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No, not a rant about prices in general, more about the pricing distribution between grades of gasoline. All my life, the standard was you have one price for regular, add 10-15¢ for mid-grade, then another 10-15¢ more for premium. So the total spread was 20 or 30 cents from regular to premium.

Where I live in south Florida, this isn't the case. The most recent example is a Chevron station I was at the other night.

Regular $2.49
Mid-grade $3.09
Premium $3.19

That's a 60¢ spread from regular to mid, and 70¢ spread to premium. Seems odd, but it's actually pretty common at gas stations around here...

Is this now the norm elsewhere, or just a regional pricing artifact? Heavy competition for lowest regular price? Or tighter supplies for higher grades of gas (I suspect this area has a higher concentration of luxury vehicles needing those higher grades)? And yes, some of my cars do require premium...
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