Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Gas Pricings and Vulnerable Tourists in Orlando

The other day, while in Orlando, I needed to fill my rental car up with gas. There are a couple of gas stations on the south side of the airport on Semoran Blvd. that were charging almost twice what the normal rate was in Orlando.

The scary thing was that there were people using those pumps, filling their tanks.

When I noticed this, I could not believe it. Sure enough, right there on the pump, the price per gallon was 2x what the "normal" price should be. I said to the guy next to me, "are you sure you want to pay that price?" He did his own double-check, quickly realized what he was doing, put the pump down and drove off.

Some companies take pride in taking advantage of frazzled tourists returning home after a week of paying Disney's high prices. $6 a gallon of gas when the going rate is less than $4 is exploitative. At least you know Disney is going to take a large portion of your pay check, if not all.

PS: whenever you hear how expensive gas is in Europe, for example, realize that the price of a gallon of gas is about the same as it is everywhere else (not including those nations that subsidize it). The reason for the higher price per gallon at the pump is due to taxes. American taxes -- city, state, federal -- might add around $0.50 per gallon, these other countries add 2x - 10x that amount.

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