Do Latrobe gas stations price fix?

Created by Rod on Nov 21, 2013

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Rod

Latrobe, PA

#1 Nov 21, 2013
The price of gas in Latrobe is always much higher than other areas. It appears that there is some price fixing going on.

The prices are usually all the same with BP, Sunoco, Sheetz and Get Go. We need some independent competition or some new players like Marathon.

Since: Sep 09

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#2 Nov 21, 2013
If any of the service stations are corporate owned/operator leased the price is set by the corporation via e-mail or phone call, usually every morning. Prices for operator owned are of course set by the owner.
It is not unusual for corporate stations to have the same price, give or take a penny, their pricing policies are similar with two probable variances per station. These two are monthly thru put and distance from the point of supply to the station.
Owner/operated stations will set their prices as close to corporate stations as possible since this action usually maximizes their profits.
If an owner/operator has significant monthly thru put their purchase price may allow them to sell under the corporate price. Many times the owner/operator will minimize his profit on gas and try and make it up thru in store shelf sales.
Bottom line, except for owner/operators that have several service stations in the same area and prices are set to maintain profitable operations at all stations, there is little chance that there is "price fixing" at all the service stations in your area/town.
Nation Vs Latrobe

Latrobe, PA

#3 Feb 10, 2014
The current national price is 3.29 vs 3.55 in Latrobe. The tax increase can not be warranted for the entire price difference.

Since: Apr 11

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#4 Feb 10, 2014
Nation Vs Latrobe wrote:
The current national price is 3.29 vs 3.55 in Latrobe. The tax increase can not be warranted for the entire price difference.
Price average today in PA is $3.51.

Since: Apr 11

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#5 Feb 10, 2014
http://www.pennsylvaniagasprices.com/GasPrice...
Above shows the prices today in Hazleton, PA, higher than Latrobe.
Note that the prices at all the stations in the Hazleton area are about the same, not considered price fixing, based on what the local market will pay on any given day.
Big Increase

Latrobe, PA

#6 Feb 14, 2014
Right now we are 30 cents over the national average in our area at 3.59.
We are close to California in combined federal and state taxes now thanks to the recent passing of the transport bill.

From looking at gas futures and change in blend look for gas eclipsing $4.00 a gallon in Latrobe around Easter.
Realist

Melbourne, FL

#7 Feb 15, 2014
The National Average price per gallon is expected to hit $3.75 this Spring.
Overly Optimistic

Latrobe, PA

#8 Feb 18, 2014
Realist wrote:
The National Average price per gallon is expected to hit $3.75 this Spring.
Pa has been trending 30 cents over the national average lately.
The Pauper

Kittanning, PA

#11 Feb 18, 2014
The Prince wrote:
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Price fixing for real estate and fuel = the same nimrods are in charge, eh?
Assuming there is price fixing, which has not been established other than in your mind. I believe the fallacy is called "asserting the consequent". That is, "If there is price fixing in some market, then prices would be uniform in that market." "Prices are uniform in this market, therefore there is price fixing."

As fallacious as "All lesbians are women. This person is a woman, therefore she is a lesbian."
Kiski Competition

Latrobe, PA

#12 Feb 19, 2014
In Vandergrift, south of your Kittaning domicile, there is actually some competition. Valero Oil, and some other independents are giving GetGo, Sunoco, ans Sheetz a rune for the customers money!
Pgh Average Gas Price

Latrobe, PA

#13 Feb 24, 2014
Latrobe is 8 cents over the Pgh. average right now, and 28 cents over the national average thanks to the new gas tax.
Selective Purchases

Latrobe, PA

#14 Feb 26, 2014
I mike every attempt to fill up my car out of town on business or travel to avoid the 8 to 10 cents more I have to pay in Latrobe or Greensburg.
Fix

Ligonier, PA

#15 Apr 5, 2014
The only one that's cheaper is the independent station across from the BP on rt. 30. 3 to 4 cents. The others are all identical and always above the average. It's legal heroin , they know you gotta have it and you'll pay what they want. They might as well be all one brand and fly the pirate flag. They broke up standard oil for competition so separate companies can gouge and charge the same price.
Gas station worker

Chicago, IL

#16 Apr 6, 2014
My supervisor told me gas costs more because the school district has hidden taxes on Latrobe gas stations as well.
Scammed Again

Pittsburgh, PA

#17 Apr 7, 2014
All the gas in this area including Greensburg & Irwin come from the same fuel depot (gasoline terminal) on Route 66 just past Delmont on Route 22. Must be some hidden tax plus each gas station can charge what they want to make profit. Also there must be an agreement between tghese stations not to go in a " Gas War" so they can all reapeare money from us and laugh at us. Noticed recently traveling down Route 30 to get on the turnpike at Irwin that the Sheetz station on this side of the pike the price of gas is ten cents more that the Sheetz on the other side of the pike. Must be a split in townships or something. But enough of the price fixing in the Latrobe area.
No Competition

Latrobe, PA

#18 Jul 3, 2014
The average price in the Harrisburg area Thursday dropped a penny from Wednesday to $3.71 per gallon.

The average price in Pennsylvania is $3.75 per gallon and the national average,$3.67.

For the cheapest gas in the nation, you'll have to go to South Carolina for $3.36 per gallon.

Latrobe is at $3.89 for the most part!
Piggly Wiggly

United States

#19 Jul 3, 2014
I drive into Pittsburgh daily, and it's $3.89 all along Rte 30 to Irwin turnpike.

Actually, for the most part, Latrobe gas prices have been averaging $0.07-$0.12 cheaper than those in Jeanette and Irwin on 30
Route 22

Latrobe, PA

#20 Jul 8, 2014
Piggly Wiggly wrote:
I drive into Pittsburgh daily, and it's $3.89 all along Rte 30 to Irwin turnpike.
Actually, for the most part, Latrobe gas prices have been averaging $0.07-$0.12 cheaper than those in Jeanette and Irwin on 30
Route 22 from New Alex to Murraysville has been trending lower than route 30 west and Latrobe.

Blairsville has a new Valero station on 22 that is 3.79. Near Jefferson Hopsital last week I filled my tank at 3.59 gallon.

These stations must have wiggle room.
Lee

Pittsburgh, PA

#21 Jul 12, 2014
Latrobe price fixing out of control! Just seen that a barrel of crude oil down to $100.83 a barrel. Has been at $107,98. So why no drop in gas price. Should be about $3.49. All gas in this area comes from the terminal in Delmont no matter what brand.
Resident

Latrobe, PA

#22 Sep 3, 2014
I don't know the answer but I do agree prices seem pretty high here compared to other areas. Hmmmm

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