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Gas Prices In Port Washington

Gas prices in Port Washington seem to be higher than elsewhere on a consistent basis. Why?

My family and I went to Wisconsin Dells and I was appalled at the disparity between Port Washington's gas prices and the gas prices we saw during our 2-1/2 hour drive to the Dells.  At first I thought it was a county-wide thing, but found out differently when I went to Grafton this past weekend and discovered that gas was 8 to 9 cents cheaper at the gas stations there. 

I don't understand how Port Washington can be allowed to price gouge its citizens like this.  If you look on the news Port is consistently almost 20  to 30 cents more expensive than the national average.  Looks like I need to get my bike out because I refuse to be taken advantage of by  the local gas stations. I guess it just shows how little they think of the people that keep them in business.

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Joyce Jentges September 13, 2012 at 06:43 PM
I have noticed too that Port Washington gas is almost always more expensive than other communities in the area. I generally fill up in Sheboygan as I'm up there 5 days a week for work. I can see a small discrepancy being that Sheboygan (and counties west and north) have a different kind of gas, but 10 cents? Right now stations in Sheboygan that are not right on the highway are $3.89. I'm all for supporting the local guy, but why should I when I can save myself a chunk of money every time I fill up?
Betty Fields-Mueller September 13, 2012 at 07:45 PM
I wonder how they can get away with this? I thought price gouging was illegal. I definitely feel like that is what is happening here.
Richard Husting September 13, 2012 at 11:57 PM
I very seldom buy gas in Port because they are always higher than most areas. It seems like we never get the lower price here, so why buy in Port when your on the road and can get it cheaper. I always go on and look at cheap gas prices and find the nearest station to where I am going. Just another person sick of the gouging in Port.
Greg Huegerich September 17, 2012 at 02:55 PM
I watched this a bit over the weekend, from what I can tell, our area seems to have "pricing meridians". Meaning, each exit along 43 seems to have its own price point, and the gas stations that run east/west from there seem to follow that price point. Example: On Sunday, Port/Saukville was 3.99, Grafton was 3.91 (costco was 3.90), and Cedarburg, right at the exit, was 4.06. I'm not sure gouging is the proper word for this, I'd suggest collusion against the station owners, and good mobility amongst consumers, buy your gas in Grafton. (or north if you see a deal.)
Tex September 17, 2012 at 10:31 PM
So, let's say you have a 20 gallon tank. For a full tank, that 8 cents a gallon will cost you $1.60. While I'm all about saving money, in the grand scheme of things, that's not exactly a huge amount. If I have to drive 10 miles to Grafton, and 10 miles back home to save $1.60, then I've wasted more than that in gas.

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