Since it all comes from the same place- who cares. Most people have been using the cheaper brands for years without any problems. Here in SW Florida regular is going for an ave of $3.30 & up. It's a good thing I'm retired & don't have to fill up 2 times a week anymore. My biggest concern is when are the cruise lines going to up their fuel surcharges again & the increases in food prices which are constantly increasing.
This all goes back to a story I read a while back. The guy in charge of a state laboratory that inspects gasoline stations was interviewed. It was either New Jersey or New Hampshire. They randomly buy gasoline from different places - "brand-name" and "no brand" - and analyze it to ensure it meets standards. He said in all the sampling he had ever done, there wasn't a significant difference between any of the samples. Brand X 87 octane was just as good as Sunoco 87 octane. In fact, much of the fuel sold by "no brand" stations is excess inventory from brand name distributors or a blend of more than one brand name. So that fuel you buy at the Mom and Pop station down the street is quite likely Chevron, or Exxon, or perhaps a little of each.
They state guy was asked where he bought his fuel, and he said "I always go to the cheapest place I can find".
I'll admit to usually getting Exxon because I can use my nifty little Speedpass and it makes the transaction quicker. Plus I don't have to wait for a pump...because....87 octane at the Speedway station at the I65 interchange is $3.08 today. It is $3.24 at the Exxon station right next door. My 93 octane at the Exxon was $3.45. There is often a wait for an open pump at the Speedway.
Here is Wisconsin they're talking about another 30% increase in dairy products because of the cost of corn. The government is subsidizing farmers to grow millions of acres of corn for making ethnol to add to gasoline. I get 3 miles per gallon less when I use the ethnol gas. I have to go to another county 40 miles west to get the good gas. What's next? Is there going to be a food shortage because we don't want to drill for oil in the U.S.?
There is also starting to be a flour shortage. However that should correct itself. Before long we won't be able to afford to drive to the store to buy food, that will increase supplies.
Was $3.59 for the cheap stuff here in Oakhurst California.
I do some part time trenching. I have really seen the price for parts go up in the last few months.