How come everything at a “convenience store” is so expensive?
The marriage of gas sales with convenience-store sales has created a much bigger problem for the small gas/convenience store operator. He/she seems to be paying more for almost everything he/she purchases, whether it be gasoline, beverages, cigarettes, candy, potato chips and so on. The thing to remember is that a manufacturer or wholesaler is required to sell to competing retailers at the same per unit price, unless the lower price is cost justified (which it seldom ever is) or to meet competition, which defense also seldom applies for a variety of practical reasons. Thus, the small gas station/convenience store operator sees his/her profits stolen by the lower prices and consequent advantage given to the larger stores and chains by what seems to be almost every manufacturer and wholesaler. [Excerpt from “Small Gas Stations and Convenience Stores – Paying Higher Prices for Gas, Drink and Food Inventory – A Suggested Solution”]