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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: May 10, 2014 2:56:20 PM

I'd like to congratulate two of the most recent Gas Card winners.

First, congratulations to billynderek, a New York Gas Buddy member who won the May 9 drawing on the day he/she joined Gas Buddy, and has 1,000 points.

Second, congratulations to djmeuleman, a Boston Gas Buddy member who won the May 3 drawing on the day he/she joined Gas buddy, and has 1,200 points.

May 2014 is looking to be an interesting and exciting month for new members, whose contributions are appreciated by their fellow New York and Boston members, helping them be more knowledge shoppers at the gas pumps.
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Bad_Petroleum
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2015 8:57:17 AM

In NY they call it "The Luck of the Irish".
TxJeans
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2015 8:10:49 AM

I don't think they are fake, but I also don't exclude the possibility of a bug.

The only explanation I can think for the most recent one is he joined in August of last year and got his "1000" for joining, never used the site, and finally downloaded the app and was served up a notice about getting tickets for his 1000 points and entered and had the lucky ticket (some of the red car winners have stated they were not dumping points but only bought 1 ticket).

And, he is not into the games, and maybe not even into the APP after downloading, or at least only looks at it for "finding" and not "reporting" prices. Possibly he D/L for a trip to FL for spring break and will never post a price.
PDQBlues
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2015 2:21:05 AM


These kinds of "winners" like TMSkyWolf and the frequency they pop up only demonstrate that many of these daily give-aways are fake. I do wonder who's making these scams.


[Edited by: PDQBlues at 3/25/2015 2:22:08 AM EST]
Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Mar 24, 2015 11:38:43 PM

And congratulations to TMSkyWolf for wasting no time in claiming BP gas cards as his prize. While TMSkyWolf still has the 1,000 points he had at the time of winning the gas cards, I'm sure he's planning how to best take part in Gas Buddy activities to earn even more points and more chances to enter the drawing.
GB500TT
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Message Posted: Mar 24, 2015 3:57:01 PM

Perhaps TMSkyWolf discovered the smartphone app, set it up on his/her phone, and totally ignored the watch this for 200 points button when using that lonely 1000 original points to win here. A poignant tragedy perhaps in the making, as they might have used 1000 video points to win tomorrow and really rile up the PC-only/veteran users here.

Congrats anyway TMSkyWolf, perhaps you'll be a video-only-points winner soon.
RichWLIN
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Message Posted: Mar 24, 2015 3:36:20 PM

Luck fella that TMSkyWolf.
Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Mar 24, 2015 12:52:08 PM

Thanks to TxJeans for noting the latest "new member winner". While not a new member in the sense of having just joined Gas Buddy, TMSkyWolf joined Gas Buddy seven months ago, and received 1,000 points for joining, apparently got distracted, and on March 23 remembered that he/she had 1,000 points that could be used to enter the daily gas card drawing, found the old password used when joining Gas Buddy, and used the 1,000 points to "buy" one ticket for the daily drawing. And......simply out of the blue......was lucky enough to win the daily gas card.

I'm sure that many of you, like me, look forward to even more Gas Buddy participation from TMSkyWolf than there's been over the first seven months of membership.
GB500TT
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Message Posted: Mar 24, 2015 12:27:59 PM

Another Magical Win : TMSkyWolf
Bad_Petroleum
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Message Posted: Mar 24, 2015 9:11:12 AM

Guys:

Too many Chiefs in HERE, too few indians. When I posted :"That's the way the cookie crumbles" it was not out of context, I was just replying to the poster asking why
>newcomers seem to win a lot<

Too many people here getting their feathers ruffled with no REASON !!!

Greetings.

I congratulated largobob in another thread !!!

[Edited by: Bad_Petroleum at 3/24/2015 9:12:24 AM EST]
largobob
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Message Posted: Mar 24, 2015 8:44:38 AM

Much thanks Gas Buddy!
TxJeans
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Message Posted: Mar 24, 2015 7:10:29 AM

Congrats to: TMSkyWolf - while not a new member, TMSkyWolf is apparently new to entering the contest since he only and 1,000 points total, this would have been his first and only entry thus far.

Total Points:1,000
Overall Rank: 0

Member Profile
Home Site: Illinois
Joined: Aug 23, 2014
Total Points: 1,000
GasBuddy Age: 212 Days
Title: Rookie Author
Overall Rank: 0
Forum Posts: 0

Joined 212 days ago earning 1,000 points for joining. Having no other point earning since joining TMSkyWolf just happened to log in yesterday and spend his 1,000 points and won. Can't beat that type of luck!

Congrats TMSkyWolf!




[Edited by: TxJeans at 3/24/2015 7:14:07 AM EST]
Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Mar 21, 2015 7:16:20 PM

As I said, "For a change of pace..."
LarryMarg
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Message Posted: Mar 21, 2015 6:51:17 PM

G_B - The topic is "Congratulations to recent *new member* Gas Card winners".

As you pointed out, largobob is an 11 year Gas Buddy member.

Please - keep it on topic.

:-) :-) :-)
Bad_Petroleum
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Message Posted: Mar 21, 2015 6:03:42 PM

The chinese proverb:

"the way the cookie crumbles"
Foolingurself
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Message Posted: Mar 21, 2015 5:59:58 PM

How is it that new members seem to win a lot?
Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Mar 21, 2015 3:43:42 PM

For a change of pace, congratulations to Tampa Gas Buddy member largobob, an 11 year Gas Buddy member, who won the gas card drawing on March 20.

largobob has an overall points rank of 173, with, as of now, 4,195,810 total points.

Congratulations to someone that's contributed significantly in, helping his fellow Gas Buddy members be more knowledgeable shoppers.
RichWLIN
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Message Posted: Mar 18, 2015 12:59:13 PM

There is something to be said for being insightful and constructively critical as opposed to offering negativity and ridicule.

Congratulations are in order for the last 6 gas card winners who haven't really been here long enough to do either!

Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Mar 18, 2015 11:46:33 AM

Ridiculed? I don't know about ' ridiculed ', but at times I've been critical in my discussion comments over the years, trying to be insightful and constructive in my criticism, and I've won the drawing once.

Now, stop with trolling talk, kettles......that's being discussed in other threads. We're talking about, as RichWLIN'S kindly returned to, gas card prize winners.
RichWLIN
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Message Posted: Mar 18, 2015 9:31:54 AM

Always a hint of skepticism of drawings in general, but the only question I have about this particular one is whether or not anyone who has ever ridiculed the GasBuddy organization has won the gas cards?
RichWLIN
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Message Posted: Mar 18, 2015 8:38:25 AM

True, there can be only one king of the trolls.
scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Mar 18, 2015 7:25:43 AM

"Pot. Kettle. Black."

I was editing as you posted Byte_Doctor. Thanks for describing BP.
Byte_Doctor
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Message Posted: Mar 18, 2015 7:23:54 AM

"Looks like BP has found another topic to troll in. "
Pot. Kettle. Black.
scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Mar 18, 2015 7:20:01 AM

Looks like BP stopped inciting in the Penn State topic and move over here~

[Edited by: scoutmaster at 3/18/2015 7:24:34 AM EST]
Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Mar 17, 2015 3:24:30 PM

No, I'm not. I'm simply a long time member that though it worthwhile to "recognize" those members who "lucked out" and won the daily gas card drawing the first day of membership or very early on in their membership, as well as those with a "maximum length of membership and a minimum number of points" during that period.

Boring? Probably.
Useless? Probably.
But there are a number of people that think it worth reading and contributing to.

The March 15 post was well within the unstated acceptance, but bickering isn't . Some decorum is expected...Not much, but some. In my opinion.

[Edited by: Gas_Buddy at 3/17/2015 3:25:12 PM EST]
Bad_Petroleum
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Message Posted: Mar 17, 2015 3:13:56 PM

My last remark and I am gone from this boring, useless thread..Gas_Buddy, are you part of their Payroll ???

C Ya .
Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Mar 17, 2015 3:10:38 PM

Folks, as the originator of this thread, can we pull back from the bickering, the "Santa Claus" and "babies from Paris" remarks?

Couch your comments...subtlety and tongue in cheek have been common themes of this discussion, and should continue to be the common themes.

Gas_Buddy
Bad_Petroleum
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Message Posted: Mar 17, 2015 3:07:43 PM

Byte_Doctor, and the babies NO LONGER come from Paris either !!!!! As FIXED as the Miss Universe Pageant !!!!

[Edited by: Bad_Petroleum at 3/17/2015 3:08:22 PM EST]
Byte_Doctor
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Message Posted: Mar 17, 2015 3:02:05 PM

Upon what do you base that sarcastic assertion, GB500TT?
GB500TT
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Message Posted: Mar 17, 2015 2:59:49 PM

"It's a random draw."

And Santa ate those cookies you left out last year.
CelticHeart
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Message Posted: Mar 17, 2015 9:00:55 AM

I think what is most upsetting to everyone is the complete lack of website participation after these new members win. How many have won with a total of just 100 points or the new 1000 points? They win with just the points for joining.
johnsell
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Message Posted: Mar 16, 2015 4:45:39 PM

After sending the query I posted earlier to the GB moderator I got the following reply today:

Thanks for the e-mail.

Winners are computer generated. Each ticket has an equal chance of being selected. Some win after 10 years of trying. Some win on the their first entry. It's a random draw.

Good luck in the draw and good luck in your search for low-priced fuel.

Regards,

CC
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Bad_Petroleum
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Message Posted: Mar 15, 2015 5:05:40 PM

bahawah !!!!!!!

This is the Joke of the Year !!!!!!
Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Mar 15, 2015 2:28:25 PM

To the credit of the latest daily gas card drawing winner, who joined Gas Buddy yesterday, and won the gas card drawing yesterday (and ended the day with 3,000 points), that member now has 4,000 points, though the additional 1,000 points could have been earned by posting fuel prices..........or by watching videos. To the credit of the newest gas card drawing winner, that person is at least taking part in the doing something after winning.

What I find interesting is that the member won late Saturday night, has already been notified of winning, has already acknowledged being chosen and identified the gas card of choice, and that the chosen gas card has already been entered on the Recent Winners page for that member. That's fast, especially considering that it's a weekend.

[Edited by: Gas_Buddy at 3/15/2015 2:31:26 PM EST]
LarryMarg
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Message Posted: Mar 15, 2015 1:17:34 PM

> I have reported prices everyday and entered everyday for over a year now and I'm thinking about just stopping all together

I've been reporting prices and entering for longer than that, and haven't won either. On the other hand, while it would be nice to score a C-note, over the years I've saved a lot more than that by finding where the cheapest places to fill up are. So, I'll continue reporting prices even if I never win, because that's what makes this site work.
buckeyecountry
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Message Posted: Mar 15, 2015 11:04:50 AM

Truly unbelievable.
Bad_Petroleum
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Message Posted: Mar 15, 2015 10:50:50 AM

This is ANOTHER subject the Powers to Be at Gas Buddy.com, want NO part of !!!
TxJeans
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Message Posted: Mar 15, 2015 10:32:28 AM

He had zero when he joined and when I checked shortly after midnight.

I would guess he got 1,000 points for joining, 1,000 for gas prices, and 1,000 for videos yesterday, entered the drawing, won and when he notified he won and logged in today. He will be 0 tomorrow if he has no point earning today. It is early on Sunday for him, so he may not have posted any prices or bothered with the videos yet today (or the videos may not yet be available for him yet today).

VichyViking
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Message Posted: Mar 15, 2015 9:27:53 AM

Mine shows he has 1 consecutive day with no points for today so how does he have 1 consecutive day? It also shows he's been a member for less than a day but has 1 consecutive day.....Looks pretty fishy to me!
TxJeans
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Message Posted: Mar 15, 2015 9:25:17 AM

He was at 0 consecutive days when I checked early this am.
VichyViking
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Message Posted: Mar 15, 2015 9:16:30 AM

The drawing is total BS. Take a look at the winner of 3/14/15 ThisAppTheBEST.
First he joined on 3/14/15
Second it shows him with 3000 points
Third it shows he has 1 consecutive day
Forth he has no points for today

How does a person get 1 consecutive day when he's only been a member for 1 day. You have to have at least 2 days before it registers 1 consecutive day. Do you get 2000 points for joining? I don't know how they draw the winners but BS like this makes me think its all rigged. There have been too many winners who have just joined or have been a member a long time with very few points. I have reported prices everyday and entered everyday for over a year now and I'm thinking about just stopping all together because of sh1t like this.
johnsell
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Message Posted: Mar 15, 2015 5:03:15 AM

Don't know if this has been discussed, but I'm just curious about how the winners are selected on a daily basis as I have noticed and it was brought to my attention by other gas buddies that in the last year alone 14% of the winners had 0 rank and had earned only a few weeks of points from posting(?) gas prices.

Is there an actual physical drawing of tickets daily or are the winners picked manually or are they computer generated?

I finally won a few weeks ago after dumping multiple thousands of points at a time daily until I ran out and after a month of using my daily 1000 for one ticket finally won. Just seems disproportionate from those who have only started.
Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Mar 15, 2015 12:12:48 AM

Congratulations to ThisAppTheBEST, who joined Gas Buddy on March 14 but didn't didn't win the daily gas card drawing even though he had 3,000 points..........until that same evening.
Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2015 1:50:49 PM


Congratulations to MRP18, a member of the Twin Cities Gas Buddy area, our newest Gas Buddy gas card winner. MRP18 won the daily gas card drawing on March 4, with just under two years of Gas Buddy member, and in that time has already accumulated 2,250 points. Excellent timing in choosing when to maximize points to enter the drawing.

I'm confident that MRP18 will continue to help his/her fellow Twin Cities Gas Buddy members in the days and years to come, perhaps even more than before.

Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Mar 2, 2015 1:21:22 PM

Congratulations to HDCFR7543 who joined Gas Buddy on February 23 and won the daily Gas Card drawing the day before yesterday, February 28.

HDCRF7532 is an active Gas Buddy member with 4,600 points to date, indicating fuel price posting, which is what (for many of us) this website is all about.

Continued congratulations to wolf1959, who won the January 27 gas card drawing, but despite still having only 100 points since joining in April 2012, has submitted his photo (with gas cards) for viewing.
And continued congratulations to cierra722, who won the January 15 drawing with 1,000 points on the first day of membership. Hopefully cierra722 will add to those 1,000 points and provide a picture "with the wining gas cards" as requested by Gas Buddy.
Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2015 7:48:31 PM


Byte_Doctor:
Thank you. As Byte_Doctor noted, I won the drawing in September 2014, and another contributor to some of the Suggest a Gas Buddy Improvement and Talk Back to Us discussion forums won shortly before me, so yes, there is hope.
miser73
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2015 6:50:52 PM

There are quite a number of different colored cars on the recent winners list. Not many have speed lines and not many are red, but most of them do reflect a reasonable contribution to this site. Sure there are some extremely lucky beginners, but random selection doesn't often do what people expect it to do, which is why, for example, a truly random play list may play some songs repeatedly while ignoring your favorite track for hours. But the beginners certainly don't dominate the winners list, and as others have pointed out, there are contest junkies who devote too much time to winning everything possible.
Byte_Doctor
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2015 1:58:59 PM

Not sure why you said "finally" hotrod1120 - Gas_Buddy, a member for over a decade with nearly 4 million points and originator and primary contributor to this thread, has also won (relatively) recently.
hotrod1120
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2015 7:54:21 AM

It's good to see today that finally a long time member/contributor has won the gas card. Miracles do happen. Congratulations. Maybe there is hope for the rest of us.
Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Feb 16, 2015 1:01:49 PM

Do I think entries are accumulated from one day to the present? No, at least not intentionally. If it did, then those that have entered multiple times would have their multiple entries increasing significantly over time (some members have entered the drawing daily for many years while others have "dumped" a lot of points at different times; their entries would multiply significantly if what you're suggesting happened. That would further diminish the odds new member or very low point member winning, let alone winning as often as they have.

I'm not saying, in any way, that there's a "glitch" in the selection/drawing process, just that the odds of a first day member winning seems to be much higher than should be expected, and that the chances of a very low point member (say, under 5,000 or 10,000 points, especially if that person's been a member for several years but not otherwise participating, simply picking "today" to enter the drawing and winning, seem to have happened much more than the odds would be. I understand that the more new members that join daily can encourage more "first day/first week drawing entries", but I would expect that these low point prize winners would, after winning once, would at least try to earn some points in order to try to win again; that doesn't seem to happen as much as I expect it would. Seems difficult to me, especially as it costs nothing to enter the drawing except, literally, a couple price posts once in a while, that low point (i.e., newer member) winners would want to win more gas cards rather than say "I won; I'm out of here."

But, as I've said before, this thread is to simply congratulate recent and new member Gas Card winners, and to encourage them to continue contributing to Gas Buddy to help their fellow Gas Buddy members. Nothing more to the thread except what people want to read into it.
a5
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Message Posted: Feb 16, 2015 10:27:04 AM

Some people make a career out of sweeping contests.

It's quite possible that GB is on a list somewhere where freebie hunters can quickly join in.

[Edited by: a5 at 2/16/2015 10:27:52 AM EST]
atater
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2015 5:02:57 PM

@ Gas Buddy--Do you think that the Mods, or the "controllers of the Gas Card winners" have chosen to accumulate daily entries to the contest from day one to the present?

Maybe there is a 1% percentage chance for some of us oldsters after-all/

That may be a logical conclusion for the selection/win of wolf1959.... EXCEPT that he/she presumably had to know how to enter in the first place, OR there was ANOTHER Glitch in the activities of the WEBMASTER.

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