Like most people, I’m pretty happy about how far gas prices have fallen in the past few months. I can find gas for $2.05 per gallon at a station near work. Actually that’s not technically correct. The actual price is $2.059 per gallon. Which brings me to my current gripe.

I don’t know when the practice started, but for as long as I can remember, gas stations have been using the nine tenths of a cent when pricing their fuel. Now I realize that it only adds up to about 13 or 14 cents when I fill my tank, but the whole idea still bugs me. I get the impression that they are trying to trick us into thinking that the gas is cheaper than it actually is since most of us only notice the first three digits when we look at the price. Auto dealers frequently use similar psychology when they price things at $9999.99 so they can say that it’s “Under Ten Thousand Dollars!“.

Of course, I could be taking the whole thing too seriously. Or maybe I just didn’t get enough sleep last night and should just drop the whole thing and enjoy the fact that I can buy gas for “Under $2.06!“.