Some people get frustrated when they drive from Brigham City to Logan and see the difference in the price of gas. The difference in price is at least .21-cents currently. Some people are wondering if Logan’s gas stations are price gouging its customers.After looking at seven stores in Logan, the price range for regular gas ranged anywhere from $3.01 to $3.09 with Texaco and Smith’s being the cheapest. In Brigham City, after looking at eight stores, the gas price was anywhere from $2.80 and $2.89 with Smith’s being the cheapest.Some citizens in Logan are frustrated by this, as evidenced by recent letters to the editor. They say every time they are in Brigham City they are sure to fill up on gas because fuel is so much cheaper there. They wonder if the gas stations in Cache County are conspiring or price fixing against the people because they know they can and the people will have to pay.Local gas stations claim it the price difference is not their fault. An employee from Carlsen Gas For Less, who wants to remain anonymous, says, “People need to understand it’s a different market in Logan.” The employee says just like in Salt Lake City the price is different than in Brigham City, so it is in Logan. Plus there are many fees such as environmental fees and other local taxes that have to be paid just to sell the gas. After all this, and the market Logan is in, it can’t be sold any cheaper.An employee from Maverik, who also wanted to remain anonymous, said, “A market can be set up anywhere from a block away to 50 miles away.” Once a market is set up prices are set up. Gas stations can’t choose the price of what their fuel will be sold for. They are trying to make a profit and if they tried to sell it much cheaper than they are currently they wouldn’t be able to stay in business.
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