Reader’s view: It sure looks like Duluth gas stations collude on pricesI am absolutely convinced Duluth gas outlets not only collude with each other but are economic sadists.
By: Gary Lundstrom, Duluth News Tribune
I am absolutely convinced Duluth gas outlets not only collude with each other but are economic sadists.
The week of Nov. 17 our local prices were hovering at anywhere from $3.01 to $3.04 per gallon after painfully crawling southward over the weeks. On Nov. 21, while heading toward downtown Duluth, I passed a gas sign in the Homecroft neighborhood showing $3.03. I got to Kenwood and a sign there showed $3.15. Whaaaaaat the … ? That evening I stopped at the gas station in Homecroft, which naturally had gone up to $3.15 by then, for bread and asked the clerk about gas prices. She said she didn’t know the story on the price jump; she said the owner just follows Kenwood’s prices.
On the morning of Nov. 22 I looked online to see where Twin Cities’ gas prices were and found them to be anywhere from $2.85 to $3.69, which is an example of free-market competition.
What we have here, I feel, is collusion and gas-gouging. What a great way to tamper with the public’s economic optimism going into the holiday season. Shame on all the local gas Scrooges. Bah, humbug!