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Friday, March 13, 2015

Why The Hell Is This Marin Gas Station Charging Drivers Nearly $8 a Gallon?

Posted By on Fri, Mar 13, 2015 at 11:03 AM

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Marin has always been one of those picture-perfect areas that can do no wrong. 

Until now. 

Like many other Yelpers/commuters, we, too, are both puzzled and a little pissed about how much this Sausalito gas station is charging drivers for a tank of gasoline.  

We contacted Bridgeway Gas Station a few times to find out what's up with the increased prices, but nobody will pick up the phone over there. So we turned to oil price expert Severin Borenstein who confirms that this certainly is a way to not sell gasoline. 

"Obviously, he isn't planning on selling much gasoline and when he does, he sells to people desperate and not paying attention," says Borenstein, director of the University of California Energy Institute. "But this is not a viable strategy for keeping a gas station open."

Usually, when gas stations do jack up prices to surreal amounts, it has more to do with gas stations being at odds with refineries over wholesale pricing. But a Bridgeway isn't a branded gas station, thus it's more than likely getting its gas on the spot market and not paying high prices for it, Borenstein tells us. 

That leaves Borenstein equally as baffled by this business strategy. Could it be a way to hose tourists passing through?  "Even tourist will skip it at that price. So then why are you in the gasoline business at all? Boresntein says. "Maybe he won't be for long."

Probably not, with 1-star reviews like these: 


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[H/T: SFCitizen]
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Erin Sherbert

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.

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