Once again, I have been observing Harrison tends to overcharge for gasoline as compared to market wholesale unleaded gasoline, plus applicable taxes and profit.
What I found is a return to higher prices at our local stations and even grocery stores.
I see a consistent overcharge for a gallon of gasoline that is higher than other areas in Ohio including the east side of Cincinnati verses the Westside and then a slower reduction in price as it comes down.
I checked the on-line prices of unleaded regular gasoline in other areas on 3/4/2014 and found other areas are priced as low as $3.19 to $3.35 a gallon so why do we pay much more?
I believe the answer is we don’t think about filling up until we need gasoline, so it’s easier to stop at these stations in Harrison. I believe they see this as an opportunity to raise their price.
Most of us go shopping in different areas through the week and to work without even thinking about buying gas somewhere else at a much lower cost.
These stations in our area are gouging us, and as long as we don’t say anything, the gouging continues.
I believe if we filled up somewhere else for two weeks, the loss of revenue would send a signal to these stations that we are on to this gouging and the price of gasoline would come down in
Harrison and then these stations would understand we refuse to be gouged and if not stopped, they would see less profit from no sales and lower the price of gasoline in Harrison.
Once again the local stations in Harrison raised unleaded gasoline to $3.65 gallon, and then started a slow reduction in in the price instead of dropping faster as other areas did.
The reason for the dramatic rise in price is in my opinion a way to gain more profit even though it’s gouging in my opinion.
Our Attorney General and elected representatives in Columbus seems not to care while we get fleeced. Citizens, we have the power of the vote and should remember this when we go to vote.
I hear stations talking about taxes on gasoline but as we all know taxes aren’t going away and it’s just another way to fool the citizen.
So ask yourself why is our local stations charging a higher price per gallon than other areas? It’s because we allow them to control us by giving them our business each time we fill up in Harrison.
We can stop this by filling up somewhere else until these stations feel the pain of our citizens going elsewhere for gasoline and they will lower their price or suffer from lack of sales.
In America, we have Anti-Trust Laws that are supposed to protect us from gouging companies like Big Oil Companies.
Could it be the campaign contributions outweigh what is wrong, who knows? Do they really care? I don’t think so. When is the last time you heard from any of them? Remember we have the power of the vote. Ask Al Gore if a few votes count.
This is America, not Russia, so stand up for your rights as a citizen. Send a message to these local gas stations that we can go elsewhere to buy gasoline.
George D. Bentley
Harrison, Ohio 45030