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Discussion: Gas

in: BillD; BillD > 2020-03-18

Mar 19, 2020 12:36 AM # 
Charlie:
Canton has always been much higher.
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Mar 22, 2020 8:50 PM # 
Charlie:
New Hartford had regular for $1.999 yesterday. They probably had to go look in some storage closet for those 1s. :)

Here’s a little historical question for you: in 1973 gas prices per gallon generally ended in 8 for a time instead of 9. Do you know why?
Mar 22, 2020 9:20 PM # 
walk:
The first digit was 6. Just a guess as we were elsewhere.
Mar 22, 2020 10:01 PM # 
BillD:
Commerce has always viewed the populace as stupid. End a price with 9, like $1.99, they won’t feel they are paying $2. Speaking of $1.99, that’s the price this moment at the base of Avon Mountain for regular gas. Drive up to the Avon/Simsbury, Canton corner on US 44, and you’ll pay 2.199 (2.20 sucker).
Mar 22, 2020 11:04 PM # 
walk:
Or 2.39.
Mar 22, 2020 11:48 PM # 
Charlie:
1973 was the first time gas cost more than $1. The pumps only had two digits other than the tenths, so they went to half gallon pricing. So, say 54.9 cents per half gallon meant $1.098 per gallon. Until they came out with new pumps. didnt take all that long.
Mar 23, 2020 12:26 AM # 
walk:
We were in England and I don’t remember the price but the minimum purchase was 3 gallons. I had a Fiat at the time with a tank of 5 or 6 gallons max and making long business trips. Struggle was to get low enough with pumps available somewhere.

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