By Robbie King
December 23, 2008
I just moved to Ketchikan from Minnesota in September. It is
my understanding, (and I may be off here) that there was a petition
and even a city council meeting talked about how high the prices
were. The outcome of which was a few choice people saying that
the gas stations wouldn't do that and then they quoted exactly
what the people who mark the prices told them.
They said that when a barge
comes in they pay the current or "going" rate at that
time to the barge. They then, mark their prices according to
how much it costs off the barge. Meanwhile prices go down in
the contiguous states but they've still got to pay for that gas
so they leave the price up until another barge comes and they
then base the new price off of how much the new gas cost and
so on and so on.
Now, after that long winded display I only have two main questions
1. Why when gas goes up in the rest of the states does gas immediately
go up here?
2. Why do they charge so much more than the barge in the first
If anyone has or knows where I can get a chart or list of prices
in the past year or two from Ketchikan so that I could compare
it to one for the costs they've had to pay the barges to bring
This way we can determine exactly who is gouging our eyes out
with these prices and act accordingly.
Received December 17, 2008
- Published December 23, 2008
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