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OD47

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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 6:16:21 AM

What's with the people who post a price for a Mid-grade gasoline or Diesel for Costco gas stations? Costco has Regular and Premium. They do not have a Mid-grade or Diesel. Sounds like an easy way to get more points. Does anyone check on these things?

OD47
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peggypat
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Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 1:13:19 AM

I know. I had to call a Costco once because I read there was diesel. Weird.
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Coco0828
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2013 4:13:25 PM

I usually shop at Costco for my gas. I only see regular & premium gas.
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lonewolf2nv
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2013 4:47:33 PM

I generally post any gas prices I see. I guess I should not make the assumption that people understand that you need a membership (or at least a members card) to purchase fuel at Costco, Sams, and Bj's or you could do what I often see people do as I have memberships to them all for business purposes. They pull up to the pumps and ask someone if they can use their card claiming they left theirs at home. Which by the way can get you in trouble as all 3 have signs posted about doing this.
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playtimeCLE
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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2013 7:17:22 PM

You could do like I see some people do, and write on the members white board & inform them of the lack of a mid-grade fuel at Costco.
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 3:29:21 PM

lenzi wrote:
"Can you only ger gas here if you're a member?"

For your information, the following link provides information regarding Costco gas and gas stations, etc.
Costco gas/gas station information

To answer your question:
The Gas Station is open to Costco members only. There is an exception: Costco Cash Card customers do not need to be Costco members.

That means that if you are given a Costco to use, no you do not have to be a Costco member to purchase fuel.

And, should anyone ask, Costco accepts Costco co-branded American Express cards for payment. In other discussion topics, others have noted that you can "double swipe" a non-co-branded American Express card and use your non-co-branded American Express card at Costco gas stations without needing membership. This "loophole" has been closed for a long time and only a co-branded American Express card will be accepted in lieu of a Costco membership card as the card reader system reads the card number to determine that the cardholder's Costco membership is valid.
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lenzi
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 1:08:13 PM

Can you only ger gas here if you're a member?
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2013 2:36:15 PM

Oh. Ha Ha!
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MARIOWERX
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2013 12:18:49 PM

Still not funny.
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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2013 7:23:10 AM

Okay, maybe you all didn't get my joke. I never said that I agreed about posting mid-grade prices for Costco. I just said that might be a justification for doing so (and I meant it as a joke).
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 10:09:37 PM

Now that is a strange way to get mid-grade, ziyulu. It would be easier to just buy a membership!
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 5:18:34 PM

ziyulu:
"But if someone wanted to fill up for mid-grade at Costco, he would just fill half way with regular and half way with premium. He would not have to move his vehicle."

Sorry, this isn't like filling up a beaker or a container with a fuel marking on it to get exact measurements; it's more "a little of this...a little of that...a little more of this...etc."

If needing an exact mid-grade octane is that important, it's likely more important than the few cents gained by "a little of this...a little of that" and "I don't have to move my car." But the bottom line is, if a station only sells regular and premium, and those prices are accurately posted, then any reasonable person who wants to "a little of this...a little of that" can figure it out. They shouldn't be deceived into thinking that the station is selling a grade of fuel that can only be obtained by "a little of this...a little of that" at the pump. Posting this make-shift octane isn't what Gas Buddy is asking for; Gas Buddy is asking for prices for fuel sold at the station.

Re-read the last sentence of Scrapheap's most recent post.
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OilerFan
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 2:27:16 PM

I've seen this from time to time and just ignore it. It happens.
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Scrapheap
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 1:50:51 PM

ziyulu - Many people may not realize that mid-grade is often just a 50/50 blend or regular and premium that is performed by the pump. By that logic, the price of mid-grade should be half way between regular and premium. Usually, it is not. It tends to be closer the the price for premium. People could save money by doing a 50/50 blend at the pump themselves.

However, I agree with maxstar and others. If COSTCO does not specifically sell mid-grade, it should not be reported at all.
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maxstar
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 1:14:41 PM

ziyulu: I am not sure how your suggestion relates to posting a price for a product that a station does not sell. If a member posts a price for midgrade at a Costco, they either made a mistake or the price was made up.
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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 12:24:12 PM

But if someone wanted to fill up for mid-grade at Costco, he would just fill half way with regular and half way with premium. He would not have to move his vehicle. If you take the weighted average of other stations, one would have to drive all around the area to get the product for that price.
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 3:26:11 PM


ziyulu:

Unlike scoutmaster, I don't understand your logic. Yes, a weighted average between regular and premium might come up a weighted average, but it's a price for a product that's not available at any cost at the station. It wouldn't matter if mid-grade was the lowest price or the highest price if it's not available.

If we complain (in other topics) about false prices, why should people be posting a price for a product that's not sold just because "if it was sold at the gas station, this is about what it would cost." Doesn't seem to be helping anyone that goes to the gas station looking for the product. And, by the "weighted average" logic, members should be posting a weighted average price for diesel, based on what gas stations THAT DO SEEL DIESEL are selling it for.

Sorry, but as I said, I don't understand the logic.
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 8:08:44 AM

"I can understand posting for midgrade, which might be just the weighted average between regular and preminum."

I understand you logic, ziyulu but the fact remains that Costco doesn't sell mid-grade and people who post a mid-grade price for Costco are posting false prices and those false prices should be removed and the poster reported to the moderators.
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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 6:30:36 AM

I can understand posting for midgrade, which might be just the weighted average between regular and preminum.
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 6:35:47 PM

"Sounds like an easy way to get more points. Does anyone check on these things?"

Yes. Members such as you and I check on these things. We're in the best position to know that there are some prices are (obvious) posted in error, being closest to the individual stations to know what's right or wrong.

As for posting of mid-grade or diesel at Costco stations, I've sent buddy messages to other members noting that they posted the prices in error, and on other occasions I've brought it to the attention of the moderators and suggested they contact the member making the erroneous post. The moderators have been very responsive in getting the erroneous price posting stopped.

That said, and it's just my naive (and optimistic) opinion, most price posting for stations not having mid-grade or diesel is a result of overzealus price posting, confusing the prices at one station with another station. After all, if you want to get "easy points" and not "get caught" posting prices that are oviously wrong, members can simply post one accurate price multiple times and earn the same maximum number of points as they would if they posted obviously false prices - and not get reported for posting false prices.
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maxstar
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 11:52:47 AM

Someday the fuel grades "checked" off in the MSL for a station will be the only ones displayed or available for updates. I have noticed some movement in that direction. If a station is selected from the Lowest or Highest list for a region it looks like the grades displayed are only those selected in the MSL.
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Scrapheap
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 11:32:08 AM

They are chasing the app awards. You could report them but you would be wasting your time. GasBuddy does not care about accuracy.

[Edited by: Scrapheap at 1/6/2013 11:33:07 AM EST]
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 6:34:47 AM

If you see an incorrect price, report it to the moderators and then delete it.
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