Mon, March 30

Letter: What's with Verde Valley gasoline?


From Nov. 6-9, we drove 850 miles, all in Arizona. We drove to Phoenix-Mesa, Flagstaff and the White Mountain area. We recorded unleaded fuel prices everywhere but Holbrook. The cheapest prices were in the White Mountains: the Show Low Maverik station was $2.299, the stations in Pinetop-Lakeside and Snowflake-Taylor were in the $2.43 range. Hon-Dah was at $2.399. Payson Maverik was $2.539 and in Pine, gas was $2.499. We filled at Fry's in Flagstaff for $2.579. The Camp Verde and Cottonwood Maverik are both at $2.699.

My point is: what is it with the Verde Valley? If Jeff Deming is correct in his letter to the editor, the oil companies are dictating the prices. If your poll is correct that I saw on-line tonight, most readers believe this. I don't.

Why would the oil companies be picking on the Verde Valley, but not the rest of the state? Why do fuel prices at the other local stations go down when one of them lowers their prices? For instance in Camp Verde, the Maverik and Circle K are almost always the same price all the time. If one lowers the price, the other follows. Why don't we keep up with the rest of the state?

Until someone can prove to me otherwise, I believe that local owners are price gouging. All these local stations can go broke for all I care; I fill up anywhere but here and encourage everyone else to do so if at all possible. I don't like getting ripped off by local business in the area I live in.

Steve Dutton

Camp Verde

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