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Gasoline prices dropping, elsewhereTell North Platte what you think
 
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Price range from $3.43 to $3.63 a gallon Wednesday afternoon at Casey's on East Fourth.

Regular grade gasoline sold for just $3.09 a gallon on Wednesday in Niobrara, a small Nebraska town near the South Dakota border.  

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Although that price was the lowest in Nebraska, other gas stations are offering relatively low prices, according to the website, www.gasbuddy.com.

Stations in Lincoln, Omaha, Grand Island, Kearney and Elm Creek sold gas Wednesday for $3.14 to $3.21 a gallon, gasbuddy reported.

The price is also less in Ogallala, where two stations have it on sale at $3.25 a gallon, according to gasbuddy.

The prices arein stark contrast to North Platte, where the cost remains around $3.50 a gallon.

Nationally, the average price for unleaded gasoline has dropped every day in July and fallen for 31 consecutive days, the AAA Motor Club said Wednesday. But in North Platte, the average price has dropped only 5 cents a gallon in the last 30 days, and prices have gone up and down during that time.

AAA says, “Motorists are paying the lowest average retail price at the pump since March 17. This is due to U.S. refineries running near their highest rates since 2005, according to the Energy Information Administration, and domestic demand that was reported last week to have dropped back below 9 million barrels per day.”

The average price in Nebraska Wednesday was $3.43 a gallon. In North Platte, the average price was $3.53, AAA said, about 20-cents a gallon higher than the average in Omaha ($3.31 a gallon) and Grand Island ($3.33.)


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First of all, check to see if the octane and grades are the same. lots of stations sell 85 octane which is lower cost and other stations use 87. if both are ethanol blends they are cheaper. If they are alcohol free they are higher as they are not subsidized by the government. Secondly in a capitalist society, one does not keep prices as low as possible but sets price on what the market will pay. Everyone who works, does so to make a profit. businessman or working man that is the name of the game. Don't buy from those that you feel are too high. Most of North Platte has the same price at all stations.
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Posted by teleioo    - 8/9/2014 6:30:33 PM
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Prices in Kearney were $3.56/gal. the night before HyVee opened it's gas station. They opened at $3.41/gal. and nearly every station in town matched them within 5 hours. The non-I80 stations have continued to match them for over a month now. I guess they decided to forgo their "reasonable profit".
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Posted by rockyb    - 8/5/2014 10:39:29 AM
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We paid $3.14 in Grand Island Saturday. Glad I waited to fill up there instead of here, where it was $3.49 when we left.
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Posted by oldie    - 8/4/2014 2:41:09 PM
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New Comer? Are you trying to tell us that North Plattes overhead is higher than all the other towns in the state? That it cost more to transport the gas here than anywhere else? Explain to us why that is? We must be in the dark about something here. As far as I know every other station in this state faces pretty much the same costs as you. How do you justify charging .25 or more per gallon than anywhere else? Because the railroad is here, you and many other business owners gouge the hell out of everyone. How about the people that don't work for the railroad? You make them pay for living in a railroad town. Even walmart does it. North Plattes Walmart is higher on most items than anywhere else. I once ask a walmart manager why that was. His response was "we price based on the local economy" what kind of bullshit is that? Thats exactly what the gas stations do here. Little Chicago.
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Posted by Sir Venom    - 8/4/2014 10:57:01 AM
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So, if everyone calls the attorney generals office to complain, maybe our price gouging owners will be forced to drop the prices or face fines again.
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Posted by Sir Venom    - 8/4/2014 10:44:36 AM
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newcomer, don't you think these other towns with lower prices also have their overhead costs? Only a fool or station owner would defend North Platte's continually high prices. Which are you?
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Posted by bigsky    - 8/2/2014 9:46:54 AM
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It is truely remarkable to find so many people comment on a topic that they know nothing about. The fuel that is pumped in the area stations comes from the pipeline just south of NP. The stations add a margin above the fuel cost to cover delivery charges, credit card fees, inventory carrying costs, land, equipment, and building costs, and a reasonable profit. If the profit is so huge, go out and open your own station. Then you can be included when the talk back regulars want to find something to complain about. And Joshuaweldon, if you want to buy the land and build a building for Hobby Lobby, then I am certain that there will be no need to give money to Wilkinson. When can you start?
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Posted by new comer    - 8/1/2014 7:38:12 PM
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One of the gas station owners was just awarded TWO million dollars of the tax payers money, this same individual was fined by the state attorney general for price gouging a couple years back. HMMM
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Posted by joshuawelden    - 7/31/2014 3:15:49 PM
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It's not cheap everywhere in Ogallala as we were there Tuesday evening and Sapp Brother's station had E-10 at $3.75.9. Too few individuals are the suppliers of fuel here in North Platte and they protect one another. The stations right next to the interstate continue take advantage of travelers by charging ridiculous prices.
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Posted by new to flatrock    - 7/31/2014 6:22:18 AM
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It's almost worth it to drive to Hershey for cheaper gas there.
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Posted by Mike    - 7/31/2014 6:11:49 AM
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The station owners in NP see the entire community as suckers...I moved away a year ago, and i am paying $3.23 a gallon for gas...and have been for awhile....the owners see you all just as you are..sheeple
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Posted by fireman308    - 7/30/2014 8:15:58 PM
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I would like to see just once, all these clowns that set prices in this town get fined for price gouging. Im not saying they are way out of line right now but they aren't even comparable to surrounding communities according to this articles.
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Posted by Summer Sleeve    - 7/30/2014 7:49:28 PM
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george you know who to call to find out why its so high in north platte. niobrara is in the middle of nowhere it can't be transportation costs.
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