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groovy62

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Message Posted: Jun 27, 2013 12:44:19 PM

someone keeps posting gb station 4th and union as 3.15 when it is 3.21. the 3.15 is 6 cents off when you pay cash.
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 7:34:27 AM

I think that the site started with posting cash, then changed to credit, and then back to cash.

The official response was, I believe, was that it is the lower price and we are about saving money. However, the more practical reason is that except in some areas, most places that are dual stations only place one price on the big board seen from the street.

I see a few problems currently -
1- most people don't use the comments, and the empty comments are over written. It would be nice if the comment was durable, or if leaving blank pop up and say do you want to over write previous comment.
2- we need a durable flag to indicate cash/credit pricing. If you check the "What's New" (HELP>What's New), you will see a notice about a change to the MSL (Master Station List). It is just a check box there, but we have big hopes it is the start of a better solution to the cash/credit pricing.
3- Whatever solution they come up with, will need to consider that most prices get posted from the sign, and not many places require the credit to be posted along with the cash at the big sign seen from the street. So, there will need to be a way to make sure the prices are entered properly or we will have those still entering the sign prices in the wrong field.

I don't stop at dual priced stations and since I can't put what the price differential is w/out driving up to the pump, I have Cash Price, or some such indicator comment in my FSL and it posts to the comment w/out having to type it each time.

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kwzh
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 2:54:51 AM

groovy62: Welcome to the site! I hope you'll continue to participate, both here in the forums and by entering fuel prices in your neighborhood.

As you undoubtedly know by now, "cash price" is currently considered the default here. Ideally, it should be posted as "3.15" in the price field, and with something like "+6c credit" in the comment field. In an earlier era, the recommendation was "3.21" as price and "-6c cash" as comment. My own feeling has long been that whether cash or credit gets posted is less important than *documenting* which one it is, via the comment field.
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Jun 27, 2013 7:05:51 PM

It seems like this original issue has been responded to by the modertors, that is, the cash priced observed being posted was (in fact) the correct price to post and there's no further issues/concerns with the observed price.

Perhaps this topic can be closed. Unless, of course, members want to continue to discuss cash versus credit pricing (though, if that be the case, there should be a new topic started for that issue, rather than in this thread).
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Don
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Message Posted: Jun 27, 2013 6:14:25 PM

If the cash price is the same price as the gift card price, then whether it's the cash price or gift card price being reported it should not matter (though gasoline purchased with a gift card should probably not be labeled as a "gift card price" to avoid confusion).

-Don

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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Jun 27, 2013 5:45:36 PM

In that case, should the gift card price be posted if the member goes into the store to purchase a gift card with cash and then use the gift card to fill up? That is also a "cash price", right?
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Don
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Message Posted: Jun 27, 2013 3:47:54 PM

Hi groovy62,

Currently in areas where cash and credit pricing existing, the cash price is to be posted with the credit price denoted in the comments field. For more info see this FAQ.

If you notice anyone posting prices inaccurately, you can contact us here and let us know the name of the price poster, the price they posted, and the station details, so we can make them aware.

Thanks for your help.

-Don
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Jun 27, 2013 3:01:27 PM

They're doing what they're supposed to be doing.

Gas Buddy's instructions, in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section of this website, reads:
"When reporting prices for stations in areas that have different prices based on method of payment, we ask that you post the cash price where it exists. If the station does not offer a cash price, the standard price should be reported"

Have you been posting the credit card price, against the rules of Gas Buddy?
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