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HarryO547

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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2014 6:27:02 PM

I am relatively new to GB but on a recent trip I ran into a lot of stations where a cash discount was provided and the price posted was for the cash discounted price rather than the price shown on the display sign. This led to a lot of confusion because you never knew if the posted price was for the cash or credit card price. Is there an understood practice for which price should be posted? I saw them posted both ways.
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2014 8:09:56 PM

"...the price posted was for the cash discounted price rather than the price shown on the display sign."

Not sure what you mean by "the price posted" versus the "price shown on the display sign" being different, but, first, some gas stations (as a business model) charge one price if the payment is made by credit or debit card, and a different price if payment is made in cash, in essence passing on some of the "credit card costs" to the cash paying customer. And, because there's a lower price for cash, gas stations will traditionally post the lower cash price for fuel on their display sign, with an indicator "Cash" or "Cash Price"; it's up to the buyer to realize that there's a different price if payment is made by credit or debit card.

Gas Buddy price posting rules, which can be found by reading the Frequently Asked Questions section of the website (which can be found by putting your cursor over the Help link at the top of the page, and then opening the FAQ link) states that the cash price should be posted on Gas Buddy, as that price is the lowest price generally available to all gas station customers. You can, if there's a different price if paying by credit or debit car, include a comment in the comment sections of the price post.

Does that help or answer your question?
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