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Most West Michigan BP stations getting me angry

BP has generally been my station of choice for quite some time, but things have slowly been starting to frustrate me with many of the local BP stations (look at GRGP tonight! ALL the high priced stations are BP! ELEVEN!). For one- while they had been typically running 9-cents more for a higher grade, they now run 11-cents higher. IE- $3.99/$4.10/$4.21 That irritates me to no end. Speedway had adopted the 10-cent rule a few years back after having gone as little as 7-cents higher per grade. So why has BP suddenly decided they need more than 9-cents? I wonder if it has something to do with more and more cars requiring premium fuel, like one of mine.

Next, today BP decides that its going to try its own hike, to an astounding $3.99! What in the heck is going on? I must say the BP at 28th and Wilson is perhaps the only BP around with decent management… they went from $3.85 or $3.88 (can’t remember) to $3.78 late tonight.

Next time I think about going to BP, maybe I’ll elect for a station with better tactics than most the BP’s.

Again, please read- the BP at 28th and Wilson is NOT one of the BP’s I’m referring to. Here is a list:

BP @
Port Sheldon St & 28th Ave
36th St SW & Buchanan Ave
44th & Division
Kalamazoo Ave SE & 60th St SE
10 Mile & US-131
E Division & Wolverine
Plainfield & Woodworth
Fulton & E of Bronson
West River & US-131
Alpine & Coventry
E Division St near Stebbins Ave

Unless these BP stations change their habits, I’d like readers to know what kind of crap these stations are pulling. They are trying to pull a fast one. Even “almighty” Speedway didn’t reset to $3.99! They chose 14-cents LESS per gallon.

Gouging anyone? I’m done with said stations unless they change their practices.

Patrick

20 months later, we’re finally back to $1.99!

According to GRGP.com, the Citgo in Cannonsburg has just dropped to $1.99, making it the first known station to me to drop under $2 since May 2005, roughly 20 months ago!

In addition to that, I am still amazed that local stations haven’t dropped faster. Prices have gone down 3 cents per day for the last few days, yet many stations have held steady at 2.19. Why? Because they want a bundle of extra money in their pockets. Good job, Cannonsburg Citgo!

Prices *could* work down to 1.95 the next few days but if they don’t start falling below 2.09 fast, there is no way we’ll see 1.95 til mid-next week.

Enjoy it while it lasts (at this point, all signs are pointing to it lasting a few weeks– that is the slide in oil and gasoline prices)

~Patrick

$1.99 should be soon (days)

Hi everyone, hope you’re enjoying the return to winter weather!

The DOE report that came out today was quite good, even though stocks of crude oil fell by 5 million barrels again. Gasoline inventories rose by nearly 4 million barrels and are near the upper end of the average range for this time of year. Also good news, Midwest PADD jumped to 54.5 million barrels! Is anyone ready for a Chicago discount that could drop us even more?

It seems gas stations are reluctant around here to drop much lower than 2.19. They are enjoying a decent profit, seeing as how their wholesale costs have gone down nearly everyday this week. Is it fair? Who knows. I think it stinks. As I wrote on GRGP.com, I think we will see Grand Rapids drop under $2 in a few days. Absolutely no rush to fill that tank, prices will be coming down even more.

~Patrick

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Get gas, price hike tomorrow!

Well its been a while since we’ve seen a price hike, but enjoy $2.10
(and less, according to GRGP.com) while it lasts. Today’s DOE report
showed some bad numbers for crude oil, gasoline, and distillate
inventories. They all fell, some more than expected. As for the Chicago
Discount we’ve been seeing for the past week or so, expect that to calm
down as well. We’re currently seeing about an 8-10cent discount
according to a source, making Midwest wholesale gasoline the cheapest
in the nation. Last week, the Midwest PADD fell from 52.5million
barrels to 51ish. Still a decent amount, however, I expect that
discount to drop to maybe 2-4cents per gallon.

The Speedway in Cascade has just reopened; obviously they had to fill
their tanks up with gasoline and they are currently priced at 2.39
(yes- 2.39 for that station today, even with the station across the
street much cheaper). That makes this weeks call a bit “easier”. I
believe that is the near the price all of Grand Rapids will see
tomorrow. We might get a break and see 2.35, but 2.35-2.39 is the
likely target for tomorrow AM.

Fill’er up!
~Patrick

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