Gasoline Pricing Puzzle
They always had cars at their pumps. There were sometimes short line-ups (which grew longer when pay-at-the-pump wasn't working). There were also stories that one of the other gas station proprietors in town called the manageress of this station to encourage them to raise their price [which, most likely, would be illegal, especially if successful].
When I asked someone in town why they persisted in charging such a low price, they said,
The woman said the company told her to keep the price low. They want to increase the gallonage.Does that make sense? Why would senior managers of a major variety store chain (Mac's Milk) want to increase its "gallonage" of gasoline at one particular outlet? And why didn't the other gasoline stations in town follow their low price? And why did people fill up at the other stations at all?
Whatever the reason, I kept the top half of the tank full while this odd pricing strategy was occuring.