Gasoline Zone Pricing
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    TABLE OF CONTENTS
  1. GASOLINE ZONE PRICING
  2. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ZONE PRICING
  3. WEB SITE THAT POSTS
    HIGHEST AND LOWEST GAS PRICES
    IN MOST CITIES IN THE USA
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#1. GASOLINE ZONE PRICING

On Monday March 29 the retail price for gasoline was the highest ever recorded in the USA with regular averaging about $1.76 a gallon. It may be headed even higher.

Is there anything you can do? Plenty. Comparison shopping for the best gasoline price will save you a ton because there can be a wide range of prices - as much as a 20% difference!

This means that you might pay as little as $1.60 per gallon for regular in the same area where gas sells for as high as $2.00 per gallon for the regular grade.

Known as zoning or the zone price, this is a practice used by major oil companies to set very different prices in the same area for the same brand and grade of gasoline.

NOTE: SAVVY-DISCOUNTS.com was one of the first publications in the nation to report on this disparity in gasoline prices, called zoning (8/1995).

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#2. HOW TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ZONE PRICING
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It really pays to keep your eyes open and to shop around. Gasoline on a busy highway can cost 10c more per gallon than the same brand and same grade at a quiet corner just a few blocks away. Compare prices on the routes you normally drive or within a block or two, but don't go out of your way. Ask your friends, neighbors and co-workers about the cheapest price they have found.

TIP:
When traveling out of town, check gasoline prices before you go. It may be much cheaper in your town or along the way or at your destination. You can also check on the Internet at www.GasBuddy.com (listed below) or call a relative or friend or the motel at your destination.

Comparison shop for discount gasoline, compare the price at different gas service stations such as at these brand name oil companies: Exxon, BP, Shell Oil, Royal Dutch/Shell, Texaco, Chevron, Amoco, Hess, Phillips Petroleum, Enmark, Speedway, 76, Conoco, Mobil Oil.

#3. WEB SITE THAT POSTS HIGHEST AND LOWEST GAS PRICES IN MOST CITIES IN THE USA

The following web site lists high and low prices for automobile gasoline in various metropolitan areas across the country and covers just about all 50 states.

www.gasbuddy.com

The following information is from the GasBuddy web site:
GasBuddy.com
"The Ultimate Portal to Local Real-Time Gas Price Information"

Who
GasBuddy.com is the portal site to more than 170 web sites that help consumers find cheap gas prices. All web sites are operated by the non-profit organization known as GasBuddy Organization Inc.

What
Each of GasBuddy Organization's web sites provides a live forum for consumers to post local recent low and high gasoline prices.

Why
Since gasoline prices change frequently and may vary by as much as 20 percent within only a few blocks it is important to be able locate the service station with the lowest priced fuel. GasBuddy Organization web sites allow consumers to both share information about low priced fuel with others as well as target the lowest priced stations to save at the pumps!


#4. MORE ABOUT GASOLINE ZONE PRICES

Here are brief excepts from reports on the internet:

Secret formulas set the prices for gasoline
By Alexei Barrionuevo
March 26th, 2000
WALL STREET JOURNAL
At Bill & Mitch s Exxon station in Potomac, Md., regular gasoline costs about $1.72 a gallon, 26 cents a gallon more than at Exxon stations in southern Maryland. And in Laurel, Md., motorists have been paying up to five cents more a gallon at Tommy Martin's Shell station than at Art and Charlotte Harnek's Shell about two miles away.
A key reason? Zone pricing, an increasingly common practice that boosts oil-company profits. Refining companies actually map out areas and charge dealers different wholesale prices based on secret formulas that often factor in location, the area's affluence or simply what the local market will bear.


Pain in the Gas
by Chris Harris
January 30, 2003
HARVARD ADVOCATE
Zone pricing is commonplace in both affluent areas and low-income areas throughout the country and state...customers in more distressed communities are also marked for inflated prices because they're usually more isolated and less able to shop around.

Another Article about Gasoline Zone Pricing
===Balance Sheet of Gouging, More about gasoline zone pricing


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