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    Why? I would really like to know, why?

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    Why is gas always so much more here in Calvert? Is it because Gott pretty much has a monopoly here? Recently went to Salisbury, and from over the bay bridge thru Easton thru Trappe thru Cambridge, all the way to Salisbury, gas was $2.00 - $2.05. So what gives? But closer, as soon as you leave Calvert, be it the southern way, or the northern way, gas prices are always much cheaper. If, for a far longer stretch of road, just over the Route 50 bridge, there can be drastically lower gas prices, why can't similar prices be in Calvert, with a shorter stretch of road? Is there a realistic explanation for this phenomenon?
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    Quote Originally Posted by LightRoasted View Post
    If I may ...

    Why is gas always so much more here in Calvert? Is it because Gott pretty much has a monopoly here? Recently went to Salisbury, and from over the bay bridge thru Easton thru Trappe thru Cambridge, all the way to Salisbury, gas was $2.00 - $2.05. So what gives? But closer, as soon as you leave Calvert, be it the southern way, or the northern way, gas prices are always much cheaper. If, for a far longer stretch of road, just over the Route 50 bridge, there can be drastically lower gas prices, why can't similar prices be in Calvert, with a shorter stretch of road? Is there a realistic explanation for this phenomenon?
    I brought the same thing up a couple or four years ago and was told to buy my gas at those places if I didn't like it here. Actually I was talking about gas in the Beaches being higher than elsewhere in the County (except for the BP in Dunkirk).

    Gas in the Beaches is the highest in Calvert, both outlets are Fastops. Ray Charles could see the reason for those prices.

    I'm on the Shore this week and a couple places are $1.999 today.

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    I was told years ago that there are two reasons the prices are higher. One, part of the money goes to the schools. Two, emissions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by angelbaby View Post
    I was told years ago that there are two reasons the prices are higher. One, part of the money goes to the schools. Two, emissions.
    We are part of the Washington metropolitan area and require different fuel formulations. Or so I've heard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by angelbaby View Post
    I was told years ago that there are two reasons the prices are higher. One, part of the money goes to the schools. Two, emissions.
    taxes are the same every where in the state. You have the state surcharge and the federal tax.
    Delivery is the decider. The delivery fees depend on how far and then you have to factor in the spot price of fuel.
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    When I first moved here in 2000 gas cost approximately $0.25/gallon more than where I moved from, then enter Sheetz and WaWa and suddenly the gas is comparable in price within a few cents and has been since. The local stations were gouging people, now they have to compete their prices are more in line.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NorthBeachPerso View Post
    I brought the same thing up a couple or four years ago and was told to buy my gas at those places if I didn't like it here. Actually I was talking about gas in the Beaches being higher than elsewhere in the County (except for the BP in Dunkirk).

    Gas in the Beaches is the highest in Calvert, both outlets are Fastops. Ray Charles could see the reason for those prices.

    I'm on the Shore this week and a couple places are $1.999 today.
    Yup. I'm thinking the same. Monopolistic.
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    I am not sure. I remember Sheetz being the same price as say Hewitts it replaced when it opened.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeoplesElbow View Post
    When I first moved here in 2000 gas cost approximately $0.25/gallon more than where I moved from, then enter Sheetz and WaWa and suddenly the gas is comparable in price within a few cents and has been since. The local stations were gouging people, now they have to compete their prices are more in line.
    Not the stations so much as the distributor. Sheetz and Wa Wa have their own distribution system, they don't rely on a local business.
    The end point retailer doesn't mark up the gas much, it's the guy in the middle. I would say it's not gouging, but economy of size.
    The more fuel you move, the lower the profit on a gallon has to be.
    The end point retailer never made much on gas, at first it was the "service" portion of the station that made money.
    Now it's the retail store that makes money. Selling gas is basically a loss leader to get people to stop.
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    Gas prices have a lot to do with what people are willing to financially bear (from area to area). Gas prices for example in Dundalk, MD (Poor area) are much lower. Parts of Baltimore County are also lower. You go to a richer area like the Downtown DC gas station right around the Kennedy center and the price is 4.00+ a gallon (i've seen it this high).

    Of course you've got to factor in the cost of transportation as well as other weird factors. Gas in "touristy areas" can be much more...

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