AG Cracks Down on Price Gouging

By: Patrick Claybon Email
By: Patrick Claybon Email

Consumers might have to take a few extra steps at the pump when it comes to paying for and obtaining their gas. But Attorney General King wants station owners to know the two steps that take them into the realm of price gouging.

If Alabama is under a state of emergency and prices are 25 percent higher than the average price over the past 30 days it's against the law.

"The message is the same, state officials and state laws exist to prevent unscrupulous business practices, and the unconscionable pricing of gasoline is such a practice," said King.

Several gas distributors declined to comment on the cost of wholesale gasoline, as oil drops to its cheapest point since February of last year.

Though much of the gas in the Wiregrass comes from out of the state, King says that doesn't matter.

"We can hold anybody who does business in Alabama accountable for what they do in Alabama, when you sell a commodity for more than 25 percent over the 30 day average for that commodity, that's a pretty significant jump, and when you're talking about 4 dollar gas, that's a dollar."

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  • by PJ Location: Daleville on Sep 18, 2008 at 03:15 PM
    Inland has reduced there gas to 3.99 in Daleville I say let them keep it.. The Good to Go on Highway 27 in Enterprise is 3.84 buy it there..
  • by joseph Location: samson on Sep 18, 2008 at 11:36 AM
    if the AG is looking into price gouging look at big little store(inland station) in samson last FRIDAY the price was $3.79 the next price was $4.79 somebody is making a profit.
  • by PJ Location: Daleville on Sep 17, 2008 at 03:08 PM
  • by JAMES Location: SAMSON on Sep 17, 2008 at 09:25 AM
  • by Gassed to Death on Sep 17, 2008 at 09:05 AM
    Don't expect to much in the way of reform,the wholesale price of Fuel changes so fast it would be all most impossible to prove price gouging. A price gouging law should be in effect before any further emergency will arise,Not after the Governor Finally Declares a Emergency!
  • by randy Location: geneva on Sep 17, 2008 at 05:58 AM
  • by pete Location: Daleville on Sep 17, 2008 at 05:35 AM
    I think the fines should be higher to keep stations like Inland from doing this. There are people who dont make alot of money and can barely aford to get gas to go to work.
  • by Glenn Edward Smith Location: Enterprise, AL on Sep 17, 2008 at 03:59 AM
    Price Gouging is high in Enterprise and Dothan on gasloine. Please do something about it.
  • by Marvin Location: Geneva on Sep 16, 2008 at 02:30 PM
    Price gouging has been going on in Geneva since I can remember. No one has said or done anything in local government or state as well. I would like to see someone or point me in the right direction for some results in this matter
  • by Joseph Location: Samson on Sep 16, 2008 at 02:18 PM
    How can Inland oil in Daleville Al sell gas at one location for 4.39 then the other within 2 miles for 4.99?? Right across highway 84 at the BP its only 3.99. I wouldnt buy a thimble full of gas from Inland.. they should be put out of business, people need to remember what stores ran the price up and which ones that didnt..We cannot let these people rip us off there are plenty of stores that are still selling for 3.99 and less let Inland keep there gas.. when it ruins in there tanks they may try to give it away ..I hope Inland suffers from this......
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