West Seattle Gas Price Watch: First $3.50-plus regular

March 4, 2008 at 7:03 pm | In Gas prices, West Seattle news | 20 Comments

351gas.jpgThat’s the sign at 35th/Holden Chevron, about an hour ago. This may not be the only West Seattle station where regular is posted at $3.50 or higher, but it’s the first one we saw (and we did pass about half the other West Seattle stations in the 20 minutes before this sighting). We’re not planning another full roundup till the weekend — in the “baseline” one we did two nights ago, this station was at $3.46/regular, $3.69/super (the two grades for which we noted prices at all WS stations) — but we did want to make note of first $3.50 (higher than regular ever reached in WS during last year’s spring run-up).

20 Comments

  1. I still ain’t getting out of my car.

    Comment by Jiggers — 7:53 pm March 4, 2008 #

  2. Not surprised. The Chevron on 35th & Holden is the highest in town. (or up there)

    Comment by Bonnie — 8:00 pm March 4, 2008 #

  3. I wish I could say that this will get me on the bus 100 percent of the time, but in reality if I need to go somewhere I can’t always rely on metro, so I’m going to have to drive. But Damn this is getting truly ridiculous.

    Comment by barmargia — 8:26 pm March 4, 2008 #

  4. What I find amusing is that people get “outraged” at the mere suggestion of a gas tax hike to actually pay for things we can all benefit from.

    Now, we’re paying more than ever but instead, it’s all going into the oil companies’ pockets with plenty being laundered back to the RNC. Yet there’s hardly a whimper. I guess it pays for the oil companies to be buying all that advertising in the media that is supposed to be watching out for us!

    Comment by PSPS — 9:00 pm March 4, 2008 #

  5. Can’t wait for the annual price increase leading up to Memorial Day and the summer driving season…ugh!

    Comment by Rock Steele — 9:53 pm March 4, 2008 #

  6. I wonder when the revolt will happen…I think it will start in California…

    Comment by Wes — 10:44 pm March 4, 2008 #

  7. On Sunday at Thriftway I paid:

    $4.06 for a gallon of milk.
    Bread was $4.04 for a loaf.

    So there’s that….

    Comment by OP — 11:38 pm March 4, 2008 #

  8. Whilst I do like thriftway (esp fruit and veg)I find it very expensive so I’m a safeway man. As for the gas buy yourself some stock in the oil companies/refiners and benefit that way:)

    Comment by Cruiser — 6:29 am March 5, 2008 #

  9. $4.04 for a loaf? What kind of bread are you buying? That’s your problem right there.

    Comment by I AM A LOSER — 7:59 am March 5, 2008 #

  10. If you don’t like the high gas prices, you have two options:
    1. Stop Driving (good for the planet)
    2. Make your own gasoline (NIMBY!)
    People who think the 11th Amendment to the Bill of Rights guarantees cheap gas are out of touch with reality. Unless and until the American public severs its dependence on a dwindling resource (or India and China renounce development), we will continue to see rising prices.

    Oh yeah – I just retired after 27 years with The Big Nasty Oil Company so I know more than the average person on the street (who knows NOTHING about energy, where it comes from, and its true cost).

    Comment by JunctionMonkey — 8:07 am March 5, 2008 #

  11. Two more stations we passed this morning now have $3.51 regular – 76 at Fauntleroy/Alaska and Shell on California south of Fauntleroy. As for milk, we used the Fred Meyer coupon for $1/half-gallon last weekend; gas doesn’t ever seem to have such variables, and yes, we know it’s underpriced compared to the rest of the world, etc. etc. etc. BTW heard President Bush on the radio (as we drove) saying, exact quote, “America needs to get off oil.”

    Comment by WSB — 8:34 am March 5, 2008 #

  12. BTW – the people of California have been revolting for a long time now :-)

    Comment by JunctionMonkey — 9:05 am March 5, 2008 #

  13. Where is there a Fred Meyer in West Seattle? My dear hubby keeps driving to the Ballard one…

    Comment by yumpears — 12:39 pm March 5, 2008 #

  14. closest Freddies is in Burien…just down the road aways from the nearest Trader Joes. ;)

    Comment by JenV — 3:22 pm March 5, 2008 #

  15. That’s the one we go to. Not so far for us because we are on the south end of WS. Although we generally combine it with any other business we have to transact to the south (oh, say, a Trader Joe’s trip) so that we’re not burning too much gas just to get there! FM gas is sometimes a bit cheaper too, if you happen to need to fill up while you’re there.

    Comment by WSB — 4:09 pm March 5, 2008 #

  16. What bothers me is not the actual price of gas, but how quickly it goes up. Unless I’m missing something, nothing else seems to raise that quickly, and it just feels like we’re being taken advantage of to see how much we’re willing to pay. That said, I’m not too dependent on gas – we share a car and average maybe 5,000 miles a year. But it’s all a matter of priorities. I’ll pay over $3 for a half gallon of milk because I buy bottled milk from a local creamery. I’ll spend $4 on a loaf of bread because it’s whole grain and organic and tastes a lot better (to me) than store brand bread. I also spend a lot weekly at the farmers market on local produce, grain-fed meats, etc. If someone else wants to buy generic everything so they can fill their SUV, that’s a choice. I’d rather spend my money on the fuel that goes into my body. Neither one is wrong.

    Comment by Sue — 4:10 pm March 5, 2008 #

  17. On the Island of Lanai in Hawai’i, gas is over $4.00 so don’t complain.

    Comment by I AM A LOSER — 4:27 pm March 5, 2008 #

  18. Filled up tonight @ Roxbury Safeway.
    $3.349 w/card.

    Comment by old timer — 8:29 pm March 5, 2008 #

  19. filled up at costco this morning; it’s $3.31 regular and I think $3.51 for 92. It’s mystifying to me how quickly the prices go up and how slowly they go down.

    Comment by swimcat — 8:45 am March 6, 2008 #

  20. Cool, do you buy 16 gallons of milk every 1.5-2 weeks? Do you use bread to get to where you want to go? You can’t compare the price of gasoline to items you buy at a grocery store.

    Comment by Thedrifter — 8:55 am March 7, 2008 #

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