Price Gouging is alive and well after Sandy
Many gas stations closed when Sandy struck, even in areas that didn’t flood, because of the widespread power outages. Those that stayed open quickly ran out of gas and at the moment, Nov. 1, have not been resupplied.
This gas station in Bloomfield New Jersey was charging $3.29 a gallon, the cheapest around, the day before Sandy struck. It was up to $3.99 a gallon when it ran out of gas.
On November 3 gas in New Jersey was in very short supply. People were lining up with gas cans for their generators because power was still out and there was no telling when it would be back on. And of course cars were scrambling to find an open station and waited in very long lines. Note the $3.29 price for Sunoco, which is usually one of the higher priced brands