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DIY gasoline arbitrage

August 1, 2012

Who needs futures? Now you can arbitrage gas prices right at the pump: (And if that's not enough, it costs a dollar more just down the block!)

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That Hertz

October 14, 2009

When you rent a car from Hertz, they offer three refueling options for when you return: Do it yourself (market price) Have Hertz do it ($6.89/gallon) Pre-purchase your refill ($2.89/gallon) On the surface, the pre-purchase looks pretty good. As the salespeople point out, "it's 20 cents below the pump!" But the small print is that […]

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Wanted: an economically viable alternative

June 15, 2009

I have to confess that I am finding Felix Salmon increasingly difficult to read. Today he reacts to Jim Suroweiki's proposal of an inverse gas tax, which would maintain a constant gas price: Surowiecki makes a strong case that consumer behavior, when it comes to reducing gasoline consumption, only really changes when there’s a spike […]

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