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mnrick041
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Message Posted: Jul 18, 2009 6:06:59 PM

What do people think of pre pay gas stations? Some stations in certain areas of the cities require customers to pay before pumping gas during certain hours, at certain pumps, or all the time at all pumps. Personally I seriously dislike having to pre-pay, it is very inconvienant and is something I am just not used to. If it was something that all stations did universally I'd get used to it but it seems to be randomly applied to stations.
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Awing1
Sophomore Author Ontario

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Message Posted: Mar 16, 2014 5:19:02 PM

I pay inside all the time in Canada. I went California last Christmas and I didn't know that I had to pay first to fill it up and it was very inconvenient because I need to get money back or pay money again for differences. This is crazy and I felt that this is because there are so many crooks in the states who just run away after filling it up.
mattressman13
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Message Posted: Mar 16, 2014 5:11:46 PM

Would never go inside to pay before pumping gas but as I said on 1/23/14 that using a credit card at the pump is actually prepaying...
mattressman13
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Message Posted: Jan 23, 2014 2:25:56 PM

All my purchases are made at the pump so all are prepaid...
Jake92876
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2014 10:27:39 PM

I too avoid them. Way too much of a hassle.
BartandLisa
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2014 9:30:53 PM

I tend to avoid them. Would rather pay the clerk and get a receipt.
maxstar
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2014 1:49:22 PM

alphanyr: NO what?
alphanyr
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2014 1:45:22 PM

NO
mattressman13
Champion Author South Bend

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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2014 1:01:15 PM

The only pre pay I do is at the pump...
shahkay
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2013 10:19:41 PM

I always pay at the pump.
Jake92876
All-Star Author Wisconsin

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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2013 9:23:02 PM

Inconvenient, period!
mattressman13
Champion Author South Bend

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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2013 7:43:34 PM

Once I prepaid because they offered a $0.05 per gallon discount. Yeh
$0.85 cents is important but not worth the effort. There were 4 people
ahead of me and only one cashier...and two of them were buying convenience items which took much more time...
ace12012
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2013 5:57:14 PM

dont like the prepay.
jaybash
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2013 5:14:46 PM

always use pay at pump
fet297
Rookie Author Harrisburg

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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2013 1:31:05 PM

pay at the pump or find another station
frugalshopper
Veteran Author Syracuse

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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2013 10:05:02 AM

In my area they are pre pay. Some gas stations will give a discount if you pre pay with cash.
twt
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2013 3:46:48 AM

I'll go to another station.
happylilly
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2013 2:26:47 AM

don't care for it
alphanyr
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2013 1:03:46 PM

?
handymanherb
Sophomore Author Orlando

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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2013 12:38:47 PM

I use Murpay at Murphy Oil so I just enter how much I want and get 3 cents a gallon off, so when I show up all I have to do is enter the code texed to me and the PIN and I'm filling up

[Edited by: handymanherb at 11/26/2013 12:39:06 PM EST]
PatAZ
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2013 12:12:44 PM

As long as it is pay at the pump I'm fine with it. If not I leave.
chrisd552
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2013 11:58:28 AM

Everything is pre-pay here.
keriazy4
Veteran Author Montreal

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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2013 11:05:30 AM

never met one before
0848Marine
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2013 10:12:16 AM

Don't remember the last time I had to pre-pay.
gas_too_high
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Message Posted: Nov 10, 2013 9:20:48 PM

Unlike most stations, Sam's Club makes no pretensions of accommodating cash customers. (Instead you have to use a credit or debit card or a Sam's or Walmart gift card). For another thing, Sam's Club stations serve only Sam's Club members, not (strictly speaking) the general public.

Those things make Sam's Club (and Costco and other member-only stations) and public stations that don't take cash, different from stations that will take cash -- if you jump through the prepay-inside-the-store hoops.

And -- again -- the fact that gas stations inconvenience cash customers to prevent driveoffs, obligates no one to respect their reasoning. Following that logic, no one should get angry for prices above $3 a gallon, because gas stations have good reasons for pricing gas as they do -- like high wholesale prices. And no one should bother looking for gas under $3 a gallon.

GTH
Ken2OD
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Message Posted: Nov 10, 2013 8:39:50 PM

If you want to include Sam's Club as a "pre-pay" gas station, then I use it most of the time. I use my pre-paid card and I only use it at Sam's Club. I will pay cash at any station that is less expensive than Sam's as long as it saves the gas mileage for driving out of the way. My car gets 20 mpg in the city and I calculate the number of miles so that I always come out ahead.

[Edited by: Ken2OD at 11/10/2013 8:40:25 PM EST]
fkkf92
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Message Posted: Nov 10, 2013 4:44:20 PM

I don't use
pinbuster2005
Champion Author New Hampshire

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Message Posted: Nov 10, 2013 3:50:44 PM

Around here it's the norm to have to pre-pay when paying with cash. I have no problem walking inside pre-paying then walking back in to get my change. In fact I don't blame stations for doing this then they don't have to worry about drive-offs.
ace12012
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Message Posted: Nov 10, 2013 3:42:55 PM

I try to avoid it.
46chief
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Message Posted: Nov 10, 2013 3:17:58 PM

I only pre-pay if I'm forced to.
dfp609
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Message Posted: Nov 9, 2013 3:16:08 PM

I always pay at the pump so I have experienced no problems. However, the main reason for requiring people to pre-pay is t cut down on theft.
farmjung
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Message Posted: Nov 9, 2013 2:47:09 PM

I don't really like it, but where I'm from so far none of the gas stations are pre-pay
gas_too_high
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Message Posted: Nov 9, 2013 1:18:55 PM

'Most stations that go to prepay do it to stop "driveoffs"'.

Why they do it is of no concern to me as a customer. What is of concern is paying the way I want, without undue inconvenience. I usually prefer cash and therefore I do not want to go into the store twice. As long as some stations will accommodate me, I don't care about the reasons other stations require prepay; I just avoid them.

GTH
hoosh13
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Message Posted: Nov 9, 2013 1:05:59 PM

Either way Im good
PaylessKY
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Message Posted: Nov 9, 2013 1:02:40 PM

I do not have a problem with it. Its a product of people pumping fuel and not paying.
mattressman13
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Message Posted: Nov 9, 2013 10:00:22 AM

Haven't ever run across a totally prepaid station...
RNF
Champion Author Indiana

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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2013 6:44:35 AM

I have no problem with it.

Most stations that go to prepay do it to stop "driveoffs"
SpeedyGonzoMD
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Message Posted: Nov 5, 2013 8:58:28 PM

When you use a credit/debit card you essentially pre paying for the fuel you pump. Here if you are paying cash, you have to go to the attendant and pre pay for what you want.
TomB2
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Message Posted: Nov 5, 2013 2:45:22 PM

All are pre pay here, I pay at the pump.
lwood655
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Message Posted: Nov 5, 2013 7:37:43 AM

I try not to use them since I use a card I pay at the pump
contiki
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Message Posted: Nov 4, 2013 6:35:33 AM

Pay after getting gas......only way for me..........
gas_too_high
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Message Posted: Nov 4, 2013 6:21:40 AM

I see non-prepay stations every day and around here only get my gas from them.

For anyone who still lives around non-prepay stations, support them while you can, before they become a distant memory, and you have no choice but to use plastic or be inconvenienced when you fill up.

Prepay is not inevitable, but non-prepay stations need your support.

GTH
happylilly
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Message Posted: Nov 4, 2013 1:35:57 AM

I haven't seen this yet
mattressman13
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Message Posted: Nov 4, 2013 12:23:45 AM

Never see this except at the "escape" pump after a certain hour
in the evening at stations that are open 27/7...
KansasGunman
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Message Posted: Oct 7, 2013 1:57:13 PM

I haven't seen a station in the last ten years or more that didn't require either prepay or pay at the pump.

I can't blame them in the least with the repidly increasing number of lowlife scumbags that seem to think life owes them a free ride and perfectly willing to drive off without paying.
PaylessKY
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Message Posted: Oct 7, 2013 10:38:01 AM

Most stations are prepay ether at the pump with credit card or inside the store. I have no problem with it.
pagbowl
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Message Posted: Oct 7, 2013 10:00:41 AM

No big deal to me.
nichols
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Message Posted: Oct 7, 2013 9:24:44 AM

Don't like them but it cuts down on stolen gas
dracer377m
Veteran Author Indiana

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Message Posted: Sep 8, 2013 12:27:56 AM

Don't like them.
xbAG
Champion Author California

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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2013 2:47:49 PM

I use pay at the pump, so I prepay.
no problem.
lwood655
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2013 8:07:02 AM

there are too many drive offs you can thank you fellow drivers for this inconvenience
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