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Smithtown's Mobil Gas Price Jumps 40 Cents in 24 Hours

Price gap between cash and credit still at $2.

The Mobil station located at 819 West Jericho Turnpike in Smithtown opted to charge a $2 difference in cash versus credit card prices per gallon, and in 24 hours the price has jumped 40 cents.

As of Friday the price for regular unleaded was $3.99 a gallon for cash customers and $5.99 a gallon for credit. Just yesterday that the station was charging $3.59 a gallon for regular for cash customers and $5.59 a gallon for credit.

The station sparked regional  to use their credit cards rather than cash.

"The price here is from the management and what the boss wants is what we we will change," an employee at the station said Friday afternoon. "What they do I follow."

Calls to the gas station manager were not returned by time of publication.

The Smithtown General April 20, 2012 at 08:31 PM
Avoid this place like the plague, they hope you don't catch the price change or the credit difference. Obviously buyer beware since the price is clearly posted but this is clearly unethical and has nothing to do with costs, supply, demand or any other economic factor other than the owners greed.
wetducks715 April 20, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Just make sure you have cash to buy the gas. They have been the cheapest around.
Mary Smith April 21, 2012 at 01:09 AM
What a crook! I drove by there Wed night and the price was $3.59 but I didn't have time to stop. Went back Thursday to fill up and it was $3.99 and $5.99 for credit. Had the cash but wouldn't give the crook my business!
John Silence April 21, 2012 at 01:28 AM
Long Islanders are going to be in for a very rude awakening in coming years. The world has reached Peak Oil. This does not mean that oil will "run out", but it means that easily recoverable oil is in a steep decline, and other sources and methods of extracting oil are more cost-intensive and yield less and less energy in comparison to the amount of energy needed to extract it. Although you have heard "drill baby drill" as a mantra, when you actually look at estimates for the estimated amount of RECOVERABLE oiL in places like Anwr in Alaska, and then consider the US uses about 18 million barrels a day, the math leads to some rather unpleasant insights. Have fun!
Frank Mercuri April 21, 2012 at 02:12 AM
It all depends on who is doing the math. According to reports there is an abundance of oil that still remains untapped. As of today the price of a barrel of oil(44gals to a barrel) at $103.00. This equates to about $2.35/gal of yet unrefinded oil from which come approximately 6000 uses of the product of which gas is one and the motor oil Jet fuel and then down the scale to pharmacuticals etc. The question is why are prices rising? We are also paying for the fuel that is already bought and refinded its called inventory in the tanks of the stations called inventory. the answer is to make the money now and that includes the inventory. has anyone noted that the prices of gas are basicly the same regardless of the company. Citco as an example is owned by Venazuela (Chavez) a country we the US gave billions to for what? Oil is produced at various location in the world and the price at the pump gets higher. Those who refine the oil are limitied to a few. The prices are high and the so called elected officioals seem to be sort of quiet rather than outraged at what is happening to their constituents. In all my life i have not witnessed such complaceny since 1976 when we had lines at the pumps. We are an advanced nation slowly regressing. I would expect our elected representatives, state and federal, to pound the doors of congress and tell them to move their buts for the nation is in trouble. Where is the life liberty and pursiut of happiness they are supposed to uphold?
J.D. April 21, 2012 at 04:13 AM
The gas station at the end of Elwood Rd on Jerico tpke, was selling reg @3.59 per gallon for cash, credit was 5.79 per gallon. Maybe they are just sending the credit companies a message: As it takes them two weeks to get paid for the cards. I for one was very happy to pay cash for gas that price!
Landing April 21, 2012 at 11:40 AM
Read The Energy Non Crisis. My buddy is working in Alaska right now, and he says easy oil is everywhere. Only problem - the corporations own the rights, not the government.
David April 21, 2012 at 12:27 PM
The workers comment I do as the boss says. And then I recall in the article that the boss is away until May 1st what a joke this station and a few others have been over charging for well over a year. They were 30 or 40 cents HIGHER then all the other stations NOW they lost customers so they shoot the price down. How much water is in that gas . Come on consumers STICK together stay away from these jokers Hit Gas Heaven in Commack where you will Like ALL the employees STAY AWAY from all Mobil and Exxons they are rip offs!!!!!
David April 21, 2012 at 12:28 PM
BTW are we serious 6 buck a gallon cause of credit card BOYCOTT the station and WATCH the doors shut closed :)
Landing April 21, 2012 at 12:43 PM
For the past few years, I've noticed that that particular station has consistently charged 30 to 50 cents more per gallon for gas. There's rarely vehicles at their pumps. There's something not right about that station. I know selling gas is not too profitable and is more of a way to draw customers to the location for service or minimart, but I suspect there may be something else going on there.
David April 21, 2012 at 12:46 PM
Right on! STAY AWAY ..... All the Mobil and Exxons are that way even the one on 111 next to LIE (both sides) now they dropped the price too. I even asked inside New Owners the lady giggled. I said Well you see stop overcharging and look at the place boom . Issue is (was) all the company gas cards no one cared how much a gallon was NOW try and use that company card at 2 bucks more a gallon bet you will think twice now LOVE IT!!!!
jozee April 21, 2012 at 01:21 PM
let them starve and go to hess
Tom Giannotti April 21, 2012 at 01:45 PM
This station needs to be boycotted. Not only do they change a ridiculous surcharge but they also don't honor their own cash gift cards. I recently tried to use the cash card and they wanted me to pay the credit price! This is their own card which was fully paid for in cash and should be treated as cash. What a rip off!
Stkcop April 21, 2012 at 01:52 PM
The owner obviously does not want to sell gas. That is the owner's choice. Our choice is to go 1/4 mile down the road to the next station. Not sure what the big deal is and why our appointed officials have to waste time on this. As consumers we can just put the gas station out of business by not going there for anything. Let's use out power.
David April 21, 2012 at 03:43 PM
Right on just back from HESS :-)
David April 21, 2012 at 03:44 PM
AGREE!!! BOYCOTT
David April 21, 2012 at 03:45 PM
Again I agree stick together see before we couldnt stick together BECAUSE the business owners didnt really care and used the business card NOW try to explain why your paying 2 buck more a gallon LOVE IT!!!!
Jimmy Bones April 22, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Anyone know when work will start on Harned Rd for the new Hess?
David April 22, 2012 at 03:28 PM
i heard shortly have a nice one just East of that for now SAME PRICE cash or credit HESS knows the deal!!!!
VT April 23, 2012 at 03:15 PM
The Sunoco Station on Maple Ave , and the Gulf Station on Vets & Motor Pkwy,did the same . They both were $3.59 Wed morn. By nightime they were up to $3.99 .....
John Silence April 24, 2012 at 05:49 AM
"Read The Energy Non Crisis. My buddy is working in Alaska right now, and he says easy oil is everywhere. Only problem - the corporations own the rights, not the government" Author of that book lacks credibility in my view. Let's examine ANWR, which advocates of "drill baby drill" say could supply US energy needs. Estimates of RECOVERABLE oil range from 600 million to 9 billion barrels. Let's suppose it is the high number, and every drop is pumped. How long would that last the US? At current usage, that would last about one year and a half! Just do the math.
Concerned parent April 26, 2012 at 09:27 PM
the garbage that owns that place should have the franchise taken away by ExxonMobil. Oh yah, the suck too...

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