instance. The retailers were screaming foul and called consumer affairs to intervene.

I give them credit for acting on it, though.

A huge disadvantage in the VIs is that gas stations are privately owned, unlike most in PR which are independently owned franchises. Hence, bound by the franchise rules of unfair competition within certain distance from each other.


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February 5, 2015 8:02 pm  

What happened is that the station across from Gasworks in Bovoni put out a sign advertising a 2.99 special 3 days a week (I think T, T, Sat, but may be mistaken) about 2 weeks ago. After a week of this several other stations, like Giant Gas near Havensight started matching them, so now there are a number of stations that have $2.99 gas 3 days a week and $3.67 gas the other 4 days a week (the same days). Quite interesting.


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February 5, 2015 8:13 pm  

Chris: That is what I thought, too. Race Track today had $2.91 posted. I love the smell of competition in the morning!


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February 5, 2015 8:20 pm  

Hometown and Giant both at 2.91 today


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February 5, 2015 9:31 pm  

WAPA going down. Gas going down. Is this still the VI where prices have always gone up, up, up???


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Alana33
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February 5, 2015 9:51 pm  

Don't count on it.


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February 5, 2015 10:01 pm  

Don't count on it.

But do count on the doom and gloom of negativity? Glass half empty/half full! Hope Hometown is still low tomorrow as I have to go by there! 😀


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ms411
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February 5, 2015 10:12 pm  

Thanks, everyone for posting updates.


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February 5, 2015 10:33 pm  

prices are going up in Denver


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February 5, 2015 10:34 pm  

Don't count on it.

But do count on the doom and gloom of negativity? Glass half empty/half full! Hope Hometown is still low tomorrow as I have to go by there! 😀

they were just filling underground storage tanks today and had just changed signs. I think lower prices are here to stay for a bit at least


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February 5, 2015 10:52 pm  

Watch those same places are back to $3.50+ on Friday if the pattern holds.


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February 6, 2015 12:23 am  

Gas has hit bottom and is on the way back up.


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February 6, 2015 11:19 am  

I'll just throw in that I have worked in the marine industry delivering gas to STT from PR and the cost of ocean freight on a barge of gasoline last I checked (1995) was 5 cents/gal, while the price differential between STT and pretty much anywhere else was over a dollar/gal. As an interesting aside, during that time no gasoline came from HOVIC to STT, despite the popular belief that Hess/HOVIC/HOVENSA supplied the entire region.


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