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Gas prices affect other goods

August 15, 2005

Valdosta - If prices at the pump continue to climb, you could see an increase in the cost of everyday items, too. Businesses that rely on transportation have to fill up their tanks every day and may be forced to pass on the cost to the customer.

The Flower Gallery's delivery van has been burning up the roads lately. "There's one driver who we rarely see except for at morning, lunch, and when he goes home," said Lark Russell.

And with gas prices in Valdosta averaging about $2.45, they've got one lofty bill. "The larger van takes about $50 and the smaller one about $35 or $40," said Russell.

Owners are struggling to balance the high cost of gas while keeping prices low for customers. "We've tried our best not to go up on delivery charge," said Russell.

But as gas prices climb each day, they've had to tack some additional expenses onto their products. "We've offered free delivery to the hospital and funeral homes and now we're having to charge, because we go so many different times a day," said Russell. "We're going to have to do something to survive and keep the doors open."

Not only does it cost The Flower Gallery more to deliver these plants, they also have to pay more to their suppliers. "Anything that comes from California, the shipping charge is doubled, which makes our flowers from California go up real high," said Russell.

And since the products they deliver are so delicate, they can't exactly cut corners to make fuel go further. "You have to run the air conditioner to keep the flowers cool and fresh, and make sure they get there in pristine condition," said Russell.

So they'll do what they can to get by without passing anymore expense to the customer until we all get a much needed break from these high gas prices.

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