Existence on the margins

A gas station in northern Virginia explains how that $2.85 for a gallon of unleaded breaks down:

My one surviving brother, who runs a convenience store in the Texas Hill Country, has confirmed the profit margin, such as it is, on several occasions.

I’d like to see more of these around the country. The numbers will change slightly — except for the Federal excise tax, which is a constant 18.4 cents per gallon for now — but the overall breakdown would be about the same.

(Via Lisa De Pasquale.)



  1. fillyjonk »

    5 October 2015 · 1:26 pm

    I agree, these need to be more places. (I was aware of the low gas profit margin – partly why so many gas stations have convenience stores selling soda and the like – but I suspect not everyone is.)

  2. McGehee »

    6 October 2015 · 8:29 am

    And in Georgia the state’s cut goes up automatically each year unless the Governor orders otherwise. Which he doesn’t do when the price is going down.

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