Gas $4.89 at the Ashwood Exxon! Why?
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Mike

Lititz, PA

#21 Jan 12, 2009
Dave wrote:
This station has been on the news and in the papers, there is no law that prevents him from charging 4.89 a gallon.
Secondly, there are better things in life to bitch about
in conclusion, don't buy his gas, problem solved, next case.
Well of course there are better things in life to bitch about and you could probably say that about almost anything. So, despite your grasp of the obvious I believe you are missing the larger picture...that something like this is patently unfair and can cost folks money who don't pay close attention at the pumps (see "Hosed" below).Also, I realize that you CAN charge anything you want but just because you CAN doesn't mean you SHOULD and if you DO maybe there are other things that should be looked into with this guy.

Finally, I don't think this is "bitching" and I certainly will take your sage advice and not buy the gas there. Thanks for the great advice...you are brilliant.

Since: May 07

Stockbridge Mass

#22 Jan 13, 2009
Bill wrote:
There are rumors that the high prices are to keep customers away, and that the gas station is actually a front for a drug ring of sorts. There seem to be cars at the station at odd times, not even at the pumps.
The Mafia in Millburn,.........I'll call CNN.
Clue

Conshohocken, PA

#23 Jan 14, 2009
I believe that perhaps the station just filled their giant underground tank at the height of the market and are not going to sell it now at a huge loss so they are just sitting on it. When enough clueless/rich people stop in and pay the ridiculous price, they will eventually break even and then refill their tank at current prices and be back to just overpriced and not ridiculous.

Since: May 07

Stockbridge Mass

#24 Jan 15, 2009
Clue wrote:
I believe that perhaps the station just filled their giant underground tank at the height of the market and are not going to sell it now at a huge loss so they are just sitting on it. When enough clueless/rich people stop in and pay the ridiculous price, they will eventually break even and then refill their tank at current prices and be back to just overpriced and not ridiculous.
Nope,and if they are they're dumber than I thought.
Ron

Parsippany, NJ

#25 Jan 23, 2009
I'm totally embarressed. I jumped off 24 running late for work and had my tank half full before I even realized the price and almost choked the guy out. Shame on me I guess.

Since: May 07

Stockbridge Mass

#26 Jan 23, 2009
I thought the headquarters for the Gas stations Ass of America was in Union (Springfield) on 24?Call them.
Meredith

Jersey City, NJ

#27 Feb 11, 2009
Actually you are all wrong. Because Exxon Mobil Corp charges the owner a wholesale rate that is obnoxiously high, he has to increase his prices so there is at least some margin of profit for him to keep the station open and running. Oil companies set wholesale gasoline rates they charge station lessees by what is called ‘zone pricing’ which is based on station location, the number of competitors nearby and the economics of the area. Although the owner (the lessee) owns his own business (the repair shop portion) he rents the site from Exxon and therefore is bound by Exxon to purchase the wholesale gasoline at the rate which Exxon sets for that station/zone.
According to a Feb 11, 2009 article on Bloomberg, owner is actually suing Exxon for “unjustly discriminatory” pricing of fuels they are required to buy from Exxon dealers along with another Exxon station lessee in Summit.
Phoebe

Upper Darby, PA

#28 Feb 15, 2009
Meredith wrote:
Actually you are all wrong. Because Exxon Mobil Corp charges the owner a wholesale rate that is obnoxiously high, he has to increase his prices so there is at least some margin of profit for him to keep the station open and running. Oil companies set wholesale gasoline rates they charge station lessees by what is called ‘zone pricing’ which is based on station location, the number of competitors nearby and the economics of the area. Although the owner (the lessee) owns his own business (the repair shop portion) he rents the site from Exxon and therefore is bound by Exxon to purchase the wholesale gasoline at the rate which Exxon sets for that station/zone.
According to a Feb 11, 2009 article on Bloomberg, owner is actually suing Exxon for “unjustly discriminatory” pricing of fuels they are required to buy from Exxon dealers along with another Exxon station lessee in Summit.
This makes no sense, Meredith. Every other gas station in the area - including another Exxon station on River Road are under $2. Unless the owner is deliberately trying to undermine the Exxon brand with his ridiculous prices, there is no reason to be approx.$3/gallon higher than anyone else around. The owner is a moron and the sooner he goes out of business, the better.
Phoebe

Upper Darby, PA

#29 Feb 15, 2009
To follow up, here is the Bloomberg article: http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news...

It is stated that Chang paid $1.6335 to Exxon for the gas. Would you consider 300% "at least some margin of profit" for him? It seems evident this pricing is Chang being obnoxious toward Exxon as some kind of protest. In itself, this is fine but as we - the Summit consumer - have his gas station in our midst it looks like a stupid, self-defeating way of pricing. Close down already.

Since: May 07

Stockbridge Mass

#30 Feb 15, 2009
Phoebe wrote:
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This makes no sense, Meredith. Every other gas station in the area - including another Exxon station on River Road are under $2. Unless the owner is deliberately trying to undermine the Exxon brand with his ridiculous prices, there is no reason to be approx.$3/gallon higher than anyone else around. The owner is a moron and the sooner he goes out of business, the better.
Exactly,down here in Maryland we are at around $1.85 at the Exxon in Jessup .
Karen

Bayonne, NJ

#31 Apr 14, 2009
Guess we are the latest winners to stop into this Exxon for gas. I grew up in Essex County and the gps was taking us home a backwards way...the tank was on empty, so we punched in the closest gas station...what luck!

Luckily my husband noticed the price before he said fill it up. He asked why the price was so high and the attendant said that Exxon corporate changed the price to 4.89 this morning. We got 1 gallon because we were desperate and didn't know the area enough to drive around with an empty tank.

We'll just chalk this up to a good story for $5...but we are calling corporate tomorrow. My mother just happens to be a shareholder. Might as well rattle a few chains.

Since: May 07

Stockbridge Mass

#32 Apr 16, 2009
Karen wrote:
Guess we are the latest winners to stop into this Exxon for gas. I grew up in Essex County and the gps was taking us home a backwards way...the tank was on empty, so we punched in the closest gas station...what luck!
Luckily my husband noticed the price before he said fill it up. He asked why the price was so high and the attendant said that Exxon corporate changed the price to 4.89 this morning. We got 1 gallon because we were desperate and didn't know the area enough to drive around with an empty tank.
We'll just chalk this up to a good story for $5...but we are calling corporate tomorrow. My mother just happens to be a shareholder. Might as well rattle a few chains.
AS of 4/14/09.......at 4 am the price at Exxon in Jessup Md is ....$1.94
Phoebe

Upper Darby, PA

#33 May 9, 2009
Wow! I drove by last week, and pricing was back to a normal $2.03/gal. I guess the dispute with Shell was solved. However, today the price had jumped to $2.89 on the Broad Street sign, but the sign on Morris Ave said $2.17. Pricing locally is between $1.97 and $2.12 so they're up to their old tricks.
White Diamond fund

Riverside, NJ

#34 Mar 8, 2010
The gas at that station gives you twice the MPG and less emissions. It is worth the price.
Teddy Glynn

Los Angeles, CA

#35 Mar 8, 2010
It's expensive but my Mercedes purr's like a kitten with the high-test. It's better gas that the Coastal station down the road on Rt.22.
Observer

Wayne, NJ

#36 Mar 19, 2010
If I were a Summit resident, I would be concerned with the number of police and municipal vehicles that fill up at that station. Apparently, the people driving those people don't care what they pay as long as it is not their dime (of course, it's on the taxpayers).

I had a converstion about the high prices with another station owner and he said that the station is more profitable at high prices and low volume than with low prices and high volume due to low margins and the cost of hiring additonal people to pump the gas.
John

Dallas, TX

#37 Sep 23, 2010
I can't tell you anything about the gas prices there but I can tell you that the owner of that station is the ONLY person I know I'd leave my car with and ask them to fix what is needed and not question what it is that they've done afterward ... if the pricing is up for you to see, make a decision to either buy it there or not ... but if you're looking for the station in Summit to have your car repaired without having to worry about being ripped off, this is the place to go ... I did it for the 10 years I knew of them before moving to Dallas and I haven't found anyone like that here or anywhere else ... pure gold !
MGBGT

Philadelphia, PA

#38 Nov 18, 2010
At least two cars have been parked at those pumps for the last few months ( a mustang and a white truck) to prevent/ discourage any fill ups. If other posters claims about the owner wishing to focus only on repairs, then there may be some logic to the setup.

The location itself is very strategic/visible. With the Exxon sign, you can still draw folks into the lot, and don't have to spend any money on getting your own sign fabricated ( especially one that wouldn't look markedly different from others).
Why

Holbrook, NY

#39 Dec 13, 2010
The high price reflects a serious legal conflict with Exxon Corporate
It is not a money making scheme to overcharge legitimate customers
Obviously the owner is seriously discouraging anyone from purchasing
Exxon gas at his station

All customers that do pull in to this station are first notified by the attendant about the out of line pricing for a gallon of gas
to discourage the purchase

Many times there are legitimate reasons for unusual circumstances
mike

Chester, NJ

#40 Mar 16, 2012
What scumbags.4.69.Tell everybody you know not to go there.Besides the gas prices they cant fix the price let alone a car.The owner is a moron,how he even ties his shoes in the morning amazes me.I badmouth the place to everybody and suggest calling exxon hq.

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