How Did the Practice of Pricing Fuel with 9/10th of a Penny Get Started?

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The practice of pricing fuel with a fraction of a penny is thought to have started around the 1930s. While we can’t be sure who was the first to price fuel this way, it seems to have become relatively commonplace across the United States all the sudden around the same time. So what happened? In short- taxes and the Great Depression.
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  • 11 is more then 10

    Jeremy CornwellJeremy Cornwellวันที่ผ่านมา
    • Jeremy CornwellJeremy Cornwellวันที่ผ่านมา
  • A 11 transactions.

    Jeremy CornwellJeremy Cornwellวันที่ผ่านมา
    • 9 10th

      Jeremy CornwellJeremy Cornwellวันที่ผ่านมา
  • Im a little bit drunk right now!

    Joe BaumgartJoe Baumgart2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 3.18 per "gallon" in russia the country with oil

    tsartomatotsartomato9 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Where I live in Louisiana I paid $2.05 (2.04 9/10) for a gallon of regular gas at a Circle K store on August 11, 2019

    Brent HaymonBrent Haymon10 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 5:12 I once read that a liquor company increased sales of a whisky by raising the price, therefore making people think it was a premium brand.

    George CohnGeorge Cohn11 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I smashed the like button. You owe me a new telephone.

    baylinkdashytbaylinkdashyt14 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • You must mean insanely cheap prices. Average price in Prague today was 34 kC/litre, which is $5.34/gallon here in the states.

    MotorCity SportsSwamiMotorCity SportsSwami16 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Thought you were VSauce at first, figured he had yet another channel i didnt know about. Then you talked

    LustLust18 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I think gas was only a quarter a gallon when I was young. Also, cigarettes were only a quarter per pack and a bus ride was only a dime.

    Lucy 1950Lucy 195020 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Gas is almost $4.00 a gallon in California that is crazy 😢😱

    Tyler SmithTyler Smith21 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I remember when you could fill - up with a,$5.00 bill and get some change back! I remember the price "skyrocketing" to. 50¢ a gallon, I was a teenager and had just gotten my license (in Alabama you could get drivers license at 15 and motorcycle license at 14). Wi the hint three years had hit . 99 9/10 a gallon! What's the world coming to!

    Jim BrewerJim Brewer23 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Compared to prices anywhere except OPEC countries gas prices in america ARE cheap. I've paid for it in several countries while serving overseas and I:m not gonna bitch about a fraction of a cent!

    Jim BrewerJim Brewer23 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I am more interested in why US prices use fractions and not decimal points like the rest of the world.

    Nick FergusonNick Ferguson23 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • People can be very stupid, but when money is tight you count every penny. I heard that Israel has banned pricing items with unpayable fractions unless they are sold in a fluid quantity such as fuel or electricity.

    Amihai FreedAmihai Freed24 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Consumers (which includes me) are so stupid.

    PaulPaul24 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • You think $2.29 per gallon is fucked try $1.39.9 per Litre(Yeah $5.29 per gallon) is what Victoria British Columbia petrol is currently going for.

    bcmaledragonbcmaledragon26 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Gas price today at the local station in Columbus, OH: $2.58.9 per gallon. It was 2.87.9 a few weeks ago.

    MotorCity SportsSwamiMotorCity SportsSwami26 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • We got those hefty gas reserves lol

    Austin SoiAustin Soi27 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I was paying $1.96/gal for 93 with no discounts at the end of 2018.

    dolamytedolamyte27 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • A friend of mine was saying it was around the time the currency was bits and mils a bit being 12.5 cents and a mil being 1 hundreths of a cent.

    Carolyn BaileyCarolyn Bailey28 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Must be me but I round it up before I buy it. It's both irritating and condescending to me to deal with the 9/10's of a cent.

    david Horsleydavid Horsley28 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • So the comment on US gas prices, what we forget is that our taxes pay to make gas cheaper at the pump. So we pay about the same as the EU, it's just taken from our pay first.

    Sean EikSean Eik28 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Here in Chicago gas frequently gets up to nearly $4.00 USD per gallon. Nobody knows taxes like Illinois.

    Logan SmithLogan Smith28 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • And then there are people like me who always round up that extra 1/100th cent to make multiplication much easier, or at least estimate higher when figuring totals of grocery bills. My grandmother had a clicker counter to tote up her grocery cart. For my cart, I use my calculator app. For taxable stuff, I multiply the total by 1.06. (It was so much easier to figure in my head when sales tax was only 5%.) Still, figuring stuff in my head is preferable to not knowing without a calculator. *Core curriculum victims,* make a times table up to 12 x 12 and carry it with you to practice. You'll get the hang of it in a few months if you use it every day. Then it can help you calculate in your mind long - digit numbers by a single - digit multiplier, or also some double - digit multipliers.

    Ginny JollyGinny Jolly29 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Just filled up for $2.25/gallon...that doesn't include my 3% credit card refund! Gotta love the south! Really the base price for crude is more or less the same around the world - the difference in gas prices is almost entirely taxes the Britts voted on or started by a person they voted for. The actual underlying cost for fuel is the same.

    Ryan RobertsRyan Roberts29 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • If you where any intelligent, you would stop using these retard units.

    Toaster Bath ChallengeToaster Bath Challenge29 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • why must we do this to the "like" button?

    Eric TEric T29 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Meanwhile in Australia we're regularly paying $1.50 per litre.... or roughly $5.67 per gallon. Yep, doesn't make sense to us either!

    Rowan StreeterRowan Streeter29 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • we just got rid of pennies here...

    king james488king james48829 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • today i found out one of the ad items is 6.00 and not 5.99 or 6.99 so sales will surely be down on that one. U.U

    KittsueraKittsuera29 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Please use metric, can't understand the other crap...

    vorlockvorlock29 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • So Does that mean if Gas is 3.99 and 9/10 and i buy 1 gallon and pay $4, does that mean the gas station owes me change?

    Joshua ChudleyJoshua Chudleyหลายเดือนก่อน
  • $2.30 a gallon today's prices?! I dunno where you get gas but it's way more than that here.

    Sir NicholasSir Nicholasหลายเดือนก่อน
  • I still do NOT understand the concept, no matter how many times it comes up, how people think something is significantly lowered price. I have worked in sales for a long time. Before that, I asked as a child and young adult “why” the 99? So, I knew the idea of this concept at a young age, but never have yet understood it. i always rounded up when shopping. When you are tallying your purchases, it’s annoying to do the math in your head for ever .99/.98/.29 cents, so... I just round up to make shopping not feel like homework. Simple as that. I generally have been poor, I grew up middle class and higher (i was not aware of that because my family didn’t “act” rich, nor were they frugal, it was just important to know the worth of a dollar) I just can’t imagine that I am the strange outcast who sees the actual price? Working in sales I know it’s not a misnomer. We put an orange sticker on vs a white sticker of the price and it sells more. or we raise the price significantly and then put a blue “Always low prices!” sticker on it and it sells at least twice as well as before. I actually feel like a bad person when I’m told to put those stickers on, I inform customers that the day old food(up to 4 days old) is the same price as the freshly baked... waiting to get fired for that one. Sales is evil, but it’s the job I have. Part of me does not feel bad and feel stupid is as stupid does? I donno. End of rant! lol

    Anie AntonAnie Antonหลายเดือนก่อน
  • This is kinda funny, because i mentally round up any price ending in 9 (so 3.99 becomes 4).

    Adam ChevalierAdam Chevalierหลายเดือนก่อน
  • I've never understood how it is that so many people fool themselves when going from a .01 higher price to a $X.99 price. Same with gas and ignoring that 9/10. I always round up. Price tag says $5.99? Okay, it's $6. Gas is $2.29 9/10 per gallon? Okay it's $2.30/gal. People are weird and kinda dumb. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

  • Ok... It's insane to British folks........ WHY? Are we supposed to read your mind why it's insane? Is it really high? Really low? What?

    Bewildering Truth SeekerBewildering Truth Seekerหลายเดือนก่อน
  • Of you're being charged a fraction of apenny, why aren't these coins available

  • I managed a gas station in Indiana, early 80's, we priced our gas at 8/10. NOT 9/10. Speedway station.

    Steve BorkowskiSteve Borkowskiหลายเดือนก่อน
  • Thank you Simon for finally explaining this to me... I'm Canadian and we don't use the fraction here it's by the Litre, i've always wondered why the Gallon was priced that way in the US. On a side note price of petrol or gasoline is $4.50 a Gallon here in Ontario, Canada .

    Enceladus FoxEnceladus Foxหลายเดือนก่อน
  • Consider that the gasoline pumps are capable of dispensing fuel at a precision of 0.001 gallon.

    Allen LoserAllen Loserหลายเดือนก่อน
  • Is there a way to cheat this by only buying 6 gallons at a time therefore saving a penny by rounding down?

  • Prohibition, the NFA, gas tax. It was a really terrible era for laws.

    Jacob StatenJacob Statenหลายเดือนก่อน
  • Please choose either American or British English and go with it, you confused twat.

  • I don't know about you...but the Chevy Corvette C8 is fucking amazing.

    Charles WagnerCharles Wagnerหลายเดือนก่อน
  • I wish I could have the remaining fractional penny on all gas sales... i.e. $2.099 x 12ga = $25.188 giving me the other 2/10ths of a penny.

  • $2.21 a gallon here in Mississippi

    Beaux DuncanBeaux Duncanหลายเดือนก่อน
  • Yeah here in Dallas, Texas. I pay like $2.25 per gallon for 89 octane. And 93 octane cost’s about $3.15

    Tokyo In TexasTokyo In Texasหลายเดือนก่อน
    • And octane really doesn't mean a thing, now, not since about 1973 or 1974, since often enough it all comes from a single source company for a certain region. And it certainly hasn't got any real octane since about early 1970's when they at most had hexane in it. Then there was so - called "Gasohol" in 1976 when the octane rating supposedly went up and supposedly burned cleaner. Now we have some kind of muck called RFG-reformulated gas - that is neither fish nor fowl nor good red herring. As for octane rating? I ignore it altogether and have when I found out about the octane game. You might be paying more for the same octane rating as low - octane when you buy high - octane.

      Ginny JollyGinny Jolly29 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Always thought it was a scam to make it look 1¢ cheaper than it really is

    Rigging DoctorRigging Doctorหลายเดือนก่อน
  • Hahaha a tax as a temporary measure

    jason Geerjason Geerหลายเดือนก่อน
  • $2.29 a gal? buddy we're paying almost $5/gal here in the US

  • I must just be extremely weird then. Cause I have always paid just as much attention to the change part of a price as the Whole dollar ammount, if not sometimes a little more. I've always known that the whole " .99 cent" thing was a trick, since anything that SAYS .99 cents REALLY costs $1.06, so I've never fell for it. If one item costs $5.16 compared to another that costs $5.19 or $5.99 Ive always SEEN THE DIFFERENCE. I don't know if that's because I'm OCD as hell, or if other people just don't pay any attention to the things around them. But of course you left out the BIGGEST trick in the salesman book, the old "STARTS at .99 cents" gag. That one has NEVER made any sense to me what so ever. Or better yet how the "Dollar stores" or the ".99 cent stores" don't actually sell anything but cheap plastic junk for .99 cents anymore and everything is actually AT LEAST $2 or more, I've seen items in a " .99 cent store" priced as high as $35 before. So yeah, I think they should just change the name of the store at that point. Lol.

    Chris LChris Lหลายเดือนก่อน
  • Always rounded things up. I see .99 and say $1

    Cameron WhyteCameron Whyteหลายเดือนก่อน
  • Australian prices end in decimal points.

    Cameron WhyteCameron Whyteหลายเดือนก่อน
  • I just round up and get on with my day.

  • I paid $3.45 a gallon for gas on Sunday

  • I live in Canada and I drive to the US to gas up because it’s cheaper.

    Liz and Dave’s adventuresLiz and Dave’s adventuresหลายเดือนก่อน
  • It started out with a gas tax, to offset deficits during the great depression Oh yeah? What about today? Gotta invent new reasons to have it, great depression is over *crickets*


    Corey FellowsCorey Fellowsหลายเดือนก่อน
  • Nice video, but there was some weird background music.

    Bravo NinetySevenBravo NinetySevenหลายเดือนก่อน
  • Prices ending with .99 or .95 were also initiated by store owners to minimize loss. When the price was an even dollar, customers would give the money to the cashier and turn away and walk out. Dishonest cashiers would take the money for the sale and it did not always end up in the till. When the price ended with .99 or .95, the customer would watch the cashier open the till put the money in and get the penny or nickel for change. Hence, more of the money ended up in the till.

    Terry MartinTerry Martinหลายเดือนก่อน
  • In 1985 Iowa passed a law requiring whole penny pricing of gasoline. The law was repealed in 1989. It looked strange to see whole penny gasoline prices in Iowa when the rest of the country had 9/10 pricing. I recall that border counties argued they were losing business to gasoline sellers across state lines, leading to the repeal.

    Soren LundsgaardSoren Lundsgaardหลายเดือนก่อน
  • In Toronto most gas is also X.9c/L, but every now and then I'll see X.4 or X.7. (.4 is interesting, because it's exactly 1/2 cent less than .9. .7 is used I guess because 7 is a "lucky" number.)

  • I always round up those .99 in my mind anyway. If something is, say, $6.99 on sale but it's unclear if the item i want is included, I'll ask the staff "Is this the item on sale for $7?" And no one has ever corrected me with "No, actually it's $6.99".

  • $2.86 USD today at my local BJs Gas for Premium, 93 Octane.

  • Your human moment reacting to the over pricing of gas is actually kind of refreshing. Takes away from your machine style narration and humanizes you. Good job.

    Steven AngelSteven Angelหลายเดือนก่อน
    • @Steven Angel It wasn't immediately obvious from your comment since you said over-pricing considering that his reaction wasn't to over-pricing but how cheap the gas is. I dislike misinformation so I wanted to correct the discrepancy in your comment with a reply that made it more obvious what Simon (host) was reacting to in the video. Its not that their gas is expensive, its that our gas is cheap.

      KillakidxyzKillakidxyz29 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • @Killakidxyz Yeah I kinda caught that....

      Steven AngelSteven Angel29 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • He was saying how cheap it is in the US compared to UK/Europe. just in case you didn't know.

      KillakidxyzKillakidxyz29 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Considering Canada has no pennies I guess we just dumb

    Darren WallaceDarren Wallaceหลายเดือนก่อน
  • Because people are IDIOTS. I would rather just pay $2.35 in instead of $2.359. Or $2.36.

  • It’s even worse now with digital signs. All those 9s end up killing whales

    Darren WallaceDarren Wallaceหลายเดือนก่อน
How Did the Practice of Pricing Fuel with 9/10th of a Penny Get Started?