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theco2

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Des Moines

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Message Posted: May 12, 2013 10:13:28 PM

Dear GB_Direct,
If you are going to post prices, please don't post for gasoline grades that a station doesn't sell.

Thanks for your cooperation!

Sincerely,
Someone who pays attention to who sells what.
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dirt girl
Champion Author Twin Cities

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Message Posted: May 18, 2013 10:45:30 PM

I realize that but if you can update a price for gb-direct then it follows that you should be able to delete a price for gb-direct.

I was finally able to update the price.

[Edited by: dirt girl at 5/18/2013 10:50:30 PM EST]
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bytebug
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Message Posted: May 18, 2013 8:13:40 AM

>> Since the price was last updated on Monday it should be gone off the map by now.

This is a "feature" of GB_Direct.

GB_Direct prices will also appear ahead of any other stations with the same price, regardless of the other station's prices being newer.

Such special treatment is why many of us object to the GB_Direct program.

[Edited by: bytebug at 5/18/2013 8:15:50 AM EST]
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scoutmaster
Champion Author Pittsburgh

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Message Posted: May 18, 2013 7:51:14 AM

If you are having trouble with GB Direct in your area, contact the moderators and give them specific details. When we have done this in Pittsburgh they have fixed the problem.
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dirt girl
Champion Author Twin Cities

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Message Posted: May 17, 2013 11:58:38 PM

So the GB direct premium price does not show up on a search but it does show up on the price map. Since the price was last updated on Monday it should be gone off the map by now. I tried zeroing it but it didn't work. That's rather misleading if someone is searching for prices by map and they see the low price.

The offending station is the SA at 756 Snelling Ave. N. in St. Paul.

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Gas_Buddy
Champion Author Maryland

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Message Posted: May 14, 2013 7:43:38 PM

Furball wrote:
"Rule of thumb: Assume the prices posted by GB_Direct are about 10¢ lower than they really are."

Sorry for disagreeing but I've found GB_Direct prices to be accurate prices at the time posted; that's not to say that prices don't change over the course of the day.

All posting of prices lower than they actually are will do is create ire on the part of those Gas Buddy members reading the prices and then reporting the mis-pricing to the moderators, leading to potential cancellation of their GB_Direct posting privileges. Second, while there are a lot of Gas Buddy members, it doesn't appear that there are more than a relative few that will drive considerably out of their way to save a couple cents or a dime a gallon let alone to take advantage of a singular GB_Direct gas station. And, if the GB_Direct price is wrong, others in the area will correct the price (and notify the moderators). At least in my opinion.

Maybe I'm in a minority in thinking that GB_Direct participating stations are posting accurately (especially as they're not doing it for points and even if they did post false prices their return (i.e., customers) would be minimal or non-existent. Maybe all the GB_Direct participants are lying thieves, running switch-and-bait or shell games, enticing customers like carny hucksters, trying to get the last dime from passers-by. I just don't believe it. I haven't seen it, and I don't believe that false price posting, by GB_Direct participants is any less accurate than the price posting by the average Gas Buddy member, let alone assume "the prices posted by GB_Direct are about 10¢ lower than they really are" without any conclusive proof and reporting to the Gas Buddy moderators.

But that's, obviously, my opinion.
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Furball
Champion Author Orange County

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Message Posted: May 14, 2013 6:09:15 PM

Rule of thumb: Assume the prices posted by GB_Direct are about 10¢ lower than they really are.
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Don
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Message Posted: May 14, 2013 3:23:47 PM

"The way I figure it; GB_Direct is Gasbuddy's way of admitting they are a sell out. Isn't the advertising enough?"

GB_Direct is a program created in 2008 designed for station owners and operators to more easily submit prices to Gasbuddy. As the GasBuddy websites became more popular, stations are noticing that the GasBuddy sites were having an impact on their sales. Some stations and chains feed prices directly from corporate headquarters on GasBuddy sites.

Many stations still currently report prices to Gasbuddy manually. *There is no cost or fee for stations to access the GasBuddy Direct program*. It is simply a way for stores to get their prices on the site more easily on regular basis. The GasBuddy Direct program is not meant to compete with member price reports.

(The prices posted under GasBuddy Direct do not count for points and those stations are not eligible for the contests etc).

GB_Direct is also implemented into a sister-company called OpenStore, where prices are fed directly from the companies that are participating in that service,

If you notice prices being entered inaccurately by GB_Direct, you can treat them like a regular user. By this I mean, either please let us know the the price(s) they posted, any available station details (station name, address, area, state/province) and the approximate time posted, so we can bring it up for review, or update/overwrite/delete the inaccurate price.

Thank you for your help.

-Don

[Edited by: Don at 5/14/2013 3:24:22 PM EST]
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theco2
Champion Author Des Moines

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Message Posted: May 14, 2013 9:59:07 AM

The way I figure it; GB_Direct is Gasbuddy's way of admitting they are a sell out. Isn't the advertising enough?
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: May 13, 2013 9:03:21 PM

"If I could filter out App Award posters it would be even better. "

Worth repeating!
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MARIOWERX
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Message Posted: May 13, 2013 7:16:25 PM

If I could filter out App Award posters it would be even better.
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ziyulu
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Message Posted: May 13, 2013 4:56:49 PM

It's like Wal-Mart shows items in stock but once you get to the store, you can't find them.
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SUVFan
Champion Author Columbus

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Message Posted: May 13, 2013 4:50:08 PM

If a member routinely misreported prices, wouldn't they be banned?

It's hard to understand why this site isn't more concerned about it's credibility being undermined by this loose program.
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bytebug
Champion Author Orange County

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Message Posted: May 13, 2013 9:59:06 AM

If I could filter out price posts from Visitors and GB_Direct, it would increase the accuracy of the site tremendously!
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kwzh
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Message Posted: May 13, 2013 2:25:24 AM

The owners of the companies that provide GB_Direct are probably not reading the forum. When you see inappropriate prices like this, report the info to the moderators, and then update the price (with zero, in this case).
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jrsva
Champion Author Virginia

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Message Posted: May 13, 2013 12:03:46 AM


Amen to that. GBD is an ill-conceived program but one would think any company would at least know what products its own stations sell. Close it down.
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