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gax

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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2014 11:13:22 AM

I see that yesterday, 1/29/14, that bobmroski from Austin, TX won the $100 in free gas. Congrats to him! That has to be a record to win the drawing on the day you joined up.

Not to take anything away from bobmroski's good fortune, but I am a little confused. Does GB automatically give a prize entry just for signing up? Because bobmroski just joined on 1/29/14 and only has (as of this writing) 100 points TOTAL. I have to spend 1000 points just to get 1 entry. So I am wondering how bobmroski even was able to enter the drawing at all.

[Edited by: gax at 1/30/2014 11:15:03 AM EST]
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: May 13, 2014 7:57:30 AM

It's #3 for marketing purposes and that in itself makes it the small stuff. If it's that important to you and you feel it's a scam, takes your toys and leave. That is your prerogative.

[Edited by: scoutmaster at 5/13/2014 7:59:42 AM EST]
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HippieHacker
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Message Posted: May 13, 2014 7:50:58 AM

Ok "scoutmaster" I'll give to you that it's not the main reason for the site but as it states it's number 3. That's NOT small stuff you dumb stuff....

[Edited by: HippieHacker at 5/13/2014 7:52:02 AM EST]
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: May 11, 2014 7:59:54 PM

"Earning chances is different from earning gas."

Yup it is but when you state "Earn free gas" the interpretation is open.

The small stuff, HippieHacker is #3. The main purpose of this site is to help others find the best vehicle fuel price they can find. Everything else is the small stuff.
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bytebug
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Message Posted: May 11, 2014 7:56:21 PM

One might come to the conclusion that by the number of newbie winners that few long-time members are entering the contest…

Speaking for myself, I've never entered for the entire length of time I've been here — and I've won every time I've filled my tank.

[Edited by: bytebug at 5/11/2014 7:58:15 PM EST]
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CelticHeart
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Message Posted: May 10, 2014 8:57:26 AM

I can't remember when it was, but the site used to say "earn free gas." I thought that sounded misleading and wrote the mods. I was told they liked the sound of earning, and that's what folks were doing. Earning chances is different from earning gas.
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HippieHacker
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Message Posted: May 10, 2014 8:46:15 AM

Ok "scoutmaster" lets see. The top three things that are stated when you sign up are:

1. Find Gas
Save money by finding the cheapest gas near you.
2. Report Gas
Help others save money by reporting gas prices each day.
3. Win Gas
Earn points for reporting gas prices and use them to win free gas.

Where's the small stuff here? I see people getting the free gas with out doing any one of the above. Number 3 should say "Earn points for SIGNING UP and win free gas"
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buckeyecountry
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Message Posted: May 10, 2014 8:26:31 AM

I am just gonna quit looking at the winners
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: May 10, 2014 8:12:35 AM

Don't sweat the small stuff people.
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HippieHacker
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Message Posted: May 10, 2014 7:59:14 AM

Ok this is just stupid... Here's another guy just signed up yesterday and won the gas card again. See ya Gas Buddy this is a scam
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gax
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Message Posted: May 7, 2014 12:03:10 PM

Gas_Buddy... I didn't mean to imply you agreed with their analogy. I recognized it was GBs analogy and not yours. I pretty much assumed you figured it was weak justification too.
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: May 6, 2014 5:38:59 PM

gax:

I'm not saying I agree with the analogy. I don't. I'm just saying what a moderator said.

My logic, which might be strained, is that if you can't be trusted to make a Master Station List update because you don't have enough points to be "recognized", then why should you be given an immediate chance to win a prize without any website or app input? Shouldn't the prize be for at least a minimum of contribution to the website?
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HippieHacker
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Message Posted: May 6, 2014 4:10:15 PM

I agree with you "gax" that it's not the same as the lottery drawing. Do they even check to see if someone is not just signing up with a bunch of different accounts, getting 1000 points at signup, entering the new accounts for gas cards all with the same address and name of person. Think about it. I could spend a day making up a bunch of email address say at Yahoo or Gmail. Crate accounts for each and have a bunch of entries each day for the drawing... Giving me better chances to win each day with out worrying about one gas price other than my own when I get $100 in free gas... I really don't think they care about who gets the free gas due to there advertising/site pays for it all anyway and it's just another gimmick to get us to support the statistic info we supply them so they can sell it to Nelson and the like... Again just my option but I do know how these sites work being that I am a Computer Nerd. (So to speak)
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gax
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Message Posted: May 5, 2014 8:13:45 PM

"I made the same suggestion regarding a minimum contribution/participation level before being eligible for the cash card and had a moderator pretty pointedly saying it wasn't any different than telling him he couldn't enter a lottery (Powerball) drawing, and that every member had a right to win"

I am not sure I buy that analogy. In the case of a lottery or powerball drawing, no one's entry is free. Sure they have the right to enter the drawing, but they have to put up a buck or few to enter. It ain't a free ride entry. But here on GB, it pretty much is. Sign up for the site.. win $100 on day 1... and go on your merry way never to contribute ever again. I would favor a minimum participation somewhere north of one day's 'effort' to the site.
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: May 5, 2014 6:41:56 PM

HippieHacker:

I made the same suggestion regarding a minimum contribution/participation level before being eligible for the cash card and had a moderator pretty pointedly saying it wasn't any different than telling him he couldn't enter a lottery (Powerball) drawing, and that every member had a right to win (apparently regardless of whether or not they actively participate in the website). At least the automatic free entry tickets have (reportedly) been removed from participation.
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HippieHacker
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Message Posted: May 5, 2014 3:46:25 PM

I see that someone else won the $100 gas prize again being lucky as his first day on this site (May 3, total points still of 1000 as of the today). I'm starting, as other are as well, to find this to be an issue? As I have read in the blogs about people winning with free tickets and having less that 1000 points (I was even one to question this a while back) I have a suggestion. Why not make a new GasBuddy have to wait till they have accumulated say 10,000 points (or in other words be active for at least 10 days, or less with the new points, adding prices or whatever) before they can even qualify to enter the gas drawing. This site already dose this with "Overall Ranking" and other awards of various things we get but the only one of value seem to just be given away. Of course at this point they could enter 10 times at once but it would not look so bad as to think your prize drawing is flawed and also shows that the new GasBuddy put in some effort in the site to be a winner. I think this should only be fair because so many of us support this site just to see someone jump on for one day and get rewarded for so little. Just a suggestion but I feel is an answer to this issue which now has happen twice since you started the daily drawings and will not be the last I'm sure.
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: May 4, 2014 9:06:09 PM

Still, if you can win with under 7,5000 points, or in some cases well under 10,000 points (forgetting winning with 120 points as several have done), if you got struck by winning within your first days of membership, with virtually no points, imagine what you could do if you had a bunch of points or entered the drawing every day? Even if you didn't win again, you could at least have another chance at a gas card, something you won't have a chance at if you don't participate even infrequently.
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gax
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Message Posted: May 4, 2014 7:16:45 PM

TxJeans... It is true it doesn't happen often.

I believe only 6 people have won twice. And no one has won 3 times.

Not only that, the increase in the number of gasbuddy participants has made winning less likely. In the last 2-1/2 years only one person has managed to win a 2nd time.
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: May 4, 2014 7:04:15 PM

Gas+Buddy - maybe that's because they believe lightening can't strike twice in the same place??
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: May 4, 2014 5:01:48 PM

As a follow-up to the post immediately below, what makes it so interesting is that if you win, and you post prices or read the new or post messages, you get points and you can win again...and again. Yet that apparently hasn't sunk in because so many of the low point gas card winners never seem to increase their low points total.
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gax
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Message Posted: May 4, 2014 4:10:02 PM

And it happened again. The winner for May 3, 2014 is djmeuleman from Boston. djmeuleman joined the Boston site on May 3, 2014 and has 1000 total points. A lucky gasbuddy indeed.

Sadly, I am unable to congratulate djmeuleman on his whiteboard because, even though he has only been around for one day, he already seems to have figured out how to change his settings to only allow buddies to write on his whiteboard.

Incidentally, that winner from 1/29/14 that also won on his first day, bobmroski from Austin, still only has 100 points to his name.

[Edited by: gax at 5/4/2014 4:16:24 PM EST]
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Feb 16, 2014 12:25:44 AM

Sneaker - the new user gets a free ticket when they sign up...automatically, however there is one winner that said she didn't even enter, and she was way beyond being a new user...

"by dianaymundo Feb 04, 2014

Thank you everyone!!! I didn't even know I had won something until I started to read your messages!!! I'm so grateful! Actually I did not enter my name, but I've been reporting gas a lot lately, it must have been submitted somehow since I've been active, but I've been a member since 2008, I NEVER EVER win anything, so I never enter to any draw, because for me, was a waste of time, but now I realize it's possible to win something, THANK YOU VEGAS GAS PRICES & ALL OF YOU, MY FRIENDS!!"
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Feb 15, 2014 11:38:15 PM

On Feb 15, 2014 7:40:59 PM, TxJeans wrote:

>First, I am NOT from Ybor City, and I am not a disgruntled poster.
>I was just making an observation that they seem to have made more
>changes to the contest than just changing it from $250 to $100 per
>contest and from weekly to daily.

The T&C's, for some reason, do not mention the ability to get a free ticket every week (when the prize was $250) or every day (when the prize is $100). One time, I saw a contestant get a $250 gift card with only 120 points. The mods explained to me why they were able to win; they used a free ticket.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Feb 15, 2014 11:32:20 PM

I don't get out every day, only the days where I have errands to run. And on the days when it's cold and rainy outside, I don't get out until I have to. I did get out on Tuesday, a cold and rainy day, because I had an every three months doctor's appointment. But I would have let her routine blood work slide a day if Wednesday would have been a cold and rainy day. But Wednesday was a cool and sunny day, so I went in and got it over with.

Whether or not I get a ticket from points, I do get a free ticket nearly every day. The days I don't, I've messed up the free ticket.
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Feb 15, 2014 8:40:59 PM

BP - what is your problem? Hmmm?
First, I am NOT from Ybor City, and I am not a disgruntled poster. I was just making an observation that they seem to have made more changes to the contest than just changing it from $250 to $100 per contest and from weekly to daily.
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buckeyecountry
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Message Posted: Feb 15, 2014 3:22:37 PM

If I hit the $330 million Powerball tonight I won't need a gas card....lol
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CelticHeart
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Message Posted: Feb 15, 2014 12:28:57 PM

GLM4205 - "I am still waiting to get one>>> I report gas prices and read articles to the max. points allowed but not winning agas card or ticket???"

Still waiting to get what? A gas card? It's a contest, a drawing, a lottery. It's not something you get because you post prices or read articles.
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Bad_Petroleum
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Message Posted: Feb 15, 2014 8:02:33 AM

another disgruntled poster:

~Somehow they are able to post winners within seconds - so I don't know why it was taking WEEKS to validate some winners previously.~

TxJeans from Ybor City.
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Bad_Petroleum
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My motto, one a day keeps debtors away !!!
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RichWLIN
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Message Posted: Feb 6, 2014 10:23:14 AM

Seems the random drawing has become even more random.
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GLM4205
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Message Posted: Feb 6, 2014 10:21:42 AM

I am still waiting to get one>>> I report gas prices and read articles to the max. points allowed but not winning agas card or ticket???
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Feb 6, 2014 7:18:22 AM

<<<"I see in the "Recent Winners" forum that *dianaymundo* won without even entering. ???">>>

I think Nippor was referencing dianaymundo's white board. And, yeah, I would like an explanation of that.

From T&C:
" As requested by each site member one entry will be issued for each 1000 outstanding GasBuddy points balance. Multiple entries are allowed providing an adequate GasBuddy points balance. All entries become the sole property of GasBuddy/OpenStore, LLC. and none will be returned. "

and

5. Prize Draw: A random drawing will be conducted on a date within 2 weeks of Contest Close Date by GasBuddy/OpenStore, LLC., whose decisions are final. Each entrant selected as a winner must comply with all terms and conditions set forth in these rules and regulations, and winning is dependent upon fulfilling all such requirements. Winners will be notified by email within ten (10) days of the drawing. GasBuddy/OpenStore, LLC. is not responsible for notifications that are misdirected or not received because of email addresses or mailing addresses that are not correct. If a winner cannot be contacted within fourteen (14) days after the first attempt to contact such winner, an alternate entrant will be selected at random from all entries received. If the prize notification is returned as non-deliverable, the winner will be disqualified and another winner selected in the original winner's place. Winners may be required to sign and return an affidavit of eligibility within fourteen (14) days of the first notification attempt. Winners who are located in Canada will be required to answer a time-limited, mathematical skill-testing question, without assistance, to be awarded the prize.

6. Winners List: GasBuddy/OpenStore, LLC. will attempt to post contest winners to the web site within thirty (30) days of contest closing date.

link

And this:
4. Prize: The prize will consist of 1 $100 valued at approximately $100 US. An equal amount of gift certificates or cash payment by check may also be substituted by GasBuddy/OpenStore, LLC. in lieu of the prize

consist of 1 $100 valued at...

Somehow they are able to post winners within seconds - so I don't know why it was taking WEEKS to validate some winners previously.

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Nippor
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Message Posted: Feb 5, 2014 11:05:52 PM

I see in the "Recent Winners" forum that *dianaymundo* won without even entering. ??? She says that she didn't buy any tickets, yet "must have won because I've been more active reporting prices recently."

So, she says she didn't buy any tickets. She's been a member since 2008, but has been "more active" recently. If you get a free ticket when you enter the site (back in 2008 for her), how is it that this VERY old ticket was automatically entered recently, without her actively buying any tickets???

Is every member issued one ticket each day, even if they aren't active on the site?

I'm confused!!!
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GoGoGoodyear
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Message Posted: Feb 5, 2014 9:43:32 PM


There is probably a legal reason for GB handing out free drawing entries along with those entries obtained by participation on the site. Something to do with laws on gambling. It's also the reason why participating in the free daily gas draw from Canada involves a silly "skills" test where one answers questions like what is 2+3=?
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bytebug
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Message Posted: Feb 5, 2014 6:51:51 PM

I've long said that if it were up to me, I'd completely base the drawing on participation. You enter a price, you get an entry. You read a news article, you get an entry. You add a forum post, you get an entry. All entries per prize period are made as each member contributes to the site. In that way, the prize won for each prize period is completely based on a member's participation in a pool of all members contributing during that prize period.
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pilotmass
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Message Posted: Feb 5, 2014 3:01:03 PM

I saw that win and commented on it elsewhere.

Not only did he/she get $100 they never even filed any gas reports.

Add in the fact that some 50% of the prizes go to those with less than 10000 points, you begin to wonder....
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Feb 3, 2014 4:10:35 PM

My earlier post: "there's little incentive for the "big contributors", those who post multiple gas prices, etc."

Scoutmaster's response: "My incentive is helping others, not chasing prizes."

Larrymarg's response: "Well, my incentive for posting multiple gas prices is to make this a good resource, so lots of other people will also post gas prices, so I'll know where to find the cheapest prices."

My post about "little incentive" wasn't in any way - as many people can tell you - that the primary purpose of this website isn't for posting prices, regardless of points earned (and I've long opposed "more points" and "unlimited posting and getting points" suggestions. If anything, I've been criticized for "strongly suggesting" that members post prices before asking for more from this website, even if it's just to help their fellow area members be more knowledgeable shoppers. My comment was made in conjunction with the affect of "awarding" the daily prize to people that literally "just showed up", the "late arrivals", and get a gas card versus the scoutmasters and LarryMargs - members who Scrapheap accurately called "people who actually contribute to the site" - who contribute both significantly and significantly more than the "just showed ups" and the "late arrivals".

First, I'm here to share information - I get pricing information from others that ends up with me spending less at the gas pump, and I'll continue to accurately post as many prices as I reasonably can to help others be more knowledgeable shoppers, regardless of whether I get points, icons, or gas cards. Second, while I generally didn't remember to enter the weekly drawing let alone enter the daily drawing - and probably have most of my earned points still "in the bank" - it's discouraging to "older members" who've given a damn about helping the next guy and, in the process, maybe winning the gas card, seeing someone who just showed up get rewarded for, essentially, showing up. The "award process" has to be more favorably (if not entirely) balanced towards what Scrapheap called "people who actually contribute to the site." Even if that's not what they're primarily here for.
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RichWLIN
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Message Posted: Feb 3, 2014 7:06:16 AM

Interesting question about the new found efficiency of the daily drawing. I wondered this myself.
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Feb 3, 2014 6:54:30 AM

"there's little incentive for the "big contributors", those who post multiple gas prices, etc."

My incentive is helping others, not chasing prizes.
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LarryMarg
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Message Posted: Feb 3, 2014 1:22:10 AM

"there's little incentive for the "big contributors", those who post multiple gas prices, etc."

Well, my incentive for posting multiple gas prices is to make this a good resource, so lots of other people will also post gas prices, so I'll know where to find the cheapest prices.

Winning the gas card would be a nice perk, but I realize that the odds are against me, so that's certainly not what's keeping me active.

When I see "...people who actually contribute to the site", I generally think about people who post (real) prices, but as you pointed out, it's the number of page hits that keep the lights on; as far as the advertisers are concerned, viewing a "news article" reposted from some half-wit's blog, or counting to infinity in hex, is equally meaningful as posting a bargain price on gasoline or diesel. In that regard, simply entering the draw gives you two page hits, and so counts as contributing to the site.
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Message Posted: Feb 3, 2014 12:21:07 AM

humm
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REKEY
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2014 10:38:28 PM

Good luck to all!
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2014 9:13:10 PM

Gasbuddy, back to my question about how they have changed the drawing. Before we often had winners that were weeks out before being announced. Now, they are announced immediately (so maybe posting their name immediately is working somewhat like the notifications - a visual when they log in). But most of the entries have the specific gas card, and a pic much faster than what we would have seen before. So, are they getting better at getting contact, and are none of these having to go to the "redraw/second chance" that they indicated previously held up the posting of the winner's name?

And, remember the Canadians can't really be validated until they take the "skills" test...

So - if it is incumbent on the winner to come forward and claim the prize, are they just not issuing that prize if the person doesn't come forward, or having another draw?

[Edited by: TxJeans at 2/2/2014 9:12:56 PM EST]
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2014 9:02:54 PM

LarryMarg:

You don't get the "speed wings" that accompany your icon in the profile block in the discussions to indicate you've performed a points action for 90 or more consecutive days. For example, gax (who started this thread) has his "speed wings". However, if you open a person's profile, such as yours, it will show how many consecutive days you've done a "points action". In your case (for example), you don't have 90 day "speed wings" but your profile indicates you've done a "points action" for 56 consecutive days.
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LarryMarg
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2014 7:03:00 PM

GB - as I understand it, you don't get a "consecutive days" indicator until you hit 90 consecutive days, and if you miss one day, it starts over at 0.

I'm a pretty good contributor here, but I don't have that indicator because every so often there's a day when I don't go anywhere and so don't have any prices to post.
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2014 4:39:24 PM

TxJeans:

"I am also curious about how they changed the drawing that they can announce a winner immediately when previously it sometimes took weeks..."

It appears that they're doing what other organizations and local drawings are doing when the person entering the drawing includes his/her name and/or contact information on the "drawing ticket". Gas Buddy seems to simply be "pulling the winner", announcing to everyone who the winner is (giving the "winner two chances to learn of the drawing - by reading the "Recent Winners" page and by e-mail, which could default into their "spam" folder).

Then it's incumbent on the winner to come forward and claim the prize. This would relieve Gas Buddy from receiving complaints that "I didn't get an e-mail", regardless of whether the e-mail was lost in the "delivery" (for whatever reason) or the winner not providing up to date contact information. That's speculation on my part but it would seem to make sense.
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2014 3:15:08 PM

I am also curious about how they changed the drawing that they can announce a winner immediately when previously it sometimes took weeks...Especially for the Canadian winners that have (according to the T&C I read, unless they changed them since the beginning of January) an extra step to qualify and validate as winner.
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2014 2:04:29 PM

As an addendum to Scrapheap's posting: "...a giant loophole that screws people who actually contribute to the site" (which discusses the "free" under-1,000 points ticket), 9 of the 31 January gas card winners have under 16,000 points, 5 of them under 10,000 points, one with 4,600 points and one with 100 points. While there's no obligation to post on this website (Screapheap's words "...contribute to the site"), and I'm sure there are any number of good reasons for not posting, it's interesting that none of the "low point" winners, 16,000 points or fewer, has a "consecutive days" indication.

It's hard to understand how nearly one-third of the winners of the daily drawing can have so few points (yes, I actually do understand the odds and the logic of the drawings) and then seemingly "quit" (maybe a bad choice of word). If the intent of the daily drawing is to attract viewers to the website, viewers who continue to view the website (and the advertisers), rather than attract virtual one-and-doners, those who win early and then leave, maybe there needs to be something of a "minimum" level that needs to be reached before being eligible to win. If there's no great incentive to participate in website activities other than getting a free ticket to win, there's little incentive for the "big contributors", those who post multiple gas prices, etc. (again, Scrapheap's words: "...people who actually contribute to the site") to continue contributing as they have been.

Maybe the question is, does anyone, anyone, believe that any majority of of the low-point winners will continue to "actually contribute to the site"?
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2014 11:58:35 AM

Well, let's not keep advertising it, Scrapheap. :-)
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2014 4:13:12 PM

Most people are unaware of the loophole bytebug.
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2014 4:02:14 PM

>> Might as well double my chances for free.

Except it doesn't double your chances, as everyone else is doing it as well, so you end up with the same unlikelihood of winning, which is why they probably have done nothing to curtail these 'free' entries...

Or perhaps they just filter out the 'free' entries.
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