Stop Buying Gas in De Leon.
Posted in the De Leon Forum
#1 Aug 25, 2010
I am gonna come out straight about gas prices here in De Leon.
I was one of those people that was ok with paying a few extra cents everyone once in a while when I need some extra fuel to go around down. When I was low on gas and didn't have a good reason to go to Stephenville it didn't make much sense to drive all the way there just to save a few cents.
I actually remember few years back when De Leon was actually competitive with the surrounding towns with their gas price. Maybe from 2005 to 2007 or so is the time I am thinking about.
About 2008 that all changed. I am sure people will blame the economy but I think that is just an excuse.
So flash forward to perhaps about 2 years ago or so and Allsup and the place where the Subways is located started charging 3 to 5 cents more than the surrounding towns. Commanche, Dublin, Stephenville, and Brownwood.
I chalked it up to higher overall gas prices and transport costs to get the gas here. Not a terribly convincing argument. But, I chalked it up to that anyway.
As, I said, if I was low on gas and was not going to Stephenville that week I would pay the few extra cents for 5 gallons or so and just live with it.
Not anymore. I went to Stephenville to buy groceries last weekend.(8-20-2010) and stopped by the multi pump place outside of Dublin heading for Stephenville and the price was $2.55 a gallon.
It's on things when the price was $2.60 in surrounding towns and De Leon was charging 5 cents more. But a 14 cent difference is going overboard.
I call on everyone to stand firm and not buy gas here in town until they drop the price to be more inline with other surrounding towns.
There is no justification for charging 14 cents more to our citizens. It is beyond outrageous that the gas stations here are getting away with this.
We must, as a group, make a decision to draw a line in the sand.
Enough is enough. I will go to Stephenville to get my gas from this point on until the price changes to something closer to reasonable all things considered.
I implore you to do that same. If you feel this silent protest is not enough, bring this issue up in the next city council meeting. I haven't been to one so I don't know if there is an open forum for our citizens to have there voice here. But, I do know there should be one. Not just concerning gas prices but many other issues that plague our community.
Let your voices be heard.
14 cents a gallon more for gas is an outrage and should not be tolerated.
#2 Aug 25, 2010
The issue of price gouging on gas in De Leon has been discussed extensively in another thread by almost the same title. It seems that most of the local folks who have spent their lives here (me excluded) and know nothing else about how the outside world works think that they SHOULD be paying the typical 14 cents above what all the surrounding SMALL towns pay. The local belief that transport costs are the reason is total BS. It costs more to transport gas to De Leon than it does to Dublin or Comanche? Gimme a break. What's really the mystery is how Gem Dandy's and Asslips keep the exact same price at all times. If one goes up, you can bet your sweet ass the other one will be going up to the exact same price before the day is over. It's very clear they have some kind of arrangement, which is no doubt to spread the gas wealth evenly and make sure the customers have no price incentive. It's not only gas. Look at the prices at IGA and Pate's. Their prices are double that of other stores on many items.
You don't have to go all the way to Stephenville to get a better gas price. Just outside Dublin. When gas is 14 cents cheaper, it's worth the drive to fill up or at least you break even and have the satisfaction of not paying the local extortionists. But you really don't win either way if you go to Dublin. You're still lining the pockets of Lonnie Allsup.
#3 Aug 27, 2010
I actually have seen the other thread. It started to get off track and people where bringing in drama so I chose to start new one.
When I say I chalked it up to transport costs I really should have said, I am convinced other people chalk it up to transport costs. I don't buy it for a minute.
As I mentioned in this post, gas prices here had been about 4 or 5 cents more than the surrounding area. Just recently did they up that to 14 cents.
I just passed by the alsup today and the price was $2.65 a gallon.
I'd like to take credit but after I did a little surfing I noticed that the price is pretty much pegged to the national average. The Texas average price today is just at $2.50 a gallon.
Not sure how current the info is for Stephenville, the counts that big station right outside of Dublin, but I read that the gas is at $2.55 still.
That would make our gas still $0.10 more expensive. Still way over the line.
So, I am still imploring people to not buy gas here in De Leon.
Wait until you can make it to Stephenville or Brownwood to get gas.
#4 Aug 27, 2010
I hate paying more for gas too but boycotting a DeLeon business is just about stupid. This town has enough unemployment without us turning on each other and causing that rate to go even higher. What do you think will happen if everyone stops buying gas in town? They will lower their price and you will win???? NO they will lay off the few employees that they do have. And I doubt you will be helping those unemployed folks with their bills. Do I buy gas in B'wood or Dublin? You bet I do. BUT I try to do as much business in DeLeon as I can. All I hear from people in this town is how they shop everywhere else but here. The first poster said they bought groceries in S'ville. Do you also buy groceries here in town?
Some of the biggest offenders of not supporting the business' in DeLeon are those that earn their paychecks from the taxpayers of the school district.
I understand this thread is about gas prices but if the people of this town keep choosing not to get behind this town, then we all just need to move to the city where ya'll can find cheap gas prices along with all the other problems that come with a big city.
#5 Aug 28, 2010
"... just about stupid.", what a way to start a dialogue. Insulting someone is always a good way to start things off.
It's understandable though as you don't appear to understand the full implications of the impact that the higher price we are being asked to pay has on our economy.
One, every extra cent paid by one of our citizens is one less cent they can spend on other businesses in the community. not so much at 4 cents a gallon, but at triple that it adds up quickly.
It means the difference between going to one of our local businesses that actually injects money back into the community as well as employ local people and feeding a business that takes money away from the community far more than it puts back from employing people who live here.
Example, I go buy 40 gallons on a given month at $2.69 a gallon here and it costs me $107.60 where if I buy it at $2.55 it costs me $102 which is a $5.60 savings. That is almost a full meal at Rolli's (sp) or or a few breakfast tacos at Garza's. I use restaurants because those are actually local businesses.
$5.60 does not seem like much. But, multiply that buy a a few hundred or more people buying gas in this town easily eats up all the money that one employee makes at Alsup on any given month. And you also have to assume that gas is the only product that Alsup sells and the only thing people buy from there as well.
It's pretty clear the 14 cents or what is now 10 cents is having a negative impact on our economy. Whether or not it employees people.
This is without considering the whole issue of all the people who drive by our town instead of buy gas and possibly consider visiting one of our local businesses.
Think about all the towns you go right through on your way to a destination that have over the top gas prices. It's a pretty certain thing that the same thing happens when people drive through our town.
Before this gets to long I would ask you think about what I just said. And next time, don't start off with a confrontational statement because that is no way to start a conversation.
#6 Aug 28, 2010
Maybe you have a surplus of cash to blow. I sure don't. I buy my groceries in Stephenville or Brownwood and will continue to do so. Why? For one thing, the shelves that should be holding the items I want and need are often empty here in De Leon. But the most important consideration for me is price. The prices of many of the items I consume are double the price of Wally world or HEB. It's well worth the short drive to Stephenville to save money. When I'm out of something, in between shopping trips to Stephenville, I buy at Dollar general and IGA but it's very painful for me to do so. And I'm not even considering the issue of how IGA is notorious for selling out of date items. It's very inconvenient having to remember to check the date on everything. And their produce aisle is one of the worst I've ever seen. And as I recall, the local farmer's market was killed off years ago by a church and a B&B that decided they didn't like the farmers parking on the public street in front of their church even though it had been a tradition for a long time. Busiest Town - Friendliest People.
#7 Aug 29, 2010
First off I in no way implied that anyone was stupid but the idea was. If it was the word choice that so offended you then how about ridiculous or careless or even dangerous. And I do think I have a pretty good understanding of the "full implications of the impact that the higher price we are being asked to pay has on our economy."
And NO I do not have a surplus of money that I can just blow but what I do have the most of is a sense of community. I do not know the owners of the Texaco, Allsups or even the IGA but I do know the workers in there. I do know that they go to business' that put paychecks in my loved ones hands so you can guarantee that I will do the same for them. Also if I expect those same business' to support my kids athletic teams or school activities or festival or rodeo then I better be willing to help support them. I do not enjoy smelling like fried chicken or having to check expiration dates just to go buy groceries but I do like the fact that they employee our local youth when they don't have to.
I will support people who support this town and that is what it comes down to for me. I chose to come back home to raise my kids. I came back to know that my kids would be watched over when they are not by my side. I came back so that they would know what it means to be apart of a community that you can always come home to. And if it costs me $5 more when I fill up to have all that for them then it makes it the best $5 ever spent.
I know I pay more for my telephone/interenet service, gifts, floral arrangements, jewelry, OTC medicine and such than I did when I lived in the big city so lets just stop buying everything here and see where it gets us...
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