Project #79803 - ECONOMICS

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In 1981, a Boston-based gas station owner set the highest gasoline prices in the nation.   During that summer, he charged $1.69 per gallon for unleaded gas during the daytime and $2.59 per gallon at night, when other downtown gas stations were closed.  (His all-time high price was $3.99.) Even at these extreme prices, however, the station owner sold an average of 3,000 gallons per week, half of this at night. Despite catcalls, pickets, and even vandalism from angry motorists during the gasoline crisis, the owner “stuck by his pumps”; he even charged $1 for air. As he put it, “People think of gas stations as public mammary glands, but they’re wrong. This is a business and it’s important to generate profits from every part of it. If I can use a resource, like air, to pay for the electric bill, so much the better. If you allow capitalism in its true form, it works beautifully

 

  • Would you identify his actions as price gouging or was the station owner an avowed profit maximizer?   Why? Why not?  Explain.
  • Identify and explain his pricing policy.   
  • Why his competitors did not participate in such action? 

Subject Business
Due By (Pacific Time) 08/23/2015 12:00 am
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