Readers of my postings know I have argued strongly against the idea that large gasoline retailers use low prices to drive out competition. My primary example has been Speedway, a large gasoline retailer, who typical takes the lead on price hike days. So, the report in this weekend’s GR Press about the gas price war in Fremont caught my attention. According to this report, Wal-Mart was selling gas this past Friday at $1.64 a gallon (compare to $2.03 in Grand Rapids), definitely below cost, and the other retailers in town, including Speedway, have had to compete. Also, it seems that the past few price hikes in Grand Rapids have not been matched by all retailers, leading to significant price differences in town. I am beginning to suspect that the next several weeks will be volatile (both up and down) when it comes to gas prices. As for this week, I can buy gas in Standale for $1.91 and CNBC has oil prices up more than a buck this morning. This means wholesale gas prices will be up 3 to 5 cents today, leading to a 20-cent margin price of about $2.07, and I predict that will be the new price on Thursday (plus or minus a few cents, and maybe Wednesday, but never Friday). $2.07 was the new price on Wednesday in most places, Thursday for some — CORRECT!
- It's the most wonderful time of the year ... to buy gas! https://t.co/rBFbqhfCgN 11:05:58 AM December 03, 2017 from Twitter Web Client
- Happy Thanksgiving! Not sure if we hike tomorrow or not ... https://t.co/djRBIMUSRB 07:10:52 PM November 21, 2017 from Twitter Web Client
- Crazy in Chicago -- fill up again! https://t.co/7qeVfPB32P 08:19:47 PM November 01, 2017 from Twitter Web Client
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The name of the site is based off an essay Ed wrote for the Grand Rapids Press titled "The Gas Game". The current website was established later by Patrick DeHaan after he and Ed predicted gas price hikes on GasBuddy's website GrandRapidsGasPrices.com, as well as Ed’s personal web page.
Note: To be precise, add 9/10 of a cent to all prices described on this web page.
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