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Rookie Author

Joined:May 2007
Message Posted: Nov 3, 2012 10:29:07 AM

I have a diesel truck and I have been to 3 stations in the past week where people are reporting the station having diesel fuel and they don't. Also reporting a lower price than the actual price.
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Rookie Author Los Angeles

Joined:Oct 2012
Message Posted: Nov 8, 2012 4:37:27 PM

I have never had this issue. The only times this happens is when the post is fairly old and the price sometimes has gone up, but I know I'm taking the chance because I check the last post time. I really hope no one is reporting falsely.
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Rookie Author Michigan

Joined:May 2007
Message Posted: Nov 6, 2012 3:33:24 PM

Yes I did MAXSTAR. And whats the scoutmaster all about ??
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Champion Author Chicago

Joined:Feb 2011
Message Posted: Nov 5, 2012 8:10:22 PM

I agree scoutmaster, another complaining user but not a contributor. tocs when you noticed the price issues did you update them with the correct prices?
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Sophomore Author Seattle

Joined:Jan 2011
Message Posted: Nov 5, 2012 7:27:39 PM

tocs, another thing to check is the station's features. Tapping the flag in the map view and then details, or the entry in the list of the list view, will bring up the station's details--photo(s), address and features. If diesel isn't listed as one of the features, it's more likely that the station doesn't sell it.

Perhaps it's because I'm in a major metropolitan area, but I've never noticed a discrepancy between what a station actually sells and what is listed (Master Station List).
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Veteran Author Akron

Joined:Oct 2007
Message Posted: Nov 3, 2012 11:21:45 PM

I often travel over a three city (or two county) area in a day's time. I note that the gas prices on here coincide with the "regional circulation" of gas pricing. SOOOO, what I see is a region will have the same 3 stations with identical pricing (especially if they are on 3 corners of an intersection) and in the next couple of days it will rise but the other city will have the lower pricing. THAT is why I love this website. I can usually plan ahead for the two station/brands where I get bonuses on gas. But you already knew this!
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Champion Author Pittsburgh

Joined:Mar 2003
Message Posted: Nov 3, 2012 1:46:43 PM

Another complaining user but not a contributor.
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Champion Author Maryland

Joined:Aug 2004
Message Posted: Nov 3, 2012 12:30:34 PM

It's probably going to sound cynical, but this is why Gas Buddy members, such as your fellow members in Michigan, have been dependent on your gas price posting during your years of membership.

First, members do make mistakes, honest mistakes, in posting prices. It's easy to hit the wrong prices when thumbing their cell phones. Still others misread, honestly misread, gas and diesel prices, from the overhead signs at the gas stations (in part) because of the different price posting formats. Some gas stations publicize (on the overhead sign) the cash and credit price for regular, some post the cash price for regular and premium, others post the cash price for regular and diesel. And yes, still others post a diesel price for a station that doesn't sell diesel (in some instances because they're trying to earn points for for their "app posting").

While you can report erroneous price posting to the moderators, the best way to overcome such problems (be they honest errors or blatant misposting) is to continue your accurate price posting, your zeroing out erroneous prices, and encouraging your fellow Michigan Gas Buddy members (in your local discussion category) to continue to be more price conscious and accurately post prices in order to better help each other; after all, in the long run each and every one of us could travel out of the way only to find out there's either no such fuel sold, or the price savings wasn't worth the distance traveled.

But, the key is your continued accurate price posting.
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