Utah gas prices 3rd highest in U.S.

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  • MPL
    Aug. 28, 2008 9:53 a.m.

    Sinclair for one has pricing power. Being the sole refiner instate, they have the ability to integrate their retail cheaper. They don't feel the need to in such an isolated market place, however. They are better off pushing extra product into markets like Denver instead of flooding SLC and watching prices drop. They can get their stations what they need, maintain a higher than average price and margin, and source the rest of the gasoline elsewhere. That is pricing power, when you have good market share and can get away with a higher price. Here are the pricing structure for SLC based on the last 300 days of reporting:
    Tier One Most Aggressive Flying J, Maverik
    Tier Two Competitive Conoco, Tesoro, 7-Eleven, Texaco
    Tier Three Market Follower Sinclair, Phillips, Chevron

    As you can see, Sinclair maintains at least a six cent average above the pricing leader despite its more integrated position.

    They are certainly not helping Utah prices to fall.

  • Monopolized
    Aug. 23, 2008 9:33 p.m.

    The gas prices in Utah are clearly coming from a monopoly...the Utah Petroleum Distributors. If ever there was a case for price-fixing, collusion, and monopolies...it is the Utah Petroleum Distributors. The distributors claim that Utah is "isolated" and has "special" circumstances. This is false...there are much more isolated areas of the country. So why are we paying thirty plus cents higher than anywhere in the country...because the Utah distributors have colluded..whether verbally or not...to keep the prices high in Utah. If John Huntsman has the political backbone to go after these monopolies...then do it Governor...don't say that you have no jurisdiction...look at the monopoly and collusion laws of this country. If you have aspirations for higher office...then why not make a REAL name for yourself and get tough with these Utah suppliers. Ask for some Federal assistance in finding out why there is such a disparity in our prices. Further, if Costco and Sam's Club would refuse to purchase the Utah supplier's fuel...and shut down their sales...if only for a month...that would immediately get our prices in line with the rest of the country. It is time for action Governor...not another meeting with the suppliers!

  • M. Karger
    Aug. 22, 2008 2:13 p.m.

    Who are these local people anyway? These retailers that think they are entitled to as much profit as possible from their oil. Would the world be a better place if we ALL charged more for our products and services? Are these greedy people the same smiling faces we see everyday, the guy that sits next to you in church, you know the one- he drives a sixty-five thousand dollar SUV to haul his spoiled little brats around. You're right, I have nothing nice to say about people that make a living off other people in the face of hardship. You should be ashamed. Your Maker is on my side.

  • Joe
    Aug. 22, 2008 12:59 p.m.

    How about that, Lee? Lower octane gas costs less to produce. Our 85 octane gasoline should be priced, on average, lower than the 87 octane standard produced across the nation.

    Why isn't it?

    Aug. 22, 2008 12:15 p.m.


  • very concerned
    Aug. 22, 2008 11:57 a.m.

    Secret combinations are among us, and they range from the gas and oil types to the legislature. How can we take over the controls and when will we do it?

  • Brent
    Aug. 22, 2008 9:00 a.m.

    Isn't it funny that when oil prices rise, our gas prices go up immediately. When oil prices drop, it takes months to come down. The station owners I have talked to, say their gasoline distributors tell them what to set their prices at. Sure seems like price fixing.

  • Memo to Huntsman
    Aug. 22, 2008 8:46 a.m.

    We demand an investigation NOW!!!!

  • Jonathan
    Aug. 22, 2008 8:13 a.m.

    Even sadder - we're paying top dollar for the lowest grade gas also 85 octane, when most of the country is paying a lot less for 87.

    But did anyone notice that as soon as Huntsman said he was going to check into prices the prices went down a bit?

  • Kevin in Texas
    Aug. 22, 2008 6:39 a.m.

    Here in the Dallas, Texas, area regular unleaded presently sells for about $3.35 per gallon. Utah used to be a pretty decent place to buy gas, but now it's more expensive than California? Something's not right. Good luck with that.

  • What?
    Aug. 22, 2008 1:08 a.m.

    This is the dumbest argument for anything I have ever heard? Utah is isolated? More than Kansas? More than Wyoming?

    There is something else going on. Price fixing?