Friday, September 12, 2008

For Shame...


Biltmore Mountain Energy Shell Station Price Gouging Local Citizens in Buncombe County


I just paid $4.75 a gallon for regular unleaded at the Mountain Energy Shell station in Biltmore area. The Hess station up the road was $3.55 at the same time.

This is obviously price gouging and I will be reporting the owner to the Better Business Bureau and any other state agency which deals with type of gouging behavior.

Anyone else see price gouging going on?

You can download the Price Gouging Complaint Form from the North Carolina Department of Justice (Roy Cooper, Attorney General, NCDOJ.gov) from the Citizen-Times

9 comments:

arratik said...

The Mountain Energy location in Naples (just off the I-26 Fletcher/Mountain Home exit) had it for $4.29/gal this afternoon, while the two other stations nearby had it for $3.79 and $3.99 respectively.

Rev. Johnny Lemuria said...

So, the lesson is, don't shop at Mountain Energy. But how is this price gouging, if its being offered for cheaper down the road? Isn't it just stupidity?

Uptown Ruler said...

Price gouging is a pejorative term for a seller pricing much higher than is considered reasonable or fair. In precise, legal usage, it is the name of a felony that applies in some of the United States only during civil emergencies.

puggerhugger said...

One thing to take into consideration before permanently avoiding these places- some gas stations base pricing on whatever the gas is quoted from the sellers that day. The past few days many refineries in Texas and Louisiana have been temporarily shut down due to Ike. Gas prices spiked. Just an observation. That's what happened with one of the grocery chains here.

zen said...

FYI as of Saturday 5pm Gas-Up on Haywood Road, West Asheville still had gas for $3.99 (and this was premium), and i didn't have a line at all.

Randall said...

$4.25 at the Citgo next to Home Depot on my way home Friday afternoon. It's them damn Venezuelans with their crazy socialist ideas, I swear.

Brant said...

It might be gouging on the part of the gas station, but then again, it might not. Many gas stations don't charge based on the gas that is in the tanks, they charge based on what the delivery of new gas will cost them. Do you know that both stations get gas from the same supplier? Do you know what each station was charged for the delivery of gas? No?

Fine, report it as suspected gouging, but don't claim it as such unless you know for a fact that it is.

eatbees said...

Is there any particular reason you bought gas there when you could have paid $1.20 per gallon less down the road? I usually have a pretty good idea of what the going price is, and $4.75 would have set off alarm bells in my mind!

Uptown Ruler said...

the line for the gas at the other place was on both sides of the highway, backed up for a while, as someone who works about 60-70 hours a week, i simply could not wait, as i had other duties.

dear brant, it is possible you are correct; however, there is no reason that particular station should have paid a delivery cost that same day, that would jack up the price that much. no other station, that i am aware of, had a price that high, even days after.

suspected, yes. reported, yes.

poor post title choice, guilty