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RichWLIN

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Message Posted: Oct 7, 2013 7:38:23 PM

For those who haven't experienced this yet, the latest version of the app includes a new format for announcing price hike alerts.

A red bar with "PRICE HIKE ALERT IN YOUR AREA" is displayed along the top of the GB window. Tapping opens a window with Pre-hike Average and a Projected Average with a +/- factor. The bar remains for a period of time yet to be determined (mine has been on all afternoon).

Nice touch on the alert.

RG

P.S. I haven't noticed any other modifications to version 2.25 but if there are any it would seem appropriate to discuss these here as well.


[Edited by: RichWLIN at 10/7/2013 7:39:12 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 9:48:29 AM

Notifications of price spikes have generally been limited to the US Mid-West. It has to do with the leverage Speedway has in the area and that companies tendency to change prices frequently and dramatically with other vendors following suite.

Don't expect to ever get any notice in Tampa.
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 9:09:34 AM

Yes - I have the notifications turned on.
I suspect this is only in some areas that have FREQUENT hikes as a routine driven usually by a particular trigger such as the SPEEDWAY pricing phenomenon. I wonder how many areas outside of SPEEDWAY dominated get these types of spikes and notifications. There are times I would have liked to get a "warning" ;-) but our spikes are not quite so pronounced. I wonder though what it would take to trigger a notification in this area, or if the Price Hike is only for some buddy sites that meet the qualification of frequent hikes with an easily identifier of the trigger (SPEEDWAY).
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RichWLIN
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 8:00:30 AM

TxJeans asks: "So, how much of a change is needed for an alert to be sent out? I have never seen an alert ever here."

This is a question probably best posed to management; only they know the parameters of the price hike alert system.

Price spikes here can range from $.20 to nearly $.50 and $.25-$.35 are typical.

Speedway stations routinely initiate the sharp increases here; other branded stations subsequently follow suit. By the end of a spike day, as much as 80% or more of the nearby gas stations will have raised their prices, and within 48 hours or so pretty much all of them have. Sometime in the next 24 hours after a spike, prices begin to fall one or two cents a day, and sometimes more, as stations compete to have the lowest current price. This falling price instability continues until the next spike episode when the cycle begins all over again.

It's always perplexing to note that many people seem to go right on buying fuel during spikes, and have apparently not planned to refuel during the lower part of the price curve. Personally, I would expect to see vacant pumps during a $.50 increase, but this simply isn't the case.

This frustrating situation has been going on here for years, and was the impetus for me to join GasBuddy a couple of years ago as the price spike condition increased both in frequency and magnitude.

I suspect that if this kind of more predictable gas price roller coaster were present in your area TxJeans, you too would be receiving price hike alerts.

P.S. You must select Notifications under the Settings menu in the app.

RG

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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 12:45:34 PM

So, how much of a change is needed for an alert to be sent out? I have never seen an alert ever here.

It would be nice if new features were listed for the APPS in "What's New". It would also be nice if there was a ALERT icon for updates to the "What's New" (if they really started to use it).

[Edited by: TxJeans at 10/12/2013 12:47:46 PM EST]
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RichWLIN
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Message Posted: Oct 9, 2013 10:29:34 AM

What kind of phone do you have Roager? What OS and version? Who is your service provider?

I have had two Motorola Droids on Verizon, and haven't had any trouble with the GPS feature. In fact, I've noticed lately that the GPS icon seems to be on and stay on longer than it used to while using the app.

For what it's worth, under location access, I have GPS, as well as, Google wif-fi and mobile network location selected, but not Verizon location services. I don't recall making these settings when I got the new phone, but everything seems to work very well.

I'd talk to someone in tech support directly rather than in the forum if I were you.

RG
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RogerB
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Message Posted: Oct 9, 2013 2:12:56 AM

I just upgraded. Was hoping perhaps this version would be able to use the GPS feature on my phone. No such luck. "Near Me" stills shows stations from an old location, and refreshing or reloading doesn't help.

The map mode keeps telling me it can't find my location, with GPS on and working. Google maps has no problem finding my location, why can't this app do the same?
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Message Posted: Oct 8, 2013 1:18:05 AM

I don't use the app myself, but I'm happy to see features like this being added.
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RichWLIN
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Message Posted: Oct 7, 2013 7:41:51 PM

Incidentally, led by Speedway, prices spiked locally from $3.08 up to $3.45 today! The GasBuddy alert came in advance of the increase allowing me enough time to top off three vehicles this evening with $3.08 regular from a station that had not yet followed suit.

The spike was even worse in south central Indiana today. I purchased fuel at a Shell in Franklin this morning for $2.89/gal. and it is also now $3.45.

The price hike alert feature is really great when it works as intended!

RG

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