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LShue27

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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2013 12:28:01 AM

When people post the price for gas, are the price posted for cash price or credit price.

Here in LA some gas station have two prices. One for cash price and the other for credit card prices. So when again when posting prices here which price is being reported.
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Apr 7, 2013 8:42:42 PM

How would the system know a station was dual priced?
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rharrold
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Message Posted: Apr 7, 2013 7:49:37 PM

programming could allow for checking that a station has secondary prices and the system could pop-up additional windows which would only display to others, if prices were entered
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rharrold
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Message Posted: Apr 7, 2013 7:22:57 PM

I've always understood the reasoning for desiring that the "lowest" KNOWN price be posted, but I'm not about to carry around enough cash to fill the average gas tank now-a-days (especially in the politically correct albeit unsafe anti-gun cities/states...especially in some of the obvious 'war zones' in bigger cities which we sometimes are forced to visit! Besides, I think (...don't know, but GasBuddy oughta know...) that most purchases are made by credit/debit cards for 1) safety, 2) earning points, 3) just not having enough cash on hand. So "duh" to me and 'dunce cap' for me too, but whenever I see stations 'cheating' by posting prices to traffic but keeping the real/most used prices in 'not so obvious' locations ...well, woah be on'm. Let those stations be shown, price wise, for what they are..basically 'come on operations to gouge your debit card, jack up your credit card, or -maybe, just maybe- trickle in enough 'small/buy cash' customers to keep the 'non-American' attendant on the payroll part-time & below minimum wage. I prefer to always note in the station's decription its dual prices differential.
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Mar 28, 2013 9:03:04 PM

drillintheUSA "We ought to post both. Everywhere."

First, currently, there are not fields for both.
Second, not everywhere has both cash and credit.
Third, most places don't post both cash and credit at the street sign which is where most of the prices are posted. Thus - the reason I have suggested a "durable flag" tied to MSL. Even if they had two sets of fields there would be problems w/wrong prices posted since folks post from the street sign.

" Everyone going to this website is looking for cheap gas, are they not? Then cut to the chase for heavens sake - POST THE CHEAPEST PRICE(s)! Seems like a no - brainer to me. I pay both ways - to SAVE!"

What is the cheapest for those paying cash or credit is not the same. Even with cash being technically "cheaper" -- for many of us it is more expensive to pay by cash at station A than by Cash Back Credit card at the higher single mode priced station down the block. 5% at today's prices is usually more than the cash credit difference at the dual priced stations.
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drillintheUSA
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Message Posted: Mar 28, 2013 7:22:44 AM

We ought to post both. Everywhere. Everyone going to this website is looking for cheap gas, are they not? Then cut to the chase for heavens sake - POST THE CHEAPEST PRICE(s)! Seems like a no - brainer to me. I pay both ways - to SAVE!

[Edited by: drillintheUSA at 3/28/2013 7:23:27 AM EST]
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2013 7:24:38 PM

Here is a recent link where there has been discussion of the problem of Cash/Credit. It was CASH, then changed to CREDIT and then the FAQ changed back to CASH. CASH makes sense because outside of CA, most places do not post both prices, and most prices are posted from the street sign, not the pump.
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EvergreenON
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2013 8:10:04 AM

It will be good to have. Often gas stations increase the price at the pump of to 0.10$ a gallon and it is not clearly advertised
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RogerB
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2013 1:45:45 AM

This topic has already been discussed at GREAT LENGTH in previous threads:
Cash or Credit
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kwzh
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2013 1:15:54 AM

LShue27, for dual-priced stations, people *should* be posting the cash price if they know it (and, ideally, also using a comment like "+6c credit" if they have that info, or just "cash price" or "+?c credit" if they don't). Some people have been known to post the credit price (and, ideally, also post a comment like "-6c cash", etc.), though as noted in the FAQ item, this is currently discouraged.

From a practical standpoint, the problem is that many, many price spotters -- perhaps due to the GasBuddy smartphone app? -- are posting one price, and not specifying which one it is, idealism notwithstanding. At the moment there's not a lot you can do about that, other than making an educated guess based on other prices in the same area.
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2013 1:06:38 AM

LShue27:

Because of your wording of the topic name and the original post, can you clarify if you are you asking which price should be posted (cash or credit), or if are you saying you don't know if the people in Los Angeles are posting the cash or the credit price?

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jrsva
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2013 12:52:44 AM


As Max says, check the FAQ.
You’ve been here over three years and are still asking this??!!
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maxstar
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2013 12:35:33 AM

That is answered in the FAQ's LShue27.
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