Also, with as many people losing their jobs as we've had.. there just are not as many people buying/needing it.
It would be interesting to see the stats and see if consumption has dropped off drastically, say...since Labor Day and if there was a drop off, how much it compared to the last few years.
I'm sure the global downturn in the worlds economy has had an impact on prices...but has there been a big downturn in consumption?...That is a good question.
OFF TOPIC: I don't want to hijack this thread, but the economic situation has come up in this conversation and I have something to say. We all have some control over this economic situation. If you are sure that you won't be getting layed off and you won't be overextending yourself by doing so, you can contribute to putting an end to this. GO BUY SOMETHING...preferrably American made..like a washer & Dryer, or a dishwasher, or refrigerator. If you need something done to your house, like a roof or gutters or something...get it done...prices are down on items like appliances, even cars! Contractors are cutting prices because they need the work, plus material prices are down! (I just did my roof 2 weeks ago and I saved $1000 compared to my neighbor who has an identical house and smaller garage who had his roof done about a year and a half ago). I also bought a fridge about 2 months ago and a new hot water heater (installed) a week ago, so I'm not just blowing smoke...I'm practicing what I preach here.
I know that everyone can't do this, but if you can...DO IT! If money moves the economy grows!
OFF SOAPBOX NOW!
Back to topic.
Like everyone else, I'm glad to see the gas prices come down...but I'm suspicious as to why.