Yeah so is the copper (now mostly zinc) in a penny. The way the fuel jumps in a well coordinated fashion among the gas stations over a range of fifty to eighty cents overnight and then drop down again, plus here in Ohio where they just tacked on an eleven cent gas tax, but the actual price of gas didn't really change, proves they've got a good margin to dick with. They are quite opportunistic in the pricing. Little else I've ever seen has the volatility in the pricing as gas does and I just don't see the relationship to anything that makes it justifiable other than "we got it and you need it, let's play pricing russian roulette". I'm betting they can easily predict their operating and material costs on at least a six month basis, they just play the game to gouge when they can, even if it's just small scratching type gouging.