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AFOS

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Message Posted: Jan 28, 2013 12:48:07 PM

I posted a 44¢ increase at a station this morning - correctly. It gave the usual message at the top of the page listing this and the other prices I posted from my favorites list. However this did not actually change the price attributed to that station. The only way to knock that price out was to map the station and then post it that way. That knocked out the old price, but left the station with NO current price. So after a little thought I tried posting from my favorites list first a 20 cent increase which was accepted and displayed and immediately after a 24 cents increase which was accepted and displayed.

The logical conclusion is that Gasbuddy has a limit to the price change that it will actually accept and post. If so...then it should not give the standard response that the price was accepted, when indeed it was not. And maybe for those of us living in Speedway territory, the allowable price change should be increase to say 50¢. While I don't recall a change of 50¢, I have seen 40+ before.



[Edited by: AFOS at 1/28/2013 12:49:30 PM EST]
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regulate_now
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 10:44:23 AM

Thanks jrsva- I had a similar issue and wrote one of the Mods- Got a reply saying that they corrected/changed the threshold for my issue (brand specific)... My issue involved a station brand posting diesel prices for tax exempt buyers. Then when GB members (newer ones usually) posted that price- it became harder to post the real price which was 30 cents and more sometimes with spikes... This real price is what is available to all... Hope to see it working better now! Thx again!
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beachd8
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Message Posted: Feb 3, 2013 10:15:33 PM

That explains why gas buddy "accepted" the prices that I posted on 5 Oct 2012 did not actually show up. That day the prices were very volatile, climbing rapidly every hour.
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AFOS
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2013 5:54:19 PM

Didn't know there was such a thing.

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CampKohler
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 7:31:37 PM

This suggestion has been added to the Suggestion Tracking List as a new subject.
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jrsva
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 1:00:34 AM

GB also has a threshold for prices substantially different from the regional average. This acts the same way as described here — the price appears to be accepted but it is not posted. This issue appears locally at several small, rural stations whose price is unusually high. These are one-pump stations selling out of a 500 or 1000 gallon, above-ground tank, so they are obviously paying more than larger stations. Don has helped me fix several of these so that prices outside of the normal range are accepted and posted. If any of you have a similar issue just ask the Mods for help.

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regulate_now
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 12:04:16 PM

Thanks Don, you do have a balancing act to do but it is frustrating sometimes!
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Don
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 11:39:19 AM

When a station or area is experiencing a substantial rise or fall in prices, this can trip the price validation system. It sometimes takes a number of different users to report the same prices to confirm the prices are correct. Some prices may also be flagged automatically for manual review.

This is done to ensure that prices being posted that are outside of the station/area average are not abusive in nature.

Every so often some prices may not appear instantaneously, but you will be credited for the prices anyway. This is part of the price validation system and is entirely normal.

Thanks for your patience.

-Don

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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 9:45:10 AM

ziyulu:
"I've seen a $2 increase before--from $0.999 to $2.999 per gallon."

This was an "overnight" price increase, for no other reason than the station increased the price overnight, that you tried to post on Gas Buddy?

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regulate_now
Champion Author Indiana

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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 9:36:09 AM

AFOS, I see your described situation often... posting in Indiana which is another Speedway state. With inflation, bigger increases are becoming more and more common. 30-40 cent spikes seems to be the norm now and I have seen 50 cent raises... Obviously Gas Buddies has some protections against typos, errors, etc., for whatever the reason but they are crimping real, honest posters/postings... Time to lift some of theses or make the larger?

AND I post from the map so these price sanity checks or verifications are in place from lists and maps...



[Edited by: regulate_now at 1/29/2013 9:37:54 AM EST]
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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Jan 28, 2013 9:45:53 PM

I've seen a $2 increase before--from $0.999 to $2.999 per gallon.
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